Vatsalya Foundation

Vatsalya believes that every child is born with an inherent capacity to grow and develop as a responsible individual in the mainstream society. It is our duty to see that their potentials are correctly tapped and channelised to the optimum. The policy to accept children as partners and not mere beneficiaries is a unique characteristic of Vatsalya and a good example of its faith in them.

Vatsalya meaning Parental Love, was established in 1982 by the students of College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan who came across street children at the railway stations, Marine Drive and near Bombay Hospital. The Vatsalya Foundation was initiated as a field action project of the College.

It was registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act in 1994. Vatsalya is a pioneer agency working with street children in Mumbai city through its multilevel approach of outreach, child-to-child contact, contact centers and shelter home. The years gone by have seen the consolidation of Vatsalya's activities towards holistic development of street children rooted firmly in a child rights perspective. The non-institutional approach of Vatsalya, adopted since its inception is the characteristic of its philosophy.

Performing Arts
Mumbai
India

Dance, music and theatre are our forte. Our children enjoy performing dance and music performances at various events like Birthday Party, Sneh Milan (Foundation Day), Diwali, Ganapati Festival, Durga Puja, Christmas Party etc.

Expressing Self - Nanhe Likhan
Mumbai
India

Expressing one's thoughts and feelings in writing comes naturally to many children at Vatsalya. They are able to write small pieces of writings - stories, essays, poems or their views on different aspects of life in a coherent manner. In addition, a few are also able to illustrate the thoughts expressed the piece of writing through drawings. The exercise when facilitated in a systematic way results in a hand-written book, written, designed and edited by the children.

Creative Expressions
Mumbai
India

We imparted training to 70 children in skills like jari work, bead work, mehendi drawing, dance, and sewing.