Aangan’s work begins when laws, state policies, communities or parents fail to protect a child from abuse, violence, conflict, neglect and exploitation. Aangan works for children who live in the harsh, jail-like conditions of India’s state-run children’s institutions as well as slum children who engage in dangerous work or risky activities. Aangan’s aims to reach these ‘invisible,’ and vulnerable children by strengthening both state and community systems of protection as well as building the child’s own resilience.
Aangan has expanded its work to include community-based prevention and re-integration programs reducing the risk of young people entering the institutions in the first place and supporting them when they reintegrate into their community.
The British Asian Trust supports Aangan’s Project Shakti which encourages vulnerable girls to realise their rights, and gain access to services like health care and education. Shakti enables them to design and run their own community projects and experience the power of collective action, so that they can bring about change both in their communities, and to their own lives.