A registered non–governmental organization, Apnalaya came into existence in 1973 at
It aims to improve the quality of life of the urban poor and offers training for capacity building. It started with a day–care center for the slum children of
Nariman Point in South Mumbai and now operates about nine centers in different parts of the city. Education, recreation, training, community health, vocational training, adult literacy classes, health clinics and health classes are conducted in each of its centers. They also run a savings scheme for rural women.