The Borderless World Foundation (bwf) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit, registered organization based in Pune, Maharashtra. Established in March 2002, bwf aims to provide a ‘Humane Touch’ to the border areas of India and beyond. The bwf family is an open circle of people with a ‘change-begins-with-me’ approach to this cause.
The thought behind bwf originated in 1998 when the founders (Bharti Mamani & Adik Kadam) started work at the grassroots level in the conflict-ridden frontier district of Kupwara in Kashmir. Their first hand experience of the human tragedy made them aware of the fact that the people of a nation often do not realise that their border areas function as the ‘shock absorbers’ of the country, and that life for the people in these areas is far from normal – it’s full of uncertainty. Loss of lives, violence, fear and chaos are the order of the day. Socio-economic stagnancy, corruption and civil administrative breakdown affect all walks of life. Scores of thousands of children have been orphaned due to violence; close to a million of them have dropped out of their childhood.
In 1997, founders Bharti Mamani and Adhik Kadam, surveyed most of the 369 villages in the district of Kupwara. They found that there were close to fifteen thousand orphans in the district alone, most of whom were girl children. There were shelters for orphan boys, but there were none for girls.
With its prime focus on geographically remote and disadvantaged border areas, bwf launched its rehabilitation projects in the frontier districts of Kupwara, Budgam, and Anantnag. A Home for girl children of the displaced families living in Jammu was started in august 2009. With the hope of making a positive difference to more lives, bwf intends to reach out to other districts and areas in Kashmir, Jammu, and Ladhakh. Bwf hopes to go to the north-eastern states and to any area beyond India that calls for collective, voluntary action.
Our focus areas are: Health Care, Education, Rehabilitation of Orphans & Widows, Women Empowerment, Migrants & Refugees, and Empowerment through Employment.