Goa Children’s Act
Along with a few other NGOs CRG participated in the drafting of the first state legislation in the country for the protection of children, the Goa Children’s Act (GCA), enacted in July 2003. This law attempts to make the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child legally enforceable and has specific provisions to deal with travelling sex offenders. CRG is actively working towards the implementation of the GCA.
CRG observes India’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on 11 December 1992 by organizing a Bal Mela every year on this day. The Mela provides a platform for children from different walks of life to spend the day interacting with each other, working together to produce posters, plays and craft items. The first Bal Mela was held on 11 December 2005.
Child Friendly Tourism Code
The GCA provides for the adoption of a child friendly tourism code by the Tourism Department and the tourism industry. CRG had been actively promoting the concept of child-friendly tourism and discussing the need to adopt a code with the tourism industry and with the tourism department. On 4 June 2006 members of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) took a pledge to adopt the Child Friendly Tourist Code developed by TTAG office bearers. A Certificate of Commitment to protect children was designed by CRG and displayed by hotels under the TTAG.
Mainstreaming of Child Rights
CRG served as the project office for the Goa Initiative for Mainstreaming Child Rights (GIMCR), supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. The objective of this initiative was to mainstream child rights and to develop a cadre of trainers, and was facilitated by the State Government. A Training of Trainers programme was held by the GIMCR in collaboration with the State Government and the VM Salgaocar College of Law from 30 October to 14 November 2006.
Village Child Committee
The Goa Children’s Act provides for the setting up of Village Child Committees (VCCs) to safeguard the interests of children. CRG played a vital role in setting up first VCC in Goa at Arambol in 2006. It held a series of meetings with the local community after which several people came forward to volunteer their services. CRG has been assisting VCCs in the organizing of Bal Sabhas.
Victims’ Assistance Unit
In 2006 CRG invited Professor Harendra de Silva, former chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority of Sri Lanka and Attorney Katrina Legarda and Dr. Bernadette Madrid from the Child Protection Unit, Philippines as resource persons to highlight the importance of setting up of multi-disciplinary units to assist child victims. CRG made a presentation at the Secretariat suggesting a blueprint on the composition of the Victims’ Assistance Unit under the GCA.
United Kingdom India Education Research Initiative Award
A proposal on Democracy and Children’s Rights submitted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (New Delhi) along with the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex with Children’s Rights in Goa (CRG) and VM Salgaocar College of Law as partners, was accepted by the UKIERI in 2007. It is to be noted that this is one of the 23 awards announced out of 261 proposals that were submitted. The award enabled five CRG staff members to visit the UK to examine British child protection mechanisms.
Foster Care Scheme
In September 2010 CRG organized a round table meeting attended by 27 participants on developing a Foster Care Scheme and introducing Sponsorship in Goa in collaboration with the Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD), Government of Goa. A drafting committee was set up and coordinated by CRG, and a draft Foster Care Scheme for Goa was submitted to the government in November 2010. The Foster Care Scheme, Vatsalya, was notified by the Government of Goa on 1 July 2013.
CRG was asked by the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Goa, to assist in initiating the process of setting up the first ever Children’s Committee in the government children’s home in January 2011.
- Money Life Foundation (2012)
- Blessed Mother Teresa Grant, Government of Goa (2011)
- Lokmat Award (2010)
- Rotary Club Panaji Riviera (2009)
- Reliance & CNN-IBN Real Heroes Award (2008)
- UKIERI Award (2007)
- Yashodamini Award (2006)
- Lions’ Club Candolim (2005)