In 1996, CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF) launched CHILDLINE, the country’s first toll-free tele-helpline for street children in distress. As of March 2015, total of 36 Million calls since inception have been serviced by CHILDLINE service and operates in 366 cities/districts in 34 States/UTs through its network of over 700 partner organisations across India.CHILDLINE is India’s first 24-hour, free, emergency phone service for children in need of aid and assistance. Whether you are an adult or a child, you can dial 1098, the toll free number, to access our services. We not only respond to the emergency needs of children but also link them to services for their long-term care and rehabilitation.Our special focus is on all children in need of care and protection, especially the more vulnerable sections, which include: Street children and youth living alone on the streets, Child laborers working in the unorganized and organized sectors,Domestic help, especially girl domestics, Children affected by physical / sexual / emotional abuse in family, schools or institutions,Children who need emotional support and guidance, Children of commercial sex workers, Child victims of the flesh trade,Victims of child trafficking, Children abandoned by parents or guardians.
Support to the differently abled
Under the leadership of Catholic Health Association of India we supported 150 differently abled children for their educational and medical help in this financial year. Two of the 100% deaf children namely Sebin Stanly of Poonthura, an Engineering mechanical student and Joyson Baiju of Paruthiyur, class VII Vazhuthakkad special school, were provided with Hearing aid by TSSS. All our differently abled children are enrolled in the Niramaya Insurance Policy to get their health treatment secured. In order to safe guard the future of these children we are trying to reach out to different types of help offered for the differently abled children from the part of the Govt.In collaboration with Jubilee Memorial Hospital, Palayam we have reached out with General Health activities around the diocese.
Awareness classes for the School children on Junk food and drinks
In order to save the present generation from the clutches of dreadful sickness and ill health we have conducted awareness classes to the children in the schools and in Sunday classes. They were instructed about the disadvantages of attractive fast food packets which destroys their good health. Children were encouraged to cultivate vegetables and fruit trees for a healthy living. From different parishes and schools of our diocese about 800 children profited by the awareness on the bad effect of junk food and drinks.
Reaching out to the coastal areas with health care and hygienic programmes
In collaboration with Jubilee Memorial Hospital, Palayam we have reached out with General Health activities around the diocese. Awareness classes on contagious deceases, life style sickness and disciplined food culture have enlightened people towards a healthy approach to their daily routine of life. They have learned to keep their surroundings clean and green with organic farming and fruit trees cultivation. Eye camp, Dental care, ECG, tests for sugar, preasure and cholesterol were part of medical camps. Medicine free of costs were made available for the people. Leaflets were distributed on different types of contagious diseases and self detection of breast cancer