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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.

Mission

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!!

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 also provide notebooks, course books, stationery, summer uniforms, winter uniforms, and mid-day meals free of cost.

Through our Gunjan Foundation Scholarship Fund, it is our endeavor to make sure that our kids can fulfill their dreams of acquiring higher education. We have 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 is funded by DLF Foundation. We provide scholarships to our outgoing students because without this monetary support they would not be able to afford higher studies and would under the circumstances drop out!

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.

In 2020-21, all classes were either online or were being managed through WhatsApp. As time went by, we realized the shortcomings of WhatsApp and so gradually we moved to live lessons for classes 2 to 5.

Around 25-26 out of 30 students from each class were able to attend these live classes and for other students who were still in their villages, we had to follow the WhatsApp methodology. We were pleasantly surprised to see all the students taking a keen interest in this new type of teaching and they did not hesitate to come forward with their difficulties. 

Vision

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.

We have now widened our horizons further. For the past three 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.

Gunjan Foundation Scholarship Fund-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 three years.

One of our students, Arpit Goel, whom we had sponsored, has completed his MBA from FORE School of Management. He got admission to the college with this CAT percentage.

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.

Partnership with Sri Aurobindo Ashram (2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20)

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.

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. 

COVID-19

 We have distributed:

  1. 40 PPE Kits and 1000 N-95 Masks in Safdarjung Hospital, run by the government of Delhi
  2. 150 Ration Kits and 1000 sanitizers through Dr. Kumar Vishwas.
  3. 350 N-95 Masks to Bangla Sahib, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, and a cheque of Rs.21,000/-.
  4. 167 Ration Kits to students of Swapna Sarthak School, class IV staff, maids of school teachers, and construction laborers.
  5. 75 Ration Kits to our alumni students through Delhi SRK Universe.
  6. 30 Ration Kits for GB Road’s Sex Workers.
  7. 50 N-95 Masks to guards, sweepers, dhobi, laborers, etc.

Monitoring and Evaluation

EXTERNAL

  1. Give India does onsite monitoring and regular evaluation.
  2. PSUs, MNCs, and other Donors monitor progress by periodically taking updates by onsite visits and through their own detailed documentation and report submission requirements.

INTERNAL

  1. Regular teacher meetings to discuss the progress of curriculum as well as children’s individual progress.
  2. Surprise visits by management to ensure processes like safety measures, cleanliness and discipline, lunch tasting, etc. are being followed in school.
  3. A person from the management is on the site every day of the week.

Project Smile:           

 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.

Book Publication                              

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.