Welcome to Adhar


Being a child centric organization, ADHAR’s program focus revolves around the basic rights of the children which emphasizes on holistic development of the socially excluded children including their families, communities and other related stakeholders. Though, child issues can never be taken in isolation, ADHAR emphases on roots of marginalization, deprivation and exclusion of different communities from mainstream development which largely influence the lives of their children and further prevent the children in asserting their basic rights as envisaged in UN Convention on rights of the Children (UNCRC). ADHAR believes child could never been seen in isolation because its closely related to their families, their communities, local level governance system, state and nation, so ADHAR strategies its focus on basic issues which directly or indirectly affect the development of children. Accordingly, ADHAR emphasizes on child centric community development in order to ensure holistic development of underprivileged children for further assertion of their basic rights as envisaged in UNCRC, Indian Constitution and other National & International instruments. In order to transmute its Mission & Vision into reality, ADHAR emphases on following Programs:


1.    Education

ADHAR believes Education is a fundamental right of every child. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. Although enshrined in the Convention on Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Indian Constitution, some 30 million primary-school-age children are still denied this right in India. In most cases, poverty prevents children from attending school.  ADHAR understands the importance of the Education in order to development the potential of every child. So we have taken Education as one of the Core Program area of ADHAR. Accordingly, we emphasize every child access quality education whatever may be the circumstances. Believe that no child excluded from their right to education. Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights.


Program Goal:

Every child has access to free and quality education at least up to 10th standard within their reach


Objectives of education Program:

·         To activate early child Education for 3-6 age group children through appropriate support services to strengthen the foundation of child.

·         To ensure quality in education of formal government school by ensuring provisions specified in right to education act through evidence based advocacy and social accountability tools.

·         To enable all socially excluded children in accessing formal education in neighbouring formal schools by promoting appropriate accessible, barrier free and inclusive environment

·         To strengthen, supplement and complement the primary and mass education programs of government providing networking, liaison, coordination and facilitation services and technical assistance.

·         To strengthen capacity of partner NGOs, civil societies and academic sphere through providing technical assistance and other required support services.

·         To conduct research & study on relevant issues pertaining to pre-primary, primary education and secondary education.


2.   Child Health & Nutrition

Despite of economic growth India is faced with an unparalleled child survival and health challenge. The country contributes 1.95 million of the global burden of 9.2 million under-five child deaths, which is the highest for any nation in the world. Nearly 26 million infants are born each year, of whom nearly 1 million die before completing the first 4 weeks of life and 1.7 million die before reaching the first birthday


The major killers of children are – acute respiratory infections, dehydration due to diarrhoea, measles and neonatal tetanus and in some areas malaria. The high prevalence of malnutrition contributes to over 50% of child deaths. In India, a significant proportion of child deaths (over 40% of under-five Mortality and 64% of infant mortality) take place in the neonatal period. Apart from infections, other causes like asphyxia, hypothermia and pre-maturity are responsible for neonatal mortality. About one-third of the newborns have a birth weight less than 2500 gram (low-birth weight). A significant proportion of mortality occurs in low-birth weight babies,


According to current estimates, about 70% of all childhood mortality in developing India is due to five major conditions: diarrheal diseases, acute lower respiratory tract infections (ARI), malaria, measles, and malnutrition. There is a great deal of evidence that malnutrition, even in its milder forms, can increase the likelihood of mortality from a number of different diseases and may be associated with over half of all childhood mortality. This makes malnutrition one of the most important public health problems in the Indian states like Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. To have a sustained impact on childhood morbidity and mortality, the child health programs intended to intervene in reducing malnutrition.


ADHAR has taken Child health & Nutrition as one of the core Programme area for the protection of the rights of every child to proper nutrition and healthcare in communities where malnourished children and destitute mothers are most vulnerable.


Goal: Every child has access to quality health and nutritional care that minimise mortality & morbidity of children and mothers


The Objectives of Child health & Nutrition Program

·         Improving new-born and child survival by addressing underlying causes of morbidity and mortality and expanding preventative measures to remote communities and slums;

·         Increasing maternal survival through building the capacity of community Based Institutions, Adolescent groups, and other service providers (government/non-government) ;

·         Engaging with respective departments of government for effective implementation of schemes and programmes like ICDS and NRHM;

·         Strengthening the Government health service delivery system through evidence based advocacy using social accountability mechanism as an instrument.

·         Conducting study and research pertaining to child survival issues for policy advocacy and strategic intervention.



3.   Child Protection


Child protection program serves children who are at high risk as a result of being exposed to and affected by criminal and violent acts, such as assault, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. It aims to ensure a secured future, improved quality of life and basic rights for the needs, vulnerable children who are at risk, through the provision of holistic care, 24 hrs support and other necessary activities. This program aims to eliminate child labour, protect children from different kinds of abuse, rehabilitate addicted children and ensure all children’s rights of basic education and health through advocacy, networking with government or non-government organisations and awareness generation in the larger community. Child protection program offers counselling, detoxification, rehabilitation and follow-up of the children, who are substance abusers or hard-core drug addicts, mainstreaming of children who are involved in child labour, treatment, nutritional supplementation for severely malnourished children, networking and lobbying with government and other stakeholders on issues concerning child labour.


Goal: Every child protected from the threat of physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, violence and vulnerability and enjoys a secure childhood.



·      To prevent children from potential risk of abuse, exploitation, violence and ill affect by creating protective environment in respective families, community, service providers and larger society;

·      To reduce incidence of child trafficking, child labour, street children and child migration through appropriate support services and proper engagement with the respective system;

·      To coordinate and cooperate with appropriate authorities of state and central government for proper implementation of schemes and policies;

·      To promote protective environment and safe practices in schools, child homes, hostels and other institutions run by government, corporate and civil society organizations;

·      To conduct study & research on relevant protection issues of children for further advocacy and campaign


4.   Food & Livelihood Security

The food and livelihood programme area of ADHAR is meant for addressing the food and livelihood insecurities of underprivileged children, their families and communities. Although Government of India in recent years  contrivance so many flagship programmes for ensuring food and livelihood security of the poor families, still thousands of families are food insecure and lack of livelihood security. Programme like MGNREGA, NRLM, SGSY etc. Again crisis has broken the backbone of the rural livelihoods, so the major victims of these food and livelihood crisis of families ultimately adversely impact the lives of the children.


Looking at the gravity of the food & livelihood issues, ADHAR through its Food & Livelihood security programme envisages reducing the vulnerability of the poor and marginalised families, so that the children of those families and communities could able to access education, health and nutrition support which further provide them a secure childhood. The Programme focus on promotion of Agro and non-agro based livelihood by engaging with the community as well as the service providers.



Each and every family of the underprivileged children have access to adequate nutritional food and their families have a secured & sustainable livelihood opportunity.



·       Improving food security of vulnerable families through better access to food entitlements provided by government;

·       Engaging with service providers for proper delivery of employment & livelihood generation schemes and programmes which further benefit the marginalised communities;

·       Increasing agro based production by promotion of sustainable farming practices and ecologically sustainable crops;

·       Enhancing livelihood opportunity of the youth, women and socially excluded community through life skill and vocational skill development;



Strategies and approaches:

ADHAR adopts following approaches and strategies for effectiveness of its intervention and bring visible changes in the lives of the underprivileged children:

ADHAR adopts a Right based approach with due respect the International Law like UNCRC, UNCRPD and Constitution of India. The core approach of ADHAR inclined to Social accountability and Social Inclusion.

Awareness and education: ADHAR stresses on proper education and awareness of the families, communities and other stakeholders on rights of the children.

Sensitisation: Sensitisation of the service providers and policy administrators on children’s right to education, health, protection and participation is an important strategy of ADHAR.

Capacity building: ADHAR adopts Capacity building as one of the core strategies; ADHAR believes that the underprivileged families, communities, service providers and other stakeholders need capacity building

Handholding support: ADHAR provides handholding support to the most vulnerable children, families and community for emergency need.

Promotion of replicable Models: Promoting innovative child centric development model is one of the important strategies of ADHAR. The innovative models 

Engagement with service providers and Policy Administrators: Positive engagement with Policy administrators and service providers is meant for collective efforts in addressing complex issues which influence the lives of the underprivileged children, their families and larger communities.

Study and Research: this is a key strategy of ADHAR which help ADHAR in understanding the root causes of the vulnerabilities, factors responsible for the different issues and enhance the knowledge base for effective intervention and also a major tool for advocacy.

Evidence based advocacy: ADHAR believes in evidence based advocacy, so we use this strategy through social accountability tools.

Networking:  ADHAR build alliance with other likeminded NGOs, CBOs and civil society actors for larger level advocacy on rights of the children.







Child rights

Project Background:

Child rights project has been implementing in 7 Gram Panchayats of Loisingha Block under Bolangir District since last 7 years with support from Child Rights and You (CRY).


Project Objectives:




Key achievements:


Reducing Corruption in MGNREGA & PDS through citizen campaign


Project Background:


Project Objectives:




Key achievements:



Community based Rehabilitation


Project Background:


Project Objectives:




Key achievements:



Odisha Social Inclusion Program


Project Background:


Project Objectives:




Key achievements:





Project Background:


Project Objectives:




Key achievements:



Empowerment of Rural Women


Project Background:


Project Objectives:




Key achievements:



Community Childcare Centre


Project Background:


Project Objectives:




Key achievements:



Our Partners:

Funding Partners:

1.    Child Right and You (CRY), India

2.    CBR Forum (Caritas India), India

3.    Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, India

4.    Sightsavers

5.    Partnership for Transparency Fund, USA

6.    Childline India Foundation, India

7.    International Childcare Trust, UK


Implementation Partners:

1.    Bhagbat Pathagar Salepali

2.    Sankalpa, Larki, Kantabanji

3.    Palli Alok Pathagar, Nagaon (B)


| Home | About us | Contact us | Our Programme | Resources | Get Involved | Contact Us |