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.


Sophie Rombaut arrives in the first slum in New Delhi


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


Anita Bula meets Sophie Rombaut, Shanti Delhi created


Swiss Air starts to sponsor the project


New classes added


Slum demolished and SVM school relocated to Laxmi nagar


Shanti Delhi becomes Jivan


First batch of students reach high school


SVM school celebrate 20 years and 1000 students till date


New class in slum near SVM school


children received education


are enrolled in classes today


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.


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!