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Seventeen-year-old Sarita*says “Now I feel just as equal as a boy”.  Sarita’s newfound pride comes from an autorickshaw which she learns driving from. Before her lessons, she wasn’t as chirpy and driven. Belonging to the Devadasi community, she was very vulnerable and often in despair.  “Driving the rickshaw has liberated me. It has given me...
With loud claps and the sound of drums, songs and dialogues, the villagers looked on with rapt attention watching the scenes unfold. On a raised dais in the middle of a street, children and adults were narrating tales; tales essaying the lives of the Devadasi communities to raise awareness through street plays. Children of India’s...
People came running out of their houses, leaving behind the work they were engaged in, to watch what was going on in the streets of Bageppali. Carrying 70×56 cm posters and shouting slogans, more than 850 school students rallied through the streets of the Bagepalli block of Karnataka to “Stop Child Marriages”.       ...
Children in vulnerable circumstances often need support from the government. Through our efforts at CIF, we have helped children avail government schemes. 337 children from 4 states were supported to apply for schemes, like the Aditya Birla Scholarship.  The Aditya Birla Scholarship Programme is the Group’s approach of fulfilling Mr Aditya Vikram Birla’s vision of...
One of the lyrics of a famous song by Whitney Houston says, “Teach them well and let them lead the way!”. This song revolves around the idea that children are the future. These lyrics have become a reality in the villages of Jharkhand where Children of India Foundation is working. One of CIF’s interventions, The...
Dorthea Dix, once said, “The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character.”Teachers provide a vital and crucial role in society. They are the primary source of knowledge and values for children, and they share the load and responsibility of educating. As a result,...
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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin Teachers play an important role in everyone’s life. But for school going girls in the villages of Karnataka, these teachers hold an even more important position as child marriage is a common sight in these areas.  The...
husbands againt child marriage awareness session IMAGE Project
When 25-year-old Suraj* got married to 12-year-old Ramya*, his parents were relieved knowing that he would finally start his own family.  Suraj thought that a union with a younger girl would make his married life easier, because he grew up believing that adult women (over 18) tended to be more rebellious.  But Suraj realised that...
The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the entire world. Throughout the world, millions of families have experienced losses. During the outbreak, India’s death rate was atrocious. In every corner of India, families have lost members.  Children were also left without parental figures as a result of the tremendous loss. Children in 18 districts across five...
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