CHILDLINE, a Government of India initiative through the Ministry for Women and Child Development is one of the best programs to reach out and help the children in any kind of distress situation through its toll free number 1098 on one hand and on the other for creating awareness on the protection of child rights among remote places where rights is still a new term. The CHILDLINE Sub-Center in Goraul, is actively working under the management of LAKSHYA. Under the same LAKSHYA conducts various programs such as:
Outreach Programs -outreach programs organized by LAKSHYA works as an important means to reach out to the remotest villages. We enhance their knowledge on Child rights a term which is unknown to the people of the different communities in the village settings be it a high class Brahmin or a person from lower schedule caste. We make them conscious of the fact that each and every child is the base of the pillar of development and each one's life is important and thus if they see any child is distress or any kind of suffering they are encouraged to contact us on the toll free number 1098.
Open House programs - Understanding the situation present in the society is important and for the same we organize Open House programs in schools and communities. In these programs we discuss about the problems faced by the children in the communities and schools. It helps us to build a connect with the people and the children and empower the people of the community and the children to put forward their problems.
Rescue of children - CHILDLINE actively works in the rescue of children from the clutches of traffickers/middlemen and other exploiters. After receiving any information about the same, the team of CHILDLINE works towards eradicating the problem through intervention. The team of CHILDLINE intercedes into the matter with the help of Police Officials and PRI members. They rescue and rehabilitate the children and further with the help of Police, prosecute the exploiters.
Awareness among children against Child Sexual Abuse: the victims in the talked about crimes are the young children. They don't know as to how they are being violated on the premise of game, pleasure etc. hence, it becomes important to make them conscious about safe touch and unsafe touch. If the children are aware about the same, they will be able to speak up about the problem to their elders.
Children are also the change makers in the society; hence through them we want our voice to reach out to the people of the society. So with the awareness among children act as a catalyser and help us take the message forward to the people through ways such as rallies, Human Chains.
Community Based awareness - we try to aware the downtrodden communities such as those of slum dwellers or the marginalised communities in villages through Film Screenings and meetings. There are myths prevalent in the society that an outsider is the one who performs the sexual abuse, we try to break through the myths and urge the parents to listen and talk to their children about the same. In Community Based Awareness we focus on the adolescents of the community. Our aim behind the same is to make them understand about the issue so that if they have suffered the abuse, they come forward and talk about it, in order to come out of the torture. We moreover encourage them to talk to their younger brothers and sisters, so that if they are getting abused, the adolescents can bring it to a standstill.
Child Marriage is a social evil present from the very beginning of the civilization. It becomes difficult, because of its association with Tradition according to many, but important to work towards eradication of the evil present. Child Marriage is a multi dimensional problem that encompasses a whole range of economic, social and cultural issues. A well co-ordinated multi-pronged strategy and a multi-sectoral response need to be employed to ensure the overall development. We work towards eradication of Child Marriage through following ways:
a. There is a lack of awareness in the society as to the ill effects of the Child Marriage, thus we do advocacy with PRIs, MLA's and other Government Officials.
b. We intervene into the communities where such cases are founded more and aware the communities against its ill effects through Film screenings and meetings with the community people.
c. We intervene into the social structures of the society through awareness amongst the school children and through them awareness in the society by forming Human Chains, Rallies against Child Marriage etc.
d. We form vigilance groups of adolescents in the villages to prevent child marriages from taking place through intervention with the help of LAKSHYA Team or the local police or PRI Members.