“Child-friendly Village” in Perumbakkam, Tamil Nadu, India
This project aims to transform Perumbakkam into a child-friendly village and bring child labour to an end, guarantee education for all the children as well as healthcare and hygiene, and promote children’s rights through the participation of the community.
CONTEXT AND ISSUES
Humanium’s Realisation of Children’s Rights Index places India in red, which indicates the precarious situation of young Indians. The Tamil Nadu region, in the extreme south of the country, is a rural zone facing an overall lack of growth.
In this region, poverty is omnipresent and this situation has considerable consequences on children’s lives, their education, health and development. Children’s basic needs, but also their family’s needs, are not being met. There is a high rate of absenteeism and widespread child labour, a lack of access to preventive and curative healthcare, a high rate of malnutrition and anaemia, limited knowledge of basic hygiene practices and poor access to drinking water. Moreover, risky conventional agricultural practices pose a threat to health, to the preservation of soils and to the environment, threatening even more the community and the future of children.
OUR SOLUTION AND ITS RELEVANCE
Humanium has intervened in India for the past ten years and has already helped implementing several similar projects. The model used has been developed by our local partner Hand in Hand India.
We intervene in one village only but make sure that we target the main challenges faced by the community and thus threatening the healthy development of children. The main objective is to transform Perumbakkam into a Child Friendly Village and that requires working with children, as well as adults.
The project has thus been designed around 4 pillars to address these challenges:
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Last updated: February 2019