There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace."
- Kofi Atta Annan is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006.
If we look at the current scenario it is very much disturbing to witness that our future generations are not well protected. Right from the inception of our constitution was framed, many articles were drafted which mentions protection of rights and liberty of an individual which includes children and women. India is a party to the UN declaration on the Rights of the Child 1959. Accordingly, it adopted a National Policy on Children in 1974. The policy reaffirmed the constitutional provisions for adequate services to children, both before and after birth and through the period of growth to ensure their full physical, mental and social development. For their benefit Juvenile Justice (care and Protection of Children) act was implemented and now recently in 2012 the POSCO [The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences] Act is being introduced.
Are we ready to promise our children and the next generation that we will give them a safety and healthy society where their rights, dignity and opportunity will be well protected and safeguarded is a million dollar question today. Witnessing these things YMCA Bangalore (CIC-SADWI) is focusing more on the underprivileged children rehabilitation by providing education, good health and atmosphere, skill training and also nurture them with social responsibilities and attitude in the society.
Various programmes were held during the year and YMCA Task Group SADWI’ is always ‘Committed to empower the poor and the needy’: