Apnalaya works in the most underserved and marginalised slum settlements in the city of Mumbai. The young girls of Shivaji Nagar in particular, have had the odds stacked against them – with gender and social norms restricting their education, their movement, their attire and every aspect of their lives. To empower adolescent girls through imparting … Continue reading Mitigating Backlash and Empowering adolescent girls
Saleha Khan (20), an advocate of Apnalaya’s health programme was invited to participate in an online forum, ‘We The Women’ curated by Barkha Dutt on 2nd December, 2019. The discussion was about Wellness and busting the myths around it, where Saleha spoke about her experience of working with women in an urban marginalised area. “The … Continue reading Saleha speaks…at ‘We the Women’ forum!
Apnalaya’s CEO Arun Kumar was part of a panel discussion on Community Engagement organised by SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action) on the ‘Dissemination of Urban Health Models for Scaling’ on 24th September 2019. The discussion focused broadly on the importance of community engagement and the ways to approach it. Apnalaya believes that … Continue reading Panel Discussion on Community Engagement by SNEHA
At the end of the year, Apnalaya won two awards with regard to work of the Health & Disability programme. Our President, Annabel Mehta, received the We For Stree award by The Federation of Obstetric & Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI) on 25th November 2019 as a recognition of stellar work done by Apnalaya in health for … Continue reading Apnalaya won Two Awards!
The community youth leaders of Shivaji Nagar and Apnalaya came together during Apnalaya Week from 1st December to 10th December to celebrate the Power of Volunteerism. It culminated on Human Rights Day, with a pledge that has been collectively composed by the community to work together to bring about a life of dignity in Shivaji … Continue reading Apnalaya Week – Celebrating the Power of Volunteerism!
When Shenaz* got the opportunity to work as house-help, she had no option but to tie her one and a half year old daughter Fatima to the bedpost and lock her in the house to go to work. In the absence of a crèche and no family members to look after her child, like so … Continue reading Women Entrepreneurs Play Larger Community Role
When Sakina Abdul Gaffar Shaikh was in 9th standard, she dropped out of school. Her father was suffering from severe osteoporosis, and with little money to survive as it was, every penny had to be diverted to help him with his treatment. This is a common story for so many youth in Shivaji Nagar who … Continue reading Tackling School Dropouts
When Rehana Khatun went into labour with her 4th child she was alone. Her husband was working in Dubai at the time, and as migrants, none of her family members were available to help her. She immediately called up Akhtari Begam, the leader of the local Mother Support Group in Rafi Nagar, to ask for … Continue reading Mothers Supporting Mothers
Shrusha is a resident of Sanjay Nagar in Mumbai’s M East Ward. Up until last year, she would trudge her way at 12 noon to the common tap at Baiganwadi where hundreds of other people also flocked to get water for their daily needs. But water at this tap did not come for free! Shrusha … Continue reading Water for All
In order to articulate our work and impact fittingly, over the past five months, Apnalaya has been working on enhancing all communications efforts – adopting a new positioning in the process. Empowering the Urban Poor Apnalaya’s key messaging, including Vision, Mission, Programme Articulations and Strap line have been revised and now centre around the primary … Continue reading Empowering the Urban Poor