A community learning center

Aarohan is a place where people of a community can come together to plan, develop and participate in activities that are local, friendly, welcoming, non-judgmental, and most importantly engaging and educative for everyone involved.

The Aarohan Story

Aarohan community learning centers act as vehicles of education, learning, innovation and creation for all the members of the community. It not only offers definite scientific, artistic, sporting arrears for the kids but also similar interest oriented, job oriented vocational help for adults. We will be looking at taking up community projects that engage the community and enhance their understanding of their own problems.

A one stop learning hub for the community

for children

An after school program for children that supplements school teaching to further deepen their concepts and enhance their skills coupled with an added advantage of developing social skills

Skill building
for adults

The center also provides relevant skill building courses such as sewing, stitching and embroidery for adults to help them earn sustainable livelihoods

for the community

We focus on extracting, building and using local human capital of the community. It also creates an avenue for sharing among different community members


To create self-sustainable community centers that provides meaningful education to children, impart livelihood skills and generates employment for women to make them independent. Provide quality education to all and mobilize the potential work force in low-income communities.


Aid the nation building process by creating dynamic, self-sustainable and knowledgeable societies by creating holistic learning hubs for all the members of the community and providing everyone valuable learning opportunities


The Team

Raghav Gajula

Raghav graduated from BITS-Pilani in 2011 and completed his 2-year fellowship with Teach for India in 2011. During his TFI fellowship he was working as a Grade 2,3 and 4 teacher at a low-income private school in East Delhi. He collaborated with Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) and a local government skill-building center to impart livelihood skills to women for six months. He believes this is an active parental investment model that will have long-term impact on education of kids. Raghav also volunteers at a free progress school, Mirambika in Hauz Khas, where he discusses science with secondary school children. He likes to read and play cricket in his leisure time.

Srikanth Kumar Manne

Srikanth graduated from IIT Bombay in the year 2012 and joined Bank of India. Keen to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations, quit his job and set up an educational LLC that aimed at providing alternate innovative learning platforms for tertiary learners. Social intent in him ensured participation with Aarohan where he continues to actively engage in marketing activities centered around its self sustaining goal.

Chetan K

Chetan graduated from BITS-Pilani in 2009, and recently completed his 2-year fellowship with Teach for India. During his TFI fellowship he was working at Ummeed Aman Ghar, a residential home for street kids, run by Aman Biradari Foundation.

Our Mentors

Darshan Bhat

Educator and Entrepreneur
Darshan is the co-founder and Managing Director of Creatnet Services Ltd and CIAM. He is actively involved with incubating socially relevant enterprises, projects and ideas in energy, education and fashion. He leads Creatnet Education- a network of companies, not-for-profits,and people enabling learning and growth. He designs and leads educational programs and actively coaches entrepreneurs and leaders in schools. He has a natural inclination towards spirituality, practices meditation and is constantly learning

Sunita Sain

Educationist and Social Worker
Teaching has been Sunita’s forte which she has been pursuing in a low income community of Shahdara for the past 20 years. Expert in community mobilization and understanding how low income communities operate, she mentors team Aarohan on community related issues and a wing of skill development. She regularly practices meditation and is an avid reader.

Our Partners

Akanksha Foundation

The Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide children from low-income communities with a high-quality education, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives. We are gratified by the support provided by Akanksha by sharing their curriculum during our inception. We are working around it so as to tailor it according to the needs of our kids.

Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA)

SEWA Delhi is a non profit organization committed to organising women workers in the informal economy to protect their livelihoods and work towards their development through skill development and creating market linkages, developing microfinance institutions, linking with social security programmes and promoting skill and education among their daughters and children. SEWA has provided us with curriculum for the 6 month tailoring and embroidery program that we provide as a part of livelihood skill training for female parents of children.

American Embassy School (AES)

The American Embassy School serves students from the United States and other nations. It provides a quality American education that enables students to be inspired learners and responsible global citizens through the collaboration of a dedicated faculty and a supportive community. We are glad to have received considerable support in terms of resources and mentorship from AES. We look forward to positively impact the community we are serving through mentored guidance of AES.

Teach For India

Teach For India, a project of Teach To Lead, is a nationwide movement of outstanding college graduates and young professionals who will commit two-years to teach full-time in under resourced schools and who will become lifelong leaders working from within various sectors towards the pursuit of equity in education. Being a social start up by the alumni of Teach for India, Aarohan does get its share of support from the brand for what the alma mater organization stands for.

Our Supporters

Srijan Foundation

Srijan Foundation Trust started out at the turn of this millenium with running a few non-formal after-schools, two in Odisha at Kumarpara and Nadakhand villages in Puri district, and one in Kishangarh, New Delhi.. Aaorhan is extremely grateful for the financial support Srijan foundation has been providing in running its operations.

Smiley Faction

“Smiley faction is delighted to extend its support to Aarohan, a commendable initiative by our fellow college alumnus Raghav. We had already seen the good work done by him as a TFI member in Shadara. After understanding his vision & mission for Aarohan, we felt he certainly deserves support by all means. Aarohan is a role model initiative which should grow and serve many more people in future. Our heartfelt wishes and support will always be there for Aarohan & Raghav.”
-Gauri Shanker, Smiley faction

Join Us

Are you passionate about education and like to be a change-maker? Aarohan is certainly the place for you. We have several opportunities including internships and volunteering for you to be part of our team if you share our mission!

We are looking for passionate individuals with skills, abilities and experience that will be of value to our team. We welcome full-time professionals, part-time individuals, interns, freelancers and volunteers Interested change-makers, send us your resume or just write to us: info@aarohaninitiative.org

If you have any questions, feedback or just want to chat with us, please feel free to get in touch with us.