Bal Mitra Gram™ (BMG™) or Child Friendly Village is an innovative and transformative grassroots solution for complex problems which adversely affect the protection and well-being of children. This model promotes their best interests through child-centric community development. It empowers children to take democratic action to secure their rights, and enables all stakeholders to work towards building resilient and protective communities that safeguard children from all forms of abuse and exploitation. The model emphasizes on free and quality education for all children.
The Bal Panchayats are supported by youth groups and women groups that discuss pertinent issues such as nutrition, health and well being of young children.
Developed over 18 years of grassroots interventions the BMG™ model is highly cost-effective and sustainable. Today, the model has successfully created 540 BMG™s across six states in India and in Nepal and Uganda through civil society partners Global March and BASE.