GUNJAN FOUNDATION is a non-governmental social organization registered under Niti Aayog, founded in 2004 by Ms. Sushma Singhvi with a mission to pursue educational and other welfare measures for uplifting the underprivileged sections of 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.
We are privileged to inform you that in 2018 Shabd Nagari Organisation has selected us as one of the Top 10 NGOs in Delhi working devotedly and sincerely in the field of education.
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 surrounding communities of Gurugram!!
Presently, the Foundation runs Swapna Sarthak School in which about 210 students are enrolled in classes running from Nursery through class V. Swapna Sarthak School is run completely free of cost. We do not charge any fees and provide notebooks, course books, stationery, summer uniforms, winter uniforms and mid-day meals.
Through our Gunjan Foundation Scholarship Fund, it is our endeavor to make sure that at our kids can fulfil their dreams of acquiring higher education. We have 80 alumni students in Shishu Kalyan High School, 3 in Summer Field School and 1 in Ridge Valley School.
We also lay special emphasis on free education and social emancipation for the girl child in consonance with the government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padho’ initiative. Education gives our girls the confidence to break free of traditional roles, to 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 primary/junior level educational needs and aspirations of the students.
- Running a formal school since 2010
Gunjan Foundation Scholarship Fund
It will please you to know that along with our regular school we are also monetarily supporting many of our students who have passed out from our school during the past few years and are now studying in regular schools in classes VI to XII. It is a matter of great pride for us that because of our excellent reputation in surrounding areas, when our children pass out they are quickly absorbed by good private schools. Most of them would have dropped out of those schools had it not been for the initiative we took by starting a special scholarship fund for them wherein we fund their entire year’s education. We have 80 alumni students in Shishu Kalyan High School, 3 in Summer Field School and 1 in Ridge Valley School. We are happy to inform you that all our students are doing very well for themselves, are working hard at academics and striving to improve even more.
Partnership with RITES
Gunjan Foundation has tied up with RITES this year for promoting advanced school/college education for underprivileged and disadvantaged children from economically weaker backgrounds. This partnership will look into the financial support of 17-18 school students in regular schools and 3 students for college education.
Partnership with Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Gunjan Foundation has partnered with Sri Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi for its Clean Mind Program wherein every Sunday children attend sessions on keeping their minds peaceful, uncluttered and pollution-free.
Health Check Up
Our sincere thanks to All India Human Development Council for continuing their association with us for the past several years.
The Council organizes an annual health check up of students at Swapna Sarthak School. All students are examined by a team of doctors including physicians, dentists and ophthalmologists. Heights and weights are recorded too. Deworming medicine is distributed to all the students. The doctors are always very satisfied with the health status of the students barring a few stray cases which may require some medical intervention.
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Give India does onsite monitoring and regular evaluation.
- Association for Stimulating Know How (ASK)
- PSUs, MNCs and other Donors monitor progress by periodically taking updates by onsite visits and through their own detailed documentation and report submission requirements.
- Regular teacher meetings to discuss progress of curriculum as well as children’s individual progress.
- Surprise visits by management to ensure processes like safety measures, cleanliness, discipline, lunch tasting etc. are being followed in school.
- A person from the management is on the site every day of the week.
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 the donations.
- Gunjan Foundation published a book ‘Exploring Mind Pollution’ which was released by Lyrist Shri Javed Akhtar in the year of 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 Singhviand Prof. K.M. Lodha amongst others.