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Children Coverage Detail

Year Female Male Total
2009-10 28 21 49
2010-11 115 96 211
2011-12 50 156 206
2012-13 150 231 381
2013-14 108  181 289
2014-15 99 127 226

Child care

Nisarga Grama, a nature village

In view of the various challenges we were facing to support all these children, it seemed necessary to have a unique huge centre regrouping all the amenities for the children’s development. And the centre had to be located far away from the city, to ensure that the children are not lured back to their old ways.

That is why the Sparsha team has recently initiated its dream project: ‘Nisarga Grama’ – a nature village for 500 underprivileged and vulnerable children in Hesaraghatta, Bangalore – whose only purpose is to get every child to school.

Nisarga Grama is a state-of-the-art rehabilitation centre, self-sustained and eco-friendly, which will play a key role in providing children with education and life-skill development.

Mission: Ensure that children in the 6-18 years age group enjoy their Right to Education.

Goal: To create a child-friendly space where children can express themselves through various creative activities and use Nisarga Grama as a platform for their overall development.

  • To guarantee protection, education, participation and overall growth in an eco-friendly and self-sustained centre to the children already under our care and other needy children.
  • To reach every child in need of care and protection and to reintegrate him/her back to parental care.
  • To create multi-dimensional learning spaces and open platforms for the overall growth of each child.
  • To make the centre energy-efficient by the use of biogas, solar energy, rain water harvesting and recycling.

What is Nisarga Grama?
On October 22nd, Nisarga Grama will open its doors to 300 children who need care and protection and finally to a total of 500 children before 2018.

Nisarga Grama will offer them an access to all kinds of facilities like dormitories for boys & girls, classrooms, Kitchen & Dining hall, multipurpose hall, Multi-Dimensional Learning Centre (Library, computer lab, science lab, theatre training centre), art and craft centre, vocational training centre, staff quarters, service centre, open air auditorium, cow shed, agricultural activity, solar & bio-gas system, a playground for children, etc. All the children will get there nutritional balanced food, individualized education, and will have access to many developmental activities.

Shikshana Mitra – I, II (A friend for education)

Shikshana Mitra, “A friend for education” was initiated to reach the children who are deprived of education. This program focuses on children from 6 to 14 years old (80% are girls) and takes place in two different centres in Bangalore. Educated young persons are selected in the target community; these youth become the role model for the children by ensuring that every child is enrolled into formal or non-formal schools situated near the centre. They also, conduct tuition classes, motivation classes and other creative classes to help the children to develop themselves.

Shikshana Mitra I is a centre initiated in September 2009 and situated in the Sanjivininagar area of Bangalore. This area has a significant population of construction labour, domestic labour, and apartment house keeping (contract labour) workers. The children of this community do not find support for education at home, and hence there was a large proportion of school dropouts among them. Each year 40 to 45 children are accommodated in this centre.

    Throughout the year we conduct various programs for all the children:
  • We profile all the children based on various parameters such as: family situation, mental, physical and educational status.
  • We provide nutritious food and comfortable accommodation.
  • We counsel them about the importance of finishing their education.
  • We offer classes in English, Yoga & Meditation, Health & hygiene, Career guidance etc.
  • We provide them with an access to a library and to computers.

We started a residential centre called Shikshana Mitra II in the month of June 2010, in response to a survey realized in April 2010. This survey was conducted all over Bangalore, and showed that a large population is engaged in construction work at Manyatha Tech Park near Hebbal. This population consists of migrants from northern Karnataka who have come in search of work due to natural calamity (2009 was an especially bad year for northern Karnataka because of floods) and poverty. These families are engaged in daily wage work. Due to low wages, they are not able to fulfil their basic needs like nutritious food, clothing, house, etc. More than 4 people live in small plastic covered tents or thatched houses which are smaller than 4’ x 3 ’meter. In our survey, we found lots of children who were engaged in work, taking care of younger siblings, or were at home.

In two months, we conducted 4 community meetings and 2 street plays to give awareness about the dangers of child labour and the importance of education. We took up a house for rent near the area and created an informal centre for the children who were out of school. By the end of May 2010, children started enrolling in our centre. We profiled each child, and came to the conclusion that these children were in need of accommodation, food, care and protection. This led us to install a permanent centre in this area for 40 to 45 children: Shikshana Mitra II.

Centres of Activity:
- Shikshana Mitra I, Govt model primary school (Old build.), Sanjivininagar, Sahakarnagar post, Bangalore-92.

- Shikshana Mitra II, Make shift tents set-up at communities with high migrant labour population in Mastripalya and Rachenahalli, Behind Manyata Tech Park, Near Nagavara Circle, Bangalore

Makkala Mitra, Open Centre – I, II (A friend for Child)

Makkala Mitra are two open centres welcoming every day 25 to 35 school dropouts, child workers, rag-pickers and other children in need. Since January 2012, the centres are open 24h/24 to provide care and protection at any time to any child. The Women and Child Welfare Department of Government of India are supporting this project.

In these open centres, the children can come whenever they want to have access to all the basic facilities (food, water, healthcare, accommodation). We offer them a safe environment to play, enjoy their childhood and rebuilt their lives. A counsellor, a care-taker, a teacher and field workers are looking after the children there.

After a three-month follow-up, we motivate them to start learning activities to bridge the education gap. After 12-15 months, these children will be enrolled to neighbouring government schools to get a formal education. In the meanwhile, children will either reintegrate with their families, either register in government or private childcare institutions.

Every year, 80 to 90 children get an access to one of these centres. All the information about the children is given to the Child Welfare Committee.

    Throughout the year we conduct various programs for all the children:
  • We classify the children according to age, knowledge, interest, etc.
  • We introduce various teaching methods like child to child tutoring, using charts, using cards, games, CD Shows, building up a cultural group, etc.
  • We welcome national and international volunteers to teach English and other skills to the children
  • We organize various competitions and Theme-based story telling classes and celebrate festivals
  • We involve children in art and craft by making teaching materials
  • We insure their healthcare by regular check-ups in the nearby Government Hospital

Centres of Activity:
- Makkala Mitra I, Below Ammanikere Sulibele Road, Hosakote, Bangalore.

- Makkala Mitra II, Hosakerehalli Main road, Near Ashwini School, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore

Chinnara Thangudhama (UDC) – a centre for Urban Deprived Children

    This centre was inaugurated in December, 4th 2010, by the Honourable Education Minister of Karnataka. It is a centre which welcomes boys who have deviated from the mainstream, especially:

  • Children who were drug-addicted and need a rehab,
  • Those who were begging, rag picking, running-away or involved in child labour
  • Those who have committed non-serious offences
  • Those who have conflicts at home or who do not have parental care
  • Those who were sexually abused

    We are helping these children through the following actions:
  • Children are being trained by a team of 10 expert volunteers to get rid of addictions through counselling, educational guidance, self-evaluation, sessions of introspection, Yoga, Meditation, etc.
  • We are trying to make sure they get minimum education and can go back to normal life.
  • Regular Health check-ups are done with the help of a nearby government hospital.
  • As a motivation factor, children are taken to various exhibitions, to the funfair and the zoo, or to rural camps, etc.

Centre of Activity:
Chinnara Thangudhama, Rajiv Gandhi Colony, Queens Road, Opp to Congress(I) Off, Shivajinagar, Bangalore-91

Apta Mitra – a centre for destitute street people

Due to the changes in the socio-economic conditions in villages, there is an increased migration of people towards cities. There is also a social churn in the urban communities in which the seniors, the children and the physically-challenged citizens are not being taken care of and are left on the side. These people from urban poor families, who do not get family care and societal support, become beggars, rag-pickers, street vendors etc. They become addicted to drugs, or exploited and evolve on the fringe of society. They don’t get access to the basic amenities and are forced to live in inhuman conditions. According to the BBMP survey done in November 2010, there are more than 3000 urban homeless in the city, and according to the civil society survey done in April 2009, more than 17000 homeless have been identified in the streets.

The Supreme Court of India in its recent judgment has declared that there needs to exist at least one centre for homeless people per 100,000 persons. A synergy was necessary between local NGOs, civil society and government to implement this order of the Supreme Court. With this as a background, BBMP has proposed to create open centres for Urban Homeless in Bangalore. Sparsha has then created in 2011 one centre to provide night supper, accommodation, health care counselling and placement to urban homeless, people sleeping in the streets, beggars and elder people. This centre is in Murphy Town in Bangalore and takes care of 50 senior citizens and children.

Centre of Activity:
- Apta Mitra, BBMP building, Murphy Town, Halasuru, Bangalore.

Mobile creches

Large numbers of people have migrated to Bangalore in search of jobs; many of them come to work on a very low daily wages in construction sites. The workers came with their families and their children who became working children or street children deprived of basic education. By considering these factors, there is an urgent need and necessary interventions from voluntary organizations and right minded volunteers to tackle this issue.

This burning issue should be focused on childcare, prevention from abuses, protection from dangers, educational rehabilitation and mainstreaming of the dropouts, working and street children through various interventions.

Sparsha Trust is collaborating with Mobile Crèches India to settle a group of mobile crèches in Bangalore. We ensure childcare – health, nutrition, early learning and care – for 0 to 14 year old children. It is a partnership between real estate developers and contractors, other local communities and the government. The main goals are to create awareness around child related issues, mobilize a common voice around childcare and enable young families to adopt best childcare practices.

    The children are divided in three different groups according to their age:

  • For 0 to 3 year old children: provide care, medical assistance, balanced and nutritional food, playful environment
  • For  3 to 6 year old children: in addition to these, offer them learning activities through playful activities
  • For 6 to 14 year old children: in addition to these, give to children a non-formal education and bridge their education gap to enrol them to school

Save me

With the collaboration of Fidelity National Financial and Woman and Child Development Department, four contact points have been created in Mysore road, Bangalore urban and Hosakote Bangalore rural areas, in order to connect to every child that needs care and protection and give him/her basic education.

At any of these contact points, it is estimated that around 60 to 70 children of labour workers are not going to school. Approximately 150 to 200 huts are in these areas, and the elder girl children are taking care of siblings, cleaning house, washing the vessels etc. They are easy target for abuse by local people and strangers. Many cases are filed through ChildLine regarding harassment. Also, there are other threats to the safety of these children, such as snakes, scorpion, stray dogs and chances to fell into drainage, water pits, bore well and holes. At Contact Point, we prevent and protect these children from all these threats by creating a safe, caring environment where the children can come to spend the whole day, play with other kids and participate in various learning activities.

Contact Points were set up in the areas where most of the low-waged migrants are working, where these abandoned, underprivileged children are mostly found. These areas include garbage dump yards, unauthorized slums, quarry working area, railway stations, bus stations, migrated construction working areas.


One social worker is working together with one volunteer in these areas every day from morning till evening to identify the street children and bring them to a Contact Point. Their goal is to convince the parents to send their children to contact points and engage them in learning, reading activities, making them to play games, providing recreational facilities like TV show, children motivational movie related to education and refreshing them by giving snacks. Each child can have access to educational course, developmental activities and obtain one warm meal every day. Upon successful completion of the bridging course, these children are admitted into public schools for formal education. Facilitators discuss with the parents regarding their children progress, preparing chart for each child regarding their learning level; they do parents and children counselling. If needed, these children are also connected into other shelters/care centres.

We are targeting to operate 4 contact points at 4 locations, in which every day, approximately 100 children receive our services. Out of these, we expect 80% of children will be admitted into mainstream education and settled in a public school within 12 months after joining the programme.
We also partner with other organisations to raise awareness among our other stakeholder groups in order to have a wider and bigger impact.

Our Approach & Methodology:

    • Having a good understanding of the local issues of the children, and having the right knowledge and expertise at our centres to provide the required services for our children and their parents.
    • Providing safe and comfortable Contact Point locations, with a range of services offered to the children and their families (such as education, counselling, and basic meals).
    • Engaging and educating the children under a safe, comfortable environment with a range of daily activities and protect them from harassment and abuses. Educating and engaging their parents also to raise awareness, as well as the societies around these centres.
    • Connecting the children in need to open feeding centres, and providing educational bridging course to support integration of these children into the mainstream education system.

Centre of Activity:

    In Bangalore urban, Sparsha Trust contact points are located at the following places:
  • Mastri Palya, behind Manyata techpark, near Hebbal
  • Vinayaka Layout, Nayanda Halli, Mysore Road, Bangalore

    In Bangalore rural, Sparsha Trust contact points are functioning in:
  •  Chimasandra, Old Madras Road, Bangalore
  • Sowkyaroad, Thirumala shetta halli, Hoskote Taluk