Our Organisation - Swadhar IDWC

Swadhar was originally founded, way back in the year 1983 in Mumbai, by late Prof. Meenakshitai Apte (then Professor at Department for Family and Child Welfare, in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and pursuing doctoral research) and late Mrinaltai Gore (a noted activist). Both of them had a similar concern about the lack of safety of women living in Goregaon, a suburb of Mumbai. They met the Commissioner of Police to put forward their ideas about how the situation at hand could be improved, with a little help from the police department. The Police Commissioner in turn, suggested that a counseling center in the area could provide guidance and help to women in distress. This idea led to existence of Swadhar as an organisation and its very first initiative - a Counseling Center for women, which continues to function even now, in Goregaon.

In the year 1995, Prof. Meenakshi Apte or Meenakshitai as she is fondly known, retired from her work in TISS and moved to Pune. Along with Mrs. Sulabha Joshi and Mrs. Suchitra Date, she started a Pune chapter of Swadhar, and started counseling aggrieved women. They primarily worked towards becoming a body where women in distress could come for help; and they would be guided to overcome their difficulties and emerge as empowered individuals who are self-dependant, conscious of their rights and fully equipped to lead dignified lives. Swadhar is registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860, as well as under Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950.

However, soon after the inception in Pune, it became evident that working with women alone was not enough. With an increasing number of serious issues threatening the well-being of their children, only addressing to their problems in isolation, was an incomplete job. Thus Swadhar broadened its scope, now to include the development of underprivileged children too. It thus became Swadhar IDWC (Institute for Development of Women and Children).

Swadhar in Pune was founded by a group of three professionally qualified women who volunteered to create an organization, which would bring about some change in the lives of people they touched. Over the years a team of professionally qualified women, have volunteered to develop Swadhar into becoming a much bigger organization, so it could reach out and benefit more and more number of people. These volunteers are assisted by an impressive team of salaried staff members, who are in turn qualified and experienced in their respective fields. They together carry out the day to day functioning of the organization.

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

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

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