Meals for 30 boys for ₹3,000 a day
Focus: Children and Youth , Anti-trafficking , Health
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A donation of just ₹500 will provide four nutrition-packed meals for five boys at the shelter!
The main factor behind children disappearing is destitution, with half of minors in India living in acute poverty. So most, even before they went missing, were undernourished. By the time they are found - two-thirds never are - the children's health has further deteriorated, depending on their access to food. So providing them with balanced meals frequently in order to increase their weight safely over a period of several weeks is essential.WHY KOLKATA
West Bengal is one of five states in which more than 50% of crimes against children - mainly kidnapping and abduction - occur. Others escaping poverty or abusive homes, end up at Kolkata's Sealdah station where the highest number of children, some as young as four years old, have been rescued from any single Indian train station in a year. At CINI's short-stay shelters, they focus on nutrition as the first step towards the healing process.
CINI has been doing pioneering work in the realm of mother and child health, particularly nutrition, in Eastern India over the last 44 years.
What is astonishing is that the number of children disappearing from India’s immense railway network shows little sign of receding. What happens to those who vanish is unclear. Many are trafficked into the sex trade, others are forced into child labour.
India’s West Bengal state - which shares a porous border with poorer neighbours Bangladesh and Nepal and is a known human trafficking hub for that reason - registered more than one-third of the total number of victims in 2016.
It costs just ₹100 a day to provide one lost, helpless child with four nutrition-packed meals a day. If this Fundraiser is successful, it will be enough to buy staples, like rice and dal, groceries, vegetables, fish and other food items for 30 young boys at CINI's shelter home in Tangra, East Kolkata for two months.