Life in the Slums

Slums are the product of broken down village life. The irregularity of rain, prevalence of unemployment, the caste system, the appeal of city life, and a lack of facilities are some of the main factors that lead people to migrate from their villages to urban spaces. The migrants are often landless laborers who come to the city in search of employment. At the time of India’s independence, 90% of the country’s population lived in villages while only 10% occupied civic spaces. Today, India’s cities host more than 31% of its population, and urban centers are growing at exponential rates.

As long as the opportunity and quality of life in villages for the poor does not change, urban slums will continue to grow. The communities, though vibrant and filled with great potential, are wrought by health issues, illiteracy, addiction, abuse, violence, poor hygiene, unemployment and more. Furthermore, due to problems with addiction, health issues, superstitions, backward traditions, high-interest loans and illiteracy, many slum-dwellers continue to live in the same cycle of despair and poverty.

We have developed our Community Centers as a channel to strengthen marginalized populations through relevant initiatives that offer the individual and the community the prospect and means to progress and transform their situation. Currently, Manav Sadhna operates five Community Centers in various slum communities across Ahmedabad. Each center runs programs based on the needs of that community

The Community Center Model

Over the years Manav Sadhna has adopted the model of developing Community Centers in the heart of urban slums as a space that enables the holistic development of the community. We currently operate 5 Community Centers across Ahmedabad.

Manav Sadhna Community Centers
Ahmedabad, Gujarat (INDIA)

Manav Sadhna

Comminity Centers: 5
Total Beneficiaries: 11,650
Total Programs: 45
Total Staff: 140

Manav Jatan

Began Serving: 1995
Est. Community Center: 2006
Daily Beneficiaries: 719

Manav Gulzar

Began Serving: 2005
Est. Community Center: 2013
Daily Beneficiaries: 1018

Loving Center

Began Serving: 2006
Est. Community Center: 2010
Daily Beneficiaries: 68

Manav Seva

Began Serving: 2010
Est. Community Center: 2016
Daily Beneficiaries: 256

Manav Mitra

Began Serving: 2016
Est. Community Center: 2016
Daily Beneficiaries: 186


    • Serve the community daily and consistently through
      community-based initiatives. The continuous interaction
      supports us in understanding local needs and implementing
      and evolving projects accordingly.


    • Deepen relationships with community and build trust
      through transparency of activities and intentions


    • Enable community participation and ownership over the
      space and process to catalyze effective change


    • Empower all segments (children, young adults, women, and
      seniors) through a range of relevant programs


  • A supplementary education program that integrates
    Values-based learning, Academics, Sports, the Arts, Health and
  • Education Financial Support
  • Children’s Savings Program
  • Daily Nutrition
  • Scouts
  • Adolescent Programs
  • Health, Prevention and Hygiene Awareness
  • Health Camps and Door-to-Door Medical Consultations
  • Skill-Training and Livelihood Support
  • Computer Literacy
  • Youth Gym
  • Women’s Savings Program
  • Elderly Care

Our Approach

All Religion Prayer 

We begin every project with an All-Religion Prayer to encourage inner peace while also developing love and understanding for all belief.

Hygiene and Basic Health

Good hygiene and basic health are imperative to the progress of a community. We have integrated everything from disease prevention, awareness and the development of healthy habits to detection and healthcare across all of our programs.


As basic nutrition is essential to an individual’s healthy development, we integrate a nutritional snack into every activity.

Education and Growth

Education opens the mind, enabling individuals to break out of the cycle of poverty and pave their own path towards a better tomorrow. Through values and life-skills, we foster self-awareness and practical knowledge so that our children grow into thoughtful citizens who can lead a meaningful and happy life and contribute to society. Our approach to working with other segments of the community as well as mentoring our staff is also immersed in deepening the values that guide their life choices.