Ashwini Charitable Trust fondly referred to as “ACT” by all the people who run it – Trustees, Volunteers and Sponsors – is a Non-Governmental Organization that was started in the year 2000 by a group of women to educate and empower underprivileged children of Ulsoor slums in Bangalore. After 15 years it is still run by women with more than 70 dedicated volunteers supporting them.
ACT is registered under:
- Income Tax Department under Section 80-G
- Income Tax Department under 12 A (a)
- FCRA Registration 094421447
- Our Registration No – DOCUMENT No.434 of Book IV 2000-01
Who are the children we sponsor
These children whose parents typically work as house maids, vendors, painters, tailors are from the lower-income group. In most cases, it is a single income family consisting of 4 to 5 children with the parents struggling to educate at least one or two of them. While most children are first generation literates, it is apparent that the parents have neither the time nor the awareness to attend to the children. Most of the time whenever there are financial crises in the family the children are pulled out of school to do proxy work for their parents. This is worse for the girl child whose education stops abruptly when she attains puberty. Moreover, the parents are unable to afford the fee hikes that take place when the children move to higher classes. In such cases the children are withdrawn from school. In such cases ACT steps in to ensure that the child’s education is guaranteed.
How do we select children for sponsorship?
The trust sponsors hardworking and dedicated children from semi-government and government aided private schools. We network with the educational institutions where the medium of instruction is English and that are within a radius of a kilometre from the centre. Every year the heads of these institutions recommend needy and deserving children whom we interview and test before absorbing them into the trust. We are proud to have a long waiting list of children who want to join us, however we deliberately restrict our numbers so that every child of the trust gets more and more interventions. The trust was formed with the sole objective of educating and empowering underprivileged girls. However, when we sponsor a girl this year we take her sibling the next year, irrespective of the gender. Hence the trust now has about 46 boys. We believe that this will uplift an entire family.
What does the name mean?
The Trust was registered on 15th December 2000 in Bangalore, and named after the first child it sponsored– ASHWINI. Our logo has the foot print of a little child to symbolize that all our giant leaps start off with small steps. We also hope that every child’s hesitant step in the initial years metamorphose into confident strides in life.
meet our Trustees
The board of Trustees consist of seven women who work outside / from home or are homemakers. They share a common vision and commitment to make a difference in the lives of these children.