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Our Impact


As we take the next steps in our organizational evolution, we hope to reach out to more children directly or through state machinery, add best practices to our work, and make a positive contribution towards the fight against child abuse.

Your donations in kind and financial support go a long way in helping Protsahan reach out to more vulnerable childhoods broken by abuse and violence, and putting them on a path of healing and empowerment.

Program Expenses

  • Adolescent Girls’ Education Programme
  • Adolescent Girls’ Health Programme
  • Arts for Gender Justice & Healing
  • National Child Protection Programme
  • STEM Programme for Girls


  • Individual
  • Corporates
  • Institutions

Fund Utilization

Direct Program Expenses
Administrative Expenses
Fundraising Expenses

Measuring Impact In The Life Of A Young Girl

Protsahan’s goal is to enable every child to thrive and not just survive, no matter what her background and socioeconomic circumstances happen to be. Our programs and interventions are designed with the theory that literacy alone leads nowhere, girls have to be able to bring transformational change in themselves and in their classroom, school, and community. Therefore, building an environment for holistic empowerment and instill leadership capabilities in girls is just as essential. For this, we measure impact as progress in five different aspects of a child’s growth –

  • Academic Growth
  • Increase in her Sense of Self Worth
  • Increase in her Civic Agency & Leadership
  • Building Resiliency
  • Acquiring Key Life Skills

Click Here to read the article in The Lancet about how Protsahan is improving menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls in India.

Direct Impact On At-Risk Children

An enabling environment that addresses the trauma of abuse for children requires an intersectional approach to Education, Healthcare, and Justice, and a participation of the key stakeholders. To implement this approach at the grassroots level, it becomes imperative to engage different stakeholder groups, and sensitize them towards bringing a Trauma Informed Compassionate Care Model for Classrooms.

Vulnerable Girls Rescued & Mainstreamed
Abuse Awareness for At-Risk Children
Educators, Teachers and Social Workers
Counselors & Caregivers

Engaging Key Stakeholders

Child protection and prevention of abuse is a responsibility shared by everyone in society. Engaging key stakeholders in conversations that have a direct impact on adolescent children, thus, is imperative to creating a system of child protection in the country.

Protsahan constantly engages with members of the executive, judiciary, law enforcement, medical fraternity, and parents to ensure that the focus on child protection remains strong so that children have a safe environment to grow.

  • Legal & Normative Frameworks: Protsahan engages with local, state, and central government to improve systems and policies at a macro-level to build institutional capacities at scale using research, advocacy and design from the insights gained at center of excellence direct work.
  • Society/Communities: Using multimedia approaches of filmmaking, storytelling, community theater for change, sports, festivals etc. Protsahan engages the community on issues of gender (menstruation, financial independence of girls, gender violence.. etc.)
  • Household/Family & Peer Environments: Protsahan works very closely with the mothers, caregivers and the men & boys in the community through counseling and home visits, slum panchayats, etc. to empower truly the agency of the girl in a sustained manner
  • Individual: Protsahan works to create community girl champions at the center of excellence with adequate resources, knowledge, access to services, behaviours, attitudes and life skills to become the change agents. This is a deeply immersive intervention with depth of scale



Judges, Lawyers & Media Personnel


Government Officials from CWC, JJB, DCPU


Doctors, Parents
& Adults

Protsahan In Media


Locked in, left out

Feb 18, 2024

Women who are incarcerated lack access to facilities for menstrual hygiene and sanitation, have their privacy compromised by CCTV surveillance and receive subpar nourishment. Tanisha Saxena writes about the need for reform in India’s correctional fac…


Female enrolment in higher education has increased by 32% since 2014-15.

kid raising his hand in classroom

The report is based on a survey of 34,745 people between the ages of 14 and 18 in both government and private institutes across 28 districts in 26 states.

Picture of a Girl Studying copy

Four-year data of dropout rates in class 10 shows a steady decrease. HT spoke to experts to understand why students fall out of the education system.


As the climate gets hotter in South Asia, more women living in low-income households are expected to experience domestic violence. A new study shows the problem will be most extreme in India.

Integrating transgender concerns is child's play!

Although the LGBTQ+ community is now more accepted among the urban elite’s social circles, not much has actually changed. Is the most recent attempt by NCERT to integrate transgender…


विशेषज्ञों के अनुसार, घटनाएं बढ़ी हैं, लेकिन दर्ज मामलों के बढ़ते आंकड़े लोगों में कानूनी जागरूकता के संकेत भी हैं। अभी भी काफी मामले दर्ज नहीं हो पाते हैं या पुलिस स्टेशन तक नहीं पहुंच पाते।


Boom | Explained: Schools Are Reopening, But Many Children Won’t Go Back

Feb 11, 2022

With schools shut intermittently for over two years, and parents unable to make ends meet, children will not be able to return to their classrooms.


Hindustan Times | Amid lockdown, digital divide left migrants’ kids out in the cold

Jan 20, 2022

In the fourth part of this series on how the pandemic affected schools and India’s children, HT looks at the effects of the migrant crisis.


The Times of India | Delhi: Poor wary of Covid-19 test as they fear loss of income

Jan 29, 2022

It took a vigorous awareness campaign before Protsahan was able to get over 70% of the slum dwellers in west Delhi to accept both doses of the Covid vaccine.


DW News | India: Coronavirus school closures remove safety net for poor children

Thousands of street children have been forced to go back to begging and working odd jobs as schools have been closed and poor families are forced to make ends meet.


The New Indian Express | Delhi NGO Protsahan India Foundation fights child abuse with the power of dialogue

Nov 20. 2021

Among the many ways that can help children identify abuse, it is importance for adults (related to or familiar with these kids) to approach them for healthy conversations.


Lingering effects of COVID-19 taking financial, emotional toll on India’s population | CBC News

Oct 01, 2021

With COVID-19 cases raging across India in the spring, Neeraj Jaiswal was desperate with worry for his wife as her breathing became more shallow and he wrangled for a New Delhi hospital bed equipped with a crucial oxygen cylinder.


How Covid Has Put Children At Risk Of Abuse, Labour, Marriage

Jun 14, 2021

India urgently needs a countrywide campaign against child labour and early marriage to protect its children from the economic and social consequences of Covid-19 lockdowns and loss of caregivers, say child welfare workers


Open Magazine | Loss and Longing

May 21, 2021

N THE NIGHT OF MAY 1ST, NEELU Chauhan, 40, all but fell at the feet of her mother-in-law, Dhanna Chauhan.

In this picture taken on May 11, 2021, twin sisters Tripti and Pari, who lost both their parents due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, play with their toys at a relative's home in Bhopal. - Thousands of children have lost at least one parent in the new pandemic wave ravaging India, where there were already millions of orphans. - TO GO WITH AFP STORY children-health-India-coronavirus by Aishwarya KUMAR (Photo by Gagan NAYAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY children-health-India-coronavirus by Aishwarya KUMAR (Photo by GAGAN NAYAR/AFP via Getty Images)

NPR | India’s COVID Orphans Face Trauma And Trafficking Risks

Jun 10, 2021

A 7-year-old boy lost both parents to COVID-19 and is alone in the family apartment, with no relatives to care for him.


Telegraph India | Not home, alone

May 30, 2021

The second Covid wave has triggered a troubling rash of orphans across the country — 577 in 55 days according to the ministry of women and child development.


The Week | Pandemic’s forgotten and forsaken children

Jun 20, 2021

Inside the long, narrow and serpentine lanes of a slum in New Delhi, 13-year-old Raveena Jankipura contemplates suicide.


France24 | In India, Covid-19 pandemic leaves countless orphaned children behind

Jun 01, 2021

India’s Covid-19 cases are falling, but the second wave has been devastating for the country and thousands are still dying every day from the disease.


RFI | India: alarming situation for Covid-19 orphans

May 25, 2021

With 300,000 official deaths already and undoubtedly much more in fact, India is now worried about the wave of orphans that the pandemic is leaving behind.


Dainik Jagran | Working On Mental Health Of Children During Covid-19 Pandemic

Jun 27, 2021

कोविड-19 के कारण अपने माता-पिता को हमेशा के लिए खो देने वाले बच्चों की मदद के लिए समाज के साथ-साथ केंद्र और राज्य सरकारें भी तत्पर हैं।


TOI | The Pandemic’s Silent Victims

Apr 29, 2021

NEW DELHI: Amid the raging second wave of Covid-19 in the city, many children who have lost their parents or whose single parent is in hospital have become the pandemic’s silent victims.


HT | Delhi’s Child Rights Body Reaches Out To Kids Who Lost Parents To Covid

Apr 29, 2021

Officials at DCPCR said that the commission is working with several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to care for these children in terms of food, medical benefits


HT | Losing Parents To Covid, Many Children Stare At Uncertain Future

May 02, 2021

A significant proportion of people, who have died as the second Covid-19 wave has overwhelmed India’s health system, are in their 30s and 40s.


India Today | Covid Second Wave Leaves Children Orphaned And Vulnerable Across India

May 04, 2021

While some have lost both their parents, others are in a situation where a single surviving parent is unable to take care of them financially and psychologically.


Reuters | Pleas For Help In India As COVID Leaves Children Without Carers

May 06, 2021

When an Indian children’s rights group tracked down two boys aged 6 and 8 after it was told that their parents were both severely ill with COVID-19 and unable to care for them


Independent | What Happens To Children Who Lose Their Parents To The Virus?

May 07, 2021

More than 230,000 people in India have now died with the coronavirus. These are not the only victims of the pandemic that is still devastating the country, however


The Wire | Pleas For Help In India As COVID Leaves Children Without Carers

May 07, 2021

When an Indian children’s rights group tracked down two boys aged 6 and 8 after it was told that their parents were both severely ill with COVID-19 and unable to care for them


The Globe & Mail | Tide Of COVID Deaths In India Leaves Orphaned Children In Its Wake

May 11, 2021

Amid the tragic fallout of India’s severe second wave of COVID-19 that is claiming nearly 4,000 lives a day, young children who have lost one


New Statesman | “Total helplessness”: The Accountability Crisis Behind India’s Covid Surge

May 07, 2021

Oxygen shortages are pushing Indian hospitals to breaking point, and raising questions over the response of Narendra Modi’s government.


TOI | Loss Of Day’s Work, Fear Of Impotency: Why Men In Slums Are Hesitant To Take The C-jab

May 08, 2021

In the survey, conducted by NGO Protsahan India Foundation, which has been working in the slums of Dwarka, Uttam Nagar and Vikas Nagar, most residents also expressed distrust about the vaccines.


TOI | Vax Registration Still A Puzzle For Many

May 06, 2021

New Delhi: Ramesh Kumar has been providing his auto services to people coming out of the vaccine centre at Lajpat Nagar from Monday. But unlike those who are getting the Covid-19


Straits Times | As Parents Succumb To Covid In India, Children Are In Distress

May 09, 2021

BANGALORE – For an hour, Mr Preetham Rodrigues, 42, pondered over the text message he had seen in a WhatsApp group.


Straits times | Devastating Covid Crisis In India Leaves Children Stranded

May 06, 2021

BENGALURU (REUTERS) – When an Indian children’s rights group tracked down two boys, aged six and eight, after it was told that their parents were both severely ill with Covid-19


Boom Live | Covid-19 Is Leaving India’s Children Orphaned</strong

May 04, 2021

The pandemic is expected to disrupt many children’s lives. It also tells a story of India’s flawed adoption system.


Gulf News | Covid Orphans: The Story of India’s Invisible People

May 12, 2021

The poignant image of two young brothers- the elder one not even in his teens, lost amidst the pendulum of hope and grief in a hospital refuses to go away.


The Diplomat | What Will Happen To India’s Covid Orphans

May 10, 2021

With increasing COVID-19 deaths in India, hundreds of children are being traumatized and left in the lurch.


HT | In The Second Wave, How Children Are Suffering

May 17, 2021

What we need is for kinship care to kick in on an urgent basis. Institutional care and shelter homes should be the last resort. The grief and trauma will damage the children and they will grow up to be broken adults


Boom Live | Why Delhi’s Slum Dwellers Are Struggling To Get Vaccinated

May 17, 2021

As urban India queues up to get vaccinated, many don’t know how to get the vaccine. But there are ways to make the vaccine accessible.


Live Mint | The Children Left Behind By Covid

May 14, 2021

As our social media feeds remain flooded with posts related to ‘covid orphan’ and ‘call to adopt’, India really needs to wake up to how the young ones will deal with grief


France 24 | Pandemic Triggering Orphan Crisis In India

May 19, 2021

Three days after their father died of coronavirus, six-year-old twins Tripti and Pari were found sleeping next to their mother, unaware that she had also become a victim.


Sputnik | Covid Leaving Behind Generation Of Traumatized Orphans

May 19, 2021

In mid-April, when the number of coronavirus cases began escalating again in India, thousands of COVID patients lost their lives fighting the dearth of hospital beds, oxygen cylinders, and medications.


Amar Ujala | Many Children Have Lost Their Mother Or Father In The Pandemic

May 12, 2021

Orphanages in India have not received adequate support from the government regarding COVID-19 and the lockdown. This, along with severe resource constraints, puts the children they care for at greater risk.


Bloomberg | Covid Orphans at Risk of Exploitation in India

May 27, 2021

Government officials and NGOs are concerned, but worry that good Samaritans are playing into the hands of child traffickers.


BBC | The Indian Children Orphaned By Covid-19

June 01, 2021

Five-year-old Pratham and his 10-month-old brother Ayush lost their father to Covid in April. Days later, at a different Delhi hospital, they lost their mother.

DW News | Indian Children Orphaned By The Pandemic

May 27, 2021

While children are unlikely to fall severely ill from the novel coronavirus, they’re fast becoming secondary victims of the virus in India.


Mumbai Tak | Child Abuse Has Increased During Covid

May 15, 2021

The second wave of corona is seen across the country due to corona destroying families. It is full of children and women.


Indian Express | Fix The Gaps In Covid Vaccine Rollout Strategy

June 02, 2021

The Cowin portal, mandatory to register for vaccines, has become a stumbling block for many, especially with vaccine supply being affected across India.


IndiaSpend | What Calls For Adopting ‘Covid Orphans’ Are Missing

June 04, 2021

Support to caregivers from extended family should be preferred for children whose parents have passed away due to Covid-19, not adoption by strangers or institutionalised care


BBC | Teaching slum girls to believe in themselves

June 17, 2016

BBC shares the incredible journeys of Protsahan’s girls and how they are taking their lives in to their own hands.


Deccan Chronicle | In any crisis, take care of the most vulnerable

Sep 04, 2020

Covid-19 has not only revealed vulnerabilities and inequalities in the education systems across the world, it has made the situation worse


Innovation At The H.E.A.R.T of Education

Dec 23, 2020

Early this year, while we at Protsahan India Foundation were in the process of analyzing the body of work we had done over the past decade and preparing ourselves for the next decade, we received an email.


HuffPost | Giving hope to India’s children

March 13, 2014

HuffPost reports on the necessity and urgency of fighting Child Abuse in India and Protsahan’s role in securing a better childhood of India’s Children.


Indiatimes | Father’s Day: Father To 120 Girls

June 16, 2019

Indiatimes follows the journey of Jaswinder Singh from being a Director to being a father figure to the girls of Protsahan.


Hindustan Times | Child abuse: The birth of a damaged citizen

March 09, 2016

Hindustan Times reports on the heartbreaking reality in India of atrocities committed against children that are largely ignored.


The Hindu | Art: The way forward

October 08, 2013

The Hindu explores the relation between art and healing broken childhoods at Protsahan.


Age limit for going online? How threat to children can be tackled

March 15, 2018

The Times of India reports on the NASSCOM CSR Leadership Conclave held in New Delhi on March 14, 2018  where Protsahan’s founder Sonal Kapoor was on a panel to discuss “Keeping our Children Safe in the Digital Age”.


The Economic Times | Empowerment is synonymous with education

October 2, 2011

The Economic Times reports on Protsahan’s one-year anniversary, and our on-ground impact of working with children in underserved communities.


The Tribune | Breaking the Silence

November 06, 2016

The Tribune covers Protsahan’s protest against Child Sexual Abuse and how POCSO is applied on the grass roots.


The Better India | Changing lives of 400 Girls in Delhi Slums with Art & Colour

July 23, 2015

The Better India explores Protsahan’s story; how it started and where it has reached.


BMGF | Impatient Optimists: How one 24-year-old is saving the lives of girls in Delhi

June 03, 2013

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation writes about Protsahan’s journey.


Ashoka India | Reviving art at Protsahan: Encouraging creativity & design thinking to solve India’s most pressing problems

June, 2013

Our founder, Sonal Kapoor, shares her views on creativity and design thinking on Ashoka (India) blog.

Doordarshan | Tejasvini: Interaction with Sonal Kapoor, Founder of Protsahan

December 20, 2015

India’s National broadcaster Doordarshan interacts with Protsahan’s founder Sonal Kapoor.

92.7 Big FM | Big Heroes with Richa Anirudh

October 11, 2016

Richa Anirudh interacts with Protsahan’s founder Sonal Kapoor on 92.7 Big FM radio.

TedX Youth | Becoming a Social Entrepreneur

December 10, 2012

Sonal Kapoor is the Founder CEO of PROTSAHAN India and is considered one of the most inspiring young social entrepreneurs of our time.


Blogs | Personal agency of a child vs. Imposed religious practices

February 14, 2018

Child rights activists start picking up as we scaled up the momentum on Twitter, highlighting the need for immediate intervention.


Indiatimes | The Ugly Truth Of Kerala’s Temple Ritual Of Symbolic Human Sacrifice – ‘Chooral Muriyal’

February 21, 2018

Wide scale coverage of the issue started to gain momentum as more people became aware of the horrors of the ritual.


Indian Express | Chooral Muriyal: Why ritual involving young boys at this Kerala temple is making news

February 16, 2018

Indian Express covers the story after it breaks in Deccan Chronicle.


Youth Ki Awaaz | Chooral Muriyal: What A Sick Temple ‘Ritual’ Is Doing To Young Boys In Kerala

February 21, 2018

Youth Ki Awaaz does a story highlighting the issue that is a clear violation of child rights.



Female enrolment in higher education has increased by 32% since 2014-15.

kid raising his hand in classroom

The report is based on a survey of 34,745 people between the ages of 14 and 18 in both government and private institutes across 28 districts in 26 states.

Picture of a Girl Studying copy

Four-year data of dropout rates in class 10 shows a steady decrease. HT spoke to experts to understand why students fall out of the education system.


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