Ashraya Initiative for Children, Inc.

The Ashraya Initiative for Children (AIC) is dedicated to improving the lives and shaping the futures of vulnerable children in Pune, India by advancing educational opportunities, nurturing holistic development and building healthy, empowered communities. AIC has shown throughout its organizational life a deep and unwavering commitment to serving some of the most vulnerable populations in India. Its organizational approach has been community-centered and bottom-up from the onset. AIC has developed in conjunction with the community and formed deep and lasting relationships with all of the families with whom it works. In the last five years, AIC has built a network of intertwined services ...

Slate work

Slate work
In the playgroup, the children are exposed to the very basics of writing, including developing pencil (or chalk) grip, making scribbles, coloring, and drawing lines. (view small | med | large | orig)

Playgroup graduate

Playgroup graduate
After completing a year in the playgroup, children will have developed the skills and school readiness to be able to transition to the AIC nursery class at age 3. (view small | med | large | orig)

Khushi

Khushi
After being born to a mother who was still just a child herself, and experiencing abuse from her father before her mother left him, Khushi benefits tremendously from the support of the AIC playgroup. (view small | med | large | orig)

Group

Group
Playgroup is a great time for young mothers to come together to bond and grow as parents as well, in a supportive, stress-free environment. (view small | med | large | orig)

Fishing Activity

Fishing Activity
AIC's dynamic, fun teacher, Vaishali, showing the playgroup children how to play a fishing game to develop their fine motor skills. (view small | med | large | orig)

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