Registration No: F 425 BOM
About us: Dedicated public-spirited women
with a view to strengthen families who are in difficult
circumstances founded F.S.C. in 1955. F.S.C is managed
by professional guidance of College of Social Work, Nirmala
Niketan, Mumbai. The centre believes that since
socio-economic pressures in urban areas often result in
family stress, disintegration and child destitution, special
interventions need to be evolved as a response to the
needs of such families 'at risk'. A shift from "Welfare"
to "Development" and from the 'needs' to the
'rights' approach is a significant change that the organization
is striving to achieve. This broadening of concern
is reflected in intervention strategies that are non-institutional,
community-based, family oriented, preventive and developmental
in nature and thus the main programmes of the centre are
Adoption, Fostercare, Sponsorship and Community Development.
Vision: Empowering the family, the core
unit of society, by creating an enabling and supportive
environment, providing counselling and developing positive
EDUCATION & SPONSORSHIP: Life skill development,
FOSTER CARE: "Preventing disintegration of families"
ADOPTION: "Every child's right to be brought up in
a nurturing family environment"
DEVELOPMENT: Capacity building through Mahila Mandals,
saving and credit societies, bal mandals and vocational
HEALTH & HYGIENE: RCH, sanitation, T.B control, HIV
Impact: Educational sponsorship provided
to 360 children.
The Family Service Centre has tried to strengthen,
consolidate and replicate its "Non-Institutional,
community Based Approach" in five urban slums. The
integrated holistic perspective, and a participatory approach
help in the all round progress and sustainable development
of the people in the community and the focus is on the
most vulnerable groups women and children.
We believe that there is strength in partnership and networking
and hence FSC is a very active member of all the networks
in the city CCVC, VCA, FACSE and QICCA. The FSC also works
closely with the Child Welfare Committee, established
under juvenile Justice Act 2000, in order to prevent institutionalization
of children, by providing alternate family based service
like Adoption, Foster Care and Sponsorship.
FSC has worked with corporates like Taj Group of Hotel
and Camilin in their community support project, taken
up as part of their Social Responsibility.
F.S.C's community development programme has grown tremendously
since inception in 1997. The projects undertaken are:
· Food Security and Rationing: Rationing was a felt need
in the community therefore it was first addressed by providing
access to Public Distribution System (PDS).
· Garbage disposal: Volunteers work in close contact with
BMC for removal of garbage.
· Bal mandal: Children's group formed by children themselves,
are now a part of FSC and address issues like cleanliness,
· Balwadi: There are 31 pre-schools age children awailing
of this service.
· Study Class: Students in study classes are given evening
meal along with regular tuitions.
· Self Help Groups (SHG): Mahila Mandal women members
initiate the process of economic empowerment through SHG.
· Tailoring programme: Adolescent girls and women enroll
for this programme where issues like gender discrimination,
marital separation, child care and family like education
ADULT LITERACY: The programme was initiated
by Mahila Mandal members. Women regularly attend the class
by paying Rs. 20 as fees.
· Hobby Classes: Session on painting earthen pots, making
of diyas and lamps, fancy embroidery, etc.
· T. B . Project was started in collaboration with Rotary
Club of Bombay Harbour and BMC. At present it is been
continued independently with the support of Taj Group
· Reproductive and child health: In collaboration with
Deepam has created awareness on sexual health, reproductive
health and hygine, pre and post natal care and transmission
and prevention of STDs / HIV / AIDS.
ADOPTION: The adoption programme of FSC
is based on the basic principle of 'best interest of the
child'. FSC is a pioneer agency in Pre-adoptive foster
care programme. Last year FSC had 10 foster mothers who
fostered children awaiting for adoption. FSCe regular
group meetings and provide them training input on effective
child care, nutrition, etc.
Recipient of Ahiliyadevi Holkar Award
for the year 1998-99, & Shortilisted for BCPT/CAP
Yearly Budget: Rs. 20 lacs
Revenue Sources: General / specific donations
full time: 13
part time: 8
Services needed: yes
Donation possibilities: One can sponsor a child by giving
Rs. 3600 per year.