Children and Youth find a safe, secure and protective environment to pursue their dreams.

Child Protection

FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) recognizes security as a right and not a luxury afforded to some. An integral part of all FXBIS programmes is to prevent and reduce all forms of violence and insecurity within its intervention geography, in order to ensure good health and well-being for all (SDG #3 GoodHealth, #5 Gender Equality & #10 Reduced Inequalities). The envisioned impact of the FXBIS child rights and protection strategy is a safe, secure and protective environment for children. To reach this goal, FXBIS applies a proactive, multi-dimensional approach, utilizing sensitization trainings, cooperation with a multitude of stakeholders (including law enforcement), rehabilitation of victims through counselling programs, and evidence-based research on violence, protection, and advocacy.

FXBIS Actions over the years

2015: 1,316 childrenand adolescents were provided a safe and secure environment. Empanelled with the Government of Rajasthan for Promoting Child Rights in Jaipur, FXBIS participated in the anti-begging Campaign hosted by Department of Social Justice and Empowerment in May, July and November 2015 in which 18 child beggars and 7 lady beggars were rescued by FXBIS staff during three campaigns. These children were further presented before Child Welfare Committee for Social Reintegration.

Project Mukti, an anti child trafficking project was launched in October 2015 in collaboration with ECPAT Luxembourg. Mukti is creating a social movement by empowering young boys and girls with knowledge and skills to fight against human trafficking. After the completion of a baseline survey, workshops and trainings for 80 children and youth was conducted in the districts of Ukhrul and Imphal in Manipur.

2014 : More than 500 children in distress were rescued and provided support through 24X7 child helpline number 1098. India’s first 24 hours service for children, initiated by CHILDLINE and supported by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. FXBIS is the collaborative partner in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh.

2013: In Jharkhand, around 6500 villagers joined the Suraksha movement on preventing Gender based Violence and trafficking led by 326 peer leaders and adolescent girls bringing change in the society. FXBIS successfully collaborated with UN WOMEN India on an anti-human trafficking initiative.

The Suraksha program used a multidimensional approach to fight against gender based violence by empowering young girls and women through capacity building trainings that links long-term interventions with more immediately implementable actions. It helped reduce the number of internally trafficked women and girls through community action and participation especially with the help of 30 Young Adolescent peer educators groups that included 326 adolescents girls from the 10 target villages of Hurua panchayat of Namkum Block in Jharkhand.

A  three day residential workshop- Jagek Bera (‘Time to Wake up’) was organised in Ranchi for adolescent tribal girls in collaboration with UN Women attended by 70 tribal adolescent girls from remote areas who stepped out of the village for the first time. 

The field team conducted several rounds of meetings with these groups and active members were elected. These adolescent groups were linked with Sahiyaa, a village based accredited social health activists for bringing in more impact on building village ownership on primary health care. As part of the awareness drive on  gender based violence and trafficking  amongst the villagers, FXBIS conducted Nukkad Natak or street plays in 19 villages & five village markets reaching out to 2600 people. 12 Vigilance committees comprising of 132 members in villages were formed which helped, FXBIS unearth many missing cases, out of which two missing girls were reunited with their families in Jharkhand.

2012: FXBIS participated in and rescued  29 children, 27 of them were girls in  a Rescue Operation at an illegally run shelter home called ‘Grace Home’ in Jaipur , Rajasthan. The rescue operation was conducted by Rajasthan team led by the State Coordinator with representative from State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Rajasthan , Child Welfare Committee, Jaipur. The children, aged between 5 and 17 were found living in extremely inhospitable condition. Understanding gravity of the case, FXB India Suraksha sought an immediate intervention from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in New Delhi and asked for a CBI inquiry into the case. A request was put to set up a task force for detailed enquiry and cross-examine the nature of trafficking and to take preventive measures to prevent similar incidence in future.

2011 :  A week-long awareness campaign ‘CHILDLINE Se Dosti’ was organized in Gautam Budh Nagar from 8th to 14th of November, 2011. The campaign intended at creating awareness about the Child Helpline number at 1098 and to make it a household name.

2010 : FXB India Suraksha became the collaborative partner for CHILDLINE in Gautam Budh Nagar District (Noida). CHILDLINE is India’s first 24 hours, free, emergency phone outreach service for children in need of care & protection. It is supported by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (GOI) and operates in 133 cities/districts in 26 States and 3 Union Territories. The service is an efficient link between children in need and services that exist for their rehabilitation and welfare, utilizing the existing infrastructure and systems to ensure children their rights. The project involves setting up a 24-hour Tele-helpline, manned by Counsellors and social activists.

2009 : Railway stations often become the shelter for many run-away children. Usually they run away from home due to abuse and negligence. Such children are vulnerable to disease, violence and sexual abuse and are in particular likely to be infected by HIV and related diseases. FXB Suraksha facilitated access to counselling, basic health, shelter, recreation and other support services like  access to shelter homes and drug de-addiction for over 190 children in the age group 5 to 16 years at the Jaipur railway station in Rajasthan.

A core committee for the protection and care of railway children comprising of Railway Protection Force (RPF), Station Master and other Railway Officials was constituted through FXB‟s advocacy initiatives.

2008: HIV awareness and prevention programmes in the form of workplace interventions, barber intervention and slum intervention reached out to 23,000 vulnerable people across India. 500 peer educators were trained to take the information to a wider audience.

2007 : 9600 expectant women were counselled in time to prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child. They were introduced to low cost single dose drug treatment, safe delivery practices and infant feeding methods.

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Author: Fxb India Suraksha

FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) is an Indian non-governmental, non-profit organization providing developmental assistance to disadvantaged women and children, families and communities in rural and urban India. The well-being and protection of children is at the heart of all FXBIS interventions. In order to ensure a child-friendly environment FXBIS committed to redress social vulnerabilities by empowering marginalized families and strengthening communities. As the country chapter of the Geneva-based NGO François-Xavier Bagnoud International (FXBI), FXB’s activities in India date back to 1991. In 2007 FXB India Suraksha was established as an autonomous Indian entity registered under section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013. FXBIS’ area of intervention expanded over the years from its original focus on working with families affect by HIV/Aids to a community-based, multi-sectoral programme approach along its four ‘Domains for Change' – Access to Quality Education, Poverty and Livelihood, Improved Health Status, and Child Rights and Protection. Currently FXBIS is directly implementing projects covering issues related to the areas of children rights and protection, gender equality, improved health and nutrition, sanitation and water, care and support to HIV/Aids infected and affected people, better education, enhanced livelihoods options as well as human trafficking prevention. Today, FXBIS works in different pockets across 15 Indian states and union territories reaching out to over 200,000 people through its community-based integrated interventions.

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