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Girls Global Education Fund (GGEF)

A child who doesn’t go to school is a child who goes through life bearing a monstrous burden. A child destined to live a life impoverished in every way, in spirit, in health, in bare necessities.

This affront to the human condition affects children of all races, creeds and nationalities. Traditionally, and currently, it is divesting for girls. We are an organization dedicated to helping relieve and eventually eradicate this situation.



Girls Global Education Fund (GGEF), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1996 to send girls to school who would otherwise be denied an education. GGEF is unique in that we are the only organization whose sole mission is to send girls to schools. To address the gender gap that exists between girl’s and boys* education we wanted to give girls a program of their own. There are organizations that send children of both sexes to school and those that help girls get non-traditional schooling at home. These organizations, however, usually have broader missions and schooling for boys or girls is a small part of their overall aid program.

We are grassroots organization. We come with a fresh and effective approach to helping girls and consult with some of the best minds in the fields of education, gender equity, development and business. We strictly monitor the disbursement of funds and will provide an accounting to any interested person.



Scholarships for Girls

GGEF provides scholarships to girls in developing countries who would otherwise be unable to attend school. Scholarships are given to girls in primary school, junior high and high school. We cover the cost of sending girls to school for the entire year, and if necessary. We also pay for transportation to school, and lunch. To remain in our program, a girl must complete the school year with satisfactory grades and attendance.


Focus on the Community

When we initiate Scholarships for Girls in a new area, we are careful to facilitate good relationships with the parents, teachers and schools affected by our program. We address the cultural bias against educating girls by encouraging parents to send their daughters to school. We try to engage children and their parents by discussing with them how a girl benefits not only the girl, but also the family and community at large.


Girls Global Education Fund in China

In 1997, Girls Global Education Fund launched its pilot program in China, sending 63 girls to school. Our next year, we sent 103 girls to school. Of the girls GGEF sent to school to date all completed the school year and returned for the next. One of our students, Wang Wen Jun, cored so high on her final test that she was recruited to attend the best high school in the entire district.


E-mail: [email protected]

Functional Vocational Training and Research Society

1. Name and contact address of the organization at H.Q. and in India Functional Vocational Training and Research Society
No.19, First Floor, 3rd Cross Road, Hutchins Road, Thomas Town Post, Banglore-560 084, Karnataka Contact Person: Mr. D.J. Kennedy,
Executive Secretary
2. Phone, Fax, E-mail Ph.: 080-25460585, Fax: 080-25465928,
Email: [email protected]
3. Mission & Vision statement The aim of the Society shall be to promote a just humane society and to enhance and enrich the quality of the lives of all vulnerable and needy people, with a special focus on young people.
4. Themes/programs/issues address in India Promotional of functional vocational training
5. Geographical areas of operation in India All India.
6. Eligibility criteria for any VO to get in partnership with Should be registered as a Society/ Trust/ Section 25 Company and having FCRA and 12 A registration. Having experience in working for the up liftment of young people in the non-formal and unorganized sector especially those from the vulnerable sections of the society.
7. Time & process of applying Throughout the year with a proper project proposal.
8. Any other information FVTRS has been recently registered as a Society by the promoters of FVTF.


Friends of Women’s World Banking (FWWB)

The International Women’s Conference held in 1975 at Mexico City brought together women leaders from different parts of the world. A group of women shared at that meeting that poor women are economically active but do not have access to financial resources to enhance their business. Women’s World Banking (WWB) was created in 1980 to address this unmet need.

Friends of Women’s World Banking, India, (FWWB-I) is one of the first few institutions created as an affiliate of Women’s World Banking in 1982 with an aim to empower poor and asset-less rural and urban women by improving their participation in sustainable livelihood activities through access to financial services. It is a non-profit organisation with a vision to weave together threads of hope and security in the lives of women among the lowest rung of the economic and social ladder through its Micro Finance programme.

During the initial seven years of its operations i.e. from 1982 -1989, FWWB’s activities were limited to providing loan guarantees for poor women in the state of Gujarat. Thereafter, in 1989, FWWB’s leadership decided to extend its area of operations and to promote micro finance in different parts of the country. After an intensive study of existing credit-delivery models, and best practices in micro Finance in India and neighbouring countries, FWWB started training NGOs in setting up micro finance programmes. As a result of these trainings, several NGOs initiated micro finance programmes using a variety of credit delivery mechanisms. These NGOs, however, were unable to access commercial funds for their micro finance programmes in the early years. To make loan funds available to these organizations, FWWB borrowed its first loan of Rs.1.5 million in 1990.



FWWB’s Mission is to empower and uplift the status of women by harnessing their entrepreneurial abilities and creating a means of sustainable employment and social security in their already vulnerable lives. FWWB assists in the formation and strengthening of people’s organizations and bringing them into mainstream of the economy and thereby participating in the process of nation building. FWWB-I is committed to building a society based on social justice where women are catalysts of social change.



Advance and promote direct participation of poor women and ensure as well as increase their access to financial services through appropriate and sustainable delivery mechanisms like providing loan guarantees or other securities to banks for advancing loans to such women.

  • Support and strengthen micro finance institutions, which have a clear vision towards providing financial services to poor on a sustainable basis.
  • Promote high performance standards among partner NGOs by providing them technical assistance and counseling.
  • Support innovations and best practices in micro finance and micro enterprises.
  • Expand and strengthen the networks of institutions working for women and active in financial and policy-making aspects.
  • Provide a forum for addressing issues related to women and finance.
  • Enhance FWWB’s capacity to retain its niche as an institution builder in the micro finance sector.




  1. Micro Credit

Revolving Loan Fund was evolved in response to growing needs of small savings groups, to encourage to build their own resource base, develop fund management skill and provide fund support for undertaking sustainable employment generating activities aimed towards asset formation and increasing the income levels of poor women. NGO’s Federations of SHG’s, Co-operatives and women’s groups belonging to the FWWB network can raise loans from this fund and extend credit support to their members, where the supporting NGO’s also assume the responsibility of ensuring repayment. FWWB’s current outreach has reached to 197,947 from 93 organisations across 10 states.


Micro Insurance

Appropriate & affordable insurance products were not in place as mainstream insurance service providers, ignored the need of the poor. The insurance industry opened for private sector in the year 1999. The ‘Obligations of Insurers to Rural/Social Sectors’ came into force in 2000 and were further amended in 2002. This gave an impetus to the micro insurance sector. Private companies were required to expand their business in the rural sector and this brought innovations into the micro insurance market, in terms of new products and simplified claim procedures.

The insurance industry has recognised the Microfinance institutions / NGO as an intermediary for micro insurance. A significant portion of the Social and Rural Insurance, which is obligatory under IRDA regulations, is done through micro finance organisations.

FWWB’s is a facilitator to the partner MFIs in the Micro Insurance Project. Orientation on micro insurance, exposure visits, linkages with insurance companies, technical inputs and training, dissemination of information on micro insurance sector and policy intervention are areas where FWWB has a role to play.


  1. Capacity Building

FWWB’s Capacity Building Programme has evolved in response to the needs of its partner organizations and is designed to build the capacity of women at the grassroot level to own and manage Institution and also to build the capacity of the promoters to help them manage the activity of providing financial services efficiently, to the poor. The objectives of the Capacity Building Programme of FWWB are :

  • To build the capacity of women at the grassroot level to own and manage Institutions and,
  • To build the capacity of the promoters to help them manage the activity of providing financial services efficiently, to the poor.
  • To contribute towards this Mission, the Capacity Building team has developed suitable Training modules for its different Partner Organizations.


2.1 Training and Workshops : FWWB’s Capacity building focuses on two major areas,

  • Training conducted by FWWB (SHG Training) : To strengthen self-governance of poor women and to enhance the capacity of the SHG’s to help them function effectively.
  • Training for FWWB’s Partner Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) by FWWB (Credit Management Training) : To build the capacity of MFI’s to reach self-sustainable level which can help them in managing their micro finance activities in an effective way and reach to a larger number of poor women, more effectively. Here the MFIs who are intermediaries are trained in efficient management of financial services to the poor.


Workshops: Workshops also form an important part of the capacity building programme where not only the partner organisation but also sometimes the women at the grass root level get a much wider platform to understand and interact and share their experiences and learn from each other. They can discuss and debate on issues related to the sector and this also helps in exploring the potential in the sector.


2.2 Technical Assistance Visits

Technical Assistance Visits (TAV’s) form part of FWWB’s long-term strategy of institution building. The focus is on interaction with partner institutions on a one-to-one basis. These visits are organised and conducted on a continuous basis and help in building capacities of organizations in areas that are technical, including that of their operational aspects.


TAV’s are essentially need based interventions and function with the specific objective of streamlining operations and helping the partner organisations to graduate through the institution building process i.e. from General partner (GP) category to the Institutional Development Partner (IDP) category and finally to the financially sustainable Big Partner (BP) category.


2.3 Exposure Visits

Exposure visits are one of the several capacity building inputs provided by FWWB to its partner organisations. The main objective of FWWB’s exposure visits is learning by other’ experiences.


  1. Research and Documentation

Institution building of network organisations is one of the core objectives of FWWB, in which Research and Documentation is an integral part of FWWB’s strategy towards this goal. Research and Documentation is essential to understand and assess the clients, their needs and demands. FWWB conducts Impact Studies to understand the client’s actual needs, which in turn help the organization to tailor their services accordingly, manage risk and maximize impact.


Partners of FWWB:

To meet its mission of making financial services accessible to poor women, FWWB-I has networked with Partner Organisations who provide micro finances to women. Through its Funding Partners it reaches important national and international development agencies that are active in the micro finance sector, including donors, bankers and academic organizations, to expand, support and strengthen its network.


Partner Organisations

  • Big Partners
  • Institutional Development Partners
  • General Partners

FWWB has a network of 95 partner organisations to which she provides support and assistance. Being an apex institution, it strives to build a strong network of organisations for which it provides Technical Assistance and small loan support to start up organisations. Based on their performance and ability to manage finds, they graduate to the Institutional Development (ID) category.

The organisations in ID category are expected to have a clear strategy outlining growth plan for the next five years with effective systems. The ID partners with good performance can further graduate to the Big Partner (BP) category.

BP’s are expected to have a loan portfolio of over Rs. 5 Crores, clear business plan, clear growth strategy, good operating systems and good track record as loan clients of FWWB-I. The Following are the criteria for the three categories of partnership :-


BP’s Big Partners

  • A Loan Portfolio of 5 crore.
  • Outreach more than 10,000
  • Clear business plan.
  • Clear growth strategy.
  • Good operating systems in place.
  • Good track record as loan clients of FWWB India.


IDP’s Institutional Development Partners

  • Committed leadership.
  • Clear strategy outlining growth plan for the next five years.
  • Commitment to generating information and putting systems in place.
  • Achieved an outreach of more than 5000 women borrowers.
  • Potential to reach out to more than 10,000 women, at the end of 3 years of support from FWWB.


GP’s General Partners

  • Need for training and loan support to facilitate their entry into micro-finance activities.
  • An outreach of 500 to 1500 women borrowers.
  • Potential to graduate into the Institutional Development Partner category in subsequent years with good financial performance.



Head Office:

101, Sakar-1, Opp. Gandhigram Railway Station, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad-380 009

Ph.: (079) 26580119, 26584199, 26584082, Telefax: (079) 26580119

E-mail: [email protected] , [email protected] , Website :


Regional Office:

‘Sringeri’ No.9 (Old No. 4-A), Harleys Road, Kilpauk, Chennai – 600 010 Ph.: (044) 26449493

E-mail: [email protected]


Find Your Feet (FYF)

Find Your Feet (FYF) is a British charity working with poor communities in India and Southern Africa. It was founded in 1960 in response to the refugee crisis in Central and Eastern Europe. Over the last 40 years its approach to alleviating poverty and suffering has evolved from providing humanitarian aid to supporting long-term rural development projects.

FYF believes in Social Justice : a world in which everyone has the right to build a future free from poverty. It is currently supporting over 20 programmes in 6 developing countries – India, Malawi, Sambia, South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.

It works with rural poor using their own skills and knowledge to develop sustainable solutions to poverty. Through working in partnership with local organisations, it enable poverty – sticken communities to increase their levels of food production, income, health care and education so that they can create a better future for themselves.


Development Work

FYF projects look for solutions to poverty in rural areas of South Asia and Southern Africa. FYF works to ensure that rural communities are provided with the most basic human rights – the right to food, clean water and a livelihood. Its program empower and enable marginalised communities to have a great control over their own lives through active participation in civil and political life.

FYF works with very poor communities and helps to develop small business ventures that bring new sources of income and employment to local people. With the money that the villagers earn from these activities, they can afford to send their children to school, pay for health care, and generally improve their lives.


Andhra Pradesh

It is working in the semi-arid Deccan Plain of Andhra Pradesh, an area that suffers greatly from environmental degradation and a rapidly declining ground water-table. The poor quality land is impeding agricultural production and pushing many of the local people to the brink of starvation. To make matters worse, government incentives are encouraging mono-cropping at the expense of biodiversity.

FYF is running a community-led natural resource management project. The project is providing villagers with agricultural training and support and promoting the use of traditional farming practices that build on indigenous knowledge and experience.

By promoting sustainable agriculture, FYF is helping farmers in Andhra Pradesh increase their crop and livestock yields while sustaining the environment for future generations.



In Chhattisgarh, FYF is developing a network of local community organisations to address the needs of the communities in three extremely poor districts. Working primarily with tribal people, the network is raising awareness amongst disadvantaged groups about their rights and providing them with a platform from which to influence government policies. With the help of the network, local people are organising themselves into self-help groups. These groups are provided with vocational training and small loans, enabling their members to engage in income-generating activities.

The self-help groups are providing the communities with a forum in which they can tackle key social problems such as alcoholism and child marriage. The project is fostering a sense of unity amongst the disadvantaged communities and enabling them to work together to overcome poverty and discrimination.



Created out of the state of Bihar in 2000, Jharkhand is one of India’s poorest states with high rates of unemployment and widespread ill health, illiteracy and malnutrition. The Santal Parrgana area of Jharkhand is inhabited by many poor tribal communities and dalits (Untouchables). FYF is working closely with more than 2,000 local families, promoting sustainable agriculture and increasing long-term food security.



Formerly part of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal is a new state bordering the Himalayas that was created in 2000. The region’s harsh climate and poor quality land hamper agricultural production and threaten food security.

FYF is working on three programmes located in Uttaranchal that are designed to :

  1. Improve natural resource management so as to reduce environmental degradation and ensure that the local people have enough food all year round.
  2. Develop village services and infrastructure to increase access to clean drinking water and health facilities.
  3. Set up locally appropriate small enterprises that generate income and employment opportunities.


Tamil Nadu

For hundreds of years the tribal communities (adivasis) living in the Nilgiri Hills region of Tamil Nadu earned their living by collecting and selling forest produce. But when the government Forestry Department decided to auction forest produce collection licenses to the highest bidders, the adivasi people found themselves denied access to the forest lands. Deprived of their main source of income, many adivasi people lacked the means to support themselves and their children. FYF is running an Adivasi Forest Produce programme that is enabling the tribal people to have a say in the policies that determine their lives. As part of the programme, adivasi self-help groups have been set up. Through lobbying and campaigning, they have secured the right to collect forest produce within a designated area.

It is providing the adivasi groups with support and training in processing and marketing forest produce products, including jam, honey, and soap.


Uttar Pradesh

FYF is running three projects in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. All three projects share a commitment to helping the most vulnerable members of society assert their rights and improve their lives. By building the skills of the project participants and supporting them to set up their own micro-enterprises, FYF’s projects are creating income-generating opportunities and enhancing the socio-economic status of the traditionally excluded members of society.


Contact Address


Find Your Feet

North India Office : A-1573, Indira Nagar, (Shalimar Crossing),


Uttar Pradesh


Contact Person : Ms Savitri Sharma

Phone No. : 0522 – 2345463, email : savitri@;; [email protected] website:


U.K. Office

Find Your Feet

Unit 316, Bon Mareche Centre, 241-251 Ferndale Raod, London SW9 8 BJ, Ph.: 0044-20-73264464, Fax : 0044-20-77338848 Email: [email protected]


Department for International Development (DFID)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is the British government department responsible for Britain’s contribution towards international efforts to eliminate poverty. It works in partnership with developing country governments and other international development agencies. It also work with business, civil society and the research community.

DFID’s assistance is concentrated in the poorest countries of sub-Sharan Africa and Asia, but also contributes to poverty reduction and sustainable development in middle-income countries, including those in Latin America and Eastern Europe.

DFID has headquarters in London and East Kilbride, offices in many developing countries, and staff based in British embassies and high commissions around the world.


Millennium Development Goals of DFID

  1. Reduce by half the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by 2015.
  2. Achieve Universal Primary Education by 2015.
  3. Make progress towards gender equality and empowering women by eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005.
  4. Reduce infant and child mortality rates by two-thirds by 2015.
  5. Reduce maternal mortality ratios by three-quarters by 2015.
  6. Provide access for all who need reproductive health services by 2015.
  7. Implement national strategies for sustainable development by 2005 so as to reverse the loss of environmental resources by 2015.
  8. Develop a global partnership for development, with targets for aid, trade and debt relief.
  9. Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.


Partners of DFID

The primary partners are the Union and State governments. Other partners include members of the private sector, NGOs, civil society and the research community in India.


DFID India

DFID India is one of a number of DFID offices world-wide. It has 170 staff based in New Delhi, and state offices in Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata and Hyderabad.


DFID’s Priority in India

  • Strengthening the capacity of government to develop and implement pro-poor policies; and strengthening the accountability of government to those it represents.
  • Promoting increased investment in education, health and clean water.
  • Supporting programmes which help poor people improve their own livelihoods, and which give poor people a bigger say in decisions affecting their lives. We aim particularly to support work, which enhances the social and political status of women.
  • Promoting sustainable management of the earth’s resources. Environmental issues are always taken into consideration during the design and implementation of our programmes and projects.


Funding Schemes

Small Grants Scheme

Eligible organisations: Civil society organisations, religious organisations (where the purpose is clearly developmental). Military organisations are excluded.

Funding Criteria: Activities that promote the development or maintain the economy of a territory outside the UK, or the welfare of its people. They: Must address DFID objectives and should take account of regional strategy if applicable; Must also include maximum local involvement.

Funding available per activity : UK Pound 100,000 (normally up to 3 years).

Contact department: British Embassies and British High Commissions within relevant country.

Contact details: British Embassies and British High Commissions within relevant country.


Orissa Civil Society and Poverty Programme

Eligible organisations : The NGOs applying for partnership through this programme must be

registered under the Foreign Contributins (Regulation) Act 1976.

The recipient organisation should have been in existence for a minimum of 5 years, and be based

in Orissa.

The organisation must be self-sufficient or having a regular source of funding for its own running

(salaries, rent and administration) costs.

The recipient orgnisations accounts must be subject to Annual Audited Statements every year.


Funding Criteria : the track record of organisations and networks; focus on working with and supporting capacity of small organisations, particularly in remote areas;

we will aim to fund organisation that combine grass-roots activities with advocacy work that helps to inform policies with pilot and micro experience; the financial limit for support is UK Pound 20,000 although in exceptional circumstances proposals above this ceiling may be considered.

Contact details : Civil Society and Poverty Programme, Department for International Development, 17 Forest Park, Bhubaneshwar 751001, Orissa, India

Offices of DFID India

DFID India

British High Commission

B 28 Tara Crescent, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi 110 016, India

Tel : (+91) (11)26529123, Fax : (+91) (11) 26529296, E-mail : [email protected]  and [email protected]


Andhra Pradesh

Sarovar Centre, Secretariat Road, Hyderabad – 500 004, Andhra Pradesh Tel:(+91)(40)23242519/ 23210943,Fax:(+9l)(40)23230421


Madhya Pradesh

E-7/642, Arera Colony, Near Central Bank. Bhopal – 462 016, Madhya Pradesh Tel: (+91) (755) 5294 451/ 5294 452, Fax: (+91) (755) 5294 453



Civil Society and Poverty Programme

Department for International Development, 17 Forest Park, Bhubaneshwar 751001 Orissa, India


West Bengal

16, Jubilee Court, 11/1 Hochi Mirh Sarani, Kolkata 700071 Tel: (91) (33) 2282 6320/2282 6321 Fax: (+91) (33) 2282 6322 Website:

Dark and Light Blind Care – The Netherlands

“Every 5 seconds, one person in our world goes blind … and a child goes blind every minute”.

Dark and Light Blind Care helps visually impaired people in Africa and Asia, especially children, through prevention, treatment, education and vocational training.


History of the Foundation Dark & Light Blind Care

Almost 90% of the 45 million blind people in the world live in developing countries. Of the, at least 1,5 million are children. Only 2% of these children have access to some form of education. Not only do these children suffer from blindness, but in many countries these children are neglected, scorned, exploited and sometimes cast out by their parents and the people around them. In comparison to the very advanced means to aid the visually impaired in our country, the situation of the blind and visually impaired people in the third world courtiers often is very pitiable.

In order to approach this problem, the Foundation Dark & Light was formed by Dr. Martien Cozijnsen and his wife Jenny in the Netherlands. This small ‘family foundation’ has grown to become a professional foundation that has achieved a place in the world of the aid for visually impaired. It was the Biblical mission that drove the founders and is still the source of inspiration and basis for all activities of the foundation.

From this source of inspiration Dark & Light Blind Care aims specifically to assist blind and visually impaired children by means of projects that structurally improve their independence. This restriction is necessary in order to substantially be assistance. A wider work ground would imply a wide range of activities without a firm underground. An organisation with the extent of Dark & Light Blind Care is indebted to itself and those she aims to help to focus on a goal that is manageable without losing sight of the greater perspective of the problems in the third world countries.

Next to the projects in South East Asia, Dark & Light Blind Care is also involved in projects in approximately 27 countries in the Far East and Africa. It carries out projects of only a few thousand euros for a training but also projects of several hundred thousands of guilders for construction projects or assistance to organisations over a period of many years.

The Foundation Dark & Light Care has achieved a place in the world of aid to visually impaired people. A worth while place after 20 years of hard work by several people. Looking back we may state the work really has had some impact in the third world countries.



Foundation Dark & Light (founded 1982)

The method of work of the Foundation Dark & Light Blind Care is solely directed at projects which are professional and suited to the area and culture in which those needing help are to be found. Our people have a lot of experience in the problems of the developing world and insight into the possibilities of solving some of these problems.

Each project is unique, yet they have much in common: they are committed to structural improvement in the often ” desperate situation of the visually handicapped. Through long term planning we can guarantee that our projects are not superficial but aim to give effective, long-term eare. A project is only considered to be satisfactory closed when those being helped are themselves able to make effective use of the assistance and materials offered.

The Foundation Dark & Light Blind Care, founded in 1982, is based on Christian principles and vision. Care for others, certainly those who need help, is the motivation of all those involved in our work. Every visually handicapped person in the developing world belongs, in principle, to our target group, regardless of their religion, background, race, sex or political persuasion.

Dark & Light therefore aims to support :

  • Integrated education for children with visual impairment and assist projects to facilitate this type of education.
  • Orientation & Mobility Courses and training in daily living skills.
  • Community Based Rehabilitation and skill training for visually impaired adults.
  • The training of eye doctors, eye nurses and field workers and the establishment of specialised eye care centres.
  • Identification programmes and programmes for early intervention mainly focused on rural areas.
  • The prevention of blindness.
  • Projects for people with Low. Vision and for the multiple handicapped blind.


Address of Dark & Light Blind Care

Postal address:

Foundation Dark & Light Blind Care,

PO – Box 672,3900 AR Veenendaal,

Tel : +31-318-561501, Fax: +31-318-561577

The Netherlands




Vendelier 13,3905, PB Veenendaal

The Netherlands

Dalit Foundation


Equality, dignity and rights

  • Our mission is to be a partner in the struggle to eliminate caste-based discrimination and ensure
  • equality and equal rights for all, by:
  • Supporting groups engaged in the struggle for social change.
  • Promoting new leaders committed to the ideology of equality and equal rights for all.
  • Creating public understanding and favorable public opinion.


We envision a society in South Asia where Dalit communities, especially women, live with dignity and have equal opportunity, and social and economic justice.

Accelerating change for equality

The Dalit Foundation has its genesis in the search for institutional support by activists and individuals involved in the Dalit communities struggle for equality.

It was felt that setting up a foundation to focus on segments living in extreme poverty and facing acute caste-based discrimination, would accelerate the process of change in the lives of Dalit communities.

The Foundation would strengthen these communities, with special focus on women. It would support capacity building and networking. Individuals and institutions, both domestic and international, would support the Foundation.


The foundation focuses on areas, especially in northen India, where Dalit concerns need to be addressed. It seeks to support new initiatives led by Dalits in neglected areas, while strengthening existing movements and groups.


  • Eradicate untouchability, social discrimination and caste-based atrocities, with emphasis on Dalit women.
  • Provide support for livelihood-minimum wages, education, health, housing and insurance for laborers in the unorganized sector.
  • Rights over land, water bodies, villages, forests ad other means of production.
  • Create public understanding and favorable public opinion.
  • The foundation supports voluntary organizations to access government programs and resources.

Funds are normally allocated as follows:

By Type

Voluntary organizations with an annual budget not exceeding Rs. 10 lakh (large organizations supported in exceptional cases) 5 0%
Individual fellowships 15%
Networking and advocacy 25%
Educational scholarships 5%
Organizations working with tribals and minorities 5%

By region

North-Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar 40%
East-Jharkhand, Chhattisgarth, Assam, Orissa and West Bengal 20%
West-Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa 20%
South-Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Kamataka and Pondicherry 20%

Who can apply

( I )  Registered Indian organization which:

  • Work in an innovative manner to bring about change on a range of issues affecting Dalit rights, such as land reforms, untouchability and manual scavenging
  • Have an annual income budget not exceeding Rs. 10 lakh.
  • Are led by people – especially women – from the discriminated community.
  • Do not focus on a single sub-caste.
  • Are not associated with any political party.
  • Have not been convicted of any offence.


(2)  Individuals (for fellowship) who:

  • Are not paid employees or consultants with organizations.
  • Are engaged in their individual capacity as activists or researchers, and who have either adequate academic qualification or work experience.
  • Come from a background of discrimination and/or poverty.
  • Are not office bearers of any political party and who have not been convicted of any offence that would adversely affect the credibility of the Foundation.

How to apply

An increasing number of groups and individuals working for Dalit communities are looking for expression. The Dalit Foundation, with its very limited resources, is a partner in fulfilling their aspirations. However, larger initiatives and events can be supported only with the growth of the Foundation. We, therefore, request that you read the eligibility criteria and the application procedure very carefully before you proceed.

Step 1

The Foundation invites organizations and individuals to submit a proposal idea in the form of a letter of inquiry. The letter should not be more than a page long, and should summaries the background, the project idea, expected results and budget required. Organizations will need to indicate current budget and FCRA status. Grant amounts will not exceed Rs. 3 lakh per year. Within a month, we will inform you whether the idea falls within the Foundation’s priority areas or not.

Step 2

If the letter of inquiry is accepted, our representative will visit you and you will be asked to formulate a full proposal clearly spelling out the indicators for assessing impact.

Step 3

The proposal will be independently assessed by a panel of trustees / advisors, and its decision will be final.

The entire assessment process could take between three and four months.


The Dalit Foundation

Registered Office

C-105, Royal Chinmay, Next to Simandhar Tower, Opp. Judges Bungalow, Bodakdev, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad – 380 054, Gujrat

Administrative Office

D/25-D, South Extension Part II, New Delhi 110 049 Tel:+91-011-51640929, Fax:+91-011-51643982

Email: [email protected], [email protected]


CRY – Child Rights and You

CRY stands for Child Rights and You. CRY is an Indian non-government organisation (NGO) that works towards restoring basic rights to underprivileged Indian children. CRY was started by seven young people in December 1978. One of them, an airline purser called Rippan Kapur, was the moving spirit behind the whole thing. Their objective – to do what they could to improve the situation of underprivileged Indian children. Their first office – Rippan’s mother’s dining table. Unusually, the founders of CRY chose not to found a grassroot-level implementing organisation working directly with and for underprivileged children. Instead, they opted to make CRY a link between the millions of Indians who could provide resources and the thousands of dedicated fieldworkers struggling to function for lack of them. They saw their role as enablers and in so doing created an institution that is a unique model of a community movement that takes responsibility for its weakest and most vulnerable members and motivates and catalyses change on their behalf.

CRY focuses on the 4 basic rights of children. These were defined in 1989, by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, on international human rights treaty to which 191 countries, including India, are signatories.

  • the right to survival – to life, health, nutrition, name and nationality.
  • the right to development – to education, care, leisure, recreation.
  • the right to protection – from exploitation, abuse, neglect.
  • the right to participation – to expression, information, thought and religion.

CRY works to ensure that these rights are available to all categories of underprivileged children, including street children, girl children, children bonded in labor, children of commercial sex workers, physically and mentally challenged children and children in juvenile institutions. 25 years after it began work, CRY has made a profound difference to the lives of more than 1.25 million Indian children, by channelising the resources of over 100,000 individuals and organisations. In doing so, it has shown that lasting change happens when individuals believe it can happen and do what they can to make it happen.

Mission Statement

To enable people to take responsibility for the situation of the deprived Indian child and so motivate them to confront the situation through collective action thereby giving the child and themselves an opportunity to realise their full potential.

Core CRY Principles

Children, individuals and communities can and must determine their own futures.

Ensuring access to quality social infrastructure and services is a key State responsibility.

  • Sustainable change requires.
  • constructive engagement with all stakeholders.
  • and multi-layered interventions that simultaneously address service delivery, community capacity building, networking and advocacy.
  • Accountability, transparency.
  • Secularism.
  • Non-violence.

How We Work: Development Support

We adopt an angel investor / social venture capitalist approach to grant-making. That means we look for promising, nascent, grassroots NGOs and provide the financial, managerial, informational and networking inputs required to help them achieve scale and sustainability. These include project-planning, financial management, material requirements, perspective-building programmes, baseline data establishment, organisational development, training for skill building, information support, and developing promotional material. Since inception, we have enabled more than 300 child-development initiatives across the country, thereby making a lasting impact to the lives of over a million children.

What We Do: Nature of Support

With the NGOs we support, we see our role as that of a partner. Each infusion of funds is accompanied by the non-financial inputs like in training, materials, infrastructure, organization development and moral support. Our partnership takes the form of

Direct Action : Working with children, their parents and the community in which they live to ensure long-term viability by encouraging community ownership of the initiative.

Building capacities : Providing inputs in the areas of organisation building, programme development (especially with locally relevant tools), training, and perspective building in child rights and accountability.

Networking : Bringing together organisations and individuals working in the same area, so as to enhance their collective impact.

Influencing: Playing an effective role in influencing government policies towards child rights.

This enabling position has determined our strategic choices at every juncture from the fundraising methods we employ, to the nature of our relationship with the NGOs we partner.

How We Work: Networking

To encourage CRY partners to share what they know and learn what they don’t, we have proactively set up networks which function at various levels to enhance solidarity, enable the transfer of learning, increase the effectiveness of policy influencing efforts and establish standards in the area of public accountability.

We also work with other NGO’s at the regional, state and national level on issues related to children. We have been the prime mover in forming state-level networks of organizations working for children’s rights in Maharashtra, Orissa, West bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Tamil Nadu. We are also part of many state and national issue-based alliances like the Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL). End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism (ECPAT), Donor Agency Network (DAN) and the National Alliance for the Fundamental Right to Education (NAFRE).

How We Work: Influencing Policies

While we consider the state to be primarily responsible for ensuring the rights of children, we realise that we too have a role to play in impacting policies on issues related to children. We are consultants to the government for pre-funding and mid-year evaluation for projects for street children in the five metropolitan cities. In the future we will be collaborating with the government on Member of Parliament Sensitisation programmes and building of an MP’s Forum on Child Rights. We also plan to work with various levels of Government to promote a comprehensive Child Rights Act/Law for India and the formation of a strong Child Rights Commission.

Quality Institutional Care and Alternative for Children

Most of us believe that children in institutional care are there because they are orphans or have been abandoned by their parents. In reality, most of them have both or at least one parent. Poverty, illness, an unsafe environment, inadequate schooling facilities, lack of access to education … all these are factors that make parents seek institutional care for their children. As a result, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children seeking and entering the institutional system.

CRY’S Approach

Prioritise grant-making basis-district-level analysis of child rights indicators.

Identify grassroots NGOs/CBOs addressing the key issues.

  • Build perspective and capacity
  • Child rights
  • accountability
  • organisation building
  • policy analysis
  • advocacy

Design intervention to include

  • direct action ameliorating immediate, critical needs
  • community mobilisation linking child rights and local pre-dominant issues
  • interface with local government and other power structures
  • alliances with state, regional, issue interest groups
  • stringent planning, monitoring and evaluation both, financial and programmatic

Partnerships: Implementing Organisations

CRY-partnered development initiatives work in the area of child rights at the grassroots level and include both individuals and organizations.

Individuals: The kippon Kapur Fellowship programme launched in 1994, highlights the under-lying philosophy of CRY – that individuals can and indeed, do make a difference in changing what needs to be changed. Since its existence this programme has created a whole cadre of development professionals working at the grassroots level on various issues affecting children.

Organisations : We support implementing organisations across India that work directly with underprivileged children, their communities and local government bodies; encouraging them towards community ownership of the initiative to bring about lasting change in the lives of our nation’s children. This is particularly critical where both, society and government institutions are still plagued by elements of feudalism, caste, ethnicity and religion.

Our team of qualified professionals, from the development sector responsible for the selection, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation CRY-partnered initiatives.

Criteria for supporting an initiative

  • focus on children.
  • focus on nascent initiatives – grassroots or urban.
  • Priority to projects in areas where no other projects/facility.
  • Vision, commitment, approach to work of the project partner.

Project concepts should empower the community in which they work, the parents and ultill make an irreversible change to the lives of children.

Process for selection and appraisal

Fill or send an application as per our format covering details like the objective of the initiative, partner’s background, experience on the field, financial details etc.

Our branch screens and short lists these application.

A pre-funding, evaluation.

An internal discussion on the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats.

Recommendation by the Development Support team at branch and head office levels.

Approval by our Board of Trustees.

The office in India

CRY-Child Rights and you- Delhi : DDA Slum Wing (Barat Ghar), Kotia Mubarakpur, New Delhi 110 003.

7cS: 24693137.4790/3159. Fax: 24632302m E-mail: [email protected]

Mumbai: 189 A, Aisand Estate, Sane Guaiji Marg, Mumbai 400 011, Tel : 23096845/6472, Fax: 23080726,

E-mail: [email protected]

Bangalore: Madhavi Mansion, 12/3-1, Bachammal Road, Cox Town, Banpalore 560 005, Tel: 25484952/ 8574, Fax: 2547355, E-mail: [email protected]

Chennai: 57/2P.S. Sivaswamy

Salai (Sullivan Garden Road), Mylapore, Chennai 600 004. Tel : 24996984/24671828, Fax: 24672407,

E-mail : [email protected]

Kolkata : 511, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata700 068 Tel : 24148118/8055, Fax : 24148030, E-mail : [email protected] Website:

Concern India Foundation (CIF)

Started in 1991, Concern India Foundation (CIF) is a non-profit, public charitable trust that supports development – oriented organisations working for the disadvantaged. CIF believes that the disadvantaged need opportunities not charity and provides financial and non-financial support to development – oriented organisations working at the grassroots level to bring about positive change.

CIF focuses on core issues essential to sustainable social development

  • Education
  • Health
  • Community Development
  • Environment

CIF reaches out to more than 100 NGOs through its offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata. Its aim is to make every disadvantaged individual self-reliant, creating a society of independent people living with dignity

Reaching Out

CIF supports various initiatives for providing opportunities to the underprivileged to better their lives.

CIF works with dev-oriental non-profit organisations that reach out to –

  • Destitute and/or orphaned children
  • Deserted and/or abused woman
  • Tribals
  • The Disabled
  • The Aged
  • The Environment

Our Support to NGOs

For NGO, the most valuable asset is its commitment to a cause. What it often lacks are funds and professional expertise. With neither of these, NGOs are severely crippled in carrying on their core activities i.e. providing education, health facilities, vocational training and shelter to the needy. CIF’s primary activity is to provide them essential support.

CIF supports grassroots level NGOs according to specific criteria :

  • Work towards empowerment of the individual.
  • Work towards conservation of the environment.
  • Has clear objectives and short and long-term development plans.
  • Employs innovative approaches to problem-solving.
  • Has potential for sustain growth and expansion.
  • In addition to providing fund, CIF also provides more practical support including providing communication expertise.

Some Support Activities

  • Child Art Exhibition – All India Activity Concern’s NGO Mela – Mumbai. Sports day for Project
  • Children – All India Activity.

Donor Partnership

Success Stories

Contact us:

[email protected]

CIF Offices in India

Mumbai : Ador House, G. K. Dubash Marg,

Mumbai 400 001, Tel: 022- 22029708, 22855487

Fax: 022 – 2204 3625

E-mail: [email protected]

Pune : Pune Resource Centre, C/o Centurion Hotel,

Opp-Akashwani, Shivajinagar, Pune-411005

Tel: 020-3092 1249, 25510600, Fax: 020-25520400

E-mail: [email protected]

Delhi : A-52, 1st floor, Amar Colony, Lajpatnagar-IV,

New Delhi 110 024, Tel : 011-26224482/3,

Fax: 26210997, E-mail : [email protected]

Hyderabad : Flat # 3, 402 Nirman Towers,

East Maradpally, Hederabad-500 026,

Tel : 040-27732950, Fax: 27731460

Email: [email protected]

Bangalore : 104, Ground Floor, St. John’s

Church Raod, Bangalore-560 051

Tel : 080-5305775, Fax: 080-5549422

E-mail: [email protected]

Chennai : No. IC, 1st Floor, Vardrajpuram Poeos Road

Teg nampete, Chennai, Tamil Naidu

Tel : 044-4359790, Fax: 044-4359788

E-mail: [email protected]

Kolkata : P-496, 1st Floor, Keyatala Road

Kolkata 700 029, Tel : 033-26646531

Fax: 033-24635519, E-mail: [email protected]


Concern Worldwide began in 1968 as a response of the people of Ireland to the famine in Biafra, the breakaway Eastern Region of Nigeria. Since then. Concern has grown to the point where it works in 30 countries with an annual budget of around Euro60 million. Funding to support Concern’s work, comes from a wide variety of sources including the general public in the countries where there are fund-raising offices, the Irish Government (Ireland Aid), British Government (DFID), the US Government (USAID), Birtish Government (DFID), the US Government (USAID), the European Union, the United Nations and many other donors.

Concern’s Mission

To enable absolutely poor people to achieve major improvements in their lives, which are sustainable without ongoing support from Concern. To this end we will work with the poor themselves and with local and international partners who share our vision to create just and democratic societies where the poor can exercise their fundamental rights.

To achieve its mission the organisation :

  • responds to people in a caring and personalised manner that emphasis’s their human and cultural dignity.
  • is prepared to work effectively in the most difficult of circumstances with poor people.
  • forms alliances and working arrangements with other organisations and government bodies.
  • balance enthusiasm and necessary risk-taking with prudent judgment and a professional approach.
  • uses creativity and pragmatism in the face of obstacles to its work.
  • engages in long term development work, responds to emergency situations, and undertakes development education and advocacy to those aspects of world poverty which require national or international action.

At the heart of Concern’s operations throughout the world is a spirit of enthusiasm and shared commitment on the part of all its staff. This spirit is also given expression by the enthusiasm and dedication of volunteers and supporters.

The approach has expanded, from providing relief directly to victims in emergencies, to include longer term development and advocacy work, the latter a reflection of Concern’s new ‘rights based’ approach. The predominant mode of working is now changing from direct implementation to working through partners. The five global areas of programme focus are Livelihood Security, Health, Primary Education, HIV/AIDS and Emergency Response.

Concern India Strategic Plan July 2002 – June 2005

Concern aims to identify ways of working within the overall strategy that maximise its ability to make a difference, while recognising that the organisation is a small player on a big stage. Key features of the strategy are :

Concern targets absolutely poor and vulnerable people in India.

Concern maintains a balance between emergency preparedness and response, long term development and advocacy work in India.

Concern’s work in India is focused upon :

  • livelihood security;
  • planning and governance for poverty alleviation;
  • emergency preparedness and response.

For longer term work, the focus is on Orissa State (Keonjhar and Sundargarh Districts and Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri urban areas), While emergency preparedness covers the most vulnerable areas across India. Advocacy work at the central level is also prioritised.

All of Concern’s work in India is implemented through partners both to achieve impact through projects and to help in the building of local capacity.

Concern sees inequality as a major cause of poverty and therefore addresses relevant equality issues through its work, with an emphasis on gender.

Concern India aims to grow to the point where it has a budget of Euro I million and around 20 partner projects (by the end of the strategy period for development and emergency preparedness work), while maintaining quality.

Concern has responded to the following emergencies :

Bangladesh. War Refugee Crisis in West Bengal – 1971

Latur Earthquake in Maharashtra – 1993

Orissa Super Cyclone – 1999

Gujarat Earthquake – 2001

Orissa Floods-2001

Orissa Drought-2001

Bihar Floods-2002

Current Programmes

Concern works out of two offices in India: one in Bhubaneswar, Orissa (where the Head office is located) and the other in Rajkot, Gujarat (to follow up on earthquake rehabilitation work)


At the moment geographical area covered is only Orissa State.

The Orissa programme is still in its early stages of development. The process has started of developing partnership with local organisations working on livelihood, governance and emergency preparedness in the targeted rural and urban areas.

Alliance 2015

Concern is a founder member of Alliance : 2015-an alliance of European NGOs with the aim of developing consortia based programmes and strengthening joint advocacy at the international level – the other members being DWHH (Germany), Hivos (Netherlands), IBIS (Denmark) and CESVI (Italy).

Alliance 2015 Initiative in India – Andhra Pradesh Education Project

This project is implemented by MV Foundation which is supported by Concern and DWHH through their Alliance partner HIVOS. The aim of the project is to eliminate child labour by universalising elementary education in Ranga Reddy District.

Contact details

Country Office:

1266, Bhoi Nagar, Unit – IX, Bhubaneswar – 751 022, Orissa, India

Telefax: 91 -674-2404132/2404238

Email: [email protected].

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