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Angel Xpress Foundation started with a small dream and big determination to provide every underprivileged child with an opportunity to grow, to succeed. With over 10 centers across Mumbai, we are happy that we are well on our way to see that dream be fulfilled.


We’ve Been Growing!

Colaba Centre is up and running
For over two years Ruchita Kenia hd been associated with AXF, arranging outings for kids in association with Cathedral School. One day after atttending a workshop for AXF volunteers by transformation leader Prasad Karmarkar at the Spiritual Company, she took the plunge to change not just her life, but that of many kids in the Colaba area. Thus, the idea of a center in Colaba was born.

Another crusader is Mr Indriyajit Sethi from Union Park, who over the years has offered his office spaces to us. Now, he has procured permission for the Colaba Centre and a large number of volunteers from the Tata Group, which he is part of.

Thanks to both of them, we now have a covered centre opposite the Sai Baba temple at the entrance to Shiv Shakti Nagar near Badhwaar Park.

This centre is also grateful for the support extended by Cathedral School students, teachers and parent bodies as volunteers and contributors.

The Summer Camp at this centre was a blast, as it launched with a story telling session by Purvi Parikh that was followed by an art and craft activity. Aditi and Mehr, along with a team of 8 kids from Cathedral School were a huge help.

Everything came together beautifully!


may16-05We’ve Spread Our Wings Till Powai!

We opened our new center in Powai – in the premises of Sai Baba Temple in Saigalwadi, near Hiranandani Hospital. It opened with an exciting Summer Camp that has already become a super success, going from 17 kids to 70 registrations in just a week.

We tip our hat to Powai resident Suman Basu, who made it all happen, from getting the permission for the space to getting the kids together. We are also happy to welcome the wonderful ladies from the neighborhood who conducted countless activities to make the 10-day summery camp fun-tastic.



 

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Happy Birthday to Us!

May 1st marked the beginning of our 5th year. What started out with baby steps has now become a happy, thriving family. With this, our flagship center at the Bandra Bandstand promenade also completes its 4th year.

 







In The News

We’ve been smiling ear-to-ear with all the love that’s been showered on us by the media in the last few days.

http://www.thebetterindia.com/54080/angel-xpress-foundation-mumbai-volunteers-street-children/

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-here-are-15-projects-helping-educate-needy-children-2160718

http://epaper.indianexpress.com/c/8588638

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http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/from-easy-street-to-street-kids/article8388722.ece


Visit http://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/letsread to donate.

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Moments of Love

On the 31st of January 2016 we experienced some amazing moments all filled with love! Our ‪#‎AXF‬ Day of Grace 2016 was definitely one to remember and cherish and we would like to share a few glimpses with you! The full album can be viewed here:
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Angel Xpress Foundation is a Mumbai-based non-profit organization; working towards empowering the educated affluent with the desire to give back to society with the means to do so in an impactful manner for the betterment of underprivileged children from the slums of Mumbai. Day of Grace; is AXFs way of giving thanks to all those who have been giving so generously to the cause. If you wish to help underprivileged children in your neighbourhood message your email id to 9930070086 and we will send you the details.

 

Day of Grace 2016

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Some habits are best kept!

Charity is definitely one of them… 

Thanks to your generosity, over 2500 under-privileged children benefiting from Angel Xpress Foundation in Mumbai, have had better report cards last year. This year too, they are striving to do better, with your help.
In 2014-15; we could afford to spend over 40 Lacs on our programs; with considerable funds from individual donors like you. The coming year arms us hence, with the license to grow! You have inspired us to grow with your trust and support, we plan to scale our operations considerably over the next two years.  . We hope you will keep the donations coming.

Glance through our Annual Report 2014-2015 to get a gist of our financials and a peek at our road ahead.

Come be the wind beneath our wings again!

Making a donation is as simple as

Transferring Funds to: Account Name: Angel Xpress Foundation, Savings Account no 912010064061671, Axis Bank, Off Linking Road Branch, IFSC Code UTIB0001624 and SWIFT Code: AXINBB028. We are 12A & 80G certified (we are allowed to accept donations only in INR).

Please do follow up the fund transfer with a mail to receipts@angelxpress.org with your  Name:                          Gender (M/F)                    Age:           Address:                       Ph. No:                            Email id:              PAN:   (required if donation in a year is over Rs. 10000/-), Bank Name:          Chq no/Transaction no: or Cheques can be couriered to Angel Xpress Foundation, 601 Sadguru Dhrishti, Khar Pali Road, Khar West, Mumbai 400 052

Why should you invest in us?

We are empowering the fortunate sections of the society, to help the deprived ones. We are addressing a deep seated social problem in a manner that will create real a difference by introducing positive role models and mentors.

Through this model, Angel Xpress Foundation has established its credibility by winning innovation awards and grants from reputed institutions like Linkedin for Good Foundation and Millennium Alliance (a conglomerate of FICCI, ICICI Foundation, US Aid and UK Aid among others).

Even large corporate houses like Larsen & Toubro and Welspun Renewable Energy Pte Ltd have been making regular contributions to help sustain our endeavours.

Most of all because the AXF model lends itself to a franchisee format and can impact very large numbers.

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Feb15_01dayofgraceDay of Grace

Since the unfolding of events in January 2012 that led to the birth of Angel Xpress Foundation, this is the time of the year when we celebrate another year of doing good!
Communities in Mumbai are awakening to how easy and rewarding it is to do good work for society. We’ve seen lives change in front of our eyes, volunteers feel rewarded when children greet them with warm smiles, hugs and confidences. Today over 150 Mumbaikars connect to the lesser privileged in their communities through our centers and provide daily lessons to 800+ children across 6 locations. The baton of humanity has been picked up by our Center Heads to share and inspire others to do wonderful things, for children who finally learning and daring to dream.

 

 

Wisdom onFeb15_02Mukhija Board

Mr. Ramnath Mukhija,71, will take his relationship with Angel Xpress Foundation a step further and will join us as a member of our board. It is a proud moment for us that he has chosen to repose his faith in our enterprise. Mr Mukhija’s experience with Corporate Sustainability Programs will be of invaluable help to us as we chart our course; we look forward to his guidance on our journey ahead.

About Mr. Mukhija: An Electrical Engineer from IIT Kharagpur, he was conferred with the prestigious “Distinguished Alumnus” of IIT award. He has also completed his 2-Tier Top Management program at IIM-A and attended “The Global Program for Management Development” conducted by University of Michigan Business School, USA.
After graduation, Mr. Mukhija joined Larsen & Toubro Limited and was with the firm for 49 yrs. Mr. Mukhija gathered considerable expertise during his tenure in L&T and was elevated to the post of President Operations & Member of the Board in 2001. As a Board Member his main assignment was to look after L&T’s Electrical & Automation business. He was also on the Board of Subsidiary and Associate Companies of L&T, including L&T Infotech Limited and L&T (Wuxi) Electric Company Limited, China. Post his retirement from L&T Board in October 2010, he continued his association with L&T as an Advisor to the Group Executive Chairman till April 2014, where he was in-charge of Domestic Marketing Network, Sustainability Reporting Initiatives and Medical, Healthcare & Welfare departments for employees of L&T. He was also responsible for Corporate Industrial Relations for L&T and L&T Corporate Infrastructure, including Management of the Powai Campus. He was also on the Board of L&T Realty.

Mr. Mukhija has been associated with several industry & social bodies and was the President of Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA) in 2002-03. He was also the Chairman of ELECRAMA 2002 Organizing Committee. He is Non-Executive Chairman of Electrical & Automation Independent Company of L&T.
Thank You Debika Mukhija Ajmani for introducing him to us.

 

 

Feb15_03mayankHeart-to-heart

Sometime in 2013 Mayank stumbled upon the AXF center while walking on the Bandstand Promenade; he signed up to teach English to our kids. Soon after Day of Grace 2014, he had completed his course and had to move back to his home town in Udaipur. However that his heart was still here was visible from his continued activity on the center’s Whatsapp group even after he had left the city. Before leaving Mumbai, he had made a promise that he would come back for Day of Grace and sure enough he caught the train to arrive on the 26th of Jan to take the kids through the final dance moves and to take over as host for the evening, a job he did exceedingly well. Kudos to the dedication of our volunteers!.

 

 

Creating Feb15_04Creating FuturesFutures

Primarily a volunteering program whence we work with primary school children to help create a rock solid foundation so they can dream of and work towards a better future, we eventually plan to tie up with organizations working with older children both in the academic and in the vocational field. Since passing of class X is key, we have started looking around for sponsors for professional tutoring for our bunch of students moving from Class IX to Class X this year. Even before this happens however we have discovered that we may have already helped a few find their future potential employment.
Four girls from Class 9 at the Santacruz center who have demonstrated exceptional capability in art have been given full scholarship for a professional art course at Artistic Impressions founded by Hansa Jessani. Mrs Jessani also promises job opportunities as art teachers for the girls. A big thank you for giving wings to our fledglings who will have an opportunity to create livelihood from a god given skill.

Friday Kitchen feeds our passion

Jan15_01_Friday KitchenThe story of the Friday kitchen team was what inspired our founder Anubha Sharma to go looking for kids to feed which eventually led to the birth of Angel Xpress.Five women led by Sulekha Malhotra decided during a kitty party that their time and money will be spent better in feeding poor children, from there started the project of satsang over cooking, various offshoots of this idea today feeds an astounding number of children every Friday including a substantial number at AXF. The Juhuteam led by MrsYashi Oberoi and Kirron Kumar among others feeds our children at AXF Juhu while the Bandra offshoot led by Anita Golani and NamrataRajgarhia caters to our children in Santacruz. Most of the children coming to us live in extremely strained circumstances and the treat at the end of the lesson is something they really look forward to.

 

 

 

 

#TeamSpreadingSmilesspread more than smilesJan15_02_SpreadingSmile

Another story of a citizen’s movement started when AnushkaBasantani the founder of a children’s activity center called Joykidzconnected with us to host one of the 10 events they had planned to commemorate their 10th anniversary. This intention gathered momentum and today a group of over 150 mothers have come together to become a part of a movement called #TeamSpreadingSmiles which is on the verge of completing their 100th event on a quest to create happiness of which among others,the children of Angel Xpress Foundation have been a happy recipient.

 

 

 

 

The right guidance helps kids ace the OlympiadJan15_03_photo math olympiad

Anushka Basantani decided to go beyond hosting fun events at Angel Xpress Foundation and along with three other mothers from the #TeamSpreadingSmiles made a commitment to coach 4 of our first graders from #AXFJuhu for the Math Olympiad that she specializes in training kids for. In four short months these ladies had taken the kids from counting on their fingers to ace the Math Olympiad in which 600 children from affluent homes who had the support of educated parents to help prepare participated. The future for these children now may go on to be something less than ordinary thanks to their hidden talent having been brought to the fore by these ladies.

 

 

 

 

 

What a merry ChristmasJan15_04_Christmas

We cannot possibly end our coverage of December without a mention of all the special Christmas activities held across our centers this season. #TeamSpreadinSmiles arranged for special Christmas activities across all AXF centers, Fatima Soomar and SwapanaKode made Christmas special for our Bandstand kids, DakshinAdhyayanta and friends took 51 of our kids from Lokhandwala for a screening of PK at fun republic. Bombay Dyeing hosted an all-day interactive event for 25 of our kids while 15 of our kids got to enjoy a special meal at Vedge. The Juhu Gymkhana Club arranged for a special Christmas celebration for 120 children from AXFJuhu and 4 women opted to play Santaclaus by sponsoring brand new bikes for 4 of our deserving students who really needed this miracle in their lives.

 

 

 

 

COMING UP – DAY OF GRACE 2015   

We were humbled with so much love and recognition all of 2014, that we decided to celebrate our Annual Day of Grace by counting our blessings and charting our growth from good to great.
At the event: We’ll doff our hats to the large hearts of Mumbai – our volunteers, donors, sponsors and our supporters. Our children will put up performances to say “thank you”; plus performances from artists and more.
Block your diary for Day of Grace 2015 on 31st January 2015, Saturday, From 6.30 pm onwards, At The Beautiful Bandra Fort Amphitheater, provided to us once again by the very first citizen’s forum that believed in us “The Bandra Bandstand Resident’s Trust”

None other than Shah Rukh Khan grooves with us at KidzaniaDec14_01_srk with axf kids2

 

Our wings get gilded with a hint of Glamour – Our children were barely over the wonder of watching Mary Kom with members of the cast in their midst when along came the opportunity for over 650 kids again to view Happy New Year via team spreading smiles. While the kids were sorely disappointed to not have SRK in their midst on that day, soon enough a few of them got the opportunity to shake a leg with the star at #KidzaniaMumbai and got hugs and kisses galore from the man!

 

 

 

 

Honour of the Millennium

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Our Founders Anubha Sharma and Beenaa Advani received the Millennium Alliance Innovation Award from The Hon. Minister Shri NItin Gadkari on the morning of 25th November 2014.
Domestic and International organisations like US Aid, UK Aid, FICCI & ICICI Foundation had come together to select 20 recipients from the numerous applications that had poured in for the accompanying grant after a 5 step process through which they engaged in a thorough investigation into all aspects of the projects. Considering we were up against a tough selection criterion and were pitted against many veterans of the sector, we are glad to have emerged one of the winners. The process helped us prove that we don’t just have a great idea but are also using our resources correctly and have put our systems and processes in place. We thank MA for the faith and encouragement conferred upon a young organisation like ours and we thank all our volunteers, teachers and core team members for their support which has brought us to this day!

 

 

Run Nitesh Run, the Gold Medal Winner

Dec14_03.Nitesh 02The unassuming Nitesh Jha from AXF Santacruz wins Gold – SPOMENT, in partnership with the legendary athlete, Padmashri Milkha Singh, has launched India’s largest talent hunt to identify and groom the next generation of athletes. The project is titled GAIL – The Fastest Indian (GTFI). #AXF was offered an opportunity to participate and out of our pack of 15 racers, Nitesh Jha, emerged victorious bagging a gold medal despite running absolutely barefoot. He will now go on to participate in the finals in Bangalore…!
He did not just make us proud by his actions! While he was being interviewed by journalists he said,”Mujhe Angel Xpress Foundation ka naam roshan karna hain”!

 

 

Full-on celebrations of Children’s Day

Dec14_4 Childrens DayChildren’s day 2014 has been special across all the centers at #AXF a multitude of organisations came forward to engage with our kids in a variety of activities. Mithibai College and Ladies from Lions engaged with our kids from Juhu, Wizcraft India & Innerwheel club of Andheri W at Lokhandwala, the Kalpataru Ladies Club planned a whole charity event around our kids at Andheri East, Rainbow Lightworkers organized a laughter session and Artistic Impressions an art workshop at Santacruz, while Credit Suisse invited our kids over for a company visit! Masterchef Shipra Khanna visited Bandstand with a yummy chocolate cake and ILeap academy introduces our artistically inclined kids to different mediums and techniques used in painting! Last but not the least #TeamSpreadingSmiles got doughnuts sponsored for children across our centres.

 

 

 

 

 

Angels need wings and wings cost bucks. We look upon you for support.   

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Some of you may have already read our appeal for raising donations to meet our cash crunch and may have already made a contribution.

WE’RE NOT DONE YET, AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO BRIDGE THE GAP, any amount large or small helps at this juncture!

Please send in your contributions to Account Name: Angel Xpress Foundation, Savings Account no 912010064061671, Axis Bank, Off Linking Road Branch, IFSC Code UTIB0001624 and SWIFT Code: AXINBB028 Please follow up any contribution with a mail to angelexpressfoundation@gmail.com with your Name: Gender (M/F) Age: Address: Ph. No: Email id: PAN: (required if donation in a year is over Rs. 10000/-), Bank Name: Cheque no/Transaction no.

 

 

Come Aboard the Good Karma Xpress: We are supported by Larsen & Toubro, Welspun Renewal Energy Pte Lts, Kangaroo Kids Education, Millennium Alliance, Linkedin for Good and Bandra Bandstand Residents Trust. To join us write to info@angelxpress.org or sms your email id to 9930070086. 

A Grant to see a million more smiles by the Millennium Alliance

The Millennium AMillanium Alliancelliance, An India – U.S. Innovation Partnership for Global Development, finds in Angel Xpress Foundation an idea worth supporting and confers a substantial grant for its operations. With less than 2.5 years of being in existence being a winner for a Substantial Grant under the Innovation Grants category makes us feel on top of the world! We thank everyone who are and have been a part of our wonderful journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 3 minutes sneak peek into the day of our children –

Arpit Goyal and team wanted to shoot a small video to show the world a bitabout the Angel Xpress Foundation and stumbled upon much more then they could have imagined. Not only did they explore the children during our sessions but they also discovered how Angel Xpress to them was much more than a just a one hour class; It was one of the best part of their days. Watch this video to get a sneak peek into the lives of our beautiful children. If you like what you see, come aboard the good karma xpress. Write to info@angelxpress.org asking for information on volunteering or message your email Id to 9930070086.

 

 

 

It’s raining toys

Toy DayRuchita Dar Shah of the First Moms Club, Sheetal Goel of Cupik Design Personalised Stationery, Anushka Basantani and team Spreading Smiles along with many other our donors and supporters came forward to ensure each one of our kids at AXF Juhu and Santacruz went home laden with 2 or more toys, paint sets gifted by Pidelite as well as brownies and idlis. Tara Sharma Saluja was our guest of honor for the morning. The smiles on faces, both kids and volunteers were rivaling sunshine.

 

 

 

 

 

The Angel Xpress Students become stars as they dance for change  

Youth Theatre

The Inner Wheel of the Rotary Bombay Airport has tied up with us to render all kinds of services for our kids across centers. This month, they started by whitening our children’s smiles with a dental camp for our Juhu center at Tilak Udyan, a garden managed by the Rotary Club of Bombay Airport. They also gifted the students smart Puma shoes! Thank you Himadri Lathia and friends for your generosity

Rotary Clubs celebrates Annapoorna Day with us

Annapoorna DayRotary Clubs of Juhu Beach and Bombay Airport celebrated Annapoora Day by spending quality time with our children and sharing tasty treats! Our students interacted with dedicated Rotarians Tushar Gandhi, Kevin Colaco and their teams, and look forward to their next. The visit was part of a country-wide program where Rotarians are feeding 1.2 million children to beat tackle hunger and malnutrition.

And if this wasn’t big enough, Rotarian Kevin Colaco took the trouble to write to Co-Presidents of all 135 Rotary clubs across Mumbai, inviting them to participate in the Angel Xpress cause and host centers in gardens managed by them. Here’s to many more Angel Xpress centers through the city and working with more wonderful Rotarians!

 

 

 

 

 

Our students beat Mumbai monsoons, hands downMumbai monsoons

Since all our centers are located in gardens, classes during monsoons become quite a challenge. Torrential rains, leaky roofs, water logging, wet slippery floors push our volunteers to cancel classes. But this time, our students turned the tables entirely! Despite persistent monsoon issues, not only did our students turn up religiously for class but we actually saw a rise in admissions. It is this dedication and love that pushes us harder to give these children all that we can.

 

 

 

Making a trip to the Parle G Factory

Parle G Parle G Tripbiscuits have been a favorite for years amongst all ages, the sweet fragrance of hot batches of biscuits in the area around the factory transporting most of all to our childhoods. Students from the Rotaract Club of H.R.College took our Santacruz children to get a firsthand experience of the making and baking of the Parle G biscuits. Our students came back with a smile on their face, packets of biscuits and bundles of memories! Thank you Simran Talwar, Simoni and Purav Desai for the tasty trip.

 

 

 

Whitening our Smiles   Whitening our Smiles

The Inner Wheel of the Rotary Bombay Airport has tied up with us to render all kinds of services for our kids across centers. This month, they started by whitening our children’s smiles with a dental camp for our Juhu center at Tilak Udyan, a garden managed by the Rotary Club of Bombay Airport. They also gifted the students smart Puma shoes! Thank you Himadri Lathia and friends for your generosity

 

 

 

 

Will you help us open our next centre?

We’re looking to spread our wings in Powai and Colaba. If you want to lead our cause in these areas, all you need is a garden with a shade close to a slum or a vernacular medium municipal school and equally close to a service oriented community.

For those who love to teach and like the idea of imparting life skills while teaching English to underprivileged children: we are hiring teachers for remedial English classes to be conducted in vernacular medium municipal schools (BMC). Please send your CVs to info@angelxpress.org with ‘job sought – preferred area’ mentioned in subject-line.

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