ACCESS was initiated by Thomas Swaroop and his friends to make the quarry workers of Marenahalli Bande in North-East Bangalore, aware of the importance of sending their children to school.Says Thomas, “I was fortunate to have been helped in my education. Therefore I feel confident that children can stand on their own feet, with all-round education.”

Work began in rented premises at Chellekere Village which became home to orphaned children, a school for the boys and girls, a medical clinic, a place of worship on Sundays and a Community Centre for everyone. As the numbers grew, there was a need for more programmes and space. A non-residential centre was set up at Lingarajpuram, Two kilometres away from Chellekere in North-East Bangalore.