Our dream is to see that each and every child has access to a quality
education, a healthy life and a society free of exploitation and
The mission of Ark Foundation is to empower people by equipping them
with knowledge, so that they can improve their socio-economic status,
and participate meaningfully in the development of society. Ark will
try to inculcate a sense of courage, dedication and confidence into
Ark Foundation was formed by a group of research scholars from
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, who felt the need to use
their education for betterment of society. Observing the lack of
effective schools in slum areas so close to their own academic
institution, the group was motivated to make a small beginning to use
their knowledge and skills to provide learning centers for slum
children. Ark brings a holistic approach to educate children, with
its programmes extending to cover basic health and environmental
issues. Ark began its work in 1995 and got formal registration under
the Society Registration Act (1860) in 2002.
Ark aims to assist the people in every aspect of development, be it
education, empowerment of women or community resource management.
With this objective the foundation has a people centric programme and
a children centric programme.
People Centric Programmes:
1. Create awareness among people about diverse issues like
reproductive health and family planning, education, childcare
and community resource management.
2. Education on preventive health care, including information on
communicable disease, and the importance of immunizations.
3. Establish Eco Clubs for environmental awareness and nature
4. Increasing literacy rates.
Child Centric Programmes:
1. Monitor and mentor school dropouts and bring them into the
mainstream schooling system.
2. Empowering slum children with modern skills through
vocational training, e.g. computer course, trade skills etc.
3. Provide a modern and relevant education.
4. Educate student communities on importance of a healthy
lifestyle, including information on the benefits balance
diet and exercises.
Ark has 35 student volunteers from Jawaharlal Nehru University and 16
non-JNU volunteers, including skilled professionals from Australia
and New Zealand. The volunteers assist a range of activities from
administration and coordination of organisation and its programmes,
to teaching slum children at Ark Education Centres (AEC).
"Two Hours a Week"
Our programme "Two Hours a Week" is currently running at three slums-
Dhapo Colony, J.J. Colony and Chandanhaula village in Delhi. 35
undergraduate as well as graduate students of Jawaharlal Nehru
University (JNU), Delhi University (DU) and Indian Institute of
Technology (IIT) are sharing their knowledge with the children,
giving two hours a week to teach Hindi, English, Science and
Mathematics. The volunteers teach up to 95 students a week at the
Kataila School Programme
Ark is assisting a local group, Aadarsh Graamin Samaaj, to run a High
School at Kataila village, Ghazipur district, Uttar Pradesh. Ark
also provides opportunity for its volunteers to visit the
organisation in an effort to help educate volunteers about teaching
in a rural context.
The Arkitect, Ark Newsletter
Ark also brings out an on-line monthly newsletter to its volunteers,
members and other organisations associated with its activities. Its
content aims to keep members up to date with programmes and planning
and informs the reader about current development issues.
Ark is networking with other like-minded individuals, organisations
and institutions to exchange ideas and share experiences to increase
the pace of development.
FUTURE OF ARK
A Village Development Circle (VDC) in each village with a radius of
approximately 3kms will be the basis for the implementation of Ark's
activities. Each Development Circle will have:
1. Ark Education Centre
Computer Education Centre
Cultural Activity Centre
Vocational Training Centre
2. Ark Health Care Centre
Primary Health Centre
Routine Check up
Health Mela (festival)
3. Ark Women and Child Care Centre
Reproductive Health and Family Planning
Child-care centres for working mothers
4. Ark Youth Bank
Formation of a group
Provision of Loan for Self Employment
Identification of Skills
5. Ark Information Dissemination Centre
Publication of quarterly magazine- Baal Chaupal
Campaigning- individual, family and community level.
6. Ark Old Items Bank
Collection of Old Items
Identification of Needy People
Development of Distribution Mechanism.
7. Ark Eco Club
Planting a tree at the three important event of a life-
birth, marriage and death
Planting trees of medicinal, ecological and economic values.
Chairman: Dr. Shaheen Ansari
Vice-Chairman: Sudhyan Negi
Secretary: Sneha Singh
Joint Secretary: Dr. Ahmad Khan
Treasurer: Satyajit Puhan
Editor: Mohan Mishra
Chief Executive Officer: Ekramur Rashid
Chief Prog. Coordinator: Annie Romanos
Volunteer Coordinator: David Follington
Coordinator, Friends of Ark: Alex Popovich
Director, Education Prog. Rushda Siddiqui
Director, Health Programme: Pallavi Sharan
352 E, Munirka Village, New Delhi
Ph: +9126191531, +911132538170, +9818108924
Email: mail@... www.arkitect.org