As Plan India ushers in the New Year, we look back on 2016 with pride and gratitude, having been able to positively impact more than one million children across 16 states in India. Our programmes successfully supported children, families and communities in 2,500 villages and 450 urban slums in getting better health, education, protection and livelihood opprotunities.
We thank our NGO partners, sponsors, individual donors, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), corporate partners and Government stakeholders who have made it possible for us to create impact in the lives of vulnerable children and their families.
We invite you to take a look at Plan India's memorable moments of 2016.
To mark World Day against Child Labour (June 12), Anil Kapoor, Plan India Patron and Goodwill Ambassador, joined us in Mumbai to pledge his support for the cause and raise much needed awareness on the issue.
Anil Kapoor interacted with children from the School on Wheels project, inaugurated a photo exhibit that showcased the journey of transformation in children's lives at the Palladium Mall and announced the first ever national conference on children in difficult circumstances - the 'Plan For Every Child' initiative.
Building upon 28 state and 4 union territory consultations and 5 regional conferences across India, the first ever National Conference on Children in Difficult Circumstances was held between November 23-25 in New Delhi.
As part of the 'Plan for Every Child' initiative, more than 2,000 key stakeholders across India came together to discuss and deliberate on issues affecting children in difficult circumstances. This culminated in the National Declaration that calls upon all stakeholders to work more effectively in providing a nurturing environment for every child in India, based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), principles of non-discrimination and the best interests of the child.
To mark International Day of the Girl 2016 (Oct 11), girls from our communities stepped into the shoes of influential leaders and change makers across the country to walk the proverbial mile in a series of takeovers. They became senior directors, school principals, village leaders, police officers, newspaper editors, radio anchors and border security officers for a day to raise their voice for justice and equality.
Together, with a host of multi-sectoral partners, 27 takeovers, involving over 250 girls, demonstrated the places and spaces where girls should enjoy their rights but most often don’t. They showcased the strength, potential and ability of girls to change the world while fostering solidarity with partners and stakeholders for meaningful and enduring change.
Plan India's Safer Cities campaign aimed to increase and maximise awareness and outreach for a safer Delhi. The two month campaign looked to engage bystanders, evoke a sense of responsibility amongst citizens and encourage girls to use the marked ‘safe spaces’ in designated areas across Delhi in case they needed support.
The campaign kicked off in mid January in Dilli Haat, New Delhi with street play performances by children from our communities and engaging bystanders with activities such as pinning unsafe areas of Delhi on a map and recording their pledges to make Delhi safe.
Children living on the streets of India, Nepal and Bangladesh expressed their views to members of the UN Advisory Board on the forthcoming UN General Comment on 'Children in Street Situations' in April.
Organised in New Delhi with Consortium for Street Children, United Kingdom, more than 50 children and youth brought evident facts in front of the UN Advisory Board Members. The views and recommendations shared at the event were reflected in the UN General Comment on Children in Street Situations, a key piece of international law on children's rights, laying out obligations for governments under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The summer of 2016 saw 25% of India's population hit by drought in July. To mitigate the food scarcity and prevent malnutrition, we provided immediate drought relief in partnership with SEEDS and Castrol.
In Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand, food baskets were provided to more than 2,000 families. In Beed district of Maharashtra, we addressed acute water scarcity by providing potable water and food baskets to over 1,200 families. Drinking water was also supplied for a period of 30 days, with each person being provided 15 litres of water as per WHO standards. This was the first time Plan India was able to provide drinking water to communities in India.
The impact we have been able to create in communities across India would not be possible without the tireless dedication of our partners including grassroot NGOs, INGOs, corporate donors and government agencies.
Plan India celebrated these partnerships, by felicitating them at an event in February attended by Ms. Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO, Plan International and Mr. Joshua Liswood, Chair, International Board of Directors, Plan International and other senior members.
To raise awareness on the issues faced by vulnerable children, Plan India organised a week-long series of creativity workshops with 500 children connected with the streets and resettlement colonies of New Delhi in June.
The workshops focused on enhancing the creative capabilities of children through adventure, theatre, films, storytelling, mask theatre, puppetry, dance and street art. Known personalities like Sandip Sopaarkar, Vikram Mohan, Anil Mishra, Rekha Bahl and Rajesh Bahl, facilitated the workshop and encouraged children to express their feelings through art.
The workshop culminated in a grand performance of dance and music at Raahgiri Day in Connaught Place featuring all 500 children.
Plan India's Project Ahana, in partnership with the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and supported by Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) focuses on increasing Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT) service uptake among women in 218 of the most marginalised districts across 9 states in India. Since its inception in Oct 2015, the project has made remarkable strides in reaching its goals. So far:
Some of the most vocal members of our communities this year were the youth. Through programmes like the Youth Advisory Panel (YAP), we saw youth from all states come together and deliberate on issues that affect their lives and participate in decision making at community and state levels. On International Youth Day, members from the YAP and Project Saksham interviewed directors and senior managers from Plan India as part of a Facebook live streaming session.
They also set up a newsroom at the 'Plan For Every Child' initiative where they covered the two day conference, interviewed key speakers and spoke about the roles and responsibilities of youth in creating positive impact in their communities and on young children.