Founded in Mumbai in 1990 as a voluntary, secular trust registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act of 1950, Committed Communities Development Trust (CCDT) grew out of the experience of working among a self-settled colony of leprosy patients in Borivili, Mumbai. Community and Child participation are the core focus areas of CCDT’s interventions. Engaging with the community, the inalienable context of a child, the organization seeks to enable and empower the most deprived for sustainable change in society. More than 60 percent of our
A world where every child counts, A world of children living in dignity.
We believe that every child should have a complete childhood. Our duty is to provide support to children so they can reach their optimum potential.
CCDT employs a rights-based approach to empower communities, and consequently facilitate sustainable social change.
Community and Child participation are the core focus areas of CCDT’s interventions.Marginalized communities and children have been the key in creating our strategies and programs. An important step the organization took twenty years ago, is the HIV Program which was initiated based on an assessment of the needs of the children and their communities. CCDT became the first organization to realize the need to move beyond prevention, to the provision of care and support to HIV infected/affected families. Stigmatized, orphaned and vulnerable, the lives of children are further complicated by the intricate web of inequalities and discrimination of gender, caste, class, religion, and HIV status. Over the years, as part of the organization evolution, CCDT structured its programs around four key thematic pillars.
CCDT’s Home-based Care programs across all Mumbai wards and Crisis Intervention Centers reach out to families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, providing healthcare, educational support and nutrition. Through legal assistance (to make them aware of their rights), livelihood support (through schemes aimed at providing livelihood) and guidance on navigating government channels (to avail of social welfare schemes), CCDT enables these families to become self-reliant.
HEALTH & NUTRITION
Help a Mother, Save a Baby. A program aimed at reducing child morbidity and mortality, and maternal deaths. Malnutrition of infants and pregnant and lactating mothers is a matter of concern. Creating a supportive environment for the mothers, infants and children, a positive step forward towards this goal is taken through our UNI, Sahyog, mMitra and Shubh Aarambh programs. The additional key activities of these programs are gender sensitization and education of women and children, towards full childhood and women’s empowerment.
Through Child Protection Committees (CPCs) and a national toll-free emergency service for children (Childline), CCDT aims to protect and prevent children from neglect, exploitation and abuse.In the suburbs of Mumbai(from Kandivli to Bhyander) for many years and now at Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CCDT Railway Childline), CCDT conducts varied activities like outreach, rescue operations, follow-up of children, awareness programs and sensitization of allied system.
CCDT believes that children/adolescents are an integral part of the community and their growth, development and well-being is inextricably linked with sustainable community development. It recognizes Children/Adolescents not as ‘minors’ but as equally active and capable ‘citizens’.
Lives touched and changed through CCDT’s community programs across Mumbai
(and infected) families served every year through CCDT’s Home-Base Care program
living in marginalized communities have been served through CCDT’s Sahyog program
served through CCDT’s Child Protection Committees