WHO WE ARE
We are a diverse team with subject expertise and 22 years of ground level 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.
Awards & Recognitions
Suparna Gupta was a finalist for this award from the Ash Center in 2016.
In 2016, Aangan field team member Kalpana Mistry was the CII Foundation's Woman Exemplar.
Aangan founder Suparna Gupta was named one of CNBC's Top 20 Young Women's Social Entrepreneurs in 2016.
In 2015, Aangan Director Smita Dharmamer received the prestigious Rex Karamveer Global Fellowship for her work to give women a voice.
Suparna Gupta was named one of L'oreal and NDTV's women of worth in social impact in 2015.
In 2015, Aangan-trained women volunteers were voted winners of Mumbai Mirror's Mumbai Heroes award.
Founder Suparna Gupta was the recipient of this fellowship for 2012-2013.
Aangan was the 2010 recipient of the Thomson Reuters Foundation Community Hero Award.
Suparna Gupta was awarded this fellowship in 2009 for the innovative model she created for child protection in India.
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.
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 has evolved.
AANGAN IS REGISTERED
Aangan was registered on September 29, 2000 with a mission to serve the most vulnerable children
WORKING WITH CHILD SURVIVORS
Understanding children’s needs post-harm through extensive psychosocial, trauma and rehabilitation work with child survivors of trafficking, labor, child marriage, exploitation and abuse in government child care institutions (CCI) in Mumbai and Bhiwandi
MONITORING RESCUE HOMES
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
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.
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.
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
OF FIELD WORK
MOUs WITH GOVT DEPARTMENTS
CSO PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS
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 email@example.com