The Gandhi Institute, under the direction of Arun Gandhi (fifth grandson of Mahatma Gandhi) is proposing the establishment of a boarding/day school in the town of Kolhapur, focused on providing a free education and supportive community environment in which rural village children can experience a childhood of development and preparation for a successful life. The school is being built to honor the memory of Sunanda Gandhi (Arun’s recently deceased wife), who dedicated much of her life to serving the needs of poor women and children in India.
The school is intended to serve as a model that can be easily replicated throughout rural India. Its primary objectives are:
* Impart functional literacy (3R’s) to boys and girls aged 6-14.
* Provide extracurricular activities supporting whole child development.
* Promote vocational education and training for each child.
* Provide learning environments with equal emphasis on the 3 R’s, inculcation of social consciousness, and a sense of values.
The school modeled on Gandhian principles of simplicity and self-reliance, will be built in an eco-friendly fashion, and will be structured to easily utilize the help of college-age volunteers from all over the world. The first phase of the school is intended to serve 100 boarding students, and 300-day students.
The Gandhi World Hunger Fund is dedicated to the principle that NO child should go hungry.
There is more than enough food and relief in the world to make sure that every child grows up safe, secure, and nourished. The institute is organized as a non-profit, non-sectarian humanitarian charity and aims to provide both direct assistance and relief education to all in need.
SEWA is a trade union registered in 1972. It is an organization of poor, self-employed women workers who earn a living through their own labor or small businesses and they don’t receive a regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like workers in the organized sector.
SEWA main goal is to organize women workers for full employment. Full employment means employment whereby workers obtain work security, income security, food security and social security (at least health care, child care and shelter).
SEWA is both an organization and a movement. The SEWA movement is enhanced by its being a sangam or confluence of three movements: the labor movement, the cooperative movement and the women’s movement
Manav Sadhna, is an NGO based at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. The organization is comprised of a young group of dedicated individuals working for the upliftment of poor and needy children.
The mission of this organization is to serve the underprivileged. To this end, Manav Sadhna is engaged in constructive humanitarian projects that cut across barriers of class and religion while addressing issues faced by socio-economically neglected segments of society. In executing this mission, Manav Sadhna is guided by Mahatma Gandhi’s unshakable beliefs in peace, truth, non-violence and compassion.
Navdanya started as a program of the Research Foundation for science, Technology and Ecology (RFSTE), a participatory research initiative founded by world-renowned scientist and environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva, to provide direction and support to environmental activism.
1984 was the year of the Punjab Violence and the Bhopal tragedy. This violence demanded a paradigm shift in the practice of agriculture. Navdanya was born of this search for nonviolent farming, which protects biodiversity, the Earth and our small farmers.
Navdanya means nine crops that represent India's collective source of food security. The main aim of the Navdanya biodiversity conservation program is to support local farmers, rescue and conserve crops and plants that are being pushed to extinction and make them available through direct marketing.
Navdanya is actively involved in the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture. It has created awareness on the hazards of genetic engineering, defended people's knowledge from biopiracy and food rights in the face of globalization.
It has its own seed bank and organic farm spread over an area of 20 acres in Uttrakhand, north India.
Navdanya has so far successfully conserved more than 5000 crop varieties including 3000 of rice, 95 of wheat, 150 of kidney beans (rajma), 15 of millets and several varieties of pulses, vegetable, medicinal plants etc.
"The Global March Against Child Labor is a movement to mobilize worldwide efforts to protect and promote the rights of all children, especially the right to receive a free, meaningful education and to be free from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be harmful to the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development."
Global March Against Child Labor is a movement born out of hope and the need felt by thousands of people across the globe - the desire to set children free from servitude. The Global March seeks to eliminate child labor by questioning, attacking and changing the very systems that compel children to work at the global, regional and national levels. What is key therefore, in the fight to end child labor, is the need to advocate for policy changes.