The prevalence of social problems among the children in rural India such as child abuse, use of child labour, child trafficking and street children have caused TEWFI to think about the means by which such problems can be addressed. TEWFI has been organizing awareness campaigns in the Community to educate children about their rights. We not only educate the children about these matters but also seek to educate the parents and adults in the community so that the rights of the children are denied. This programme is helping the children to meet their basic needs and expanding their opportunities to reach their full potential.
Children’s rights are taught not only in a traditional manner, but also by way of games, skits, role plays, group discussions, and puppet shows. As part of this programme, a puppet show was organised in early 2008 in conjunction with Child Line. The topics highlighted included Child Trafficking and Abuse. Some 150 children, including those from the Uluru Children’s Home (UHC) attended.
During March 2010 a mass awareness campaign on Children’s rights was organized at Boomi Kuppam. More than 80 Children and 40 adults participated in the one day programme. Competitions such as Lemon and spoon, Skipping, drawing etc were organized which the children enjoyed. The children also performed cultural programme’s including skit, dance, and awareness songs on Children’s rights.
In the near future TEWFI would like to train some interested young people in the village as Child Care Activist’s and involve them in disseminating information on Children’s Rights.