Our Timeline

A happy childhood produces an adult who is well-adjusted to society
2004

The beginningToybank begins its activities by distributing toys to over 1,500 children in Mumbai on Children’s Day.

2005

Working round the yearToybank begins round-the-year operations.

2006

Attracting donors / mediaToy collection drives begin with the help of corporate, schools and housing societies. CNBC covers Toybank in its programme, ‘Young Turks’.

2007

GrowthToybank’s Bangalore chapter, manned entirely by volunteers, opens. Toybank is selected for the Ashoka Changelooms fellowship programme.

2008

Keeping it goingToybank reaches over 8,000 children in Mumbai. Toybank founder Shweta Chari is nominated for the MTV Youth Icon award.

2009

Stamp of approvalToybank gets registered as a Trust. Toybank opens two centres in Bhutan. UK’s Channel 4 covers Toybank in its programme, ‘Slumdog Secret Millionaire’.

2010

First play centerToybank has now reached over 25,000 children. The first play center is set up in Mumbai. Toybank’s Delhi chapter begins operations.

2011

Building blocks The Times of India covers Toybank’s work. Toybank founder Shweta Chari wins ‘Star Social Entrepreneur’ award at the Indira International Innovation Summit.

2012

Going to the villagesToybank begins operations in rural Maharashtra. By this year, Toybank has reached over 45,000 children. Times Now covers Toybank’s work.

2013

Spreading outShweta wins ‘Woman of Substance’ award from Godrej Appliances and ‘Young Achiever 2013’ from Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce.

2014

Toybank's 10th anniversaryToybank celebrates its 10th anniversary, and reaches out to 85,000 children this year.

2015

Impact on childrenThe number of children impacted through Toybank’s work reaches 1,00,000.