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Founded in 1974, CINI helps poor mothers and children in India break free from the inter-generational cycle of poverty, malnutrition and ill health.  It is an Indian NGO with local staff working with local communities and local government to bring about lasting change. 

CINI’s approach centres on providing nurturing support at key stages in people’s lives: childhood, adolescence and pregnancy – helping mothers lay the foundations for a happy and healthy future for their children.   The charity’s support is given to those most in need: regardless of their religion, caste or ethnicity.   

CINI has a proven track record of bringing about sustainable improvements in four key areas: nutrition, health, education and child protection.  The charity is also highly experienced at responding to natural disasters and emergencies within India.

As a result of the high quality of CINI's programmes it has been made a“Mother NGO” for North East India, responsible for disseminating best practice, and also participates in groups shaping policy at a national level.  This means that people beyond CINI's direct project area can learn from our programmes and successful approaches can be applied more widely so that even more people can benefit.

The excellence of CINI’s work has been widely recognised within India and beyond.  Below is just a selection of the awards the charity has received.

  • 2013: SP JIMR Harvard US – India Initiative (HUII) NGOs Excellence Award
  • 2011: WHO Award for Excellence in Primary Health Care
  • 2008: Annual Rotary India Award.
  • 2007: World of Children Award (to Dr Samir Chaudhuri)
  • 2005: Parliament Prize for Infants from the Italian Parliament Commission for Infants (to Dr Samir Chaudhuri)
  • 2004: The National Award in the field of Child Welfare from the President of India

Child In Need India (Formally Friends of CINI) champions CINI’s work in the UK.  With modest beginnings at a coffee morning in the West of Scotland in 1982, it has built up a network of supporters, both individuals and trusts.  It is now looking to grow and strengthen its base of support and would very much welcome your support.

In 2014 all UK running costs are being sponsored using funds from a major donation made in part to invest in expanding CINI’s fundraising internationally.  This means any support you are able to provide will be used to fund CINI’s work on the ground in India.



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We have a vision of an India in which children are able to reach their full potential, regardless of their gender, caste, class or ethnicity.