“For 13 years now, we’ve worked alongside CRY in making a difference in our communities in Latur. Research had shown that the critical issue in Latur was the issue of child protection both at the State and National Level. With this premise, we worked on an in-depth program approach on protection. First, we built on our existing body of work on education and linked it to address issues of protection. Second, along with our seasoned team, we built on our own understanding and engaged with the child protections systems at all levels. Third, we used kalapathak – a cultural group – to work on the behaviour of the community. Lastly, we primed the media and advocacy stakeholders to lobby for proper implementation of programmes and services at the village, district and state level.

As a result of our concerted efforts, KMAGVS was nominated as a representative in the District Child Protection Unit of Latur. Our team member, Savita Kulkarni, will work together with the Women and Child Development and the Child Welfare Committee to address the existing gaps in the system. Another major achievement has been that all our community organisers have become part of the Village Child Protection Committee (VCPC) in the village level under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) programme. The team has initiated a dialogue with different government stakeholders such as Child Welfare Committee, Juvenile Justice Board, District Rehabilitation Committee, Child Labour Eradication Task Force, District Child Protection Committee, Special Juvenile Police Unit and Child Welfare Police Officer to understand their roles and how to collaborate effectively.

All this has resulted in a sense of unshakeable strength and optimism in the team. One that will help empower villages to make sure that their children get what is rightfully theirs.”

BP Suryavanshi

CRY-supported project partner, Kalapandhari Magaswargiya Adivasi Gramin Vikas Sansthan (KMAGVS)

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