Brainchild of our founder, Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, Bal Mitra Gram™ (BMG™) or Child Friendly Village is a flagship programme running successfully for almost two decades, empowering and protecting children across the country. The programme aims to prevent all kind of exploitation children including child labour, child trafficking, child sexual abuse, child marriage and others, at the same time ensuring education and empowerment of children in the rural communities.
The essence of the programme is child centric community development, where children participate in the decision making process of the village. A Bal Mitra Gram™ ensures a robust safety net around children, and ensures that every child is free, safe, healthy and educated.
In 2001, Sauthana village in Papri Panchayat of Jaipur, Rajasthan was made the first Bal Mitra Gram™ and the programme has now been extended to 540 villages. At present the programme is being implemented in six states across the country viz. Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, protecting over 72,000 children on a daily basis. Also, the programme has been replicated in three countries including Nepal, Uganda and Ghana by civil society partners.
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Pillars of BMG
- No child in labour or being trafficked or married in the villages
- All children receive a meaningful and quality education
- Child leadership established through Bal Panchayat (children’s council).
- Bal Panchayat (Children Council) receives recognition of the Gram Panchayat (Village Council)
- Empowered communities including women and youth, marginalized and vulnerable sections which lead the child protection and village development
Formation of Bal Mitra Gram
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awards and accolades
- The Diana Award, 2020 to BMG leader Neeraj Murmu (Jharkhand)
- The Diana Award, 2019 to BMG leader Champa Kumari (Jharkhand)
- Governor of Jharkhand Smt. Droupadi Murmu honoured BMG leader Champa Kumari
- Goalkeepers Global Goals Change Maker Award, 2019 to BMG leader Payal Jangid (Rajasthan)
- Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project by Global Development Network in 2010
Letters written by Bal Panchayat children demanding eduatiocational facilities in remote villages of India
As schools are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, digital and online classes have emerged as a new learning technique for children. However, there are millions of children residing in the villages of the nation who are deprived from this facility because of lack of resources like phone/laptops and also because of minimum or no network connectivity. To address this issue Bal Panchayat Leader’s carried out a signature campaign demanding continuity of education in the villages of the nation. A total of 15,267signatures were collected across 6 BMG states and the letters were sent to the Prime Minister’s Office addressing Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. Additionally during the Laureates and Leaders Summit,2020 on behalf of millions of children National Maha Bal Panchayat President Lalita Duharia raised the demand of continuity of education for the children who resides in the remotest villages of the country in the presence of Hon’ble Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smt. Smriti Irani and Hon’ble Minister acknowledged this demand of children and said that efforts will be made to ensure the access of online classes to all children of the nation and community radio will be played to impart education in the villages.