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The Indian Public Education Ecosystem

The over-burdened and inadequately funded government school system in India may not provide many children the quality of education they seek. For low-income families who cannot afford private education, non-profit organisations (NGOs) play a critical role in bridging the education gap; working with the community and as partners to the government. However, while they are effective, these NGOs also face capacity constraints and lack the necessary resources to scale up their programmes to expand their impact. 

Accelerating Change

The Atma Accelerator Programme provides strategic, hands-on support to promising NGOs and social enterprises, helping them scale up sustainably by training them to plan, strategise and implement development projects. It provides up to three years of holistic consulting support and management expertise, to help NGOs streamline processes and set up tools and guidelines for better project execution. 

Partnership in Action

Not far from Mumbai’s city centre is a garbage dumping site where some of the city’s poorest residents make their living by picking through thrash and looking for things they can sell or use. Karunya Trust works with this community and through its ‘Gyaansaathi’ programme, currently provides over 150 children of rag-pickers with quality education, basic healthcare, and nutrition and tends to their psycho-emotional needs. Atma’s Accelerator programme has made a huge impact by helping Karunya fine-tune its mission and set up robust monitoring and evaluation systems and standard operating procedures. Atma’s training sessions and workshops have helped them build their leadership capacity and improve staff retention. Atma has also helped the Trust hone its fundraising strategy to raise money through several avenues, allowing it to expand its mission of holistic child development.

Our Commitment to Indian Public Education

Deutsche Bank has supported the Atma Accelerator through its Made for Good programme since 2016. Through this initiative, we support capacity-building programmes for six NGOs listed below, including Karunya, working in the field of education, collectively serving the needs of over 2,200 children from low-income communities. 

Spark a Change Runs before and after school programmes for children from low-income families
Mentor me India Conducts a community-based life skills programme through one-to-one mentor-mentee relationships
Urja Provides rehabilitation and shelter services to homeless women, and provides them with education services that lead to opportunities for employment and further development
Educo Provides holistic education that includes academics and co-curricular activities for exposure and life-skills development
Rishi Valmiki School Provides quality education and supports the emotional development of children from weaker financial backgrounds through experiential and nature-based learning

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About Atma

Atma was launched in 2007 by Dutch-Australians Adrienne Monteath-van Dok and Hayley Bolding, who realised that NGOs needed support to expand the delivery of quality education. They set up Atma to assist capacity building for NGOs in the education space, to develop them into sustainable and scalable organisations.

Atma helps NGOs develop systems and processes to attract better funding, hire talented candidates, increase awareness and evaluate impact. Their services include bespoke strategy and goal-setting, advisory from dedicated consultants, implementation support, and skills training for management and staff.


About Karunya Trust

Karunya Trust is engaged in the upliftment of the poor, irrespective of caste, creed and religion. The main areas of intervention are health, education, empowerment, relief and rehabilitation along with disaster preparedness. Children are at the core of Karunya’s work. The trust aims to provide a safety net of education, vocational training and healthcare to thousands of vulnerable children who are deprived of basic necessities and developmental opportunities. It also focuses on the financial development of the family through vocational and income generation programmes.

Deutsche Bank supports two programmes run by Karunya Trust as part of its Born to Be youth engagement initiative:

– Gynasaathi – A programme focused on providing non-formal education, supplementary nutrition, healthcare to children from rag picking children and their families residing at Govandi Dumpyard, Mumbai.

– SAVLI – A programme focused on empowerment of children who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in the 11-15 age group residing in one of the backward areas of Mumbai. The project provides support in the form of education, basic household needs, income generation and psycho-social counseling.

About Made for Good

Our goal: to give social businesses access to what they need to get off the ground and reach their next level. Discover how Made for Good is helping organisations succeed around the world here.

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Last Update: October 24, 2018
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