This NGO founder is working to ensure the safety of every child
Suparna Gupta is the Founder of Aangan, a non-profit that works for child safety in vulnerable districts known to have a high incidence of child harm or exploitation, including child marriage, child labour or trafficking. Her organisation operates across Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra, and Jharkhand.
Suparna had previously started a programme to monitor conditions and care for child harm survivors in government-funded shelter/rescue homes. This was India's first standards of care assessment system, which was introduced by state authorities in 600 rescue/shelter homes across the country.
She has also co-authored reports on institutionalised children and ground-level staff. In 2014, she designed a child harm prevention programme for districts where the incidence of child harm is high. Suparna is an Ashoka Fellow and an Edward S Mason Fellow from Harvard Kennedy School.
Suparna Gupta draws on her experiences of working towards child safety in India’s vulnerable districts. She is the voice of adolescent girls, giving insights into what children have to say about risk, gender-based violence, and the experience of reporting to police. She hopes that an Aangan survey that attempted to capture recommendations of young girls can help add perspective to policy and programme design around girls’ safety.