Holding art camps for underprivileged children from various slums in Mumbai and Delhi. Our Art camps are created to give the children an equal social platform for them to interact with the society. Underprivileged children are mostly disengaged from main stream education, disruptive or withdrawn and mostly avoid going to school. Our camps are held at municipal schools, balwadis and patshala’s to encourage the children for not skipping school and that learning can be fun. In the last nine years we have demonstrated that a caring and creative environment, even the most problematic child can learn and achieve through art.
RNAF each year a selection of young and aspiring artists are chosen for a touring exhibition, which travels across the globe. Artists who cannot exhibit due to financial or physical restrictions are sponsored by the foundation. Handicapped artists have always been a part of past exhibitions and the foundation plans to promote them in the future as well. Over 405 artists have been supported by the foundation in the last 13 years.
RNAF believes that learning/knowledge is the key to success, As our founder says “ Learn has earn in it”. We provide study material for students going to school even help with admission where required. Vocational Training programs are conducted in-house through our programme SII( Skill Initiatives India) and supporting education for older students.
The main aim of Misaal Mumbai is not to only color/beautify the walls. The main aim is to connect to people through Art, bring a positive change in their mindset. Educating through art about the importance of Children's Education, empowering Women, creating Job opportunities for Youth, Cleanliness, Hygiene, Sanitation, Waste Management- say No to Plastic & Children health in Slums & Villages. Slum Painting and repairing initiative by Artist Rouble Nagi. The main goal is to give life to the slums and Villages and keep it clean and hygienic. Everything will be bright and colourful. We merely want to create interventions, that hopefully ignite some other change. In the end, we hope our Project “ MISAAL MUMBAI” will help others to set up projects of their own, be it Mumbai or anywhere else in India. Its the first slum painting initiative in India. We have painted and repaired more than 1,50,000 plus homes to date and are currently working in over 163 slums and villages across India. Do Visit our Misaal Mumbai Website for more details.
Paint Dharavi is a social reform and transformation initiative by Rouble Nagi Art Foundation which started in 2016. The aim was to build bridges between communities via art and create a community that is aware of the problems and challenges, only once we are aware of the problem can we address them properly. We have successfully held workshops and opened our centres in Dharavi creating environmental advocates who work towards educating people about health and sanitation. Waste management and ways we can stop the use of plastics which is an integral part of this initiative.
Through the RWI initiative we bring together innovative technology, e-books, games, and locally-curated content to advance the learning of children in slums and villages in India. Through our centers and Balwadi’s we provide books and educational resources, so the children can discover the joy of reading and writing.
Skill and Vocational Training: Our Skill programme is called SII - Skill Initiatives India. This vertical is aimed at increasing employment and job opportunities for youth and women. Encouraging Entrepreneurship, Employability and Self-Reliance through the provision of Skill Training.
Everything that goes in with this, whether it is conversations with the community through workshops to evoke behaviour change, provision of trainers and facilitators who can adequately communicate, teach and empower the women and youth to learn something which will contribute to their livelihood – right down to setting up the physical infrastructure or Skill Centre where this learning process will occur – everything comes under this. We will build the existing capacities that women have & help them play their desired role in family and society. Employability & entrepreneurship will both get a boost through this intervention. The gateway into this intervention will be the workshops at Community centres undertaken by our team.
The focus of MSY is to empower unskilled women from villages and slums to make Handicrafts and Khadi Fabric Products. The initiative has played a key role in empowering women from rural India, who are now confident of their skill and have become financially independent. MSY aims to make women self-reliant and give them financial independence. The RNAF has created successful women entrepreneurs and served as a platform for aspiring women, we are focussed on supporting women to becoming authentic and conscious leaders so they can make the biggest impact they can possibly make with their work and do so from a place of meaning, purpose, and joy. We have coaching programmes and mentoring programmes, and a host of events that bring women together to network and learn from one another in slums and villages across the country.
Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance
Kashmir Floods 2014
Kashmir Floods 2014
Area: Lasjan , South Srinagar
Impact: Over 1500 families
Volunteers: 73 (Registered)
The flood of 2014 had claimed over 200 human lives and billions of rupees in terms of damage to private property, businesses, and government infrastructure.
NGO Rouble Nagi Art Foundation set up two Relief Camps in Lasjan area on the outskirts of the city of Srinagar. No relief material had been dispatched there except RNAF (Rouble Nagi Art Foundation).
RNAF sent relief material like blankets, medicines, food packets, and essentials to the affected areas. The material was sent from the Mumbai RNAF center for 3 weeks.
The floods are one of the biggest challenges the Kashmir Valley has faced in recent years, but the compassion shown by Kashmiris towards their fellow beings gives me the hope that we will overcome these most difficult times.
Project Status : ongoing
Misaal Kashmir is a programme run by Rouble Nagi Art Foundation in Rural Kashmir. This is a part of the Misaal India initiative launched in 2018, the programme was designed by Rouble Nagi where it benefited the less privileged people living in slums and villages across India.
The basic objective of Misaal Kashmir is development to improve the quality of life of the people. We observe that the major causes for slow economic and social development in these parts of Kashmir is lack of opportunity and exposure .
With the help on the Indian Armed forces we have become a partner, to help run the Skill centres in remote areas of Kashmir.
When the women and youth are productively employed , it can become an asset and resource.
Vision | Objective
Create more Employment/job opportunities for youth and women in Kashmir valley. Our focus and sole reason for existence is children especially children living in the Kashmir . The family of the child is the medium through which the development takes place. Organisation and sensitisation of the community is the approach through which empowerment, capacity building and social transformation are attempted. When the women and youth are productively employed , it can become an asset and resource.
Through Misaal Kashmir Initiative we aim to act as a catalyst for bringing about social, economic empowerment of women belonging to the underprivileged sections of society through interventions in the areas like micro-enterprises, entrepreneurship development and health.
Art Camp: The importance of education is well known by all of us. But in these areas, where violence, frustration, and insecurities run high due to the socio-economic context, it becomes crucial to provide the children with an environment where they can learn to read, write and think independently. An intelligent way to significantly affect the dropout rates, improve retention and ensure enrolment, is to show that learning can be fun! The Art Camps are a huge success since the children, once engaged in art & craft, are able to experience joy firsthand, instead of merely being promised of it. These Art Camps are a threshold into listing their names down and taking registrations for a brand new Balwadi (Centre for Children) that will be set up. Once a Balwadi is set up, it will have and host more sessions and classes on art, craft, painting, etc. Volunteers from the Armed Forces are welcome to come and have a look and even conduct an art activity!
Balwadis – Learning Centres for Children: These centres are created once we’ve built a rapport with the community and conducted our threshold activity of Art Camps. The registrations we receive from keen community members, translate into enrolment at our own Balwadi – a space taken up, painted and made ready by our team, to welcome the children. The children begin to attend the art classes at the Balwadi and this activity continues throughout the year once it’s begun. It’s not a one-time intervention. These Balwadis become safe spaces for children to come, learn new things, meet different people, engage with many skilled volunteers and professionals, express themselves better and go home happy. This is turn leads to them building confidence, an increased interest in learning, studying and excelling and them realizing their true potential, because of our continuous support and mentoring.
Women Empowerment Camps: Women empowerment camps will focus on increasing the employability of women and current issues being faced by them in relation to the same. We create a platform where the ideas of Self-Reliance, Entrepreneurship & Employability are all put out there, in front of the women of the communities. Slum communities are built on multitudes of socio-cultural contexts and the idea of a woman working and earning an income is still one that has to be negotiated at times. In fact, cleaning and cooking are probably the only acceptable work forms and our aim is to draw attention to how small businesses that are running from home, or respectable jobs in companies and institutions can be a reality for the woman and her family. This is a threshold camp, wherein we seek to open the mind of the community and try to find as many women as possible, who are interested in becoming a part of the Skill Training Centre.
Skill Training Centre: Our Skill Training programme for employability will be used as an agent of change in promoting women’s employment and independence. The Skill Centre set up by Rouble Nagi Art Foundation will be about accessing skills and techniques which are productive for employment of women. This will also be done keeping in mind the existing knowledge and skill set each woman comes with. With a little guidance, mentoring and skill shaping, we are aiming to encourage woman entrepreneurs. We’ve decided to begin with basic tailoring courses which will cover all aspects of sowing, stitching, mending and embroidery.