Over three decades of working with and for children and their families across 2 states in India, we've learnt that permanent change is only possible when we tackle the root causes that continue to keep them uneducated, exploited and vulnerable.
Your support has enabled us to reach out to 892881 children through over 200 ANNAI TERESA CHARITABLE TRUST supported initiatives in the year 2010-11 alone. But there are many more to go. Join us and the day all children enjoy their rights won't be far.
Imagine pulling out your child from school just because you are unable to find a job that pays enough to support your family. Imagine your daughter could not attend school just because it has no toilets.
Imagine entire generations of your family being born into bonded labour, with no hope of breaking free. Imagine a country. Call it India, if you will, where 10,000 Indians died from entirely preventable causes.
Outrageous? Yet 10,000 children die every single day in India. More than in any tsunami, flood, earthquake, famine or war. Half of India's children are deprived of their fundamental right to education every day. Two million Indian babies die each year before they celebrate their first birthday.
Millions of India's children go to bed each night hungry, hopeless and angry. We as a nation, seem quite content to tolerate this violation of their constitutional rights.
It is because of this reality that ANNAI TERESA CHARITABLE TRUST - Child Rights and You exists today - to amplify the voice of children. We believe that children are citizens in their own right, entitled to the full spectrum of human rights.
To enable people to take responsibility for the situation of the deprived Indian child and so motivate them to seek resolution through individual and collective action thereby enabling children to realise their full potential.
To enable people to take responsibility for the situation of the deprived Indian child and so motivate them to seek resolution through individual and collective action thereby enabling children to realise their full potential. And people to discover their potential for action and change. To enable peoples' collectives and movements encompassing diverse segments, to pledge their particular strengths, working in partnership to secure, protect and honour the rights of India's children.