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Child Protection

Every child, no matter who they are or where they come from, deserves a safe and protected upbringing.

So many children live and survive on the unsafe streets of India. Save the Children, through several state-level child protection programmes has helped protect 66,563 children in 2021.

Over the years, we have faced a multitude of issues but undeterred, we have devised several solutions that help us continue sharing the gift of security and safety with underprivileged children by offering child protection services in the villages and community across 15 states.

Over the years, we have faced a multitude of issues but undeterred, we have devised several solutions that help us continue sharing the gift of security and safety with underprivileged children.

Here, take a look.

The Problem

389 districts in India have over 100 pending child abuse cases, each.

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    Child Abuse in India is an issue of concern.

    Every 15 minutes, a child is sexually abused in India.

    More than 40000 children are mistreated and/or sexually abused every year in India. Child abuse causes actual and/or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development, and dignity. We at Save the Children work towards child protection services for such needy childs.

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    Child Labour restricts a child’s growth & development.

    Many children engage in child labour at a young age.

    There are around 10.13 million working children between 5-14 years in India (4.1 million girls and 5.6 million boys). These children are engaged in paid and unpaid forms of work that may or may not be physically harmful to them; however, these activities will compromise their physical, mental, social or educational development in the long run.

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    To date, India fights the evil of Child Marriage

    27% of girls in India are married before their 21st birthday.

    At an age when children should study and enjoy their childhood, several children, both girls and boys get married. India has partially achieved success in reducing the child marriages in last decade, however India is still home to 223 million child brides, which means approximately one in four young women in India are married or are in a union before their 21st birthday.

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    Concern of Drug Abuse among Children in India

    Substance use among children and adolescents is a public health concern.

    Many children struggle with drug abuse and gambling at a young age. In spite of a serious threat posed by substance use among children, it remains grossly under-researched in India, limited to sporadic studies at a local or regional level.

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    Urbanisation and children in street situation

    Over 2 million children live and survive on the unsafe streets in India.

    Children are found across India, living in a street situation, Many of these children are still awaiting identity, access to social security schemes, education, health care and nutrition services. These children need dignity and equal opportunity for growth, education and development.

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    • Missing children and human trafficking issue

    Trafficked women and girls encounter high rates of physical and sexual brutality.

    Countless women and girls go missing and are trafficked every year in India. The delay in registering complain of missing and human trafficking makes it difficult to trace trafficked victims. A few examples of exploitative and illegal work that trafficked girls are subjected to include bonded sweatshop activity, coerced prostitution, and domestic confinement, etc.

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    Building Child Care Infrastructure

    1 in 2 Child Care Institutions lack an adequate number of caregivers.

    54% of Child Care Institutions do not have an adequate number of caregivers. On job training and certification of care givers can help in strengthening child care infrastructure in India.

BE A PART TO EDUCATE POOR CHILD

We run programmes to protect and secure the most disadvantaged children of India in several ways.

With your help and support, we will be able to protect many last child of our nation!
Your contribution has the power to safeguard a child’s life.

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OUR HUMANITARIAN RELIEF WORK

While Save the Children has offices in 10 states, we have a roster of trained humanitarian workers who are available to be deployed across the country in response to an emergency situation.
  • 2008

    In collaboration with the state government, we supported the relief work and provided our expertise during the Kosi river floods in Bihar.

  • 2009

    Cyclone Aila had a devastating effect on the livelihoods of the population in West Benegal. In response, we restored and promoted sustainable livelihoods in selected cyclone-affected areas of North 24 Parganas
    districts of West Bengal, with specific consideration for the needs of women and girls aged 12-18 years.

  • 2010

    Save the Children has been working on Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Reduction issues in Leh since 2010.

  • 2013 & 2014

    We have provided the biggest and most impactful response during the Kashmir floods in 2014, the flash floods in Uttarakhand in 2013, Cyclones Phailin in 2013 and Hudhud in 2014.

  • 2015

    A powerful earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015. In response, Save the Children shared its expert human resource to initiate timely disaster response in Nepal with emergency assistance.

  • 2016 & 2017

    Provided relief during the floods in eastern states of India.

  • 2018

    Save the Children in collaboration with ‘I am for Alleppy’ banner and Kudumbashree (Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission) undertook the following relief operations amongst more humanitarian work.

    • 32,762 from 6,125 households were supported with hygiene, utensil, and shelter during the relief period
    • 30 Anganwadi centers were rebuilt in Kuttanad area
    • More than 4,000 children were provided with education kits
    • Massive cleaning drives were undertaken in six-gram panchayats with the support of the community
  • 2019

    Save the Children’s teams stocked up relief material like shelter kits, household kits and education support material for children and families hit by Cyclone Fani.

    Additionally, during Assam and Bihar floods in 2019, we reached 15,000 children in Assam immediately with life-saving aid including temporary shelter, water, hygiene and sanitation services – all of which are essential to protect children from the elements
    and potential disease.

  • 2020

    We are also consistently providing COVID relief to many children, families, and communities since the first lockdown in March 2020.

In collaboration with the state government, we supported the relief work and provided our expertise during the Kosi river floods in Bihar.

Cyclone Aila had a devastating effect on the livelihoods of the population in West Benegal. In response, we restored and promoted sustainable livelihoods in selected cyclone-affected areas of North 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal, with specific consideration for the needs of women and girls aged 12-18 years.

Save the Children has been working on Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Reduction issues in Leh since 2010.

We have provided the most impactful response during the Kashmir floods in 2014, the flash floods in Uttarakhand in 2013, Cyclones Phailin in 2013 and Hudhud in 2014.

Save the Children in collaboration with ‘I am for Alleppy’ banner and Kudumbashree (Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission) undertook the following relief operations amongst more humanitarian work.

  • 32,762 from 6,125 households were supported with hygiene, utensil, and shelter during the relief period
  • 30 Anganwadi centers were rebuilt in Kuttanad area
  • More than 4,000 children were provided with education kits
  • Massive cleaning drives were undertaken in six-gram panchayats with the support of the community

Save the Children’s teams stocked up relief material like shelter kits, household kits and education support material for children and families hit by Cyclone Fani.

Additionally, during Assam and Bihar floods in 2019, we reached 15,000 children in Assam immediately with life-saving aid including temporary shelter, water, hygiene and sanitation services – all of which are essential to protect children from the elements and potential disease.

We continue to provide humanitarian support to victims of Delhi Violence since February.

We are also consistently providing COVID relief to many children, families, and communities since the first lockdown in March 2020.

Children reached in 2021 through Child Protection

Through the consistency of our donors’ support, we have successfully impacted the lives of many children, PAN India, since 2008

We are indebted to our supporters and donors who have helped touch the lives of many. You too can make a difference.

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