Ananya, A for Arts | Milaap
Ananya, A for Arts
of Rs.1,00,00,000
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    DurlabhCLAP Foundation
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    This fundraiser will benefit

    Primary school children

    from Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

80G tax benefits for INR donations


Our vision has been inspired by an amazing person, who at the tender age of 12, helped us understand why drama is the most powerful tool to teach. Unfortunately, she lost her life in a tragic accident, but, as they say, great people never die, because they share an idea, which has the potential to change the world, and their name remains forever...

Ananya will put a sincere and strong focus, on the fundamental principles in the education system, as stated in the NEP 2020 (New Education Policy) - multidisciplinary and holistic education, creativity and critical thinking, life skills, respect for diversity and respect for the local context and synergy in curriculum across all levels of education, to name a few.

She been enabling the community kids of Dhanotu (my mother's village) in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh, with our arts-based curriculum and joyful learning culture. For the last 6 months, we have been managing a CLAP center, which provides free drawing, games, music, drama sessions for the community students so that they start feeling free and enhance their creative confidence. We had conducted a baseline assessment of our primary students, and the results were shocking. Many of them are the first generation learners who come from the backward communities. Our CLAP fellows started teaching the concepts with the help of drawing, games, drama and music instruments. Most of our primary students are at grade level now, with the help of our arts-based content and joyful learning culture.
Our CLAP students walk on number line, for fun. They learn addition with matriarchy, subtraction with frame of reference, and tables with Jhap Taal ( a 10-beat rhythmic cycle) to name a few.

How can you support us?
We want to establish an experimental hub to research, develop, apply and promote our arts-based curriculum and joyful learning. The space would provide residential facility for the volunteers and experts to collaborate with the team in developing a high quality arts-based curriculum. The experimental playground in Rajol (my father's village) would train 10 CLAP fellows, girls and women from local communities, who would manage five CLAP centers in Dhanotu, Ladwada, Amwari, Bhati and Dol . In the later stages, this small hub of 5 km radius, will also support the teachers in five primary schools and 10 Anganwadis with our arts-based content and joyful learning culture.

Construction cost of our experimental hub : INR 25,00,000
Monthly cost of running one CLAP center :   INR 25,000

For the next five years, we want to go deeper in understanding the impact of Arts in this community, and we need your financial support to buy us time.

You can also support us by donating the following items for our students at the CLAP centers, so that they can have more fun while learning:

  1. Old laptops/ tablets
  2. Toys/Board Games/Sports kit
  3. Music instruments for kids - Keyboard, Guitar, Clap-box to name a few
  4. Story books , Coloring books, Notebooks
  5. Props for Arts and craft - Colors, Drawing sheets, Tool kit of some fun DIYs
Our mailing address : Shashank, General Manager, CLAP Center, Near Depot, VPO Dhanotu, Tehsil Shahpur, Distt Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, 176208. Contact details:  (8130362436)

Vision Document

DurlabhCLAP Foundation is a non-profit organization. Our focus is on developing and promoting the culture of arts-based curriculum.

Problem Statement: Schools are crushing the free thinking and creative abilities of the children

Vision: Every child remains a creator

Mission: Making culture of arts-based learning mainstream

Solution: Making classrooms livelier by bringing in our arts-based content and joyful learning culture through CLAP fellows, girls and women from local communities. She will address two main issues: a) lack of 21st century skills in the educators b) absence of a classroom culture that enables the student to remain a creator

Distribution Models

  • Through our CLAP centers (Culture of learning with Arts and Performance) in the villages.
  • Through primary schools 
  • Through existing learning spaces - Anganwadis, organizations.
  • Through existing alternative learning groups/spaces.
  • By 2025, through our residential school in Himachal Pradesh, Ananya, A for Arts.
Landscape of Innovation in primary education in India

Our approach towards bringing the content and culture in the classrooms will be the combination of work by organizations like Pratham, TFI (Procedural learning) and Nalandaway, Slam Out Loud (Creative Confidence)

Our USP: Arts-based interventions for the students in rural India

Goal: We are aiming to impact one million students by 2030

Founder & CEO

Sahil Dogra is an educator and a musician. He was born in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. His journey in the education sector began with becoming friends with the kids in different shelter homes, through multiple NGOs like, Make A Difference(MAD) and Becoming I Foundation, while doing his engineering from NSUT, Delhi ( formerly, Delhi Institute of Technology). 
His diverse experience ranges from working as a volunteer for two years in Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya, a residential school for the underprivileged students in a remote village in Karnataka, where he worked with the students, and also conducted training sessions for the capacity building of the teachers. With Boston Consulting Group, he got an opportunity to work with the education secretary of a state-government to transform 80+ public schools into model schools. He is fortunate to have a constant relationship with Avanti Fellows. He has managed their operations in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh in the past, and currently handles their operations in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, to bring high quality Math and Science education in more than 3000  secondary and senior secondary schools of the state, impacting 2 Lacs students in class 9th-12th, and conducting training sessions for State Resource Group(SRGs) of the state, to develop a self-sustainable government system, in the longer run.

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