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Kajla Janakalyan Samiti (Kajla) was registered in 1956 and its journey started in relief mode, which gradually shifted to sustainable development. From 2001, Kajla started looking into programs from a holistic child rights point of view. The organization became a member of the National Child Labor project at the district level, the Child Welfare Committee and the Child Line advisory board. It has developed a decentralized strategy of operation, whereby Kajla acts as a facilitator in the process of development and a resource centre. Local development units will carry out right based programs and awareness drives in areas of child rights, education, health, youth and culture. Currently the intervention is spread across 70 villages benefiting approximately 15,000 underprivileged children.


The villages located in proximity of the coastal belt of Eastern India are prone to flood, cyclone, inundation of rain water, damaged drainage and occasional drought. People earn their livelihood through engagement in agriculture, from fishing in deep sea, daily wage earning and also by selling local handicraft products. The rural population comprises of almost 70% of SC/ST and minority community in the two districts. While the rural community is dependent on agriculture, due to nature of land and its distribution, a large portion of people remain jobless throughout the year. On the other hand there is wage discrimination in the case of female labor and backward communities. The operational area suffers from malnutrition, food insecurity and migration due to displacement as a result of industrialization. Almost 50% children up to 6 years of age are not enrolled in ICDS centers.

In both East and West Midnapore districts, more than half of the children in age group 0-6 years are suffering from malnourishment. Over the years there is an increasing and steady growth in child labor. More than 15% of children in the age group of 10 to 15 years are working in brick kilns, tile production centers, construction of houses, fishing, domestic work, shops, hotels, restaurants, dhabas and cottage industries. But in Kajla operational area the percentage of child labor has gone down from 15% to 4% due to its regular advocacy with public schools, community groups, Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs), local administration, employers and parents. Child trafficking is another alarming issue in the Midnapore districts.


  • To improve status of child health and education in the operational area.
  • To educate and organize the community in becoming pro-active agents in the integrated process of social change.
  • To facilitate women’s empowerment in rural area through participative decision-making process within the family and at all levels of the society.
  • To promote organic farming and educate society on protection of environment from pollution and degeneration/degradation.
  • To develop leadership skills amongst the poor and marginalized thus enabling them to initiate action towards development for sustainable livelihood.


  • 80% women and children in 70% of the operational villages have been covered under immunization.
  • There has been a reduction in death of infants, children, pregnant women and mothers over the years after ongoing awareness programs at the community level.
  • Registration of all new births has been ensured.
  • Nutrition gardens were formed and nurtured in 124 homesteads.
  • 5 new ICDS centre (Anganwadis) opened.
  • 175 women went for institutional delivery and almost 70% of the mothers hailing from BPL families have been linked to government schemes.
  • One forest committee with 100 tribals was formed to protect forests and promote “Saal Forestry”.
  • 10 adolescent teams have been formed with four street theatre teams. They were engaged in the process of increasing awareness about child rights and forest rights gradually.
  • One Public Information Centre has been established in the branch office and the people and children are using it regularly for awareness generation.
  • A block level team has been formed with some CBOs and potential individuals and common people under the leadership of West Bengal Education Network.


  • Providing supplementary nutrition support to 1000 identified families to combat malnutrition.
  • Full coverage of mother’s and children in regular health check-up programs.
  • Identifying and linking TB and HIV affected persons with government health services.
  • Organize campaign on education in 60 villages.
  • Address the issue of dropouts in 30 villages at the elementary school level.
  • Documentation of children collective processes through the year.
  • Village-wise survey, data collection, collation and analysis at each development unit level.
  • Advocate with Children Welfare Committees (CWC), Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), Childline for addressing and arresting child labor, child trafficking and early marriage to ensure care and protection of the children.
  • Documentation of all action in relation to the right to education, right to food and child protection in the realm of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS).
  • Building awareness among 2,000 women and teachers of 30 schools on the right to education and the formation of 30 SMC’s.


  • Right to Development
  • Right to Survival
  • Right to Protection
  • Right to Participation
  • Advocacy
  • Administration
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