The Govt. of India has taken various steps such as UNCRC and the Sustainable Development Goals to ensure that children and adolescents are not exploited. However, to our dismay, a lot remains to be done. Even after all the steps taken by the various governments formed since independence, almost 45% of children in the country are malnourished, around 30% of children are still out of school, and over 20,000 children are victims of child marriage, trafficking, child labour, abuse & exploitations.
For us at SWS, it is our challenge to reach out to every child in this region of Sunderbans and protect them from the ills of child marriage, child labour, abuse & exploitations. Provide them with their basic rights; give them access to quality education and necessary health & nutrition.
By reaching out to the children and their families, we ensure that these children have access to the ‘Ánganwadis’ and Government schools. Connect with the families to ensure that economic constraints do not force their children to drop out of school and get shackled in the clutches of child labour. SWS organises family and community awareness programs to ensure that the children & adolescents are encouraged to study by their parents and society.
One of our primary concerns revolves around the growing number of children involved in child labour, child marriage and child trafficking. We cooperate with various local Child Protection Committees and local administration to protect many children. As the islands are close to the border area with Bangladesh, infiltrations happen, and children become victims of such circumstances.