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CINI helps to Create Child Protection Committees in Jharkhand Villages.

CINI has provided training and support to 121 local community workers to set up village level Child Protection Committees.

This project will mean 37 villages will create a time and space to directly concider child protection issues and how to address these issues directly. Alondside CINI's other Community Development inititives this will help to create communities where women and children feel confident to speak up for their needs and access proper support.

Progress for CINI's New Team In Assam

May 2019

CINI expanded it’s wing in Assam in October 2018 and we are proud to annouce that CINI's team in Assam participated in the regions 'Mega Adolescent Health Day' programme organised by the National Health Mission in Assam. It was held in two areas in in Dhubri districts of Assam.

CINI work with local community groups, government workers and the community came together to participate in a rally followed by a community health check up, counselling support, Sanitary napkin distribution, BMI tests and anaemia testing. Young people organised cultural events, dancing and theatre to help bring the community together and raise awareness of the support that is available to them.

This type of event is at the heart of CINI's work. We want the community to take control and feel empowered to come together and make a difference for themselves. If they feel confident to access proper support, they are much more likely to create futures that are more prosperous and free from abuse.

CINI wins another prestigious award

CINI was awarded with the HCL Award as the best NGO in the “health” category in India by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister for Corporate Affairs, Government of India, at a ceremony at the HCL Campus, New Delhi on 21st February 2017. The award carries a grant of £45,000, in order to continue our work towards creating 'Child Friendly Communities'. We work with elected representatives, self help groups of women to improve nutrition, health, education and protection indicators of deprived women and children in rural areas of India.

CINI Celebrates 45 years!

Celebrating our 45th birthday in 2019 has been a major landmark for CINI.  From a small weekly clinic for malnourished children, CINI has grown into one of India’s leading NGOs Huge progress has been made over the last 40 years.  Unfortunately firm figures covering the whole period are difficult to come by because of inconsistencies in what information has been collected and how it has been done by different individuals and organisations.  It is also difficult to overcome challenges such as parents not bringing in their children for further health checks once they seem well.  Nevertheless, over the period CINI’s achievements have included:

  • Directly providing 547,990 mothers and children with better access to health and nutrition services and reaching at least a further 502,852 through community based health and nutrition interventions
  • Helping at least 188,498 children who were not attending school having dropped out or failed to enrol to catch up with their peers and get back into mainstream education
  • Training 86,468 government and 13,556 NGO workers on health, nutrition, education and protection issues – with indirect benefits for hundreds of thousands of poor mothers and children
  • Providing emergency relief and rehabilitation to 654,996 people affected by floods, storms and other disasters

Why is your help still needed in India today?

While improvements have been made, it is vital not to underestimate the ongoing challenges faced by poor mothers and children in India.  Around 400 million are living in poverty in India today and the country has more malnourished children than the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.  We need to pull together if by 2015 we are going to come closer to realising the vision laid out in the Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.

In recent years CINI has worked closely with government in a number of areas.  Engaging with government enables us to maximise our impact, but statutory support leaves little room for pioneering new approaches or responding quickly to changing needs on the ground.  This is why flexible support from our individual donors remains so essential to our effectiveness.

Much remains to be done.  Every day children continue to die unnecessarily for reasons related to malnutrition or to toil for long hours doing hazardous work instead of going to school.  Your help in tackling these and other pressing issues will have implications not only for the current generation of young people but also for the next.

Social enterprise that is helping both poor women and malnourished children

The use of CINI’s Nutrimix has been promoted for a number of years now as a valuable method for supporting the recovery of malnourished children, including by local government agencies.  Nutrimix is a low cost calorie dense baby food made of rice or wheat and lentils which can be served alongside freshly cooked vegetables to bring about significant improvements in the nutritional status of children.  Until recently it was produced centrally and was not widely available to those living far from CINI’s HQ in Kolkata.

With the help of a World Bank grant, Nutrimix has now become a social enterprise run by women’s self-help groups from the community served by CINI. This is helping the women involved in preparing the food by providing a new income stream and at the same time boosting their knowledge about nutrition.  Other families affected by malnutrition are benefitting from an accessible, easy and affordable supplementary food to support their children’s health.


Changes to how CINI is helping families affected by severe malnutrition

CINI’s supporters in the UK have played a key role in helping families affected by severe malnutrition through support for the charity’s residential Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre.  Thanks to improvements in government services this work has now been made much more sustainable and we now focus on day-care support for families affected by severe or moderate malnutrition as well as undertaking preventative work in the community.

In order to avoid duplicating services the most extreme cases are now referred to local hospitals where health staff, often trained by CINI, are able to give them the necessary help to nurse their children back to health.  However, that is not the end of the story; follow up by CINI trained self-help group members or health-workers remains crucial to the sustainability of the benefits brought about.  Unfortunately the government is not yet set up to provide this input and there remains a need to push for improvements in this area.

Biswajit’s story

Debola, a 20 year old mother, arrived at CINI’s under-five clinic in Pailan with her child Biswajit, who was suffering with fever. Biswajit was diagnosed as severely underweight and referred to CINI’s Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre.
From birth, Biswajit had been solely breastfed until his first visit to the Centre, despite the fact that given his age he should have been receiving supplementary solid foods for several months. The mother expressed her concern that she did not know how to provide proper nutritious meals for Biswajit.  Debola was trained on types, frequency and amounts of food to feed her child to improve his nutritional status.  She also received medication for his fever and micro-nutrient supplements as advised by the doctor from the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre.


Biswajit on arrival at the Center.


Biswajit being cared for at the Centre.
His weight gain is clear to see, as is his
mother’s happiness to see her child getting



Addressing quality issues in education

Although access to education has improved markedly in recent years there remain major concerns about the quality of teaching offered which is affected by a combination of inadequate facilities and poorly trained and motivated teachers.  The Child Friendly Schools initiative is a growing part of CINI’s work: ensuring children are safe, happy and have what they need in order to learn effectively once enrolled in school. 

Groups of children, teachers and parents are set up to identify the priorities in their school and CINI then works with them to bring about the necessary changes.  Common areas for improvement include making the classroom safe and colourful, building toilet blocks and making training available for teachers in creative and fun teaching methods.

These changes can have a transformative effect on children’s willingness to attend and get an education.  For example providing toilets in schools can enable young girls to stay in education – as a lack of facilities, particularly as they entered adolescence, has been causing many to drop out because of the embarrassment and exposure to sexual harassment related to having to relieve themselves without privacy.

Action on child trafficking

Children and teenagers are often trafficked to work in factories, as domestic labourer, beggars, or child prostitutes and in response to a lack of girls, in some parts of the country, for forced marriage.  A shocking 19,000 children were officially missing in West Bengal in 2012 and these figures are believed to be just tip of the iceberg as countless numbers of cases go unreported  The picture is complicated further when you consider children passing through the porous borders with Bangladesh and Nepal.

Action on trafficking is a key and growing element of CINI’s protection work.  Increasing awareness of some of the common ploys used by traffickers, such as promising jobs far from home in beauty parlours or factories, is vital.  Money is frequently promised to parents which never materialises.  It is crucial to discourage these offers from being accepted and encourage families to sound the alarm if they think their family has been targeted.  It is even fairly common for traffickers to stoop to make proposals of marriage to young girls, which they do not honour, and the girls subsequently disappear.

CINI is helping children and parents more readily spot the danger signs, is undertaking rescue missions, and helping children reintegrate into their communities and readjust after this difficult period in their lives.

At least 41% of women in West Bengal affected by domestic violence

The Indian government’s National Family Health Survey recently found 51% of Indian men and 54% of Indian women found it justifiable for a man to beat his wife. Around 37% of Indian women have been found to have experienced some form of abuse by their husbands – pushing, slapping, hair pulling, punching, kicking or choking. The highest rates of abuse were recorded in West Bengal where over 40% of women have experienced spousal violence.

CINI is working with adolescent girls and boys and conducting public rallies and education activities to change attitudes and to educate them about women’s rights and legislation in this area.  It is not something that is going to happen overnight, but talking to young people it is clear that change is in the air and that the days when violence could be accepted as ‘an expression of love’ are not set to continue in perpetuity.



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