Historic kitchen comes to life

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.

In conjunction with the hostel, the Anganwadi (preschools) program at Manav Sadhna is to provide healthy and nutritive food to children from 6 months to 6 years old. Every day in Manav Sadhna’s Anganwadis , more than 2600 people receive a nutritious meal twice in a day and a value-based education. Every day, ready to eat food is provided to more than 3000 children of 6 months to 3 years of age groups, and to more than 2500 nursing mothers, expected mothers, and adolescent girls.

The Mehta Family Foundation is pleased to support the renovation of the historic community kitchen at the Gandhi Ashram, Sabarmati, Ahemdabad. This enabled the facilities to make food for all 79 Anganwadis run by Manav Sadhna.

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