India Sponsorship Committee

Assists underprivileged children through sponsorship initiatives aimed at positively transforming every facet of their lives - education, interpersonal connections, skill development, and nutrition

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    Mumbai, Maharashtra

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The India Sponsorship Committee was established in 1967, and since then has continued to evolve in the sphere of educating the underprivileged child Read moreren of India. Its flagship project, Antar Bharati Balgram , was established in 1972, and today boasts of 9 sadans (homes) where almost 100 orphan and destitute children grow up in an environment similar to a normal familial home. Today the Balgram campus, includes the Antar Bharati Balgram School , from KG to Std.X, following the state SSC Board. It is an English medium school and conforms to the guidelines laid down by the RTE Act. In 1980, the ISC Pune was established in Yerwada. The main focus was to ensure that the children of migrant labourers on the periphery of the city were given an opportunity to study and did not enter the world of child labour in the brick kilns where their parents worked. Today more than 8000 children have had the opportunity of education and lead a better life. ISC Pune has thereafter focused on areas of Child Rights, Gender Sensitization, Women Empowerment and Early Childhood and Nutrition programs , and continue their success in all these areas each year. Upon achieving a milestone of completion of 50 years in the field of ensuring education for the underprivileged, we are assured that every child who has been in our fold is living a life much better having been given the opportunity of Education. The SSEEPF Approach (Secure Home, Spiritual & Social Mentorship, Education, Emotional & Physical Well-being, Family-Based Care) ISC's Theory of Change serves as the cornerstone for all the programs, ensuring comprehensive development for children. This theory is manifested through the sponsorship model, creating a secure community akin to a home. Within this community, mentors foster spiritual and social growth, while teachers aid in learning and skill development. The ultimate goal is not only to foster independence in these children but also to instil in them a sense of giving back to their community. • Social Development – ISC concentrates on nurturing interpersonal relationships and skills, emphasizing connections not only with individuals but also instilling awareness and gratitude towards their environment, surroundings, and nature. • Spiritual Enrichment – The focus lies in nurturing an inclusive culture that respects all faiths, beliefs, and ideologies, fostering an environment of inclusivity and respect. • Educational Empowerment – Education is an empowerment tool. Through initiatives like Antar Bharati Balgram School in Lonavala and learning support programs in Pune's communities and migrant labour settlements, ISC provides access to education. • Emotional Well-being – Children's safety and protection are the top priorities. It enhances family-based support by facilitating emotional expression in a non-biased, judgment-free environment, creating an inclusive safe space for all children. • Physical Well-being – ISC ensures children's health and nutritional needs through various physical activities, events, and providing ample opportunities for movement and play. • Family-Centric Care – The primary objective is to provide children with a safe, familial environment to grow and develop. Given their backgrounds, fostering healthy relationships with elders and peers is crucial for their growth.


  • Balgram

    Balgram stands as a flagship project, offering a residential haven designed to nurture underprivileged children through a family-based care system, providing them with a supportive environment to learn, grow, and envision their dreams.
    Originating in 1967 with merely five children, it has evolved into a thriving village, now home to over 100 children aged 6 to 18 years residing in nine family homes.
    Key Attributes:
    • Children, ranging from 6 to 18 years old, reside together in Bal Sadans, which function as familial homes within the village.
    • Each family unit is overseen by a Sadan Mother, and older children assume roles akin to siblings.
    • Household tasks and responsibilities are shared equitably among all children, instilling a sense of teamwork and cooperation.
    • Alongside formal education, ample opportunities for skill development are provided.

  • Antar Bharti Balgram school

    Antar Bharti Balgram School upholds the belief that education serves as a fundamental pillar in shaping a progressive society. The school is dedicated to ensuring that every child receives quality education, fostering informed, compassionate, and capable individuals who contribute positively to society.
    Key Features:
    • Comprehensive education encompassing both academic and personal support within and beyond classroom confines.
    • Competent teaching staff composed of trained graduates.
    • Regular training programs to keep educators updated with the latest methodologies.
    • Providing formal education tailored to match age-appropriate scholastic and physical development.
    • English medium instruction following the SSC curriculum.
    • State-of-the-art infrastructure and technological resources promoting educational and sporting activities.
    • Encouraging emotional skills development to nurture robust social relationships.

  • Aakar

    ISC has been dedicatedly working with the children of brick kiln labourers in and around Pune for the past 40 years, striving to break the cycle of exploitative labour for the younger generation. Presently, the outreach extends to more than 3,000 vulnerable children annually, aligning with the vision of a society where every child can exercise their rights freely.
    Key Features:
    • Non-Formal Education -
    • Safe learning environments established for marginalized children.
    • Efforts to minimize dropouts and support continuous learning for vulnerable children.
    • Life Skills Initiative -
    • "Jasa Mi Tashi Ti" program focusing on teaching gender equality.
    • Conducting sensitivity training for boys to view girls as equal individuals.
    • Protection Initiative -
    • Aiming to prevent child abuse, in line with the national campaign against child labour.
    • Establishing secure environments, especially for girls, to prevent school dropouts.

  • Saksham


    Saksham represents an empowerment initiative crafted to identify and guide young individuals towards financial self-reliance. By employing comprehensive interventions that acknowledge their diverse backgrounds and experiences, the program strives to foster self-sufficiency in participants, positioning them as role models for future generations. The programme operates at the Pune ISC Centre, benefiting young women in Yerwada, Lohiya Nagar, and Vishrantwadi areas within Pune.
    1. Professional Training – Tailoring -
    • Provision of 15 sewing machines to train young women in tailoring.
    • Creation and marketing of masks, bags, gift items, apparel, and home decor.
    2. Skill Development – Accounting and Photography -
    • Career-focused courses in Accounting, MS-CIT, and Tally ERP aligned with the government’s Skill Development Drive.
    • Collaboration with SNDT University for courses in Office Administration, Account Executive, and Tailoring.
    • Certified photography course

  • Sarathi

    Sarathi is a comprehensive settlement program tailored for ISC children, focusing on facilitating their career advancement towards achieving financial independence.
    Key Features: Sarathi is structured in stages to cater to children at appropriate ages with the necessary tools:
    • Aarambh stage (ages 14 to 18): Aims to prepare, inform, and equip children with essential knowledge to make well-informed choices.
    • Pragati stage (ages 18 to 21): Aims to support and encourage educational and career decisions by providing consistent guidance and mentorship for stability and success.
    • Aatmanirbhar stage (21 and beyond until employment): Ensures readiness and awareness among young adults to independently pursue their careers and lives.

Leadership Team

  • Dr. Zulie Nakhooda

    Founder & Administrator

  • Ms. Tara Cherian

    Vice President

  • Mr. P. M. Shah

    Founding Member

  • Ms. Vidya Kotak

    Honorary Treasurer

  • Medha Oka

    Executive Director

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    Mathuradas Estate Building No 1, 2nd Floor, 43/45, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Colaba Causeway, Mumbai - 400001, India

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