In 1967, the India Sponsorship Committee, a registered organization, took the initiative to act in favour of children, to light up their life with the torch of Education. The Right to Education meant giving the underprivileged child the gift of opportunity by providing their families with enabling support. Having pioneered the child sponsorship programme in collaboration with other child welfare agencies as project partners, the concept of community partnership evolved with a community based programme and a focus on child-centric development.
In 1970, Antar Bharati Balgram was started as a home for orphan & destitute children living in sadans under the care of a foster mother. A secondary school and an Industrial Training Center, on campus, ensure their complete rehabilitation in society by the time they are adults.
The Antar Bharati Balgram School, is an English medium school from KG to Std. X, which not only serves the academic needs of the children of Balgram, but also caters to the educational needs of the children of the rural villages around Lonavala.
The Industrial Training Center, with support from the L&T Public Charitable Trust, offers training in the trades of electrical and welding to the rural youth.
The Pune Urban Community Development project started in 1982, focuses on the girl child and also the working child. Balwadis for migrant children and vocational training for the girl child to promote income generation as adult women are two focus areas.
The School Based Education Support Project at Sion, Mumbai, focuses on the girl child from urban slum communities and ensures continuous education by providing educational material, study classes, health care counseling and extra-curricular activities, to prevent them from becoming drop-outs.
The mission of the India Sponsorship Committee is to provide children in need the support required by them for an education that offers them opportunities that develop their full potential. Further, it seeks to create opportunities for children to become responsible, contributing members of society by helping them meet their family, social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs.
All donations will be distributed among our projects at the discretion of the Board and Trustees. Donors may specify a particular project if they wish.
DEVIDAS KUMAR - Devidas and his brother were referred to Balgram at the age of 4 years, after they witnessed their Mother being burnt alive by their father in a fit of drunken rage. After studying in the Balgram School and completing his high school, Devidas enrolled in the electrical trade of the Industrial Training Center on the campus. After a two year study course, he topped the exam in the Center with 80% marks and was taken by L&T as a Trainee in their Ahmednagar factory. Today he is gainfully employed, and drawing a salary on which he can live comfortably.