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NGO: Jan Vikas Society
Slogan: Home for Street Children and Rag Pickers
Registration No: F - 18867 / Bom

About Us: Jan Vikas Society (JVS) is a charitable trust registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950 bearing registration number F - 18867/ Mumbai. Its pioneering work commenced in 1996.  JVS is the first organization that committed itself to the care and development of street-children and rag pickers in Navi Mumbai. 
It houses 88 children in its three rehabilitation homes at Koperkhairane, Taloja and Panvel.  The Vaduz Bal Ashram, Panvel, rehabilitates girls.  The Society also runs six out reach centres in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. They are situated in Mankhurd, Indiranagar, Turbhestore, Turbhenaka, Panvel and Koperkhairane Village. 

'Working with and for street children towards a better present and brighter future in a more just, equitable and humane society' is imprinted as the vision of Jan Vikas Society. 

The mission of the Society is stated as 'rescue, redress, rehabilitation through empowerment and self reliance, generated by awareness and achievement, made possible by legal assistance and capacity building, in co-ordination with competent authorities and networking with specialized agencies'.

The Society aims not only at the welfare of the underprivileged children but also lays emphasis on identifying and developing the innate potentialities of each child and making them to stand on their own feet.

Vision: Working with and for street children towards a better present and a brighter future in a mare just equitable and humane society

Mission: Rescue, Redress, Rehabilitation through Empowerment and Self Reliance Generated by Awareness and Achievement Made Possible by Legal Assistance and Capacity Building In Co-ordination with Competent Authorities and Networking with Specialized Agencies

Services: Rehabilitation of street boys and girls in Three Ashrams. 

Various Vocational Training Programmes
Out reach centres - Bal wadi, Literacy, Support education

Railway station Visits
Community Visits
Health Camps
Awareness Camps
Relief Works
Legal Aid etc. 

Impact: 88 chidren rehabilitated presently in three Ashrams.
About 400 children atted the Day Care Centres.

History: LEARNING  that  leads  to  MASTERY;  SPARK  that  actualises the  VISION

Jan Vikas Society  [JVS]  a Public Trust was set up by the Fransalians [MSFS] of the Pune Province in 1996, with a  Registration No.  F - 18867/ Mumbai. 

The Memorandum of Associatioin spells out its Vision : "Working WITH and FOR Street children towards a better present and a brighter future in a more equitable and humane society".  Its Mission that comprises manifold activities and services may be encapsulated as follows  :  Through Rescue, Repatriation/Relocation/Rehabilation, Redressal and Empowerment, to work for the gradual and total elimination of the reality of children by attacking, in collaboration with other dedicated institutions, the radical causes of this scourge.

Offering services - hygiene, rest and recreation, literacy -  to street children in rented rooms, in the vicinity of railway stations and slums,  JVS, in 1997 set up the Mermier Bal Ashram [MBA] in Kopar Khairane.  This rehabilitation Centre for Street Children is the first of its kind to be established in Navi Mumbai. 

Within a short span of eight years MBA has an illustrious track record.  The Ashram houses around 50 'street-boys'; besides providing them food, shelter and medical care in  a family environment, it offers them after due vocational guidance, either/or academic education,  professional training or non-formal employment-oriented skills [through its computer training Centre, Printing Press, and training facilities in carpentry, welding, masonry, plumbing, etc.  Page . provides some statistical information on this score. 

Furthermore, MBA  co-ordinates various out-reach programmes in 6 day-care centres in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.  These include, tuition and recreation facilities, rest and nutrition, legal aid and civic amenities.  The Ashram regularly organizes recreational and talent developing Bal Melas, health camps and meaningful functions, for street-children from its own Centres and those of other NGOs, on the occasion of National, Cultural and Religious festivals.

Although the initial service of JVS is to re-unite the street-child with his family, there has been a growing number of children seeking shelter at MBA, either because they have no home or because they are too traumatized to return to their 'homes'.   To respond to this need, JVS constructed another rehabilitation centre the Florin Bal Ashram [FBA], in Taloja,  along the old Mumbai-Pune road.  FBA houses 28 children and, under the guidance of religious sisters of the FMCK congregation,  offers, under the management of JVS, offers services similar to that of MBA, for boys in the 6-12 year group. 

In keeping with the long-term vision of JVS, Fr. Francis Mulackel, with the cooperation of Fr. Toriani of Swarga Dwar  trust, and, with the financial assistance of Caritas, Italy, has devised, along with the Gram Panchayat of Rohinton, a project and programme to serve the population of 14 villages that come under its jurisdiction.  From 2003, MSW students of Nirmal Niketan College of Social Work conducted a study in the area and organized a series of awareness and motivation programmes for the various segments of the population, particularly children, youth and women, and the local leaders.  They have made specific recommendations aimed at providing the necessary facilities and services so as to preclude migration by ensuring adequate developmental opportunities to every section of the population of the 14 villages.

Accordingly, the commitment of JVS and Swarga Dwar in a joint venture with the Chatrapati Shivaji High School Trust is to provide the New High School Building.  The joint venture ensures a place for JVS on the Board of Trustees, guaranteed admission of the inmates of FBA in the School, commitment to post-school formal / non-formal employment-oriented training and placement.  A Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] to this effect having been signed between the contracting parties, the Bhoomi Pujan for the New School Building was held on .. September,  2004, with the blessings of Very Reverend Father Jerson D'souza, Provincial, and, His Holiness Swami D.P. Maharaj, with the Rohinton Panchayat, Trustees, staff and students of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj School, and, a host of village elder, Parents, well-wishers. 

Following up on the abovementioned pioneering ventures JVS has embarked on another :  A home for Street Girl Children has been built in Panvel, and will be inaugurated on 21 November 2004. It is striking that this Rehabilitation and Welfare Centre opens at the end of the year when UNICEF devotes its annual report "The State of the World's Children, 2004" focuses on girls' education as one of the most crucial issues facing the development community today. Girls are the focus because they are the ones who are usually left behind, because what benefits them will also benefit boys (and the reverse is not always true), because they are more vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation when left uneducated.

The inauguration of this Service in favour of the Street Girl Child, takes place on the eve of the deadline of an important Millenium Development Goal [MDG] :  to eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015.  Alas, in spite of the progress achieved, this deadline will certainly not be met in most of the developing countries.  However, with the dedicated service of many far-sighted institutions like the JVS working together, one can hope that this and other MDGs will be achieved in the not too distant future.

Projects/Achievements: The Projects for the Year

With the object of ensuring a rightful place for these exploited children, Jan Vikas Society go all-out with its process of reaching out and providing for the fulfillment of basic needs of such children.  The Society effectively manages two rehabilitation centres and six day care centres in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

Rehabilitation Centres:
1. Mermier Bal Ashram:  The first of Jan Vikas Society's rehabilitation centre has a strength of forty children today who are attending various schools in Navi Mumbai or are trained in different professions.  The centre provides for the holistic development of the children completely free of charge. 

2. Florin Bal Ashram: Commencing in March 2003 has completed two year of service to the disadvantaged children.  The number of inmates is twenty-seven today who are attending school in Taloja.

Day Care Centres:

1. Mankhurd Centre: Situated near the Mankhurd Railway Station, it has accessibility to many street children, rag pickers and platform children. Balwadi Classes, supportive education programmes, and tuition classes are regularly conducted for the poor children.  The strength of the centre is fifty five.

2. Turbhe Naka Centre: The Day Care centre is a new development of the year.  The centre works for the development of children of the migrant workers.  It helps the children by running Balwadi and support education programmes. The centre is attended by forty six children.

3. Indira Nagar Centre:  The centre is located at the residential location of zari warkers. It could facilitate the attendance of the children of zari workers who are malnutrited.  Balwadi and tuition classes are regularly run the daily attendance of the centre is eighty eight.

4. Turbha-Store Centre:  The centre reaches out to many children and people who are in need of various legal assistance, through its legal aid cell.  It also regularly conducts Kinder Garten School (Hindi), tuition classes and Supportive Education Classes. Daily ninety seven children attend the centre for various educational programmes. 

5. Panvel Centre:  The street children can easily approach the centre as it is situated near the railway station.  The different educational programmes like tuition programmes and Balwadi help the children in their development.  About seventy two children attend the centre.

6. Koparkhairane Village Centre:  It has an attendance-strength of forty eight children who regularly improve through the supplementary education programmes and Kinder-Gartens run by the Society. 

What is it that you exactly do for a beneficiary?: Activities for Immediate Solution

a. Welfare

1. The two rehabilitation centres provide for the housing, nutritional care, clothing, medical care, education and entertainment of the children completely free of charge. Presently there are about sixty-seven such children availing these services in both the rehabilitation centres together.  Fifty-eight are attending schools and the remaining nine undergo various trainings.

2. There is a 'One Time Meal Programme' sponsored by Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, through which about two hundred and fifty children attending day care centre's receive one time meal. 

3. There is also an 'Ambulance Service' that helps in the medical and other care of the children and other poor and destitute people.


b. Skill Formation

The Society offers various opportunities to find and choose various skills according to the aptitude and interest of the child. The various training possibilities offered during the year is as follows:

Printing : 17
File making : 8
Bag Making : 12
Electrician Training  : 2
Computer Software : 15
Carpentry : 2
Welding : 4
Tailoring : 7
Karate Training : 22
ITI : 1
Driving : 10
Detergent Making : 20
Phenyl Making (White & Black) : 32

c. Job Placement

The centre also tries to find out placement opportunities for the children as a nearest step to reintegrate them with the mainstream of the society. The year accounted 18 individual cases of placements. 

d. Networking and Co-ordinating

Jan Vikas Society, in its efforts to mitigate the evils of child exploitation net works and co-operates with like minded NGOs and systems.  The Society remained a member of a forum, Co-ordination Committee for Vulnerable Children, which is the network of forty-three organizations engaged in the ensuring of the rights of the children. By networking with many likeminded organizations such as Child Line, SOSVA, Sevadhan, Ratna Nidhi, Indian Hilfswerk etc. it has theoretically and practically contributed its share in the establishments of child rights.

It has always promoted and encouraged the involvement of like-minded individuals and their co-operation in running programmes for the children. 

e. Public Conscientization

It has continuously made efforts in making the public aware of the basic social issue of denying rights to the children through various means.  Through its bulletin 'Bal Spandan', the society has brought out many relevant issues relating children especially on girl children.

It has also used the media of national and local newspapers to conscientize the public about the issues and programmes for the children.   Various newspapers have helped in carrying out this advocacy.    The society put up stalls at three places during the year at various occasions and availed the opportunity to highlight the issues of street children to thousands of public and the youth.  

The cultural programmes and Bal Mela - 05 organized on the commemoration on various national, and cultural feasts has surely helped to reach the message of children's rights to many people. 

How can you work with others? : Corporates : Together we can plan specified projects and Implement. They also can give employment to our grown children
Sponsors : They have different possibilities to sponsor programmes or child - in their education, holistic care, food etc.
NGO : we net work to supliment services to children in need. We are part of Forum called CCVC
Schools : can vist centres and become aware.  They can give admission to our children in the schools.
Hospitals : They can provide free treatment to our children for different diseases. 
Rotaries: They can organize activities and camps.
Govt: It can support us by giving specital consideratiions and reservations for its  services. Can give free water supply, property tax exemption etc.   
If they want to visit you?:

Weekend or evening activities
which families can attend and be sensitized?:
Can you give a talk of 15-20 minutes to a Rotary Club?:
-Yearly Budget: Rs. 14 lakhs
-Revenue Sources: SKN
Huber Looser Foundation
Indian Hilfswerk
Local Donations

-Corporates can adopt us at a yearly sponsorship of Rs. Not sure at the moment 

-full time: 26
-part time: 0
-volunteers: 30

Help Needed:
-Volunteers : yes 
-Donations-in-kind: yes
-Services needed: yes
-Advisors / Mentors needed: yes
-Jobs available: yes
-Donation possibilities: By sponsoring a child's educational expense for one year (Rs. 3000)

By sponsoring a meal for the children (Rs. 1000)

By sponsoring one day meal (Rs. 2000)

Contact Details:

Jan Vikas Society
 Mermier Bal Ashram,
Plot No. 18 A, Sector 11, Koperkhairane, Navi Mumbai, Ph 2754 3335, 2754 4524
Phone: 2754 3335, 2754 4524
Karmayogi: Fr. Francis Mulackal
work direct: 2754 3335 / 2754 4524

Trustees: Fr. Jerson D'sousa
Fr. Francis Mulackal
Fr. Lourdswami
Fr.Joe Rebello
Fr. Alphonse
Fr. Tony
Fr. Melchiades

interview or write-up:

Testimonial: "ON MY WAY TO BAL ASHRAM.." - by George Suresh Kumar msfs

I am Mr. Javeed Shaikh aged 18 years. I wish to share with you the life journey of mine for the past 11 years on the streets of Mumbai. I am also one of the victims of circumstances, of selfishness, of the society which has vested interests.
I am also born like any other child in the world to a couple who lived a normal and happy married life, till the day came when my father left with another woman, leaving behind my mother and two of us. We could not balance in the society as it stigmatizes anyone who tries to make a living alone in the world..

On a fine morning, we saw our mother came home after a gap of two days. She informed us that she has married a man of her choice (in order to give us a father). Few days went on without knowing exactly what she has done, after all we were too small to understand. Our 'new father's' possessiveness towards our mother made her to change. She began to make compromises in order to please him and him alone. We were ill-treated and neglected to a large extent.
Due to the continual harassment and punishments my younger brother who was 4 years then, left the house in search of love and living (I have not met him for the past 9 years). In the beginning though I thought that he should have taken another idea, I too decided to leave the house for the same reason. After all we wanted to live.

The streets of Mumbai became my home, the platforms, the pavements, closed shops etc gave me shelter and left over of the hotels became my daily meal.

In my new world, which had only sky as the roof, I met so many lives like me wandering about. They included drug addicts, rag pickers, menial job workers, sex workers, exploited children, coolies and orphans. It was very hard to find my daily food and shelter. It was a survival of the fittest nature of world.
My plight included lack of food, clothing, shelter, education, dignity and above all lack of love and concern.

It was then that I met a stranger from Bal Ashram on the platforms who tried to have conversations and tried to help me. Initially I was very reluctant as I could not believe in anyone, later I found him to be genuine who is interested in my welfare. He gave me food, shelter, job and above all love, which I needed most. Today, as I look back, 7 years have passed after coming to him. I have not lacked anything including freedom to choose and decide for myself, that which is right for me. My life in bal Ashram is a fruitful one. My life is just one example. But I know that there are many more boys who are sheltered by him with different background.
All that I wanted to say is that, I see God in the Mermier Bal Ashram. If I had not there, I would have been a criminal, or a terrorist, or a sadist or even a male prostitute.

I wish that the society realizes what it does to the children, and stop doing to them this harm which will lead them into this kind of plight.