ABOUT CCDT

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

VISION

A world where every child counts, A world of children living in dignity.

MISSION

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.

APPROACH

CCDT employs a rights-based approach to empower communities, and consequently facilitate sustainable social change.

THEMATIC AREAS

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.

HIV/AIDS

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.

CHILD PROTECTION

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.

ADOLESCENT EMPOWERMENT

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’.

PROGRAMS UNDER EACH THEME

OUR IMPACT

Lives touched and changed through CCDT’s community programs across Mumbai

1000

HIV AFFECTED

(and infected) families served every year through CCDT’s Home-Base Care program

4186

TRIBALS

living in marginalized communities have been served through CCDT’s Sahyog program

9800

CHILDREN

served through CCDT’s Child Protection Committees

STORIES OF CHANGE

From Crisis to Opportunity

“Support groups are a great help for people like us who need emotional support, a space where one can share what she feels. At first I did not think I would be able to look after my infected children. I was worried that I would not be able to send them to school. When I met the social worker of CCDT, she assured me that it was possible and many single parent families did that. I was able to share my fears in the group and I received support from all the volunteers. I felt more confident about raising my children as well as taking care of my health.”

—Home-Based Care Program Beneficiary

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Restoring Childhood

“I grew up with the rest of the children – at Ashray center learning new things and making new friends. The staff at the center monitored my nutritional and medical requirements and I received Anti-retroviral Treatment (ART) as well as counseling. They taught me to face my condition as a challenge and with confidence. Despite my frequent ailments, I successfully cleared my SSC examination from National Institute of Open Schooling and got a job at a Domestic Call Centre at Andheri. CCDT helped me legally reclaim the inheritance that my parents had left me. Each year, such orphaned and vulnerable children are given a chance to reclaim their lives and battle HIV/AIDS with courage and resilience through CCDT’s centers like Ashray.”

—Crisis Intervention Center Beneficiary

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