Quarterly Bulletin

Bal Raksha Bharat

May 2020 | ISSUE-IV


Updates from this quarter


Save the Children signs declaration to tackle pneumonia among under-five children

Save the Children signed a declaration on tackling pneumonia deaths among under-five children at the Global Childhood Pneumonia Forum held in Barcelona, Spain from 29-31 January 2020. The declaration includes a six-point action plan to ensure less than 3 deaths per 1000 newborns by 2030.

The declaration was signed along with The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Every Breath Counts Coalition, Bills & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Unitaid and Gavi-The Vaccine Alliance.

The movement seeks to infuse momentum and commitment towards protection, prevention and tackling of pneumonia among under-five children. There were 375 child health experts from over 40 countries around the world, representatives from 28 national governments and key ministers from 11 countries.

HCL supports Save the Children to promote safe learning environment in schools

Save the Children won the fifth edition of the HCL Grant Award worth INR 5 crores to support a safe learning environment in schools of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

The HCL Grant is among the most coveted Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) grants in India, which aims to recognise Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) as a critical agent of change. The grant will support Save the Children’s intervention towards ensuring right to learn, survive and be protected.

The project will be implemented in the areas of Leh (Ladakh) and the Budgam district of J&K and focus on promoting a culture of peace, harmony, and a safe learning environment in schools for the most marginalised children.

Filmmaker Brahmanand Singh calls for collaborative efforts to abolish child labour

National award-winning filmmaker Brahmanand S. Siingh calls for collective efforts towards making India Child Labour free at the screening of Jhalki, organised by Save the Children at Patrakaar Bhawan, Pune on 15 January. Multiple screenings were organised across Maharashtra for children from shelter homes, officers and trainers of Maharashtra police academy and officials from the Department of Women and Child Development.

Brahmanand in his address to the audience said, "Successes and failures are part of life, we should continue with our efforts. Stopping Child Labour is a collective responsibility and everyone is equally accountable."

The screenings were being organized as an engagement stunt with multiple stakeholders under #TheInvisibles campaign that focuses on promoting the rights and well-being of children in on streets through ensuring access to legal identity. The film follows a nine-year old girl on street, setting out to find her seven-year old brother against the backdrop of the childslavery trade. The screening was hosted under the banner of the project 'The Invisibles' that works on children's right to identity.

Save the Children introduces safety clubs in five colleges in Telangana

As part of the consistent effort in ensuring girl’s safety through campaigns, programmes and advocacy, Save the Children partnered with Women Safety Wing, Telangana Police and Lead Life Foundation to set up 'Safety Clubs' in five colleges to address safety challenges faced by girls, women and children through easier access to police and legal mechanism. These safety clubs will be run through the youth volunteers from the institutions and will act as a bridge between the police and the student community for services like legal aids, counseling services, access to helplines etc.

These clubs have been activated as a pilot in Sreyas Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jagruti Degree and PG College, Arora Degree and PG College, Badruka College of Commerce and Arts and Indira Priyadarshini Govt. Degree College for Women.

Save the Children creates cadre of district facilitators to ensure climate resilience among children

Save the Children conducted the training of district facilitators under the joint initiative with Kudumbashree—the State Poverty Eradication Mission of Government of Kerala to strengthen the resilience of children through awareness, knowledge sharing, preparedness, and training. The initiative 'Resilient & Climate Smart Children in Kerala' is expected to reach 42,000 children’s and women’s groups.

The six disaster themes include cyclone, flood, fire, tsunami, earthquake, and drought. The programme will facilitate the co-creation of modules in workshop mode with women and children groups under Kudumbashree programme, prepare resource persons, district / block level and further trainings by resource persons with children’s and women groups.

Prepare, respond, recover framework to guide early care during disasters

Save the Children, Caritas India and HCL Foundation collaborates to draw a framework to Prepare, Respond and Recover with respect to Early Childhood Care and Development in Emergencies.

The framework will address the early care needs for children under eight years of age who experience disasters and have a higher risk of injury, malnutrition, disease and disability. The children are especially vulnerable because the distress and trauma caused by disasters can impact their growth, development, long-term health, neurological and psychosocial outcomes, early stimulation and learning interventions.