Pehlay Akshar Foundation
The Pehlay Akshar Foundation was established with the philosophy of empowering every child with english literacy and developing a learning mindset. It enables students and teachers across India with ‘Functional English’ by partnering with state governments to implement well-researched programmes and change the way students learn, and teachers teach in schools.Visit Website
Swayam Drive is an initiative that empowers women from marginalised backgrounds by training them to become commercial drivers. The project gives women the comprehensive training required to be successful in this field. Women are taught driving, spoken English, customer interaction, grooming, first aid and self-defence skills.
Swayam Digital gives skill training to engineering college students in an effort to make them employable in the IT industry. Technical skills for data entry, digital marketing, hardware and networking, web development and data analytics are taught, along with behavioural skills and development. Around 3500 candidates are employed every year.
The Entrepreneurship Development Programme trains budding entrepreneurs with requisite skills and management techniques. Participants learn how to make business plans, conduct market studies, apply for licenses, get funding, and launch and scale their businesses.
Swayam Health is an initiative that offers professional training in health care to women and youth from underserved communities. The project provides candidates with the required skillset to apply for the jobs such as General Duty Assistant, Home Health Aide, Geriatric Care Assistant, and Pharmacy Assistant in leading hospitals, home-based healthcare agencies, and diagnostic centres and earn a meaningful living.
Several projects to benefit local communities have been initiated by the RPG Foundation. Community sanitation facilities, rainwater harvesting, access to clean drinking water, solar streetlights, tree plantation drives and supporting girl child education are some developmental projects that have benefitted communities in neglected areas.
Fever clinics, in the form of portable cabins, is an initiative aimed at providing healthcare to rural areas, This endeavour in association with National Health Mission and the government of Maharashtra continues to grow and provide access to healthcare for the most needy.
The pandemic has offered RPG Foundation the opportunity to reach out to affected communities and provide relief and support where urgently required.
In addition to that, resting stations were designed and installed for healthcare workers to recuperate during a hectic day of treating Covid-19 patients. Donations in the form of oxygen concentrators, cooked meals to those in need, Covid care kits, and ration distribution were all carried out.
The Heritage Project
The Heritage Project is an initiative under RPG Foundation. Its purpose is the revival of forgotten and lesser-known heritage sites, practices and stories. The Heritage Project aims to bring heritage back in focus and make it available, interesting and relatable for everyone by providing unique experiences.
The Revival of Banganga
An ancient water tank nestled in a crowded corner of South Mumbai, Banganga was in a state of ruin. With informative signage, street furniture and lighting in heritage-appropriate designs, the area was revived and refurbished.
The Transformation of Worli Koliwada
Home to one of the oldest fishing communities in Mumbai, Worli Koliwada is a Gaothan or an urban village and boasts of unique old-world charm with winding alleyways full of vibrant local life and colourful houses.
The Worli Koliwada Transformation project aims to revive the locality's rich built and cultural heritage. Through systemic urban planning interventions, like art installations, upgrading public spaces through infrastructure and other interventions, local experiences to the outside world creating heritage consciousness, preserve ecology and enhance social well-being and community development, we intend to support the socio-economic development of the community.
The Amble Walking App: In partnership with MTDC and Bombay Municipal Corporation
Amble is a self-guided walking app that helps people discover the iconic historical sites, stories and culture of Mumbai. The app features customised routes that help plan walks through extensively researched and curated content with voice-guided navigation, and augmented reality experiences that enhance the user’s experience.
Signage Management for UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The initiative is managed by the Heritage Project to ensure the public is informed and educated about the various protected UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.