An NGO founded in 1972 to help children living in slums towards a better life, Apnalaya strives to achieve this through urban community development projects in Mumbai. Its role is one of empowerment: of encouraging ordinary men and women to believe in themselves and in their abilities to change their lives for the better.
Partnership and participation are thus the key to all of Apnalaya’s activities. From identification of needs and problems, to planning and execution of projects, local people are involved at every stage.
Apnalaya's programmes are carried out by over 60 trained and dedicated community based staff, who work hand with 7 professional social workers and 3 doctors, under the guidance of the CEO, Dhun Davar (India).
The main area of work is Shivaji Nagar, Govandi, with communities around the dumping ground: Rafi Nagar, Shanti Nagar, Padma Nagar and Chickalwadi.
Apnalaya is a member of Credibility Alliance, and adhere to the desirable norms for good governance of voluntary organisations.
Director: Yoav Segal
Producer: Elliot Choueka
Camera / Sound: Justin Mills
Additional Photography: Simon Hancock
Editor: Benjamin Barfoot
Edit House: Nomadic Films
Edit Production: Andrea Kleanthous and Jorien Klaver
This film was made possible thanks to the support of Experian