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A forum for the children of the mountains.

By Santosh Mehta
Hindu Business Line, March 23, 2007

Twenty-five years of work in the region has proved to the Shri Bhuvneshwari Mahila Ashram (SBMA), a Garhwal-based voluntary organisation in Uttarakhand, that it pays to tap the energy and idealism of children. In an effort to change the way the world perceives and works with children, SBMA organised the first-ever International Conference of Mountain Children in May 2002. This, in turn, launched the Mountain Children’s Forum (MCF) that connects all mountain children. The founding members of the forum are young people from India and Nepal. Its ever-expanding membership includes mountain children from across the world.

Aditi P. Kaur is the President and Chief Functionary, MCF. As President, she is responsible for planning and implanting projects and activities, managing board relations, ensuring compliance with financial and government requirements, raising funds, running the office and building staff capacity to handle the forum’s growth and new projects. [more]