Quarterly Bulletin

Bal Raksha Bharat

february 2020 | ISSUE-lll


Updates from this quarter


Save the Children child champions Rumi, Jhulima and Nitu Kumari with Minister of State, Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju at the UN Volunteer Awards

3 Girl champions from Save the Children among prestigious UN Volunteer Award winners

Recognizing the efforts made by young champions to drive social change, Girl Champions from Save the Children - Rumi Kumari from Jharkhand, Nitu Kumari from Bihar and Jhulima Mallick from Odisha, were among 10 winners of the prestigious V-Awards India 2019, an initiative of UN Volunteers India.

Supported by UNICEF, the V-Awards celebrates young achievers in the field of volunteering, recognizing and rewarding young volunteers who work tirelessly to address social and development issues. The theme for this year paid tribute to Volunteerism, which empowers people to participate in their communities and promote inclusion, diversity and non-discrimination. Rumi, now 25, a native of Jharkhand, averted her child marriage, was trafficked twice and worked as domestic help. Fleeing from the clutches of the traffickers, she enrolled in the government girls’ residential school and is currently pursuing her graduation. Rumi continues volunteering through girls’ and women’s groups in the community to prevent and raise awareness against child marriage and ensure children from the community are going to school. Her efforts are seeing greater awareness, better enrolments and a lesser number of trafficked children from the community.

Twenty-two-year-old Jhulima comes from a remote village in the Kandhamal district of Odisha, where children are married off at an early age. She stands tall to raise a voice against the practice and breaks myths around menstruation, promoting menstrual hygiene.

Nitu Kumari, from Gaya, is a crusader of child rights and works tirelessly to get children engaged in labour, back to school. She formed a girls’ group in her panchayat and uses the life skills training she received to mobilize stakeholders in preventing child labour. Every day, many individuals across the globe engage in development initiatives through volunteer actions – both large and small – to improve conditions for others and for themselves, their families and communities. V-Awards aims to celebrate young people, who are making the world a better place for all, through their acts of volunteerism, every day and everywhere.

Activities at a Ready to Learn centre in Khordha, Odisha

Ready to learn centres: one stop solution for all preschool facilitation skill

To provide a self-learning environment and experience sharing platform to the supervisors, Anganwadi workers and pre-school practitioner, Save the Children established a ‘Ready to learn’ resource centre in Khurda district of Odisha. The centre seeks to serve as a one stop solution for supervisors and Anganwadi workers to enhance their knowledge and facilitation skill on pre-school education.

Felicitation of child peer educators at a government school in Nashik, Maharashtra

184 children to promote hygiene practices in Nashik

184 Swachhata Doots (Peer educators) have been trained as part of the programme ‘Healthy School environment – Right of Every child’ implemented by Save the Children in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (GSK) in 7 schools of Nashik, Maharashtra. These peer educators are responsible to promote good hygiene practices in their own school and families.

The programme is being developed and designed by Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) in an effective grassroots behaviour change model while promoting volunteering at large scale. 3000 children have been benefitted in total under this programme.

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First child marriage annulment under Save the Children project

The first child marriage annulment case under Save the Children’s project, Marriage No Child’s Play (MNCP) was done in Osian, Jodhpur on 6 December 2019. Sheila (name changed), who was married at 9, got a decree of annulment from Jodhpur family court after she appealed for an annulment citing her lack of consent for the marriage.

Inspired by the project ideals, she appealed for annulment of her marriage to pursue her studies. The project supported her with all technical support to fight the case. The District Legal Aid Authority provided free legal aids to her and the annulment was done in a record time of 8 months.

Save the Children humanitarian team at the Emergency Preparedness Plan workshop

Bracing up for better preparedness towards disasters

The Emergency Preparedness Plan was shared with the Asia Regional team during the workshop organised by Save the Children in Manesar from 4-7 November. The workshop was organised for all humanitarian responders from the intervention areas on better preparedness for disasters. The plans developed focused on state disaster profiles, risk priorities and customised action plans depending on the nature of the risks and disasters.