Our Milestones 1997 to 2014
1997 We started working on a range of issues including HIV, Gender and Masculinity with young adults.
Our first initiative to work in Government run Child Care Institutions like Dhrubashram and Kishalaya near Kolkata in West Bengal. 1998
1999 We received our very first funding from Child Rights and You (CRY).
We initiated our Art Based Intervention in Dhrubashram and Kishalay,government children's homes in West Bengal. Save the Children,UK commisioned us to develop a manual on Theatre and Art Based Psychosocial intervention.This became the base of all our future art based interventions. 2000
2000 GOAL India supported our intervention with children living on the railway stations in Bandel and Baruipur in West Bengal
We received an overall official permission to work in Government run Child Care Institutions for boys and primarily focused on restoration and social reintegration. 2001
2002 We were appointed as the Resource Organization for the West Bengal Chapter of Quality Institutional Care & Alternatives for Children (QIC & AC) later renamed as the Coalition for the Child's Right to Protection (CCRP)
We started working in Malda railway station in collaboration with the Railway Protective Force (RPF) and developed the model of Muktangan, an open drop in centre for the platform children.
2003 We helped set up community based organization Nirmaan,and handed over the Baruipur programme to them.
This year marked expansion of Muktangan in the three major railway stations of West Bengal- Asansol, Kharagpur and Coochbehar and was supported by Groupe Developpment, France 2004
2005 Railway Children extended support to Muktangan and our work also started in Korok home,Jalpaiguri and Anadashram, Berhampur in West Bengal which are government children’s homes for children found alone
Muktangan extended to Coochbehar railway station in West Bengal 2006
2007 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on repatriation of Bangladeshi children was issued by Government of West Bengal, based on the model practiced by Praajak. Coalition for the Child's Right to Protection (CCRP) starts setting up mass based child protection units all over West Bengal
We launched our very first material resource programme called Uphaar and the Volunteer Programme was formalized. 2008
2009 Groupe Developpment supported our restoration and repatriation programme
Our first child protection work in urban slums was initiated with the South Dum Dum Municipality through Kolkata Urban Services for the Poor (KUSP) funded by Jamsetji Tata Trust 2010
2012 Muktangan extended to New Jalpaiguri railway station in West bengal
We became a member of West Bengal's Task Force on Repatriation. Terre des hommes Foundation (TDH) supports our intervention in Child Care Institutions. We started working for the very first time in Girl's Child Care Institutions.We became consultants to the Asaam State Child Protection Society (SCPS) to develop guidelines for Open Shelters at railway stations. 2013
2013 The Delhi High Court passed a judgement asking the Railways to assume responsibility of railway children and especially referred to Muktangan.
Paul Hamlyn Foundaton (PHF) extends support to our Muktangan programme.We became consultants to UNICEF to develop a teacher's manual in collaboration with SCERT.Our work extended into slums of Kharagpur, Asansol, Malda and Siliguiri in West Bengal with the inauguration of our mobile library programme 2014
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