Dr. Anubhooti Bhatnagar

A mother for 158 slum children

Anubhooti, a doctorate in Sociology, is a certified coach, an artist, author and a passionate social worker. Desiring to give something back to society, she started her NGO, NeoFusion Creative Foundation in 2012 and became Maa (as her foundation children call her) for many underprivileged slum children. Now her Foundation is running its project ‘Sapne Huye Apne’ in 2 cities, Jaipur and Gurgaon, where 158 adolescent children are getting education and training.

Anubhooti acquired her doctorate in Sociology. She is a certified coach, an artist, author and a
passionate social worker. She started her NGO, NeoFusion Creative Foundation in 2012 and became Maa (as her foundation children call her) for many underprivileged slum children.

With her painting and art career, she was doing pretty well when, suddenly in mid 2012, she suffered some serious health issues and was bedridden for 3 months. At that time, her elder daughter, Kuhoo, wrote a paragraph about her, saying she is her role model. This became a turning point for her. Till that time, she was happy with her life although somewhere within her she was looking for self satisfaction.

Being a doctorate in sociology, she had closely observed social issues and always wanted to work for society, but being busy with her family and art career, could never plan it. This was the time when she decided to give back to the society and started her mission by approaching many schools where slum children were studying. While she started taking clay-modeling workshops at various institutions, she realized that just by workshops, she would not be able to fulfill her mission and incorporated her foundation on a national level.

Another challenge awaited her. The moment she opened her NGO institute in Jaipur, her husband changed his job and shifted to Gurgaon. She was all alone with her passion for society in a metro city. She started visiting a park, which was near a temple, where many migrant children used to beg. She started another journey by teaching these children in the park. For 2 years, she worked with these children in the open air. Come winter, summer or rain, nothing could take away her ‘never quit’ spirit. In September 2016, with the help of crowd funding, she managed to raise funds for a premise. Now her Foundation is running its project ‘Sapne Huye Apne’in 2 cities, Jaipur and Gurgaon, where 158 adolescent children are getting education and training. Along with that she has started an open school for school dropouts where, with the help of her staff, she is teaching these kids the CBSE curriculum in English medium.

Her Foundation’s aim is to solve problems like school dropouts, child labour, career and employment in deprived and migrated communities. This year, 11 such school dropouts, who are now enrolled with her NGO, are appearing for the Secondary School Examination through open schooling.

Her NGO supports adolescents, as this is the stage when children need utmost care and, because of many reasons, for example, financial or migration, are forced to leave school. Right now, out of 158 children, 60% are school dropouts. In the past 4 years, many such children have joined their schooling and doing commendably well. A few of the girls, who were working as domestic helpers, are studying in higher classes and have become dance instructors.

Her work has gained many accolades. She has been bestowed with prestigious awards and honours. Her dream is to open NeoFusion branches in all the states by 2025.


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