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We support work across three main focus areas--Vulnerable Groups, Governance and Nutrition. We have identified certain themes under each focus area and pursue different approaches (roles) to grant making across these focus areas and themes.

We make grants to partners whose work, we believe, adds intrinsic value to vulnerable individuals, communities or groups. In terms of our role, we are funders of what we call Value in itself grants.

We also offer our expertise to build on grant partners’ inherent strengths so they are able to scale their work with vulnerable groups and reach out significantly more people. In this Scale-up approach of grant making, we play the role of Enabler.

We also take on the role of Orchestrator, when we focus on system change and long-term impact. In this case, we develop our strategy for an identified theme within a focus area. Then we support Special Initiatives that will synergistically bring together a number of partners and the government to achieve a particular change within a given sector.

Through our Vulnerable Groups focus area, our approach has been primarily as a funder and enabler. Through our Governance and Nutrition focus areas, we play the role of orchestrator, where we aim to bring about far reaching reform within the sectors concerned. Here too, we have our own strategy for each theme. And we support partners who share our goals.

Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan, Delhi

Established in 2001, they provide rescue, repatriation and reintegration support for homeless people. They provides specialized support to mentally ill people and homeless suffering from substance abuse. Through the grant, they will provide dedicated care and support to 20,000 homeless people. 

Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan (AAA), Delhi

Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan is empowering the poor and homeless by providing health, education, shelter, and emergency relief services in Delhi with the help of trained volunteers. The NGO is also implementing therapy and rapport building sessions at recovery and rehabilitation centres and tracing families or other relatives to attempt a reconnect with the homeless person in question.

Akshaya HELP Trust, MADURAI

Akshaya HELP Trust is rescuing and supporting homeless and mentally or physically ill destitute people in Madurai by providing intensive care, vocational training, and placing them in shelter homes that have all basic necessities. The NGO is now expanding and reaching 500 homeless people and equipping them with life-skills, striving for reunification with families, and ensuring a dignified passing for them.

Apna Ghar, Bharatpur, Rajastan and Hathras in uttar pradesh

Apna Ghar started in 2000 in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. Today, it has 29 ashrams (homes) and it works with extremely ill, abandoned, homeless persons and animals/birds. The Philanthropy grant will allow them to rescue over 1000 such persons from the streets, and provide shelter, treatment, medical care, food, and clothing for 3,972 individuals, animals, and birds through 6 shelter homes.

Centre for Equity Studies, (CES), Delhi

CES is working in Delhi, Telangana (Hyderabad), Bihar (Patna) and Rajasthan (Jaipur) providing medical/convalescence support, nutrition and counselling through eight recovery shelters catering to 3,200 homeless men and women. The NGO is also helping 15,000 homeless persons in accessing citizenship rights, social security and bank accounts.  

Dream India Network, Bangalore

Dream India Network started working in 2011 with children, and the elderly and homeless by building a strong network of institutions/individuals for social transformation in urban and rural districts in Bengaluru. Through the grant, Dream India Network will work with the Homeless NGO network (Impact India Consortium) to ensure good quality services in existing and upcoming shelters, liaison with the City Municipal Corporation (BBMP) for allocating newer shelters and create awareness on the condition of the homeless in the city. Additionally, they will also be able to refer homeless persons from the streets to appropriate institutions/services.

Human People to People India, (Humana India), Delhi

Humana India is helping 15,000 homeless people in East and Northeast Delhi, by providing better shelters, improving existing ones, and enabling access to entitlements and social welfare schemes so that they can rejoin society. It is piloting a model Homeless Resource and Service Centre that can be replicated in cities with a large homeless population.

Iswar Sankalpa, Kolkata

Iswar Sankalpa is helping 150 urban homeless women in Kolkata with psychosocial disabilities to be functional members of the society, through care and rehabilitation, skills for productive living, and by facilitating community care as well as family-reunification.

Koshish (A field action project of TISS), Mumbai

Koshish is preventing 8,000 homeless/abandoned/destituteness in Bihar (Patna and 14 districts) and Delhi, from being charged as criminals under the Prevention of Begging Act, 1959, gets inmates released from Beggars’ Homes, and get them resettled in the community.  

Maitri India, Delhi

Maitri India is restoring dignity, identity, and respect among the ageing, homeless, and destitute widows in Vrindavan through Project Jeevan, which facilitates awareness of citizenship rights, better health and nutrition, and improvement in mental wellbeing by giving them space to voice their stories.

Sparsha Trust, Bangalore

The Sparsha Trust was set up in 2005 to provide a safe home for children in need of care. It gave access to food and clothing, and equipped them with skills to help develop their confidence. Since 2011, Sparsha Trust has been running 1 shelter for the homeless in Bangalore with the space allotted by the Bangalore City Corporation. Through the grant, the Sparsha Trust will support 5 out the 7 existing shelters that have been set up at the cost of approximately Rs 6 lakhs per shelter, provided by the government. As the lead NGO, the funds will be managed by the Sparsha Trust, which will distribute it equally to the 3 shelter NGOs, namely Sparsha Trust-1, CURDS-2 and ICDSS-2, and oversee their effective functioning with Dream India Network.

The Banyan, Chennai

The Banyan is providing mental health care, treatment, rehabilitation, employment including vocational skill training for 5,160 poor and homeless people with psycho-social disabilities, in Chennai and Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu.