We support work across three main focus areas--Vulnerable Groups, Governance and Nutrition. We have identified certain themes under each focus area and pursue different approaches (roles) to grant making across these focus areas and themes.
We make grants to partners whose work, we believe, adds intrinsic value to vulnerable individuals, communities or groups. In terms of our role, we are funders of what we call Value in itself grants.
We also offer our expertise to build on grant partners’ inherent strengths so they are able to scale their work with vulnerable groups and reach out significantly more people. In this Scale-up approach of grant making, we play the role of Enabler.
We also take on the role of Orchestrator, when we focus on system change and long-term impact. In this case, we develop our strategy for an identified theme within a focus area. Then we support Special Initiatives that will synergistically bring together a number of partners and the government to achieve a particular change within a given sector.
Through our Vulnerable Groups focus area, our approach has been primarily as a funder and enabler. Through our Governance and Nutrition focus areas, we play the role of orchestrator, where we aim to bring about far reaching reform within the sectors concerned. Here too, we have our own strategy for each theme. And we support partners who share our goals.
Aangan trust, Mumbai
Aangan Trust is protecting adolescent girls in Varanasi and Bhubaneshwar from hazardous work, child marriage, and other forms of exploitation or abuse by creating Community Safety Groups that increases their awareness on their rights, child protection laws, and individual safety. They are now expanding their outreach in Varanasi, and to Patna to reach 23,000 adolescent girls. They are leveraging the alumni network, and engaging with government agencies for stronger responses.
Arpan is conducting personal safety education workshops and enabling adolescent boys and girls with tools to address and prevent child sexual abuse--across public and private schools in Mumbai. The NGO also provides psychotherapeutic services for rescued minor girls in institutions.
Association for Promoting Social Action (APSA), Bangalore
APSA is empowering 170 adolescent girls rescued from difficult circumstances by providing support and rehabilitation in two shelter homes. They are being given vocational training, career counselling, training in self-defence techniques, legal support, and eventually placed in jobs, enabling them to begin a new life. Separate workshops and training programmes are being organized for the parents of these girls to increase awareness about girl child trafficking, and laws that protect women.
Breakthrough, New Delhi
Breakthrough is changing the lives of over 5.9 lakh adolescent girls through life-skills training programmes in schools and communities in 14 districts across Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi NCR, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh.
Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3), New Delhi
Centre for Catalyzing Change is promoting the overall development of adolescent girls in Jharkhand, Bihar, Delhi, Chattisgarh, Odisha, and the North East by training their teachers to impart age appropriate life-skills, which are incorporated into regular classes.
CREA is running sports-based camps titled "It’s My Body" (IMB) to impart the life skills to young girls across Bihar (Muzaffarpur, Patna), Jharkhand (Hazaribagh, Ranchi, West Singhbhum) and Uttar Pradesh (Bareilly, Sakar, Varanasi). Participants take pride in their bodies, get insights into sexuality and reproductive health, and learn to chart a new course for themselves.
CREA, New Delhi
CREA is empowering adolescent girls to take informed decisions by teaching them about sexual and reproductive health and their rights through the medium of sports in Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh. CREA is expanding its reach now to include more adolescent girls and working to strengthen their knowledge and understanding about gender, education, and health, enabling them to lead better quality lives. They are also intensifying their engagement in schools and grooming the girls from the previous batches into role models and leaders.
Empowerment for Rehabilitation Academic and Health (EFRAH), Delhi
EFRAHis empowering 1,460 poor Muslim adolescent girls in Batla House and Shaheen Bagh of Delhi through skill development, motivating them to complete higher secondary education, take up vocational training/placement and join peer groups to address gender violence and child marriage. Also enlists community/parent support to safeguard the girls’ rights and organise health camps.
Grameen Vikas Sansthan (GVS), Mau
GVS is sensitising the community and changing the negative attitudes towards education and delay age of marriage among 5,000 adolescent girls through girls groups led by trained peer educators, life and livelihood skills and by collaborating with the Government to ensure the basic health, nutrition and education services, in Ghazipur district, Ratnapur block of Uttar Pradesh.
Guria Swayam Sevi Sansthan, Varanasi
Guriais working in Varanasi and Mau Districts on providing educational support to 270 adolescent girls, witness protection to 90 survivors of trafficking and rape, and vocational training to 75 girls hailing from red light areas. There will also be counselling, training, legal aid and relocation to safe houses.
HAQ, New Delhi
HAQ is providing legal aid, counselling, and rehabilitation to 300 adolescent female victims of sexual offences. They are developing an ecosystem that incorporates judges, lawyers, institutional caregivers and other relevant facilitators who can effectively provide support, enhance the welfare of the victims, and enable them to have more access to justice and restorative care systems.
Institute of Health Management Pachod (IHMP), Pune
IHMP is empowering unmarried adolescent girls in 53 villages in Jalna, Maharashtra, through life education programmes and awareness sessions for parents that are aimed at increasing formal school education and delaying the age of marriage. The NGO is also organizing programmes for young married women that include information on sexual and reproductive health, awareness about gender issues, health counselling, and community-based monitoring.
Jagori Rural Charitable Trust (JRCT), Dharamshala
JRCT is engaging with 2,850 adolescent girls and 1,225 adolescent boys across 70 villages in Chamba and Kangra districts of Himachal Pradesh to address all forms of discrimination against girls, and to increase girls’ participation in sports and in decision-making that concerns their health, education and mobility.
Jan Sahas Social Development Society, Dewas
Jan Sahas Social Development Society is preventing violence and discrimination against 15,000 vulnerable young girls from the manual scavenging community, and survivors of rape/sexual assault by organisingBalika Panchayats, creating safe spaces and providing counselling, legal and medical support in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Justice and Care, Bengaluru
Justice and Care is tackling juvenile crime and organised trafficking in adolescent boys and girls across India, through better casework and investigations, bringing in systemic change and improving the capacity of the criminal justice system and working with the media.
Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT), Bengaluru
KHPT is ensuring that adolescent girls from Single-Mother, Adivasi and Below Poverty Line (BPL) households stay in schools, by creating safe spaces, organising Balika Panchayats, and training the girls’ families to become peer role models and change social norms in 40 villages of Koppal district in Karnataka.
Magic Bus India Foundation, MUMBAI
Magic Bus is enabling a better future for adolescent girls by imparting life-skills through the Sports for Development Programme where children engage in numerous games and activities that are relatable to real-life challenges and situations. This participation enables them to cope better and facilitates a more natural and more capable transition to adulthood.
Mamta-Health Institute for Mother and Child, Delhi
Mamta-Health Institute for Mother and Childis making young girls and boys aware of their Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH), and nutrition needs through peer networks, by providing frontline health workers mobile phones, creating safe spaces for ARSH training and sensitising both parents and the community. In Allahabad, Banda and Varanasi districts of Uttar Pradesh.
Naz Foundation, Delhi
Naz Foundation is empowering 15,000 adolescent girls from low income families in Delhi through the Young People’s Initiative (YPI) to make informed decisions about their future by teaching life lessons through netball sessions and life skills programmes. This is executed through Community Sports Coaches who are given training in facilitation skills, personality and professional development tactics, and leadership qualities.
People‘s Action for National Integration (PANI), Faizabad
PANI is empowering 10,000 adolescent Dalit girls in Tarun Block in Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh by enabling greater access to better health, nutrition, and education, and the knowledge and means to counter social obstacles like discrimination so that they have a higher socioeconomic status in the future. PANI is now expanding their operations to all 97 gram panchayats of Tarun Block by adding resource centres allowing more girls and their families to be aware of their rights and benefits.
Peoples’ Action for National Integration (PANI), Faizabad
PANI is collaborating with the Government departments of Health, Education and ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services), in order to make 4,200 adolescent girls from the most backward Dalit families of Tarun Block in Faizabad district of UP, aware of their rights, entitlements and benefits.
Sanlaap India-Speaking of the Unspoken, West Bengal
Sanlaap India is rehabilitating 150 adolescent girls who are victims of trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation, raising awareness among 400 community members and sensitizing duty bearers and law enforcement.
Shaheen Women Resource & Welfare Association, Hyderabad
Shaheen is socially and economically empowering 750 adolescent girls from Muslim, Dalit, and Other Backward Castes (OBC) communities by organizing awareness programmes and workshops that teach them life and livelihood-enhancing skills thereby ensuring that they have stronger control over their futures. The NGO is also enabling higher access to health care centres along with instilling and encouraging freedom of choice.
Shaheen-Women Resource and Welfare Association, Hyderabad
Shaheen-Women Resource and Welfare Association protects Dalit and Muslim girls in the most communally sensitive areas of Hyderabad (Old city, Sultan Shah), against early marriage, pregnancy, divorce, polygamy and desertion, through resource centres that teach them life and livelihood skills.
SPAN - Society for Peoples' Awareness, Jalpaiguri
SPAN-Society for Peoples' Awareness is creating youth groups and Child Potection Committees to prevent distress migration and to safeguard the rights of 500 adolescent girls from the tea gardens of Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal.
The Aangan Trust, Mumbai
The Aangan Trustis working to make sure that 4,500 vulnerable adolescent girls are safe from harm or hazardous work, child marriage, trafficking, violence or abuse. It links them with safety networks such as Parents against Child Trafficking (PACT) and ensures that state child protection agencies are responsive and accessible in Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.