CHILDLINE 1098 Dimapur observes “CHILDLINE Se Dosti” Week

CHILDLINE 1098 Dimapur observes “CHILDLINE Se Dosti” Week
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/24/2019 4:38:32 AM IST

 “When children are born, they are born into the community. The community is responsible for protecting and nurturing all children. There is no word in our language that is equivalent to “nuclear family’. There is no defined line of who is the parent. Children are seen as real people, not property. Parents are whatever adults are around the child that time. 

Children are welcome wherever they go in the community, so they are always at home. Tribal community of Nagaland has so much to give to its children, the gift of community living, the gift of community protection and care and the gift of being an inclusive community and a child friendly community. Children are everywhere and children are everything that community has for the present and the future. 

Children are all that the community must hold most dear. Then the present and the future is naturally taken care of.  

In the fast changing present modern society, this community living and community care and protection is slowly eroding , (particularly in the towns) and the cases of children being abandoned, surrendered, abused and neglected are on the rise. 

This is a very worrying trend, in spite of so many child protection laws and acts in the country and elsewhere .As such, the need to strengthen the existing laws and acts of child protection in the state. This is possible by giving the modern legal systems a touch of culturally practical and locally sustainable alternative. 

An alternative, through revival, preservation and appreciation of the age-old traditional community practices of honoring and caring for children by the community right from grass root level from all villages and localities to the state level.  

The very definition of CHILDLINE 1098 indicates the key concepts that give the service its identity. CHILDLINE aims at protecting the rights of the children and ensuring access to quality service and technology to the poorest of poor. 

CHILDLINE 1098 is national 24 hour free phone emergency outreach service for children in need of care and protection under the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India and links State Governments, NGO’s, Bilateral/Multilateral Agencies, allied systems and the corporate sector. 

CHILDLINE deals with missing children, abused children, runaway children, child labour, children needing medical assistance and all kinds of children in need of care and protection and also its main objective is to reach out to the most marginalized children and provide shelter, rescue, medical aid, repatriation and long term services. 

The journey of CHILDLINE 1098 service initiated in Nagaland in the year 2011 with Community Educational Centre Society as Nodal Organisation and Prodigals Home as Collaborative Organisation. By seeing the success and efficiency of CHILDLINE 1098 service in Dimapur the State Government felt that there is an urgent need to initiate the service in the State capital i.e Kohima and in the year 2015 with the support of State Government CHILDLINE 1098 service was launched in Kohima with Nagaland Voluntary Health Association (NVHA) as the Collaborative organization. CHILDLINE 1098 service was further expanded and started in Mokokchung district in June 2018 with Care & Support Society as the Collaborative organization.  

This year again, the CHILDLINE network takes on 'CHILDLINE Se Dosti Campaign 2019' with the aim to make a million more friends for CHILDLINE 1098. 

The CHILDLINE se Dosti Campaign is about taking CHILDLINE to the community and getting people to know CHILDLINE, begin to care about vulnerable children, and get involved. 

We envisage the Dosti Campaign as a warm and inviting initiative aimed at creating awareness about CHILDLINE 1098 that would reach out and touch people from all walks of life. CHILDLINE Se Dosti is a long term strategy to create week long national level CHILDLINE visibility on an annual basis.

The objectives of the campaign are a) Add a million dosts each year; b) Involve community in activities to get their participation in Child Protection c) Make Child protection everybody’s business.  

CHILDLINE Dimapur’s “CHILDLINE Se Dosti” campaign started off on the 8th Nov. where CHILDLINE Dimapur reached out to the students of Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School Dimapur from class 6-10. The team took up various sessions on CHILDLINE 1098 service, Anti- Bullying at School and Adolescent sexual health. 

Along with this the team also distributed pamphlet/leaflets to all the students. The aim of reaching out to the students was to trained and prepared the students in  knowing their rights and standing  up for themselves.

On the 9th of Nov. the team initiated a wall painting at Government middle school, Thilixu. The purpose of the wall painting was for CHILDLINE visibility and for awareness generation besides beautifying and creating a friendly environment in the school for the students. 

On the 3rd day i.e 11th Nov. CHILDLINE Dimapur in collaboration with District Child protection Unit(DCPU) carried out a program on sanitation health and hygiene for the students of two Government Middle schools and Government Hr.Secondary School under Niuland Block. 

The team carried out awareness and sensitization of the services provided by CHILDLINE 1098, case studies and session on adolescent sexual health and hygiene. 

The team also distributed sanitary pads to the girls students of the three schools and stressed on the importance and need of a healthy hygiene for a healthy life.

On the 12th and 13th of Nov. the team visited different stakeholders, allied systems, partners and well-wishers and extended its gratitude for their support towards CHILDLINE and its activities in various aspects over the years. 

The team also handed over CHILDLINE Frames to all the stakeholders as a sign of acknowledgement and appreciation towards their support and cooperation and also sought assurance for their continuous support towards CHILDLINE for creating a child friendly environment and a healthy child protection system in the State. 

The team on the 13th Nov. also visited the flood victims of Petla colony under Naharbari and extended its pledge of CHILDLINE se Dosti towards the children by sharing the message of CHILDLINE 1098  and its services which is for all kinds of children in need of care and protection. 

As a sign of goodwill gesture the team also distributed cloth materials to more than 40(forty) children who were affected during the recent flood.

CHILDLINE Dimapur concluded its last day of the CHILDLINE Se Dosti campaign i.e 14th Nov by visiting Missionaries of Charity at River belt colony and Chavara Home, Naharbari. The team celebrated Children’s Day with the children and other residents of both the Homes and shared about the significance of Children’s Day. The team also shared about CHILDLINE 1098 and its services and assured of its fullest support towards all the children for any kind of assistance. 

The team as a token of love distributed toiletry materials such as soaps, toothbrush & toothpaste, sanitary pads, First-Aid etc to all the children’s of both the Homes. 

During the weeklong CHILDLINE Se Dosti Campaign, CHILDLINE Dimapur has reached out to around 1000 children. 

Alomi Sumi

Dimapur CHILDLINE counselor


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