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1 Foreword 1

2 Why CACR? 2

3 Awards & Recognitions 3

4 Vision and Mission 4

5 Projects 5

i. Handwashing with Soap (HWWS) 5

ii. Menstrual Hygiene 7

iii. Health check-up camps 9

iv. Anti-Tobacco intervention programme 10

v. Computer Literacy Programme 11

vi. Train the teachers (TTT) 12

6 Impact of CACR 13

7 Cumulative Impact 16

8 Annual Events 18

9 Testimonials 20

10 Our Future plans 22

11 Our Partners 23

12 Advisors & Directors 24

13 Connect to us 25


Note from the Founder Director

As Citizens Association for Child Rights (CACR) completes four years of our journey, it gives me
great pleasure to mention that our NGO (CACR) has managed to go through the difficult times, all
the more for non profits, which all startups have to face.

What started with a small group of activists in a limited area in Mumbai, has now blossomed into a
NGO doing good credible work, in association with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai
(MCGM) Education Department. Each and every project initiated by CACR has not only been taken
forward but also scaled up with a record number of 500+ youth volunteers, co-ordinators, project
heads, etc all managed very ably by our Dr Richa Singh, Director Projects.

The highlight of this academic year has been our association with UNICEF for implementing a new
Project Handwashing with Soap in Municipal schools as per Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya
guidelines, a pilot which turned out to be a jumbo project, a first in Urban Maharashtra!

Despite not having an Urban mandate, it was nice of Team UNICEF to believe in our NGO CACR,
& provide a lot of support and guidelines, which helped us in implementing the project effectively
and efficiently. The results were far beyond expectations of both our NGO CACR as well as UNICEF
and it is now a pleasure to note that UNICEF has now received the Urban Mandate, which also
resulted in our NGO CACR being considered as a Development Partner from 2018 onwards.

A great honour comes with greater responsibilities... and CACR will continue to live up to
expectations not only with our networking partners, but also continue to work with the MCGM
Education Department and in plugging the gaps, support them and finally help them in becoming
independent and sustainable.

As always, there were also some hiccups with one of the Directors resigning, but CACR was
fortunate enough to get the support from our Advisory team and we now have inducted Mr. M. P.
Singh and Mrs. Indrani Malkani as Directors, and their vast experience and knowledge will add
value to our NGO and help in moving forward with additional zest and vigour.

Finally, our association with MCGM Education Department was also very fruitful and it was a
pleasure to share our white paper with the Additional Municipal Commissioner, who was extremely
receptive and has taken positive steps to improve the functioning in the Education Department.

We now look forward to the new academic year with a lot of hope, our focus will be on certain
imports projects like WASH in Schools, Menstrual Hygiene Management, etc with the idea of
consolidating our efforts and resources and working towards scalable and sustainable.

Mr. Nitin R Wadhwani
(Founder and Director)
Why CACR ?
What does it offer? Well, take a peek!

Every child in India is entitled to free and compulsory education up to the age of 14
years by the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009. But education without the right to
adequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities, that is without the
awareness and practice of good hygienic habits can have adverse implications on
learning outcomes. An education without safe upbringing which does not imbibe a
good way of living is no education at all.

It is not just the RTE act but Sustainable
Development Goals that India is
committed to achieving, which envisage
adequate and equitable sanitation and
hygiene for all. Citizens Association for
Child Rights (CACR), a Mumbai based
Non-Profit Organisation (NGO) works
across various issues in Municipal
schools of Mumbai to bring about a
behavioral change.

We believe in the power of
nurture… Nurturing young minds
and souls to achieve a change in
outlook and behavior!!

The seed we sow today will bear
fruits tomorrow !!

Awards & Recognitions

Vision and mission

No organization can work without a vision and mission statement. So, here is what we

CACR is a section 8 non-profit company that designs and directly implements projects
in municipal schools to improve digital education, healthcare, hygiene and sanitation.

Time to view our Projects

CACR has undertaken this project with a goal to inculcate a behavioral change in
students for life to wash hands with soap at critical times and prevent diseases.

Students from lower-socio economic background have increased susceptibility to
diseases. The main reason is minimal exposure to good hygiene practices at home. This
results in poor attendance and poor health in schools. The students have the habit of
washing hands only with water and sometimes soaps are also unavailable.

Handwashing With Soap (HWWS)
is a module in the Water,
Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Hand Washing with Soap is a module in the
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project.
project. WASH infrastructure CACR took inspiration from UNICEF’s own
survey was done for urban schools experience in WASH in rural areas of
Maharashtra titled the Daily Hand washing for
and the change in students habits an Ailment-free Life (DHaAL). Like DHaAl, the
HWWS programme by CACR was based on
was monitored for over 12 weeks bringing about only one change in daily habit that
by volunteers, hand wash monitors could improve the health of children. The change
is to “use soaps while washing hands before meals
and school staff. and after using toilets”.

A gradual transformation in
students was noticed by

Due to the popular demand, the project was scaled from 5 buildings to 12. This was
the 1st pilot project in urban Maharashtra.

Locations where HWWS Medium of Instruction
programme is implemented
• English
• Hindi
• Marathi
• Urdu
• Guajarati
• Kannada
• Tamil

• SCHOOLS : 38 schools and 1 Rotary Centre
• CLASSES : Grade 1 to Grade 8
• PROJECT HEAD : 1 (Dr. Richa Singh)

The aim of the project is to prevent the huge drop out of girls after reaching puberty
due to prevalent misconceptions on menstrual hygiene.

What is Menstrual Hygiene

The UNICEF and WHO define menstrual hygiene
management (MHM) as :-
• the articulation, awareness, information and confidence
to manage menstruation with safety and dignity using
safe hygienic materials, together with
• Adequate water and agents and spaces for washing and
bathing and Disposal with privacy and dignity

The topic of menstrual
hygiene is looked
upon as a taboo and is
not discussed
properly. Girl students
lack proper medical
information and
health-hygiene issue
is also neglected. A
pilot session was held
on 11th Feb 2017 at
Colaba municipal
school where 200
female students,
teachers and mothers

This is how the project works!
The project sessions are broken down into five parts

CACR works in close contact with the MCGM education department and School Health
Programme (SHP) officials offering maximum support in ensuring effective
implementation of health check-up camps in municipal schools.

CACR expresses their
“The National Health Mission (NHM) seeks to provide gratitude to Deputy Mayor
accessible, affordable and quality health care to the Mrs. Alka Kerkar for her
rural population, especially the vulnerable sections. The
key features in order to achieve the goals of the support and encouragement
mission include making the public health delivery in conducting these health
system fully functional and accountable to the
community, human resources management, community check-up camps.
involvement, decentralization, rigorous monitoring and
evaluation against standards, convergence of health
and related programmes form village level upwards,
innovations and flexible financing and also
interventions for improving the health indictors.”

The target audience for this programme CACR would also like to thank
are the children enrolled in municipal Indian Dental Association (IDA) and
schools who are entitled to free check-up Lotus college of optometry for
and treatment for minor and major illness successful implementation of health
in school clinics and municipal check-up camps in MCGM schools.
dispensaries. CACR is also thankful to Rotary
Club of Mumbai Lakers for
CACR has organized dental and eye check sponsoring the health check-up camp
camps in co-ordination with Medical in Chakala Municipal School
officers and school teachers. Building.

CACR also conducted awareness seminars
on Tuberculosis (T.B.) and Tobacco health
hazards for 4th to 10th standard students.
The reports from these health check camps
were shared with the MCGM education
department and SHP officials for further
action and treatment.

The need for Tobacco intervention programme arose when some 5th to 7th grade
students were caught consuming some form of tobacco during HWWS programme.
This programme was conducted in partnership with Uddeshya. The aim of this
intervention is to create awareness and de-addiction from tobacco.

The process
“Uddeshya – An organisation that aims to continuous
encourage, equip and empower youth to take leads
as ambassador of change, and work towards
repetition and
bringing about sustainable change. It strives to revision over 2
motivate the youth to take up the mantle of months of Feb and
change by empowering them and engaging them to March of 2017.
tackle and address multifaceted subjects like
Public policy, Civic rights and duties, Sustainable Follow up was
development, Education, HIV/AIDS, Substance
abuse awareness, Child abuse and much more.”
taken in June

The four sessions and their takeaways
More than 80% students aged 9 to 15 years used some
form of tobacco daily. Students form a general
perception that because all the people in their
surroundings do it including their family members, it
must be quite a common practice

80% reduction in the number of tobacco consumers
from session 1. An increased level of awareness about
the topic within the students. Replacement of Ritik
powder packets with toffees and gums.

As per the class teacher, apart from 2-3 students, the
rest of the students have stopped consuming tobacco.
And they indulge in having sweets and chewing gums if
they have a craving.

80% of the students who consumed tobacco initially
have now stopped completely. They have promised to
stay away from such substances and gather more will
power and courage to take efforts to quit all bad habits
of theirs.

Inspired by National Digital Literacy Mission, CACR developed a 10 session user
friendly programme for students of MCGM Schools

From a survey conducted National Digital Literacy Mission (‘NDLM’) has
in 2013, it was found been initiated with the vision to empower at
that there is lot of least one person per household with crucial
digital literacy skills by 2020. This is expected
computer hardware to touch the lives of more than 250 million
equipment in the school individuals over the next few years. The project
that is not utilized by aims at helping adults with low technological
school staff and is not literacy develop the skills they need to interact
being used to train in an increasingly digital world. CACR has aligned
students as both students with this vision of NDLM.
and teachers are
unfamiliar with basic
computer usage. CACR introduced CLP in municipal schools in 2013-2015
in collaboration with IIT Bombay for 2 years using IIT’s
It was understood that spoken tutorials programme. From the year 2015-16
rather than techniques or onwards, CACR independently began its own CLP
tools that required high programme and implemented the project for BMC
end technology as well students by taking 1-hour session per week in the school.
as expertise, a simple &
inexpensive way would
be to teach basic
computer skills to
students to give them a
strong foundation to
learn further.

CACR is the only NGO which has received permission to implement CLP in 147
municipal school computer school labs across Mumbai.

A weekly step by step programme has been designed to cover introduction to Word,
Excel, PowerPoint, short cut to keys, etc. After CACR’s advocacy efforts CLP has been
included as a compulsory subject in the academic syllabus of the students in municipal
schools since last year. Now each school building will have a full-time computer
teacher 11
The aim of the programme is to train the Municipal school teachers in Essential
Technologies like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Email communication thereby
improving the quality of digital education offered in MCGM/BMC Schools across the
History of the programme

Impact of cacr

This is how our programmes have impacted our target audience!!

1) HWWS Programme

Impact in Municipal


• Children started washing their hands after using the toilet and before
eating mid-day meals.
• Children now demand soap at homes and schools. Peer to peer learning
on hygienic practices has significantly increased.
• Educating parents and siblings at home about good hygienic practices of
HWWS started.
• Ownership to the hygiene project and student leadership via
appointment of hand wash monitors in each class

2) Health Check-up camps

• CACR was successful in helping complete 300+ health-checkup cards of
the children.
• Students with dental and visual problems were taken to Cooper hospital,
Nair hospital and Rajwadi hospital for treatment. Students with eyesight
problems were provided with free spectacles.
• The camps benefitted around 2565 students and some staff members of
the school as well.

3) Computer Literacy Programme

Students have improved
their Technical skills in
documentation, spread
sheets and using

They made presentation
using PowerPoint &
have used Word to
design Posters.

Students are more
interested in learning via
PowerPoint presentation
rather traditional chalk
board method.

Quantitative Impact
4) Train The Teacher Programme

• Hands-on capability in handling Office:
The constant emphasis on exercise based learning ensured that
teachers gained increased confidence in handling ubiquitous
software such as Word, Power point, Excel and Email.

• Increased skills and efficiency:
Additionally the teachers were better equipped at facing day-to-
day challenges of designing attendance sheets and mark sheets

• Better teamwork & presentation skills:
Working in teams and presenting as a team ensured and
increased amount of teamwork skills and increased confidence
for each participating teacher.

Cumulative impact

Cumulative Impact

4 year
Project Name 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Computer Literacy 1300 1400 2100 2095 6895

Teacher Training 24 16 325 550 915

Spoken English 750 1258 6298 NA 6507

Health Initiatives NA 1100 184 2565 3849
Classical dance
NA 360 500 NA 860
Kalaghoda festival NA 15 130 209 354

MustRun Marathon 400 550 NA NA 950

Other Half Marathon 75 NA 480+ 709 1264+
1375 30 400 NA 1805
Education/Literacy day
557 schools 580 schools
CFSI movie screening NA (27,580 (1,88,850 NA
students) students)
100 H west
Solar Cooking festival NA NA NA 100
ward school
Self defence training NA NA NA 150
Mujeeb Khan plays NA 4000 2000 NA 6000

Kidzania Visit NA NA NA 37,000 37,000

Mumbai Port trust visit NA NA NA 200 200

HWWS NA NA NA 3234 3234

Annual events

• KNOW YOUR PORT: Mumbai Port Trust provides
information about the working of the port,
including docks, mobile cranes, etc. to school
students under the ‘KNOW YOUR PORT’
• The Visit: CACR organized the visit of 200
students from 4 Municipal School Buildings: Petit
English Municipal School Building, Petit Urdu
Municipal School Building, Nityanand Municipal
School Building and Khotwadi Municipal School
Building, who enjoyed the experience thoroughly.
• Participation: 409 kids from 4 municipal school
buildings participated 2nd year in a row at the 4
kms run on 8 Jan'17 (Courtesy: Rotary Club of
Mumbai Lakers).
• Participation: 300 children from 3 Municipal
School Buildings participated in the 4 kms run at
the Annual Half Marathon event on 12 Feb’17.

• Participation: 209 students from Colaba
Municipal School Building, Gilder Lane Municipal
School Building, Manohardas Municipal School
Building and West Khetwadi Municipal School
Building attended the art festival on 4 days.
• Workshops: Excellent workshops were organized
for children such as denim and 3D modeling with
Arzan Khambatta, doodling and cartoons with
Neha Parikh, Monginis- be a baker, etc.

Annual events
Abhiyantriki 2016: For the 2nd year in a row, CACR
was invited to KJ Somaiya College to participate at
Abhiyantriki 2016 as a NGO partner.
Participation: 100 children from Tilak Marg
Municipal School Building, Ghatkopar got an
excellent opportunity to visit the Tech Expo
organised by ISRO, Ahmedabad.
Special Mention: The KJ Somaiya Team had made
wonderful arrangements for thestudents.

Participation: 164 students participated in the
beautification programme Hamara Station Hamari
Shaan organized by Mumbai First and M.A.D.
(Make a Difference Foundation) on 8 Oct'16.
Vibrant colours: They painted the walls of Vile
Parle, Santacruz, Bandra, Kurla and Mulund
stations with vibrant colours.
KIDZANIA 2016-17
• Welcome to KidZania! :CACR introduced KidZania
to the MCGM department and a meeting with the
Additional Municipal Commissioner helped in
sending 37000+ children from Municipal schools to
• Participation: 500/1000 kids from municipal
schools across Mumbai visited Kidzania on
weekdays from 13th Dec’16 to end of Feb’17
• Appreciation: CACR was felicitated with a
certificate of appreciation on for this initiative.

• The session: On 24 Mar’17, 200 students of
Tanklane Municipal School had an inspiring and fun
session with the foot and mouth artist Bandenawaz
• Sponsor(s): This programme was sponsored by
Inner Wheel Club of Mumbai, Approach Art, and
Crowd-funded by Ketto, etc.


“Rotary club of Mumbai Lakers is
pleased to inform that CACR has
successfully implemented the
project 'Handwashing with Soap',
an integral part of the project
WASH as per Swachh Bharat
Swachh Vidyalaya guidelines,
developed by UNICEF for the Govt
of India. This project was
implemented by 4 volunteers and 1
project head from CACR in our
community engagement center
The school Headmaster Mrs. every Sunday from Jan 2017 -
Salaskar wrote a letter of April 2017 reaching out to 50
appreciation for the volunteers children. After this 12-week
from CACR and Uddeshya intervention program, there has
been a gradual change in the
behavior of the students. They wash
their hands at critical times and
also educate their family members
about this hygiene practice.
Regular updates about this project
implementation: sharing of session
wise data, photographs, attendance
sheet all have been provided by
- Ekta Menon, CACR to us. We wish the best to
Resident 16-17, team CACR for trying to scale up
Rotary club of WASH to much more municipal
Mumbai Lakers,
schools and community centers
Date - 4/5/2017
across Mumbai from June 2017
and we are able to provide them with
the desired support.”

Our Future plans

Our partners

CACR has been fortunate to have collaborated with key institutions and experts as
mentioned in the report to implement various programmes in municipal schools across
different wards in Mumbai.

These partnerships have been very effective in reaching out to more children and
thereby increasing the scale and enhancing the quality of our programme. In the
coming years, we will continue to network and forge new partnerships with
organizations and domain experts.

CACR has an extensive dedicated and committed network of citizen partners and
student bodies from various organizations. The organizations who have extended their
support to our cause are:
• H (W) ward federation
• Guzdar Scheme Resident’s Trust
• Rotary Clubs

Various student bodies from different colleges in Mumbai have also dedicated their
support to CACR

• KJ Somaiya College of Engineering (COE)
• DJ Sanghavi COE
• Thadomal Shahani COE
• H.R. College of Commerce
• K.C. College
• NMIMS University
• NM College of Commerce
• Mithibhai College of Arts
• Jai Hind College
• Ruia College of Science, Arts and Commerce
• Bloomingdale School
• The Cathedral and John Connon School
• Vivekanand Institute of Technology
• Working professionals from Infosys, Accenture, etc.

Advisors & Directors

Advisory committee

1. Mrs Sandra Shroff, Philanthropist and educationist
2. Mrs Anandini Thakoor, Civic activist
3. Mrs Lara Shankar, Child Rights professional and Author
4. Mr Nanjibhai Shah, businessman and philanthropist
5. Mr Suraj Lala, Chartered accountant
6. Rtrn. Ashwin Kumar Shetty , Rotarian and VJTI alumnus
7. Mr Mohindru Mirchandani, Technology professional
8. Mrs. Chhaya Angadi


Mr. Nitin R Wadhwani Dr. Richa Singh Director
Founder and Director Projects

Mrs. Indrani Malkani Mr. M P Singh
Director Director
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