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WHO WE ARE

We are a diverse team with subject expertise and 22 years of on ground experience working in the most vulnerable regions of India.

We work with government departments, community groups and civil society partners across India to make keeping children safe a priority for everyone.

Trustee Board

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

GLOBAL FUND FOR CHILDREN SUSTAINABILITY AWARD 

Aangan received this honor from the Global Fund for children in 2008. 

ASHOKA FELLOWSHIP FOR LEADING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS 

Aangan founder Suparna Gupta was awarded this fellowship in 2009 for the innovative model she created for child protection in India. 

 

THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION COMMUNITY HERO AWARD 

Aangan was the 2010 recipient of the Thomson Reuters Foundation Community Hero Award.

ASIA 21 YOUNG LEADER 

Suparna Gupta received this award in 2011. 

EDWARD S. MASON FELLOWSHIP FROM HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL 

Suparna Gupta was the recipient of this fellowship for 2012-2013. 

JUBILANT BHARTIA SCHWAB FOUNDATION SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 

Suparna Gupta received this honor in 2014.

 

REX KARAMVEER GLOBAL FELLOWSHIP 

Aangan Director Smita Dharmamer received the prestigious Rex Karamveer Global Fellowship for her work to give women a voice in 2015.

NDTV WOMEN OF WORTH IN SOCIAL IMPACT 

Suparna Gupta was named one of L'oreal and NDTV's women of worth in social impact in 2015. 

MUMBAI MIRROR MUMBAI HEROES 

Aangan-trained women volunteers were voted winners of Mumbai Mirror's Mumbai Heroes award in 2015.

HARVARD ASH CENTER FOR DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE & INNOVATION 

Suparna Gupta was a finalist for this award from the Ash Center in 2016. 

 

CII FOUNDATION WOMAN EXEMPLAR AWARD 

Aangan field team member Kalpana Mistry was the CII Foundation's Woman Exemplar in 2016.

 

CNBC TV YOUNG WOMEN'S SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR LIST 

Aangan founder Suparna Gupta was named one of CNBC's Top 20 Young Women's Social Entrepreneurs in 2016. 

Advisory board

 ADVISORY BOARD 

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Rumana Hamied

Managing Trustee,
Cipla Foundation

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Minal Vazirani

Co-Founder,
Saffronart

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Sheena Parikh

Joint Managing Director,
TechNova Group

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Alok Kshirsagar

Senior Partner, 
McKinsey & Company

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Natasha Jamal

Independent Philanthropist

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Donald Lobo

Executive Director,
Chintu Gudiya Foundation

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Neera Nundy

Co-Founder, 
Dasra

 GOVERNING BOARD 

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Suparna Gupta

Founder, Aangan

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Tasneem Ali

Chief Creative Officer, FutureBrand India

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Shailja Mehta

Director, Dasra

LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Ankit Macwan

Head, Child Safety in Aspirational Districts Project

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Dr. Smita Dharmamer

Associate Director

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Kanika Saraff

Head, Policy Advocacy and Communications

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Purva Narain

Head, Curriculum

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Atiya Bose

Chief Executive Officer

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Garima Gupta

Head, Knowledge and Impact

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Khushboo Satia

Head, Finance

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Sanghamitra Sinharay

Head, Knowledge and Impact

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Chaitali Sheth

Chief Operations Officer

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Iram Parveen

Head, Program - Bihar

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Mansi Karv

Head, Human Resource

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Srabonti Ghosh

Head, Program - West Bengal

Our Approach

Given the status of child harm in India, it’s urgent for adults everywhere to know how to identify a child in need of protection and how to respond to them, because children deserve an active, capable and strong protection system.  We are all a part of that system – family, community, government, civil society and concerned citizen.

 

So that’s what Aangan does – we build and strengthen the capability of key stakeholders in children’s lives and help them design the necessary child safety solutions that are relevant to their role and responsibility. 
 

Fundamentally, we believe it’s not as much about expertise, as it is about commitment, and doing the work.

Current Openings

If you want to be part of our team, write to us at aangan.careers@gmail.com

Leadership team

OUR JOURNEY

Our preoccupation with children’s safety started in one government child care institution in Mumbai where we met rescued children who had experienced severe harm. Over the last 20 years, our understanding of what vulnerable children need has deepened. Here’s a snapshot view of how our thinking and work have evolved.

2000

AANGAN IS REGISTERED

Aangan was registered on  September 29, 2000, with a mission to serve  the most vulnerable children

2002- 2005

WORKING WITH CHILD SURVIVORS

Understanding children’s needs  post-harm through extensive psychosocial, trauma and rehabilitation work with child survivors of trafficking, labour, child marriage, exploitation and abuse in government childcare institutions (CCI)

in Mumbai and Bhiwandi

2006- 2008

MONITORING RESCUE HOMES
IN MAHARASHTRA

We published ‘Changing Spaces’, an action report  that brought the voices of rescued children to the attention of the Maharashtra Department of Women and Child Development. Aangan was then appointed by the State to monitor 100 CCIs in order to improve treatment and care for children

2009- 2013

BUILDING EFFECTIVE CHILD CARE INSTITUTIONS

In partnership with UNICEF, we introduced the country’s first Tool to measure Standards of Care to improve conditions in state-run CCIs. We were appointed by Child Welfare Departments in 16 states to introduce a monitoring and capacity-building system using our Tool. In this period we worked with 75,00 frontline officials in 650 rescue homes serving 150,000 child survivors

EXPANDING INTO HARM PREVENTION

We also launched community-based programs for adolescent girls and boys in high-risk locations (source districts where children in CCIs were coming from). Programs Shakti for girls and Chauraha for boys built resilience, empowered children with knowledge of laws and an understanding of risk, and involved  work with families and local government officials to safeguard children.

2013- 2016

PACT- A COMMUNITY MODEL FOR CHILD PROTECTION

Convinced that we needed to focus on preventing child harm, we launched Program PACT - Parents and Children Against Trafficking and Harm - to engage entire communities in child harm prevention by leveraging the power of parents and community knowledge and insights to keep children safe. Across 86 locations in six states, PACT trained 15,00 community volunteers to work on issues of child harm with 520 government officials, 250,00 at-risk children and 23,000 vulnerable families making 300,000 children safer.

2017- 2022

HOTSPOT TO SAFE: SCALING CHILD HARM PREVENTION

Across 6 Hotspot districts of child harm we demonstrated at scale a multi-sectoral model for child harm prevention that activated local government officials (police, education, panchayats) to be accountable and responsive; trained and mobilized community women to identify and respond; built mechanisms for regular dialogue between stakeholders; democratized data collection and usage to prioritize issues, and increased children’s access to safety information through peer networks

QUICK SNAPSHOT

22 years

OF FIELD WORK 

16

INDIAN STATES

22+

MOUs WITH GOVT DEPARTMENTS

25+

CSO PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

20 lakh+

CHILDREN IMPACTED OVERALL

Everyone who works with children, directly or indirectly, should know how to keep them safe. We're committed to helping you do that.

Our framework for child protection - Listen, Identify, Support and Respond - is adaptable for all kinds of partners, be they government, civil society or communities. If you're ready to make child protection a part of your work - talk to us. We’d like to help you do it. Write to us at contact@aanganindia.org

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