Our Children : Our Future

The First Givers Club workshop “Our Children: Our Future” brought together expertise who have worked towards addressing various problems of children and helped them in ensuring a better tomorrow. Ms. Vandana Krishna, Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, Women and Child Development Department, Mr. Rajib Haldar, Additional Director, Child in Need Institute, Kolkata and Ms. Vrishali Pispati, CEO, Mumbai Mobile Creche addressed the audience and provided insights on status of children and how they have been working to address the problems faced by children.

‘Our Children: Our Future’ Workshop Summary

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1. Our Children: What Future Holds for them?

2. Malnutrition: Stumbling from the start

3. Futures under Construction

Speaker Profiles:

1. Ms. Vrishali Pispati, CEO, Mumbai Mobile Creches

Vrishali Pispati holds a Masters in Economics, Masters in Management Studies and a degree in Law. Having started her journey with Mumbai Mobile Creches as a volunteer, Vrishali has worked as General Manager with Mumbai Mobile Creches and is currently its Chief Executive Officer.

Mumbai Mobile Creches has been one of the few NGOs working specifically to support the health, education and safety of children of construction labourers and has reached 650,000 children across Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. Mobile Creches have developed a model of comprehensive child care and work in close partnership with parents, the construction industry, labour communities, government agencies and concerned NGOs to promote child rights.

2. Mr. Rajib Haldar, Additional Director, Child In Need Institute

Born on 01 October 1970, Mr. Haldar was awarded Masters in Social Work by the University of Delhi in 1994, Bachelors degree by the Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan and a management diploma by Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi. His earlier professional engagements include: Executive Director, Institute of Juvenile Justice based in New Delhi, guest faculty of Delhi School of Social Work, National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development and Amity University. He served as Technical Advisor to UNAIDS and short –term Consultant with UNICEF and International Labour Organization, New Delhi.

Child In Need Institute (CINI), Kolkata works towards a sustainable improvement in nutrition and healthcare through a multi-layered approach. The organization has been working towards better child nutrition over the last 3 decades and has designed an innovative product, CINI Nutrimix, as a low cost source of balanced nutrition, combining cereal and pulse, for the child.

Expert Panelists:

1. Dr. Nilima Mehta, Former Chairperson, Child Welfare Committee, Mumbai

2. Prof. Asha Bajpai, Chairperson, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies & Human Rights, TISS

3. Ms. Alpa Vora, Consultant, Child Protection, UNICEF