Childhood Enhancement through Training and Action (CHETNA) is a non-profit organization working for empowerment of Street and Working Children (SWC) in Delhi and adjoining states. We empower these children with alternative education and 18 well-crafted child centered activities like recreation, life skill workshops, exposure visits, visits to police stations and primary health centers, residential workshops, etc.
Achieving child friendly society and system which ensures rights of survival, protection, development and participation of the child.
A child is on the street not by choice but by compulsion. The push and pull factors, like poverty, urbanization, abusive social environment, dysfunctional education system, aspirations, etc. are responsible for his/her condition. Street and Working Children (SWC) are direct victims of these unsavory socio-economic conditions. We believe that SWC are no different to others and their rights are no exception. They are part of this country as any other individual and they should be treated like every other citizen of this country.
CHETNA firmly believes that participation leads to empowerment. This is realized by making children participate in the organization’s programs as an inherent component giving them opportunity to get involved in conceiving, designing and implementing the activities. Participatory approach with children is cherished as a core value within CHETNA.
CHETNA in Media
Dec 26, 2012:
Sixteen-year-old ragpicker Neeta (name changed) was gang raped by four men in the basement of a building under construction in the upscale Green Park area in 2007. A case was registered and the media detailed the horrific crime, serving as a reminder of how unsafe the capital was for women
"The Times of India: ‘Minor’s gritty fight finally led to rapists being imprisoned.’ "
Dec 14, 2012:
’ Amitabh Bachchan was a porter before he became a superstar! This might sound surprising for us, but not for the hundreds of street kids who are blinded to the fact that Coolie was just another of Mr. Bachchan’s movies. Like their matinee idol, they struggle on with life everyday to reach the velvet sheets some day
"‘From rags to jobs"
Jan 18, 2013:
Seventeen-year-old Vijay Kumar came to Delhi from Bihar over ten years ago with his elder brother to escape poverty and an alcoholic father. Together the boys made a small slum in Kriti Nagar, West Delhi their home. The Hindu: ‘We don’t want to be pushed into crime but to be saved.’
August 6, 2012:
’ Delhi’s bustling Central Market in Lajpat Nagar is today home to a revolution. Happening without any fanfare or Press announcements, shop owners here are engaged in creating a positive change in the lives of children by saying no to child labour, giving to the children working here the right and time to educate themselves and work for a better future.
"‘Lajpat Nagar market kindling a revolution"
The Times of India: June 25, 2012: :
NEW DELHI: Gearing up to observe the International Day Against Drug Abuse on Tuesday, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has decided to initiate a nation-wide study spread over one year on drug use in children
"‘National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to initiate study on drug abuse."
The Hindu: May 1, 2012:
’ On the eve of Anti-Child Labour Day, a group of shopkeepers in the Capital have decided to set an example for the rest of the city by declaring their shops “child-labour free
"In Lajpat Nagar many shops go ‘child-labour free"
The Times of India: Nov 6, 2011:
The show begins at night. After the sun is swallowed by the smog and neon lights wash the city in yellow, Rahul and his gang emerge from under the flyover. They all look similar — grubby feet, frayed rags, scarred faces, red eyes and brassy hair. They are all under 11
"India’s Invisible Children: Swallowed by the Streets."
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