Aangan works to ensure that even the most vulnerable child is safe, supported, in school and assured of a life free from trafficking, child marriage, child labour, abuse and exploitation.

Aangan’s journey started in one government shelter home in Mumbai where we came face to face with children who had been rescued from situations of grievous harm. Our understanding about the complexity of child harm and consequently our work has evolved over the years as we followed vulnerable children from the destinations of harm to the sources - to prevent children from being harmed in the first place. You can read more about how our thinking and work has evolved here

Aangan's community-based prevention of harm model posits that children are safe when their protection is the concern of a broad range of stakeholders, working together. Therefore we work to strengthen formal child protection mechanisms so that government authorities become responsive and accountable. We also build local capacity to mobilize families and communities to be aware of child protection risks and enable them to work with local authorities for their children’s protection and development. And of course we work with children, so that they are empowered, aware, connected and supported to negotiate a safe future for themselves.

 

In 2016-17, we kept children safe by creating community groups, training women volunteers and working in partnership with government across 85 hotspots in 25 districts across 9 states.
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PREVENTING CHILD HARM
 

 

Empowering women to create SAFE communities for children
Aangan operates on a unique community-based child harm prevention model run by women belonging to the communities where we work. These are urban and rural hotspots of child harm where the most-marginalized families struggle to provide a protective environment for their children
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COMMUNITY SAFETY NETWORKS FOR CHILDREN

 

SuperSmart Shakti Girls and Asli Champion Boys
In every Hotspot community where we work, vulnerable adolescents are brought out of the isolation and danger that comes from being confined to the home ‘for their own safety’, or sent off to work at a very young age, and are connected to a Community Safety Network.
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TARGETING HOTSPOTS OF CHILD HARM IN SIX STATES

 

Where We Work And Why
Aangan’s work is spread across six states, targeting particularly vulnerable communities in districts where child protection indicators on child marriage, trafficking, hazardous work or exploitation are high. These are identified as ‘Hotspots’.
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BUILDING BHAROSA THROUGH GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIPS

 

Accessible and responsive frontline officials for children’s safety
With over a decade of experience working with government officials in children’s shelter homes, and successfully mobilizing communities to engage with child harm prevention norms, Aangan is set to launch Bharosa (trust) - aimed at strengthening the relationship between vulnerable communities and frontline government officials.
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TRAUMA INFORMED COMMUNITIES FOR SURVIVORS OF CHILD HARM

 

The child protection system must be a human system
Children who experience trauma while living in the community, and those who return to it post-rescue, from situations of harm as a result of trafficking, unsafe migration, hazardous work, running away or going missing, are in need of interventions that are trauma informed.
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REAL DATA FOR REAL ACTION
 

 

Using hyper-local child protection data to keep children safe
Aangan trains community women to gather child vulnerability data with specific articulations of local issues on child marriage, labour, trafficking and even unsafe areas in the community. The data is then presented to government and becomes the factual basis on which to structure conversations about prevention.
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