CHILDLINE 1098 Service » 1098 Events » International Child Helpline Day, 2015
May 17th is celebrated as International Child Helpline Day, a day for child helplines around the world to celebrate their continuous efforts and achievements. Declared by Child Helpline International (CHI), the International Child Helpline Day is a global occasion for child helplines to call attention to their work in protecting and empowering children and young people.
CHILDLINE India Foundation observed the day by raising awareness about 1098 and drawing attention to the vital role of a helpline for every child. This year, the International Child Helpline Day was celebrated with great zest by CHILDLINEs across India. The occasion witnessed an array of activities at different levels. Constant and selfless support and involvement from the public was the key point in all the activities carried out.
CHILDLINE Rajnandgaon organised a special programme for children a shelter home in Rajnandgaon. Various activities were held and lunch was served to the children. The team conducted drawing & painting competition and an elocution. Children from the home also presented a cultural programme.
CHILDLINE Bellary celebrated International Child Helpline Day with a special programme on Child Rights at BDDS campus. Smt Shantha H, CJM of Bellary District Court inaugurated the function. Creating awareness on CHILDLINE 1098 amongst the public was the key objective. CHILDLINE team explained the importance and functioning of the 1098 service. A rally for children, Oath on Child Rights, Cultural programmes, Puppet shows were also held.
CHILDLINE celebrated International Child Helpline Day with an awareness programme on CHILDLINE 1098 Aurad. Over 100 officers from Government Depts. participated in the events. Tahashildar Aurad Taluk, CDPO, DCPU Bidar, Anganwadi workers and supervisors pledged their support to the initiative. The programme stressed on the importance of helplines and explained the mechanism behind the helpline system.
An interactive session, signature campaign- children of Antappa Government primary School Coaching center in Humnabad had a gala time at an awareness programme organised by CHILDLINE in Humnabad. The programme saw over 150 children pledged in the signature campaign. CHILDLINE team interacted with the children and conducted activities for the children. During the sessions, the team explained about functioning of the 1098 service.
CHILDLINE Bhalki celebrated the day with a volunteers meet at Boudh Mandir hall. The event saw 30 volunteers from villages of Bhalki Taluk actively participating in the meet. The meet aimed to sensitise participants on 1098, Child Rights and Child Protection.
Mr. Prashanth Biradar, Protection Officer, District Child Protection Unit, Bidar inaugurated the meet. Ms. Kavita Hushare, President, SAHAYOG & Member took sessions and various concepts on Child Rights and Law.
CHILDLINE Gulbarga with support from City Corporation, Labour and Police Department carried out a campaign for child rights across Gulbarga. The day was packed with events which were meant to sensitise officials from City Corporation, Labour and Police Department and general public on 1098 and the need for child friendly spaces which included access to a helpline service for children. The underlying message of the campaign was to take collective responsibility in protecting the rights of children.
CHILDLINE Shimoga carried out a banner campaign on 1098 at public places across Shimoga. Other events such as a rally drawing in students, Campaigns on Child Rights were also held.
With an aim to create awareness on Child Rights, Child Abuse and POCSO Act 2012, CHILDLINE Mysore staged a ‘Street Play’ at RTO circle and Scouts & Guides ground in Mysore. The crowd witnessed the talents of the CHILDLINE team who presented the play displaying the fate of children whose rights have been violated instead of enjoying their childhood like every other child. The team also distributed pamphlets to the public and explained about CHILDLINE service.
CHILDLINE Mangalore conducted a mega outreach programme along with Puppet shows to mark International Child Helpline Day. 92.7 BIG FM supported CHILDLINE in spreading the buzz on 1098. CHILDLINE Mangalore team member along with Ms. Chithra Anchan from SRRC of CIF participated in a programme hosted by RJ Errol of Big FM.
International Child Helpline Day celebrates the hard work of thousands of volunteers globally and their contribution to make a safe world for children. It is a day to make people understand the pressing need for CHILDLINEs like ours in order to create a secure and happy place for children to live. While each CHILDLINE conducted different events across the country, the effort put in by each team has contributed entirely to the success of CHILDLINE at a national scale and made 1098 accessible to millions of children in India.