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Unsung Champions of India’s Most Marginalised Get Much-Deserved Recognition!

Through the awarding ceremony, Plan India aims to form strategic partnerships that would help collaborative entities do good while providing audiences with fresh, meaningful content as well as leverage their credibility to extend their joint reach for the greater good.


This article has been published in partnership with Plan India

As a child rights organisation that has been providing children, especially girls, with access to education, healthcare, protection and livelihood opportunities, Plan India has transformed the lives of millions of kids since its inception in 1979.

As part of their Country Strategic Plan, they envision to enable and empower 10 million girls to learn, lead, decide and thrive by 2020.

To realise this target, they have collaborated with numerous frontline workers – from public institutions as well as community volunteers, who are the true last mile champions selflessly and persistently driving social and behavioural change across the country.

To recognise these outstanding functionaries, provide them with an impetus to persist in their efforts, and reinforce their best practices in the field, the Plan India Impact Awards was officially launched in 2017, which included 13 states and celebrated 10 national awardees.

The areas covered under the first edition included Integrated Child Development
Services, Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS, Plan India community volunteers, and youth champions.

Also, two individuals were conferred special jury and special recognition awards for their extraordinary contributions.

Back with its second edition, this year’s Plan India Impact Awards aims to not just acknowledge contributions of community frontline workers and volunteers in achieving organisational and national priorities but also to promote youth participation and capacity development through a community-centric, comprehensive nomination and selection process at local, regional and national levels.

Another objective of the awards is to document and disseminate best practices from the field, bolstering outstanding performers and existing programmes to continue their life-changing efforts.

The categories for the awards are as follows:

Anganwadi Workers/Helpers (Integrated Child Development Services)
Accredited Social Health Activists/Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (Health)
NGO Outreach Workers/Swachhagrahis (Health, WASH, Education, Economic Empowerment, Child protection, DRM)
Plan India community volunteers (includes Prevention of Parent to Child
Transmission of HIV/AIDS workers)
Youth Champion for Girls’ Rights
Best Child Welfare Committee
Best School Management Committee

Through the awarding ceremony, Plan India aims to form strategic partnerships that would help collaborative entities do good while providing audiences with fresh, meaningful content as well as leverage their credibility to extend their joint reach for the greater good.

The event will be held on July 27 at Eros Hotel in New Delhi and veteran actress and theatre personality, Shabana Azmi will be gracing the occasion as the guest of honour.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.