Programs 1 - Child line 1098

In 1996, CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF) launched CHILDLINE, the country's first toll-free tele-helpline for street children in distress. As of March 2015, a total of 36 Million calls since inception have been serviced by CHILDLINE service and operates in 473cities/districts in 35 States/UTs through its network of over 887 partner organizations across India.

CHILDLINE stands for a friendly 'didi' or a sympathetic 'bhaiya' who is always there for vulnerable children 24 hours of the day, 365 days of the year.

Our Vision is, A child - friendly nation that guarantees the rights and protection of all children.

Our Childline project sub center has been implemented in the HD Kote taluk over the past 9 years. Recently, we started two units in Hunsuru and Piriyapattana.

The CHILDLINE awareness and brand strategy is uniform and solidly built on principles of social marketing. It reaches out to children, the Allied Systems, the corporate sector, concerned individuals and thereby the community at large. The aim of creating awareness about CHILDLINE is to ensure CHILDLINE 1098 is the service across the country associated with quality services for child protection.

Awareness and education is given on various subject like child rights, child labor, child abuse, school dropouts, child marriages, POCSO Act 2012 and Childline 1098.

The major issues found in the program were 1) Malnutrition, 2) School dropout children, 3) Child labor and 4) Child/Early marriage.

Program 2 - National Child Labour Project (NCLP)

According to the Government Legislation:

  • The Child Labour Act 1986: No child should be working in either hazardous or non-hazardous areas.
  • The RIGHT TO EDUCATION ACT 2009 makes it compulsory for all children between the ages of 6 – 14 to go to school.
The government had initiated the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme in 1988 to rehabilitate working children in 12 child labour endemic districts of the country.

NCLP project Objective:
  • This is the major Central Sector Scheme for the rehabilitation of child labour.
  • The Scheme seeks to adopt a sequential approach with focus on rehabilitation of children working in hazardous occupations & processes in the first instance.
  • Under the Scheme, survey of child labour engaged in hazardous occupations & processes has been conducted.
  • The identified children are to be withdrawn from these occupations & processes and then put into special schools in order to enable them to be mainstreamed into formal schooling system.
  • Project Societies at the district level are fully funded for opening up of special schools/Rehabilitation Centres for the rehabilitation of child labour.                                                 

Program 3 - Health and nutrition

    Today, every second tribal child is chronically undernourished. The loss of land and livelihood is a major cause of undernourishment.  Financial and social insecurity aggravates the problem of premature marriages and early pregnancy. For centuries forest nourished them. In the last 40 years, they lost their forest, their habitat, livelihood, and social identity.

Silent Scream: Nutrition crisis among tribal women and children

    H D Kote is one of the backward Taluks of Karnataka and is an abode of Tribal communities in good concentration. Tribal communities such as Jenukuruba, Soliga, yerava, bettakuruba, and Paniyara year were most affected by the displacement. This wrongful displacement of communities, uprooting of ancient and traditional livelihoods and mostly the snatching away of any authority on their own lives and they have been left behind in the dust of the storm.

    Especially Jenukurubas lost their habitat and were evicted from the forest, their food availability became scarce. Malnutrition was high, among the women and children. The nutrition status of Tribal children is much lower since they are displaced from the forest areas for the construction of 3 dams and 2 National parks in this region.  It has been found that natural forest resources play a significant role in determining the nutritional status of tribal children.

    They are being pushed to migrate into newer environments where they arent able to cope up with new livelihoods. The tribal communities vulnerability to food insecurity is further aggravated  since they are denied access to Forest resources.

Program 4 - Spirulina Nutrition Supplement

    Nisarga foundation with its inception wanted to eradicate this silent scream malnutrition among the indigenous people. Nisarga started creating awareness about nutrition and how to prepare nutritious food out of the ingredients available for these tribal people in their own. Nisarga is also providing SPIRULINA nutrition-supplement to pregnant women, lactating mothers and children below 5 years.

    This project covers 50 beneficiaries per one batch, on the basis of physical and mental health of the children; their weight is taken, their alertness, activeness is assessed, mothers feedback is taken.  Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and children below the age of 5 are part of this SPIRULINA nutrition supplement project. The results were spectacular in terms of improvement of physical health and weight increase in children.