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.
The Mehta Family Foundation had funded ten nutrition centers in India with Manav Sadhna. These centers are located within the Ramapir-no-tekro slum in Ahmedabad, India, which is one of the largest slums in the world. In addition to food, these centers also provide immunizations, and health education and community services. These centers provide nutritious meals and health care to over 500 children and 80 pregnant women every day.
Mehta Family Foundation Projects with Manav Sadhna:
Mahatma Gandhi Volunteer House
After-school tutions for underprivileged students
Solar water heater at the Pariksitlal Ashramshala girl’s hostel
Roof renovations at Parikshitlal Ashramshala Hostel
Kitchen at the Parikshitlal Ashramshala, Gandhi Ashram