The Aarju Foundation (AF) is a non-profit, registered with the charity commissionorate of Mumbai as a community based organization that would essential working on marginalized populations and those affected and living with HIV, specific focus is provided on issues of Men who sex with Men population inclusive of transgender and hijra population in Mumbai and other district of Maharashtra.
A group of dedicated social workers and community activists established AF in the year 2005 aiming to improve the socio-economic conditions of most disadvantaged population particularly of sexual minorities, marginalised woman, children and the unemployed youths in both rural and urban areas in Maharashtra through implementing program interventions in the fields of HIV prevention and care, poverty alleviation, non-formal education, adult literacy, health and nutrition, family planning, legal aid support, advocacy, and social protection.
AF has a long-term plan for implementing different programs through promoting active community participation towards addressing and solving problems and issues/needs perceived and felt by the beneficiaries and the community involved.The program interventions will lead to gain experience in each of the working fields, which, in turn, will widen the horizon of AF with respect to undertaking more pragmatic and goal oriented programs for sustainable livelihood of the beneficiaries.
Plan and implement or join hands with government, donors, non-government and other such bodies for implementing, development projects / programmes that operationalize our vision to awaken, organize, strengthen the target families / communities with total capacities to manage their own development with ecologically sustainable development as a central theme of the development process.
To translate the mission/vision into actions one requires specific objectives, which could be measurable. AF, bearing this in mind, has translated its mission/vision into some specific objectives as follows:
- To reduce poverty in both rural and urban areas
- To prevent and control STI\HIV\AIDS among the high-risk groups
- To combat trafficking in women and children
- To promote and restore human rights of distressed women and children
- To provide literacy and non-formal education
- To ensure better health of child and mother
- To prevent and control drug addiction among youths
- To conduct research for identification of problems and determine appropriate actions
- To establish network for strengthening access to various governmental social protection programs
- To impart life skill development training
AF Development Approach:
Development means empowering the people socially, politically, economically and culturally; development does not mean only growth.AF adopted the approach of ‘Development with Community Participation’ for implementing its program/project activities. AF through its experience realized that this way of implementation improves the pre-conditions of sustainability.
AF program/project implementation approach:
AF implements its program activities in two ways: direct under a program and integrated with different programs. It has some objectives and some activities for those programs. While in implementation it tries to match/incorporate relevant objectives and activities. Through project(s) AF materializes its mission and vision encompassing components of a certain program or integrating different components of two or more programs.In field intervention it carries out its program/project activities through site/field offices. Presently it has site offices in Mumbai district of Maharashtra state.
Coordination of the fieldwork, monitoring and evaluation:
AF project office is responsible for the overall implementation and coordination of the fieldwork. It has three different cells/departments for implementation, planning and development and financing. The cells are namely-
- Planning, research and development section
- Program implementation section and
- Finance and administration section
Each section has a coordinator and they with support of the field staff carry out their regular duties and responsibilities, provides guidelines and directives as required at field level.