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.
Arpan conducts personal safety education workshops and arms 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.
CREA runs sports-based camps titled It’s My Body (IMB) to impart life skills to young girls across Bihar (Muzaffarpur, Patna), Jharkhand (Hazaribag, Ranchi, West Singhbhum) and Uttarpradesh (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.
EFRAH empowers 1,460 poor Muslim adolescent girls in Batla House and Shaheen Bagh in 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.
Equal Community Foundation works with 20 low-income communities in Pune comprising families of adolescent boys aged 13-17 years, to make them more supportive of and sensitised towards girls and women. So girls are not discriminated against and get equal opportunities to better themselves.
GVS aims to sensitise the community and change 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 basic health, nutrition and education services, in Ghazipur district, Ratnapur block of Uttar Pradesh.
The NGO works in UP’s Varanasi and Maui districts to provide educational support to 270 adolescent girls, witness protection to 90 survivors of trafficking and rape and, vocational training for 75 girls hailing from red light areas. There will also be counselling, training, legal aid and relocation to safe houses.
JRCT engages 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.
The Jan Sahas Social Development Society prevents violence and discrimination against 15,000 vulnerable young girls-- from the manual scavenging community, and survivors of rape/sexual assault--by organising balika panchayats, creating safe spaces and providing counselling, legal and medical support. In Madhya Pradesh (Dewas, Khargone, Nimach, Panna, Ratlam, Sehore, Tikamgarh, Ujjain, Vidisha districts), Rajasthan (Bharatpur, Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh districts), Uttar Pradesh (Jhansi, Lalitpur, Urai districts).
The NGO aims to tackle juvenile crime and organised trafficking in adolescent boys and girls across India, through better case work and investigations, bringing in systemic change and improving the capacity of the criminal justice system and working with the media.
KHPT ensures that adolescent girls from single-mother, Adivasi and below poverty line (BPL) households stay in school, 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.
Mamta-Health Institute for Mother and Child, Delhi makes 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.
PANI collaborates 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.
Shaheen 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 creates youth groups and child protection 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 works to make sure 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.