About Us

“As per the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report 2017-18 by UNESCO, 264 million children around the globe are denied education and out of the 83% children going to school, only 45% are able to complete secondary school education.”

School education is the prime instrument for promoting positive childhood development. It instils moral values and shapes lives of children. Unfortunately, children’s education in India suffers from lack of resources and strategies.

Public Health Justice lives by the goal of empowering the lives of underprivileged section of the urban slums through its flagship program ‘Step 1 Balwadi’. Public Health Justice is the brain child of mother-daughter duo, Mrs. Uma Bagaria and Dr. Namrata Bagaria. It is a public charitable trust, registered under Mumbai Public Trusts Act, 1951.

The primary focus at Step 1 Balwadi is to provide education, sanitation and nutrition to children. We are dedicated to imparting high-quality education in pre-schools and help the children learn speak, read and write in English and improve their foundation in Mathematics. This enables students to ace primary interviews and secure admissions in schools of their choice.

Today, Indian parents want to enrol their children in English medium schools. However, most children who come from low socio-economic background attend government or municipal run preschool called ‘Anganwadi’ or ‘Balwadi’. These pre-schools have witnessed an increase in enrollment because of mid-day meal programmes. There is no standardised curriculum being followed in most of the municipal or government run pre-schools. Even the children who have regular attendance, are unable to do basic Mathematics and English writing, reading and speaking, which is a requirement for a primary school admission. There is laxity from the authorities on quality of education in pre-schools as these are not yet covered in the ‘Right to Education’ Act.

Since 2012, Step 1 Balwadi is working passionately to provide the joy and power of education to children at a low cost. Children learn and grow in a friendly, disciplined and progressive environment. This also enables us to work closely with parents, communities and make them understand the importance of child education.

Objectives of the Balwadi

Open local education centre in community

Ensure quick and intelligent learning through innovative teaching methods

Get children ready for class one in municipal and private schools, in a healthy and intelligent condition

Employment within the community by appointing “Mahila sevak” for teaching

Supervisory staff and computer operator have been appointed within the community only–following an all-inclusive approach


Identify a community in a slum

Identify and enrol children aged 3 to 6 years and Train “Mahila Sevak”

Conduct four regular batches: 9 am to 11 am, 11 am to 1 pm, 1 pm to 3 pm, and 3 pm to 5 pm and Each batch contains 30-32 students

Ideal space of 200 square feet needed with attached toilet and 24 hours water supply

Regular batches are from June to April. Summer vacation is in May; Diwali and Christmas vacation are also given

Number of working days is 5

Impact through numbers

595 Students Served since 2012

2012-13 : 45 Students

2013-14 : 72 Students

2014-15 : 96 Students

2015-16 : 102 Students

2016-17 : 120 Students

2017-18 : 160 Students

There are 4 "mahila sevak" and one supervisor and there is one computer operator and one cleaner as well

Our Future Goals

To start Parent Teachers Meeting from the next session

Number of working days to be changed to 5

Saturdays to be dedicated for administration work

One more batch to be conducted from 5 pm to 7 pm

Aadhar card to be linked for each child

One more branch of Balwadi to be set up soon at Worli Naka

Target to open 100 branches in the urban slums of Bombay


Teach our children

Train our teachers

Assist with administrative work

Network and fundraising

Event management

Arrangements for picnic

Students from B.D. Somani International School volunteer at Step 1 Balwadi

We invite other schools as well to come forward and volunteer

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A small act of giving can do wonders! Giving makes us happier than the one who receives. It is an enigmatic happy feeling that cannot be compared to any other joy in the world.

All we need to do is donate Rs. 7,500 to sponsor a child for a year and join Step 1 Balwadi's efforts to help and educate children in India. This amount mainly includes rent, staff stipend, uniform, birthday gifts, stationary, electricity and cleaning expenses incurred yearly for a child.

Bank Account Details for Donation

Name of Account: Public Health Justice
Bank Name: HDFC Bank
Type of Account: Current
Account Number: 05012020001574
Branch Name: Churchgate
Branch IFSC Code: HDFC0000501

Contact Details

Mrs. Uma Bagaria
+91 99200 85246

Step 1 Balwadi

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Nagar,
TL Vaswani Marg, above Walk Fitness Gym,
Cuffe Parade, Colaba, Mumbai - 400005
Website: www.publichealthjustice.com

Contact Us


Step 1 Balwadi

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Nagar,
TL Vaswani Marg,
above Walk Fitness Gym,
Cuffe Parade, Colaba,
Mumbai - 400005.

Phone Number

+91 99200 85246