About the Founder – One of the main founders of the organisation is Begum Bilkees Latif. She is the wife of former Governor of Maharashtra, I.H. Latif. She currently is the President of SHED.
About the Organisation – SHED has been working for the slum dwellers in Mumbai and its surrounding areas since last 25 yrs. Their prime objective is promoting the welfare and improvement in the living conditions of those peoples living in urban slums and tribal areas. SHED provides them basic amenities, such as health and family welfare clinics and regular medical checkups. In addition it provides nutritional programmes for children and expectant mothers and recreational and educational facilities for children and grownups. SHED also promotes environmental and personal cleanliness and hygiene among the slum – dwellers, villagers and tribals.
Association with Smile Foundation – SHED in association with Smile Foundation runs Smile Twin –e – Learning Programme in Andheri. The programme is designed to increase the employability prospects of underprivileged mass by equipping the adolescent youths in marketable skills like English and Computer. This helps them get employment in service sectors and particularly retail outlets, BPO’s etc. Besides necessary orientation, the job oriented Smile Twin e-Learning Programme trains youth in soft skills, basic management including retail and sales, personality development, career opportunities & counseling, team work and leadership qualities. The students are sensitised about the gender issues, reproductive and sexual health issues and diseases like HIV/AIDS.
Other Activities at SHED
Education – The organisation provides pre-primary and non-formal education in urban slums and tribal areas. In addition it facilitates coaching classes, literacy for adults, community libraries and vocational training.
Health – SHED provides health and family welfare clinics, health awareness, AIDS awareness and reproductive child health awareness.
Community Mobilisation – It mobilizes the community with mahila mandals, youth groups, career guidance and awareness programmes, counseling centers, etc.
Environment Awareness – It promotes and spreads awareness about environmental cleanliness, garbage disposal, water hygiene and sanitation, afforestation and rainwater harvesting.