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Annual Report
Plan India strives to advance children’s rights and equality for girls, thus creating lasting impact
in the lives of vulnerable and excluded children and their communities. We will undertake long
term sponsorship-based programming and work with two million children—and within these, aim
to impact one million girls and young women. We will also impact ten million girls and young
women by influencing government policy and practice.
Plan India will work towards these goals to ensure that girls across India can learn, lead, decide
and thrive.
Message from the Chair Emeritus
Our Innovative Programmes
Message from the Chairperson
Digital Learning Centres
Message from the Executive Director
Seeds For Life
Our History
Eco Education
Our Approach
Bal Vidhan Sabha
Our Purpose
Campaign on Japanese Encephalitis
and Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis
About Country Strategic Plan IV
Syndrome in Uttar Pradesh
Our Geographical Coverage
Our National Inititatives
Our Impact
Creating People’s Movement
Plan India in Numbers
Plan India Impact Awards
Our Strategic Objectives
International Day of the Girl
Girls Get Equal
360° Campaigns
Our Gender Transformative
Anti Child Marriage Campaign
Campaign on Menstrual Hygiene
Let Girls Be Born
National Dialogues and Knowledge
Girls Advocacy Alliance
Safer Cities
Plan for Every Child
Our Humanitarian Response
Our Partners
Our Flagship Programmes
From Our Donors
Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya
Plan in News
Anti Child Labour Programme
Financial Disclosure
Project Ahana
Our Board Members
Young Health Programme
Our Patron
Nutrition India Programme
list of
Acute Encephalitis Syndrome
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Auxiliary Nurse Midwife
Antiretroviral Therapy
Accredited Social Health Activist
Anganwadi Workers
Chief Medical Health Officer
Community Nutrition Workers
Child Protection Committee
District Magistrate
Early Infant HIV Diagnosis
Environment Protection Committee
Frontline Workers
Health Information Centres
Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Integrated Child Development Services
Information Education Communication
Japanese Encephalitis
Job-oriented Vocational Training
National AIDS Control Organisation
Non-Communicable Diseases
Non-Governmental Organisation
National Health Mission
NITI Aayog
National Institution for Transforming India
Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres
PC & PNDT Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques
Peer Educator
Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission
Panchayati Raj Institution
State Commission for Protection of Child Rights
School Management Committees
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Dear Reader,
I have the pleasure once again of presenting Plan India’s Annual
Report for 2018-19.
My association with Plan India has been a long and fulfilling
one. I have watched with great pride as the organisation has
grown strength to strength in its pursuit of creating a just world
for children. This year, Plan India completed 40 years of doing
seminal work in advancing children’s rights and equality for
girls. I am honoured to have been a part of this journey and
congratulate all my colleagues on this momentous occasion.
In the past 40 years, Plan India has grown and matured and is
today known as a trusted organisation that advocates for child
rights and equality for girls. Plan India has worked with children,
adolescents and young people, extensively engaging with them
in all aspects of our work. We consider our efforts successful
when children and youth, particularly girls, drive change in their
communities and are able to hold effective dialogues with duty
I am immensely proud to note that children and youth who were part of our projects in the past are now
leading the charge in their communities. These are the results we strive for! When a community becomes self-
aware of the issues that exist and makes efforts to resolve them that is when we are truly successful.
The work by Plan India has benefitted millions of children, helping them break the cycle of poverty and wield
their right to a future of their own. I am proud to share that Plan India has created an environment where girls
can learn, lead, decide and thrive in the communities that they work.
Over the years, the support we have received from the government, local and international donors, corporate
donors, grassroot NGOs and supporters from around the world has been immense.
I extend my sincerest thanks to every member of the Plan India family who works untiringly to reach our goal
of 10 million smiles.
I look forward to another year full of successes to help children, particularly girls.
Govind Nihalani
Chair Emeritus, Plan India
Dear Friends,
I am happy and proud that Plan India has made strong gains
through 2019, with new partnerships, outreach programmes and
forays into new domains.
In a ‘first’ Plan India partnered with the National Institution for
Transforming India (NITI Aayog), the Government of India’s
premier policy think tank, for its flagship ‘Aspirational District
Programme,’ which aims to rapidly improve the ‘ease of living’ in
the 117 most backward districts of India. Under this partnership,
Plan India will work with district authorities across five states—
Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Bihar—to
bolster two of its most important strategic priorities - health and
The other ‘first’ that I am pleased to share is the coming on board
of external partners for the 2nd Plan India Impact Awards, a
unique platform which recognises the exemplary contributions of
frontline workers in their efforts to bring about lasting impact and
sustainable changes in the lives of people. The inaugural Impact
Awards held in 2017 covered 13 states and honoured 10 outstanding grassroots changemakers. In 2018, it
expanded to cover 22 states and 190+ NGOs.
Yet another ‘first’ for Plan India has been the ‘Girls Get Equal’ campaign, which was launched on the
International Day of the Girl by Mr. Anil Kapoor, well known actor and Plan India Patron. The campaign is one
of the world’s biggest and has been co-created in collaboration with girls and young women. Launched in 64
countries and counting, the initiative aims to give girls and young women a voice in making their own choices.
At the heart of all these ‘firsts’ has been our commitment to support, enable and advance children’s rights and
equality for girls.
As Plan India draws closer towards achieving the ambitious targets set forth in CSP IV, there is a stronger
commitment to deepen our collaborative engagements with various stakeholders, including Civil Society
Organisations (CSOs), local, state and national governments as well as individual and corporate donors.
I wish the team at Plan India many more ‘firsts’ in the year ahead.
Rathi Vinay Jha
Chairperson, Plan India Board
THE executive director
Dear Colleagues,
This year Plan India completed 40 years of advancing children
rights and equality for girls. As an organisation, we remain
committed to creating a lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable
and excluded children. Plan India has steadfastly worked to
empower and stand beside young girls in their fight for a voice
and influence on decisions that affect their lives.
The theme for this Annual Report is #GirlsGetEqual. A youth-led
social change campaign, #GirlsGetEqual strives to ensure that
every girl and young woman has power over her own life and
can shape the world around her. Plan India programmes and
advocacy initiatives, focuses on tackling exclusion and gender
equality through this campaign.
In 2018-19, the country faced two major disasters - Kerala floods
and Cyclone FANI. Plan India was at the forefront in responding
to these national emergencies. Our humanitarian assistance
reached over 26,000 families and ensured continued education
for over 10,000 school-going children in the two states. The team
on the ground ensured that young girls and women were consulted at every stage of the response beginning
from needs assessment to the distribution and were the core of our outreach.
Our work on maternal and child health saw Plan India reach out to 1.65 crore pregnant women-55% of
India’s annual pregnancy load - in a juggernaut exercise which resulted in 1.3 crore being tested for HIV, an
unprecedented scale for any programme of its kind.
Plan India completed its 40 years of work in 2019. Our leadership team, children supported by Plan India, staff,
alumni and Governing Board Members reflect on Plan’s journey of four decades.
Another gargantuan community campaign-a first mid-media campaign for Plan India - was to spread
awareness to combat Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Uttar Pradesh
that reached approximately 0.12 crore people.
We continued to help 39,000 children learn about WASH through inclusive education, and thrive by ensuring
access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. We have been continuously engaged in elevating
education opportunities by supporting the effective implementation of the Right to Education Act 2009 and
strengthening local school governance. Plan’s Digital Learning Centres have emerged as a breakthrough
in providing quality education, especially for girls who have to drop out from formal schooling. Our efforts to
enable youth from urban and rural disadvantaged areas to access employment and creating a gender-just
society have culminated in our flagship programme, Saksham. We have helped over 2,600 young people
transform their lives this past year by equipping them with vocational training and skill sets in line with market
The core of Plan India’s work is the commitment to protecting children and young people from all forms
of violence. Through interventions designed to be sustainable and to build capacities of communities, we
have empowered 8,612 girls for their safety in cities, protected more than 40,000 children from violence and
rescued and rehabilitated over 23,000 child labourers.
We scaled up Plan India Impact Awards (PIIA) to an unprecedented 22 states, up from 13 in the first edition.
PIIA honours and motivates frontline community workers and provides a platform to reinforce and replicate
best practices advancing the development discourse. The mark of pride for PIIA 2018 was a prestigious
partnership with the NITI Aayog.
The high point for this International Day of the Girl (IDG) was the presence of Plan India’s Patron and Goodwill
Ambassador, Mr. Anil Kapoor who launched the ‘Girls Get Equal’ campaign in India. IDG witnessed more than
100 girls from across 10 states take over from staff at 17 Embassies and High Commissions, mayors, CEOs,
chiefs of police, village council leaders, school principals and chief editors across the country and demonstrate
their power and potential.
The third National Conference “Plan for Every Child- Girls Get Equal” was organised from December
5-7, 2018 in New Delhi in the presence of Honourable Supreme Court Justice Shri Madan B. Lokur. The
conference provided a platform for consequential conversations among more than 500 distinguished
stakeholders about safeguarding children under the theme “Leave No Girl Behind”.
I congratulate the Plan India team for their indomitable will to create a better world around them and thank
their families for their support that make our successes possible. The Governing Board has set the highest
governance standards and has provided us strategic direction and guidance all throughout. Our partners
share equally in all our successes and I’d like to express my appreciation for their solidarity. As ever, the
patronage and support we receive from the government, corporate and individual donors have been the
cornerstone to all that we do and I convey our special gratitude to them.
I look forward to another year working towards supporting girls, young women and their allies to campaign for
gender equality.
Anuja Bansal
Executive Director, Plan India
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A look at Plan India’s work for advancing children’s rights and for equality for girls so that they can ‘Learn,
Lead, Decide and Thrive.'
Plan India
strengthened under
‘One Plan’ agenda
Plan India
established as a
national entity of
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leading girls’ rights
Continues to create impact
our approach
Standards integrated in all organisational and programming components:
Working with communities, youth, self-help groups and community-based organisations
Tackling exclusion and gender inequality through all our programmes
Partnering with networks, civil society organisations, international non-governmental
organisations (NGOs) and the United Nations
Governments, corporates and foundations
Strengthening Plan India’s systems and processes
our purpose
We strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
about country
strategic plan iv
Goal 2020
During 2015-2020, Plan India will undertake long-term sponsorship-based programming in 8 states and
grants-based programming in 16 states, to:
1. Work with TWO million children, and within these, aim to impact ONE million girls and young women
2. Impact TEN million girls and young women through influencing government policy and practice
3. Develop innovative pilots through evidence-based programming
our geographical coverage
1. Andhra Pradesh
2. Arunachal Pradesh
3. Assam
4. Bihar
5. Chhattisgarh
6. Delhi
7. Jharkhand
8. Karnataka
9. Kerala
10. Madhya Pradesh
11. Maharashtra
12. Manipur
13. Meghalaya
14. Mizoram
We are working with
15. Nagaland
children, families
16. Odisha
and communities in
17. Rajasthan
18. Sikkim
24 states
19. Tamil Nadu
across India.
20. Telangana
21. Tripura
22. Uttar Pradesh
23. Uttarakhand
24. West Bengal
Our Impact
plan in numbers
projects active over the past
financial year
crores (INR) total annual budget
villages/slums benefit directly from
Plan India’s work
community-based organisations
local and national NGO partners
international NGO partners
national and international
corporate and private sector
government institutions at
central and local levels
community members trained on
gender equality
child protection
community members and
volunteers trained on child
staff members in partner
organisations and institutions
trained on child protection
projects with one or more activities
that are gender transformative in
strategic objectives
Adolescent and Maternal Health,
Child Survival and Optimal Development
Improved access to quality reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health services that directly benefit
500,000 (Under 6) girls and 500,000 adolescent girls from vulnerable and excluded communities, along with
8,000,000 girls and young women benefited indirectly through influencing government policy and practices.
1.65 crore pregnant women reached through
10,500 young women and mothers and 12,000
Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs), Accredited Social
men and children supported to improve nutritional
Health Activists (ASHAs) and Sahayikas (peripheral
health workers) in collaboration with the government,
8 states and 35+ districts districts
with 1.3 crore receiving Human Immunodeficiency
strengthened government health services at sub-
Virus (HIV) testing.
centres including Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres
0.12 crore people sensitised under mass
(NRC), Integrated Child Development Services
awareness campaign on JE/AES in eastern Uttar
(ICDS), National Health Missions for HIV and
antiretroviral therapy (ART) improving health-seeking
80,295 people (50% girls and young women)
reached under the Young Health Programme.
water, sanitation
and hygiene
Improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services that directly benefit 1,000,000 girls and
young women from vulnerable and excluded communities, with another 5,000,000 girls and young women
indirectly benefitting through influencing government policy and practices.
50,000 children (58% girl) school-going children,
43 crore rupees mobilised through advocacy
across 119 primary schools provided access to
from Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department,
improved WASH facilities, improving enrolment by
Govt. of Bihar for piped-water-supply system in five
drought prone villages.
5,482 adolescent’s girls,
51 defunct tube-wells repaired in 47 villages through
influencing and community efforts.
4,589 young women, 1,194 men,
reached under menstrual hygiene campaign ‘Chuppi
48 Gram Panchayats declared open defecation
Todo Swasth Raho (Break the Silence, Be Healthy)’
free by engaging people through behaviour change
in Jharkhand.
Quality and
Holistic education
Promote quality education and learning for children in pre-primary to secondary levels in early childhood care,
Anganwadi centres and schools directly benefiting 1,000,000 girls, with another 5,000,000 girls indirectly
benefitting through influencing government policy and practices.
168,185 children (52% girls ) in the age group of
23,000 children’s (50% girls) monitored for their
6 to 16 years in 800 schools and 1,011 communities
milestone development in 656 ICDS centres.
reached through improved education and better
5,436 School Management Committee members
(55% women) involved in capacity building on
38,315 children (50% girls) in the age group of
community school governance.
3 to 6 years reached across 1,335 ICDS centres in
108 Digital Learning Centres (DLC) reaching out to
1,000 communities.
23,857 children in 7 states.
Our Impact
employability and
economic empowerment
Improved youth economic empowerment and financial inclusion that directly benefits 100,000 young women
between the ages of 18-24 years, with another 1,000,000 girls and young women indirectly benefitting
through influencing government policy and practices.
38,000+ young people trained and employed
70% youth (55% girls) retained in employment.
under the Saksham initiative.
2,600 young people trained on Job Oriented
Vocational Training (JOVT).
Increased protection from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence for 1,000,000 girls from vulnerable and
excluded communities, with another 10,000,000 girls indirectly benefited through influencing government
policy and practice.
8,612 girls empowered and 40,000+ children
0.256 crore girls under the age of 18 and
protected under Safer Cities initiative.
810,000 people reached indirectly through policy
level changes involving amendments in guidelines,
23,434 children (44% girls) rescued from child
laws and trainings impacting gender norms.
27 child marriages prevented and communities
empowered to make child-marriage-free villages.
risk management
Build disaster resilient communities through comprehensive disaster risk management and humanitarian
assistance, benefitting 300,000 girls, young women and their families across 1,000 villages and urban
slums, with another 300,000 girls, young women and their families indirectly benefitting through influencing
government policy and practices.
Kerala Floods
Cyclone FANI, Odisha
22,022 families from five flood affected districts of
4,439 families supported with dry rations in Puri
Kerala provided dry rations and non-food item relief
2,043 school-going children received education
8,654 school-going children received education kits
21 schools and 5 Anganwadi centres
renovated to make them disaster resilient as part of
the long-term recovery process.
girls get equal
An eye-opening vox pop that looks at general perceptions vs the reality of gender equality in India.
The second largest population of young people in the world lives in India. This is expected to rise further to
constitute 34.33% of India’s population by 2020. Girls and young women form one half of this demographic.
The success of a country’s economy depends in no small way on how well it supports its girls today. In this
context, the need of the hour is to develop policies and institutions to build girls’ human capital through quality
education, empower them, facilitate access to services and ensure their rights. This long overdue subversion of
gender-based discrimination and inequality will help realise major demographic dividends and lead to inclusive,
equitable and strong economic growth.
India can potentially add
$770 billion
to annual GDP by 2025
Support girls to become leaders
through advancing
and take part in all decision that
affect their lives.
Gender equality
in work and
*The power of parity: Advancing women’s
equality in India, 2018, McKinsey & Company
Defend girls’ right to be safe online
Girls Get Equal (GGE) is a campaign co-designed by Plan
as well as in public spaces and
International and young gender activists and advocates from
ensure they can speak up without
across the world. It is a five-year social change campaign to
fear of harassment or violence.
transform what it means to achieve equality for girls and young
women. A youth-led initiative, GGE is campaigning to ensure
every girl and young woman has power over her own life and
can shape the world around her.
The Campaign was launched in India in 2018 on the
International Day of the Girl. Young girls stepped into the
Call out discrimination and
shoes of influential leaders and experts to demonstrate their
damaging gender stereotypes
power. More than 100 girls from 10 states spend three-day
whether you see it on the screen,
acquiring skills for communication, negotiation, problem-solving,
confidence and leadership. Two girls from Plan India supported
in print and in advertising, to make
communities shared their experiences and the discrimination
room for true and representative
and harassment they have faced at the Asia Regional Girls’
stories of girls and boys.
jharkhand, uttar pradesh and rajasthan
Sex-selective elimination of female foetuses, often
let girls be born
through the misuse of the very technology that was
developed for the care of an unborn child, continues
to be a problem. Let Girls Be Born (LGBB) is an
advocacy project through which Plan India, with the
support of Plan International - Netherlands, works to
end discrimination and fight female foeticide through
effective implementation of the law.
1. Geo-tagged mapping of testing centres on a
portal that strengthens Pre-Conception and Pre-
Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC & PNDT) cells
through online tracking and compliance
2. Changes in Governance: Delegating Chief
Medical Health Officer’s (CMHO) powers
to the District Magistrate (DM) for effective
enforcement of PC & PNDT Act and to prevent
any probable collusion with the offenders
paralegals trained to raise legal
awareness at Lok Adalats and
Plan India undertakes capacity building of
counselling at legal clinics
Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) who
are trained at regional and block levels and then
FLWs trained to counsel families
cascade their learning to peers and communities.
before pregnancy and provide
These frontline workers (FLWs) coordinate,
monitoring and support until the
collaborate and consolidate efforts across the state
to record and analyse data, identify and address
gaps through grassroot level facilitation.
girls enrolled under scholarship
scheme sponsored by Chamber of
Plan also works with the state governments to
Commerce for higher education, 742
showcase learning from other successful initiatives
girls linked with welfare schemes
across India. Piloted in Rajasthan, the Mukhbir
Yojana or Informant Scheme incentivises sharing of
information on centres providing sex determination
Leading from the Front
services or operating illegally. It is now also active
in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. LGBB also
Arjun Lal Meena is an elected Sarpanch, or
works with volunteers empanelled by the State
village headman, of Padampura-a village with
Legal Services Authority from the National Legal
an adverse child sex ratio. Due to LGBB’s
Awareness Programme and trained paralegals to
consistent dialogue with elected PRI members
disseminate information through Lok Adalats.
and their Sarpanch, they have acquired an
understanding of the issue and initiated many
The programme works with the communities on
innovative actions to address the gender skew.
behaviour change and helps create dialogue on
roles for girls in the socio-economic context. Active
engagement with Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs)
The fruit of Arjun Lal’s efforts are witnessed
has led to the display of ‘Guddi-Gudda’ boards
in the actively engaged community that has
within communities that present gender-segregated
now assumed the duty of ensuring girl’s rights.
data. Effective tools for behaviour change, the
A new-born girl child is now welcomed in the
boards drive ownership and spark reflection within
community with celebrations and support
communities over the issue of declining sex ratio.
for improved care and linkages to welfare
Peer educators and youth clubs have emerged
schemes. Under the PRI’s aegis, the progress
as the backbone for community mobilisation and
of every child, regardless of gender, is tracked
facilitation of on-ground actions. With work making
and facilitated as they progress through
rapid progress at both advocacy and grassroot
their schooling and beyond. Padampura is
levels, Plan is well on its way ensure equality for
determinedly moving towards being a gender-
girls’ right from their inception.
balanced panchayat.
Our Gender Transformative Programmes
andhra pradesh and telangana
A gradual change is being witnessed in ensuring
girls advocacy
equal rights and opportunities for girls in the states
of Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Telangana state (TS).
Governments of AP and TS have taken official
A detailed look at Girls Advocacy Alliance, its work, and
impact on combating child marriages and trafficking.
cognisance of the burgeoning child rights problem.
Work has begun to amend and plug the loopholes
in the law that allows child marriages. Religious
leaders are spearheading awareness drives about
the economic, health and legal repercussions of
child marriages within their communities. Village-
level Child Protection Committees (CPCs) are being
formed and strengthened based on the guidelines
created by Plan India in collaboration with the state
governments. A strategy paper examining corporate
social responsibility spending beyond primary
education of girls and identifying the lacunae in
support for secondary and higher education which
accounts for the highest dropout rates, has been
All these initiatives are a part of Plan India’s biggest
global advocacy programme, Girls’ Advocacy
crore girls and young women to benefit
Alliance (GAA). GAA is an initiative of Plan
from 17 government orders, circulars
International-Plan Netherlands, Terre des Hommes-
and action plans for prevention of child
Netherlands and Defence for Children-ECPAT
marriage and promotion of secondary
Netherlands and funded by the Dutch Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. The project’s goal is to create an
environment where girls can build a life of self-
religious leaders took up actions
reliance, dignity and financial independence. GAA
against child marriage and trafficking,
focuses on systemic and attitudinal changes to stop
advocated girls’ education and sensitised
child marriages and child trafficking by promoting
communities drive behavioural changes
secondary education for girls and job oriented
vocational training (JOVT) for young women.
Civil Society Organisation SOs
Plan India’s innovative strategies for changing
adopted child protection policies
social norms, networking, influencing, and gathering
drafted by Plan India
evidence are beginning to bear fruit. Youth
advocates of GAA are actively raising their voices
to demand their rights. Work is in progress with the
private sector to promote focused spending and
establishing infrastructure to create opportunities
for continued secondary education and JOVT for
An Equal sky
young women. Plan is successfully breaking siloes
Nilofer an undergraduate from Hyderabad, finds
and creating synergies between the judiciary and
her inspiration from Malala and is a staunch
the government departments of state legal services,
supporter of girls’ rights. An active member of
education, and women and child welfare to protect
the Girls Advocacy Alliance, Nilofer works to
girls’ rights. The project also sensitises other CSOs
convince parents in the community she lives to let
to incorporate the GAA themes into their core
operations and advocacy.
their daughters gain higher education. She also
counsels her friends and peers many of whom
worry about being married early and encourages
Child Marriage is a major issue in
them to speak to their parents and not to give their
Andhra Pradesh and we all should
education. She has also conducted a seminar
strive to completely eliminate it in the
on female foeticide in her community. Working
next few years from the state.
tirelessly for an equal world for girls, Nilofer for
Honourable justice
sure is a strong advocate of GAA.
c praveen kumar
Acting Chief Justice and Executive Chairman,
Andhra Pradesh State Legal Service Authority
Delhi and Rajasthan
80,000 households in Mangolpuri, Madanpur
safer cities
Khadar and Gautampuri in Delhi are witness to
efforts to make the city safe for young women and
give wings to their ambition. Young women here
are building promising futures, reclaiming public
spaces for themselves and shattering boundaries
that routinely make their lives ‘safer’. Here, public
school teachers advocate girls’ safety and sanitation
needs so that they can continue higher education. In
these communities, girls aspire to a career in sports
and thrive through technical as well as vocational
Key Pillars
All this is the result of Plan India’s long-term gender
transformation programme Safer Cities which
focuses on the gap in programming and research
pertaining to how adolescent girls experience
public spaces differently than men. Safer Cities has
(8 for girls) created; 146 children
put adolescent girls at the centre and challenges
(112 girls) participate in regular
the perception of safety and fear of violence that
11 youth
interactive meetings on rights,
define girls’ negotiation. It supports girls and boys in
safety and gender-based
becoming active citizens by building capacities and
violence in public spaces
creating opportunities for participation in city life.
The programme is also being implemented in two
wards of Jaipur.
participated in and 5,000 people
reached indirectly through the ‘16
110 girls
Days of Activism Against Gender-
Safer Cities Key Outcomes
Based Violence’ campaign
1. Increased adolescent girls’ safety and
access to public spaces
participated in a three-day
2. Increased girls’ active and meaningful
festival organised by Plan India
participation in urban development and
in partnership with five schools in
3. Increased autonomous mobility in the city
for adolescent girls
While Safer Cities works to empower girls, it also
engages boys and men in the communities as
no longer a bystander
allies. Strengthening local youth clubs is pivotal in
The women of Gautampuri have taken on a
effectively gathering evidence and data for Plan’s
fight against sexual harassment on the streets,
advocacy work. Programme activities help the
a reality for many of them. They have used the
children and youth visualise alternatives where safe
intergenerational dialogues as instruments for
spaces exist for them to counter the ever-present
bringing together their voices to communicate their
fear of violence.
concerns about the casual gender violence, often
normalised as a part of daily routine, to the elders
The integrated community-based approach uses
in their community.
innovative engagement modalities and gender
transformative approaches. It also employs unique
Once the issue was flagged by the girls, elder
feedback and participatory research tools such
women and mothers formed a group and took the
as training curriculums, community scorecards
lead in addressing this issue. To begin with, they
and Information Education Communication (IEC)
identified one lane where they would campaign
materials to involve parents and community
to reduce the open consumption of alcohol and
leaders. Intergenerational dialogues help elders
instances of sexual harassment. Eventually, they
acknowledge the disparities and challenge the
plan to identify other streets and mobilise women
conventional understanding of safety. Dialogues
to take back their streets.
were initiated within the community for addressing
Our Gender Transformative Programmes
Girls from Plan India’s Safer Cities programme recount their experiences about safety
in public spaces and conducting a safety audit in their locality.
gender power relations and to challenge stereotypical social
norms that perpetuate insecurity and exclusion of girls in cities.
Making Safer Cities community-led puts the onus of assessing
public spaces from a gender lens and ensuring the safety of girls
back on the neighbourhood.

Plan India signed strategic partnerships with the Department of
Women and Child Development, Delhi Police, transport service
providers, Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights and
the National Institute of Urban Affairs. Through Plan’s advocacy,
public transport in Delhi was studied to understand the needs
of adolescent girls and to recommend specific changes. A
consultation was also held on public budgets from the lens
of women and girls and the resultant policy brief ‘Gender and
Governance at the Grassroots: A Study of South Delhi Municipal
Corporation’s 2018 Budgets’ was published. Safer Cities takes
pride in girl-led negotiations with local representatives for gender-
sensitive budgeting for the programme area.
After participating
in the meeting,
the association
has decided to
leave the lights of
every fourth shop
on to reduce the
risk of darkness
in the market in
the night.
Mangolpuri Market Association
delhi, uttar pradesh, uttarakhand,
rajasthan, maharashtra and karnataka
Plan India’s Saksham Training Centre at Delhi,
Lucknow, Dehradun, Jaipur, Mumbai and Bengaluru
are full of young men and women taking avid
notes as a trainer talks to them about workplace
youngsters given vocational,
communication. In another section, youngsters
entrepreneurship, gender-
launch into a role play that sensitises them on
sensitisation, digital and financial
gender-relations in their personal spaces, within
literacy, workplace communication
their communities and at workplace. In yet another
corner, girls engage in a lively debate about which
strategies are best to convince their families to let
them work, an opportunity often denied by the girls’
of these youngsters now employed or
protective environment.
self-employed, 55% of them girls
Started in 2010, Saksham focuses on ‘Neither
in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)’
Saksham graduates have resumed
youth, especially girls, from urban and rural
or enrolled for the next level
disadvantaged areas. The initiative arms them
of education
with free, market-oriented vocational skills, as well
as job and entrepreneurial training. With support
from corporates and Plan International offices,
Plan India’s mission is to provide access to gainful
employment to young girls in the age group of
18-29 years while also grooming today’s youth
new horizons
as representatives of a gender-just society. The
Prerna is a confident young woman, living the
programme also goes several steps further and
dream of building a better tomorrow for herself
includes basic IT skills, presentation, etiquette
and her family. Her career at a leading electronics
and basic business conversational skills in the
store is well underway and she is a beacon of
training. Saksham has a strong focus on training
hope for other aspiring women in her community.
that challenges gender stereotypes and widespread
discrimination. Saksham engages parents,
Only a few years ago, this picture was bleak.
communities and employers on the subjects of
Prerna’s father had suffered a heart attack and
gender equality, equal opportunities and economic
lost his livelihood. With basic sustenance at
empowerment of girls and women. The programme
risk, one of the early casualties was Prerna’s
not only encourages young girls and women to
education. The family had their backs against
take up skill training but also provides linkages to
the wall and Prerna had withdrawn into her shell,
employment for mainstreaming their participation in
hesitant and nervous in front of people.
socio-economic development.
Around then, she met the Saksham team who
Saksham was carefully designed after gathering
encouraged her to explore the programme. They
market intelligence, researching available jobs
counselled Prerna and her family to fight their
and identifying the skill gap. Initial market studies
orthodox mindset and overcome their hesitation.
identified potential trades for vocational training.
Once she started at Saksham, Prerna’s
Local employers in these sectors were then
confidence and skills grew by leaps and bounds.
interviewed to gather skill requirements and gaps,
After completing her training, Prerna used her
which formed the basis of the training courses.
new-found skills to triumph through a rigorous
Creating awareness among young people about
selection process to find employment at the
job opportunities in the market, providing career
electronics store.
counselling and imparting skills to negotiate with
families, communities and employers were also
Today, she not only supports her own family
designed into the course.
but has become a champion of change in her
community, inspiring other young women and
Plan India takes the training right into the
their families to challenge their circumstances
communities to address the challenges raised
and live their dreams.
by limited mobility for girls. Working in close
association with their training and implementation
partners, Plan India leverages the trust they have
Our Gender Transformative Programmes
The Head of a Saksham Centre and beneficiaries talk about how Saksham helps create
sustainable livelihoods for youth by training them in market-oriented skills.
built over the years with communities to lower resistance to the idea of girls seeking employment and bring
about social behavioural change from within the communities.
Saksham provides experiential learning before placing its young graduates into job openings and mentors
them through the first six months to ensure that there are no dropouts. The programme also focuses on
gender mainstreaming by taking care of particulars like evaluating the safety of the location and timings of not
just their own training centres, but also of the places of employment of the young girls.
The success of Saksham lies in creating an informed and empowered youth force that seeks to create an
equitable, economically secure and sustainable future for themselves and their families. Girls who graduate
from Saksham leave with skills for not just gainful employment, but with an ability to make decisions and
negotiate their rights with peers, parents and employers. The hard work of the Saksham team is validated by
the strong and constant demand for Saksham-trained young women from local employers.
We are very proud of our daughter’s achievements. Nagma is the first girl in
our extended family who is working. She has always been confident and we
want her to progress and be independent. In our community parents rely on
their sons to support the family. We never imagined that mghter would
stand shoulder to shoulder with me and share our burden.
Nagma’s Parents
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Jharkhand, home to 0.73 crore of India’s 24 crore
adolescents aged between 10 and 19, has the
third highest rate of child marriages in the country.
38% girls get married before the legal age of 18
years. In 2015, Plan India started ‘Sambhav’, an
adolescent empowerment programme with support
from UNICEF for reduction in child marriage and
teenage pregnancy and increase in secondary
education in six blocks of East Singhbhum district
by 2019. With equal participation of adolescent girls
and boys as their allies in 942 villages, the scale
and the gender-transformative impact of Sambhav
is unprecedented.
Sambhav worked with 47,000 adolescents between
14-18 years by establishing a girls’ and boys’
adolescent group in each village. A youth who
showed keen interest and leadership skills in
each group was then groomed as a peer educator
(PE) and trained in 10 life-skills modules such as
decision making, problem solving, financial literacy
and child rights. The PEs cascaded these trainings
adolescents (14,420 girls) reached
down to their youth groups.
through 1,614 adolescent groups
and 1,878 peer educators trained
Sambhav also worked to fill gaps in forming and
strengthening Child Protection Committees (CPCs).
village-level CPCs with 8,241
Vibrant village and block level CPCs worked in
members, 6 block-level CPCs
tandem to identify and address child protection
and 42 parents’ groups
issues in their regular meetings. Parents were
oriented and mobilised on child rights issues.
Intergenerational dialogues were established to
spark conversations at panchayat and block-level
FLWs, teachers and village-
meetings that were pivotal in giving children the
level CPC members trained to
opportunity and support needed to voice their
support vulnerable children and
Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) and Sahiyas were
Key Strategies
trained on CPC as well as other issues faced by
adolescents. Their routine meetings were attended
by Sambhav team members to drive AWWs to
take on the health and nutritional issues of the
Sambhav and its youth champions prevented 40
child marriages in 6 months. Coming together
of stakeholders has led to self-sustained
youth empowerment supported by the larger
There is still a lot of work
community. Sambhav is now being merged with
Tejaswini, a programme run by the Government of
to be done, especially in
Jharkhand and the World Bank for socioeconomic
the area of gender equality,
empowerment of adolescent girls and young
women. Tejaswini will be based on Sambhav’s
girls’ education, hygiene and
learnings and will provide sustainability and
continuity for the young community leaders shaped
by Sambhav.
Pari, 21
Sambhav alumna
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Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and
swachh bharat
In 2015, the Government of India launched Smart
Cities Mission, an initiative to drive economic growth
and improve the quality of life by enabling local
swachh vidyalaya
An NDTV feature on how the project has helped create happy
learning ecosystems and boost attendance in schools.
development and harnessing technology. The mission
also includes developing school infrastructure and
improving classroom activities.
Plan India, with USAID and Coca Cola India,
launched the ‘Urban WASH - Swachh Bharat
Swachh Vidyalaya’ (SBSV) project to support the
Government of India’s Smart City Mission. The
three-year project which concluded in July 2019,
has created a replicable model for developing need-
based child-friendly WASH infrastructure in schools. It
also advocated the effective use of this infrastructure
and its eventual ownership by School Management
Committees (SMCs). SBSV created age, gender and
ability appropriate infrastructure in 20 schools each in
three cities - Vishakhapatnam, Pune and Dehradun.
All 3 of these will now scale the project across all
crore rupees mobilised by
government schools in their respective municipalities
Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal
with support from Plan’s implementation partners.
Corporation (GVMC) for SBSV
model due to Plan’s efforts
The project aimed at helping duty bearers, teachers,
SMCs, community members and children in realising
children (58.2% girls) provided
their right to equitable and sustainable access to
access to potable water and safe
improved sanitation facilities and safe drinking
water. It also worked to increase awareness on the
impact of open defecation and hygiene on health. It
prioritised developmental aspects to ensure better
increase (13% for girls) in school
enrolment, retention and development of the children
and building a conducive learning atmosphere to
promote continued education. SBSV empowered
Child WASH Parliaments (Bal Swachhata Samitis)
to take part in the close monitoring, proper use and
smarter, healthier,
maintenance of school WASH infrastructure.
The project engaged municipal and education
Gautam’s daughter Priyanka studied in a private
department personnel for delivering on their
school at Visakhapatnam. In spite of the increased
responsibilities towards ensuring quality WASH in
expenses, Gautam was willing to make sacrifices for
identified schools. The emphasis was on participation
a school he associated with good infrastructure and
of girls and engagement around menstrual hygiene
a good education.
management helped address dropout rates. Plan
India developed knowledge products and presented
Over the years, Gautam observed a GVMC
them to the government to ensure sustained
primary school run near his workplace. The school
maintenance of WASH infrastructure and continued
had steadily improved in terms of infrastructure
hygienic practices. School WASH forums were
development, cleanliness, engagement of parents
established under the aegis of government officials,
and SMC members, and the children’s engagement.
CSOs, multi-lateral organisations and the private
He noted how the attendance was up, and the
sector for sustained impact and scalability. Of special
children showed more confidence, discipline and
note is the development of the children as agents of
leadership. Witnessing the close monitoring of the
change to lead the interventions themselves.
children’s welfare by the principal and the teachers,
he transferred Priyanka to the GVMC Primary
I would like to thank SBMA (Plan India’s
School where she is flourishing today.
partner) and recommend taking this
movement to schools across Dehradun.
Baby Rani Maurya
Honourable Governor of Uttarakhand
Andhra pradesh and Telangana
According to the Census of India 2011, India is
anti child labour
home to 0.43 crore child labourers, depriving
children as young as five of their childhood,
education, potential and dignity. Gaps in enactment
and enforcement of child protection laws, lack of
awareness among communities and economic
human dignity foundation
Members of the communities supported by Plan India
and key stakeholders’ share how the project has
helped change the social norms and created
livelihood opportunities to prevent child labour.
factors result in children entering the workforce,
often working in difficult conditions.
In June 2013, Plan India launched a large-scale
project to prevent, protect and rehabilitate at-
risk children under 14 by strengthening laws and
institutions for child protection and establishing
community-based mechanisms, with support from
the Human Dignity Foundation (HDF).
Working in close collaboration with the district and
village CPCs, Plan India developed a systemic
approach to assessing and declaring villages
‘Child Labour Free’. The panchayat, members of
CPCs and children assessed and built evidence
on 4 indicators—incidence of child labour, school
enrolment, presence of a functional CPC and
children (49% girls) rescued;
a children’s group. The data was presented at
106,422 (50% girls) enrolled
Panchayat meetings. The Panchayat members
in school; 99,201 (50% girls)
then submitted a resolution to the District Collector
retained in school by the end of
for validation. The Government of Telangana
the project in July 2018
has adopted this model to achieve its goal of
Child Labour Free Telangana by 2021. Plan
India supported the government in developing
villages declared ‘Child Labour Free’
guidebooks on child labour free Telangana and
zones after two-tier assessment
trained 110 Labour Department officials for
proposed by Plan India
The most effective strategies in the project were
economic and educational rehabilitation. Supporting
vulnerable families supported with
the most vulnerable households by enhancing their
livelihood start-up grants ensuring
livelihood options helped ensure that their children
children remain enrolled in school
never entered the labour force again. Enrolling
children in school and regular follow up resulted in
children being retained in schools.
paying it forward
The learnings from the HDF project formed the
base for the ‘Combating Child Domestic Labour’
Indu, one of the girls rescued and rehabilitated
project, an intervention exclusively for children
has been recognised for her contributions in
engaged as domestic labourers and currently
improving the lives of girls in her community.
under implementation in Andhra Pradesh and
Once a child labourer herself, Indu was rescued
Odisha. The true win for the project is the shift in
and mainstreamed into the formal school system
the communities that formerly considered it a norm
and continuously monitored and supported her
to send their young children to work. The triumph
education. Indu has now enrolled in junior college
is in the children standing up for themselves and
and is the president of the children’s forum
demanding their right to a better life.
established by Plan. She hopes to become a police
officer one day.
I have helped enrol 50 child labourers in schools in
my village and stopped 10 child marriages. As the
president of Children’s Forum in my school, I have
come to understand child protection structures
and mechanisms.
Girl Changemaker
Our Flagship Programmes
odisha and andhra Pradesh
combating child
As per the Census of India 2011, there are
11,720,724 children between the ages of 5 and 14
domestic labour
engaged in work. Despite existing legislation, children
in India continue entering the workforce due to gaps
in enforcement and lack of awareness.
Plan India’s Combating Child Domestic Labour
Project extends the scope, best practices and reach
of past initiatives and builds upon their success. The
key lies in strengthening non-existent or inactive
CPCs in villages. Members of the committees are
oriented on the issue of child domestic labour,
reporting mechanisms, guidelines for declaring
an area ‘Child Labour Free’ and their roles and
responsibilities in combating child labour.
Prevent, protect, and rehabilitate children by:
• Strengthening community-based child protection
• Educational rehabilitation of children
children (61% girls) rescued from
• Economic empowerment of families
child labour, of which 675 children
rescued from child domestic labour
Coordination with the government played an
(79% girls) and rehabilitated
important role in enforcing the legal framework by
undertaking rescue operations and mainstreaming
children (52% girls) vulnerable
rescued children in the formal education system.
to child labour safeguarded
Trainings were held for officials from the police,
through education and economic
judiciary and the departments of labour, education
and women and child development. Plan India
supported government services through district-level
advocacy, developing IEC materials, organising
vulnerable households supported
workshops and initiating awareness campaigns.
with grants for small businesses
For sustainability, rescued and at-risk children were
supported with tuitions at 160 locations to address
gaps in learning and ensuring continued attendance.
In addition, a preventive mechanism was adopted for
safeguarding success
the economic empowerment of parents through start-
Sobharani started working as a domestic help
up grants. Plan India supported selected families
to earn a living when her husband, a person
with a 6,000 rupees grant for enhancing household
living with HIV, could no longer support the
incomes, developing business plans, continuous
family. When she couldn’t make ends meet,
training and supporting their entrepreneurial skills.
her daughters Manisha, 13, and Nandini, 10,
took on the burden of supporting their family
The district administration has accepted the
on their thin little shoulders. When the village
guidelines for the ‘Child Labour Free’ villages and has
CPC learned of their circumstances, they gave
constituted core committees to monitor and verify the
Sobharani a livelihood support loan of 6,000
‘Child Labour Free’ status. 120 urban and rural areas
rupees to start her tailoring shop.
in Andhra Pradesh have been declared ‘Child Labour
Free’ by the district administration. Work with the
Today, Sobharani runs her shop with pride
community has also borne fruit as members of 320
and her girls are back in school, putting down
CPCs and Forums monitor children in schools and
strong roots for a better tomorrow. These strong
women are a role model for other families in
their village and leading advocates for Plan
Plan India’s hard work culminates through village
India’s initiative.
elders and leaders watching over communities,
representatives of civil society organisations adopting
best practices and the children themselves engaging
as agents for change.
Mother to child transmission is a major cause of HIV
in children. AHANA, a flagship national programme,
Project ahana
is working for a world where no child is born
with HIV/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
(AIDS). It focuses on elimination of mother-to-child
transmission of HIV and is implemented by Plan
India with support from The Global Fund.
More than 50% of India’s pregnancies occur in
villages and blocks, where availability of HIV testing
in health facilities remains a challenge. AHANA is
remarkable in its sheer scope and aims to cover
55% of India’s annual pregnancy load and reach
1.65 crore annual pregnancies across 357 districts
in 14 states each year with HIV testing. AHANA also
provides care and support to HIV exposed babies
till they are 18 months old, along with facilitating
postpartum care for the lactating mother.
AHANA is being implemented in close coordination
with the National AIDS Control Organisation
(NACO) and National Health Mission (NHM)
to influence policies and strategies in both the
design and implementation phases of the NHM
Programme. The capacity building, demand
crore pregnant women tested for
generation and advocacy initiatives of AHANA
HIV from July 2018 to June 2019,
have resulted in improved testing and treatment
95% of HIV-positive pregnant
through support at antenatal care camps. Plan
women put on ART
India has trained more than 50,000 FLWs to carry
infants exposed to HIV completed
out HIV testing, raising the percentage of pregnant
their first early infant HIV diagnosis
women receiving HIV testing from a dismal 18%
(EID) within two months of birth, up
in September 2015 to 61% in June 2019. A key
from 22% from June 2018 to
outcome of Plan India’s evidence-based advocacy
July 2019
has resulted into local procurement of HIV test kits
and consumables by the state governments to meet
the increased demand at the peripheral level.
ANMs and 9,000 ICTC, ART and
STI counsellors to be trained
AHANA helps Plan India work parallelly towards
across the country
delivering improved outcomes for institutional
delivery, breast feeding, adoption of safe sex
practices and other pre-natal and ante-natal care.
It also works at creating an enabling social and
towards a
family environment through advocacy and outreach
to improve the quality of life of people living with
Healthier future
HIV, linking them with social welfare schemes and
Tears streamed down Sonali’s face as she
livelihood support services.
watched blood being drawn from her new-born
daughter’s toe. Sonali had tested positive for HIV
Apart from deliveries managed by the government
in the third trimester of her pregnancy during a
institutions, round 18% of the pregnancies
routine visit at the antenatal care camp, as had
are managed and delivered through private
her spouse. Immediately, the couple were referred
institutions in the 14 states of the programme
to the ART centre and treatment was initiated.
area. In phase II, AHANA has established
Throughout her pregnancy, Sonali received
collaborations with Federation of Obstetric and
support not only for adherence but also nutrition,
Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), Indian
counselling on hygiene and safe practices
Medical Association (IMA) and Indian Academy
for prevention of parent to child transmission
of Paediatrics (IAP) to intensify case finding and
(PPTCT) and care for the new-born from the
centre. Ready for timely EID for their daughter,
both parents remain resolute to do everything to
ensure a healthy future for their little daughter.
Our Flagship Programmes
A walk-through with the Project Director of AHANA to understand the significance, magnitude and impact of taking HIV testing to 1.3 crore pregnant women to combat mother-to-child transmission.
promote elimination of mother-to-child transmission services in the private sector to provide universal coverage.
For a woman who discovers she is HIV positive, AHANA means the transformation of a nightmare full of fear,
discrimination and stigma to hope, improved health outcomes for herself and her baby, support from welfare
initiatives and brighter future.
A whopping 4.1 crore or 71% of deaths occur due
young health
to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) globally.
In India, NCDs account for 63% of deaths. Young
Health Programme (YHP) is one of the few
How YHP is working to build capacity, generating
awareness and creating demand for health services
in Delhi and Chennai.
initiatives that focuses on the burgeoning problem of
early deaths due to chronic ailments such as cardio-
vascular diseases, cancers, respiratory diseases
and diabetes. Besides NCDs, YHP also works to
raise awareness about adolescent health issues,
such as sexual and reproductive health and rights.
YHP sensitises youth through sessions at
schools and youth-led Health Information Centres
(HICs). YHP is one of the first projects to have
commissioned community score card exercises
to rate government health facilities and establish
monthly inter-generational dialogues. HICs are a
critical element in grooming young people for taking
the lead in spreading knowledge and awareness
within their communities
young people (46,740 girls) had
A recent win for YHP has been extending their
direct meaningful interactions
interventions at schools for 226 teachers and 4,500
through YHP activities
students. A successful signature campaign led by
children lobbied with the municipal bodies for the
parents, siblings, teachers, health
development of an open gym in a community park.
workers and government stakehold-
The YHP team sensitised 288 AWWs, ASHAs,
ers reached indirectly
and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) on how to
limit risk behaviours among youth and promote
peer educators actively build
adolescent-friendly health services at primary
awareness and led activities in
health centres. The team also routinely organises
communities and HICs
nutrition awareness camps at Anganwadis and
HICs to sensitise young people and encourage
families to adopt healthy eating habits keeping
various variables into consideration such as
cultural acceptability, seasonality and low cost. In
generational gaps
addition, sports sessions are organised within the
communities to combat inactive lifestyles.
Sultanpuri is no different from other slums
with low literacy level among resident adults,
The project, due to end in 2020, has achieved
mostly migrants from rural areas. Still living with
sustainability by training PEs to take the helm
conservative traditions they grew up with, it was
within their communities. Enrolment and active
inconceivable for most parents to talk to their
leadership in HICs and youth clubs where they
children about menstrual hygiene, puberty, sexual
plan and facilitate sessions motivates the PEs.
health and other ‘taboo’ topics.
These champions of change have also been trained
in street theatre over four years, thus creating a
Through the HICs, YHP successfully initiated
means of livelihood for their theatre society and
monthly intergenerational dialogue within
adding to the sustainability of YHP.
communities. Here, youths openly discuss sexual
and reproductive health, menstrual hygiene,
tuberculosis, dengue and malaria. Gender issues,
risks associated with early marriage and early
pregnancy are also often deliberated upon to foster
a gender-just mindset. Parents learn and share
their observations about the programme as they
witness how it is changing lives of their children.
The YHP team takes much pride in having triggered
these dialogues that chip away at social norms that
create gender injustice.
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Child malnutrition has emerged as a silent national
emergency and the greatest human developmental
nutrition india
challenge that accounts for 68% of all infant
mortality. Plan India launched the Nutrition India
Programme with support from Reckitt Benckiser in
An NDTV special report on combating malnutrition in tribal districts of Maharashtra through the Nutrition India Programme and the work of community nutrition workers towards achieving the goal of zero new born deaths.
the two tribal districts in Maharashtra - Amravati and
Nandurbar - to combat this issue.
Key Aims
• Improve the nutritional status of children during the
first 1,000 days of birth
40% reduction in the number of children under-5
who are stunted
• Reduce and maintain childhood wasting to less
than 5%
The project has adopted an integrated, multi-sectoral
approach which involves communities, CSOs and
government agencies. Its design employed distinct
features like ethnographic research which seeks to
understand the gaps, needs and on-ground realities
of the families. Similarly, interventions were designed
mothers of malnourished children
with a human-centred approach which involved
to be reached in five years and
talking to the community to capture socio-cultural
village-level functionaries, religious
insights. This research informed decisions such as
leaders, traditional healers in
the location and timings of centres, which resulted
communities to be influenced to
in enhanced adoption and social acceptability of the
address child malnutrition
programme outreach and engaging first-of-its-kind
female-only cadre of Community Nutrition Workers
NGOs to be influenced to engage
actively on child malnutrition
CNWs are sensitised and trained by public health
experts, paediatricians, gynaecologists and
community development specialists. They identify
vulnerable pregnant women and children to deliver
government health personnel in
home-based, tailor-made, focussed healthcare
villages to be influenced through
and interventions on sanitation and hygiene. They
lobbying with the state and national
also help in skill-building of FLWs to overcome
governments to replicate best
breastfeeding failures, WASH practices and
counselling nutrition for infant and young-children.
To promote behaviour change, the project crafted
stronger smiles
standard messaging which was delivered using
specially designed games, nutrition kits, multimedia
Rani’s parents were worried about their 6-month old
stimuli and community festivals. The project
baby girl who had been diagnosed with severe acute
launched conditional cash transfer to enable
malnutrition and started showing signs of medical
the families of high-risk pregnant women and
complications with a severe risk to life. Yet, her
malnourished children to use services offered by the
anxious parents were reluctant to admit Rani fearing
public health system. Plan India also worked with
loss of livelihood.
the state government to renovate and strengthen
Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres (NRCs) and
Things turned around for Rani when Plan’s CNW
regularise the functioning of village health and
counselled her parents about the NRC with timings
nutrition days.
that would minimise any impact on their home and
work routines. Rani recovered after 21 days of
The project is a first in utilising blockchain-enabled
intensive treatment in the NRC. Now at her target
digital technology for real-time data monitoring
weight, her smile and gurgles not only fill her house
and service verification to track and enable
with the sounds of a healthy tomorrow but also gives
conditional cash transfers. Geo-tagged and real-time
hope to mothers of other malnourished children.
dashboards provide accurate, real-time monitoring of
project progress.
Bihar, Delhi, JHarkhand, kArnataka,
digital learning
tamil nadu, Telangana and uttar pradesh
Indian schools witness a sharp drop in the number
of enrolments, especially for girls, after grade 8¹
A DLC graduate and her parents talk about how the
centre has transformed her life and her community.
as about 42% children enter the workforce soon
after completing the minimum schooling mandated
by the Right to Education Act (2009). Of the small
percentage that remain, quality education is not
affordable and is often reserved for the boys. Plan
India has set about levelling the playing ground for
girls through its Digital Learning Centres (DLCs).
Based on the Communications for Development
(C4D) approach, these networked centres utilise
internet-based solutions to provide quality education
to girls and young women in the age group of 12-
20 years and help them complete their education
at least till grade 10. Recognising an important
link between limited mobility of girls and access to
progressive learning opportunities, the project takes
learning support right to their communities.
networked and non-networked
DLCs and 4 hubs set up
Digital Learning Centres work to:
1. Address challenges posed by unequal lives,
families sensitised till date about
education and employment opportunities
the need for girls’ education
2. Support continued higher education through
tutoring and career counselling
girls graduated after receiving
3. Impart leadership skills and personality
support to complete high school
development to strengthen their self-esteem
The project also makes use of policy-based
advocacy a key method for creating real change.
wind beneath their wings
Parents who associate TVs with only entertainment
Ranju dropped out of school after grade 8 after
are educated about blended learning and
an accident left her house-bound and her routine
counselled through sustained home visits to change
restricted to light household tasks. Isolated and
perceptions about girls’ potential. Involving fathers
frustrated, she started falling behind her peers in
to connect digitally and inspire each other has
resulted in their becoming advocates for gender
equality. An extensive alumna group now acts as
Then, someone told her family about the DLC
peer educators, help develop projects at the centres
within their community. Her trips to the centre
and champion the change from within communities.
increased her confidence and helped with her
rehabilitation. Today, Ranju not only keeps up with
The DLCs in Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and
her studies at school but has reclaimed her social
Hyderabad are networked DLCs and use internet
life and independence.
to provide quality education. These DLCs have
trained 65.4% of the alumni and the plan is to
replicate them across India. Another model being
We didn’t have enough resources to
implemented in states like Bihar, Jharkhand and
support Smita through private tuitions
Uttar Pradesh is non-networked DLCs which are
and we couldn’t teach her ourselves. I
smart classrooms and cater to children from schools
was reluctant to send her to the DLC’s
and government-run children’s homes.
as I had never heard of something like
this before. But my daughter insisted,
DLCs remain a powerful tool in fulfilling Plan’s
and I am happy that she took a good
broader mission-building girls’ agency to have
decision for her life.
greater control over decisions that affect them
while strengthening their voice through knowledge,
confidence and skills.
Mrs. Paramshila Dubey
Mother of an alumna
Our Innovative Programmes
Uttar Pradesh
Seeds 4 Life is Plan India’s one-of-its-kind low-cost,
seeds for life
sustainable, green approach to improve water quality
and address nutritional deficiency using seeds of the
Moringa plant.
We learnt about the
Sahjan (moringa) tree
As early as 1979, studies were conducted on the
and how it is helpful
coagulative properties of Moringa Oleifera (drumstick
in cleaning water
adolescent girls held
or sahjan) seeds for purifying turbid water. Later,
and in addressing
85 sessions over 3
a study in Senegal in 1997-98 to examine the
the issue of iron
months to scale up
ability of powdered Moringa leaves to prevent and
deficiency. My friends
the pilot
cure malnutrition showed encouraging results in
and I have now
combating anaemia in pregnant and breastfeeding
planted Sahjan trees
new drumstick
women and increasing infant birth weight. Plan India
in our backyards
saplings planted
generated awareness through community meetings
and have started
and demonstrations and groomed the youth to
promoting its use.
scale the pilot to a community-led, sustainable
chandni, 17
Basouhari Village, Uttar Pradesh
With only one seed needed to treat 1 litre of water,
How Seeds for Life is turning out to be a cost-effective way to treat turbid water and the way forward for the project.
Plan India’s promotion of cultivation of Moringa in
kitchen gardens to increase access and lower costs
Our Programme Coordinator –
DRR explains how Eco
Education raises awareness
and prepares 40 rural
communities in Telangana
for addressing climate change,
with focus on girls
leading the initiative.
will have far-reaching consequences in improving
WASH and nutrition status of communities.
The daily lives of the residents of Vikarabad district
eco education
of Telangana are full of surprises. The land that
was drought-prone, over-farmed and nearly barren
due to fertiliser and pesticide overuse is now
children (607 girls and 608 boys)
slowly recovering through organic farming. Lively
from 80 child forums in 40 schools
discussions about low-cost, replicable ways to save
and communities trained
the environment are overheard at child forums
formed at schools, communities and environment
EPCs with 723 members (460 men
protection committees (EPCs) in the communities.
and 169 women, 48 boys and 46
Households tend to kitchen gardens which they
girls) strengthened through support
passionately advocate for environmental and
and training
livelihoods support while others are learning to
make seed balls that can fill barren lands with lush
greenery again.
families across 40 communities
supported for the development of
This is the effect of Plan India’s “Child Friendly
kitchen gardens
Schools in Environmentally Sensitive Communities”
project. Run in 40 schools and neighbourhoods with
I learnt for the first
support from Oracle India, the project is a part of
time how extreme
Plan India’s effort to prepare communities for climate
heat and climate
change. The goal is to create model schools and
change has an
enable children to become environmentally sensitive
impact on children
while realising their rights to quality education and
and parents at the
holistic development. The first-of-its-kind project in
sessions conducted
the state, it is in alignment with the government’s
by Eco Clubs in our
‘Haritha Haram’ programme to raise awareness
school. We planted
and greenery in the villages. It interfaces with
more trees in our
panchayat, mandal and district level government
schools and villages
agencies to strengthen community structures so that
and also shared the
they can lead the initiative themselves. The project
information with
also raises awareness through behaviour change
other children.
communication among children, parents, teachers,
community members so that they can negotiate with
their panchayat and government for secure futures.
Class VII
It has been Plan India’s belief that the best
bal vidhan sabha
Bal Vidhan Sabha members and project team members
talk about how the project provides a platform for
children to actively participate in the democratic process.
advocates for child rights are the children
themselves. Over the years, Plan has designed and
implemented many community-led programmes that
are sustainable due to the deep engagement of the
beneficiaries with the cause.
Uttarakhand’s Bal Vidhan Sabha (Children’s
Assembly) is one such child-led advocacy forum
that works to improve the lives and give a voice to
over 0.4 crore children from the state.
The advocacy forum is run in close collaboration
with the State Commission for Protection of Child
Rights (SCPCR) and receives patronage from the
speaker of the state Assembly.
Run across 13 districts, 3,000 children have applied
for membership to the Children’s Assembly since
2014. To ensure unbiased representation, open
applications are requested through advertisements
Bal Vidhayaks (105 girls) selected from 13
in newspapers. A thorough process led by a
districts of Uttarakhand trained to create
review committee selects 70 members, with equal
awareness about rights, laws and schemes
representation of boys and girls. These selected
for child protection
Bal Vidhayaks conduct elections to elect their Chief
Minister and other ministers, the leader of the
opposition, and a speaker.
schools reported building separate toilets
based on recommendations submitted to the
Children learn democratic values and are provided
government by Bal Vidhayaks
with a platform to discuss child rights issues in
their areas and explore solutions. The solutions
are shared with the state government for further
children and youth participated in the
action in the form of resolutions passed in annual
development of a Charter of Demands
sessions of the Children’s Assembly. About 100
advocating an increased focus and
such resolutions have been submitted to the state
policies for child rights submitted to the
government since inception which have contributed
state government in 2017
to government actions like strengthening the
commitments of the Juvenile Justice Act at district
level and development of WASH infrastructure in
stronger together
schools. The only structured Children’s Assembly
of its kind, the Bal Vidhan Sabha promotes
Anshul Bhatt has been a member of the Bal Vidhan
equal opportunities and presents an avenue for
Sabha since its inception. As the inaugural batch
participation and representation in the democratic
of the Bal Vidhan Sabha, members were issued
process to young girls and boys.
special cards by the SCPCR that allowed them
access to government officials who could never
refuse the Bal Vidhayaks a patient hearing. This
I am happy to learn that the Bal
encouragement gave Anshul and his colleagues
Vidhan Sabha is the only structured
the confidence to engage deeply with government
forum for children participation in
agencies and look at developmental problems. The
governance. I feel privileged to be
members of the Bal Vidhan Sabha formed a group
the patron of this forum. I will share
called ‘Students Against Corruption’ which took on
this with the speakers of other
the issue of government schools illegally charging
states and assure you that the Chief
a fee not mandated by the government. The group
Minister and I will work to resolve the
brought the case of the students to the Chief
issues identified by you.
Educational Officer of the district and succeeded in
securing a refund of 60,000 rupees for about 300
Prem Chand
Honourable Speaker,
Uttarakhand State Legislative Assembly
Our Innovative Programmes
Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh (UP) has come a long way from a
campaign on
time when Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute
Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) caused several
hundred deaths each year. The state has not only
had success in drastically reducing the number of
incidences of the diseases but has also earned
plaudits for the resounding success of its initiative1.
Plan India signed an MoU with the Government of
UP and pushed for letting the communities lead the
and acute
initiative. Plan India was one of the key organisations
working to complement the Dastak Abhiyan of the
Government of UP for raising awareness through
social behaviour change communication (SBCC).
In a first for Plan India in UP, it initiated a mid-media
campaign under the Dastak Abhiyan to roll out
The role of Plan India in the ‘Dastak Abhiyaan’ organised by Uttar Pradesh government to tackle Japanese Encephalitis in the state.
social behaviour change communication (SBCC)
on curative and preventive measures through street
theatre, folk music and the mobile vans.
In addition, Plan India supported the state
government in organising training and orientation
programmes for critical stakeholders including
frontline workers, teachers and Village Health,
Sanitation and Nutrition Committee (VHSNC)
members. ASHAs were equipped with SBCC
resources developed by Plan India and its partners
for the awareness-raising, door-to-door Dastak
campaign which spread key messages among
community members.
Plan India’s initiative has resulted in
a significant reduction in incidences
reduction in the case fertility
of JE/AES cases. People are taking
rate of AES, down from 15%
care of cleanliness, adhering to
in 2017 to 7 % till August 20192
other preventive as well as curative
measures and availing facilities of
government health services. It’s a
average days of admission,
multi-dimensional, holistic effort that
down from 5 days
has helped in changing the behaviour
of the community. The Gram Niyojan
Kendra team is now technically
increase in referral to the
equipped enough to take this initiative
encephalitis treatment centres as
the first point of contact, up from
27% in 2017 to 58% in 2019
Dr. sutapa mukherjee
Gram Niyojan Kendra
NGO Partner, Plan India
2Integrated disease surveillance Programme (IDSP) report of 2017 and
2019 of Government of Uttar Pradesh
creating a people’s movement
plan india impact awards 2018
Community frontline workers and volunteers shoulder the responsibility to drive India’s large-scale
development and outreach programmes. The functionaries play a critical role in bridging gaps and enabling
effective exchanges between communities and service providers.
The Plan India Impact Awards (PIIA) honour and motivate these unsung champions of change and provide a
platform to reinforce and replicate best practices advancing the development discourse. It is an effort to tell
compelling stories of everyday heroes to inspire change, for good.
This year’s edition of the Awards took place on 27 July 2018 in New Delhi and saw significant growth in terms
of scale, coverage and partnerships. The mark of pride for PIIA 2018 was a prestigious partnership with the
NITI Aayog. The 2018 Awards spanned an unprecedented 22 states across the country, scaling up from
13 in the first edition. PIIA 2018 exceeded Plan India’s intervention areas and engaged 190+ civil society
organisations working on contributing to the national development
The awards strategy was developed in partnership with
• AWW/Anganwadi Sahayika
PricewaterhouseCoopers. Online orientation workshops were held
with 190+ partners across the country. To ensure a robust and
• Outreach Worker/FLW/PPTCT Worker/
transparent screening and selection process, multilevel evaluation
of all 289 nominations took place against set parameters. After
• Community Volunteer
a preliminary screening, regional jury panels identified one
outstanding nominee from each region in every category for a total
• Youth Champion for Girls’ Rights
of 21 nominations from 3 regions: North, South East and North
• Best Child Welfare Committee
East + East India. Subsequently, a national jury of experts and
• Best School Management Committee
industry leaders convened to review the top three nominations per
category and selected seven national winners for the awards.
Award parameters
• Implementation
The chief guests for the awards ceremony were Mr. Amitabh
• Inclusion
Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog and Ms. Shabana Azmi, veteran actress
• Innovation
and social activist, who spoke at the event, lauding winners and
• Impact
recognising their significant contributions. Mr. Pankaj Pachauri,
Founder, GoNews; Ms. Rathi Vinay Jha, Plan India Governing
Board Chairperson; Mr. Govind Nihalani, Plan India Chair Emeritus; Mr. Madhukar Kamath, Plan India
Governing Board Member; Mr. Deepak Dwivedi, Editor-in-Chief, Dainik Bhaskar and Mr. Dhimant Parekh,
Founder and CEO, The Better India numbered among the other dignitaries present at the event.
Media partners included Dainik Bhaskar, CNBC TV18, GoNews, Big FM, The Better India and Women’s
Web. As a curtain-raiser to the event, one-on-one interviews were organised with various media platforms
and Ms. Shabana Azmi. More than 20 media houses were present at the event. Over 86 stories published by
the media, including feature stories. Tweets, films, exclusive radio interviews and online campaigns sparked
conversations about the event and the winners.
A look at Plan India Impact Awards 2018 that celebrated the grass-root champions who dedicated their lives to bring the social change in their communities.
Our National Inititatives
International Day of the Girl 2018
While there has long been an International Women Day and an International Day of the Child, neither of these
days recognise the unique position of girls who are discriminated against simply for being young and female.
11 October, International Day of the Girl (IDG), is a result of Plan’s effort and Government of Canada to build a
coalition of support for young girls. As part of IDG, each October, girls from Plan-supported communities take
over leadership roles in political, economic and social spaces. They step into the shoes of influential leaders
and experts, fulfilling their responsibilities and demonstrating their power and potential to lead the way into the
IDG 2018 celebrations hit a high with the presence of Plan India’s Patron and Goodwill Ambassador,
Mr. Anil Kapoor, a noted philanthropist, producer and actor. Mr. Kapoor, who has lent his support for girls’
rights for more than 12 years, launched ‘Girls Get Equal’.
why takeovers?
Embassies, High Commissions and Delegations
• Showcase the potential of girls on a national level
Australia | Belgium | Canada | Czech Republic |
• Partner with decision makers, influencers and
Denmark | Estonia | European Union | Finland |
stakeholders to support girls rights
Germany | Israel | Netherlands | Poland | Slovenia
• Engage young people through a meaningful and
| Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | United States of
empowering process
IDG witnessed more than 100 girls from across 10 states spend three days in a preparatory workshop
acquiring skills for communication, negotiation, problem solving, confidence building and leadership. These
Girl Changemakers were selected through a comprehensive screening and selection process including fair
and transparent nominations assessment.
In Delhi, a collaboration between Plan India and the Delegation of the European Union to India witnessed
19 of these Girl Changemakers takeover 17 Embassies and High Commissions. Other Girl Changemakers
assumed the responsibilities of mayors, CEOs, chiefs of police, village council leaders, school principals and
chief editors across the country.
Starting at an early age in Plan’s programmes, the girls have progressed through children’s clubs, adolescent
girls’ groups, thematic working groups and technical and governance committees. Graduating now to state
and National Youth Advisory Panels and Children’s Assemblies, as seasoned experts, they help inform
programmatic decision making and ensure effective monitoring, implementation and advocacy.
The Takeovers culminated with an event on the eve of IDG attended by over 200 guests including Girl
Changemakers, their counterparts, diplomats, civil society and industry leaders, influencers, government
officials and many more. Girl Changemakers kicked off proceedings by presenting the National Youth Charter,
developed by young people across Plan’s programme areas to ensure no girl is left behind. A panel discussion
on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and gender equality was moderated by Mr. Rajiv Chandran,
Deputy Head, United Nations Information Centre, and garnered powerful thoughts and recommendations. A
powerful ‘Gender Walk’ installation invited attendees to experience first-hand the life and times of a girl and
the challenges she must overcome.
A look back at the International Day of the Girl 2018 and
Takeovers by girl changemakers. The event also saw
Mr. Anil Kapoor launch Plan’s global campaign,
“Girls Get Equal”.
Delhi, RaJasthan and Uttar Pradesh
As many as 27% of Indian girls get married before
360° campaigns
they are 18 years of age. Plan India’s Anti Child
Marriage campaign addresses the urgent need
anti child
to create large-scale awareness in communities
about the legal provisions of the Prohibition of Child
marriage campaign
A detailed report on Plan India’s 40-day campaign in
Delhi to combat child marriages by raising awareness
on laws and legislations related to it.
Marriage Act, 2006 to discourage communities from
propagating or supporting child marriage.
In Uttar Pradesh, the campaign is a part of Plan
India’s work on child protection in 5 districts. The
campaign advocates with the district administration
to set accountabilities of the gram panchayats
and build awareness of the FLWs. As a result
of the initiative and Plan’s advocacy, district
administrations have taken cognisance of the
issue and issued directives to assess and track the
incidences of child marriages in the meetings of
the village CPCs and gram panchayats. Religious
leaders have emerged as allies of the campaign
due to Plan’s engagement and sensitisation
drives. Marriage organisers and vendors are also
sensitised on their roles in preventing child marriage
and the legal implications if found party to any such
marriages. This helps in creating social and legal
uttar pradesh
pressure against child marriage in the long run.
Gram Panchayats reached through
In Delhi, Plan India organised a 40-day campaign
Behaviour Change Communication/
across 5 districts in 2019 which worked with
IEC material to spread awareness
municipal bodies and counsellors to make them
on legal provisions
accountable for preventing child marriages. A similar
campaign was also initiated in selected blocks of
child marriage prevented by
Bikaner, Churu and Sri Ganganagar districts of
CPC member and children in
programme areas
The campaign has yielded a broader action plan,
Gram Panchayats (GPs) declared
forums have been identified to work closely on
child-marriage free, no child
the issue and linkages formed to advocate with
marriages reported in the last
the state commission. Work is well under way to
2 years
ensure that no child loses health and educational
opportunities because of an early marriage-not
now, not ever.
children and youth groups reached
The campaign was an eye opener
through awareness sessions
for me. I had thought that obeying
your family’s wishes regarding
marriage shouldn’t be questioned.
religious leaders, influencers in
Now I understand that early
the community, vendors sensitised
marriage is not only illegal but also
and allied
harmful for a girl’s health.
key stakeholders and duty bearers
engaged through district level
manvi, 15
consultations and events
Girl Changemaker
Our National Inititatives
Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh
campaign on menstrual
The week of 28 May, Menstrual Hygiene Day, was a
busy one at Plan India. A live chat on Twitter brought
hygiene management
together the voices and actions of non-profits,
government officials, the private sector, individuals
and the media to spark a #PeriodsRNormal
conversation. In a first, religious leaders endorsed
the cause of initiating behaviour change dialogues
within communities, especially with men. Plan India
teams were conducting training and participating in
discussions as part of the NHM, Technical Support
Group for Adolescent Health, in Uttar Pradesh and
All this was part of the Menstrual Hygiene
Management (MHM) campaign that not only
broke the silence around menstrual hygiene but
also challenged social taboos and discriminatory
practices prevalent in communities. MHM brought all
critical stakeholders including girls and boys, women
and men, ANMs, ASHAs, Anganwadi workers,
teachers, government health and ICDS departments
at district and block level as well as community
leaders under the umbrella of the campaign.
• Going beyond hygiene to address social
taboos and changing social behaviour
• Religious leaders and male participation
girls across Uttar Pradesh and
sought to enable social change
Uttarakhand reached and
• Service delivery at schools and villages for
oriented about the issue
maximum engagement
school teachers, ANMs, ASHAs
and AWWs oriented
We received a lot of information
about hygiene, cleanliness,
myths and stigmas regarding
villages reached in the
menstrual hygiene management
intervention area
Plan India’s work to break the taboos around menstrual hygiene management and promote menstrual health.
at the meetings. Earlier, we
wouldn’t touch jams or pickles
during our periods for fear of
them spoiling. Girls wouldn’t use
the incinerators at school as they
believed that it would affect their
health. Now, we know that these
are just superstitions.
mariyam, 14
Adolescent Girls’ Group member
Our National Inititatives
National Dialouges and
Knowledge Sharing
plan for every child 2018 - Girls get equal
The Plan for Every Child is a platform to highlight the cause of children in difficult circumstances (CIDC), foster
a holistic understanding of the issues, and drive cohesive policy dialogue about the situation. Organised every
year since 2016, it seeks to engender knowledge sharing and building, bringing solutions and influencing
policy makers.
The third national conference “Plan for Every Child - Girls Get Equal” was organised from December 5-7,
2018, in New Delhi. The agenda focused on prevention and safeguarding the children and their rights, justice
for children and the response towards a just future for children, especially girls.
More than 100 acclaimed academics, policy makers, development practitioners, members of the media,
corporate representatives, opinion leaders and experts from across the globe interacted with 500 young
people and children. Mr. Rakesh Ranjan, Advisor, NITI Aayog; Honourable Mr. Justice Madan B Lokur of the
Supreme Court of India; Ms. Shelley Thakral, Head of Policy Programmes (India, South Asia, and Central
Asia), Facebook; Ms. Mikiko Otani, Member, United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child; Mr. JVR
Prasada Rao, Secretary, Governing Board, Plan India among others attended the conference.
Plan India took the initiative of bringing together the children from different parts of the country through four
regional consultations with the children. Speakers discussed the issues and challenges they face in creating a
safer environment for children.
challenges identified
embassies, high commissions delegation
1. Gender transformative education for both girls and boys
2. Better use of technology and social media to trace missing children
3. Collaboration of formal and informal system for better implementation of laws, schemes, policies and
4. Prevention of gender injustice
5. Accountability of authorities
Our National Inititatives
Stakeholders from across the board share their views on three-day Plan for Every Child Conference and its impact on achieving convergence for safeguarding the rights of children in difficult circumstances.
The conference strengthened the network and coalition of stakeholders working with girls. It was also
instrumental in highlighting the cause of CIDC among CSOs, the government, the judiciary and the media.
The conference culminated with the release of “Make My World Safe” report which brings out the voices of
children on safe and unsafe people and spaces. Deliberations received from the conference will now help in
forming a framework for influencing policymakers, supporting practitioners, communities and the youth.
For the last three years, Plan India has been holding a National Conference
pertaining to issues of children. The effort put into these National
Conferences have been remarkable in several ways. First of all, the
planning and focus of the National Conference are very important and in
this, Plan India has been tremendously successful as the present report
for the Third National Conference 2018 demonstrates. Then, the expertise
and commitment of the speakers and the passion that they have for
children have been overflowing, as page after page suggests. Finally, the
involvement of children, and not their mere participation, as the primary
stakeholder all through the year is more than evident from the report.
honourable Justice
Madan B. Lokur
Former Judge, Supreme Court of India
The country suffered not one but two unprecedented
humanitarian crises between 2018-19. The
our humanitarian
Kerala Floods in August 2018 were the worst
ever witnessed by the nation, affecting 0.54 crore
people as their houses and lives were ravaged by
response -
floodwaters and landslides, affecting 11 out of 14
districts. This was followed by Cyclone FANI making
risk management
landfall in Odisha in May 2019, with wind speeds
recorded at 200 kmph, leaving devastation and
destruction across 18,000 villages in their wake.
Plan India was one of the first non-profits to respond
to both the emergencies, working extensively with
the governments and entering into agreements for
relief and response.
In its first ever initiative in Kerala, Plan India with the
support of the district administrations carried
out relief work in five districts - Pathanamthitta,
Idukki, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur.
The families were supported with unique relief kit
consisting of dry ration and non-food items. In
addition children were provided with education kits
families received hygiene kits,
to ensure they did not miss on studies. Plan
daily need kits, utensils and dry
India ensured that young girls and women were
rations contextualised and cus-
consulted at every stage of the response beginning
tomised according to the dietary
from needs assessment to the distribution. The
needs of the region
items in the relief kits were finalised based on the
situation, local requirements and suggestions from
the communities.
school going children received
educational kits to support
Identification, selection and finalisation of the
continued education
beneficiaries was done through a transparent and
participatory method to ensure the most needy
and vulnerable are reached. Feedback and
crore raised for relief work
complaints mechanism was set in place to ensure
through initiatives such as
accountability to the communities.
the 12-hour NDTV Telethon
which mobilised support from
After the initial relief phase, Plan India
individuals and institutions from
continued making impact through the long-
around the world
term recovery phase in co-ordination with the
district administrations of Idukki, Pathanamthitta,
Alappuzha and Ernakulam.
back to school
Located in a very remote, rural village on a hilltop
was the government high school of Chottupura
The education department would make
with 69 students, mostly from families of migrant
Plan India’s design a model for future
daily wage labourers who worked in the plantations
renovation of WASH and drinking water
nearby. After the floods severely damaged the
facilities not only in Idukki, but also for
school and the surrounding area, the risk of
other parts of Kerala. Plan India has
dropouts rates spiking was a very real. When Plan
initiated and completed the worring
India started its recovery work, it initiated rebuilding
quality and within the timelines.
the school in consultation with the students,
parent bodies, school staff and the panchayat.
sri sanjeev
The upgraded school and WASH infrastructure
Personal Assistant to
encouraged parents and enrolment has increased
District Educational Officer, Kattappana
to 124 children. The SMC was recognised as the
best in the district by the education department. For
GHS Chottupura, the flood waters have receded,
leaving only bright futures in their wake.
The focus was on the upgradation of schools and
Anganwadi centres to ensure continued education
In Government High School at Vagamon, a
for children and livelihood support for families
handwash station was constructed completely from
affected in the floods. Plan India’s standards
single-use plastic water bottles with participation of
and quality of work within a fixed budget have
the children, with the grey water used in school’s
been lauded by the government and has set as a
the kitchen garden developed as part of Plan’s Eco
benchmark for other agencies.
Plan India’s work to provide humanitarian
support during Cyclone Fani.
Education initiative.
children and adults supported with
water, non-food items and dry
ration kits contextualised to the
areas’ dietary needs, in addition to
education kits for school students
girls and boys benefitted from
upgraded WASH infrastructure in
schools and Anganwadis centres
girls and boys, 812 community
members and 173 SMC members
participated in mock drills and
Cyclone FANI, said to be the most severe storm to
disaster preparedness activities in
have hit the Indian subcontinent in two decades,
affected 1.6 crore people in the state. It laid waste
about 5 lakh houses, 1.88 lakh hectares of crops,
more than 7,000 educational institutions, 1,031
primary health centres and damaged 1.56 lakh
plan’s position in
electricity poles, leaving areas without electricity for
more than 10 days.
disaster risk reduction
Considered a strong implementing agency
Plan India was again the first organisation to initiate
and technical partner for strengthening the
relief in the worst affected district of Puri, with a
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) systems and
focus on Brahmagiri and Krushnaprasad blocks
networks by various states governments
which were previously Plan’s sponsorship areas.
As part of the emergency response management,
Invited by the Telangana State Disaster
the aid included food and non-food items in these
Management Authority to support the
areas. Children from affected families were provided
state in preparation of the district disaster
with education kits to help them get back to schools.
management plans in all the 33 districts of
the state along with other agencies
As a part of its long-term work, Plan India has
Invited by Mumbai’s Disaster Management
strengthened child forums and environment
Cell for the development of preparedness
protection committees in 40 schools and sensitised
micro plans in urban low-lying and flooding-
communities, supported development of kitchen
prone slum areas Chembur
gardens and trained in the use of seed balls for
Approached by the Education department
reforesting barren land.
of the Idukki district in Kerala to support
development of operations and maintenance
protocol for the schools
Plan India is now the Chair of Sphere
India - a coalition of agencies working in
humanitarian sector
our partners
Corporate Partners
Institutional Partners
A W Faber - Castell (India) Pvt Ltd
Child Resilience Alliance
Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy
Columbia Group of Children in Adversity Inc.
Abercrombie and Kent India Pvt Ltd
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
Embassy, Delhi
European Union
American India Foundation supported by Coca-Cola
Fundacion Heres
Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Astra Zeneca India Pvt Ltd
Human Dignity Foundation
AT & T Networks
National AIDS Control Organisation
BA Continuum India Pvt Ltd
Capgemini Technology Services India Pvt Ltd
Cipla Foundation
Credit Suisse
Grants Supported by Plan
Dabur India
Deutsche Bank
International National Offices
Eaton India Foundation
Plan International France - Fondation Enticelle
EIT Services India Pvt Ltd
Plan International Korea - Hyundai Motor India
Ericsson India Pvt Ltd
Mobis India Foundation
Hinduja Global Solution
Hyundai Motor Group (Railway Part) via CCK
Hitachi India Pvt Ltd
Plan International Netherlands - Ministry of Foreign
HSBC Global Software Pvt Ltd
Affairs (MoFA), Netherlands
Huawei Telecommunications (India) Co Pvt Ltd
NPL (Nationale Postcode Lotterij)
J & K Bank
Plan International UK - Credit Suisse
Mahindra Comvia
Metso India Pvt Ltd
Plan International USA - TOMS Shoes
Mitsui Chemicals India Pvt Ltd
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP)
NSE Foundation
Centre for Disaster Philanthropy (CADP)
Oracle - CAF
Plan International Germany
PCL Foods Pvt Ltd
Plan International Japan
PNB Housing Finance Ltd
Plan International Hong Kong - Government of the
Reckitt Benckiser India Pvt Ltd
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,
Relaxo Foundation
Disaster Relief Fund (DRF)
Selan Exploration Technology Ltd
Plan International Norway
SpiceJet Ltd
Standard Chartered Bank
Implementation Partners
The Indian Hotel Company Ltd
Arthik Anusandhan Kendra, Uttar Pradesh
Uniglobe Travel (South Asia) Pvt Ltd
Adithi, Bihar
Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles Ltd
Academy of Gandhian Studies, Andhra Pradesh
Alamb, Delhi
Alwar Mewat Institute of Education and Development,
Anchal Charitable Trust, Delhi
National Coalition of People Living with HIV In India,
New Delhi
Association for Promoting Social Action, Andhra
Nav Jagriti, Bihar
Association for Rural Awareness and Mass Voluntary
Nav Srishti, Delhi
Action, Odisha
Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra, Jharkhand
Association for Rural Uplift and National Allegiance,
NIDAN, Bihar
People’s Action for National Integration, Uttar
Dr A.V. Baliga Memorial Trust, Delhi
Bharati Integrated Rural Development Society,
Piramal Swasthya Management and Research
Andhra Pradesh
Bal Vikas Dhara, Delhi
Rural Education and Action for Liberation Villupuram,
Cap Foundation, Telangana
Tamil Nadu
Community Aid & Sponsorship Programme,
Sadhana, Telangana
Social Action for Integrated Development Services,
Centre for Communication and Development Studies,
Andhra Pradesh
Samvad Samajik Sansthan, Uttar Pradesh
Committed Communities Development Trust,
Shri Bhuwaneshwari Mahila Ashram, Uttarakhand
Seva Mandir, Rajasthan
Child in Need Institute, Jharkhand
Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses, New
Centre for Youth Development and Activities,
Sravanti Association for Rural and Tribal
Centre for Youth & Social Development, Odisha
Development,Andhra Pradesh
Society for Doorstep School, Maharashtra
Dr Shambhunath Singh Research Foundation, Uttar
Dalit Vikas Vindu, Bihar
Gram Niyojan Kendra, Uttar Pradesh
Shikshit Rojgar Kendra Prabandhak Samiti,
Grama Swarajya Samithi, Andhra Pradesh
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Maharashtra
Grameen Vikas Sansthan, Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh Welfare for People Living with HIV/
Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust,
AIDS Society, Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
Integrated Development Foundation, Bihar
Urmul Seemant Samiti, Rajasthan
Urmul Setu Sansthan, Rajasthan
India Foundation for The Arts, Karnataka
Vatsalya, Uttar Pradesh
JSI R & T India Foundation, New Delhi
Vikas Sahyog Pratisthan, Maharashtra
Lepra Society, Telangana
Village Social Transformation Foundation,
Mahita, Telangana
Mamta Health Institute for Mother and Child, New
Women’s Organisation for Socio Cultural Awareness,
Modern Architects for Rural India, Andhra Pradesh
Youths Union for Voluntary Action, Jharkhand
Myrada Kaveri Pradeshika Samsthe, Karnataka
Mr P K Sahoo, Chairman, Centre for Youth and Social Development and also Plan India Partner talks about his association with Plan for the past 40 years.
from our donors
Institutional donors
We have been working together with Plan India to provide Emergency Relief in Hong Kong with the support of
the Disaster Relief Fund of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region since 2017. One
of the main reasons for us to extend support to Plan India in their various causes is because of their ability
to develop a response plan in consultation with the affected community and local government. Besides, Plan
India has always shown strong commitment towards donor compliance amidst challenges and uncertain field
We supported Plan India by providing relief materials for affected families during Assam Floods 2017, Kerala
Floods 2018 and Odisha Cyclone Fani 2019 and their commitment to transparency and accountability, timely
reporting, adherence to strictly defined procurement process and distribution of relief materials to the affected
families fortified our trust in Plan India’s mission.
Plan International,
Hong Kong Office
Plan International Korea has been working with Plan International India on several projects by various Korean
corporate donors. Recently, we’re cooperating to implement “Dream Village” and “Village Development”
project of Hyundai Motor Group since 2018 in order to develop eight model villages in Tamil Nadu. As part
of the project, Plan India also hosts “Happy Move Programme” four times every year for around 80 student
volunteers each time from South Korea and the volunteers participate in the community development
activities. Happy Move volunteers are fully enjoying being a part of the programme while doing the
construction activities and interacting with the communities including the children. During such events, student
volunteers get chance to understand the development challenges and the measures to solve it. It also creates
a good cultural understanding and sharing of the experiences between India and Korea.
Plan International,
Korea Office
corporate donors
Metso is pleased to work together with Plan India to strengthen and
support teaching learning environment, improving teaching skills, gender
sensitisation and capability building among children groups. Our reason to
partner with Plan India is their constant endeavour to curate programmes
which directly empower the effected communities and their commitment to
deliver on the agreed timelines with quality.
Sanjay Sehgal
We are happy and satisfied with our partnership with Plan India for the
Parivartan Model school project in the government schools of Haridwar,
Uttarakhand. We appreciate Plan India for their sincerity, dedication and
high professionalism. Their understanding of the empowerment-based
approach is their biggest strength which is crucial for the sustainability of
the project. I extend my best wishes to the entire team of Plan India to
continue doing good work and keep on educating and empowering the
underprivileged section of India.
Rupali Agarwal
individual donors
I decided to be a part of Plan India because they are most reliable and trusted
organisation we have in our country. During this period of my attachment with
this organisation, I have always felt proud on my decision of being a part of their
journey. Plan India has some very significant projects which can really make a
difference to the society and change the meaning of charity to humanity. I have,
and would like to, support the adoption project through which you can change
the life of a child and give him or her the choice and quality of life one deserves. I
would recommend Plan India to everyone in my network.
nasrin syed
New Delhi
I always wanted to support a girl child and while searching on social media I
came across Plan India.
The programme Meri Beti Meri Shakti - A Plan India initiative intrigued me. I
believe Plan India is doing a great work since long on grass root level to raise the
bar of society. I have and will always recommend Plan India to my friends.
pragati srivastava
New Delhi
Plan India is a great platform to help children who cannot afford education and
basic amenities of living. Education is key to growth of any children. I would like
to support all the projects as and when I get the opportunity in future. Right now, I
have been supporting the project on girl child and also children who cannot afford
nutrition and who are not physically fit. I got to know about plan from a call by one
of Plan India’s representative.
hemal mehta
The work that Plan India is doing in the rural areas in the field of education is
something that caught my attention. Education is important for all, but education
of a girl child is our responsibility. Empowering and educating girls today will lead
to a better India tomorrow. I got to know Plan from their website and will definitely
recommended them to my friends.
nupur bose
Education is must for everyone, specially girls, and Plan India’s helping
millions of children made me contribute to the cause.It is also my social
responsibility to do so.
binay kumar kujur
Plan India’s work is focussed on a grass root level wherein people who are
in need actually see the benefits of the programme. I would like to continue
supporting Sponsor a Girl Child in the current capacity. This is because I feel
that education is a very crucial area for the country’s progress, and India
can never consider itself truly developed unless its women are empowered.
Women empowerment must start from the root, which is education. I have
recommended Plan India to my fellow colleagues. I regularly support to their
causes as much as I can.
glen palmer
I decided to contribute to Plan India as the cause of providing education to young
children who have aspirations to do something valuable with their lives but do
not have the means. This organisation enables just that by providing them the
financial support and overall guidance. I’m currently lending my support through
sponsorship to the Sponsor a Child Programme and I am keen on continuing my
support to this programme.
I recently visited the facility from Plan India organisation to meet the child whose
education I am sponsoring and was pleased to meet the young girl aged 11 years,
along with her mother. The girl child was very enthusiastic and said she wants
to become a police inspector once she grows up. It made me really happy that
I could contribute to her dream in this small way. I would be happy to share the
details of the programmes with my friends and family members. I got a call from
one of your colleagues and since then I am with Plan India and I thank from my
bottom of my heart for same.
pramod manchanda
New Delhi
plan in the news
To drive visibility of Plan’s work, build an understanding on child rights and
girl rights, and create advocates on the issue, Plan India reached about
1,000 media journalists across print, electronic and online media. Nearly 370
articles were published in leading publications reaching approximately 251
million readers.
To strengthen media understanding and creating allies for child rights and
gender issues in India, Plan India launched the first edition of its Media
Catalyst programme. Over 300 journalists from 6 states were reached out
for applications, and 10 shortlisted by an expert jury based on their previous
work and the interest in reporting on the issues related to child protection
and gender. The journalists were oriented through workshops and exposure
visits to gain insights into Plan India’s model of child-centric community
development and gender transformative approaches. The programme aimed
at building collaborations on rights-based reporting to ensure that the rights of
the children are not violated.
In a first, Plan India also initiated a special panel discussion curated around media and its role in ethical
reporting on gender to share diverse stories of girls’ power. The discussion was held at the third edition of
Plan for Every Child National Conference, an annual platform to spark a cohesive policy dialogue and for
knowledge sharing among eminent stakeholders. The NDTV-Telethon for Kerala flood relief marked another
key media milestone which garnered support for Plan India’s relief work.
NDTV’s interview with Mohammed Asif, Executive Director of Plan India,
about the relief efforts during Kerala floods and putting the funds raised
with support from NDTV to use.
media Articles
Outreach to
Key Media
financial disclosure
Financial Area-wise Expenses
— CSP Themes
our board members
Mr. Govind Nihalani, Chair Emeritus
Mr. Govind Nihalani is an eminent film director, cinematographer, screenwriter and
film producer who has been awarded the Padmashree, a prestigious award conferred
by the Government of India, for his contributions to Indian cinema. In the last 35
years, he has received several national and international awards for his work.
Ms. Rathi Vinay Jha, Chairperson
Ms. Rathi Vinay Jha served in the Indian Administrative Service where as Secretary,
Union Ministry of Tourism, she initiated the Incredible India campaign. In her
assignment as Founder Director of the National Institute of Fashion Technology
(NIFT), the concept of Fashion Education was introduced in India. Ms. Jha has
also served as Secretary General of the World Travel and Tourism Council, India.
She is the Founder Chairperson of the Indian Heritage Cities Network, a UNESCO
NGO, the Chairperson of the India Foundation of Arts and the All India Artisans and
Craftworkers Welfare Association (AIACA) as well as a trustee of the Indira Gandhi
National Centre for Arts (IGNCA).
Mr. JVR Prasada Rao, Secretary
Mr. JVR Prasada Rao is a Former Health Secretary, Government of India and Director
General, National AIDS Control Organisation. He has made immense contributions
in strengthening the health sector and in formulating India’s response to HIV/AIDS.
He is a strong regional voice for prioritising public health in national policies in India
and other Asian countries. Mr. Rao was invited to join as the Regional Director of
UNAIDS where he led the UN response to AIDS in Asia Pacific countries. He has also
held eminent positions in the UN as Special Envoy to the Secretary General, United
Nations, and as the Regional Director of UNAIDS for the Asia Pacific region. He
facilitated discussions on inclusion of AIDS elimination as a Sustainable Development
Goal (SDG) for 2030 which was finally adopted in the UNGA declaration on SDGs in
2015. Mr. Rao is also a former Commissioner Secretary of a Global Commission on
HIV and Law initiated by UNDP.
Mr. Madhukar Kamath, Treasurer
A distinguished alumnus of Loyola Chennai and XLRI Jamshedpur, Madhukar Kamath
has over four decades of experience in advertising, media and marketing services.
Mr. Kamath has served as the President of Advertising Agencies Association of India
and is the recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also an erstwhile
Chairman of the Advertising Standards Council of India and President of MICA for
the academic year 2016-17. As the Chairman of the Mudra Foundation and the
Chairperson of the Governing Council of MICA, for over a decade, he helped build
MICA into India’s foremost Strategic Marketing and Communications Management
Institute. As an Entrepreneur, he is now the Chairman of Multiplier Brand Solutions.
He is also currently the Chairman of the Audit Bureau of Circulations, serves on the
board of Music Broadcast Ltd., the Chairman Emeritus of the DDB Mudra Group and
Mentor of Interbrand India.
Ms. Minty Prabha Pande
Ms. Minty Prabha Pande has had a long career within the international development
sector, particularly in the field of child rights. She was the Country Director for Plan
International, leading, directing and accounting for all country operations in Nepal
(2001-2006) and in Thailand (2006-2009). She has also worked for the Save the
Children Fund (UK) as Head of Regional Office in Bangkok and as Programme
Director for North India and Sponsorship Officer in Save the Children’s New Delhi
office. Ms. Pande is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Goodweave India, an
affiliate of Goodweave International. She is credited with mentoring and supporting
several not-for-profits as a Board Member. She is also a Board member of the
Governing body of the Barefoot College and Social Work and Research Centre,
Tilonia, an agency founded and headed by Sanjit (Bunker) Roy.
Mr. Ranjan Chak
Mr. Ranjan Chak is an information technology veteran who helped start Hewlett
Packard (India), created one of India’s most successful offshore development centres
as VP (India Operations), Oracle Corporation, and has been a Visiting Fellow of
the Judge Business School of Cambridge University. He has served as a director
on the board of a number of technology companies, is currently a Venture Partner
with venture capital firm, Oak Investment Partners, and is on the Advisory Board of
Vencap, a UK-based investment firm.
Mr. Udayan Sen
Mr. Udayan Sen, a Chartered Accountant, was the Chief Executive Officer and
Managing Partner of Deloitte Haskins and Sells for 8 years till March 2015. He has
continued as a partner in the firm since then. He was also on the global board of
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Mr. Sen has over 35 years of experience in professional
services, primarily in assurance and financial advisory. He has worked with some
of the most distinguished names in Indian business and several major multinational
Prof. S. Parasuraman
Prof. S. Parasuraman was a former Director and Vice-Chancellor at Tata Institute of
Social Sciences, Mumbai and is currently the Vice Chancellor, Maharashtra Institute
of Technology, World Peace University, Pune. He has more than three decades of
experience as a teacher and researcher in rural development, education, health,
public policy, social protection and governance. He has held key positions in the
World Bank, International Union for Conversation of Nature, Oxfam, ActionAid
International and the UN including Asia Policy Director of Action Aid International,
Bangkok, Team Leader of the Secretariat, World Commission on Dams, Cape Town
and as Programme Director, Oxfam GB, India Programme. He has been a United
Nations Fellow on Population and Development, Institute of Social Studies (ISS),
The Hague. He also served as a visiting Fellow at the ISS, The Hague in 2003 and
Visiting Professor at the School of International Studies at Simon Fraser University,
Vancouver, Canada.
Mr. Atul Kirloskar
Mr. Atul Kirloskar is the Executive Chairman of Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd. and
Chairman of Kirloskar Ferrous Ltd. He has a keen interest in operations and people.
Mr. Kirloskar channels his passion for excellence to help Plan India meet its objectives
efficiently and effectively.
Ms. Shireen Jejeebhoy
Ms. Shireen Jejeebhoy, PhD, is a demographer and social scientist with over 35
years of research and evaluation experience in the areas of young people’s health
and development, women’s empowerment, gender-based violence and sexual and
reproductive health. Over her career, she has made significant research contributions
on adolescent health and development, the empowerment of women and girls, and
women’s access to safe abortion. Ms. Jejeebhoy is the founder and director of Aksha
Centre for Equity and Wellbeing, a non-profit organisation dedicated to enhancing
the evidence and evaluating promising practices in her research areas. Her most
recent work includes an assessment of the situation of adolescents in Jharkhand,
the development of a theory of change for preventing child marriage in India, and an
in-depth investigation of community component of the RKSK programme in India. She
is the Vice President of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population,
and a member of the Governing Boards of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, the
International Institute for Population Sciences and the Population Foundation of India.
Previously, she served as Senior Associate, Population Council, India and Scientist,
Reproductive Health and Research Department, World Health Organisation, Geneva.
Mr. Ajay Gandhi
Mr. Ajay Gandhi is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Wings Infonet Pvt. Ltd.,
developers of the Wings suite of business software products and the Founder Partner
of Gandhi and Gandhi, Chartered Accountants, Hyderabad. He is also the Founder
Trustee for Manthan Foundation, a forum for public discourse, and a Trustee for
Hyderabad Literary Trust, organisers of the Hyderabad Literary Festival. He has also
served as Chairman, Hyderabad Branch of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of
India and as Vice President of Andhra Pradesh Tax Bar Association.
our patron
Mr. Anil Kapoor has been a patron and a
I am committed to doing all I can
steadfast advocate for Plan India for over
to support Plan India’s mission to
a decade. During his years of patronage,
transform the lives of 10 million
Mr. Kapoor has tirelessly worked to focus
girls. The Girls Get Equal campaign
attention on girls’ rights and lent passionate
is a cause I wholeheartedly support
support to causes supporting vulnerable
in its effort to create a truly equal
and excluded children. He has played a
world. Having witnessed Plan’s work
pivotal role in garnering a groundswell
and met powerful young people in
of public support and engagement for
its programmes over the years, I
Plan India’s water, sanitation and hygiene
look forward to seeing these young
campaigns and our humanitarian response
people leading from the front and
during natural disasters. His determination
transforming not just their own lives,
and contributions are integral to the
but their families and communities.
success of our work.
Mr Anil Kapoor
Plan India Patron
and Goodwill Ambassador
Our Patron and Goodwill Ambassador Mr Anil Kapoor’s, 12-year journey with Plan India.
About Plan
Plan India is a nationally registered not for profit organisation striving to advance children’s
rights and equality for girls, thus creating a lasting impact in the lives of vulnerable and
excluded children and their communities.
Since 1979, Plan India and its partners have improved the lives of millions of children and
young people by enabling them access to protection, quality education and healthcare
services, a healthy environment, livelihood opportunities and participation in decisions which
affect their lives.
Plan India is a member of the Plan International Federation, an independent development
and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan
International is active in more than 70 countries.