Child in Need Institute Launches Freedom from Drowning Campaign

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News Desk, News Nation 360 : National level NGO Child In Need Institute (CINI) launched a Drowning Prevention Campaign “Freedom from Drowning”, an initiative for the children of Sundarbans to save them from drowning. CINI also organized an interactive session with the children from Sundarbans at the Kolkata Press Club and highlighted the risk factors and need for the more accurate and effective data collection on drowning deaths. Every story consists of background even before it starts getting script. This initiative has a background to itself which started around two years back. The river-bank areas of the Sundarbans and the assorting settlements and villages lying across the areas had been experiencing child drowning casualties for quite some time which had been disrupting the environmental balance of the villages from the socio-economic and psychological perspective as well. CINI had recently organized a ‘Child Parliament’ initiative in Sundarbans with a Children’s Rights-based approach to promote decision-making processes that are more collaborative and inclusive for children. It created an enabling environment for these children to voice their ideas, thoughts and feelings through the ‘Child Parliament’. More than 12 Child Parliaments were organized in different parts of the Sundarbans Region and around 800 children participated and shared their views like teaching swimming and rescue techniques to prevent child drowning. The golden rays of the setting sun could be seen spreading across the western sky peeping behind the towering head of the monument. After a long meeting at the press club, the eyes and faces of the little children could be seen equally glowing like pure gold, matching in glamour and glow with that of the beautiful dusk sun. On that day, they all witnessed the silent oath taken by the little innocent children standing firm and confident against the embracing breeze of the passing dusk. They may not be qualified enough to vote for their needs on the official platform, but that won’t let them stay back in the race for survival and to live a successful and worthy life. Sathi, and many other children like her, shall be the glowing examples, who shall help the upcoming generation stand firm on their legs despite thousands of adversities and succeed in dreaming a bright future. Not only will they dream, but shall slowly progress in the fight with little steps to fulfil their dreams. These children shall one day come forward to take the duties of society on their own shoulders and fight for the causes of many other children just like them. With a heart full of dreams, beliefs, and courage, witnessed the start of a new journey. Dr Samir Chaudhuri, Founder Secretary of the Child in Need Institute, said that their mission is to ensure that children and adolescents achieve their rights to health, nutrition, education, protection and participation by making duty bearers and communities respond to their well-being. This Campaign is based on one of their strong preventive approaches to ensure

child participation. CINI’s Preventative Approach towards Child Protection in India or preventing harm by intervening before it occurs. Child Speakers from different Child Parliaments of Sundarbans were present to share their own perspective regarding the pain of child death, their sufferings and emotions and called on the Administration to create a child-friendly community to save them from Drowning and make a national drowning prevention plan to prevent unnecessary and avoidable deaths at the event. The children also took out a Candle March in memory of those who died due to drowning in the region. As India gets ready to celebrate its 75th Independence Day, families in Sundarbans still live in captivity of fear for their children because more than 75 children die due to drowning every month in Sundarbans. With just the passing of midnight, stroke shall be the 75th Independence Day for the world’s biggest and most diverse sub-continent India. And on the afternoon before, the interiors of the old and reputed Calcutta Press Club become lively and cheerful with the energy and enthusiasm of some little kids who are totally new to all the grandeur of the city of joy. The kids have come from extremely rural areas of the Sundarbans. These children are in reality, the elected ministers of the Child Parliament built up at various remote blocks of Sundarbans by the initiative taken by the nationally-aided Non-Government Organisation, Child In Need Institute (CINI). Apart from them are present here, some street-faring kids of the city and others.

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Report : Anustup Kundu