B.D Vashishtha ( Founder & Managing Director )
How we treat our children is a defining indicator of our society’s progress. A nation where the most vulnerable are constantly at risk of harm and exploitation is a nation that is failing its citizens. Under ASRA’s Child Helpline Programme, many children aren’t feeling completely defenceless anymore.
Started in 1997 in the Rupnagar district of Punjab, Association for Social and Rural Advancement (ASRA) is fighting for the rights and safety of minors every day in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Jammu & Kashmir. This programme is in collaboration with Child India Foundation under the Ministry of Women and Child Development. It is run out of the regions of Rupnagar, Nawanshahar, Mohali, Hoshiarpur, Fatehgarh Sahib and UNA in Himachal Pradesh. Mr B.D. Vashishth is the founder of ASRA.
The NGO provides 24/7 swift crisis response to anyone till the age of 18. Children face severe and myriad threats to their well-being, anything ranging from child labour and malnutrition to child marriage and physical, mental and emotional abuse. They can call up the 1098 helpline number at any time and the team at ASRA will ensure the child’s protection, and also secure police intervention if need be. The children are provided with medical check-ups and shelters, with a vision for enduring care and rehabilitation.
Capacity building and social transformation are attempted through a long-term strategy of development at three levels- the child, the family and the community. Hence, ASRA is also vitally involved in income generation activities. Employment training is imparted to young boys and women, who end up working as tailors, computer specialists, carpenters, electricians and auto mechanics. Some make and sell snacks as well.
They are also assisted in availing loans from banks and becoming self-employed. For this endeavour, the NGO has collaborated with NABARD and Khadi Commission.
After 2015, the NGO has done environmental work with the Ministry of Environment and Forests. It drafted environmental proposals and sent them to various government and public schools in different districts. It also monitors and guides science and technology programmes under Punjab State Council for Science and Technology.
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How we treat our children is a defining indicator of our society’s progress. A nation where the most vulnerable are constantly at risk of harm and exploitation is a nation that is failing its citizens. Under ASRA’s Child Helpline Programme, many children aren’t feeling completely defenceless anymore. Started in 1997…Read MoreSUPPORT