Quarterly Bulletin

Bal Raksha Bharat

December 2020 | ISSUE-VI

Highlights of the quarter

Save the Children family welcomes lead enabler

Sudarshan Suchi has taken charge as the new CEO of Save the Children. He takes on the mandate from Bidisha Pillai, who takes up the global role of Director – Campaigns, Advocacy and Communication at Save the Children International.

Sudarshan comes with more than three decades’ experience and considerable exposure to rural development. “My journey has spanned claiming rights for the poor and holding the state accountable to rural management to cooperatives for economic empowerment. I am a first-generation farmer who has been learning by doing,” said Sudarshan. He is also the Founder of a small NGO, Udayan Centre for Collaborative Learning, which works in Bhatiwada Gram Panchayat of Seoni District, Madhya Pradesh.

Mitigating climate impact on children through evidence

Save the Children in collaboration with PwC India launched the report, 'Protect A Generation: Climate Security for India’s Children’ on 9 October 2020 that focuses on the globally critical issue of climate change and its impact on children. The report based on empirical evidence from the three states of West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand talks about how the growing instances of extreme weather events (such as floods, cyclones, erosions, droughts, etc. in disaster prone areas) increase the socio-economic and psycho-social vulnerabilities of children and threaten their fundamental rights.

The report tries to voice the challenges faced by children during times of climatic crisis and seeks to provide a series of practical and feasible strategies that are essential for building resilience among children in India.

The report forms the basis for further evidence generation, informed advocacy and policy making to bring about lasting changes in the lives of children.

To read the executive summary of the report, click here

Rapid Needs Assessment

The Rapid Needs Assessment conducted by Save the Children that included a sample size of 7,235 families across 15 states showed that children in about 62 per cent households discontinued their education amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The survey was carried out from 7 to 30 June 2020 to understand the challenges, thematic priorities and impact of coronavirus among target beneficiaries. In the country’s northern region, 3,827 households were surveyed while in the southern region 556 households were surveyed. In the eastern region, 1,722 households were surveyed while in the western region 1,130 households were surveyed.

The assessment found that the discontinuation of children’s education was reported by three-fifths (62 per cent) of the surveyed households with the highest number was recorded in north India at 64 per cent and the least in south India at 48 per cent. Close to two-fifth of the households reported that their children did not receive mid-day meals. The assessment also found that 40 per cent people were not able to provide adequate meals and eight out of 10 households reported loss of income.