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Transforming Lives of Children without Parental Care into Self-Reliant, Active Members of Society: Non-Profit Way

Sumanta Kar
Chief Executive Officer of SOS Children’s Villages India

Within the depths of the hearts of every child lies a world of potential waiting to be explored, nurtured, and unleashed. However, for children without parental care, this journey is often filled with challenges that can hinder their growth and potential contributions to society.

In my experience over the last three decades, I firmly believe in a transformative approach that goes beyond traditional curative measures to create supportive families where these children can thrive, become self-reliant, and contribute meaningfully to society.

A stable and loving home provides the foundation for the emotional, social, and cognitive growth of a child – it covers safety, support, and guidance. These elements combined help children form trust and give a sense of belonging. Without this nurturing environment, children may struggle with feelings of abandonment, insecurity, and a lack of emotional connection, hindering their overall development and well-being. Every child has the right to have a family, and a child’s wholesome development is best realized in a caring and loving family.

Such interventions have, time and again, provided a positive turn of events, where I have personally seen children enter mainstream society and constructively contribute by overcoming their disadvantageous beginnings with hard work, confidence, empathy, and a sense of belonging towards those around them.

Decoding Curative and Preventive Models for Children Without Parental Care

A curative and preventive service to vulnerable children without parental care or at risk of losing it via a value chain of quality care services can go beyond childcare alone, ensuring comprehensive child development. We must understand that every child deserves a loving home, so providing a family-like nurturing environment for such vulnerable children fosters their physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Some NGOs have a real family-like structure with dedicated mothers that is beyond mere intervention while providing unconditional love and care.

This approach is crucial because it recognizes that a family is not just about blood relations but has emotional bonds at the core that nurture and sustain a child’s growth. In contemporary times, when we are so massively connected by technology and still tremendously disconnected at a human level, it is all the more important to create an ecosystem where children understand and appreciate belonging and collective strength. Children without homes or parents need this even more. It is crucial to provide them with the love, care, and stability necessary for a positive and fulfilling childhood.

The Power of Transformative Care

Commitment to transforming the lives of children without parental care extends beyond providing shelter and basic needs. We must empower these children to become self-reliant, confident, and socially responsible. The idea is to have holistic development of the child. SOS India, as well as many social sector organizations, are actively contributing and making a difference by looking into education, skill development, and emotional support, ensuring that every child under our care is equipped to face the world’s challenges.

Let me specifically delve into two important aspects of this transformative care:

Education is at the core of our transformative strategy. We must strive to provide not just academic knowledge but also practical skills that prepare these children for the complexities of life. By focusing on education, we break the cycle of poverty and empower these young minds to pursue their dreams. 

Skill development is another important cornerstone of this approach. Collaborations with local communities and businesses to create opportunities for vocational training, ensuring that children have the skills necessary to secure meaningful employment in the future. This not only fosters independence but also contributes to the economic development of the communities they become a part of. 

Prevention is Better than Cure

While addressing the requirements of children needing care and protection, I believe true transformation occurs when we work on a childcare model that prevents the loss of family care. Solutions must be tailor-made to address the specific requirements of every child like we have Basket of Care Solutions.

In addition to providing care for children, there is also a need to promote the rights of children and to prevent child abandonment. Preventive childcare involves addressing the root causes of children’s risk of losing parental care and working towards creating a society where families are supported, and children are not left vulnerable. This would enable children to grow up with the bonds to become the strongest of themselves.

To give you an instance, we actively engage with communities to identify and address the factors that contribute to children being at risk. By providing support to families, promoting education, enhancing the income of families through various income-generating activities, and creating awareness about the importance of a stable family environment, we aim to prevent situations that lead to children being without parental care in the first place.

This has built on our learnings from the curative childcare model to ensure effective knowledge transfer to the preventive model.

The Role of Contributions and Donations in Our Mission

While our commitment to transforming lives remains unwavering, we recognize the critical role that contributions and donations play in sustaining preventive and curative measures for vulnerable children. Financial support from individuals, corporations, and philanthropic organizations allows for maintaining high standards of care. Contributions and donations are not just about meeting the immediate needs of our children; they are an investment for the future. They enable NGOs to enhance educational programs, expand vocational training opportunities, and provide comprehensive healthcare. Such support empowers them to create an environment where every child can thrive and contribute positively to society.

Apart from monetary support, volunteering is another key support that corporate organizations can offer. This helps ensure wider reach and specialized interventions. Private sector organizations, offering specialized skill-based services that we otherwise lack access to can help better customized preventive care.

Conclusion: A Call to Action

In conclusion, the journey from vulnerability to self-reliance is not just a vision; it is a reality that some NGOs have been unfolding for many years in India. Through strategic and transformative interventions, I have witnessed countless success stories of children overcoming adversity and emerging as confident, educated, and responsible individuals. However, the journey is far from over. Countless children still need our support, and we cannot transform lives without help from stakeholders from across society. Individuals, corporations, communities, governments, and NGOs must join hands for this noble mission. Contributions and donations are not just financial transactions; they are investments toward a brighter future for these children and our society.

We must commit to creating a world where every child, regardless of their circumstances, grows with bonds to become the strongest version of themselves, enabling them to become self-reliant and contributing members of society. Together, we can shape a future where no child is left behind and every child enjoys their childhood.


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