GUNJAN FOUNDATION is a non-governmental social organization registered under Niti Aayog and under the Societies Registration Act, (XXI) of 1860, founded in 2004 by Ms. Sushma Singhvi with a mission to pursue educational and other welfare measures for uplifting the underprivileged sections of the society. It sought the task of educating and creating social awareness for the less fortunate thereby improving opportunities for a better standard of living. Gunjan reaches out to children, especially the girl child to promote empowerment, self-respect, and self-reliance through free education which fosters hope and confidence in pursuing fulfilling lives.
Gunjan Foundation’s mission is to educate the less fortunate who are unable to afford formal schools. We provide quality education to children of marginalized sections of society to enable them to be at par with private school children. The Foundation reaches out to children of various slums in the surrounding areas of the school. We are very proud of how well our children are doing. Parents have placed their faith in us and we can confidently say that we have their vote in Nathupur and the surrounding communities of Gurugram!!
We also lay special emphasis on free education and social emancipation for the girl child in consonance with the government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ initiative. Education gives our girls the confidence to break free of traditional roles, pursue their dreams, and grow up to be equal citizens of this country.
We continue to believe strongly that education is the key to building a strong nation. Literacy does more for society in one generation than anything else. It does away with age-old rudimentary customs, ill beliefs, superstitions, etc. As a result, since we made our humble beginnings in 2004, we have been primarily focusing on fulfilling the primary to higher secondary level educational needs and aspirations of the students.
We have widened our horizons further. For the past four years, we have been financially supporting marginalized students who are pursuing advanced and professional courses. Our vision also includes advanced and professional courses in the future.
Scholarship Program-School Students
There comes a time in the life of an organization when it wants to expand its horizons, to pivot and refocus on core priorities and use efforts and resources for optimal results. In 2022, we have shifted all the students from our school Swapna Sarthak to private schools and supporting their education thereby providing monetary aid.
The encouragement, mentoring, and scholarships will be ours and the partner schools will be Shishu Kalyan High School.
We had already started a scholarship program about four years back for our students who join Shishu Kalyan High School from Class 6th to 12th after completing education till 5th grade in our Swapna Sarthak School in Gurgaon. As of now, we have provided scholarships to about 81 alumni students in Shishu Kalyan High School, 3 in Summer Field School, and 1 in Ridge Valley School. Out of these, we are providing scholarships to 75 students in Shishu Kalyan High School, Gurugram, and the rest are funded by DLF Foundation on Gunjan’s request.
Currently, we are providing scholarships to about 200 students.
Scholarship Program-Advanced Education
Our first batch will now pass out from 12thgrade, ready to embrace the growth opportunities of the world. Not wanting to leave these students midstream it is also our endeavor now to see these students through college. We plan to provide scholarships to deserving students for higher studies. This way their future is more than secure.
Fulfillment of Objectives
To provide the scholarship to students who require it. Our main motto is to access the people who economically can’t afford higher education.
We have been providing such a scholarship for advanced courses for the past four years.
One of our students, Arpit Goel, whom we had sponsored, has completed his MBA from FORE School of Management.
Another student which we are sponsoring is Abhay Sharma. He is pursuing a Hotel Management course at T. John College, Bangalore.
Project Outputs and Dissemination
We have been providing scholarships for advanced education for the past three years. We have sponsored Tushant Kumar for B.Tech. and currently we are sponsoring Abhay Sharma for a Hotel Management Course.
Our sincere thanks to All India Human Development Council for continuing their association with us for the past several years.
This year due to pandemic circumstances they have started Tuesday Clinic in our school Swapna Sarthak to treat general patients of our surroundings. Every year the council organizes an annual health check-up of students at Swapna Sarthak School. All students would be examined by a team of doctors including physicians, dentists, and ophthalmologists. Heights and weights are recorded too. The doctors are always very satisfied with the health status of the students barring a few stray cases which may require some medical intervention.
We have distributed:
- 40 PPE Kits and 1000 N-95 Masks in Safdarjung Hospital, run by the government of Delhi
- 150 Ration Kits and 1000 sanitizers through Dr. Kumar Vishwas.
- 350 N-95 Masks to Bangla Sahib, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, and a cheque of Rs.21,000/-.
- 167 Ration Kits to students of Swapna Sarthak School, class IV staff, maids of school teachers, and construction laborers.
- 75 Ration Kits to our alumni students through Delhi SRK Universe.
- 30 Ration Kits for GB Road’s Sex Workers.
- 50 N-95 Masks to guards, sweepers, dhobi, laborers, etc.
In 2013 Gunjan Foundation decided to start a collaborative project called ‘Project Smile’ to collect clothes, utensils, computers, toys, books etc. from various communities to distribute to children and families at Gunjan and other NGOs (Prayas, BalSahyog, Sapna, Naritaav, Nanak, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Sakshi, The Earth Saviours Foundation, Vidya, Manav Purt Nyas, etc.). The belief is that collaboration and coordination can increase the supply and efficacy of donations.
Gunjan Foundation published a book ‘Exploring Mind Pollution’ which was released by Lyrist Shri Javed Akhtar in the year 2010.
‘Exploring Mind Pollution,’ a book dealing with the subject of how the mind of human beings has been contaminated was published by soliciting articles and messages from various personalities from India and abroad. The personalities include Dr. Karan Singh, H.H. Dalai Lama, Late Dr. L.M. Singhvi, Dr. S.Y. Quraishi, Dr. David Frawley, Justice R.C Lahoti, Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, and Prof. K.M. Lodha amongst others.