Quarterly Bulletin

Bal Raksha Bharat

August 2020 | ISSUE-V

AT A GLANCE

Updates from this quarter



COLLECTIVISING ACTIONS

MAKING COLLECTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY COUNTS






Save the Children collectivised actions through strategic collaborations with CSO coalitions like Coalition against Child Labour in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi and Shehri Gareeb Vikaas Sangathan in Bihar to prepare focused action plan against trafficking. The CSO network Shehri Gareeb Vikaas Sangathan formed as part of Save the Children's Urban Resilience Program in Patna, Bihar acted as a strong vigilance platform. It brought support for key authorities for amplification of stories of distress, to check misinformation, to facilitate easy relief operations, and track cases of black marketing that have seen an uncontrolled rise amid lockdown.


A PARTNERSHIP TO BRING SMILE






Save the Children collaborated with ITC Foods Limited to offer fresh milk to 520 children in the slums of Park Circus and Bracebridge areas of Kolkata on a daily basis throughout the lockdown period. The distribution of fresh, Vitamin-A fortified milk was done by community group members under the leadership of Save the Children's Child & Youth champions.


NGOS, CORPORATES, MEDIA, INFLUENCERS UNITE FOR CHILDREN






Business leaders from India’s leading corporates, human rights advocates, NGOs and media bigwigs joined Save the Children’s digital Changemaker webinar series to discuss pressing challenges leading to vulnerability of children amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the months of June and July. Moderated by some of India’s top journalists like Govindraj Ethiraj and HR Venkatesh, the webinars reflected on individual and collective responsibilities for the key stakeholders in acting against the risks of trafficking, child labour and abuse which have seen a spurt in the current scenario. The Changemaker platform is an inspiring medium instituted by the organisation to bring together ‘changemakers’ for upholding the rights of children. This series has been converted into a web format in the light of the COVID-19 crisis.

A GLOBAL CALL FOR A GLOBAL PANDEMIC




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Save the Children as a global movement launched a global call for world leaders to #ProtectAGeneration for disease containment and mitigation, global financing to support health systems in poorest of the countries, supporting family finances including protection for jobs and guaranteed family income to the most vulnerable, access to safe, quality and accessible distance learning to children amid school closures and to factor children's interest, protection and safety at the centre of all responses. Along with our counterparts in some of the African countries, we worked out an action plan to address social unrest that saw a spurt due to the outbreak of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.

Along with our counterparts in some of the African countries, we worked out an action plan to address social unrest that saw a spurt due to the outbreak of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. Save the Children supported key departments with technical inputs for enhancing immunity among new and pregnant mothers and children against COVID-19 through focus areas like nutrition, immunisation etc.