Childhood is like a seedling. It grows healthy when it gets proper sunlight, water and the right soil. lf the right kind of investment is made in the early years it can create valuable human capital. Poor nutrition, unsafe environment and lack of opportunities have a direct impact on the learning and growth of a child.
AAROHAN began its journey with a primary focus on education for children from less privileged backgrounds with an unshakeable conviction that education is the only means of getting children off the streets, opening their minds and giving them the necessary means of taking charge of their destiny. The support extended to these children is holistic in nature from early childhood to livelihood. This in turn empowers the child physically and mentally to pursue greater heights in his/her life. Aarohan views its role as a parent and extends holistic support to their needs. Through this support Aarohan has been able to successfully transform many lives.
Women, transgender and other community members living in difficult circumstances are part of Aarohan’s poverty alleviation and skill development programs. Aarohan also addresses and advocates for the needs of rural/tribal /ST/SC and transgender community.
Over the years Aarohan has developed a unique model of education by involving different stakeholders & extending the holistic support to children from 0 years till the child becomes self-reliant.
Aarohan aligns itself with the Sustainable Development Goals as outlined by the United Nations for peace and prosperity for people and has vowed to adopt them in letter and in spirit. Aarohan supports these goals by working towards better health and education; reduce inequality, save the environment and spur economic growth of people.
Aarohan’s Early Childhood Development is based on survey, research and experiment. Since 2005 Aarohan has been working with the migrant population of South Delhi slums and focuses on holistic child development. Mental and physical development at early ages is the core focus for Aarohan.
Swami Vivekananda said, “If the poor cannot come to education, education must reach them”. These words have guided Aarohan in crafting programs which provide holistic support to children from early childhood to livelihood. Aarohan’s Bridge Course program is aimed at re-assimilation and enrolment of children who have dropped out from mainstream schools through non-formal education. Aarohan provides after school academic support to children from primary to high school to cope with classroom studies thereby helping them complete their schooling successfully. Aarohan facilitates higher education opportunities by associating sponsors with children who have goals and the determination to achieve it.
Aarohan has a vibrant after-school programme for school going children from junior school upto high school - where children are helped with academic support especially in languages, mathematics and science subjects. Short courses like photography art and craft and awareness programmes on different social issues are part of its programmes.
Aarohan initiated vocational training as their initiative to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all – young adults, women, tribal communities and transgender. There are training courses available in Computers literacy, Personality development, Financial literacy, Retail management and Garment making offerd to youth and women for skill development. After successful training placement assistance is offered.
Besides formal vocational training programs, Aarohan organizes regular campaigns to create awareness about issues of health, nutrition and environment. Aarohan has extended its education model to working with tribal children in the states of AP/Telangana, Jharkhand and Odisha. Children are helped with learning reading and writing skills as well as provided nutritional support.
Aarohan’s focus extends beyond the child into the family and addresses women of the household – because empowered women provide stability to the entire family, thereby improving the chances of the child to succeed in life. Aarohan works towards empowering mothers/ women through imparting functional literacy, skill training and gender sensitization to make them financially independent and more in control of their destiny.
Aarohan is a tireless advocate for transgender’s rights on various platforms and strives to give them a safe and dignified life. Aarohan in association with the Delhi State Aids Control Society, undertakes outreach programs for 900 transgender community in North-West Delhi areas Mangolpuri, Sultanpuri and Nangloi where trained outreach workers counsel them, help solve their problems, arrange health check-ups and distribute free condoms during AIDS awareness workshops. In addition, a drop-in centre is also run by Aarohan in Sultanpuri to help them share time and experiences with their peers. Workshops for financial awareness and management of their own earnings are also held for transgenders so that they can build their own assets. They are counseled so as to can be used as resources in other community based activities like civil defense or traffic sentinels.
In response to the COVID19 lockdown, Aarohan supported more than 2.5 lakh people with dry ration kits, cooked food, nutrition supplements to senior citizen and children with the help of donors and volunteers.
A healthy body supports a healthy mind – improves cognitive skills as well as the ability to absorb and retain information. Under Aarohan’s Early Child Care program, expecting mothers and their new born children are included – their regular health checks, vaccination and immunization routine is monitored and their nutrition is taken care of.
There are regular health check-up camps organized at the Aarohan Centres to monitor health of the children who are enrolled with the academic programs. Aarohan also supports the good health and wellbeing of the transgender community through health checks, counselling and awareness about AIDS and distribution of condoms etc.
Aarohan works with Delhi police to organize fitness and self-defence workshops for girls and transgender community.
During the COVID19 crisis, Aarohan distributed medicines, fruits and vegetables and other nutrition rich foods to the elderly and children.
Aarohan is a partner NGO in establishing South Delhi as an International City of Peace under the initiative of the International Cities of Peace which is an association of citizens, governments and organizations who have by proclamation, resolution, or by citizen advocacy established their communities as official Cities of Peace. Aarohan works with International Cities of Peace foundation to spread the message of peace and harmony.
The students of Aarohan and their communities are encouraged and sensitized about peace and harmony, child rights and education, gender issues, health, hygiene and sanitation
Aarohan has successfully collaborated with multiple stakeholders to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals – be they Corporate and Donor institutions, Funding Agencies, Academic Institutions, Government Authorities and Civil Society Organizations. Some of Aarohan’s noteworthy partnerships have been with .
- -> College du Leman (CDL) from Geneva, Switzerland & Deloitte, India
- -> Bank of America, Gurgaon, India & Global Fund for Children, USA
- -> Partnered with Hyatt Global Community Project Fund, USA & Smile Foundation, India
- -> Vikas Yojana, Govt. of India] with CONCOR [Govt. of India] & General Electric, India
- -> Delhi Aids Control Society, Govt. of Delhi
- -> CAF America