Child In Need Institute

Focus: Children and Youth, Education, Women, Health

EVERY child needs nurturing and has a right to adequate nutrition, education, health and protection. CINI try to ensure these are not denied to those born into poverty by building child-friendly communities.

Founded 44 years ago to save children from malnutrition, CINI now act as a facilitator rather than a mere implementer - with children, adolescents, and women as their central focus.

This means all their programmes are aimed at mothers and children, from birth to adulthood.

As an example of CINI’s influence and intervention, take the case of teenager Runa Mondal, who had been absent from her school in Diamond Harbour, near Kolkata, for two months. This irked the head teacher, especially as she recalled attending an awareness session by CINI about child marriage and how economically disadvantaged girls often become victims of it.

She sent a teacher to Runa’s home and learnt that indeed, her wedding had been fixed. Along with a CINI representative and the local head of police, the head teacher visited the family and convinced the parents of the ill-effects of child marriage and its legal implications. The wedding was cancelled and today, 15-year-old Runa attends school regularly.

In the past year, through community based intervention, CINI have directly reached more than 36,000 adolescent girls, facilitated the formation of 950 adolescent groups and enrolled about 3,300 children in government schools in the eastern region where it operates, primarily West Bengal and Jharkhand.

Seeking to break the vicious cycle of poverty, malnutrition, ill-health, illiteracy, abuse and violence, CINI’s work starts right from conception till the child hits the age of 18.

They not only facilitate the care of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life with antenatal checkups, postnatal care and routine immunisation, CINI also ensure their proper physical and mental development, and later cast a safety net for the child to receive full education and protection from maltreatment. Last year CINI managed to reach about 5,000 pregnant woman and more than 15,000 infants.

CINI believe that the family provides the best safety net for any child, so going forward, they will focus their activities on the well-being of this core group and invest in the sustainable development of mother and child. Last year, they impacted almost seven million lives - but they can't do it without support from donors like you.

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Educate A Child

THE Educate A Child programme concentrates on children aged from 5 to 16 years in deprived urban areas. It focuses on getting children into education and keeping them there. Street children, children without parents, children of sex workers and children from the slums need to have an environment conducive to learning. CINI support their education with school fees, uniforms and educational materials on need basis, which costs ₹4,000 a year for a child.

Adopt a Mother, Save her Child

THIS project concentrates on the mother's nine months of pregnancy and the first two years of her child’s life when nutrition is particularly critical. CINI believe that the most effective way to give a child born into a poor family the best possible start in life is through the mother. This 1,000 days of support, which includes nutritional advice, ante and post-natal care, and improved access to government facilities like hospitals for deliveries and vaccination programmes, cost ₹15,000.

About Child In Need Institute

One of the best ways to fight stigma and empower HIV positive people is by speaking out openly and honestly about who I am and what I experienced... and this is the strength I got from this session conducted by CINI.

Manju Bibli, beneficiary, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal

What would have happened if this CINI Drop In-Centre was not there? We would have gotten married early. We would not have come to know about so many things.

S Khatun, 16 years, Drop-In Centre beneficiary, North Dinajpur, West Bengal

CINI has taught me how to value things in life, try and find happiness in the smallest of the things and being grateful for whatever one has. My experience of working here has shaped me and moulded me into who I am today.

Rahat Chotrani, CINI intern, Pune

We believe the world is a big family where we need to help each other - especially the marginalised section of the society - and CINI is the apt platform through which we can reach out to deprived communities in rural and low income urban settlements.

Sunita Arora, Principal at Delhi Public School,, Howrah, West Bengal