Being children in Odisha

Odisha, India

Direct beneficiaries
5,000 children, aged between 6 and 14 years, 347 of whom are being cared for by CIAI.

Odisha is one of the poorest states in India: in the area involved in the project, 56% of families live below the poverty line. The impossibility to access basic services increases children’s vulnerability and reduces the likelihood of fundamental children’s rights being respected. In addition to this, discrimination based on gender, caste, religion or disability results in exclusion from an early age.

Every year around 6,000 children, aged between 6 and 18, migrate from Odisha in search of a livelihood elsewhere. Around 5,000 between the ages of 6 and 14 already work and only attend school irregularly.

CIAI promotes children’s inclusion so as to protect them from exploitation and abuse in a region where the rise of migration and child labour is a cause for concern.

What we aim to achieve
Children with access to education and free from economic, social, religious or disability-related barriers.
Children in good health, protected from exploitation and abuse.
Children who are less vulnerable and more aware.

What we do
In 100 villages we offer direct support to children who are most at risk by ensuring school attendance.
We monitor children’s health and guarantee basic medical expenses.
We provide the most vulnerable families with counselling and training to raise their awareness and strengthen their sense of responsibility towards their children.
We plan concrete responses to the issues of abandonment and child labour by creating Committees for Child Protection in the villages involved in the project.
We organise media campaigns on children’s rights for the entire community.
We have developed and keep updating a database with the most vulnerable cases so that we have a detailed overview of the phenomenon.
We work towards the cooperation of authorities, civil society and other operators (schools, health centres…) so as to optimise efforts designed to protect children.
We support the creation of groups of young teenagers and children with a view to promoting participation and awareness among the most vulnerable.

Youth Council for Development Alternatives – YCDA