Quarterly Bulletin

JUNE 2021 | ISSUE-VIII

our YOUTH champions

Up Close And Personal

ceo speaks

 

Dear extended family,

Right when I thought it was time to meet more people at work or socially, have more conversation, listen to more stories, and share more meals—the things that always cheer me up instantly, the deadly surge entered our homes. It barged in to shake us and remind us that we let it too loose too early. As we closed our financial year and were prepping up for creating bigger impact for children in the post pandemic world, the surge soon took over among families, friends and acquaintances like wildfire. Media and social media became dreadful buzzing with stories of people gasping for breath, humans looking frantically for hospital beds, people grieving the loss of loved ones, or just seeing them lose the battle in front of their eyes. Desperation and helplessness soon engulfed each one of us.

In the history of our existence, we have quite rightfully and proudly claimed that we are the first to reach and last to leave during an emergency—primarily because we have not known commitment for children any other way. Since the beginning of our journey as a global orgasnisation or even in India,

COVER STORY

Understanding Child Rights

Covid-19 Medical Response And The Work Ahead

The image of a construction labourer sobbing uncontrollably by a road side in Delhi, distraught for not being able to reach home to see his son before he died, became one of the defining images of the migrant exodus of last year. Rampukar Pandit's story was the story of millions who lost their livelihoods during the pandemic. Just when the country was coming to terms with the full impact of the humanitarian crisis, the second wave brought a medical emergency that the country has never faced before. Save the Children an organisation known for humanitarian support was required to reinvent its regular response programme to include medical response.

REMEMBERING

Comrades who lost their battle to COVID



Highlights of the quarter

Celebrating Breakthroughs

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Dream Accelerator pilot concluded in seven states

'Dream Accelerator'- a flagship initiative by Save the Children that engages, empowers and inspires children with potential to propel change have been successfully piloted in seven states of Northern and Eastern India. The initiative is built upon a rigorous training framework that supports children to understand, implement, mobilise, govern and to social impact at local level. It has been rolled out in Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Assam to support nine social change projects


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More than 800 oxygen concentrators delivered across public hospitals in 15 states and UTS

From geographically inaccessible locations in Kargil to remotest parts of tribal districts in Jharkhand and Karnataka, Save the Children has delivered more than 800 oxygen concentrators to around 70 hospitals in 15 states in India. These states include Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, and Karnataka.



Influencers back Save the Children fundraising campaign ‘Breath of Life’



Save the Children's mission of saving lives is being supported by celebrities like Huma Qureshi among others, who launched the fundraising campaign 'Breath of Life' to help provide life-saving medical care, humanitarian aid, and rehabilitation support to the worst-hit and most vulnerable children and their families.

at a glance

Updates From This Quarter

Collaborations for Change

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Safety to education- #AllyUpForHer amplifies causes of girls

The pandemic induced long school closure has led to the emergence of a global education crisis with 320 million learners across the world being affected. In India, where the education system already exhibits a stark gender gap,

IVRS activated across states for COVID information

With the deadly surge of pandemic making inroads to every homes in the remote hinterlands, Save the Children activated distance support platforms through Interactive Voice Response Systems (IVRS) in Maharashtra, Bihar and Odisha.

Psycho social helpline launched in collaboration with RSCPCR

Save the Children launched Ummeed (hope) a dedicated helpline in partnership with the Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (RSCPCR), Government of Rajasthan responding to the emerging mental health concerns children are facing due to the pandemic.

Model AWCs embrace community mechanisms to address nutritional disorders

The model Anganwadi centres(AWCs) in the districts of Gaya in Bihar, West Singhbhum and Gumla in Jharkhand (aspirational districts) embrace community mechanism as a standard way to identify cases of undernourishment and malnourishment.

Breakthroughs

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Adolescents in Tonk ready to take on childhood pneumonia

Adolescent girls have been trained on Childhood Pneumonia Management under Project Vishwaas in Tonk, Rajasthan. The training seeks to engage youth champions to work in close coordination with Front Line Health Workers and raise community-level awareness


Community cadres continue to reach the last mile in WB

Over 2500 individuals have been linked to different social security schemes and services by the 14 community cadres in Mandir Bazar and Pathar Pratima block in South 24 Parganas in West Bengal. The schemes include SC/ST/OBC certificates,


Smartpur digital centres converted to vaccine registration centres

In one of the best examples of adaptation, the digital centres established in villages in Nellore in Karnataka, Dhemaji in Assam and Dungarpur in Rajasthan under the Smartpur project supported by NOKIA have been converted to COVID vaccine registration centres for the digitally dark areas.

Dedicated paediatrics COVID care units set up across states  

To gear up for the third wave that is likely to impact children as per many estimates, Save the Children in collaboration with other civil society entities and municipalities has established dedicated pediatrics COVID care units across states.

Organisational Showcase

Our Children, Our Pride

Internal COVID response team

As the second deadly wave reached our homes and impacted more than 150 employees and their families, along with an outward response, Save the Children launched an internal response team to help colleagues, their families, friends and acquaintances with all sorts of medical and non-medical support. The teams instituted at the national and the state levels reached out to all COVID positive patients daily and to others twice in a week to check on their wellbeing and facilitate any support they need including hospitalization, testing, food and medicine delivery, medical consultation etc. Along with the wellness check calls and all logistic support, this team also included doctors for consultation and certified counselors for psycho social support. 1014 staff members including consultants and support staff have been reached.



our Reach

Reported till March 2021

More than 78000 people have been reached in COVID-19 humanitarian
response since April 2021

SAVE THE CHILDREN IN NEWS

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'Pause and Think' for children

Save the Children's #AllyUpForHer campaign calls upon the netizens to take the 'Pause and Think Challenge’ on their social media handles starting from 11 July 2021.

The campaign advocates for learning continuity for all marginalised children, especially girls. The challenge seeks to represent the state of education (in a state of 'PAUSE') for many who are not able to afford or access digital education pushing their future to absolute uncertainty. The campaign urges the netizens to show their support for the 10 million girls in India whose education has come to a state of 'PAUSE'. Your support can decide whether the needle moves towards PLAY that ensures resumption or STOP forever.

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Save the Children has launched a petition to mobilise commitments and action from policymakers for ensuring learning continuity among the most marginalised children, especially girls who are facing the risk of never returning to school after the pandemic induced long school closure.

SIGN AND SHARE THE PETITION for the girls who could be married off, trafficked, or engaged in labour when all they should be having is a healthy childhood that allows them to grow and thrive.

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