Swadhar IDWC, Institute for Development of Women & Children

There is no tool for development, that is more effective than the empowerment of women. Because she is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, to nurture and to transform. Empowering her means progress for all. It means empowering generations.

Swadhar was founded on these beliefs, in Mumbai, in order to help women in distress and come out of it, empowered. After twelve years of successfully working in Mumbai, Swadhar started its work in Pune too.

In the year 1995, Prof. Meenakshi Apte along with Mrs. Sulabha Joshi and Mrs. Suchitra Date, laid the stone of Swadhar IDWC (Institute for Development of Women and Children) in Pune - an organisation which was to now work for the development of not just underprivileged women, but children too.

Swadhar IDWC was founded, and has been developed over the years, by a team of professionally qualified women volunteers. It mainly works towards
1) empowering women,
2) providing support to children in need of protection and survival, and
3) the overall development of children, especially the girl child.

Swadhar Impact

Case Studies

Aakash finds his silver lining

Aakash and his younger brother were born to HIV positive parents. He learnt of his own condition and his family’s, when he was 10. He didn't exactly know

Piyush reaches for the stars

Piyush’s case was referred to the Rays of Hope project in 2007, by a doctor at D.Y.Patil Hospital. Piyush cam from a family of three - him, his mother and

Determined to defy destiny

Sameer Sheikh is 17 years old. He is occupied as a rickshaw puller, in Bibwewadi. An occupation he has taken to, in order to get his father a heart surgery

Swadhar Moments : Photos

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Testimonials

I have been giving donation to ‘Akshaedeep’ project under “Swadhar’ for the last 5-6 years......" Vidyanand M.Ranade, Govt. of Maharashtra

Swadhar is one of the NGOs we are supporting for ....." Drishti HR-Smita navare and Jyoti from Drishti

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