It is beyond any contest, that “family is the fundamental unit of society”. It is undeniable fact that “family” has a primary role for ensuring overall development of a child .Children without parental care or children separated from their parents usually live in difficult circumstances. Children Home is the only alternatives to rehabilitate children in need .YCDA has initiated Alternatives form of Child Care programme with the key focus on care and protection through community based rehabilitation and family focused alternative care to ensure best interest of the child . Organization plays a pioneer role in promoting non-institutional care in the State like Orissa through community centric child care like Kinship Care, Foster Care, and Child headed household as its outstanding innovative.
Major thrust of the programme is Rehabilitation of children without parental care through community based care and to provide family like environment where the child can grow naturally in his / her own place, culture, belief which are viable for all round development of the children.
The project have been initiated by YCDA with the partnership of SKN, The Netherlands since 2007 in Boudh district but with the learning and field experiences YCDA expanded its operational area to Bolangir district. In addition to this, for the proper implementation of the programme YCDA set up a Task Force Office at Bhubaneswar for influencing policy and desired changes.
Project at a glance
District : Boudh and Bolangir
Block : 3 block in Boudh District and 5 block in Bolangir district
Villages Bolangir 33, Boudh 45
No of children Boys 47 , Girls 55 Total -102
|Category of Children||Boudh||Bolangir||Total|
|Orphan (both father & mother lost)||26||8||34|
|Semi orphan (one of the parent lost)||22||34||56|
|Other vulnerable unwed / imprisonment etc.)||4||8||11|
To ensure that Orphan and Vulnerable Children - OVC in the region have access to opportunities and services that promote their rights to survival, development, protection and participation in a family and community based care.
Right to Survival
Right to Development
Right to Protection
Right to Participation
School linkage programme ; formation of children clubs, Organize different events with school children ,Holiday camp of children for refreshment and learning to ensure child participation.
Ensuring Entitlements & alternate forms of Care: An YCDA Approach
Destiny had other things to store for Jogeswari Barad, a child of unwed dalit mother Surubali Bagarty.Her mother fall in love with a guy in her maternal uncles house & became pregnant. In spite of attempts of the village communitya result could not be arrived upona Surubaliïs uncle lodged a police complain & in anticipation of imprisonment, Ranjit the estranged lover of Surubali committed suicide.
Then the real story began. Both Jogeswari & Surubali have to face tragic times. Because of social stigma & pressure her name could not be registered at the AWW centre. The mother & the children had to face miserable & poor condition.
YCDA then advocated for the cause of the deprived duo & provided food subsidy & health support under the Alternative Forms of Care. The staffs of the project regularly interacted with the SHG members Villagers for all round development of the children & social acceptance. Because of successive attempts of the members now the child is registered with Anganwadi services & getting 10 KG of Rice from Panchayat every month.
Mr. Rajendra Meher (CEO)
Youth Council for Development Alternatives (YCDA)
At/Po - Baunsuni, Tikirapada Road
Dist-Boudh, Odisha-76215, India
Tel- 9437194954/ 7750018377
Website : www.ycdaindia.org