Helping Distressed Children in Mangalore

How does one help a child in distress in Mangalore?

The above question has three answers. Or at least, I could find only three.

These three answers ought to interest those concerned about children forced into slavery, child victims of human trafficking and prostitution, children forced into a life of begging at railway stations and bus stops, children denied basic human rights, and so on and so forth.

Owing to an extremely stressful education system, the child in distress could be your very own. So these three answers ought to interest any parent.

Whenever you see a child in distress or need help in dealing with various problems at your child’s school, you can try the following sources.

  1. Child Helpline Mangaluru 1098

I tested this number today only to hear the message, “Your call cannot be processed.” For a few minutes, I thought it was a defunct service. A little bit of Google research showed that I was not the only one who got this message. Reportedly, 1098 works only on BSNL landlines and Tata Indicom numbers. If you are very lucky, it could work on your smartphone.

If you want to help a child in distress, try 1098. If that does not work, try the number 0824-2437795 and you will surely get a response because it is the landline number of Child Helpline, which has its offices near Colaco Hospital, Bendoor.

Childline Mangaluru is one of the projects of PADI, which works for value oriented education (VALORED). One of their objectives is to create awareness of children’s problems, promote child rights and gender equality, education and health for all children, and eradication of child labor.

Address: PADI, Near Colaco Hospital, 2nd Cross Road, Lower Bendoor, Mangalore 575002

Phone: +918242439895


  1. Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Karnataka

The department’s official website says that it “is responsible for the welfare and development of women, children, elderly, and disabled in the state.” It implements a variety of development programs, formulates essential policies, schemes, and programs, and coordinates with non-government and government organizations functioning for the welfare of women, elderly, children, and disabled people.

Address 1: CDPO Office, Ashokanagar, Manjesh Arcade Division, Mangalore (R)

Phone Number 1: 0824-2451262

Email 1:

Address 2: CDPO Office, 4th Floor, Ganapathi School, Centenary Building, JHS Road, Mangalore (U) – 575001

Phone 2: 0824 – 2432809

Email 2:

  1. Prajna Counseling Center

A registered, secular, and non-profit organization for social and educational development launched in 1987, Prajna Counseling Center is registered under the Public Charitable Trust Act and is managed by a group of seven enterprising women. It was founded by Prof. Hilda Rayappan, who is widely acclaimed for helping countless women and children.

Prajna works for the protection of women and children’s rights and emancipation of women and children. Its objective is to improve education for school children and create a child friendly learning atmosphere. It also provides family education programs related to child development, childcare, parenting, and other family-related issues.

Address: Prajna Counseling Center, Falnir Road, Mangalore 575002, India

Phone: 0824 – 2432682


Written in response to the prompt word “HELP” at The Daily Post. 


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