Slums are densely populated, neglected parts of cities where housing and living conditions are exceptionally poor. Misaal Initiative is a slum transformation programme, at its basic level, involves improving the physical environment of the existing area, addressing issues like education for children, women empowerment, employment for youth, hygiene and sanitation.




To explore the effects of slum upgrading strategies involving physical environment and infrastructure interventions like painting and cleaning with the involvement of the local residents and communities. This will have a positive effect on health, quality of life and socio-economic wellbeing of urban slum dwellers in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). 

Rouble Nagi Art Foundation's mission incorporated all possible areas of growth and development that we can undertake for uplifting the deprived section of the society. 



About Misaal Mumbai


What: “Misaal Mumbai” is an initiative by Social Activist and Artist Rouble Nagi.
When: It started with Paint Dharavi in 2016, with the dream to impact & transform lives through Art. 
Where: Our presence is over 176 localities pan India (Slums and villages) 


The main goal of this project is to make the slum areas cleaner and more hygienic than before, using Community Art as the primary medium and entryway into sanitation, cleanliness drives, awareness of basic illnesses, health camps, skill development and education. It aims at instilling values such as gender equality, social justice, the spirit of community service, eco-friendliness in the slums and villages and their people so that they get transformed & grow into role-models for others. We are proud to support the Government’s initiative of Swaccha Bharat Abhiyaan and even take it forward in our trademark style, of painting and aestheticizing living spaces. Art, we realized is the fulcrum point of all other efforts in our community development work, since it offers a dignified living atmosphere for people who often have much lesser than they deserve. 

We focus on holistic development, RNAF transforms the youth by inculcating skills, developing personalities and creating employment opportunities for them. 




After the project completion, data is collected on the perspectives of slum dwellers regarding their needs, preferences for and satisfaction with interventions received. Till date we have painted more than 150,000 houses . Building self-reliant networks is another objective of Rouble Nagi Art Foundation. The self-reliant strategy relies on the willingness and ability of people of a community to rely on their own resources. It requires the optional use of all available human, natural and technological resources

The following infographic depicts the Outcomes we are expecting based on the plan

and intervention trajectory:

Misaal Mumbai Slum Transformation Team Structure

Misaal Hyderabad

The Misaal Hyderabad Initiative is a complete slum/basti transformation project which functions to dignify the lives of the unfortunate who reside in those localities. We wish to launch into deeper, meaningful work with local communities, using Art as the gateway and medium of building trust. The locations we have selected for The Phoenix Group project is the slum located in Babu Jagjivan Rao Nagar




  • Building Trust and Rapport

  • Spreading Awareness of Hygiene

  • Carrying out Cleanliness Drives

  • Mobilising Communities to practice Segregation of Waste

  • Awareness of Basic Illnesses and Diseases 

  • Provision of Basic Health Tests and Medical Inputs

  • To Reduce Drop-Outs and Ensure Continued Enrolment

  • Creation of Baalwadis for Young Disengaged Slum Children

  • Motivate Women and Expose them to Entrepreneurship and Self-Reliance 

  • Providing Women with Skill Training for Livelihoods 

  • Spread Joy, Love & Dignity Through Art

Supported By : The Pheonix Foundation

Misaal Rajasthan Project - Village Transformation 



The project will focus on aspects - Employability Enhancement ( Employment Generation) for women and youth. The skill development project aims to create the demand of the skill workforce in various industries. This project is primarily a “Employment Oriented Skill Development Training to  Underprivileged Women and Youth of the slum/village.


Edu-hub, a community learning center, which will focus on imparting skill-based training as an alternate livelihood option to traditional agricultural practices. It will also act as a platform to highlight the importance of adequate sanitation practices to the community.


We will specifically seek the active participation of women and girls through the formation of self-help groups (SHGs) as a tool for socio-economic development. The groups will provide vocational training, encourage entrepreneurship and impart life skills, empowering them in the process. 

Rouble Nagi Art Foundation Center in Jawli Village 

Students enrolled: 1300

Women Skill Enrollment: 725

Misaal Center in Jawali Rajasthan 


We believe that skill development is a powerful agent of social transformation. Providing vocational training, we feel, will not only bridge the gap between skilled and unskilled labourers but also help the rural women with better employment and self-employment opportunities. The RNAF Center in Jawali is going to serve women, children and youth. The objective is to provide a platform to the women and youth, supporting them in learning the desired skill sets that will make them employable and empower them to earn their living. We will also help in setting up small businesses and become local entrepreneurs.


The center will provide pre-school programs cover a variety of locations and methods of delivery. We will be offering a distance education model of early childhood certification for our instructors. This will be an important way of providing support for children from villages and their families for developing early foundational skills and to facilitate their transition into formal schools.


We also intend to provide access to information, knowledge and skill to the citizens using various components of the Digital India initiative. The objective is to create young entrepreneurs and become agents of change in rural India. 

Kalwa East and West, Thane,MH

Community Art Project: Rouble Nagi Art Foundation

Location: Kalwa West and East, Thane MH

Wall: 3.5 Km

Since its inception in 2018, the Misaal Mumbai initiated has successfully transformed more than 163 slums and villages,  created over 200 wall murals. This was the first time the program was brought to Thane, highlighting the conservation of natural resources and the environment. 

Art has massive power to move people to social change.

Misaal Mumbai's uses art as an innovative medium for awareness, we become advocates, challenging the biggest issues of our time. 

Supported By Thane Municipal Corporation 

                           Mr. Jitendra Awhad

Misaal Pune, Maharashtra

Along with painting and beautification, we will be cleaning the area's and holding workshops for hygiene and sanitation along with art camps for children who are interested in art. Misaal Pune initiative is an initiative for the people, we will be using locals residents communities for this project giving them a sense of ownership of the art they create, along with making them a part of the project. The concept is always for people to understand the importance of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation and how to keep their surroundings clean. Workshops on women empowerment along with a proposed health camp. 


The Misaal initiative is a slum transformation project, where artists are will be working to transform the community - by tapping the incredible local creative energy. This is Pune’s first slum transformation project on big scale and we are happy that you are a part of this. 




Organising art camps for children living in the slum and around the area ( art material provided by RNAF) .

Organising health Camps for women and children.

Women empowerment workshops to start Skill development centres in slums (making women independent).

Youth Career counselling for dropouts and mid-age unemployed people living in the slums.

Documenting the complete process in form of a short documentary film with featuring and interviews of PMC officials , local supporters.

The Social Services Delivery Project (Misaal Initiative) for Pravati Hill Nagar 

aims to improve standards of living for the poor and vulnerable population living in the slums. 

Supported by Pune Municipal Corporation 

                         Magarpatta City

Parsik Nagar - Thane, MH

Information about the Area :

Parsik Nagar, Kalwa, Thane, Thane is a Locality in Mumbai City in Maharashtra State, India. It belongs to Konkan region . It belongs to Konkan Division .


This was the first Misaal initiative by Rouble Nagi Art Foundation in Thane. Our initiative was aimed to generate awareness and create dialogue exploring creative solutions towards education, women empowerment, environmental issues, hygiene and sanitation 

Houses: 3200 plus

Activities :

Hygiene and Sanitation Workshops | Waste Management Education | Training Locals 

Cleanliness Drive 

Balwadi set up in Slums and TMC schools 

Women Empowerment Workshops | Skill Centre Set Up 

Complete Slum Transformation and beautification

Health Camp 

Art Camp 

Supported by TMC 

World Water Day 

Project: Transformation of public toilets - Mumbai 



Water is life and every drop of water counts. Now the world is heading towards water crises due to the excessive and uneconomical use of water. Public art and activism can educate and inspire the global community to help save our water resource. The Earth cannot exist without healthy water resources. World Water Day is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. Adapting to the water effects of climate change will protect health and save lives.

Supported by UNICEF and WASH ALLIANCE 

Rishikesh school transformation and cleanliness drive.

Project: Complete Transformation of Govt. School 

Students: 175 

Project: Massive Cleanliness Drive, Kale Ki Dhal slum area

Volunteers - 150 registered 

Outcome: Increase in School Admission

This is a small Government-run school in Rishikesh. Rouble Nagi Art Foundation transformed the complete school. Achieving quality by being prescriptive and talking to the teachers and improving the infrastructure.  

The cleanliness drive was to address hygiene and sanitation in the slum. We successfully conducted workshops to educate people on waste management and segregation.

Supported by : Parmarth Niketan Ashram and H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji

Mundra Village Transformation

Project: Mundra Village, Raipur Chhattisgarh

Misaal Mumbai has always strived to inspire others who want to become changemakers following the Misaal programme. We have always believed that leaders need to do more than just lead: they need to inspire. 

This small village transformation project was inspired by Misaal Mumbai.  Inspiring is equal parts being a leader and being a mentor; a disruptor, which leads to the second point.

Paraplegic Center

 Project: Restoration and Transformation work at the  Paraplegic centre by Rouble Nagi Art Foundation


Paraplegic Centre was started by a group of social workers and doctors, in the barracks of LTMG Municipal Hospital located at Sion, Mumbai, India, to rehabilitate, and provide total health care facilities for paraplegics and the severely orthopedically disabled.

The Rouble Nagi Art Foundation gave a long-pending face-lift to the hospital. The project was completed in a month. 



Kurla - Airport Slum

Location: Kurla Airport Slum 

Area: 65 Acres

Families: 80,000

Objectives :


Improving living conditions for the urban poor to unlock social and economic opportunities for all, promoting growth and sustainable development both inside and outside slums in Kurla. For Misaal Mumbai to achieve its goal, community participation and ownership are critical.

Project: Slum Transformation by Rouble Nagi Art Foundation


Slum Painting and beautification 

Hygiene and Sanitation Workshops

Women Empowerment Workshops

Health Camp

Volunteers: Registered Locals: 7800 | Misaal Team