In 1997-98, Bharti Mamani and Adhik Kadam, founders of bwf surveyed most of the 369 villages in the district of Kupwara. The survey was commissioned and funded by UNICEF. The two young visionaries travelled all over the militancy-ridden district on a two-wheeler, staying with any family that would welcome them into their home. Basera-e-Tabassum was born from that survey. Bharti Mamani, as a woman, strongly felt the need for a Home for the girl orphan child – at the time, the district had close to 25000 orphan children, but had shelters only for the boys among them.
The BWF-TISS Socio Economic Needs Assessment Study, 2009
Today, Borderless World Foundation partners with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) of Bombay in conducting surveys and studies that will help us, and the social sector understand the J&K region better; help us expand our work and take new initiatives based on the needs of the people of the community we work in. Students from TISS, on their block fieldwork projects stay with us in our Homes and conduct the surveys over periods of a month or a month and half.
In 2008, six students from TISS conducted a Socio-economic Needs Assessment Study to:
- To understand the socio- economic status of the Kupwara district with focus on education and health
- To assess the needs of the people in respect to education and health
Though the survey focused on the district of Kupwara, it also looked at Anantnag and Budgam in the Kashmir Valley.