FST, Foundation for Social Transformation, started to raise funds for the project “Songs of peace from orphans of conflict in Manipur” in February 2015. We need 5000 USD to be able to start the project. However, so far we have been able to raise only 326 USD. We are unable to start the project without the basic funds needed.
While we continue our efforts to raise funds for the project, Akhu has already started the ground work needed to start the project. After discussions with a local orphanage that shelters children of conflict, he has been able to get their permission to allow Akhu to work with the children living there. As orphanages are monitored by Child Welfare Committee (CWC)* to ensure the safety and well being of the children, a formal permission has to be taken from the CWC before the project begins. Akhu has been able to get this permission from CWC under the condition that any visual material, whether photographs or videos, that showcase the children of the orphanage will have to be approved by the CWC before release. This is a huge step forward as Akhu can now start the project as soon as we have the funds.
Since online fund raising is going slow, and both Akhu and the children anxiously waiting to start the project, FST has decided to organise a fund raising event on 29thof March to raise the funds required. Hopefully the event will be successful and the project can be started from April 2015.
Akhu and the children of Manipur still need your support to bring out their messages of peace. Please consider donating once again for this project. Spread the word about the project within your friends and family and encourage them to donate as well. We need your support NOW!
* In India, as per the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000 (amended in 2006) State governments are required to establish a CWC or two in ever district. Each CWC should consist of a chairperson and four members. The chairperson should be a person well versed in child welfare issues and at least one member of the board should be a woman. The CWC has the same powers as a metropolitan magistrate or a judicial magistrate of the first class.
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