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Touching Lives Welfare Trust

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Address: C/O Ankit Kanani, 601, Sai Laxmi, Next to Bhargav hospital, Babhai naka, Borivali West, Mumbai - 400092

Aligned to the following Sustainable Development Goals

Who We Are

Based in Mumbai, with a Global Vision, Touching Lives is a non-profit organization working towards Learning, Healing, Art, Technology and Life-Skills for the children, youth and parents living in slum communities.

Founded in 2003 by Sonia Mackwani with the value – ‘it is our need to serve than saying we are serving the needy’, Touching Lives is guided by the mantras of Self-work*, Seva (service) and Sadhana (practice).

The challenges that children from slum communities face are unique and complex. Thus, it is necessary to take a ‘therapeutic and holistic approach’ along with supplementary support for their academics.

Our team of qualified, skilled and dedicated tribe of professionals who work tirelessly to provide the best education to children.

Currently, we run our learning programs 100% online. The children are provided with Tabs and Smart Phones to avail the education. This has opened the door for children across India to be a part of our programs.

GOAL 2023-2024
Our goal is to support the holistic education of 160 students and to provide mental-health workshops to 40 parents annually.

Touching Lives has been working incessantly for the past 19 years, contributing positively to the lives of thousands of individuals.

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Raising Funds For

Through TMM 2023, we are raising funds for ‘Independent Learners Project.’

Independent Learners Project is an initiative to provide activity-based supplementary education to children living in slums of Dahisar and Borivali - suburbs of Mumbai, and college students from different parts of India.

The students, age 6+ until 25 years of age, attend regular sessions with Touching Lives’ full-time teachers, are supported with school-study support with volunteers, tabs and internet recharges as per need for online education, opportunity to receive sponsorship for education, regular counselling and mental health sessions, workshops with external facilitators.

The in-house curriculum, regular assessments of concepts and detailed lesson plan for each class is prepared by the teachers with the help of expert teacher-trainer. The curriculum covers English language proficiency, life-skills, meditation, growth mindset, socio-emotional development, creativity and more.

The cost of this project is Rs. 13,80,000 for one year.

Per child cost : Rs. 8,625 (USD 108) for one year.

Rs. 718 (USD 9) per child per month.

Fund utilization: Salary of teachers, curriculum development, teacher training, external facilitators, educational resources, internet recharge, parent inclusion, admissions, community visits.

Fund Utilization in 2020

Total funds raised in 2020 - INR 1256778

Project NameIndependent Learners Project
Amount Utilized (INR)1518912
Project DescriptionProviding regular activity-based education to children living in slum communities in Dahisar and Borivali in Mumbai.
LocationsMumbai suburban > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesEducation > Early childhood learning,Education > Education scholarships,Education > Non formal education,Education > Remedial education,Education > Promoting reading
Beneficiary GroupChildren,Women
Beneficiary DescriptionChildren starting from the age of 5 are given admission to Touching Lives programs. Children going school, drop-out students, college going students; all of them are supported through various programs. The team of Care program at Touching Lives also works with mothers of our children by giving them workshops on meditation, self-care and healing through arts.
ImpactTotal children and parents supported through various programs at the Learning Center and Community Centers - 250.

You can read the Impact report here -

We also update monthly activities done with the children and impact stories here -
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 Regular support for teaching English, school subjects, values, meditations and therapies - in house curriculum focusing on the overall development Everyday

Fund Utilization in 2019

Total funds raised in 2019 - INR 662134

Project NameIndependent Learners Project
Amount Utilized (INR)400000
Project DescriptionWe work towards Learning and Healing of children and families living in slum communities, supporting them to become Independent Learners.


Our Learning Center is a rented bungalow, where children come every day for Activity-based Education and our Community Centers are small (sometimes open) set-up within the slum communities run by our Community Leaders (college students who have learned at Touching Lives, received training and have joined the team to share the gift of education with other children)

- The focus is on the overall development of children, providing them with safe, inspiring and therapeutic space to Recover, Discover and Do what they realize for themselves and for the world.

- Arts Based Therapy sessions for the children of all the programs
- Individual Healing and Counseling for children (Reiki, Angel cards, Access Consciousness etc.)
- Healing workshops for the parents of our children
- Teachers Healing Retreat for teachers from NGOs and schools
- Body awareness and Menstruation workshops for young girls
- Individual and Group Healing for the team

- Sessions at the Community Centers for children
LocationsMumbai suburban > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesEducation > Non Formal Education,Education > Remedial Education,Education > Value Education,Education > Value Education,Education > Promoting Reading,Education > School / Career Counselling
Beneficiary GroupChildren,Women
Impact- Innovative activities: Making Education interesting and child-centric through Hundreds of hours of regular Activity-based Education

- Introducing new Technology: Use of tablets in classrooms

- Academic Success: Poonam Tevar and Divyesh Patel completing Gradution, 16 out of 18 students passing their board exams, Kamlesh Pal scoring 96/100 in Mathematics in SSC

- Workshops: Life-skills, Career guidance, Angel cards, Dance and many more

- Healing and Therapy: Individual and Group Therapies and counseling
Our Team of Ram, Rubina, Neelam, Sonia combined, they have expertise and experience in Psychology, Arts-based Therapy, Hypno-Therapy, Access Consciousness, Reiki, Conscious birthing and motherhood, many other simple and innovative Healing and Teaching modalities

- Healing and Therapy Support for Parents

- My Story Report: Mentors maintaining detailed progress report and record of interventions for each child

- Sponsorships: For IIT entrance coaching, Medical entrance coaching, Junior college, Dance training, Para gliding

- Healing Workshops for other organizations: A new step and milestone for the Healing team with the workshops for YIF NGO team, Leadership group of diamond Group Constel
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 4 Programs at the Learning Center Every weekday for one and half hours for 2 batches
2 School Study Support As per the need of the children and availability of volunteers
3 3 Community Centers Thrice a week for one hour
4 Individual Healing Support for children
5 Parents Healing Workshop

Fund Utilization in 2018

Total funds raised in 2018 - INR 285597

Project NameIndependent Learners
Amount Utilized (INR)285597
Project DescriptionOur programs for the children living in the slums of Borivali and Dahisar in Mumbai is at the core of our work. The goal is to provide resources and mentorship for children to enable Learning & Healing. Over 200 children received activity based education through this project.
We have set up quality resource centres (termed as Learning Centre & Community Centre) that allow children to recover, discover and do what they realize for themselves and for the world.
The trained mentors (teachers) use therapeutic learning methods for the overall development of children. This involves integrating mental health, education and developing conscious parent-child relationship.
LocationsMumbai suburban > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesEducation > Early Childhood Learning,Education > Education Scholarships,Education > Non Formal Education,Education > Value Education,Health > Mental Health
ImpactOur student Ram Soni, who works with the team now to provide Learning and Healing to other children in the communities:

I am a psychology graduate and last year, I completed my education in Art Based Therapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy. I also work as a Healer at Touching Lives Learning Center and support my family financially.

I live in Indira nagar slum community in Dahisar. I studied in a Hindi medium Municipal school. When I was in school, I was told that I also have to become a vegetable vendor like my father and I had dropped out of school twice to earn money. But I was determined that I want to study and I persisted with the support of Touching Lives. I was supported in all the aspects of my life- My school and college studies, Admissions, Sponsorships for coaching, My Relationships, and My Life Goals.
Didi and Sir always provided love and care to me as if they are my real family.
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 Activity based education 2000+ hours
2 Community Centers 250+ hours
3 School / College study program 650+ hours
4 Healing and counseling 300+ hours
5 Healing workshops for mothers from communities 7 women
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