Indian Dreams Foundation

Educating children from poor and slum areas for their entry into formal schools

I was welcomed to Indian Dreams Foundation (IDF) by Jyoti Singh, the organisation’s secretary; who also took me pillion on his scooter out of central Agra to Garhi Bhadoria. Located on the outskirts of the city, Garhi Bhadoria is a village where IDF runs a school. This school is one of six that IDF works with keeping in line with their thrust area of sponsoring the education of the girl child. Efforts for the same began in 2011, through the launched of their ‘Honhar Ladki’ (A promising girl) campaign. The program sponsor girls from poor and slum areas for their education into formal schools.

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How it all began

Indian Dreams Foundation was established in 2005 with the mission to impact the lives of the underprivileged, specifically in the areas of education and women empowerment. The birth of this NGO arises out of personal tragedy as the founder, Punit Asthana lost his father at the young age of 10. This seriously jeopardised Punit’s way of life but due to assistance from friends Punit was able to complete his education. Punit established his own successful advertising agency but felt that his duty was to give back to the under privileged community who could not affordan education.

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Volunteering Opportunities

In Punit’s own words, “IDF is open to all people who want to help in anyway.” Students and interns can volunteer with them to connect with slum communities and learn about their interests as well as life experiences – to help IDF help them better. If interested get in touch with Punit at punitasthana@rediffmail.com or fill out this form.

Rewards and Recognition

• In 2011 and again in 2012, IDF received the ‘Bharat Excellence Award’ for work in the development of deprived children in marginalized communities, organized by Friendship Forum of India, New Delhi

[codepeople-post-map]• In 2012, IDF received the Karmaveer Chakra Award, which is a Global Award for Social Justice and Citizen Action

• In 2012, IDF received the Rex Global Fellowship Award

• In 2013, IDF was awarded UN Special Consultative Status within ECOSOC

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