“If there’s a child in distress, we have to respond”
There are always risks in what we do. [But] at the end of the day, whether there is a lockdown or not, if there is a child in distress we have to respond. I feel it is my duty to answer such calls.
During the first few weeks of lockdown, Girl Power groups and other community members identified vulnerable families. With their help, Sandip was able to personally oversee the distribution of rations to 149 children who were at imminent risk of trafficking and 59 survivors of sex trafficking.
Debu Patra, who works with one of the communities in the area says that:
"Through these groups, our girls have learnt how to fight for their freedom and their rights. Whenever any incident happens with a child in the community, they immediately inform us. Childline has also observed high reporting of cases where World Vision has formed these girl power groups.
"These groups are instrumental in giving accurate and timely information to help stop child marriage or trafficking in the community.’’
Thanks to our supporters, World Vision child protection projects work with girls – and boys – around the world to empower them to know their rights and understand how they can respect and support each other. We also work with those who have, sadly, already experienced abuse and exploitation, helping them to overcome their past and face a brighter, safer future.
The actions of Girl Power members demonstrate the ripple effect of empowerment; helping and protecting themselves and others – especially in trying times. And, with your help, the network of strong girls and women will continue to grow.