Jan Ugahi, means People's Realization, Awakening & Development. Jan Ugahi had its beginnings in Calconde slum near Margao, the commercial capital town of Goa, in January 1995. The organization was constituted as a Public Charitable Trust under the name Jan Ugahi in March 1997 and registered at Margao under No. 542. We work with street children, children in difficult circumstances, rural and urban poor, domestic workers, victims of abuse, exploitation, domestic violence, etc. Jan Ugahi has been a member of the National Campaign against Child Trafficking, the National CHILDLINE Network/Helpline for children in distress, State NGO Network. Today, Jan Ugahi has a significant number of women-staff who are drawn from constituent community members. These are women who have developed through the outreach and participatory processes that are essential to Jan Ugahi's program and its firm resolve to carry forward the PME principles of participatory planning-monitoring-evaluation. Some of them started as students of literacy and gradually evolved from learners to learner-teachers to teachers and community social workers.
Jan Ugahi envisions a world wherein marginalized groups especially women and children, believe in their inner strength and capacity to move from a state of being non-persons to persons with dignity and empowerment, having equal space to meet their aspirations, able to claim their rights, exercise their responsibilities and chart out their own historical course.
Jan Ugahi is committed to enable: disadvantaged & vulnerable children to realize their rights to education, protection, participation and development, and fwomen-victims of domestic, sexual, other forms of violence for empowerment & justice to make sure their rights are protected and honoured in a society that is built on respect for dignity, justice and equity for all.
Enable disadvantaged children attain their rights to childhood and socially reintegrate those whose rights are violated.
Empower disadvantaged and distressed women to deal with and overcome their situation, rediscover their dignity, find their rightful social space and become self determining factors in their own lives and that of their communities.
Provoke and inculcate a wider social consciousness of the issues affecting disadvantaged/abused children and women-in-distress, a consequent sense of responsibility for justice to children & women at risk or victims of abuse.
Organize and improve with community involvement, children's performances in school through well run remedial classes.
Enable non-school going migrant children to attain basic education through school enrolment or non-formal education classes.
Organize awareness programs for the community (mainly women & children) on child abuse & exploitation and equip them for child protection.
Investigate and monitor the root causes of the problem of trafficking and tourism related/other forms of child sexual abuse and exploitation and develop relevant and prompt responses to the problem and its manifestations, including intervention in specific cases as well as broader advocacy measures.
Undertake intervention for rescue of children from violent and difficult circumstances and rehabilitate them in suitable institutions and other openings for protection, social re-integration and development.
Provide short-stay shelter for girls who are rescued or in crisis situation and enable their restoration and/or rehabilitation.
Promote children's all-round development with focus on children's rights and participation.
Advocate/lobby with the Government/non-Govt. allied systems to enable women/children to receive their share of what is rightfully theirs.
To undertake intervention and advocacy in cases of women victims of domestic violence, sexual harassment, other forms of violence and support them towards empowerment and justice.
The organisation has a child protection policy initiated by TDH-NL as well as two other partners TDH-G & CHILDLINE India Foundation and is committed to it. Each member is given a copy and consent for commitment to it is taken from her/him. The organisation also has trained some of its team members to deal with cases of child abuse/exploitation and it proactively takes up cases for prosecution and justice, not only that are referred or come to it, but by having a documentation cell that finds cases in the daily Newspapers and other communication channels or information.