When talking about NGO’s for children, the first question that should arise in our minds is why would a child need an NGO to safeguard his/her interests? Isn’t that the duty of his/her parents? What steps is the government taking in this direction? To understand why the establishment of NGO’s is so important for the nourishment and empowerment of children, we have to first focus on the problems and issues that these children face. Also, we have to focus on why their parents are unable to counter these issues that they require an organization to come forward and help them.

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The primary issues with the underprivileged children in our country are lack of affordable healthcare, unawareness regarding the importance of hygiene and lack of proper education facilities.  All these problems being very closely knitted with other problems such as poverty, unemployment and illegal drug use have been deeply rooted in the blood stream of our country. The families which have been enslaved by the evils of poverty and unemployment from generations find it really difficult to provide their children with better healthcare and education making it a vicious circle wherein the have-nots keep struggling to make their ends meet eventually leading their children into the same situation where they were put by their parents.

Thus, in a situation like this an outside body is required that can break into this vicious circle of disparities continuing from years. Here comes in the role of the Government that functions in this direction with the help of various outside agencies such as NGO’s which are wholly and solely focused towards the empowerment of the underprivileged governed by a simpler constitution allowing the needy to directly avail benefits. A combined effort of various governments along with various NGO partners makes these tasks more efficient and effective as both the agencies keep each other in check not allowing anyone to trend away from the real issues. The NGO’s have a far more direct contact with the targeted underprivileged children than the government and thus, they understand their needs and problems more closely. An integrated effort of both the agencies allows them both to find better solutions and frame better policies for the future of these children and their families.

Talking about major NGO’s which are focused towards development and empowerment of children; Lakshyam, MAD, Sweccha, The YP foundation etc. have achieved tremendous milestones and successes in recent years. NGO’s like Lakshyam work on a step based approach starting with providing remedial education to children so that they see a brighter tomorrow than their parents and then moving towards exposing their mothers with professional training in stitching and tailoring to equip them with a platform where they can exhibit their products and earn money for themselves. They also focus on spreading awareness among the families of these children about how important hygiene and healthcare is trying to make sure that every new life is nurtured sensitively thus, lowering the infant mortality rates even further. These NGO’s in their numerous campaigns that are run along with the government also act upon the task of continuously advising and bringing forward the ground realities of the policies that are framed by the government. Other NGO’s like MAD and sweccha work towards enabling children living in orphanages and street shelters to explore their potentials and encourage them to do what they are best at. They also work to create awareness about human rights among young people. They aim to achieve a world where young people are enabled to influence policies in the areas of gender, sexuality, health, education, the arts & governance. All of these organizations expect its volunteers to dedicate their time, skill and interest in any branch of their own choice making the creative privileged youth of the nation to grow increasingly sensitive and enlightened towards the issues of these children allowing them to make a difference in their lives.

The nation is addressing its issues. The government is framing its policies. The outer agencies like NGO’s are actively working on the ground. They are also keeping the policies of the governments on a regular check. Work is being done but is it going to be enough? The answer is a clear NO. One extra thing that’s required is the active participation of all the citizens. When we see all of us making little efforts in our own individual capacities leading towards one common goal of a better and a healthier tomorrow of our children, a change is certain to come.

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