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India in numbers

OVERALL CHILD POPULATION (under 18yrs)

452 MILLION

3.3million

% of the population

NUMBER OF
WORKING CHILDREN

14million

% of the population

NUMBER OF
CHILDREN IN POVERTY

18

% of the population

MARRIED
AS CHILDREN

1992

year ratified

CONVENTION ON THE
RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

Disability focus

Number of disabled children in India

64.8

million children
are disabled

The realities of life in India

With a population of over a billion, India is booming, and nurtures some of the world’s most innovative IT and business opportunities, as well as being a hub of creativity and culture.

Alongside extreme wealth there is also extreme poverty and India has more children forced to work in hazardous conditions and children living and working on the streets than any other country. ChildHope works to help these children to realise their rights to live in safety, reduce their workloads, return to school and access new opportunities.

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THROUGH OUR PARTNERS WE HELPED

72,121

CHILDREN LAST YEAR 

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Children In Need Institute (CINI)

OUR GOAL: CINI aims to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty in deprived Indian communities. CINI’s vision is of an India in which children are able to reach their full potential, regardless of their gender, caste, class or ethnicity.


LAST YEAR WE HELPED CHILDREN IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS

Protection from Violence
27.066
Promoting Participation
24,376
Access to education
19,710

CINI works with local community groups and government bodies to create sustainable improvements in nutrition, access to healthcare and access to education. In particular they empower women and children at key stages: childhood, adolescence and pregnancy, with programmes designed to help them lay the foundations for a happy, healthy life.

CINI was established in India in 1974 and is widely recognised as a leading authority on mother and child nutrition and healthcare in India.

Improving health and nutrition for vulnerable women and children of West Bengal

Despite strong economic growth, India is not on track to meet Millennium Development Goals. India’s Infant and Maternal mortality rates are 50 and 230 per 1000 births respectively, and considerably behind targets. But, together with our partner, CINI, and with funding from UKAID we are fighting this.

ChildHope is helping 41,000 mothers and their children in the poorest areas of Kolkata slums and North Dinajpur improve their health and nutrition.

Butterflies, India

Organisational Goal: The organisation’s core belief is children have a right to be heard, to be consulted, to take their views seriously in all decisions that concern them.

Butterflies is a registered voluntary organisation working with the most vulnerable groups of children, especially street and working children, since 1989. With a rights based, non-institutional approach, the organisation endeavours to educate and impart life skills to children so that they become self reliant. Butterflies works with government and non-government agencies to garner support for children.

The main programmes are Education, Children's Development Khazana (life skills programme teaching financial management), Child Health Cooperative (CHC), Children's Media (radio, video, newspaper and theatre), Resilience Centre & Childline (1098, 24 hour helpline for children in crisis), and vocational training (includes Butterflies School Of Culinary & Catering and computer education). Butterflies also has a research, advocacy and training wing and is an active participant in national and international networks for advocating and promoting policies, programmes and actions to protect the rights of children.

Street and working children help to promote democracy and enterprise

India is home to 19% (440 million) of the world’s children, 110.4 million of whom are street working children. These children experience abuse, exploitation, have limited access to healthcare and poor nutrition and most do not attend school.

Many work as scrap pickers or street vendors, and face harassment by police, drug peddlers, and criminal gangs.

Boy and girl India children's charity

The Concerned for Working Children

Organisational Goal: CWC work in partnership with children and their communities; local governments; and national and international agencies to implement solutions to the various problems that children and their communities face and are committed to empowering children and ensuring their democratic participation in all matters that affect them.

The Concerned for Working Children was established in the 1970’s and was one of the first organisations in India to focus on working children and their needs. It has since become widely recognised as a world leader in children’s rights, particularly children’s right to self determination. Through advocacy and research programmes, CWC has contributed extensively to policy debates around child labour and children’s rights at national and international level and has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ensuring Access to Quality Education and Vocational Training for Working Children

There are 20 million child labourers in India, 0.8 million of whom live in the state of Karnataka State. Street and working children are deprived of the opportunity to access quality education, or attend school at all. Without this, they have little hope of gaining the skills and knowledge that will enable them to build a better future.

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