ChildFund India launches ‘Khilta Bachpan’, a nationwide campaign

Campaign was launched by Padma Shri Kathak Guru Shovana Narayan; aims to cover children of underprivileged sections of society

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Feb 2, 2019 9:14 AM

ChildFund India has launched a nationwide campaign “Khilta Bachpan” in line with its focus on Child Protection. It aims to provide children aged 6 to18, in underprivileged sections of the society. 

ChildFund believes that in absence of a creative, open and secure option to express, young children can be negatively impacted. Through this initiative, ChildFund hopes to reach over 2,50,000 children and youth across 15 states of India.

The campaign was launched by Padma Shri Kathak Guru Shovana Narayan. The inauguration event saw performances by children trained by artists Richa Jain, Kathak Dancer & Secretary of Cultural organization Kala Kunj and Theatre Artist Walter Peter. 

There was also a panel discussion on “Importance of promoting Art as tool for Socio-emotional development and collaborating with various stakeholders for creating a better place for children” between Professor Jessy Abraham, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Dr Asha Singh, Independent Child Development Professional, Walter Peter, Founder Director of LaaPoLaa TIE-INDIA, Dr Sonika Kaushik, Associated with NCERT and Snigdha Bisht, Programme Officer for Culture, UNESCO New Delhi. 

The discussion was moderated by Aekta Chanda, Sr. Program manager – Education, ChildFund India.

The event was attended by government school children, Principals, representatives from various corporate organizations, government and non- governmental organizations as well as individual artists. 

“Our lifestyle currently is extremely mechanical and we are losing what used to be precious in terms of closeness, relationships and sensitivities towards our community. Our means of communication has changed dramatically lacking values, emotion, compassion and genuine care. It has, therefore, never been as important as now to rebuild and strengthen connections with our children and young people, especially the deprived and vulnerable. We must safeguard this generation and allow them to fulfil their dreams in a safe environment,” said Neelam Makhijani, Country Director and CEO of ChildFund India. 

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