GWEI | Voluntary Dissolution on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 | Website Shares Our History | GWEI Built on the shoulders of the AVANI Residential School for Children, under the superb leadership of Anuradha Bhosale  the Sunanda Gandhi Memorial School* will partner with Avani and expand its courageous work. Five acres of land have been acquired in the village Vashi on the outskirts of the city of Kolhapur. The hope is to build a comprehensive campus with residential quarters, classrooms, laboratories, workshops for various kinds of vocational training, handicraft classes and subsistence farming and a dairy.

*Editor’s note: Sunanda Memorial School has been renamed Gandhi Center for Leaning

The children will get fresh vegetables, fruits, and milk for their daily in-take. In addition, the children and their parents will be taught scientific, organic farming. The campus will be environmentally friendly, using and developing alternative technologies for various daily uses. Artisans from the community will teach traditional arts and crafts. These are just a few of the attributes we hope to achieve with the Sunanda Gandhi Memorial Home and School.

The Sunanda Gandhi Memorial Home and School will also address another dilemma affecting poor children –

Avani is a wonderful program that needs more support.

With your support, the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute has been able to raise funds and allocate to AVANI in support of the school’s immediate need to maintain ongoing operations and care for its children.  


  1. Education can alienate poor children from their families. After they participate in a residential program, they are ashamed to go back to their homes and live in poverty and squalor.
  1. The conventional education these children receive in regular schools does not prepare them for higher education or for jobs that can lift them out of poverty. Often, they languish at the bottom of the labor pool and, out of frustration, fall into crime.

Gandhi Be The Change


  1. A Family’s Involvement – The Sunanda Gandhi Memorial Home and School will involve parents. The Gandhian idea of basic education seeks to involve parents and other siblings in the process of vocational training for children. At the new campus in Nandwan, parents will learn scientific, organic farming to provide nutrition for their children and learn a trade that could pull them out of poverty.
  2. Wide Educational Focus – The Sunanda Gandhi Memorial Home and School will not only prepare children for the next step in their education, but will train them in a vocation that will keep them out of the sweat shops and dangerous factories.




A Model for the World

The Sunanda Gandhi Memorial Home and School meets
7 of the 8 millennium goals set by the United Nations for this decade. What happens at this school could provide institutions in other countries with a blueprint for change. 

  1. End Poverty and Hunger
  2. Universal Education
  3. Gender Equality
  4. Child Health
  5. Maternal Health
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS
  7. Environmental Sustainability
  8. Global Partnership

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