A child is a child

A Child has not asked to be born in a slum, to leprosy parents or in a cast of rag pickers.

A child has not chosen to do degrading or humiliating jobs, and hence should have equal rights to succeed in life, to be loved and to be happy. Education is a powerful way of achieving it.

It belongs to each one of us to give back children their dignity. ”

Sophie Rombaut

45 years in the slums of India
Sangita Vidya Mandir (SVM) Education Centre in New Delhi since 1995

The education centre supports students from 12 grades starting from Nursery up to High School with the subjects dispensed in English, Hindi and Urdu. The purpose of SVM is not only to provide education but also to accompany the children in their development, tying to bring back smiles to their faces and confidence to their hearts.

1973

Sophie Rombaut arrives in the first slum in New Delhi

1995

SVM starts in the slum of ITO from class 1 to 6

1996

Anita Bula meets Sophie Rombaut, Shanti Delhi created

1999

Swiss Air starts to sponsor the project

2000

New classes added

2006

Slum demolished and SVM school relocated to Laxmi nagar

2006

Shanti Delhi becomes Jivan

2009

First batch of students reach high school

2015

SVM school celebrate 20 years and 1000 students till date

2017

New class in slum near SVM school

1025

children received education

225

are enrolled in classes today

150

completed high school

Since 1995...

It's a long journey that we've been doing together with the children, their parents, - when they can be there - and the team of Sangita Vidya Mandir (SVM) Education Centre.

And all this would have been worth it even if it was only for one child to succeed.

Today we need your help

In addition to ensuring the regular monthly budget covering the salaries of our staff and expenses like school material, clothes, food and medical costs, this year the rental lease of the school building is coming to a term and the owner has informed us he wants to sell the building. 85,000 CHF (80,000 EUR) is required to buy this building. It is essential for us to be able to maintain the school at its current location to be able to keep our students.

AIDE AUX PLUS DEMUNIS
THE CENTURY TRUST

Stronger together

We work hand in hand with Aide aux plus démunis, and are kindly supported by the Swiss Air Staff Foundation for Children in Need and a handful of partners. Would you like to support our cause, collaborate ? Let us know!