Fellows by Category

As thousands of children migrate annually from rural India to join the millions of children working in cities, Damodar Acharya is attacking the problem by eliminating the reasons for child labor. By investing in educational opportunities and putting political power in the hands of children, rural families are discovering alternatives to migration.

Organization: Child Protection program

Maharukh Adenwalla, a lawyer, has mounted a child rights campaign through individuals, organizations, and the judicial system. She is using case law to push legislation protecting children in distress, while educating the public on legal interventions that are available to children and current inadequacies of the law that must be addressed.

Organization: Childline India Foundation

Jeroo Billimoria launched Childline, the country's first attempt at making street children's quick access to supports, such as police assistance and health care, as easy as dialing a number. Manned by street children themselves, Childline combines 24-hour emergency telephone services with follow-up support to alleviate their distress.

Organization: Riverside School

Through her education curriculum and initiatives to build a healthy relationship between students and their community, Kiran Bir Sethi is changing the experience of childhood in Indian cities. Kiran believes when children are raised in nurturing environments, they in turn, create such environments for future generations and ultimately build a culture a citizenship between children and adults...

Working through state "remand" homes and citizen groups, Sohini Chakraborty introduces new and much needed techniques to rehabilitate girls and teenagers who have been forced into prostitution.

Organization: STOP

Roma Debabrata is mobilizing urban, migrant communities to find and report cases of trafficking. By building vigilant networks and effective partnerships with law enforcement, Roma is enabling citizens to take control and curb trafficking.

Enakshi Ganguly is introducing analysis of government spending and monitoring of child rights activity in parliament as tools for advocacy. She believes that it is critical to mainstream child rights in all development initiatives, governmental and nongovernmental. She therefore wants to create an environment where every development initiative will be scanned through the "child rights" lens,...

Organization: Aangan Trust

Suparna Gupta is designing processes that make it possible to act on the provisions of the landmark Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act 2000, and to check whether institutions are responding. Suparna is creating a continuum of care for children who are detained under the Act.

Hasina Kharbhih created the nationally and internationally acknowledged Meghalaya Model, a comprehensive tracking system that successfully brings together the state government, security agencies, legal groups, media, and citizen organizations to combat the cross-border trafficking of children in the porous Northeastern states of India.

Organization: Ruchika Social Service Organization

Inderjit Khurana , by chalking off a bit of railway platform, has created India's burgeoning "platform schools" to serve the street children who live or work nearby.

Organization: Prajwala

Sunitha Krishnan is making it possible for India's government and citizen organizations to manage jointly a range of protective and rehabilitative services for children who have been trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation.

Organization: Society for Educational And Economic Development (SEED)

Influenced by Gandhian thought, A.R. Palanisamy is developing the first comprehensive rehabilitation program for children who come from families of convicted murderers and of murder victims.

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