After school program
Manav Sadhna is based at the Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram at Sabarmati, Ahmedabad with a mission to serve socio-economically neglected segments of society in the slums of Ahmedabad. In executing this mission, Manav Sadhna is guided by Mahatma Gandhi’s unshakable beliefs in love, peace, truth, non-violence and compassion.
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In 1932, Mahatma Gandhi established the Gujrat Harijan Sevak Sangh to give impoverished children of the Valmiki (Harijan) community a value based education. The Valmiki community is generally associated with sweeping and civic sanitation duties, and often face discrimination. Under the Sangh, Padmashree Ishwarbhai Patel started an after-school residential program called the Parikshitlal Majmudar Ashramshala (hostel) at the Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram in 1979. The children attend full-time government school across the street, and at the hostel, they receive food, a place to live and supplemental education.
Currently there are 105 children living at the hostel enrolled in standards one to eight. The children at the hostel are given admission, uniforms, school bags, books, notebooks and useful equipment free of cost.
Manav Sadhna provides tuition classes with the support from the Mehta Family Foundation. Five (5) teachers run the after-school tuition classes to support the children in both education and extra curricular activities. This encourages creativity and develops essential skills, such as leadership, communication and listening. Extra curricular activities include Arts and Crafts, Sports, Performances and Computer classes. Throughout the year, all the children participate in celebrating various festivals and milestone dates such as Navratri, Diwali, Christmas, Independence Day, and Holi. The after-school program has improved the lives of children, through value base education and imparting life skills.
Mehta Family Foundation Projects with Manav Sadhna:
Nutrition Centers at Manav Sadhna
Mahatma Gandhi Volunteer House
Solar water heater at the Pariksitlal Ashramshala girl’s hostel
Roof renovations at Parikshitlal Ashramshala Hostel
Kitchen at the Parikshitlal Ashramshala, Gandhi Ashram