NEW DELHI: There are 2 crore children without adequate parental care in India. These 2 crore children do not receive adequate care because they have lost both or either of their parents abandoned or their families are unable to take care of them. If not taken seriously with measures like strengthening the families, or providing abandoned children with a family-like environment in an alternate care home, this figure is estimated to rise to 2.4 crores by the year 2021.
Responding to the need, this International Day of Families (May 15), SOS Children’s Villages of India, a voluntary child care organisation, launched #NoChildAlone campaign.
The campaign is a call to acknowledge the difficulties of the parentless children and evoke responses to ensure support for children under the care of SOS India.
“As a part of the campaign, SOS India is carrying out pledge signing (Online and offline), wall painting activities, campaign film screening etc to create awareness about its campaign through its various projects across the country”, Sumanta Kar, Deputy National Director, SoS Children’s Villages of India, said.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in its preamble, recognises many of the principles in the declaration on the rights of the child, such as family as the best environment for a child to grow, the importance of child protection, best interest of the child, recognising child participation, etc.