How we work
Based on many years of experience, Plan believes that sustainable development of disadvantaged communities can be achieved only if children’s best interests are at the heart of everything we do and if children themselves actively participate in the process.
Child centred community development is the term we use to describe how we aim to do our development work. It's a rights based approach to development where we support communities to develop the structures and skills they need to provide a safe and healthy environment in which children are able to realise their full potential.
With increased focus on children's rights, we involve children as active participants in the development process.
In the past our community development programs benefited children, but we worked largely with the adult community members. Now, with increased focus on children’s rights, we involve children as active participants in the development process.
As a result of the success of these changes, Plan has adopted Child Centred Community Development as its program approach. This integrates the more recently developed methods of working with children and our long experience of community development.
Children's rights in India
In India, many children experience various forms of violence, exploitation and abuse. They are forced to work in intolerable conditions or trafficked into sexual trade. Children are also subjected to corporal punishment at school and forced into child marriage.
A girl child,especially is more vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse. The poor economic condition of family households' cultural and social practices and prevalence of child marriage are the significant reasons for girls leaving school early and the decline of girl child education, which in turn reduces opportunity. It can also lead to early pregnancy which is a substantial health risk for girls. The health of girls who are sexually exploited are also at high risk as they are more likely to contract life threatening diseases.
Children in such circumstances have their rights denied in the most fundamental way.
Plan and our partners work to create protective and supportive environments in which both girls and boys are safe from violence and exploitation, their rights are protected and each child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Satyavathi was in the 9th grade when she dropped out of school, as her parents could not afford the school fees and other expenses. She had to stay at home and help with the household chores. Hundreds of girls in her area are denied education and are put to work either as household help or are at the risk of being married early or being trafficked.
Thanks to Plan India supporters, Satyavathi was enrolled in Plan's “Teen Channel” program aimed at helping school drop outs to resume their education. She has successfully completed her education and is currently working at the front office of an esteemed hotel.
You too can support a child like Satyavathi and her entire community to help themselves.