Preventing Child Harm

 

Empowering women to create SAFE communities for children



Aangan operates on a unique community-based child harm prevention model run by women belonging to the communities where we work. These are urban and rural hotspots of child harm where the most-marginalized families struggle to provide a protective environment for their children: such as, natt and musahar groups who are among the most excluded even within schedule caste groups, migrant workers, sex workers who have relocated, or bonded laborers in brick kilns.

 

Our approach is to train women volunteers in our PACT child protection curriculum that arms them with the knowledge and technical skills to mobilize their community’s leaders, families and children and to work with local government officials to jointly prevent child harm and keep children SAFE.


  In a S.A.F.E community, children have:
Safety and Protection:

Reduced incidents of child marriage, trafficking, hazardous work, abuse or exploitation and in the interim increased identification of harm, early reporting and action.

Access to Basic Services:

Basic health, food and sanitation services are increasingly available to vulnerable families.  There is an increased awareness of protective laws, officials and systems.

Family and Community Connectedness:

Families and communities act collectively on child protection, reducing the isolation and marginalization of children in particular groups.

Education and Employment:

Children are in classrooms, safety in schools increases and financial security increases which impacts children’s entry into work as well marriage age.


With the goal to create SAFE communities, our PACT-trained women volunteers form safety networks - SuperSmart Shakti Girls and Asli Champion Boys - and work to strengthen families, to educate parents and children in recognizing early warning signs of harm and strategizing to prevent it and respond.


Using a live map tool PACT women volunteers gather ground level data and insights to share with local officials in order to strategize, take action and track change on issues like school dropouts, missing children or child marriage practices.


Our target this year:

6000 PACT women volunteers will work in 260 Hotspots of child vulnerability across 6 states aiming to keep 520,000 children safe, supported and in school – free from child marriage, trafficking, labour, exploitation or abuse.  



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