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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.

Aawaaz-e-Niswaan, MUMBAI

Awaaz-e-Niswaan is providing psychological counselling and legal aid to predominantly Muslim women victims of domestic violence in Mumbai and Thane. The NGO is also building a cadre of paralegal workers made up of survivors, and organising training sessions on women’s issues, and raising the levels of engagement with the larger ecosystem comprising informal religious groups, the press, and clergy thereby strengthening the rights of Muslim women.

Action India, Delhi

Action India is providing safe spaces for women in Delhi through counselling, free legal aid, and rehabilitation of survivors of domestic violence through seven “Mahila Panchayats,” or women community courts. They are scaling the impact by educating the survivors about their rights and increase their legal knowledge to access more benefits as stipulated by the law, which enables to build confidence to tell their stories.

Anusandhan Trust (CEHAT), Mumbai

Anusandhan Trust’s Centre for Enquiry Into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT) is enabling a deeper response from the health sector towards female victims of violence by providing crisis intervention and building evidence-based cases to help survivors. The NGO is strengthening crisis support services across seven states through on-site training, and engagement with the government to develop structured protocols.

Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives (AALI), Lucknow

Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives is working in 5 districts of Jharkhand and 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh to ensure that 900 survivors of violence, especially Dalit and Muslim women, get justice, social and legal support. The programme also does advocacy with the State Women, SC/ST and Human Rights Commission for implementation of the relevant Act.

Bhumika Women’s Collective, Hyderabad

Bhumika is providing the support system to 3,000 survivors of domestic violence and their families in AP, through counselling, legal guidance and referral to services. It is working to make communities more aware and sensitises the authorities so they are more responsive to such issues.

CORO for Literacy, Mumbai

CORO is working on empowering 8,000 households in five rural districts and two wards of Mumbai, Maharashtra, to break the culture of silence surrounding domestic violence through building-up the community leadership, shoring up women groups, and offering crisis intervention.

Mahila Samakhya, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow

Mahila Samakhya is providing support to survivors of domestic violence by fortifying the presence of 150 Nari Adalats (women’s courts) in Uttar Pradesh, which is aimed at empowering women as well as spreading awareness on the issue at the community and grassroots level to change current attitudes and mindsets.

Majlis Legal Centre, Mumbai

Majlis, with the help of lawyers and social activists, is providing socio-legal support to 1,000 survivors of domestic violence in Mumbai and ensures that they become aware of every aspect of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.  

North East Network (NEN), Assam

North East Network in 2 districts of Meghalaya and 3 districts of Assam is building-up the community response for survivors of domestic violence in conflict areas and providing direct support to 450 survivors by strengthening the eco-system, service delivery mechanisms and building organisational capacity.

SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action), Mumbai

SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action) is providing psychosocial and mental health support, crisis intervention services, legal aid, referrals for medical and home visits to 1,500 survivors of domestic violence in Dharavi, Govandi, Worli and Santa Cruz in Mumbai. Also raises awareness within the community.

SWATI - Society for Women's Action and Training Initiatives, Ahmedabad

SWATI is arranging counselling, health, and legal services to survivors of domestic violence in Gujarat by training healthcare providers for early detection and prevention of incidents of violence. The NGO is developing standard operating procedures and training modules, and conducting hospital studies for informed intervention.

Swayam, Kolkata

Swayam is reducing gender-based domestic violence by mobilising boys and men. It conducts public awareness campaigns and trains boys and men to respond and prevent domestic violence, in Kolkata and 24 Parganas, West Bengal.

The ANT - The Action NorthEast Trust, Bongaigaon

The ANT-The Action NorthEast Trust is working on domestic violence in Assam’s Chirang district by providing counselling, shelter, livelihoods and legal advice for survivors. It is doing so by enabling women’s groups and the community to better deal with the issue and work towards implementation of the relevant legal provisions.

Vimochana, Bengaluru

Vimochana is running crisis intervention services, safe spaces for survivors, campaigns on dowry deaths and offering quality services to burns victims and is empowering 2,800 women to reject violence individually and collectively in Bengaluru city, and surrounding rural areas.

Vimochana-A Forum for Women’s Rights, Bengaluru

Vimochana is working in Anekal, Kolar and Mandya of Bengaluru on empowering 2,800 women to reject violence individually & collectively within their families & society through Crisis Intervention Services – safe space for survivors, quality services to burned victims and campaign on dowry murders.