State Women’s Council, a non-governmental organisation has over 10 projects,
self created agencies and groups through which it seeks to achieve its
objectives. The projects vary considerably in content and the people they
target. They range from full-fledged residential institutions for destitute
women and children to special programmes for the physically challenged and
Council’s administrative headquarters are in the Town Hall, in south Mumbai.
The projects and the institutions it runs are spread around the city. Some of
the key institutions and projects are:
- Asha Sadan – “House of Hope” – a home for destitute children up to the age of 6, and young girls aged 14-20 years fleeing from abusive circumstances. The Adoption Group – a group that deals with adoption within India and abroad.
- Asha Kiran– a day care and learning centre for children who live on the streets.
- Savera – a centre for children with special needs from underprivileged homes.
- Foster Care – A group that provides financial support to children of single / terminally parents who are under privileged.
- Bapnu Ghar – “Father’s House” – a safe haven for battered women and those in severe social distress.
- Abhilasha – which provides for nursery and pre-kindergarten education and midday meals for children, vocational training for women of Dharavi and a study centre in evening.
- Worli Library – A free open access library for students and others, providing access to 32000 books including textbooks and other reading material in Marathi, Hindi and English on a wide variety of subjects, and a Study Centre where students can come in and study through the day and late into the night.
- Health Committee which provides family counseling, reproductive health treatments and conducts camps for early detection of various diseases for the underprivileged.
- Lotus Home for Senior Women Citizens – A paid-for residential facility for women over 65 years of age.