GUNJAN FOUNDATION is a non-governmental social organization registered under Niti Ayog, 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 also provide notebooks, course books, stationery, summer uniforms, winter uniforms and mid-day meals free of cost.
Besides running our regular school, we are also providing scholarships to our alumni; we have 80 students in Shishu Kalyan High School, Gurugram. 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!
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 students.
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.
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 future.
- 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 6 to 12. 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 students in Shishu Kalyan High School, Gurugram.
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 school students in regular schools and students pursuing college education.
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 patient 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.
In this pandemic time all the people are struggling for their livelihood. To make their lives a little comfortable Gunjan Foundation has distributed:
- 40 PPE Kits and 1000 N-95 Masks in Safdarjung Hospital, run by the government of Delhi
- 150 Ration Kits and 1000 sanitizers in rural areas through Dr. Kumar Vishwas.
- 350 N-95 Masks to Bangla Sahib, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and cheque of Rs.21,000/-.
- 167 Ration Kits to students of Swapna Sarthak School, class IV staff, maids of school teachers and construction labourers.
- 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, labourers etc.
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 and discipline, lunch tasting etc. are being followed in school.
- A person from the management is on the site every day of the week
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.
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.).