At Arpan, we believe every child matters. Every child has a right to be safe and protected from sexual abuse and heal from its ill effects. Arpan is the largest NGO in India addressing this issue with over 120 professionals providing prevention and intervention services to children and adults irrespective of their socio-economic background, gender, sexuality, caste, religion and political affiliation. Arpan is scaling up its work and reach through partnerships with government bodies, school chains and NGOs pan India.
Arpan’s key project is educating children and adolescents (age 4 years to 15) about personal safety in schools so that they can identify and seek help in an unsafe situation. We recently launched www.arpanelearn.com, a free e-learning portal for children with structured online courses so that all the course content traditionally delivered in the classroom is now delivered online. Alongside Personal Safety Education (PSE), Arpan also trains and empowers teachers, parents with knowledge, attitude and skills to prevent and deal with Child Sexual Abuse and uses advocacy and research to push for policy and systemic change.
Since its inception, Arpan has impacted the lives of 1.6 million (16 lakh) children and adults through its work. Within this Arpan has:
- 131,000 children and 103,000 parents and teachers, non-teaching staff are reached through Personal Safety Education (PSE) programme in over 200 schools and shelter homes in 3 districts of Maharashtra.
- We have provided psycho-education/counselling and intervention to 12,000 children and 2,500 family members.
- Trained 18,000 professionals (govt. and non-govt. teachers, social workers and mental health professionals) to replicate the prevention and intervention models of Child Sexual Abuse. These professionals have reached out/trained over 1.13 million (11 lakh) children and adults.
- Through the Digital Learning Programme 68,000 individuals accessed Arpan’s digital content and through partner organisations like UNICEF and partner platforms like DIKSHA which have integrated our content.
- Through Policy Advocacy at State and National level, we have integrated PSE into National Lifeskills Curriculum (Ayushman Bharat). We trained 330 professionals from the State Resource Group of 12 states directly. In Maharashtra, PSE messages have been included in the MSCERT curriculum on Child Safety and 2,100 Master Teacher Trainers and 120,000 teachers across Maharashtra were trained on this curriculum. In Bihar, Child safety was included in the BEPC curriculum and 100 Master Teachers were trained on this curriculum.
Operational at: Mumbai, Thane and Palghar in Maharashtra and across India through our various training programmes.
For whom: Children, Parents, Teachers, Schools, Adult Survivors, NGOs, Social Workers, Counsellors and Government Duty Bearers.