Karnataka Initiatives for Married Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment

Vidyanikethan has been selected as lead NGO for implementing IMAGE – Initiatives for Married Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment, a multi-sectoral programme, funded by Terre des Hommes (TdH)-Netherlands.

Initiatives for Married Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment (IMAGE)is an innovative and integrated project to address the issues of Early Married Girls (EMG) in Karnataka state of India. Funded by Terre des Hommes, Netherlands (TdH-NL), the project is being implemented in 5 selected districts of Bagalkot, Belagavi, Bidar, Chamarajanagara and Chikkaballapur.



To Provide opportunities for children in vulnerable situations to develop.

  • Provide necessary life skills for daily living
  • To campaign for the Rights of the children
  • To stop the Exploitation of children in any form
  • Focus: Rights of children of all types of issues and provide opportunities for development

Geographic distribution

The project will address the issue of EMGs by primarily working with the girls themselves and through various stakeholders like the families, the community and the government. Most of the interventions fall under ‘Provision’ strategy, followed by ‘Prevention’, and ‘Promotion’. TdH-NL India will take the lead role for the program. Coordination, monitoring and knowledge building are the major roles of TdH-NL. There are 5 field implementing partners each covering 20 villages to reach out to 3,000 EMGs, 2,500 highly vulnerable children, and 20,000 community members.


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