Child Protection

Protective, Enabling, Accountable and Child-Friendly Environment (PEACE) Project

Under the PEACE project, ChildFund in India with the support from the Swedish organization Barnfonden (SvEO), strengthens child protection structures, systems, and mechanisms in Gogunda Block, Udaipur District, Rajasthan State, India during the project period of 2019-2021. The overall project goal aims to ensure that all children of Gogunda thrive in a protective and enabling environment at the family, school, and community level by encouraging and creating community structures such as children's clubs, Child Protection Committees, Village level Child Protection Committees (VLCPC);  addressing the socio-cultural barriers towards gender equality, education and child protection; strengthening knowledge and capacities of stakeholders through meetings, workshops, and training on child rights, issues of protection of children with a focus on their roles & responsibilities in addressing child protection issues and creating a safety net for children in the community. The focus of the project is to ensure the protection of those children who are at risk as well as those who are exposed to neglect, abuse, exploitation, and violence.

In order to contribute to the overall goal, the project goal is to ensure a Reduction in children at risk as well as incidences of violations of children’s right to protection in 50 villages of Gogunda block by 31st of December, 2021

The project directly contributes to SDG 16 which is about “peace, justice, and strong institutions.”

Disha – Preventing Child Labor

Disha is a major initiative by ChildFund India, since 1994, to promote sustainable community-based strategies for the prevention of child labor in the Firozabad district in Uttar Pradesh.

Firozabad is home to the glass and bangle-making industry of India. Unfortunately, about 50,000 children are reported to be involved in this work here. Further, the situation is complicated and tricky because it is mostly parents who involve children in their bangle-making units. The nature of work requires no advanced skills or expertise, which means it is easy to train even very young children.

Disha promotes sustainable community-based strategies for the prevention of this child labor. It is committed to bringing children out of the clutch of labor by providing health, educational, and livelihood support.

The project mobilizes communities, parents, especially women to sensitize the wider community regarding child labor; mobilizing public opinion against child deprivation. Children are empowered by encouraging school enrollment, creating children's forums, and ensuring that they, along with their families, receive healthcare.

It also encourages entrepreneurship in adolescents. The children are given training under the ‘Sustainable Livelihood Development Program’ so they can achieve their potential and dreams.

The project directly contributed to SDG 4 - quality education, SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth, and SDG 16 – peace, justice, and strong institutions.

Combatting child trafficking through sustainable livelihood development

The project was implemented in 15 villages across Kotada and Jhadol blocks of Udaipur, Rajasthan between April 2016 and September 2019 with the support of ChildFund Deutschland and funding from BMZ: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The project worked to combat child trafficking and child labor, in addition to work to reduce the vulnerability of local communities in the project areas by providing vulnerable families with alternate livelihood for income generation and capacitate, sensitize and institutionalize stakeholders dealing with prevention of trafficking– police, lawyers, NGOs, government and administration.

During the project, we created awareness on child trafficking and prevention steps amongst parents, youth, press, and the larger community; provided agro-pastoral support to improve the livelihood of the beneficiaries and linked them with government schemes and social programs; trained police and law enforcement in the formal system, set-up community groups such as Child Welfare Committees, Vigilance Squads and ensured the enrolment of drop out children in schools across the 15 villages.

The project directly contributed to SDG 4 - Quality Education, SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth, and SDG - 16 - Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

Mukti Project

Project Mukti was supported by ChildFund Deutschland since 2016, with the help of a local partner, in Rajarhat and Bhangar II of North and South 24 Pargana districts of West Bengal.

The main objective of the project was to “reduce the vulnerability of children of migrant brickfield laborers in West Bengal by ensuring their rights to basic education, health, immunization, and protection from abuse." The project worked towards reducing the vulnerability of 220 children of migrant brick-kiln laborers, belonging to the age group of 3-14, in 4 brick-fields in the project areas by providing them with education, nutrition, access to public health and immunization services, and enhancing awareness of their rights; and to sensitize and motivate parents from 400 families of migrant laborers.

The project successfully established educational centers at the 4 brickfields which helped the children improve in Numeracy and language proficiency. Most of the students scored 50 percent and above marks in both the subjects, throughout all the age groups.

The project directly contributed to SDG 3 - Good health and well-being and SDG 4 - Promoting Quality Education.