We envision a society, where every child irrespective of his/her background enjoys all rights and a safe childhood.
Jaan Foundation promotes a safe and full childhood for child domestic workers and other vulnerable children through shelter and care, education, skills development, advocacy for child rights, promotion of the right to participation and action against trafficking.
- Realizing complete ban on child labour
- Realizing every child’s right to mainstream education
- Realizing every child’s right to a safe childhood
- Promoting every child’s right to decision making
- JAAN Foundation was started in 1999 by the then Consul General of Belgium to India, Mr. Jan de Bruyne, to give hope and life to children in need of care and protection. Its President, Sr. Jeanne Devos, I.C.M. was earlier instrumental in highlighting the plight of child and adult domestic workers in India through the National Domestic Workers’ Movement (NDWM). The Movement lobbied successfully to outlaw child domestic labour, thus freeing the hapless children from their bonded labour.
- The liberated child domestic workers had to be reintegrated with their families and also be re-introduced to mainstream school education. This was easier thought than done. Many of the children had nowhere to go and some had undergone traumatic experiences and cases of physical and mental abuse.
- The need was felt to provide them temporary shelters where they could pick up the threads of their long lost dreams, through medical and psychological care provided by trained personnel.
- Since its conception, transit shelter homes have been set up in Bangalore (Gowpyatha Makkala Kendra), Shillong (Ferrando Transit Shelter Home), Patna (Muskan Manzil) and Ranchi (Premashray) to provide temporary homes for children rescued from various abusive environments.
- During their stay in these homes, every possible effort is made to ensure that the children find solace and feel at home and are given all the necessary developmental support that they had been deprived of. These transit shelter homes are temporary shelters where the children are housed till they can be rehabilitated back to their family and reintegrated smoothly into the society.
- All this has been possible due to the generous help from KU Leuven through ‘Kinderrechten Fonds- Jeanne Devos’under the guidance of Prof. Peter Adriaenssens. Over the years the foundation has also received donations from various international and domestic funders.