Romesh, a fourteen year old boy, left his family back in Bihar and reached Hyderabad to find a new future. Finding a job was not an easy job for him. Cursed by hunger, he joined a group of rag pickers. Some rescuer called 1098 help line and he got a helping hand from ‘The Child Line”.
Reaching the Unreached Summary
Romesh, a fourteen year old boy, left his family back in Bihar and reached Hyderabad to find a new future. Finding a job was not an easy job for him. Cursed by hunger, he joined a group of rag pickers. Some rescuer called 1098 help line and he got a helping hand from ‘The Child Line”. He is now one of the beneficiaries of Andhra Pradesh State based project for the Elimination of Child Labour.
Many such children fall to similar fate due to domestic violence and abject poverty. Shanti, a nine year old girl, was sent to Hyderabad by her parents to work in a middle class home. There she did the menial tasks like cooking, moping, cleaning and washing clothes. Her owners used to lock her up in a tiny room when they went out. The neighbours informed the “Child Labour Enforcement Team” and she was rescued and is now placed in a girls’ transit home.
CRY (Child Rights and You) is an organization that believes that children are citizens and they have their own rights. At CRY, they partner some basic level organizations working for children, their parents and communities. It acts as a bridge between child developmental organizations and people working for marginalized children. They gather the support, money and time of the Indians around the world and thousands of field workers across India who struggle to enrich the lives of children. CRY has freed more than 1 lakh children from hunger, exploitation and illiteracy in more than 13000 villages and slums.
Save Our Soul (SOS)
SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-governmental, social development organisation that provides family-based care for children in India since 1964. It advocates the concerns, rights and needs of children. More than 6000 children and young people live in 33 SOS Children’s Villages and 27 SOS Youth Facilities in India.
At SOS Children’s Villages, the organisers believe that every child should grow up in a strong family environment, and so their work helps families to create a loving, caring home. Their work focuses on strengthening families, helping them to stay together during difficult times and provide the best care possible to their children. The needs of a family can be varied. SOS Children’s Village experts work with families to help them develop a wide range of skills, from house-hold b udget planning, how to get a job and earning a living, to bonding with a child or young person and learning to create a stable family life at home.
Sometimes, however, it is not possible for a child to stay in the family. In these cases, the organisation works to find tailor-made solutions that respond to each situation, keeping the best interest of each child or young person’s in mind. SOS Children’s Villages is the only organisation of global impact that provides direct care to children who can no longer stay with their families.
Finally, through advocacy, SOS Children’s Villages aims to improve the overall framework conditions for children whose parents cannot take care of them, or who are at risk of losing the care of their families. Successful advocacy, based on their experience as a practitioner, brings about changes in policies and practices that weaken children’s rights leads to sustainable changes to improve the situation for children and families everywhere.
Reaching the Unreached is a critical challenge for many organizations, whether they are trying to promote social change, sell a product, or simply share information. It can be difficult to break through the noise and reach people who are not already familiar with your organization or cause.