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Sirishti was formed in 2002 by Keshav Gurnule alongwith few social activist like Mohan Bhai Hiralal , Shubhada Deshmukh and Sukhdev Babu Uik with a view to revive the movement on the issue of Rojgar Hami Yojana. From the Zadpatii initiative Shristi is alone proactively working on the child rights issue. Shristi is one of the strategic partner to work with child protection issue like trafficking for armed conflicts. The Project Holder Keshav Gurnule has been a CRY partner before, as part of a node of the nodal partnership with Amhi Amchya Arogya Sathe. Over the years, his work for availaing employement guarantee schemes and livelihood security for the reference backward communities has gained ground and has been recognised by the state administration as well. He has been engaged by the state to impart trainings to government officials at district level as well as elected representatives of local governments at village, block and district levels.


SRISHTI is working in 21 villages falling in Wadasa-Desaiganj and Kurkheda blocks of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra State. The District of Gadchiroli is at the bottom of Human Development Index (0.21) at the national level.The district of Gadchhiroli lies in the north-eastern part of Maharashtra bordering Chhattishgarh and Andhra Pradesh and is well known for armed conflicts. The district is categoried as Tribal and undeveloped district and most of the land is covered with forest and hills. Forests cover more than 75.96 % of the geographical area of the district. The principal livelihoods of the community is farming.

The status of child rights in the district is not very encouraging. All villages have schools till 4th standard, but since the teaching is in Marathi, hence local tribal dialect speaking children find it tough to cope with the curriculum. Infrastructure in schools is highly inadequate. The midday meal and safe drinking facilities are available on regular basis due to Shristi’s constant supervision. Children in the age group 10-14 yrs are enrolled in Ashram schools and this poses a big challenge for Srishti as it becomes difficult to track these children who are enrolled in Ashramshalas. Parents send their children away from the district by enrolling them in to Ashramshala as they don’t want their children to be affected by conflicts. The dropout rates goes high during monsoon.

Because of large scale migration coupled with the reigning superstition in the community against vaccination, children are often made to skip their immunization schedule. The poor medical facilities in the district are a result of varied reasons- doctors unwilling to work in remote places, difficult terrain and inaccessible villages. Undernourished women deliver malnourished children, being in the tribal area it is difficult to reach or get ICDS services as well which again aggravates the issues. Many children are subjected to violence, exploitation and abuse in communities, schools and institutions; and to harmful practices such as child marriage and child labour. Many more, not yet victims, also remain without adequate protection.


  • To mobile community and create awareness on child rights issues
  • To strengthen community to protect child rights in regards with Educational needs through implementation of RTE
  • To strengthen community to ensure increase in accessibility to health services to children and mothers
  • To create awareness on the issue of Malnutrition and ensure proper implementation of ICDS scheme among communities
  • To advocate child rights issue by building capacity of local CBOs and networking with other stakeholders

Review and Impact

Srishti has developed understanding on child rights issues and has been working on education and health issues identified in the community. From the coming year, they will initiate work on the issue of malnutrition among children and women. Through the review year, they ensured that no child marriages take place and drop-out children get re-enrolled into formal schools.

Some of the major program highlights are:
  • 100% pregnant women received health check-up, supplementary nutrition and vaccination coverage
  • Out of total 713 older and 76 new born children, immunization cycle was completed fully for 20% while for the remaining 80%, the process was being taken forward as per the standard calendar
  • Out of targeted 127 households, only 70 households received ration cards thus ensuring access to government public distribtion system
  • 19 children stopped from migration
  • Total 185 new children enrolled into formal schools, all 1033 children enrolled (earlier + new) were retained in formal schools
  • Community monitoring groups were formed in 19 schools, 2 workshops were organized for their training on roles and responsibolities as well as RTE Act provisions
  • Through the review year, no new incidents of child marriage or new working child were reported
  • Total 5 children’s groups were functional in 5 villages


  • Ensure 100% enrolment and retention of children in schools in direct intervention area
  • Ensure 100% drop out children re-enrolled in to school, to campaign for schools in 1 km in village
  • To ensure formation of health committee in each village, PHC cluster level, Taluka level and District level
  • To ensure effective implementation of ICDS scheme by community monitoring system
  • To ensure supplementary nutrition to children suffering from Malnutrition and pregnant mothers
  • To create awareness on anti child labor act/ anti child marriage act to reduces the number of child marriage and child labor
  • To Ensure child protection issue addressed in Ashramshalas through continues monitoring
  • To prevent migration of children along with parents and work with parents, instead in school or with relative in the village
  • To work with the migrating children along with family members
  • To form and strengthen the children group, and Adolescent girls group and create more spaces and opportunities for children to participate in local development


  • Right to Development
  • Right to Survival
  • Right to Protection
  • Right to Participation
  • Administration
  • Total Grant Approved