Janodaya is a trust founded in 1987. It runs programmes in Hassan, Shimoga, Chitradurga, Gulbarga and Bangalore districts of Karnataka. With a total staff strength of 60, of which 25 are based in Bangalore, Janodaya works in the field of fighting women’s oppression, liberating and rehabilitating women prisoners and destitute women, training on issues of health, and children’s education.

In the field of ECCD, Janodaya runs a crèche in Devanahalli taluk of rural Bangalore.  Started in 2000, this crèche was set up for the children of quarry workers since there was no anganwadi there.  Parents took their children to the quarry and normally left them in charge of an older child while they worked. Children often got hurt by flying stones and older children lost out on their education.  Janodaya’s crèche with 30 children, 0-6 years, runs from 10 am to 4 pm with a staff of one teacher Online Pokies and one helper.  The children are given a mid-day meal and the focus of the programme is on pre-school education. The local health centre conducts a monthly health check-up along with immunisation, and also provides a referral service. 

Janodaya sends its teachers for training to different centers.  It conducts periodic training programmes (about once in three months) for parents, on issues such as AIDS awareness, nutrition etc as part of its RCH programme.  The training is conducted by Janodaya’s health staff.

Janodaya has gathered data for an NCERT project on the evaluation of anganwadis. It has also participated in collecting the background data for an evaluation on bonded labour. It is also a member of the Campaign Against Child Labour and the Federation of Voluntary Organisation for Rural Development, Karnataka (FEVORD-K)
In 1996-2001, Janodaya ran eight creches – 3 in urban Bangalore and 5 in Devanahalli, rural Bangalore.  There were 40 children, 8 months-6 years, in each crèche.  One teacher and one helper were employed for every crèche. When the project was over, the crèches were closed and children sent to the local anganwadis.

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