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15 villages of Chikkodi Taluka of Belagavi district of Karnataka
Thematic Intervention: Education


Shobha Gasti is working / doing program implementation for the protection of girl children in Chikkodi Taluka of Belagavi District. She has currently planned to work on the fellowship model in a small way and has plans to strengthen this process in the coming years. CRY believes this model that is nurtured will definitely be a long-term sustainable group / voice for child rights in Chikkodi.


The project is proposed to be implemented in 15 villages of Chikkodi Taluka of Belagavi district of Karnataka. Belagavi is a part of Mumbai-Karnataka region located in the north-eastern belt of the state. This is a backward region with close access to Goa and Maharashtra – there are several forms of exploitation of women and girl children that are extensively taking place in this specific region.


The main focus from CRY is towards continuing the process initiated in the Chikkodi Taluka of Belagavi District for the protection of girl children in the area. This new reference area was initially chosen as a pilot model on learnings from interventions to eradicate child marriages. CRY’s work in this region has resulted in several child rights impact and alternate child marriage discourses for the State and civil society groups. It is imperative that CRY continues the works initiated in this region and not abandon the work with children and communities towards achieving the desired long term sustainable impact on prevention of child marriages. This would be able to strongly input into CRY’s own programming for the prevention of child marriages across our partners. We believe that continuing the work initiated will strengthen the safety network for girl children and women in Chikkodi.

  • Primary focus through the first year of support will be given on:
    • Strengthening and deepening the household approach with a view to establish interface with every household in the area
    • Establishing and ensuring regular updation of MIS
    • Strengthening collectives of children and adolescent girls
    • Developing capacity of the project team and the collectives on ICPS


The two Key Result Areas in the maiden year would be:

  • Implementing comprehensive programs in 15 villages to prevent child marriages through community participation
  • Ensuring fully functional Juvenile Justice systems , with specific ref to CWCs, SJPU, DCPUs in 25% in operational districts


  • Protection
  • Education
  • Administration
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