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Plan's active support for child development over a long period of time aims to improve the healthy development of children from before birth, through safe delivery, preschool care and development, primary and secondary education, to an adulthood in which they can be valuable and productive members of their community.
Plan works to overcome the barriers that prevent children from breaking out of the poverty cycle. Its advocacy initiatives are aligned to child rights as laid down by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
By involving children and seeking their views at every stage of program design, implementation and evaluation, Plan ensures that children play an active role in their own growth.
Plan, a leading Delhi NGO while providing immediate relief also works with the community the children are in, an approach we call “Child Centered Community Development,” because we believe that no child exists in isolation, but is part of a larger community. To bring a change in the life of the child a change in the community is a must. To have a long-term impact on the lives of children efforts are made to ensure children their rights through awareness raising and support for educational and vocational training. Across Plan’s projects a common theme is participation and children having a voice of their own.
Plan runs various programs to work with children in difficult circumstances. These programs essentially focus on education, health care, nutrition and shelter. We also enroll children in child media programs and ensure their participation in the innovative programs to empower them so that they can voice their opinions.
Emphais is also on preventive measures like disaster preparedness in disaster prone areas, prevention of child labor and instances of street children, prevention and inclusion of HIV affected children, etc. The money that you contribute will go towards these programs.
Plan is very transparent on its costs. To assure complete transparency to our donors/stakeholders you are free to check our accounts and/or visit programs. Accounts and programs are audited regularly and strict guidelines on finances are maintained as per Plan International global standards at all times.
We are a Non Profit Organization. On average, 80% of the money raised by Plan goes towards planning and implementing our program work and 20 % goes towards marketing and administration.
In India we have been working on getting funds from corporates and also various funding institutions. These funds for our NGO in India are used for specific issues/programs. For instance, Nokia, Cushman & Wakefield, HSBC, Citibank and Flextronics are supporting our work in tsunami-affected areas, Carlsons in specific programs run by Plan India and institutions like DIFID, Global Fund, UNAIDS & UNODC in HIV/ AIDS intervention of Plan.
Projects are supported based on Plan’s identified areas of work and priority needs that align with Plan’s vision and mission through thorough need assessment studies.
The projects are identified based on their innovativeness and capacity to change children’s lives through involvement of the community members as well as the children themselves. The assessment of prospective partners through partner assessment tools is also taken up to ensure that project objectives are met and benefits reach those for whom they are intended.
Plan follows strict guidelines on child protection. Since we work with children in difficult circumstances and hence a very vulnerable section of children we cannot reveal the identity of the child to you. You may visit one of our programs on a schedule donor visit.
We send communication material every quarter to the donors, providing updates on program activities and sharing success stories from Plan’s work supported by your donations.
Yes, all contributions to Plan India are eligible for 50% tax exemption under Section 80(G) of the Income Tax Act. Plan India has recently acquired 35 AC accreditation.
Q: What is 35 AC?
A: The Income Tax Act of 1961 includes certain provisions which offer a 100% Tax Exemption as a tax benefit, to the Donors who contribute money to the NGO. Unlike the certificate granted for Section 80G, the certificate granted for 35AC is provided to any organization as a whole, but only to eligible and approved projects.
Q: How do NGO's in India obtain 35 AC accreditation?
A: The Government of India approves certain NGOs and notifies them as eligible for project or schemes for the purposes of section 35AC. The Central Government has constituted a National Committee to identify projects and schemes to be notified under section 35AC, such committee normally consists of eminent persons. All Indian NGOs are entitled to apply to the National Committee to get its projects or schemes approved. Plan India’s project under Early Childhood Care & Development (ECCD) got approved for 35 AC Scheme.
Q: What are the projects for which Plan India obtained 35 AC approval?
A: 35 AC exemption for donors who donate to Plan India towards activities related to ‘Establishing and running of crèches and enrollment in schools of the children of workers employed in factories or at building sites’.
*100% deduction under Section 35 AC is applicable for income under the head ‘business’ or ‘profession’ only.
- To provide early childhood care and education services to 15,000 children in the age group of 2-6 years from deprived families whose parents are working at construction/building sites and residing in urban slums
- Ensure enrollment and continuation of primary education to 15,000 children in the age group of 6-14 years from such families
- Girls and boys in the age group of 2-14 years
- Parents of these children working at construction sites
- Establishing and running Crèches in each of the 5 project cities, addressing the early childhood care and education needs of children
- Capacity building of the parents to play an active role in the healthy development of their children
- Organizing training-programmes on school readiness for children with reference to early childhood care and education
- Organizing training programs on child and mother health care practices for the Shishu Bikas Kendra (SBK) Facilitators and Anganwadi workers
- Extending support to the Builders and Construction site managers on the childhood needs and rights of the children in project areas
- Organizing immunization drive for children (or those who have been left out) with the support of the local Primary Health Care authorities
- Monitoring of the nutritional status of the children in the ICDS / ECCD centers and schools
- Facilitating the enrolment and retention in government schools of children in the 5 project cities
- Facilitating the birth registration of all the newborn children and those children whose families have not yet accessed the government program of universal birth registration in the project areas
Applicable Geographies: New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune
Q: What documents will I receive to avail 35 AC Tax benefits?
A: Plan India will issue a certificate to the donor for all contributions & receipts under section 35AC.