the Children India (STCI)
47, Lady Jagmohandas Marg,
Mumbai - 400 036.
Tel : (0091 22) 2363 0523
Fax : (0091 22) 2368 0037
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The Children India
429 Arun Chambers, 4th floor,
Mumbai - 400 034.
Tel : (0091 22) 5662 7151 / 5662 7152
Tel : 02475 59581
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the Children India (STCI) is a non-governmental organization
that has been working on the empowerment of disadvantaged
women and children since 1988. Empowering the disadvantaged
has meant focusing our energies and resources on education
and health issues. In addition, since 2000, we have also
concentrated on the combating and preventing trafficking
of children from the rural areas.
Mrs. Vipula Kadri is the National Director of STCI. She
recognized the urgent need for formal and non-formal education
as well as basic health benefits for the underprivileged
and has worked unstintingly since the last 25 years for
the uplift of the less fortunate.
STCI has programmes that cover a child’s development from
the most formative early years. Not only do we provide basic
formal and non-formal education but we also provide for
the all-round development of a child with sports, medical
camps, art camps and the provision of healthy mid-day meals.
STCI also has facilities that are devoted to the mentally
and physically challenged children from the poorer areas
All our efforts are devoted to providing the children of
underprivileged families with the kind of help that will
make them into good citizens of the future. All of our programmes
are family based and parental and community involvement
is strongly encouraged.
Reg. No. F - 12574 (Bom) dt. 22nd July, 1988
Exem No. DIT(E)MC/80-G/2700/2000-2001
Regd. No. – 083780585
STCI is committed to creating and providing an environment
wherein children can grow to their full potential. We see
our contribution in terms of helping those who cannot help
themselves; protecting and nurturing the innocent and guiding
their growth so that they are solid citizens contributing
to their own future.
STCI intends to continue its efforts to provide health,
nutrition and education to as many children as it can. Our
objective is to prevent exploitation and protect the children
from abuse, neglect and any form of discrimination. It is
our hope that we will send out children who are self-reliant
and capable of facing up to the world that they inhabit.
projects are a call to action; it is a reminder to us all
that in ratifying the United Nation’s Convention of the
Rights of Child, we committed to combat the violation of
these rights. If we are saddened by the expression on a
hungry child’s face, if we are angered by the brutality
that is child trafficking, if we are devastated by the reality
of the 111 million working children in our country, then
we must commit to restore the happiness, dignity, respect
and standard of life that was always theirs, but that is
doomed to wane by the ignorance and apathy of a nation.
envisages a social landscape where children and women are
provided with ample assistance and equitable opportunities
whether underprivileged due to their background, deprived
because of their station in life, left destitute by natural
calamities or communal impediments.
all STCI endeavors, our belief is to help make the individuals
or communities self-reliant as opposed to creating dependency.
What we have taken on is no mean task. There is much
to be done and there is a part for each of us to play. It
is increasingly clear that we have to become a mass movement
to succeed…if you would like to work with us or have any
queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
curriculum is designed with the principal objective of making
learning a fun experience. The Play-way method is used to
encourage expression of thoughts and feelings. Development
of healthy attitudes, environmental awareness, improving
the child’s general knowledge and expansion of their vocabulary
are some of the aspects that are taken into account when
setting the curriculum. Celebrations of festivals, medical
camps, health and nutritional status of children, meetings
with parents on various aspects of child development, are
also integral to the curriculum. More recently the Balwadi
teachers have introduced two new books that have been collated
by them, based on language and art development.
Activities included in the curriculum are story telling,
role-play, singing, informal talk sessions, reading, writing,
concepts and creative art activities. These are based
on ordinary daily events and facilitate interaction between
the teachers and the children. This serves a dual purpose
- they help children to shed their inhibitions and enjoy
themselves while learning new concepts. Teachers get an
insight into the child’s behaviour and are able to observe
any deficiencies that can be corrected, and identify special
talents that can be encouraged. Monthly assessments are
held to check performances.
Children learn to participate, share and cooperate with
their peers and are thus encouraged to become responsible,
self-confident individuals inculcated with habits that can
benefit them during their adult life.
Special Care Center
disabled child has special needs and a community-oriented
preventive, rehabilitative, educational and vocational program
is imperative to put these children on par with their more
fortunate peers. The
was established in 1982 to help hearing /speech impaired
and mentally challenged children. It was formed as an outcome
of the community health camps conducted by the Balwadi,
in which a vast number of handicapped children were identified.
A dire need for a special school was felt to cater to the
needs of these neglected and unattended children. The very
first of it’s kind for underprivileged children from the
slums of Mumbai city, it provides all facilities free of
cost with the aim of helping the children join the mainstream
to lead independent, productive lives through functional
education and vocational training.
When the center first started, its programs reached out
to 75 mentally challenged and hearing / speech impaired
children, to help them lead a dignified existence. A door
to door survey was also conducted to draw out the handicapped
children from within the poverty stricken community that
was shielding the handicapped child from the society for
fear of exclusion. The Special Care Center
with it’s open door policy of admissions for
the handicapped has encouraged many parents to adopt it
as the best place next to home. Today, 185 children ranging
from five to eighteen years of age come to the
from the slums of Mumbai and aim to strive for economic
self reliance that will bring in its wake confidence and
The Drive-in theatre located in Bandra east, has been converted
into an educational center. Partitions decorated with colorful
paintings divide the large space into small classrooms,
all done by the students themselves.
SSC has implemented a nutrition and primary health care
program that provides the children with a nutritious mid-day
meal most of who are so impoverished that the meal at the
SCC is their only meal. In addition, medical check-ups are
conducted twice a year to ensure that children from the
slums remain free of diseases. STCI also provides transportation
to all the children to encourage attendance.
of the Special Care Centre :
provide special education services for the mentally challenged
and hearing / speech impaired children for their rehabilitation.
help as many hearing / speech impaired children as possible,
join regular schools where they can learn under a normal
school syllabus and get absorbed into the mainstream as
well as help the mentally challenged children gain some
promote self-reliance, economic independence and social
integration among the disabled, by providing vocational
inculcate human rights in the children.
provide nutrition to keep them physically fit.
provide medical services and health examination for all
provide in-house training / educational workshops for
bring about awareness in the local community towards rehabilitation
of handicapped children.
involve and guide parents in the education of their children.
organize summer camps to encourage interaction of the
hearing/speech impaired and mentally challenged children
with normal children.
there is some extent of primary schooling available in rural
and urban areas for the disadvantaged children, problems
remain in providing basic education, due to lack of access
to school, a high drop-out rate of nearly 50%, severe disparities
between boys and girls and low achievement.
The Comprehensive School Program (CSP) is an attempt to
promote education by creating a schooling environment that
is conducive to learning, ensuring that the school dropout
rate is lowered, higher enrollment encouraged and minimum
level of learning achieved.
It provides classes for slow learners from STD. II - IV,
remedial classes for children in STD. V - VII, self development
and vocational classes like wool work, tailoring, karate,
typing, yoga, creative arts, mehndi (henna) application,
The CSP also runs a library and counseling sessions for
the children. Monthly essay and drawing competitions, Annual
Sports Day events are organized which involve the school
and staff members. A school magazine is published annually,
featuring essays, poems, articles and stories written by
the children of the CSP.
The Comprehensive School Program is being conducted at two
Municipal Schools of Mumbai and currently caters to over
2000 children. Till date, 8733 children have completed the
Comprehensive School Program. Save The Children India also
regularly extends the service of its Arts and Crafts Teacher
to children between classes 1-4 at the Municipal Schools.
To create an awareness
for the need of education in the community
To provide a conducive
school environment in order to sustain children’s interest
and prevent them from dropping out of school.
To improve instructional
strategies in the school.
To make education
more functional and vocational.
To empower children
to become active partners in their own development.
through emphasis on education for the girl child and the
children belonging to the Scheduled Caste/Tribe.
To provide an educational
link between pre-primary and primary levels.
/ AIDS PROGRAM
the Children India
in collaboration with B.Y.L Nair hospital and ARCON (Aids
Research And Counseling), initiated a program for prevention
of Mother to Child transmission of HIV, in April 1999.
The main aim is to decrease the infant mortality rate among
new-born babies of HIV positive mothers, by reducing the
risk of mother to child transmission of HIV, thereby improving
the survival and quality of life of these children.
Under this program, pregnant women are given HIV tests and
those testing positive are offered intervention with anti
retroviral medicine, to prevent mother to child transmission.
HIV testing services are also offered to their spouses,
with post-test counseling and individualized alternatives
In March 2000, National Aids Control Organization (NACO)
took over this project. Save The Children India continued
to support the project in the following ways:
Nutritional support in the form of alternative milk feeds
in case the mother opts not to breast feed the baby for
the first 12 months.
To sponsor Hepatitis
B Vaccination for these children.
and medical aid for these children till the first five years
Any medical and
financial support for investigations or treatment of these
To arrange for
adoption of children in good homes, in case of parental
As of today STCI
has given nutritional support to 150 babies. 75 children
have been given Hepatitis B Vaccine.
Against HIV/AIDS and Trafficking:
Sensitisation of National Service Scheme (NSS) Volunteers
and Vulnerability Of Trafficking and HIV/AIDS
Sex trafficking is
an almost inevitable death sentence for the victims for
variety of reasons. Since the trafficked victims are virtually
enslaved, they have no bargaining power upon condom use
and are vulnerable to dangerous sexual practices, most associated
with transmission. Second, trafficking victims are forced
to endure intercourse with multiple partners. STDs are more
common among women than men, and women often contract STDs
at a younger age than men. Trafficked women are more vulnerable
to sexually transmitted diseases this is further compounded
by their inability to receive medical testing, treatment,
counseling, prevention services, or other health care.
is very clear that the anti-trafficking and HIV prevention
program could combine resources in an active partnership
to reduce the number of young women and men entering brothel
prostitution and to help those already trafficked stay as
healthy as possible until they can be safely removed and
reintegrated into the society.
Our Sisters is an
anti-trafficking movement launched by SAVE THE CHILDREN
INDIA on March 2000 with an explicit aim to combat trafficking
and sexual exploitation of women and children. The movement
has four main objectives - ADVOCACY, PREVENTION, REHABILITATION
SOS has reached to thirteen districts viz Latur, Osmanabad,
Amaravati, Nanded, Beed, Parbhani, Sangli, Raigad, Sindhudurg,
Chandrapur, Nagpur , Gondiya and Bhandara, and would be
exploring possibilities of moving in other districts too.
gathered so far in SOS intervention progamme by SOS rural
partners revealed an urgent need to seek an active participation
of rural youth in its fight against trafficking and HIV/AIDS
in source areas.
(15-24 yrs.) comprise of around 19% of the total population
today. STCI believes participation of trained and sensitized
youth population could be a turning point in the entire
SOS movement. To keep the movement alive and move forward,
the partnership with the young generation has to be developed
in collaboration with the state NSS Cell, Department of
Higher and Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra
would be organising District level Peer Educators training
progamme on Youth Against HIV/AIDS and Trafficking. Following
are the project objectives:
To train the Peer Educators (NSS volunteers) to create awareness
amongst the youth and the community (rural/urban) regarding
the socio/psycho aspects of HIV/AIDS
To train the Peer Educators to create awareness amongst
the youth and the community (rural/urban) on trafficking
of women and children
To make them aware about SOS Anti Trafficking Movement,
To make them partners in SOS district level programmes and
days residential camps would be organized at district levels,
where 100 NSS volunteers would be participating as trainees,
from selected colleges. These camps would be conducted jointly
by NSS district coordinators and STCI resource persons.
NSS department has already developed trained resource persons
on HIV/AIDS, since District and University NSS Coordinators
have already undergone a series of trainings on HIV/AIDS.
on trafficking for sexual exploitation would be covered
by the SOS district level Master Trainers trained. The trainer's
manual developed by SOS would be utilised for these training
3500 NSS volunteers from 35 districts of
Maharashtra would be trained through these camps.
100 NSS volunteers from selected colleges in every district.
content of training would cover the knowledge on HIV/AIDS
and trafficking as well as building positive attitude towards
HIV positive persons as well as trafficked victims.
Statistical information on HIV/AIDS
b. Sexuality and Myth
c. Psycho-social aspects of HIV/AIDS
d. Health, Hygiene
e. Stress Management
f. Counselling/coping with HIV/AIDS patients
g. Need of Positive Attitude towards positive people
What is Trafficking, statistical overview, push and
pull factors, etc.
b. SOS movement background, programmes
c. Linkages between HIV/AIDS and Trafficking
d. Expectations and scope of participation of NSS
Volunteers in SOS Prevention and Rehabilitation of
of variety of training methods would be Lectures, group
discussions, posters, slogan competition, songs, games,
street play, role plays, audio-visual material.
of Partnership between NSS and STCI:
is contemplated that after these sensitisation camps, the
trained NSS volunteers would be involved in the SOS activities
at district, block and village levels in various activities
such as Mass campaigns on HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking
at district and state level, awareness programmes for adolescent
boys and girls groups, Self Help Groups, formed as part
of SOS prevention programmes, etc.
unique initiative where for the first time all the Universities
in Maharashtra through State NSS Cell, Department of Higher
and Technical Education, Government of Maharshtra, would
be joining hands with an NGO to make youth aware on HIV/AIDS
& trafficking and facilitate the process of their participation
in combating the heinous trade of human trafficking. This
initiative would offer immense opportunities to both the
project partners, STCI and State NSS Cell in achieving their
goals - restricting youth in indulging into high risk behaviour
by making them aware of HIV/AIDS and trafficking and generating
a pool of human capital who in turn will help SOS to take
the movement forward.
massive earthquake that devastated a large part of
Gujarat cost the local people their homes and
for many the loss of home also meant the simultaneous loss
of their workplace. From the beginning, STCI’s intention
has been to build capacity toward real development rather
than to give handouts and create dependency.
The basic reality is that the community must have its source
of livelihood restored because that, more than anything
else, will enable them to find peace of mind. Participating
in the process to re-build their lives and resume income
generation will provide them with a sense of self. It will
enable them to be creative and productive again. Since members
of the community are the best judges of their own abilities,
having their participation would lead to the establishment
of the most useful programs.
With this in mind, STCI decided to provide the "infrastructure"
– by that we did not just mean bricks and mortar. We were
as concerned with training people to look after themselves,
and in turn have the trainers train others to continue the
with the communities, STCI has identified the following
care center for children
for school going children
cum production center or 'Aangan'
of Self Help Groups (SHG)
conceptualized training cum production center called "Aangan".
A community center has been constructed where the villagers
come and work at various skills. Their hand-crafted products
are marketed by us. The process has begun in Kuneria. The
main objective behind it is to empower the villagers economically,
and to get them recognition for their work.
STCI intends to mobilize the women into Self Help Groups
(SHGs) and inculcate in them the habit of saving a part
of their earnings. These SHGs are a very important part
of the rehabilitation plan. Through these, the community
will come together to discuss their problems, they will
be educated as to the benefits of saving and these groups
will also form the base from which we will create the "micro-credit"
The "Aangan" as conceptualized, will have a Day
Care Centre, workshops for handicrafts and handlooms for
women. We are registering "Aangan" as a co-operative
and villagers from all around the area will be eligible
to be members. Since it will be expensive for some villagers
from the surrounding area to come to Kuneria, plans are
underway to establish "Satellite" centres in the
villages that are looking to be a part of the project. Our
staff members have already initiated visits to neighboring
villages to explore the potential.
we have 24 women working under a makeshift roof in Kunaria.
They are currently being paid a fixed daily wage in Kuneria.
The wage band is determined based on both quantity and quality
of work presented by the members. A grading system has already
been developed. In the "Aangan", the women are
provided with all the raw materials for their work.
would like to believe that the "Aangan" would
provide employment opportunities to a significant number
of persons under our rehabilitation scheme.
identified the following schools which were affected by
the earthquake and we have taken the responsibility of rebuilding
it under 100% scheme.
of Classes Rooms
(Girls and Boys) Primary School
will be also planning to provide the schools with the infrastructure
facilities and i.e. sitting arrangements with, teaching
material and uniforms to the children.
Magic Box is an In-Flight Collection Programme which was
launched in January 1997 in alliance with one of
India 's premier airlines - Jet
70,000 passengers have contributed to Save The Children
India's initiatives and the funds from these collections
have helped run 50 pre-schools, reaching more than 20,000
urban slum children as well as supporting nearly 267 villages
with advanced medical services through the S.P.A.R.S.H.
- Hospital in Sastur,Osmanabad District. The Hospital was
specially built in this district of Maharashtra to cater
to the people of Sastur, affected by the severe earthquake
concerned and thoughtful individuals have sponsored a child
through the In-Flight Magic-Box Programme. Most of our children
from the Special Care Center
have been fortunate to receive the benevolence
of caring strangers who have eventually become our friends
and part of our family at STCI with their regular donations.....
contributions made in-flight are Tax exempt under Section
80G of The Income Tax Act,
Exem No. DIT(E)MC/80-G/2700/2000-2001
over 14 years, SAVE The Children India (STCI) has enjoyed
successful partnerships with reputed corporates such as
Taj Group of Hotels
(Industrial Development Bank of
H.D.F.C. (Housing Development & Finance Corporation)
Kanga - President
involved with Save's Balwadi's and School Programmes, Mr.
Kanga has always been supportive of STCI's educational causes,
even having an educational campus named after him in Kashi
Mira. Appointed as Counsul General of
, he was decorated by the Emperor of Ethiopia with the distinguished
Order of the Star of Ethiopia, with the rank of commander.
Khanna - Vice President
involved with STCI since its inception, Mr. Khanna has generously
donated prime office space for STCI's administrative use
and takes active interest in the supervision of the Balwadi's,
Comprehensive School and Special Care Centre in Mumbai.
A chartered Accountant by profession, Mr. Khanna has been
past Rotary Governer and President of Punjab Association
and is currently active in the Indian Merchant Chambers.
Dungarpur - Chief Patron
of the late Maharwal Laxman Singh -- erstwhile ruler of
Dungarpur, Mr. Dumgarpur needs little introduction. Well
known amongst the cricket fraternity as President of the
Cricket Club of India and former President of the Board
of Control for Cricket in
India , Mr. Dungarpur has been an
ardent supporter of STCI and all its activities for many
years. He has been conferred with the Giants International
Award amongst others in the field of sports.
Goyal - Chairperson : Fund-Raising
Vice-President Marketing & Sales of Jet Airways Pvt.
Ltd., she is actively involved with STCI. Totally committed
while participation in social welfare projects she also
strikes a perfect balance between home and work contributing
to the growth and prosperity of the Airline. Full of wit
Mrs. Goyal likes interacting with people from all walks
Gavaskar - Co-Chairman
distinguished record - breaking sportsman, conferred with
country's highest awards such as Arjuna Award, the Padma
Bhushan and Maharashtra Bhushan Award, Mr. gavaskar needs
no introduction. His concern towards the plight of children
has him deeply involved on all of STCI's activities and
always readily available for the cause.
Gagrat - Legal Consultant
Advocate, Mr Gagrat takes keen interest and offers advice
on the legal aspects of STCI's functioning. He is currently
Partner in Gagrat & Company and Director of several
Public and Private Limited Companies. He also serves as
Trustee of Public and Private Trusts and is a Member of
Committees of Chambers of Commerce.
Vipula Kadri - National Director
her leadership SAVE The Children India is working towards
improving the quality of life of underprivileged children
and women. Her dream is to make
a child-friendly nation and STCI is the platform through
which she reaches out to the neglected children and women
through various programmes.
organising conferences and workshops to educate and keep
the awareness alive, she believes in networking with similar
organisations and initiating movements to tackle issues
such as the prevention of trafficking of women and children.