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Project: For a Change

A Children’s welfare project designed to effectively engage youth to ensure decent childhood for the underprivileged children.

Impact I: Ensure decent childhood for every child

Children living in poverty experience hunger, illness, insecurity, and instability, which often result in low academic achievement, behavioral problems, and social and emotional development difficulties. We are helping a child to live in a safe world where they can have quality education, good schools, quality health care, nutritious food, generous care, access to resources, and opportunities that enable them to reach their full potential.

Impact II: Build Compassionate Communities.

The For a Change Project has inspired real action among the youth to volunteer in philanthropic activities and improve the lives of underprivileged children. We assist project participants in goal setting, insights, impact analysis, and planning philanthropic activities. In addition, we help them understand the complexities of impact assessment, ensure effective philanthropy, and be certain about whether the strategy is effective to address a particular social problem.

Project Structure

The For a Change Project includes the Youth Engagement in Philanthropy Programme, Project Activities, and Multistakeholder Partnerships to further the objectives of the project.

In the Youth Engagement in Philanthropy Programme, we bring together people especially youth to actively participate to provide a decent childhood to underprivileged children living in the hardships of poverty. We use visual media to build awareness, bring the stories about the hardships of underprivileged children living in poverty to a larger audience and create a social impact.

We form student groups and train young motivated individuals to participate in and support the project activities. We have pre-defined a range of project activities for student groups and individuals to participate in. The pre-defined project activities are named Little Gifts, Birthday Celebrations, School Sponsorship, and Sunday Meals. We also organize special one-day exposure trips to parks, movies, zoos, sports, and cultural events for the underprivileged to further instill happiness and confidence among children living in the hardships of poverty. In addition to the above activities, we organize various fundraising activities to further the objectives of the project.

Little Gifts

Underprivileged children are deprived of so many things that affording an enjoyable childhood with toys is a luxury for these children. We collect toys from previous owners and distribute them to underprivileged children living on the streets, in slums, in orphanages, and in rural villages. We are trying to bring happiness into the lives of the children by ensuring a childhood filled with toys and play. We gift the toys in mint condition to the underprivileged children on their birthdays. This simple birthday toy gifting idea gives children a special toy to remember.

We run awareness building and youth engagement drives to sensitize privileged people about donating their toys and making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children. Our toy collection drives at schools and colleges attract fabulous toy donations from the students. Many students start to open up and begin to understand the need of underprivileged children and volunteer to help make their lives better. In addition, we mindfully separate groups of toys to give to visually impaired, children with cerebral palsy, Autism, Down syndrome, etc. to provide them with access to toys that would lay the foundation for later development.

II. Sunday Meals

The idea of having a delicious meal at a quality outlet is a scarce luxury for underprivileged children, especially the ones living on the streets. Their notion of adequate food is to get freedom from hunger as they are limited by the economic circumstances they live in. Every once in a while, we gift happiness to underprivileged children via a delicious meal. Under the Sunday Meals programme, more than 100 street children are given meals on the fourth Sunday of every month. We mostly distribute meals to the children living on the streets considering their hardships. And on multiple occasions, we also distribute meals for children living in slums and orphanages.

The meal we provide is tasty, nutritious, and selected from a unique menu we have crafted according to the taste palette of children. Our meals are often prepared by the good chefs in the city. We often partner with a popular cafe, restaurant, or fast-food chain, to prepare our meals, and sometimes the members prepare the meals. During the meal distribution drive, we scan for cases of malnutrition and other diseases among the street children. We promptly allocate the maximum available resources to alleviate child hunger with food and financial relief programs. This initiative is a small and humble effort to support the greater movement to fight hunger, and reduce malnutrition and child deaths arising out of hunger.

III. School Sponsorship

We support the school education of the underprivileged children, sponsor needed learning tools and resources to empower them and transform their lives. We also scout for children who have dropped out of school, counsel their parents, get them admitted to schools and help them receive a quality education.

We sponsor the books, stationery, and other needed supplies for the children so that they can carry their learning tools to school every day. We provide school bags which are also an important tool for children living in vulnerable conditions with minimal resources and support systems as they use their bags to keep their belongings, especially those related to the school, secured from being lost or damaged.

IV. Small Celebrations

Birthdays are happy and impactful occasions. Children in the orphanages always look forward to their special day because they know that it will be filled with gifts and surprises. We celebrate the birthdays of children living in orphanages to fulfill their little desires and make a positive impact on their mental health.

We organize a subtle event with cake-cutting, distributing chocolates and gifts. We often participate with the children in fun activities like board games, drawing, singing, dancing, and other creative, extracurricular activities.

VI. Citizen Outreach Boxes

The Citizen Outreach Box is a public contribution box placed at select establishments in operational cities to create visibility of the causes we support and raise small funds for supporting causes that need regular support. The select establishments are annually ranked and the establishment with the highest citizen outreach is awarded at our annual event.