Rehabilitating runaway children of troubled backgrounds
Crisis: In Odisha, several children leave their homes and land up at railway platforms only to become targets of trafficking, sexual abuse, beggary, child labor and substance addiction, or end up participating in delinquent activities. SOCH works to rescue and rehabilitate missing and runaway children and reunite them, with their families.
Programs: i) Project Rakshyak focuses on rescue and resettlement of runaway, missing and abandoned children majorly found near railway stations. Rescued children are brought to a counselling center for necessary rehabilitation, care, food and first aid. ii) Project Punarjivan is a one month behavior modification camp for children who have a habit of running away regularly or have been separated from their family for a longer duration. They undergo a change in their behavior and attitude during the camp through a structured schedule which includes counseling, teaching and entertainment activities under the guidance of professional teachers. iii) Project Pankh focuses on mainstreaming the youth above 14 years of age staying in Child Care Institutions or belonging to difficult family backgrounds and provides them counselling, mentoring, life skill training and facilitating vocational training with job placement support.
Outcome: SOCH has rescued 4722 children since its inception and has reunited 3359 children with their families.
Income Rs2 lac
Expense Rs4 lac
Source : Audit Report 2018
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