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About Us

The Mountain Children’s Foundation (MCF) works to help children become agents for change and development in their communities. MCF has worked in the mountain state of Uttarakhand since 2002. Our unique approach seeks to invert the top-down, outside-in model of traditional development activities.

To empower children through knowledge, training, and the power of collective action, to change their communities from the ground up.

The idealism and energy of young people is the best antidote for the forces of marginalization, corruption, helplessness and apathy, under which most rural communities struggle to exist. We seek to tap that energy and idealism to create a better world for the children and all around them.

It is nothing less than a revolution in how the people—especially the young people—of the mountains perceive themselves and how they address problems in their communities.

Our Aim

To change the way the world perceives and works with children.

  • To enable children become committed, effective citizens, who through collective action, build a foundation of trust and respect for one another becoming agents of change in their communities.
  • To create spaces for child participation wherein the individuality and rights of the child are respected:
    1. By working closely with Government and its agents for upgrading effectiveness and efficiency of schemes and programs
    2. By nurturing communities which give children opportunity to develop to their full potential
    3. By identifying and removing obstacles to such growth

Where We Work

We are based in the Indian mountain state of Uttarakhand with a presence in all 13 districts.

We work through partner organizations .

617 infants; 2755 adults and 9,403 children. We have indirectly impacted a population of 30,753 people. We have an informal network of over 20 organisations who understand the importance of working with children.

Our Resources

Our greatest resource are the young people of Uttarakhand and our partner organizations that continue to support their efforts to change and improve their communities.

We are also fortunate to have a committed team of trainers and facilitators.

Our Donor partners are – , Childline India Foundation, Indian For Collective Action, IRIS Foundation, NSF Foundation, individual donors and supporters


The Mountain Children’s Foundation is based in Dehradun, Uttarakhand and is registered under:

  • Indian Societies Act 863/2003-04 Latest renewal 23 January 2019
  • Section 12AA of the income tax Act since 18 December 2006
  • Section 80G of the income tax Act since 12 February 2009
  • Foreign Contribution Regulation Act FCRA since 27 April 2010 renewed 09 June 2016

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