The Programmes at the Foundation are on-ground development accelerators to convert findings and recommendations from research into policy or capacity action along with awareness generation among stakeholders.
BAL MITRA GRAM – THE CHILD FRIENDLY VILLAGE
Child Friendly Villages or Bal Mitra Gram were conceived by Kailash Satyarthi in 2001. Started in Papri Village in Rajasthan, Bal Mitra Grams, our flagship programme, are a unique, replicable model that take the concept of child-centric community development to the village level to ensure that the environment is such that it nurtures and builds the potential of every child, while providing a safe and healthy ecosystem.
In our efforts to instill child rights at the grassroot level, we have continually challenged regressive practices like child labour, slavery, trafficking and child marriage. One of the ways we have fought these ills is through Bal Panchayats or Childrens’ Council, which is a powerful platform for children to voice their opinions in enabling change. This platform helps recognise and build leadership of children and empowers them to take the lead in highlighting issues and advocating for change.
The bedrock of the BMG model is the belief that change can only be sustained through continuous exposure to knowledge. It is our hope that through Bal Mitra Grams, a community is forever transformed by ensuring that every one of its children is free to be a child.
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FREEDOM FELLOWS EDUCATION FUND
Children who have been rescued from child labour, abuse or other forms of exploitation typically do not have the financial means to rebuild their lives through education. The Freedom Fellows Education Fund is a scholarship fund awarded to such children to help them pursue secondary or higher education.
This fund nurtures the dreams and aspirations of these children by giving them access to resources and additional educational opportunities which enable them to study at premier institutions.
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The Bharat Yatra or India March was launched by Kailash Satyarthi on 11 September, 2017 in Kanyakumari. The march was a response to mobilise youth to act against the rampant growth of sexual abuse and trafficking of children in India. The Bharat Yatra covered 11,000 kms, marching over 24 states and union territories and setting in motion the world’s largest youth-led mobilisation for all children in need of care and protection. The Yatra was the India leg of the 100 Million for 100 Million Campaign, and led to the mobilisation of more than 10 million people against the sexual abuse and trafficking of children.
The Yatra may have ended but we are marching on for the rights of our children. We are in conversation with all our partners, new and old, from law makers to civil society organisations to make India safe for our children.
100 MILLION FOR 100 MILLION
The 100 Million for 100 million campaign was launched at the Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit in 2016 in the Presidential Palace also known as the Rashtrapati Bhavan in India. The 100 Million campaign is based on the belief that young people are the drivers of change. The Campaign will call upon 100 Million young people to learn about their own rights and the lives of 100 million children who live in unimaginable situations caused by conflict, exploitation and extreme poverty, around the world. Through the campaign, 100 million children and youth will speak up and act on behalf of those who cannot, to build a child-friendly world. By instilling compassion and leadership in today’s young generation, the campaign aims to eliminate the problems of tomorrow. By 2019, the campaign will operate in over 60 countries worldwide and would have secured 40 million supporters.
LAUREATES AND LEADERS
After meeting with his fellow Nobel laureates in 2014, Kailash Satyarthi proposed bringing together Nobel Laureates and world leaders to influence policy and work for the rights of every child. To bring this vision to fruition, the Laureates and Leaders for Children platform was launched. The summit aims to harness the moral authority of Nobel laureates and leaders from the fields of business, civil society, government, academia was launched in 2016.
The inaugural Laureates and Leaders for Children was held on December 10, 2016 in New Delhi. The summit saw participation from youth representatives from across the globe. The Summit brought together the collective leadership of 24 Laureates and Leaders, youth and over 150 eminent personalities from various walks of life – academia, business, civil society, sports, arts and culture. The Summit called the world to urgent action to allow children to remain children, all over the world. Over time, Laureates and Leaders hopes to mentor and host a world youth parliament to voice their ideas, priorities and to lead on issues directly affecting their lives. The first Summit ended with the launch of the 100 Million for 100 Million Campaign and a global charter for children, Will for Children.
The second Laureates and Leaders for Children was held on March 26-27, 2018 in Amman, Jordan under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, and co-hosted by HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein. This Summit focused on the increasingly troubled state of young refugees around the world. Youth from India, Jordan, Syria, Latin America and numerous other locations participated in the conference. This Summit resulted in the formation of an urgent call to action to create a child friendly world. Click here for more.
The Institute at Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation aims to bridge gaps in children protection through the generation of research-based evidence. By conducting world-class research on existing and emerging challenges faced by children, the Institute seeks to identify, document and disseminate knowledge and intellectual properties, best practices and innovations in the field of child protection.
We identify problems and issues at a global level for action research, policy, campaigns and advocacy which feeds into our designs for practical solutions. It is our hope to come up with comprehensive analysis and a forward that looks at all aspects of the problem.
We believe that effective approaches for child protection use a holistic and integrated approach. And thus our metrics for evaluating success are based on ensuring benefits to the most vulnerable of children.