International Childcare Trust has working in partnership with Adhar, a grassroots NGO based in Orissa, India, since 2011, supporting Collective Action for Children in Orissa. This project aims to protect vulnerable children from risk of abuse and exploitation and reduce incidences of infant mortality, malnutrition and child hunger by mobilizing support from the government and the local community, through:
(1) Increased protection of vulnerable children from abuse, exploitation and harm through community-based safety nets including rights awareness and family reintegration leading to better safeguarding of children;
(2) Increased access of families and children to available government health entitlements through effective community monitoring and advocacy leading to reduced incidence of infant mortality, malnutrition and child hunger.
We are still trying to secure sufficient funds in order to start this vital project. Raising funds is proving difficult – predominantly because less people and organisations are now giving to India due to its supposed wealth and relatively high GDP. There are however massive disparities in income between the rich and the poor, as the wealth is not trickling down to the most needy. Adequate services are not available from government or non-governmental sources for vulnerable children - the few government schemes in place are not effectively implemented with the provisions and entitlements not reaching the rightful beneficiaries. Therefore, a significant element of this new project involves lobbying for rightful access to benefits from government schemes and entitlements for vulnerable children and families, such as the Midday Meal Scheme. This project, therefore, aims to provide a long-term and sustainable solution to issues of chronic drought, food insecurity, and extreme poverty.
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Adhar is a local grassroots level organisation set up in 1992 with the vision of poor, deprived, excluded and marginalised communities having equal access and control over their rights and entitlements, resources and institutions, in order to lead a life with dignity.
Adhar utilizes several approaches to empower marginalized people and communities, with a focus on active community participation. Adhar works collectively with the community to identify and discuss issues and brainstorm solutions. Be it through skills training, knowledge dissemination, or service provision, Adhar listens first and acts collectively with the community second. Adhar empowers and mobilizes communities using a rights-based approach to development. At present, over 85% of staff are field workers, actively present in the communities on a daily basis.Although this project (Collective Action for Children in Orissa, India) does not start until April 2012, Adhar runs a number of important projects. Here is a selection of its achievements during 2011:
Bilasha is one of hundreds of people supported by Adhar. Bilasha is a 70 year old widow who lives alone in Indira Awash and holds a BPL (Below Poverty Line) card. Although she owns ½ acre of land, because it is located 4km from her village, she is unable to farm it. With training and business set-up support (Rs4,500) from Adhar, Bilasha is now able to sell puffed rice and salt within the community. There is a large demand for puffed rice and salt in Champasar, and Bilasha is one of only a few vendors in her village. She earns Rs10 per day and is gaining vital experience of running her own business.
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