- 60,000 children abducted in 2011 of which 22000 remain untraced (DOPT) – NGOs put the number much higher. Abducted children are starved to prepare them for professional begging, their limbs are amputated to generate more sympathy as beggars, and much worse, their organs are also reportedly sold for transplant to needy rich persons.
- In the age group of 5-18 years, the working children population is 49.8 lakhs (NSS Survey 2009-10). NGOs put actual figures much higher; close to 10% of these children work in hazardous industries not considered fit even for adults.
- It is estimated that around 1.2 million child prostitutes are working in our country (estimates of 2009).
Whether it’s children who ran away from home in search of better opportunities or even children with resources who left home due to wrong influence/misguidance, children kidnapped by child traffickers, children simply lost in crowded places , children abandoned by extended family members on death of either or both of parents, children brought to Children’s Home due to custody battle between family members upon death of parents, children abandoned or even sold by their own parents owing to difficulties, all these children end up at children’s home after getting rescued from their respective hell-holes. These rescued children requiring protective state custody are sent to Children’s Home till the time they are reunited with their families.
Unlike observation homes which house juvenile offenders sentenced by court, Children’s Homes are meant for rescued children who are innocent & simply victims of the situation. Children’s Home is expected to provide a secured environment with some basic facilities such as a hygienic environment with sanitation, clean water, proper food, medical & psychological care (especially for mentally challenged children), counselling facilities for misguided children & basic educational facilities. Children's Homes also need to put effort in reuniting children with their families since these Children’s Homes are meant to be a transit stay. However some Children’s Home lack the basic facilities quoted above & a very few Children’s Home provide the additional care that mentally challenged rescued children require. Funds allocated to Children’s Home need to be utilized as efficiently as possible. It is a known fact that due to lack of space, some Children’s Home keeps juvenile offenders & rescued children in common cells. The normal children therefore get exposed to the criminal world. If the rescued children remain in the Children’s Home for weeks/months/years intermingling with juvenile criminals, this can change their psyche and convert them into criminals Mahatma Gandhi ji once said “Be the change you wish to see in this world”. Following the same ideology, we are doing our bit to eradicate the problem rather than pointing fingers to others. This is where My Home India steps in to reunite the children with their respective families at the earliest
Various activities done as part of this program Getting details of children & tracking families
As soon as children arrive at Children’ Home, volunteers conduct many rounds of interactions with them to get information & subsequently connect with concerned government offices such as local police stations etc. to track children’s family. Some children even belong to migrant labourers with no fixed place. Despite no comprehensive official system, volunteers collaborate with various government departments & collect the bits of information to accomplish this task.
Securing release order & facilitating family in the process
Volunteers of My Home India help families of children to speedily comply with the official process of concerned law enforcement bodies, ensuring that children don’t remain away from their families just because of procedural delays.
Razzle-dazzle of a big city can be blinding for a simple family from a remote place. My Home India even extends logistical support to such families. Sometimes children need to be sent to Children’s Home in another state. My Home India volunteers shoulder the responsibility for safe travel to other states.
An equally important task at the time of reuniting/rehabilitating children is to ensure that they don’t get trapped in this vicious circle again. Sometimes they are just misguided into dreams of a promising life in a big city far away from remote villages. My Home India arranges regular sessions and counsels children about the importance of attaining basic education etc. before stepping out of their home.
Regular medical camps
My Home India arranges regular medical camps collecting blood samples of children, doing blood tests and providing basic medication. If medical facilities are inadequate at Children’s Homes, My Home India arranges for preventive medical help.
Extended family of children
My Home India celebrates festivals with these children acting as extended family of children. My Home India also conducts special counselling/psychiatric help for the needy children. My Home India regularly provides essential items such as clothes, basic teaching assistance. Our coordinators celebrate their birthdays and festivals with these children’s and inspire others to do so.
Rehabilitation of those who can’t go back to their families
My Home India makes utmost efforts in reuniting children with their families. In rare cases when children can’t be reunited with their families, rehabilitation becomes necessary because sending children in such cases back to their family may just aggravate their problems. Necessary care is taken to screen such organizations/individuals where children are rehabilitated so that children get the appropriate atmosphere they need.
Obliterating root cause of child trafficking & raising awareness
Data related to child trafficking is compiled from children rescued by My Home India and is shared with law enforcement agencies for further action. My Home India also contacts various entities such as SME organizations, RWAs etc. to sensitize them on the issue of child labour. We also conduct awareness workshops / camps at colleges so as to spread awareness of this program amongst the youth and encourage participation of more and more volunteers to spread our message.
We have reunited 2700+ children with their families of 21 states from 29 children homes belonging to four states. This includes 700 girls and 2000 boys, six differently abled children were reunited and 25 children from Nepal and Bangladesh were also reunited
Ministry of women and child development Maharashtra government has Empowered My Home India for “Social audit” for surprise visit and quality inspection of children homes and observation in the state.
My Home India has received permission from Bihar, Odisha, Gujarat, Delhi, Assam, Uttar Pradesh government.
The Women and Development Ministry, Government of India also authorized us to intervene in all the children's homes across the Nation in 2018.