PROTECTING CHILD RIGHTS, PRESERVING HUMAN DIGNITY
We, at HELP, are focused on PROTECTION of Child Rights by RESCUING, REHABILITATING and REINTEGRATING victims of child trafficking and other exploitations by raising awareness of the various STAKEHOLDERS, including the Government.
Government Lobbying and Advocacy
HELP has been lobbying and advocacy with government and policy makers to prepare a state level policy on 'State Rescue and Rehabilitation policy for the girls/ women in sex trafficking'.
- As an effect, the state government of Andhra Pradesh has constituted a Draft Committee for preparation of a Draft Policy. HELP is a member in the committee.
Similarly, HELP has lobbied with government and policy makers to constitute a State-level coordination committee on 'Prostitution, Child prostitution and Children of prostitutes' as directed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
- As a result, government of Andhra Pradesh has constituted a Coordination Committee, chaired by the Chief Secretary, with members being Secretaries of all Departments with two NGOs representation. HELP is appointed as NGO’s contingent.
Awareness Camps and Sensitization Programs
We have also conducted Postcard campaign to policy makers against legalization of prostitution policy. As a result of it, government of Andhra Pradesh has released a policy on immediate relief for victims in the year 2006.
We have conducted media sensitization programs against legalization of prostitution policy. Due to our continuous efforts, government of Andhra Pradesh released a policy on rescue and rehabilitation in the year 2003.
HELP has been conducting awareness camps on CRC with the support of UNICEF, SCF, AP Alliance for Child Rights Forum (AP-ACRF). We have sensitized media and masses on the importance of CRC, Prevention of child trafficking and Child Labour.
HELP provided its Anti-Trafficking Sensitization and Training measures for 1000 policemen, 1000 voluntary sector representatives and a large number of other functionaries such as lawyers, women ward members, trade union leaders, political party leaders, lorry drivers and cleaners, lodge boys. Auto rickshaw drivers, media persons etc.
Networking and Collaborations
We organised National and State level workshops/ seminars on the issue of child Trafficking Abuse and Sexual Exploitation with the support of ActionAid, Save the Children India, NACSET, NCW, TDH,SCF & UNICEF (through AP Alliance). The main purpose of the workshops is to establish a common platform sharing of information and to strengthen the linkages with other NGOs/Networks.
HELP has collaborates with NGO’s Networks outside the state and state of Andhra Pradesh to repatriate and reintegrate rescued victims back to their native/families. HELP received 329 rescued girls from Delhi, Mumbai, Goa and with in state and successfully placed back to their homes/families.
HELP is a one of the founder member and present Convener of NATSAP (Network against Trafficking & sexual exploitation in Andhra Pradesh). HELP is acting as Nodal NGO for Mobilizing women in prostitution and building capacities for join in mainstream in coastal Andhra Pradesh supported by ActionAid, CRY and Plan India.
Achievement through Rescue activities
- 245 rescue operations conducted along with police; 225 rescued girls successfully repatriated to their home; 85 rescued Girls were successfully rehabilitated
- 480+ children (below 5 years) benefited through the Drop-in-centers
- 250+ children benefited through our Red-light Area Night Care services
- 350+ children benefited through our Residential School Education support programs
- Over 51 children benefited through Institutional Placement Programme
- 275 children of sex workers got Birth Certificates
- 39 VOCSET SHGs were provided revolving fund through our alternative livelihood program
- Over 225 adolescent girls and 125 adolescent boys (children of sex workers) benefited through our vocational and skill trainings
- Over 1000 women in prostitution were benefited through our various programs and activities, including obtaining ration cards, health facilities, IGPs, social education and empowerment, child protection etc.,
Achievements in Preventing Child labour
- Mainstreamed 750 child labours and 3,250 dropout children and enrolled 4,120 school-aged children into formal schools in Guntur and Prakasam Districts of Andhra Pradesh
- 520+ children provided with ECCD services: 4 in red-light areas and 2 in Tsunami affected areas
- Published various effective IEC materials on Child Labour and RTE.
- Conducted 25 teacher trainings on Corporal punishment, Child rights and RTE.
- Conducted several workshops with teachers and children on alternative disciplinary methods
- Mr.Ram Mohan, Secretary of HELP is the State Convener for Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL) AP chapter
Achievements in Research and Documentation
HELP established Child Rights Resource Centre for Research, Documentation, collection, translation in to local language, publications and dissemination of information on Trafficking and Child Rights with the support of Save the Children.
- Published the first ever IEC material against trafficking in Andhra Pradesh (supported by CRY, SARIQ and Plan India).
- Started the first ever Newsletter (English and Telugu) on Anti-Trafficking in India which reaches out to a number of organizations, Govt Departments and media people
- Conducted Study on ‘Status of Women and children in Prostitution in Coastal Andhra Pradesh’ with AGS and Network member NGOs (supported by ActionAid).
- Published number of books on Anti-trafficking issues with the support of PLAN International, AGS, SARIQ and CRS
- Released Resource Directory in Rangareddy District first in Andhra Pradesh voluntary sector organizations committed to Anti trafficking work, supported by IOM – Hyderabad.