Learning and Migration Program

Learning and Migration Program (LAMP), addresses the complex issues faced by children at-risk of migration, providing them with the education, resources, care, and support they need to break the cycle of poverty. LAMP ensures that children from migrant families stay in school and acquire strong fundamental skills.
Over the last 19 years, LAMP has empowered 1,359,794 children across 5,238 villages in 17 States and Union Territories across India.



One in every five children in India is a migrant. Every year over 140 million people across India are forced to migrate in search of work--called seasonal distress migration--often uprooting their families and traveling up to eight months of the year. Unable to lead a stable life with uninterrupted access to education, their children end up working in factories or other hazardous work sites to help their families, rarely staying in school and falling behind their peers, extending the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

Challenges in designing solutions include:

  • Complex and unpredictable mobility – making it hard to track the children
  • Intervention in silos - Lack of coordination between education, tribal welfare, and labor departments
  • Long absenteeism - Leading to learning deficit and high dropout rates
  • Narrow window of opportunity - children become laborers by the age of 12 years
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How LAMP works

How LAMP works

The Learning and Migration Program (LAMP), focuses on the education of children affected by distress seasonal migration undertaken by their families.

Launched in 2004, the program reaches out to children across the most backward, tribal-dominant, and migration-prone regions of the country focusing on providing continued access to quality mainstream education while addressing issues of governance, accessibility, and systemic transformation.

LAMP's multi-sectoral approach includes:

  • Supporting Adolescent Girls by creating interwoven pathways for them to remain connected with education and subsequently complete schooling.
  • Promoting STEM Education in Learning Resource Centers to further equity in student access to educational resources.
  • Nurturing Tribal Children by creating mother-tongue-based learning material for those enrolled in pre-primary and primary levels.
  • Running Seasonal Hostels to help children stay back and focus on their elementary schooling.
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The four key LAMP pillars


Ensuring all children enroll and stay in school, especially those from migration-affected communities.


Providing a variety of learning tools and experiences to improve learning outcomes in the public school system.


Increasing community ownership of education through active engagement of multiple stakeholders.


Engaging with government and other agencies to promote policy and programs for the education of communities in migration-affected areas.

The LAMP Cumulative Impact

  • 1,359,794

    Children at risk of distressed seasonal migration empowered with access to quality education
  • 5,238

    Villages steered to eliminate obstacles to access education

Our Contributors

Tata Chemical Society for Rural Development (TCSRD)

The Tata Chemical Society for Rural Development (TCSRD), in partnership with has been at the forefront of ensuring continuity of education for children from seasonal migrant families, in high-migration prone geographies of Gujarat state.
Over the years, this partnership has worked towards improving access and quality of education and strengthening the school governance and effective implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act in more than 400 schools across 9 districts of Gujarat - namely Morbi, Surendranagar, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Kachchh, Mahisagar, the Dangs, Banaskantha, and Sabarkantha. Since 2012, the partnership has reached out to 60,155 children, 9504 School Management Committee members, 3480 PRI members, and 1,12,134 community members through various educational and school governance interventions.

Sterlite Foundation

Learning and Migration Program, Nandurbar Maharashtra, is supported by Sterlite Foundation since January 2020. The goal of the program is to adopt a life cycle approach, create a scalable and replicable model of continuity of education, in 100 schools across aspirational districts and advocate the model to other districts of the state. The objective of the program is to establish 10 digitized hub Learning Resource Centres in the community spaces to ensure that children at risk of migration have access to quality education, disproportionately disrupted by the pandemic. Since 2020, the program has benefited 11483 direct and indirect students, 59 education officials, teachers, HMs and Anganwadi workers, 595 PRIs, SMC, and community members.

Sarva Mangal Family Trust of MSI

Sarva Mangal Family Trust of MSI, has been supporting the Learning and Migration Program (LAMP) in the most backward, tribal-dominant, and migration-prone districts of Sabarkantha, Banaskantha, and Dang in Gujarat since 2015. The project aims to universalize access to quality learning, support pre-primary education, address learning deficits of children in elementary/secondary grades (with a focus on girls), improve school governance by strengthening School Management Committees (SMCs), and advance government teachers’ skills to deal with early literacy and numeracy of first-generation learners.
The partnership LAMP project has so far reached out to 25,500 children through various direct and indirect educational interventions. In addition, a total of 20,200 SMC members, PRI members, community members, and 120 teachers have been trained while 2128 adolescent girls have been provided life skill education.

WestBridge Capital

WestBridge Capital has been supporting the Learning and Migration Program (LAMP) in the most backward, tribal-dominant, and migration-prone areas of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Uttar Pradesh since 2019. This partnership aims at developing a replicable and scalable model to improve public schools, which includes universalizing access, supporting pre-primary education, and addressing the learning deficits of children in elementary/secondary grades. Over the last 3 years, the intervention has reached 1,27,432 children from 384 villages, spread across 30 blocks, 12 districts, and 4 states.

Tata AIG

TATA AIG is supporting LAMP to improve quality education through interventions in Ashram Schools, for the education of schedule tribe and schedule caste children, especially girls, in Nuapada district of Odisha from 2022. Working closely with the Department of Tribal Affairs, the intervention focuses on ensuring that children at risk of migration have access to quality education, which was disrupted by the pandemic, by making digitized Learning Resource Centres accessible in the community spaces.

Herbalife Nutrition

Herbalife Nutrition is supporting LAMP in reaching tribal children and adolescent girls in rural, migration-prone areas of Pandariya and Bodla Block of Kabirdham - an aspirational district of Chhattisgarh, by addressing the learning needs of different groups of students for their successful transitions to secondary school and subsequent school completion. The partnership also creates a favorable environment by supplementing nutrition and life skills awareness to empower these vulnerable groups and collaborates with the local and state government to ensure sustainable impact in chosen geographies.


Nand Ghars, a measure undertaken by Vedanta, together with the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD), are the state-of-the-art Anganwadis, committed to the Prime Minister's national vision of eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare and empowering women with skill development. AIF in partnership with the Vedanta Foundation is supporting the Nand Ghar project in 6 blocks of Dharwad district and 2 Blocks of Haveri districts working with 55 Nand Ghars in Karnataka, and 150 Nand Ghars in Bokaro district of Jharkhand. The project focuses on making Nand Ghars child-friendly and efficient learning centers, focusing on Education, Health, Nutrition, and convergence. The project also aims to provide round-the-clock electricity through Solar panels, e-learning in a stimulating environment, clean drinking water, and primary healthcare services. The 2 year partnership is designed to positively impact 4750 children and provide skill training to 1100 women in Karnataka.

Department of Women, Child Development and Social Security (DWCDSS), Government of Jharkhand

The Tejaswini Project aims to improve the socio-economic status of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) between the age group 14-24 years in 17 selected districts of Jharkhand by creating an enabling environment within their community and thereby improving the completion of their market-driven skills training and secondary education. Implemented by the Department of Women, Child Development and Social Security (DWCDSS), Government of Jharkhand through Jharkhand Women Development Society (JWDS) with the support of the World Bank, the intervention involves Educational Service providers, Technical Service Providers, Community Service Providers, and other Service Providers and stakeholders to create an effective ecosystem. The project is being implemented in the East Singhbhum, Saraikela Kharsawan and Simdega districts. The first intervention of the project is at the community level, which largely focuses on mobilization and empowerment, the formation of community-based platforms for AGYW, imparting life skills education, localized business and livelihood skills training, and providing information on broader services and opportunities. The second is at the institution level which will focus on the delivery of skills training and education courses for AGYW through qualified service providers with competent and highly skilled key experts, hired under the project.

Pramod Patel – Dang & Bardoli

Shri. Pramod Patel has been supporting AIF's signature program on education - The Learning and Migration Program (LAMP), since 2017, which focuses on rural communities affected by distress seasonal migration. The partnership, focusing on the tribal population of Subir, Dang district, since 2017, later extended its support to Bardoli, Surat district, Gujarat in the year 2019.

The partnership focuses on 4 pillars – a) Access (ensuring social and physical access to education, by tracking and retaining children, from seasonal migrant families), b) Quality (bridging the educational divide and improving the quality of education in under-resourced schools in rural and remote areas), c) Governance (strengthening the capacity of school governance institutions through capacity building of School Management Committees, PRI's, Citizen Educator's, and Adolescent girls' groups) and d) System Influencing (by establishing close linkages with the administration at the cluster, block, district, and the state level).

The program also ensures continuity of learning for seasonal migrant children by creating Sakarshalas (learning centers in sugarcane fields), designed to retain children in the education net so they can be re-enrolment at grade-appropriate levels when they go back to their native villages.

The partnership LAMP project reached out to 9,000 children (all belonging to the schedule tribes), through various direct and indirect educational interventions. In addition, a total of 7000 SMC members, PRI members, community members, 1000 adolescent girls, and 300 citizen educators, have been reached through various school governance interventions in 40 government schools.

Dr. Nammy Patel - Dental Hygiene Program

Since 2020, Dr. Nammy Patel has been supporting the Dental Hygiene Program, which focuses on facilitating affordable, accessible, and equitable oral health care in the Bhavnagar and Amreli district of Gujarat.

Its key interventions include - dental hygiene awareness campaigns with Anganwadi and school children in partnership with ICDS and schools, dental Bal-melas and dental check-up camps in government primary and secondary schools, and preventive and primary curative dental camps for community members. The partnership project created dental hygiene awareness among 900 children and adolescent girls, and 5300 community members. It also conducted dental check-ups for 10000 children and 5400 community members, to support their preventive and primary curative dental treatments.

Telstra - Comprehensive Learning Improvement Program

The intervention aims to improve the learning outcomes of students enrolled in 10 Govt elementary schools in Bengaluru South Dist., Karnataka. Telstra India Pvt Ltd, has been supporting LAMP in Karnataka since 2020, by implementing two Learning Resource Centres in Marathahalli and Varthuru cluster of Bengaluru South4 block. This 5 year partnership has so far impacted 5800 children, 82, Govt Teachers and 2053 SMC members and Parents.

Gurukrupa: Comprehensive Learning Improvement Program (CLIP)

The Gurukrupa Foundation supports the LAMP program in the backward, migration-prone blocks of Karnataka. Since 2021, the project has been working with 10 schools across 2 clusters, in the Soraba Block of Shivamogga District in Karnataka through 2 Learning Resource Centres in the region. The intervention has so far impacted 1800 children, 45 Govt school teachers, 190 students from Grade 9 & 10, 198 adolescent Girls, and 475 SMC members.

Meet The Team

Pratyush Das

Joshy Jose

Himanshu Kumar Panda

Kishor Gharat

Ramesh Savalia

Tarapada Pradhan

Vinod Xavier

Vipul Chauhan

Vivek Singh

Pratyush Das

Pratyush Das is the Head of Operations, LAMP in Delhi. He has an M.A. in Humanities, and a Certificate in Humanitarian Program Management from Melbourne University. Prior to joining AIF in 2018, he has worked for Coca-Cola India, World Vision International and World Vision India.

Ramesh Savalia

Ramesh Savalia is the State Program Manager, LAMP, at AIF’s office in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He has a Post Graduate in Development Management from S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai; a PGC in Environmental Education from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Gujarat Agricultural University, Navsari.
Ramesh has 26 years of experience in the corporate and development sector. Prior to joining AIF, he worked with Arvind Foundation, a CSR arm of Arvind Limited, and the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad. He has worked in the area of rural transformation, environment education, and education for sustainable development from grassroots level implementation to international program management.

Alok Bharti

Alok Bharti is Project Manager, Tejaswini under LAMP at AIF’s Jharkhand office in East Singhbhum. He holds a postgraduate degree in Social Anthropology from Vinoba Bhave University and a Bachelor’s in Journalism & Mass Communication with a specialization in Public Relations from Ranchi University, Ranchi. He has 18 years of work experience in the development sector. Prior to joining AIF in 2021, Alok worked with Breakthrough Trust as State Lead, Jharkhand & Bihar.

Vinod Xavier

Vinod Xavier is Project Officer for the Learning and Migration Program (LAMP) at AIF’s India country office in Gurgaon. Prior to joining AIF, Vinod put in over 9 years working in the social sector with organizations like KSSS, Amar Jyoti, IIMPACT, and Akshaya Patra. Vinod has a Master’s degree in Social Work and Philosophy.

Himanshu Kumar Panda

Himanshu Kumar Panda is the Project Coordinator at AIF’s field office in Nuapada, Odisha. He holds a Master’s Degree in Rural Development from IGNOU. Himanshu has over 15 years of work experience in the development sector. Prior to joining AIF in 2022, Himanshu worked in Lokadrusti a partner organization of AIF in Odisha.

Kishor Gharat

Kishor Gharat is the Project Manager, LAMP at Nandurbar, Maharashtra. He has over 11 years of experience in the development sector working with organizations like the Piramal Foundation, the Kaivalya Education Foundation, and the Unkeshwar Trust among others. Kishor holds a Master’s degree in education from the Azim Premji University, Bangalore, and is a trained Facilitator of Cognitively Based Compassion Training from Emory University, US.

Ganesh Singa Vasave

Ganesh Singa Vasave is a Trainer at AIF’s office in Nandurbar, Maharashtra. He holds a Master’s in Social Work from North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon. Ganesh has over 4 years of work experience in the corporate and development sector. Prior to joining AIF, he worked with Gyan Prakash Foundation Pune-District Office Nandurbar MH.

Niraj Kumar Jha

Niraj Kumar Jha is the Project Coordinator at East Singhbhum in Jharkhand. He holds a Post Graduate in Rural Development from XISS Ranchi, a PG diploma in Environment & Sustainable Development, and Diploma in Solid Waste Management. Niraj has over 20 years of experience essaying responsible roles at various organizations like the Action Aid Association, Sarvodaya Ashram, CARE, UNDP, Magic Bus, NYKS, GEAG, and CHRI.

Tarapada Pradhan

Tarapada Pradhan is Project-Coordinator for the Learning and Migration Program (LAMP) at AIF’s field office in Balangir, Odisha. He holds an MBA in Rural Management from IGNOU. Tarapada has over 16 years of experience as a development professional. Prior to joining AIF in 2022, he worked with Network for Youth Development and Healthy Environment (NYDHEE) as a program officer in Odisha.

Vipul Chauhan

Vipul Chauhan works as a Program Associate, LAMP at AIF’s office in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He has a PGDBM in Rural Management from KSBM Institute, Mumbai. Vipul has over 10 years of experience in the development sector. Prior to joining AIF in 2019, he worked with the Centre for Environment Education, Gujarat.

Vivek Singh

Vivek Singh the Monitoring Officer, Tejaswini under Learning And Migration Program (LAMP) at AIF’s Jharkhand office in East Singhbhum. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Xavier’s College, a Master’s in Rural Development from IGNOU, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Amity University. Vipul has over 8 years of experience in the Rural Development sector working for organizations such as the Axis Bank Foundation, the Holistic Rural Development Program (HRDP) of HDFC bank, and the Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra

Sudhakar R Bhandary

Sudhakar R Bhandary is the Project Coordinator with the Learning And Migration Program in Karnataka. He holds a Master’s in Education. Prior to joining AIF in 2007, Sudhakar worked for Azim Premji Foundation and The Hubli Hospital for the Handicapped.

Ashok Kumar Sinha

Ashok Kumar Sinha is the State Program Manager for LAMP in Chhattisgarh. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development with Project Management Specialization from Xavier Institutes of Social Service, Ranchi, Jharkhand. He has also completed the Intermediate Course of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. Ashok has over 24 years of experience in increasingly responsible roles within the operation and management of multiple social, economic, and developmental project management programs.

Joshy Jose

Joshy Jose serves as the Director for the ‘Learning and Migration Program' (LAMP). He brings over 26 years of work experience in program design, innovation, management, and measurement. His expertise ranges from working with children and youth living in hard-to-reach geographies, such as red light districts, leprosy-affected areas, border districts, and other vulnerable communities, to building learning systems, knowledge strategies, value-centered design, and life skills.
Prior to working with AIF, Joshy served as Senior Director of Program and Knowledge Strategies at Breakthrough India and as VP for Strategic Impact at the Charis India Care Foundation. He also worked as a technical advisor for the youth and adolescent vertical of ChildFund International. 


MARCH 16, 2022

The transformation of Urmila - from a shy girl to leading the morning prayer at school.

Urmila, 12, is a Grade 7 student at the Sevaron-ki-Dhani Government Upper Primary school in Barmer district of Rajasthan. Like most families in her village, Urmila’s parents are seasonal migrant workers caught in a cycle of poverty. For her and her siblings a good education was impossible and the risk of child labor very real.
A first-generation learner, Urmila now attends the Learning Resource Center (LRC) to close the gap in learning deficit.

APRIL 19, 2021

Circle of hope – from one group of women to another

A group of dynamic women philanthropists in AIF’s Circle of Hope is committed to improving the lives of India’s underprivileged girls and women. Through the catalytic support from these women, AIF’s learning And Migration Program (LAMP) is creating opportunities for 351 adolescent girls and nearly 3000 children in 25 rural and migration-prone villages in Sindhari block of Barmer district of Rajasthan.


Watch Sunita’s story of hope and courage who coming from one of the most marginalized tribal communities realized her dream to pursue a career in nursing.

Watch how LAMP initiatives like LRC are making learning fun and seasonal hostels are helping keep dropout rates in check.

Watch to learn about AIF’s mobile library that reaches out to over 30 villages to make reading and learning fun.

Watch how LAMP volunteers helped migrant children impacted by school closure during COVID meet their learning outcomes.

Watch the inspiring story of Deepak who walks an hour barefoot to school every day, and how LAMP helps instill a love of learning.

Watch how LAMP’s Learning Resource Center helps 10-year-old Balsingh attend school regularly.

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