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Child rights organisation turns ten

The Foundation has engaged in dialogues with the Government to make anganwadis more child-friendly. Photo: V. Ganesan   | Photo Credit: V_GANESAN

Chennai-based non-governmental organisation Foundation for Rights of Young Child, better known as For You Child, is now ten years old. Started in 2005 by a group of child rights experts, led by K. Shanmugavelayutham and Meena Swaminathan, the Foundation is preparing for a celebration, one that marks a decade of work in the field of child rights.

K. Shanmugavelayutham, retired professor of Department of Social Work, Loyola College, started the Foundation with a prize money of Rs. 10,000 that he received from the state government for authoring a book on unorganised workers.

“We have carried most of our activities without any external funding. We raise funds through our members,” says Shanmugavelayutham.

One of their recent interventions was the submission of a study to the Government to make breastfeeding rooms, opened at various bus termini, more user-friendly.

At Koyambedu bus terminus, the Foundation found that the lactating room was stinking as it was next to the men’s toilet. The leakage in the toilet was rectified based on their request. Many such corrections have been carried out at other places.

Similarly, For You Child has undertaken research about the Adi Dravidar children’s hostel, ICDS anganwadi and private nursery schools.

It is an active campaigner of Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE).

“We have brought out a number of publications (in Tamil) on many issues including RTE Act 2009, POCSO Act 2012, National Food Security Act 2013 and Child Marriage Prohibition Act, 2006,” he says.

By engaging in continual dialogues with the Government, it has ensured that many families displaced to Kannagi Nagar and Semmencherry have received their due.

This year, For You Child will be focusing on conducting regional-level workshop on child rights and initiating legal intervention through PILs in the High Court and the Supreme Court.

For details, visit www.foryouchild.org


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