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Sakshi President felicitated by the Jan Kalyan Samiti for Lifetime Work in Poverty Alleviation and Women's Empowerment
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The Hard Rock Book Drive for the Sakshi NGO Library Program
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Sakshi VP conducts Virtual Workshop on Sustainable Development for Taylor's College, Malaysia
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Sakshi VP speaks on Value-Based Education in context of Gender and Contemporary Society for live IGNOU Panel on Doordarshan on International Women's Day
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Sakshi Library Program Receives Award from Delhi Government Education Department
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Sakshi VP interviewed by Amity University students for Women's Safety and Empowerment Film
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Sakshi Celebrates National Girl Child Day
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Sakshi Conducts Life Skills Workshops on Importance of Saving for Girls Education Project
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Sakshi Students Host American School Pupils for a Play Day
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Sakshi Partners with Ministry of Women and Child Development for Vatsalya Mela
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Sakshi Girls Education Project Pupil Wins IInd Prize in National Book Trust Children's Day Contest
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Sakshi Organizes Ghazal and Mushaira Nite for Independence Day
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Sakshi Organizes Summer Activities at Schools through the Library Program
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Sakshi Conducts Teacher Training for the Library Program
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Sakshi NGO Girls Education Project Pupils Win First Prize at Udaan Development Camp
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Sakshi Celebrates World Health Day with Girls' Health Camp for Remedial Education Centres
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Sakshi Participates in Harvard Serves Global Month of Service
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Sakshi Girls Education Project Celebrates International Women's Day
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Sakshi Pupils from Remedial Education Centres Visit Adventure Island
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Sakshi Selected as Government Mission Convergence Partner
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New Delhi 110024 India

Phone : (+91) 11-24621743 
(+91)9811233595 
Fax : (+91) 11-46580218
Email : connect@sakshingo.org

 
 
About Sakshi

In 1990, when Dr. Dharam Anand, Sakshi’s founder (below centre), returned to India after working abroad for many years in the area of public health, he found that millions of displaced farmers and rural poor had migrated to urban areas like Delhi in search of better opportunities and were living in abject poverty in unauthorized settlements which lacked basic facilities like water, sanitation, electricity, shelter etc.

Uneducated and poor, they scraped an existence as manual labor. Their children grew up malnourished and sickly and without education, followed in their parents' footsteps. It was a heart-breaking situation.  

Uniquely placed to help by virtue of his global experience in public health and education, Dr. Anand founded Sakshi to help these forgotten and marginalized children and communities. 

Dr. D. Anand, Founder President, Sakshi


 

Dr. Dharam Anand (centre), Sakshi's Founder, in front of Sakshi's first Education Centre in 1996

Health & Hygiene

Before After Water Station In 1993, Sakshi began work in the area of Health & Hygiene wherein, supported by the United Nations and World Health Organization, Sakshi began to build toilets at MCD schools in the slums and educate children and communities about Preventive Medicine and Hygiene.

This was critical to reducing the incidence of diseases and water-borne epidemics that frequently afflicted these settlements and resulted in high rates of child, maternal and overall mortality.

Education

ECCD BoyWorking in the MCD schools, Sakshi staff noticed the high drop-out rate of slum children. Sakshi believes that education is vital for the development of a child, enlarging her vision of the world and herself, instilling curiosity, awareness, values and a belief and ability to chart her own destiny.

Thus, supported by Government agencies, Sakshi began work in the area of Elementary Education, running Early Education Centers to care for the health and education of pre-school children and Non-Formal Education Centers and Remedial Classes to track down, motivate and equip drop-outs to rejoin the mainstream.

Vocational Training and Full Empowerment

Mr. Satish TandonSakshi Computer Training Centre In 2005, Mr. Satish Tandon (right), who had assisted Dr. Anand's efforts from the start, assumed leadership of Sakshi. A successful CEO of a multinational corporation himself, he realized that though health and elementary education are necessary first steps in the upliftment and development of slum children, something further is needed to make them employable and able to earn a regular and decent livelihood.

Mr. Tandon then initiated the vital Vocational Training project which today equips low-literate youth with marketable skills like computer training, beauty culture, proficiency in English etc that allows them to find jobs which double their previous combined family income and have growth potential, thus empowering them to break the Cycle of Poverty for themselves, their families and their future generations.

Supporting the Health and Education projects over the years was our growing work in Community Development: building awareness in slums about hygiene, the importance of education, girl child upliftment and women's empowerment.

Sakshi Today

Dr. Mridula Anand TandonSakshi is ably helmed by Dr. Mridula Anand Tandon (right), Dr. Anand's daughter, a medical professional, a successful business person, and an integral part of Sakshi since the beginning.

Our Mission and Goals

Sakshi’s Mission is to empower slum children and communities to break the vicious Cycle of Urban Poverty by providing them access to health, education and community development services and thus a comprehensive road from poverty to prosperity.

Our goals are: 

  • To open the doors of Primary Education for “unreached children” without access to it.
  • To integrate children who are marginalized by poverty and lack of education into mainstream society.
  • To provide low-literate or illiterate youth with the power to earn a regular and decent livelihood.
  • To provide Health & Hygiene Services to slum children and communities.
  • To provide Developmental Services to slum communities, primarily by empowering women and the marginalized, and building awareness about the importance of education and upliftment of the girl child.

Our Principles

  • Empowerment: Through health, education and community development services, we enable the poorest of poor especially children, youth and women to become empowered to help themselves, as opposed to being charity cases. 
  • “All-Round Care”: We provide for a healthy mind, body and soul. From medical attention to education to compassionate social workers and teachers who serve as guides & mentors.
  • “Joyful Learning”: We teach enjoyably via role play, songs, essays etc for better retention, motivation & to ingrain a joyful work ethic in the children 
  • Sustainability: We start a new project only when we have resources to see it through. 
  • Commitment: in Employees, Partners, Patrons. We go wherever we are needed. We do whatever is needed.  

Sakshi is able to spend greater than 90% of the funding it receives directly on its projects for the children and communities building schools and toilets, buying books and medicines etc. This is because we are a grassroots organization with our own centres. We can efficiently direct the money where it is needed. Also, we have very low overhead costs because executive functions are carried out pro bono by the founding family. 

Over the last two decades, Sakshi executives' combined expertise in medicine, education and management, dedication to giving back to the less fortunate and ability to spark the same passion in others and have them sign up to the cause, has led Sakshi to scale ever greater heights.

Sakshi Children

Through the leadership of Sakshi's executives and the dedication of its project staff, Sakshi has...

...thrived over 18 years

...to become a full-spectrum grassroots NGO

...developing and implementing projects in Health, Education and Community Development

...running 120 centres in destitute areas

...and partnering with organizations like the United Nations, Government of India, WHO etc

...to empower hundreds of thousands of needy children and their families to break the Cycle of Poverty once and for all.

 

 

 

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