WE BELIEVE Children and teenagers are potential change makers in a society! YCDA works with children and young adults to create a community where the rights of the children are realized to an optimum level. We Inspire talented young adults to popularize and scale up the good work & practices related to child rights through capacity building methods. We support every child & teenagers who wants to move the world to realize the children rights.We ensure that children are being heard at all the levels.
Seema Mahankud (Change Maker)
15 years old Seema Mahankud along with other 5 members of her family lives in Barapadug village of Mundpada Panchayat of Boudh district. Seema’s parents earn through daily wages and agriculture. A student of class 10th in Mundapada high school, Seema is an active member of child club and serves as the president in “Swami VivekandaSishu Sangh”. She represents the panchayat level child club Federation and also facilitate the micro-planning by mobilizing the community children of her village. She takes interest in working on issues such as lack of teachers, availability of school boundaries, issues pertaining to child marriage and child abuse in her village.
With YCDA’s support, she has learnt the techniques to address the issue and encash the opportunity of the advocacy through and among peer groups. Gradually she has evolved in to a noted change maker in her community.
In one such instances when she got a information about a child marriage happening in her village, she immediately took cognizance. She along with her team members went to the girl’s house and tried convincing her parents to call off the wedding. On being strongly resisted by the bride’s family, they intimated to the district authority and hence the marriage was stopped. She was honored by her village leaders for her courage and good work.
Her dream: She wants to became a teacher and a leader of her village. She believes that through education she can bring a rapid development to her native land.
Early marriage-the most dangerous social malady insidiously disturbs the serenity of a child’s childhood putting his/her life in complete danger. It does not allow child to reach its full development and thus violets theie rights. It’s undoubtedly a form of Sexual abuse; causing unmendable damage to the growth and development of the child. In Western Odisha cases of such violence were rampant prior to YCDA’s intervention through Integrated Child Protection Project (ICPP), which has significantly reduced such cases. Through the Integrated Child Protection Project, YCDA had taken the following initiatives to minimize it:
Western Odisha becomes the hub for migration during the lean agricultural period. Mostly the economically weaker section goes out in search of livelihood to the neighboring states and unfortunately it has been in practice for generations. The predominant reason for it is lack of employment in the region. Such a practice used to hamper child’s development to a great extent disturbing the formative age and shattering the dreams of the children as they had to accompany their parents to the alien place. In view of this YCDA designed its programmes and devised the following activities to keep such a harmful practice in check:
Child Sexual Abuse has reached an alarming stage not only in Odisha but also in every nook and corner of the country and it requires a concrete and concerted effort to be curbed. Early and provident care is the call of the hour, otherwise it will be too late to create a healthy society. Girl children are the most affected groups in this matter, although boys are also seen to have gone through this suffering. Such incidents keep children in a dolorous state where they suffer a lot in silence and get into depression which completely impairs their development process. Considering it a complex issue, YCDA through its pro-children programmes, executed the following activities:
Drop-in Centre is an additional support system for CNCP category children through which they can avail temporary stay facility in a homelike environment during their visit to CWC or DCPU . Earlier children coming from rural set-up had a very harrowing experience of taking rest in the rest houses at Bus-stands and under the shop awnings. Such practice discouraged children and the caregivers to come to official establishments for official documentation work thereby the child protection service mechanism loop seemed to have snapped. For an effective and continued service to CNCPs, YCDA devised this concept in collaboration with Dist. administration. Children are no more facing stressful situation as they are being provided fooding, lodging, medical care, counseling and night-stay facilities at the centre. Such a facility has come out successful in bringing the following outcomes:
Drop-in Centre for children in immediate need of care & Protection