This project aims to protect vulnerable children, such as street children, child labourers, and children of migrant families, from risks of abuse and exploitation and reduce infant mortality, malnutrition and child hunger in Orissa, India.
The project will do this through rehabilitation and reintegration of separated children back to their families and communities; training in safe sexual & reproductive health practices; and advocating for government entitlements for education and healthcare.
Orissa has the second highest number of rural poor among all Indian states with 64% of its population classified as 'multi-dimensionally' poor. Bolangir district in Orissa is characterised by chronic drought conditions, high levels of food insecurity, and extreme poverty resulting in absolute hunger and starvation. Each year around 30,000 children are forced to migrate with their families in search of work or better land to cultivate, depriving them of education, healthcare and nutrition.
200 vulnerable children will be provided with nutrition, hygiene, developmental support and protection through Community Care Centres before reintegration into families and communities.
600 adolescent girls will be made aware of safe sexual & reproductive health practices.
Through campaigning, 700 children under six will have access to regular government entitlements such as supplementary nutrition, immunization, health check-up, and pre-school non-formal education.
Children will be reunited with their families, meaning they will be better protected from abuse and exploitation.
Infant and maternal mortality, malnutrition and child hunger will be reduced.
Marginalised children and families will have improved access to government entitlements and a better hope for the future.
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