Our Work

Since 1974 CINI has been working alongside mothers and children in India to connect them with vital support and help them break free from the inter-generational cycle of poverty, malnutrition and ill health.  We specialise in training and placing specially trained social workers into communities to work alongside vulnerable people and local government workers 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 helps us to be leaders of our own change. We can take control of our futures”

MEET ROSHNI:  Roshni is a 16 year old girl born who spent her days begging for money on the Sealdah
railway platform to feed their family of 11. Living and working on the platforms she was regularly subjected to verbal as well as physical abuse by the police officials and the regular commuters.

Once when I was sleeping at night on the platform, an unknown man came and slept beside me and tried touching me badly.” Her mother added that these kind of instances are quite common among the girls residing nearby and stated that the place is extremely unsafe especially for children and women.

CINI made contact with Roshni through our outreach program and brought her to our community centre and provided her and her parents the support needed to get back into school. She has also received training on menstrual hygiene, child rights and forms of abuse. Having a safe place to go for help can make all the difference to girls like Roshni.

CINI has a proven track record of bringing about sustainable improvements in four key areas: Nutrition, Health, Education and Child Protection.

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.

Child In Need India 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.

CINI works to a UNICEF develop model of creating Child Friendly Communities. We focus on working holistically alongside community members, local government workers and community stakeholders to create communities that understand the rights and entitlements of women and children and actively engage in creating safe and supportive communities where they can thrive.

Our Reach

CINI has in the region of 1400 staff working across West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha and Assam supporting over 1 million people. We focus on border areas that often suffer with the horrific effects of trafficking and child labour.