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

Chronology of Bal Mitra Gram

Success Stories



Rewarded by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan state for his excellence in 10th board, Rajesh a former survivor of child … Read more

Manan Ansari

Once a child labourer in the Mica mines of Jharkhand, 22-year-old Manan Ansari has now completed his MSc. in Applied … Read more

Neeraj Murmu – Winner of Diana Award, 2020

From mica mining in rat holes to providing education to 200 children A 21-year-old tribal boy Neeraj Murmu from our … Read more

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

Reports and Publications