Project information

Educating Children with Doorstep School, Mumbai

The Door Step School on Wheels project supports children from Mumbai's most disadvantaged communities; travelling through communities where education is often not an option. The lessons introduce children to education and act as a stepping stone into mainstream education.

January 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Child Action

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  • Need


    In India, an estimated 8 million children have never attended school, with many in hazardous employment making them vulnerable to abuse, drug or alcohol problems, petty crime involvement and having their earnings stolen. Access to educational opportunities remains a major challenge.


    Child Action works closely with Doorstep School to help children living in street or slum communities to access government education by teaching them maths and literacy to reach the appropriate standards for entrance on the School on Wheels. This project will provide such lessons and enrolment support for 100 children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To educate 100 children per year on the School on Wheels Programme


    » Provide children with cross curricular lessons for up to 3 hours a day, on the School on Wheels bus.

    What success will look like

    Monitor and evaluate both the attendance and development of the children across the year and write up into six monthly impact reports.

    Aim 2

    Create awareness of the importance of education amongst parents living in street/slum communities


    » Hold 6 parent meetings over the year to engage families in events which help them to understand the benefits of schooling.

    What success will look like

    Recording the number of parents that attend the meetings and how many of their children come to lessons as a result of their awareness being raised.

  • Impact


    Children helped through the School on Wheels Programme have a much stronger chance of being enrolled into mainstream education and remaining in school. Door Step will monitor the children who stay in school to measure the impact of the School on Wheels programme.


    Children from migrant families may move; the project can therefore sometimes run the risk of losing children before the programme is complete. Child Action is currently working with Door Step school to develop on-going monitoring to offer continued support to the child's education in his or her new environment, and also by further instilling the importance of school, even though the child is no longer attending the School on Wheels programme.


    Donors will receive six monthly progress reports which demonstrate the project’s impact against the aims and objectives; reports will also include case studies, photos and plans for the future.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,723

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,783 Project Salaries X2 Teachers, X1 Project Supervisor, X1 Bus driver
      £1,421 Bus Maintenance Fuel, Battery replacement, punctures etc
      £961 Project Admin, Insurance, RTO Photo copying, printing, utility bills, health & bus insurance, Regional Transport Officers Cert
      £629 Training, Trips and Materials 20 days teacher training, Educational trips, festival celebrations etc, Resources (books, pencils)
      £929 Project Monitoring Full monitoring sponsored

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Seema Sharma £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Mumbai slum does not have water, electricity or toilet facilities. Though some families have lived here for more than 10 years, they are still not recognised by the government. Most have an average income of Rs.3000-5000/- per month. For every facility they have to pay; e.g. for one bucket of water they pay Rs. 5/- and for one toilet visit they pay Rs.2/- per person.


    Children aged from 3 – 14 years, from some of the most impoverished and disenfranchised communities in the world. They are unrecognised by the state and without the School on Wheels programme, may never have the opportunity to be educated.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Child Action has worked with Door Step School for over three years, visiting their projects regularly to gain high insight into their work and to ensure international support and funding.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bina Sheth Lashkari

    Bina is the founder of Door Step School Mumbai. She is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all of Door Step School's programmes.

    Seema Sharma

    Seema Sharma is the founder of Child Action; she helps to build networks of awareness and further support for Door Step's school on Wheels programme.