Child Welfare Organizations in India – Building A Better Future For Children

With over 12 million child workers (on paper, possible there could be more than 60 million child workers) out of 440 million children, India is sadly the home to the largest number of child labourers in the world.

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International Labour Organization defines ‘Child Labour’ as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to mental and physical development. It refers to work that:

  • Is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children; and
  • Interferes with their schooling by:
  • Depriving them of the opportunity to attend school;
  • Obliging them to leave school prematurely; or
  • Requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work.

Over 50% of children face some kind of sexual abuse in India.

Nearly 2 million children in India do not live till the age of 5.

79% of children below the age 3, have anaemia in India.

Lakshyam NGO : Hands to Hearts
Lakshyam NGO : Hands to Hearts

However, there are various child welfare organizations in India that are working very hard to pull them out of the extreme conditions and return their lost childhood. One such child welfare organization is Lakshyam, an NGO covering PAN India that works for building a safe, habitable world for the unfortunate lot of our society. Since its inception in 2004 till today, Lakshyam has touched well over 18,000 lives in 11 states and directly benefitted them. With over 4 projects working towards child welfare, women empowerment as well as slum development; it steers infallible schemes that would holistically benefit the poor.

Lakshyam currently runs two programs for child welfare, “Butterfly” and “Lakshyam Toy Library”.

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Image Sources: Lakshyam Butterfly Child Welfare program

Lakshyam launched a Child welfare program named “Butterfly- Child Welfare and Education” that symbolizes freedom with the wings of a butterfly. The concept of ‘Butterfly’ is based upon imparting the two most crucial aspects of welfare, a holistic education and well-round development. With this objective, children at Lakshyam are taught Hindi, English, Math and Computer Sciences, in purview of methodically filling in the gaps in formal education. When a child who is not very well-versed with English or computer language suffers in government or private schools, Lakshyam’s remedial centre provides free of cost tutorials

CENTER BENEFICIARIES
GHAZIABAD 100
KURUSHETERA 40
VASANT KUNJ 120
TOTAL 260

The other child welfare program by Lakshyam is Lakshyam Toy Library. Lakshyam has always believed that money is not the only thing that builds a childhood; it is love too. Widely unnoticed, but children develop a strong and deep bond with their toys. In times of loneliness, it is toys that keep us company. Unfortunately, being poor in India is not only lack of money; it is lack of love too. To fill in this gap in their childhood, Lakshyam came up with a brilliant idea of a Toy Library.

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Image sources: Lakshyam toy Library

Lakshyam set up its first toy library 8 years ago with thousands of toys collected from various schools across Delhi. Now, it has 16 of them throughout the country. Children can access these toys whenever, however they want. Lakshyam’s aim to fill in this void in their lives has been so far successful. With storybooks and toys, Lakshyam wishes for the children to have a normal life without any depravity.

NGO in India For Children Education

Lakshyam NGO : Hands to Hearts
Lakshyam NGO : Hands to Hearts

It has been more than half a century since India’s independence and 100 percent literacy rate is still a distant dream for our country where almost 35% of the population is still illiterate. On one hand where India is being called one of the worlds fastest growing economies it still lacks proper school facilities and efficient teaching staff across the government run schools across the country, which takes it far behind even the most underdeveloped nations of the world in terms of its social indicators.

So this is where the NGO’s in India for Children step in and take the necessary action to educate the underprivileged.  While most of the governments efforts to universalization of education goes in vain because of inefficiencies in its system and politics, the NGO’s help government achieve their goal since NGO’s only motive is community development where children and adults realize their full potential in a safe and a healthy environment.  They try to fill in for the inefficiencies of our system and bridge the gap between the underprivileged and the privileged sections of the society.

Since the last 2 decades or more the role of NGO’s and the dependency of the government and our country’s citizens on it for education has increased tremendously. NGO’s use many strategies such as public-private partnerships, teacher-training, family literacy, community involvement and developing funds for educational sector.

In rural areas especially, where women and girls are forced to give up even their most fundamental right like education due to various reasons such as lack of proper sanitation facilities at public schools, child marriage, family pressure and sexual exploitation by male teachers etcetera NGO’s protect their rights by providing a safe environment for both boys and girls to reach their full potential. Most of the NGO’s in India today provide education in the most remote villages and slums across the country.  They provide financial assistance to children who dropout because of lack of money and even provide free education at their own expense. To those children who don’t go to school because of inaccessibility, they reach out to these kids and teach them at their homes. Also a lot of NGO’s even assist in skill based higher education that can help unprivileged children become self- sufficient and not rely on others.

As Nelson Mandela very aptly said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” NGO’s in India have a crucial role to play in educating the children and thus developing the country.