Our Children: What future holds for them?

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Our Children: What future holds for them?

  1. 1. 26th November, 2010 Workshop 2 Our Children: Our Future
  2. 2. Our Children What future holds for them? 26th November, 2010
  3. 3. 3 Born with weight less than 2.5 Kg Imagine Nandu
  4. 4. 4 A stumbling start His home is a tiny shack He is 2 and weighs 7 Kg
  5. 5. 5 Nandu has dropped out of school, all the family talk is around the next meal for the children…disenchanted with this humdrum existence On the Streets at 10 He is now 10 He steals some money & runs away from home…
  6. 6. 6 Leading an adult life
  7. 7. 7 Truncated Childhood Forced into drugs In conflict with law!
  8. 8. 8 THERE ARE MANY MORE SUCH Nandus
  9. 9. 9 India is home to World’s largest number of sexually abused children 18 million street children 5 million children are forced into commercial sex trade every year 8 million children are not in school 17 million child laborers - the highest in the world Youngest population in the world…1/3rd of our population is below 18 years 42% of all the under- nourished children in world Source: HAQ – Status of India’s Children 2008, CRY, SMILE
  10. 10. 10 Is there Hope?
  11. 11. 11 Healthy Childhood Awareness to-be mothers at ICDS Centers Nourishment
  12. 12. 12 Childhood Restored
  13. 13. 13 A Child’s Right to Development… Feeding the Young: NARAD, Thane • Home based programme model • Using existing Balwadi's in the village as a resource center Rs. 5 Lac would provide basic nutrition twice a day to 100 under-nourished children
  14. 14. 14 A Child’s Right to Security… A Loving Home: SOS Children’s Village, India Rs. 5 Lac would support yearly family expenses of a 10 member family • A caring parent • Siblings • Family Environment • Community based living
  15. 15. 15 A Child’s Right to Protection… A Safe Haven: Salaam Baalak Trust, Mumbai/Delhi • A day learning center • Vocational training opportunities • A Night shelter Rs. 10 Lac to provide full 24-hr shelter care to 50 children
  16. 16. 16 To him we cannot answer 'TOMORROW.' Answering Today We are guilty of many errors and many faults but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. His name is 'TODAY‘. - Gabriela Mistral
  17. 17. 17 Thank You
  18. 18. 18 Role of the State A rise in the budget share from 2001 to 2008-09 but not shining , the average budget is Rs. 3.75 out of 100 allocated 84 child specific schemes from 8 ministries of the Government of India Of these 8 are allocations for institutions such as NCPCR, NCERT, NIPCCD, Bal Bhawan and Kalavati Saran Hospital etc (Around 26 million children are not covered by ICDS) were analysed by HAQ Center for Child Rights to find out this. What happens to the money? - Under-utilisation of resources in education & development (5.5-6 %)and health (10.59%) - - money not sanctioned on time - Protection segment has seen the most underspending (12.76%), lack of planning and implementation e.g. Despite the deficit of 6.5 lakh Anganwadis and thousands of children uncovered, the government actually le# money unspent in ICDS in 2006-07 e.g. Funds were not utilised even for the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, allowing it to function even in the last year of its ! rst term with fewer members — three including the chairperson — and its budget declined 30 per cent from Rs 10 crore in 2007-08 to Rs 7 crore in 2008-09.

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