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Daughter of a daily wage labourer, Reena wants to eradicate child labour!

Reena's father is a daily wage labourer and her mother was a homemaker. Reena's father works as farmer and whenever required as a daily wage labourer. The average income of the family comes down to around 5000-6000 per month. Reena is the 4th sibling of the 7 children in the family.

She recalls, not having much of the exposure to the outside world while staying in her village and her inability to pay the fees, compelled her to leave. She joined the government school and moved to Meghnagar hostel and came to know about the girl icon program from the warden there. She applied hoping it will help her pursue her education. She believes this was the turning point in her life that changed her life forever.

Reena joined the Girl Icon Program in the year 2016 and she will be a part of the Alumni network for the next three years to come. Her engagement with the Girl Icon Program has made her more confident and vigilant. She wants to work for the betterment of her community by eradicating child labor which is very much prominent in her community. In fact, people in her community support child labor and make their children drop out of school in order to work and support the family.

"I come from a place, where I see children, especially girls, mostly engaged in household works. If you happen to go around, you'll see for yourself. They are trained to be good at household works, whereas, their education and career growth comes at the last of their priority list."-says Reena. She spread awareness about the need of education in her community and admitted 8 girls back to school. She continues to prevent girls from dropping out of school by reinforcing the importance of education so that they go on to become independent and live life in their own terms.

Apart from this, she has also mobilized people in her community around issues of alcohol abuse and domestic violence. Reena aspires to become a police officer to eradicate wrong doings from the society and bring justice.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Holistic Development
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About The NGO

Milaan Be The Change
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Milaan Be The Change

Milaan Foundation is a non-profit, social development organization, which envisions an inclusive and equal world, where every girl has the knowledge, skills, and social environment to pursue her dreams and explore her full potential. Over the last 13 years, Milaan has worked with more than 40,000 children and young people and advocated for safer and more inclusive spaces for them at various state and national platforms.

By 2030, Milaan will empower 10 million girls across India and build a movement of Girl Leaders with a thriving ecosystem of change-makers and networks.

Milaan Foundation is a registered charitable organization as Milaan - Be the Change (NGO) with the Registrar of Societies, New Delhi under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 as on 18th October 2007. The organization is also registered under 12A, 80G under Income Act Tax 1961 and is eligible to receive foreign donations under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Dhirendra Pratap Singh

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Girl Child | education

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Uttar Pradesh

awards
Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2015: Late Justice Mr. N L Abhyankar Award

last audited
Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

Program Updates

Program Updates

5 August, 2020

Advancing Gender Equality Through Safe Spaces

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Advancing Gender Equality Through Safe Spaces

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Safe and sustained spaces are especially important for girls. These spaces assist girls to come together to have conversations and receive support in a setting free from judgment or discrimination. It allows girls to express themselves freely and publicly without fear of being made uncomfortable or unwelcome.These platforms are necessary within the communities for girls to meet, grow and practice their skills and perspectives are central to the process of educating girls, enhancing their agency and reducing gender-based violence that impacts their ability to participate in personal and overall development. Engagement in public spaces is crucial for the development of girls from adolescence to adulthood. The opportunity to interact in public spaces with their peers enables them to access education, pursue a career, recreation and even engage with friends and peers which plays a vital role in their overall development. Their interaction with the world outside their homes is paramount to their self-confidence, self-awareness, and mobility.  Lack of safe spaces leads to decreased mobility and restricted access to public spaces. Creating a social environment for girls plays an imperative role in exercising their voice, choice, and power. Girl Icons have been conducting peer meetings every fortnight to provide girls safe spaces within their communities for girls to interact, learn through life-skills education, creative activities and share their hopes and dreams.  Having peer meetings also gives girls an opportunity to connect to others who may be facing similar challenges. This connection makes them feel less isolated and helps them develop more effective coping mechanisms. As a consequence, safe public spaces provided by Girl Icon are powerful platforms for healing, empowerment, and resilience.

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