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Newsletter April 2016
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International projects 

INDIA:  Support for children freed from indentured slavery (debt bondage)

In India, there are still many children who are forced to work while still very young, to the detriment of their health and education. It is to combat this scourge that CCI, since 2003, put in place a programme that aims to remove these children from exploitation so that they may be allowed go to school. Appanna Nakka is one of the beneficiaries of this project.  He entered the programme in 2005 at the age of 12; at the time he worked some 14 hours a day at various farming tasks. Among other responsibilities, he was responsible for cleaning the barn, fetching water from a well several kilometres away, and caring for the buffaloes.
CCI and its local partner freed him from slavery, thus giving him the chance to get an education. Thanks to CCI’s major supporters, donors and partners in Canada, Appanna was able to complete his studies, landed an internship in the field of electricity, after which he found a job with a large company in the area! We are so very proud of him!

INDIA:  Expansion of a centre for girl-victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation (sex-trafficking)

In India, CCI also fights against the sexual exploitation of young girls. We referred to this effort in our last newsletter: a partnership between Engineers Without Borders Quebec (EWBQ) and our local partner (the Rescue Foundation) made it possible to begin the expansion of our partner’s Reception Centre in Pune.  After several months of work, the EWSQ team was able to complete the construction of the Annex. This building will allow more young girls released from sexual exploitation to be taken in, and in the best of conditions. The Rescue Foundation is now in a better position to concentrate on the second component of its mission: to work for the reconstruction of these women, both on the physical and the psychological levels (the first component being to seek the release and freedom for girls thrown into the slavery of sex work).

 

You can read the testimony of Pierre Luc Huot (Project Manager of the Ganesh Project) by clicking here!
CCI’s Managing Director at the United Nations (United States)

CCI has been recognized since July 2011 as enjoying special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). This allows us to take part in international conferences organized by the United Nations, as well as organizational meetings in preparation for these same conferences. 

It is in this context that Roxana Robin, CCI’s Founder and Managing Director, attended the latest session of the Commission on the Status of Women at UN Headquarters in New York, from March 14 to 24.

During this 60th session, CCI held a conference, for the benefit of those attending the Commission’s meetings, on "The positive impact of micro-credit on marginalized women in India." Ms. Robin went on to describe some of the projects developed by CCI in India, which resulted in exchanges of good practices for the efficient management of such projects.

You can access an article on the subject found in the « Courrier du Sud » (Mail from the South) by clicking here (in French only).

Projects in Canada

Project to unite “Committed Youth Helping Children of the World”

For the past few months, CCI has been running a programme to raise awareness in the school environment about the exploitation of children. In partnership with Social Justice Connection (SJC), CCI puts youth committees together in partner schools. These committees are supervised by a mentor (trained in children’s rights and facilitation techniques), as well as by a resource person within the school itself.

The objectives of this project are threefold:

  • to promote the rights of children among young people in partner schools
  • to raise awareness of the fight against all forms of exploitation of children; and
  • to engage and persuade them to participate in a collective effort to bring about social justice on a global scale.

In this way, the young are encouraged to organize group mini-projects to raise the awareness of students as to the exploitation of children in the workplace, and/or to collect funds to finance CCI projects.

Literary Contest

There is still a little time left for you to send in your submission before the end of CCI’s literary contest ! There are quite a few prizes up for grabs! 

Entries will need to address this year’s theme—the right of children to live in peaceand answer the following questions:

  • What exactly is meant by “the right to live in peace”
  • Why is this right so important?
  • What happens when this right is not respected?

Each submission must: (1) not be longer than one page, (2) reply to all the above questions, and (3) be written in either French or English.  Please send your essay either by e-mail to: communications@aipe-cci.org or by snail-mail to:   

Children’s Care International
150 Grant Street, Suite 314
Longueuil, QC  (Canada) J4H 3H6

Indicate your name, age, mailing address, e-mail and ‘phone number.
To cater to entries from overseas, the deadline has been extended to May 1, 2016!

We wish each of you the best of luck!

To contact and support us
As you may be aware, CCI’s telephone number has changed. Now you can join our team at (+1) 450-332-9799. Moreover, we are working to strengthen our presence on social networks. Feel free to visit our pages and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Finally, our website is updated regularly to give you all the information about our projects as well as those causes defended by our organization.
Become a member
 
Did you know that you can become a CCI member for only 5$? Becoming a CCI member means that you are joining and supporting an organisation whose priority is to improve the living conditions of children and families who are victims of exploitation. For more information please visit our website.
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