Arpan – an award-winning organization, based in Mumbai, focuses entirely on addressing child sexual abuse (CSA) in India’s sociocultural context, utilizing scientific and well a researched approach, integrating both policy and programs, and engaging multi-stakeholders. They are the largest NGO in India to be working on reducing the occurrence of child sexual abuse and heal its psychological, social, sexual and physical consequences, with a 60 member team. Over the last 9 years Arpan has reached out to over 140,000 children, adolescents and adults directly with its services, 30,000 individuals through advocacy and events and over 530,000 indirectly through training and capacity building.
Participant Profile: Pooja Taparia (Founder and Chief Executive Officer)
Pooja started work on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in 2006 and has mobilized over 2.5 million USD (over 16 cr) for working on CSA. Pooja is a graduate in Applied Art/Graphic Design and in Commerce. She has managed a number of high-profile freelance design print and web media projects for companies and individuals. She is a Director on the Board of UnLtd India and plays an advisory role on their strategies and programs; is the founding member of SAPCAN, SAARC Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect; and is also a member of ISPCAN, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Pooja has been awarded the Architects of the Future Award 2013. Her life work has been permanently put up as a part of the Waldzell Collection, in the Melk Abbey, a museum in Austria. She was also awarded the Karmaveer Puraskar Award in 2010 by ICONGO in New Delhi for her work on Child Abuse.