Child Protection

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How we are working towards child protection The Govt. of India has taken various steps such as UNCRC and the Sustainable Development Goals to ensure that children and adolescents are not exploited. However, to our dismay, a lot remains to be done. Even after all the steps taken by the various governments formed since independence, almost 45% of children in the country are malnourished, around 30% of children are still out of school, and over 20,000 children are victims of child marriage, trafficking, child labour, abuse & exploitations.
For us at SWS, it is our challenge to reach out to every child in this region of Sunderbans and protect them from the ills of child marriage, child labour, abuse & exploitations. Provide them with their basic rights; give them access to quality education and necessary health & nutrition.
By reaching out to the children and their families, we ensure that these children have access to the ‘Ánganwadis’ and Government schools. Connect with the families to ensure that economic constraints do not force their children to drop out of school and get shackled in the clutches of child labour. SWS organises family and community awareness programs to ensure that the children & adolescents are encouraged to study by their parents and society. One of our primary concerns revolves around the growing number of children involved in child labour, child marriage and child trafficking. We cooperate with various local Child Protection Committees and local administration to protect many children. As the islands are close to the border area with Bangladesh, infiltrations happen, and children become victims of such circumstances.

Some of the major initiatives of the organization include

Sankalpa

We are on a beautiful journey of bringing education to the kids of the marginalized society of Hingalganj of the Sunderbans. But this journey would not have been possible without our donors. We are thankful for your continued patronage. Donate to sustain our vigil of educating the kids from the under-served background, who, without educational interventions, would have taken to vulnerable means of livelihood when grown up. We have listed down some requirements the kids and community regularly need. We shall be more than happy to receive an in-kind donation. Thank you for your efforts towards ensuring community empowerment.

Swayangsiddha

'Swayangsiddha’ is an initiative taken by the West Bengal Police, and it has the primary goal of combating human trafficking and preventing child marriage. ‘Swayangsiddha’ means ‘self-reliant’. The project aims at empowering young girls and boys with knowledge and skills so that they are aware, alert, able to make informed choices and are less vulnerable to violation and abuse of their rights. SWS has been given the responsibility of the application of this initiative by the Basirhat District Police. We cover four different locations- Haroa, Hasnabad, Hingalganj and involve more than 20,000 students.

Children Parliament

The purpose of setting up this children parliament was to encourage students from the schools to keep track of their peer groups and report to SWS for required support. If something raises serious concern, we forward it to the higher authorities.

Strengthening Child Protection Committees (CPC)

This is a statutory structure under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) for setting up a mechanism to provide protection services to children. SWS has been coordinating with District Child Protection Societies for necessary capacity building of the CPC members and formalises their operations at the grassroots level.