SOCIETY FOR INDIAN CHILDREN'S WELFARE also referred to as SICW was born in 1979, the International Year of the Child. We are a non-profit social welfare organisation serving the needs of destitute women and children for over three decades. We are licensed by the Department of Women & Child Development, Government of West Bengal and also as a Fit Institution under the Government of India, Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection) Act 2006.
We are also recognised by the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), Government of India to undertake Inter-country adoptions. Over the years we have grown and blossomed into a vibrant and visionary movement dedicated to the betterment and rehabilitation of children and women.
The story has been one of love, compassion, sacrifice and the power of the human spirit to triumph against all odds. Our services encompass a vast spectrum from placing children with loving families to educating them, providing vocational training, ensuring medical treatment, counselling services, sponsoring paediatric heart and eye surgeries and raising funds for children afflicted with thallasemia.
A strong network of support from well wishers, sponsors, and donors in India and abroad has really been the foundation of our growth. Our journey so far has been challenging but fulfilling and we still feel that we have a million miles to go. The needs of helpless children are endless and every day brings a new reason to reach out to help those in need.
We look forward to all the support and assistance that can be offered to us to help us in our endeavour.
Through nearly three decades of service and experience, The Society for Indian Children’s Welfare (SICW) has gained an insight into the pressing problems of children from marginalized backgrounds.
Our vision has been in helping children from the most underprivileged sections of Society. Especially who have been abandoned and orphaned, find a fulfilling childhood with a family that loves them and provides them with all the care and support required of childhood.
We have been working with orphan and abandoned children since our inception and shortly thereafter have also taken on children with disabilities under our wings.
Improved facilities and infrastructure for nurturing and care of the orphan and abandoned children and placing them with families through Adoption.
Integration with normal children has also been introduced.
A Unit for Physically & Mentally challenged Children.
Improving the identification, assessment, health status and Intervention and rehabilitation provided to the physically and mentally challenged children in-house and from the community.
Providing informal education and intervention to Special Needs Children and mainstreaming them by sending them to the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP), who are pioneers in this field. Also 3 children from here attend our UDAAN program in the mornings at Jan Seva, where we work with the same segment of children from the community, with IICP as our advisers.
Improved health status of the underprivileged children in and around our community centre.
Physiotherapy & Prosthetics
Regular Physiotherapy and prosthetics forms a strategically important commitment to these children with disability.
Placing orphan children with adoptive families.
SICW will try and identify families for the adoption of all its children, in conformation with the country’s adoption laws and policies. Where this is not possible, the Organization will strive to provide them with a childhood that they should rightfully have. In the best interests of children, SICW will provide for safe shelter, education, medical support, recreation etc. and livelihood opportunities as they grow older to facilitate independence.
The Organization addresses:
Illiteracy, with educational support;
unemployment with helping our educational support children to be placed with rewarding jobs;
Medical support for the underprivileged;
Adoption and upkeep of Orphan children;
Intervention of Physically and Mentally challenged children at UMEED - SICW, Beckbagan;
Support for treatment of children suffering from Thallassaemia and needing Eye Surgery;
Support for treatment of children requiring urgent Heart Surgery.
Jan Seva Social Centre (At Kasba in Kolkata) provides
Crèche for underprivileged children belonging to the 2-6yr old age group providing free education, nutrition and health coverage.
Provides professional special intervention, meals, medical attention and physiotherapy with prosthetics at UDAAN, our Special Needs Unit at Kasba to handicapped and challenged children from the community.
Free Medical Clinics for children under 15 years and Mothers from the underprivileged section of society.
Health is a major issue and we have introduced a Community Health Project.
India has more orphans than any other country in the world.
SICW has placed more than 2,500 children in loving homes across the world.