Why isn’t philanthropy investing in urban slums?

Apnalaya has been fortunate to have philanthropists who have supported its work with the people living in the slums. However, the fact remains that more philanthropic initiatives are needed to help underserved communities. Deb, Holland and Agarwal raise the question about underfunding by philanthropists and quote Dr Arun Kumar, CEO of Apnalaya, who says, "What if one wealthy individual with a ton of social capital decided to stand up for this cause? He or she could really change the narrative."

Is Mumbai really open defecation free?

Is Mumbai really open defecation free? Swachh India explores the ODF status of Mumbai. Writing about the challenges that Mumbai faces, the report quotes Apnalaya, on how, for every 145 people there is only one toilet available in Shivaji Nagar.​ 



Raising a stink! 145 people compete for one toilet seat in Govandi slums

The queues outside the public toilets in Shivaji Nagar begin as soon as they open around 6am. With 145 people jostling for each toilet seat in this Govandi neighbourhood, the wait to relieve oneself can often take 30-45 minutes. If the line moves smoothly, there’s an air of camaraderie neighbours gossip while children chase each other - but even a small delay can cause a mini riot

Twinkle Khanna ties up with Save the Children

Author, columnist, film producer and former actor Twinkle Khanna on Friday joined hands with Save the Children to promote the right to menstrual hygiene and adolescent health among children and slum communities.

Mumbai: Maulvi, women, ragpicker campaign for immunisation

Sitting in a tiny room in a Govandi slum bylane, several religious leaders, some slum-dwelling women and adolescent girls, are all ears to what a health worker tells them.​


Slum teens stage play to highlight civic issues in area

After observing the issues prevalent in their area for years, a bunch of youths from Shivaji Nagar, Govandi have decided to narrate them through a play. Some of these issues include education of the girl child, gender discrimination, open defecation, health issues due to dumping ground fire, lack of a government hospital and higher secondary schools.

U Mumba recognises young mentors

The programme is now in its second edition and is titled Khula Asmaan and has nine mentors and 150 young girls training under them.




For these Mumbai girls, kabaddi is not just a sport but a gateway to empowerment

Sports may develop mental and physical fitness, but for 18-year-old Safiya Shaikh, playing kabaddi is what brought her back to school and boosted her confidence. Each one of the 84 girls, who are part of NGO Apnalaya’s ‘Khula Aasmaan’ project, have fought gender bias, parental control and dress code to play kabaddi and work towards their dreams. The girls live at Shivaji Nagar in Govandi, one of the largest slum settlement in central Mumbai.

Deonar Dumping Ground: An eye-opener

From the generation of waste to the waste pickers' plight to the money laundering that happens within the waste management sector, 'Being Indian' reveals eye-opening facts in the video. 

Worsen Conditions in Shivaji Nagar,Deonar: Report by Apnalaya organisation-TV9

TV9's Coverage of Apnalaya's situation analysis report titled 'Life on the Margin: Charting Realities'

Pudhe Chala, Mumbai!

"Pudhe Chala, Mumbai!"

Mumbai Half Marathon, 21st August, 2016

Run so that 2,40,000 children can enjoy their childhoods! Run for the most under-served people of Mumbai.

"Pudhe Chala, Mumbai!"

Sachin Tendulkar

"I have been with an NGO called Apnalaya for 20 years but it was difficult to be there when I was playing. Now I have promised them more direct involvement. I am also donating part of the proceeds from this book to ending malnutrition in children and providing clean water for the underprivileged."…/articlesh…/45077657.cms

Saaf Paani - Swasth Parivar

Seeing that lack of clean drinking water was leaving children diseased, an NGO, Apnalaya, along with the purifier company, launched the initiative wherein a room in Shanti Nagar area, belonging to Apnalaya, is being used to purify water and supply to the slum-dwellers at Rs 15 for 20 litres. Read more

Launch of a sports-based programme for girls

Apnalaya’s stellar work on ensuring gender parity through the Parivartan program is captured in this feature. Read more.…/launch-sports-based-programme-g…

Kabaddi emerges as a tool for women empowerment in Shivaji Nagar

The Hindu covers Apnalaya’s Parivartan program with adolescent girls of Shivaji Nagar, Mumbai. Read the full coverage here.…/kabaddi-emerges-tool-women-empowermen…

Breaking gender norms in Shivaji Nagar, claiming public spaces playing kabaddi

The kabaddi tournament on Sunday is the culmination of an 18-month long sports and mentorship program called Parivartan designed by Delhi's International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), implemented by Apnalaya in Mumbai and led by the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine to make it acceptable for girls from this community to go beyond socially assigned roles, feel confident in their bodies and stay visible alongside boys. Read more.

A Tale of Two Cities: Air Quality in Bengaluru and Mumbai

One of Apnalaya’s communities, the Deonar garbage dump and its effect on the health of residents; Watch this NDTV coverage here.…/a-tale-of-two-cities-air-quali…/372027

Will India's new social security plan actually work? Apnalaya on BBC

Should we root for Universal Healthcare instead? Watch BBC’s Sameer Hashmi in conversation with Apnalaya CEO Arun Kumar.

Are India's food subsidies doing enough? Apnalaya on BBC!

Watch this BBC interview with Apnalaya’s CEO Arun Kumar where he puts forward his thoughts on urban poverty and malnutrition in the context of Apnalaya’s work in one of the worst affected areas of Mumbai