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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, Mumbai

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.

Bhoomika Vihar, Katihar and Araria districts, North East Bihar

Bhoomika Vihar was established in 1995 with the objective of empowering the marginalised, particularly women and girls at risk of forced or early marriage, with education and skill development, which would expand their socioeconomic opportunities. The grant would help them facilitate the rehabilitation of survivors through their centres.

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, 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.

Educate Girls (Foundation to Educate Girls Globally), Mumbai

Educate Girls is working with public school systems, communities, and parents in villages and ensuring that all girl children in a given village are enrolled and retained in schools. They are spreading more awareness and building up engagement to provide educational support and infrastructure for girl students thereby strengthening their life skills.

Empowerment for Rehabilitation Academic and Health (EFRAH), Delhi

EFRAH is 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.

Equal Community Foundation, Pune

The Equal Community Foundation (ECF) was established in 2009 with the aim of developing gender equitable attitudes and behaviours among adolescent boys, aged 13-17 years, to end violence against girls and women through human rights-based programmes. The grant will support their endeavours to reach out to adolescent boys, and provide leadership, peer group support and knowledge and skills to publicly advocate and defend their position on gender equality. It will also help enable participants to change their own behaviour towards women and call out other men on abusive behaviour.

Foundation for Education and Development, Jodhpur and Ajmer District

Foundation for Education and Development was established in 2000 and works to promote empowering adolescents and women, and promoting their rights, education and health. The grant will help them reach an estimated 2715 girls and 375 boys aged between 11 and 20 years through residential and non-residential 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.  

Green Dot Trust, Mysore

Green Dot Trust started in 2008 by working with the rural and urban poor in Mysore, Mandya, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar districts in the areas of health, education, women empowerment, and community development. Through the grant, they would be able to support the expenses for increasing the capacity of transit care home facilities from 15 to 20. These homes provide shelter for mentally ill homeless men rescued from the streets of Mysore. Over 3 years, they will provide shelter, food, care, treatment for 120 such individuals and reintegrate over 90 of them with their families. 

Guria Swayam Sevi Sansthan, Varanasi

Guria is 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.

Jabala Action Research Organisation, West Bengal

Jabala was established in 1992 and have been working with vulnerable children and adolescents to develop their confidence enabling them to claim their rights. The grant support will help them expand their work in preventing all forms of exploitation and trafficking in 7 districts in West Bengal and empower 800 adolescents in 6 GPs across 2 blocks in Murshidabad district. 

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 (Jan Sahas Social Development Society), Dewas

Jan Sahas is addressing issues of rape survivors and preventing violence and discrimination against adolescent girls in 15 districts of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra by mobilizing state and social workers and providing legal recourse. Jan Sahas is expanding its reach to include 4500 new cases of rape and sexual violence, provide basic necessities to victims and empowering them with social, psychological, and legal services.

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.  

Kajla Janakalyan Samiti, 2 districts of West Bengal

Kajla Janakalyan Samity (KJKS) was established in 1955 with the vision of improving the lives of adolescent girls, education, child protection, women’s empowerment, youth development, sustainable agriculture, and micro-credit. The grant will support them in uplifting 3,500 adolescent girls with issues related to gender, sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, unsafe migration, and adolescent protection across 30 villages in 2 high-need districts of West Bengal.

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.

Kolkata Sanved, West Bengal and Maharashtra]

Kolkata Sanved was established in 2004 and works with survivors of trafficking, sexual abuse and other forms of violence. They use movement therapy as a means to mitigate and help the survivors heal their trauma and empower them to accept themselves, transforming them to become leaders of change. The Philanthropy's support is towards healing and empowerment of 270 such adolescent girl survivors.  

Maarga, Ambedkar Nagar, Rajendra Nagar, Koramangala, Bangalore

Maarga was established in 1999 and has worked in the urban slums of Karnataka for the past 9 years to promote the education of children, especially first generation, from deprived dalit and Muslim families. The grant will help them expand their work from 40 to 80 girls enabling them to pursue higher education through daily after-school sessions, football coaching, social education workshops, art and craft workshops and exposure visits. It will also help make mothers more aware of the benefits of supporting the educational and professional growth of their daughters. 

Magic Bus (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.

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 Child is 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.

North East Research and Social Work Networking, Assam and Meghalaya

The North East Research & Social Work Networking (NERSWN) was established in 2004 and have been involved in training adolescent girls and boys to be change makers who drive community level awareness around issues of child marriage, trafficking, child labour and child abuse by using affable means of communication such as forum theatre.  The grant will help expand their work in 150 villages with 6000 girls and boys. 

OASIS India, Maharashtra - Mumbai, Nalasopara, Palghar District,

OASIS India started in 1993 with a focus on uplifting children and young girls from second generation prostitution and child trafficking at railway stations. The grant will support their work directly with 1065 adolescents aged between 12 and 18 years or under and encourage integrated community-based intervention to ensure that they are educated, protected, and empowered to make informed life choices. 

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.

Protsahan, Uttam Nagar, Delhi

Protsahan was started in 2010 with the aim of working against abuse of adolescent girls belonging to schedule castes/tribes and the migrant population in the slums of Hastal village in Delhi. They strive to break the intergenerational cycle of childhood abuse and poverty through holistic healing and access to education for victimised girls. The grant will enable enrollment, retention in schools and supplementary education for 180 girls along with creative arts-based therapy sessions. 

Rescue Foundation, Mumbai and Thane in Maharashtra

Rescue Foundation started in 2000 with a focus on providing comprehensive interventions for sexually exploited children, young girls and women. This includes intelligence gathering, investigations, prosecutions, identification of victims, rescue and recovery, repatriation and reintegration with the help of its own Government-licensed and co-funded safe houses across India. The Philanthropy grant will enable them to rescue 180 minor and adolescent girls from exploitation and trafficking, provide care and protection to 240 girls through 2 shelter homes and facilitate safe restoration to their families.

Sahayog, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand

Sahayog started in 1992 by promoting women’s health and gender equality, and add on interventions for issues related to adolescent girls in 2005. The Philanthropy's support is towards enabling 2,500 vulnerable girls to build confidence, take charge of their lives , and realise their aspirations.

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.

Society for Integrated Community Development (SNEHA), Gangavati block of Koppal district, Karnataka

SNEHA, Bellary was established in 2013 and have been involved in working with children, adolescent girls and women from devadasi and Dalit communities. The grant will expand their programme to 40 villages reaching 1250 adolescent girls and 2000 women from the devadasi community.

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.

Tharuni, Sangram Mandal, Warangal

Tharuni began in 2000 with the aim of empowering adolescent girls. So far, they have successfully conducted several campaigns against marriage, labour and trafficking among children. The grant will allow the expansion of the existing model to include 750 girls and enable them to improve their academic performances and become change agents. The grant will also conduct gender sensitisation exercises for boys. 

The Aangan trust, Mumbai

The 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.

Vacha, Mumbai

Vacha started in 1987 as a resource centre for women. It runs resource centers focusing on interventions on women and girl-related issues in 14 slums. The Philanthropy's support is towards helping 660 girls access Girls’ Resource Centres and to prevent dropouts and bring them into mainstream education.

Voice 4 Girls, Telangana

VOICE 4 Girls began in 2010 by enabling marginalised adolescent girls in government and low-cost schools in India to be more aware of their identities, capabilities, and futures through activity-based camps in the flagship programme known as 'Her VOICE’. The grant will help them reach out to 3,000 children (2,000 adolescent girls and 1,000 boys) directly and 5,000 girls through the 'Her VOICE’ program. The girls will learn to negotiate difficult situations, understand the importance of higher education, and learn to refuse an early marriage. Around one-fourth of them will be trained to be peer leaders while classes will be conducted for boys to learn the importance of girls in society and at home.  

Youth Council Development Alternatives, Boudh district of Odisha

The Youth Council for Development Alternatives (YCDA) was set up in 1993 and have been involved in promoting adolescent and child care through community-based efforts, building youth capacity, and implementing programmes to prevent food insecurity, migration, and child abandonment. They also work towards improving mental health within a community through health screenings and counselling. The grant aims to empower 10,000 adolescents between 11 and 19 years through a structured life skill-based Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curriculum focused on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and hygiene. Covering 100 upper primary and high schools, and 300 peripheral schools, it aims to create a supportive environment enabling adolescents to take positive decisions regarding their health and sexuality.