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ASHRAM has been able to support over 25 projects in Self Help Housing, Employment Generation and Empowerment of Women and educating children.

We have been able to support people in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Sr Lanka.





We were participating in a project in Kabul with The Sandy Gall Afghanistan Appeal (SGAA). This involved (a) the provision of artificial limbs and orthotic appliances and wheelchairs, walking aids and (b) the provision of physiotherapy services. Originally, Sandy Gall Afghanistan Appeal set up this centre and ran it between 1996 and 1998. After that the building ran into disuse and most of it destroyed during the bombing of Kabul. In an effort to revive this unit, ASHRAM International agrnd also in the provision of physiotherapy services.  During our project cycle of one year eed to provide financial support for some of the staff salaries and part of running costs of the Centre. Considerable repair were undertaken and staff recruited from October’02. The centre is now operational and patients who require physiotherapy services and orthothic devices are being treated. Simultaneously local technicians are being trained to manufacture orthotic devices.


Per. month

Per year

No of Patients receiving physiotherapy treatment



No of orthotic appliances, walking aids made and supplied



No of technicians receiving training in manufacture of orthotic devices and physiotherapy services






Patients requiring surgery are referred to Orthopaedic surgeons in the Kabul Military Hospital, and will then be followed up for further physiotherapy and provision of orthotic devices at our project centre.


Enabling Self-Help Housing for Victims of landmine

Here, again we partnered Sandy Gall  Afghansitan Appeal to support 22 households to repair / upgrade damaged houses and to add a toilet to each house.


          The houses of the victimes of landmine being upgraded through our self help  housing programme





Womens Craft Centre

(In partnership with Habitat Integrated Pakistan HIP)

This Craft Centre was established by us in 1998 to rehabilitate gypsy women whose menfolk were weaned away from the cruel sport of bear-baiting. Every six months 17 to 35 women and girls are trained at this craft Centre in embroidery, block printing and tailoring skills. We supported this project for several years and now it self-sificient. The quality of their manufactured goods has improved all the time. Now the Centre is trading its good internally.


Gypsy Women’s Craft Centre in Lahore, Pakistan


ASHRAM International supported the De Estiqlal Lycee School in Islamabad which is run by 17 voluntary Afghan refugee teachers and is educating 288 Afghan refugee children.  Our financial support to this school for two years has enabled the school to rent out the adjoining building, providing more classroom accommodation.  It has also enabled salary support to the teachers, the establishment of the Health centre for pupils, and a Computer Training facility with 7 sets of computers.  The Computer Training facility offers training to others as well, thus generating income for the school. This school is now self-supporting.


Maliha Kabir from ASHRAM in April 2000 Visited the school for

Afghan refugee children in Islamabad, Pakistan


Kah-Kashan Tailoring Centre

The plight of Afghan refugee women in Pakistan is one of humiliation and total exclusion. We established a Tailoring and Embroidery Unit with the help of an Afghan refugee lady in Islamabad (Kah-Kashan Tailoring Centre). This Centre trained batches of 24 refugee women and girls in garment making and embroidery. After completion of training, these women are enabled to earn income through the sale of goods produced by them.


Sri Lanka 


Sanitation Project: Provision of water and toilets for 22 families

This project was designed to meet a critical need in the village of Ranapana in the Kegalle District of Sri-Lanka. A contaminated household environment and risky hygiene practices account for 30% of the total burden of diseases there.

We have built 22 private toilets for 22 families, and 3 public wells, and provided an overhead tank and a power motor to supply water to them. Also included is awareness on hygiene and leadership.









34 families were support to genrate income through livestoack farming

Our project in the remote tribal area of Nalgonda, Andhra Pradesh, India in collaboration with the newly formed then Nalgonda YMCA. The project was designed to deter the sale of approx: 20 (or more) female babies. The basis for this heart-breaking practice is grinding poverty. The project aims at eliminating or minimising the effects of poverty by providing the target households each with a “kick-start” entrepreneurial capital of Rs 15,000 (approx: £230) per family. So far five income generating activities were identified. They are:-

...Livestock Farming

...Provision of and training in the use of agricultural kits

...Training in garment making and provision of sewing machines

...Setting up of a Bakery Unit

...Setting up of a Brick-making unit

The project included a preliminary phase to carry out a survey for the region, importantly in the area of poverty, which is the basic reason for the sale of female babies.  This is an area where information is not always readily forthcoming, due to the secret nature of the trade. The justification for this project is that the original habitat of the project beneficiaries were the huts along the fertile Krishna river. They are tribals. They were re-located to the top of a remote bug hillock, since Government acquired the land for the construction of a huge irrigation dam. The re-located site had neither medical facilities nor drinking water for humans and cattle. Against the above background, and in the face of grinding poverty, the arrival of a female baby in a household is viewed with utmost concern. The “non-use” of a female child as a contributing farmhand, the social stigma attached to centuries old superstition, the existence of the illegal dowry system which invariably involves the giving away of cultivable land...all these conditions make the female child an easily saleable commodity to brokers and childless couples.

The second phase of the programme involved the provision of developmental assistance including finance and technical know-how to at least 20 families to generate household income that will deter the sale of female babies. Phase II of the programme, used the base line data obtained from the survey undertaken during Phase I and crafted the modality of implementing the five employment generating activities.





The age-old practice of reaching out to the parents through offspring is successfully applied in our emerging project in Shimoga, Karnataka State, India. This project, is in collaboration with the YMCA-Shimoga, and initiated by its General Secretary – Rev S Dhanaraj.

The project has a Children’s Welfare Programme (Balavikasa Yojane). There are 3 centres that provide milk, food and free education for abandoned street children. The centres also provide free health care and importantly, preventive health care in its Pulse Polio programme.

Children at thier day centre

Some of the mothers who are seeing their once abandoned children now in good care, have come within the influence of the total programme, which includes education in family planning and clinical support. The awareness  development programme also includes the problems connected with child labour.

A Tailoring Unit is also operational. Many women receive training in this unit and are encouraged to earn their livelihood in the production and sale of garments. With this livelihood approach, they also participate in the Savings and Loan programme which really is the  foundation for the formation of Womens Self-Help Groups (SHG’s)

So, here we have the unique example of women progressing into the micro credit economy through the entry point of their once abandoned and unwanted street children. We commend Rev Dhanaraj and Mrs Dhanaraj for their deep vision and intense total commitment to this work which they have crafted and are nurturing with their total lives.

Tailoring centre for women




Empowerment Programme for Women is the total umbrella activity, under which specialised activities as the rescue and rehabilitation of women in slave sex trade and the education of children are conducted.

Our project (phases I & II) is in partnership with the Bombay YMCA and our intervention consists of two components: -

Component (1): The rescue and rehabilitation of 50 prostitutes (“phasing-out” programme) in the “red light” district of Kamathipura in Central Bombay. Phase I of the project achieved the following results: -

·      30 prostitutes were “phased out” into normal life and all of them are sending their children to the YMCA – Ashram run “balwadis” (Pre-schools)

·    3 former prostitutes are employed as helpers and teachers in the project.

·    2 former prostitutes are undergoing training at the Vocational training Centre (VTC)

·    4 former prostitutes are registered and awaiting to be trained at the Vocational Training Centre.

·    7 women are awaiting to come out of their existing system as soon as the threat to their lives recedes.

Component (2): The rescue and enabling the education of 770, abandoned and unwanted street children 3-6 year old in our network of “Balwadis” (Pre-schools). In these “Balwadis” the children are also being prepared for absorption into mainstream society with children coming from more stable backgrounds. All these “Balwadis” (pre-schools) are equipped with play materials, creative teaching aids etc.; They are also provided with free uniforms and mid-day meals. ASHRAM’s financial intervention has also meant that Teachers are paid more, and this has been a factor in increasing their morale.




Balwadis  (children’s pre-schools)



VTC Kamathipura



Community Sewing Class (Sitaram Mill Compound)



Patch Work



Mid Day Meals



Night Study Centre






Gulalwadi Tailoring Class



Special Coaching Class for STD X Students



Kamathipura Women & Children Welfare Co-op. Society LTD








Our projects in India from 1997-2000

  • Within this first three years, we have changed the lives of nearly 900 individuals India. 
  • The status of completed projects is as under: -


No: of beneficiaries (households)

Project Title

In partnership with



Home improvement and income generation scheme for weaker section households in Ratnagiri district of  Maharashtra, Bombay, India

Housing Development Finance Cooperation Ltd (HDFC)



Rehabilitation of households evicted from squatter settlements in Shastrinagar Koramangala, Bangalore, India

Association for Voluntary Action and Services (AVAS)



Model low cost housing colony for Slum dweller

Shri. Amm. Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre & Murugappa Shelter Trust



Self-help shelter provision and upgradation for 150 women-headed households in Tamilnadu (India) and to promote eco-friendly fal-g brick production out of fly ash.

League For Education And Development (LEAD)



  • During the fourth year of our operation we impacted upon yet another 1526 individuals, in
  • successfully completing projects in the following towns: -


No: of beneficiaries (households)

Project title

In partnership with



Rehabilitation of destitute women and children - providin vocational training classes, self help employment, preschool for their children

Bombay YMCA



Self Help Housing

Rev Sampath









Our project in Kathmandu (Nepal) was an integrated project in the Food Sector, in partnership with the Government of Nepal. The project consisted of three components:-

(a) the establishment of a Milk Chilling Plant, (b) the construction of a Community Hall, that serves as a school by day and for adult literacy and leisure activities in the evenings, and (c) a “Savings and Loan” module to enable those working in the Milk Chilling Plant and others (total 30 households) to upgrade their dilapidated houses or build new houses.

The Founder, Mr Joseph

Visiting the housing project in Kathmandu, Nepal

Encouraged by the significant progress made by the project beneficiaries, we took further into Phase IV, which consisted of two components, namely:

  • The construction / upgradation of another 50 houses.
  • The establishment of a Women Tailoring Institute to manufacture and sell ladies garments and children’s school uniforms. We plan to provide 20 sewing machines, and subsidise salaries of Teachers, provide skills training and training equipment for self-employment.

ASHRAM International supported a Cooperative school in this project area in Kathmandu which is run by six teachers.  About 90 percent of children in the area  are attending the school (64 girls, 95 boys). 

We are pleased to report significant progress in phase III, of the project as under:-

...In the two project sites of Chatradeurali and Kewalpur, 44 houses have been completed.

...Again, in the same two project sites, 44 women have since been trained in the Tailoring Institute

...965 items have been produced in the Womens Tailoring Institute. They generate self-employed income for women training in the Institute.