To nurture, educate and guide the growth of vulnerable children so that they are able to develop into strong productive citizens working to build and sustain a bright future for self and country. Save The Children India (STCI) is a non profit organisation that envisions India as a Child-Friendly Nation. It is committed to preventing exploitation and all other forms of discrimination of vulnerable women and children, and empowering them to lead a life of dignity, self-respect, and independence. It actualizes this by building relationships with the children, women and communities and providing holistic development opportunities through education, women empowerment, health and livelihood progr... read more To nurture, educate and guide the growth of vulnerable children so that they are able to develop into strong productive citizens working to build and sustain a bright future for self and country. Save The Children India (STCI) is a non profit organisation that envisions India as a Child-Friendly Nation. It is committed to preventing exploitation and all other forms of discrimination of vulnerable women and children, and empowering them to lead a life of dignity, self-respect, and independence. It actualizes this by building relationships with the children, women and communities and providing holistic development opportunities through education, women empowerment, health and livelihood programs. STCI specializes in working with the most deprived and vulnerable sections of children & women in poor urban, peri-urban and rural communities at risk and has a very strong gender & child protection perspective. STCI offers its services for both direct program implementation and capacity building of its local partners for program implementation. Thematic Focus Save Our Sisters (SOS) program of STCI addresses the crime of Human Trafficking (HT) at different levels. Working since the year 2000,the program adopts a multi- pronged approach with key focus on prevention of HT for commercial sexual exploitation, rehabilitation of survivors and policy advocacy. STCI's Education Project focuses on providing children between 3 to 12 years from poor communities' access to quality education through 150 Pre-school centers and 110 study centres and 120 municipal school of Mumbai. It has developed an innovative Accelerated Learning Module which bridges the gap in the existing learning levels of children and the required grade level competencies. Under the Women's Institute of Social Education (WISE) initiative, adolescent's girls and women from disadvantaged backgrounds are empowered through combination of life skills, literacy and vocational training which enables them to become economically independent. Special Care Centre in Mumbai strives to provide a holistic education for children with hearing and mental disabilities from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds through academic, vocational, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Dhvani, an Early Intervention Centre is a comprehensive project for hearing impaired infants and young children (0-3 years) which provides them quality services by fulfilling all the diagnostic and testing needs. Malnutrition Project in Melghat region in Maharashtra focuses on reducing malnutrition among infants in 10 tribal villages with high incidence of malnutrition deaths through community awareness & capacity building; providing nutrition supplements and growth monitoring of children. Integrated development program in Sarai Kale Khan, Nizamuddin East in Delhi impacts the community members through education, health, livelihood and anti-human trafficking initiatives. Geographical Coverage STCI's developmental activities are essentially concentrated in Maharashtra and Delhi, with its headquarters in Mumbai. The operational area of SOS anti human trafficking program is spread across entire state of Maharashtra. It has also initiated and influenced varied policy level changes that are impacting the State and the country. Since its inception in 1988, every program of STCI is designed based on the needs emerging from the field identified through a needs assessment survey & consultations with key stakeholders. The programs are implemented directly by STCI as well as by forming collaborative networks with grass root level NGOs & CBOs for wider reach out. Key Partnerships Key partners of STCI can be categorized into the following categories: Government (e.g., Department of Women & Child Development- Government of Maharashtra, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Police Department, Department of Social Welfare-Government of Maharashtra; Maharashtra Judicial Academy) Bilateral and International Agencies (e.g.,UNICEF, UNDP, UNODC, Michael and Susan Del Foundation, Kamonohashi Project; ) A large range of multi national corporate, business houses (e.g., Zeeman Textiel Supers, Jet Airways, Larson & Toubro, Qualcomm; United Ways; United Parcer Services, Mahindra group) Local NGO/ CBO (e.g., PRIDE India, Sanjog, Samved) Individual Donors & Volunteers Besides, STCI has a large network of 250 NGOs & CBOs under its SOS network in Maharashtra. STCI is one of those few NGOS and probably first one in Mumbai to receive an ISO certification for its systems, transparency and good governance practises. STCI has received the prestigious "India NGO Awards 2011"instilled by Resource Alliance and Rockefeller foundation. It has also received the Best NGO Award 2011 by Institute of Public Enterprises as part of their CSR Corporate governance award
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