Quarterly Bulletin

Bal Raksha Bharat

MARCH 2021 | ISSUE-VII

Highlights of the quarter

TIDING OVER SYSTEMIC CHALLENGES WITH FLAIR


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Save the Children recognises the need for regulations required to enhance transparency and accountability in the receipt and utilisation of foreign contributions, as guided through the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) Amendment 2020. However, the consequences of the amended Act posed significant limitations on how NGOs can work with funds received from abroad. Those of our ongoing projects which are foreign-funded had to be paused on disbursal, despite the best efforts of our own and partner staff.

This mandated suitable investments to enable direct implementation without the usual support from partner NGOs and in the most cost-efficient manner to adhere to the stipulated 20% administration costs. We also needed to tide over the typical problems associated with local CSR grants which tend to be much smaller, short-term, and with limited impact at scale.

Despite all challenges, Save the Children has used these opportunities -- and the new normal context -- to consolidate itself around its existing and proven strengths. The teams on ground, which are the mainstay of the organisation, have been strengthened by onboarding about 500 partner staff. We would continue to unlock any latent potential to scale up even as we continue to enhance efficiencies, increase focus on child safeguarding, improving our outreach and our ICT capabilities to meet the changed way of doing things.


Harnessing power of poetry for girls


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On International Day of Girls, Save the Children invoked the power of poetry and raised a call to action #WeReWrite the world for our girls. Our supporters dedicated a poem in support of India's girls.

The effort was backed by influencers like artist ambassador Dia Mirza and Twinkle Khanna, Captain of Indian Women's cricket team, Mithali Raj and Actor Neha Dhupia. Other gender rights activists such as Kamla Bhasin and Nandana Sen also came along to show their support and solidarity for girls.

Similar campaign was launched across states by our youth champions. Shalini Sahu launched her campaign — #OnePoemOneDay -- which dedicated poems to address different aspects of child rights including child labour, menstrual health among others over 24 days.

No more a bystander: campaign married to programing




As Save the Children's flagship program Marriage: No Child's Play drew to a close, Save the Children activated campaign actions to encourage bystander action against child marriage — a rampant breach of safety for a child. Save the Children campaign -- #AllyUpForHer called for people to be allies to girls through a film that features a tailor who denies to stitch a bridal wear for a girl of 12 years, thereby discouraging the act. The film has gained more than 4 lakh views on social media.

Save the Children implemented the five year project in 251 villages across six development blocks of six districts in three states of India – Bihar, Rajasthan and Odisha -- in partnership with local civil society organizations targeting around 35000 adolescents in the age group of 10-19 years.