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Anandghar - A Home of Happiness

Eco-system of safe and joyful spaces of learning and support for children from vulnerable background

Safe and happy childhood is the birth right of every child, yet there are millions for whom it is a long lost dream. We are on a quest to bring this dream back. Through our community learning spaces we aim to create spaces for children to learn, connect and reflect, provide formal and informal skills and education while working as a bridge between children, parents, schools and society at large.


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April 2023
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About the innovation

Anandghar - A Home of Happiness

Think about a 6 year old leaving her home at 5 in the morning to collect waste on the dumping ground. She comes back home after working for almost 7 hours only to eat leftover food from yesterdays dinner and then leave to roam around city with friends. On the dumping ground she always gets cuts and bruises on her hands and legs, sometime she have to run before a dog could bite her or someone abuse her verbally, physically and sexually.Her friends have consume substances like Tobacco, Alcohol& Weed. She is destine to get marry at 13/14 and give birth to her first child even before she could turn 18.

She is not alone. According to Census 2011, there are 4.5 million child-laborers between the age of 5-14 in India. These children often live or work on the street and earn a livelihood to support their families and in the process become vulnerable to exploitation by others and to a variety of physical and moral dangers. Safe and happy childhood is the birthright of every child, yet there are millions for whom it is a long lost dream.

We create an eco-system of safe and joyful spaces of learning and support for children from vulnerable background.It is achieved through community Learning Centers called as Anandghar (A Home of Happiness). These centers act as a bridge between children, parents, schools and society at large. They provide basic formal & informal education and skills to street children specially child waste pickers and child labors and make them capable of joining main stream schools to cope with the learning process in the school.

  • Nurturing academic skills: To enable children to read and write fluently in Marathi (local language) and acquire basic numerical aptitude thereby increasing their chances of sustaining in main stream schools

  • Social Emotional Learning: To provide a safe, secure and child-centric environment to share, connect and reflect their thoughts & emotions.

  • Community Engagement: Engaging parents and the communities in the well-being of the children through home visits and parents meet.

  • School Enrolment & sustenance: To enroll and sustain children in main stream schools by leaving their profession behind.

  • Hygiene & Physical well-being: To inculcate hygienic habits and quit substance abuse.


  • Through Anandghar we have enrolled 500+ children in the formal schools with sustenance rate of 92%.

  • 95% children left consuming substances while younger generation staying miles away from it.

  • Currently we are working with 300+ children across 3 cities with 5 community learning spaces

  • Parents are getting more invested in the well-being of the children which is quite visible through 95% attendance in every parents meet. Community giving open spaces and even contributing to construct for Anandghar.

  • In last 3 years through Anandghar Community Collectives; our one year incubation program; we have build capacities of 18 grassroot leaders across 3 states of India who have replicated our model in their geographical context through 21+ community learning spaces impacting 2000+ children from vulnerable background.

Implementation steps

Need Assessment
Conduct a need assessment in the proposed community. The data should consist of information about
* No. of Households
* No. of Families
* Total Population
* Total no. of children below 16 years old
* School Enrollment & sustenance status
* No of children involved in child labor
* Health issues
* Addiction to Substances
The data collected from the study will help to identify the need of the community learning space
Identify an open space
Identify open space, this could a community temple, community hall which is very easily accessible for the children living in the community.
The community learning space should be based on the core values of love and compassion. It should be a safe and joyful space where children will not be judged based on their background.
Initiate initial dialogue
Spend initial few months (at least 3) to build a rapport with children and understand their routine, challenges, aspirations. You can use activity based songs, games, conduct open dialogue circles with children.
Start visiting the household to initiate dialogue with the parents and the community members. It is very important invest parents and community members in the well-being of the children for a long term sustainable impact.
We have documentation of games and songs useful at this stage.
Conducting Base-line data collection
Conduct baseline data collection to assess reading & writing comprehension of the children along with other objectives of the program.
We conduct baseline data collection on academics, life-skills and health.
Divide children into groups
Divide children into the different groups and assign an Educator to them. The educator will be responsible to nurture children so that they can achieve a expected threshold level.
Conduct regular sessions
Conduct regular sessions on academics, social-emotional wellbeing, inculcating clean & hygienic habits while helping children leave / break habits of consuming substances.
Rigid chalk & board method does not work here. Experiential learning with lots of tools, games and activities helps to create interest among children. Constructivism should be the core of the content and pedagogy.

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