A sustainable change starts from the very root. And strengthening that is the Cluster Development Plan by CInI. It focuses on providing quality education which would will lead to irreversible prosperity. Their Mission Programme aims to significantly impact the quality of education in 500 schools. This year, the programme worked in 113 schools with 10,000 children, and enhanced learning levels in language, mathematics and environmental studies by 15-20% from the baseline among secondary schoolchildren (grades 8th – 10th).Pilot initiatives included:
- Comprehensive programme for overall improvement of schools and children’ learning levels through a ‘cohort’ approach
- Training the most qualified community youth to become learning assistants and facilitators
- Designing teaching and learning materials specifically focused on language, mathematics and science
- Enhancing high school education through academic support
A limited number of pilot programmes have been initiated in Jharkhand in the first phase (2015-2020). Learning from these pilot programmes will help scale the approach across other target locations in subsequent phases.
WATER & SANITATION
CInI’s Mission Programme’s primary focus is on enhancing the quality of life in the Central Indian tribal belt. Two of the core components of this mission is are to improve access to clean and safe drinking water, and to build better sanitation infrastructure, thereby complementing the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat mission.
- The programme focuses primarily on:
- Technological innovations for service delivery
- Innovative finance models
CInI helped form new village-level water and sanitation committees, scaled up existing ones, and strengthened them through orientation, regular meetings, capacity building and exposure. These committees were made responsible for rolling out hamlet-level sanitation plans and were provided testing kits to periodically monitor drinking water quality.
The Central Indian tribal belt is home to 75% of India’s indigenous tribal communities, who live in abject poverty, with barely any livelihood opportunities. CInI’s Lakhpati Kisan – Smart Villages Mission Programme aims to provide agricultural income as well as year-round irrigation support to those living under such conditions.
- From experience, the organisation knew the importance of:
- Access to irrigation to ensure sustainable incomes
- Diversification to high-value crops to improve crop productivity
- Direct and fair market linkages
- Improved access to education, water, sanitation and health
- Single-window financing to improve credit availability
Given which, CInI promoted commercial vegetable production and floriculture to generate higher economic returns per unit of land. Healthy seeds for better yield coupled with mechanisation to reduce labour are the focus of the agricultural clusters, which generate enough quantity to bring traders to the producers.
A pioneering move in medical history was made when Tata Trusts translated its philanthropic sentiments into reality through the creation of Tata Memorial Hospital in 1941. This was the first of many such path-breaking endeavors by the Trusts in the field of cancer care.
Increasingly, the Trusts have recognized the need to shift focus from curative to awareness and early detection programs, in order to detect the disease as early as possible and improving the rate of survival. As a result, the Trusts have embarked upon several initiatives, from implementing the National Cancer Grid — a network of 108 cancer hospitals in India — along with Tata Memorial Hospital to conducting a proof-of-concept in cross-subsidized screening programs for certain types of cancers. The purpose of all initiatives is to ensure greater awareness about and accessibility to cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment.
From curative to awareness and early detection programmes.
END EARLY MARRIAGE
Early marriage robs girls of their childhood, pushing them out of school and more often than not, into a lifetime of violence as they are unable to negotiate the power dynamics in their new homes. Breakthrough works to remove barriers which keep girls from leading healthy, empowered lives. We work with families and communities to change the mindset which views girls as a burden, a mindset which is the root cause of early marriages.
A small donation from you will help Breakthrough ensure that girls continue their education and are equipped to stand up for themselves. That they are supported in an environment that values them and believes that they will be unstoppable once empowered. Any amount contributed by you will make a difference in how girls perceive themselves and how they are perceived by others.
On reaching adolescence, a lot of girls drop out of school. One of the reasons for this is early marriage. Even today, every 4th girl in India is a child bride, at an age when they should be in school and worrying about their homework or play time, they are at the receiving end of domestic violence and sexual abuse in their marital homes. Often, these young girls, children themselves, end up becoming mothers. All of this is still happening in our society because of a mindset which views girls as a burden, rendering them powerless to make any decisions about their own lives.
You can help change this mindset. Girls need to be valued as individuals and as members of the community, so that they can realise their dreams. This is where you come in. Your donation to Breakthrough ensures that girls continue their education and are equipped to stand up for themselves. You ensure that they become leaders and pave the way for other girls around them. You play your part in ensuring that adolescent girls have a more promising future.
HEALTH & NUTRITION
As per the Global Hunger Index 2019, India ranks at a shocking 102nd out of 117! 1 in every 3 children in India is malnourished and 47 out of every 1000 children do not live to see their first birthday. All children deserve a healthy childhood but there are so many in our country who do not get adequate nutrition, timely immunizations, and proper healthcare. They often suffer from recurring diseases, stunted growth and in extreme cases, even face death. At 42.8 million, India has the highest number of malnourished children in the world. Donate to CRY, India’s most trusted NGO, to give children the gift of health.
What we do:
- Give children access to proper healthcare
- Help children complete their vaccinations for at least a year
- Protect children from malnutrition through proper monitoring and care
- Support an Anganwadi center in villages to ensure proper health and nutrition for children
India has an estimated 46 million children between 6-18 years of age who are not in school. Some have never had the chance and many have had to drop out – either to work as child labourers or because they’re being forced to get married. YOU can help us change this! Donate to CRY, India’s most trusted NGO, to make a difference. Your contribution will ensure that such children get a proper education and pave their way to a brighter future.
What we do:
- Support enrollment drives in villages to ensure children are enrolled in primary school
- Ensure out-of-school children are enrolled back in school
- Stop children from dropping out of school due to lack of infrastructure
- Build awareness around education for children in villages and slums
CARE FOR TERMINALLY ILL & THEIR FAMILIES
Launched in 2016, The Ronald McDonald House Charities Foundation India (RMHCFI) seeks to promote and establish care centres, care rooms and care houses for the benefit of families whose children have been going through a medical treatment, both within and outside hospitals and medical centres, free of cost. RMHCFI aims to establish Ronald McDonald Family Rooms (RMFR) across leading Government hospitals. The aim of this facility is to provide families of ailing children a place with comfortable seating area within the hospital and give them resources to get a break from the stressed hospital atmosphere. RMFR intends to provide improved medical environment for the families, emotional support to parents, clean and hygienic play activities for kids and an opportunity of relaxation to all those families whose children are undergoing medical treatment at the hospital.
Currently, we are looking to build a ‘Ronald McDonald House’ in Mumbai to begin with which can accommodate about 100 families. To create and develop this house, we are seeking support from the community.
HEALTHY WOMEN, CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action) works with urban vulnerable communities to improve their health-seeking behaviour and create awareness of health services. Simultaneously, we work with public health systems and health-care providers to improve service delivery. We follow an integrated life-cycle approach that seeks to break the inter-generational cycle of poor health, a major by-product of poverty and deprivation in the urban slums of Mumbai. The life-cycle approach intervenes at adulthood, pregnancy, child-birth, postpartum, early childhood and adolescence to bring about improvements in health and nutrition.
What we do:
- Promote maternal health and safe deliveries for women
- Improve the health and nutritional status of married women at pre and post conception
- Tackle malnutrition among children between 0-6 years by empowering systems and promoting community ownership of child nutrition
- Empower adolescents using a gender-transformative approach through experiential education, community mobilisation and health services
Your contribution will help break the shackles of poor health and enable many women, children and adolescents lead happy, healthy lives.
PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN (PVWC) PROGRAMME
As per the National Family Health Survey 4 (NFHS 4) 2015-16 every third woman, since the age of 15, has faced domestic violence of various forms in India. The survey also reports that 31% of married women have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence by their spouses. Yet, only 14% of women who experienced this violence sought help to stop it. Children often undergo sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse as well as child neglect. The total number of crimes against children reported in 2016 as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows a significant increase from 21.1% in 2015 to 24% in 2016.
The Prevention of Violence against Women and Children (PVWC) Programme by SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action) addresses the issue of gender-based violence through crisis intervention, access to medical and police services, counselling and legal resolution while engaging with communities and public systems to bring about a systemic change. Our community-based women volunteers monitor the safety of women and children in their area, provide emotional support and connect women to crisis intervention services. We partner with police and public health systems to facilitate their capacity to respond to gender-based violence cases and implement co-created guidelines. The programme aims to develop high impact strategies for primary prevention, ensure survivors’ access to protection and justice, empower women to claim their rights, and mobilise communities around ‘zero tolerance for violence’.
Your contribution will ensure vulnerable women and children are empowered, have access to justice and lead a safe life.
ROMILA PALLIATIVE CARE (RPC)
Romila Palliative Care (RPC), an initiative of SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action), was set up in January 2017 in a Centre adjacent to the Holy Family Hospital in Bandra. It serves as a reassuring centre for patients suffering from life-limiting illnesses. RPC provides both home-based and out-patient services, completely free of charge, to ensure that the patient is symptom free and lives with utmost dignity and comfort. The services are provided by a team of trained doctors, nurses, and counsellors working with nutritionists, physiotherapists and other professionals, to deliver quality care to the patient and their family and caregivers. The centre aims to help by offering compassionate and competent care to patients and at the same time enhance the skills of their loved ones to look after them better, with greater assurance and confidence.
Your contribution will ensure that terminally ill patients live a life of dignity and well-being till their last breath.