Dharavi, in Mumbai, considered Asia's biggest slum and its residents, is home to migrants to Mumbai, who are mostly from the downtrodden and backward communities, and hail from all religions, castes and creeds.
In April 1954, the Children's Aid Society initiated its Juvenile Service Bureau with the help of the 'Bal Seva Kendra Mandal'. In 1993-94, the Children's Aid Society's Juvenile Service Bureau withdrew its Mumbai centre along with its financial aid. On 3rd September, 1997, under the presidency of Mr. Devanand D. Dethe, 'Abhinav Vikas Sanstha' was formed and registered.
In 1999, Parvez Damania, Founder and Chairman of Damania Airways and President of the Banyan Tree Centre, saw the potential of a collaboration when visiting the Abhinav Vikas Kendra with his wife, Mrs. Roshni Damania. Mr. Damania thus made it a point to implement the programs and commitments of the Banyan Tree Centre in this area.
Every year, on the morning of Independence Day, the Children's Education Society delivers 'an address to the societies'.
At the behest and insistence of Hon. Mr. Damania, free of cost medical camps as under are arranged in almost all the major diseases, every year at the Society's premises since the year 2001 to benefit the community.