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Giving back childhoods

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Giving back childhoods

Pooja Taparia is Founder, Trustee and CEO of Arpan. Arpan reduces the prevalence and effects of child sex abuse (CSA) by running Personal Safety Education classes in schools, educating teachers and parents, and counselling people who have gone through abuse.

Arpan provides support to children who have experienced abuse. Arpan reaches out to housing societies, civil society clubs like Rotary & Lions Clubs, interested colleges or any other forum or platform, where they could reach out to a parent or adult & talk to them about the cause. Arpan  takes on cases to enable adult survivors to come to terms with their trauma as well, and move on to lead more fulfilling lives. The members of Arpan try to break the silence around child sexual abuse in the society and make people aware of the impact of this phenomenon on their lives as well as support them into a process of healing.

Arpan also conducts capacity building sessions for mental health professionals and social workers to enhance counselling skills and knowledge on trauma and alternative therapies to be able to provide more effective therapeutic intervention for victims and survivors of sexual abuse. Pooja has empowered more than 75,000 children and adults to prevent and end sexual abuse.

Arpan won the India NGO National Award 2011; Pooja was awarded the Civil Society Karmaveer Puraskaar Award 2010 among many others. Pooja was also invited to the White House in 2012 to share Arpan's work at a civil society consultation addressing the development of a global policy on Gender Based Violence.

With community-driven solutions, Pooja is one of the fiercest advocates of the cause and her efforts are sure to make a difference for many years to come.

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