THE PURNIMA FOUNDATION believes in sharing of information as a valuable method of enriching oneself. Our capacity development programmes intend to enrich our own organization as well as our esteemed partners in the development field. We wish to develop our resource center as a place with information on various rights-based issues and bring closer the groups that work in distant villages. Our goal is to develop the center as a meeting place where there can be mingling of like-minded people and a regular exchange of ideas that will enrich our endeavors to bring forth a violence-free world.
THE PURNIMA FOUNDATION raise fund by taking up capacity development programmes for various issues concerning human rights and entitlements. The initiative is taken to empower organizations and communities for maximum sustainability of our programmatic interventions.
We publish booklets, brochures, books, reports, and posters to maximize the awareness people on their rights. THE PURNIMA FOUNDATION also uses audiovisual media to educate people on various rights-based issues.
Our efforts to reduce violence through direct support and trainings can only be successful if people are aware of their various rights and are vocal about their causes. We believe that this effort should be undertaken through extended and continuous campaigns. THE PURNIMA FOUNDATION takes part in campaigns that attempts to usher in a policy level change.
Our publications include research reports, pamphlets, brochures, posters.
The key focus of all our publications are:
The recent hullabaloo over the ban of pornography in India has opened a Pandora's box.The ban was withdrawn quickly on the reason that pornography is the only source of information for adolescents on sex and sexuality. What they have failed to deduce is that pornography is at best an entertainment option and is not a tool for sex education. Our IEC on Adolescent Reproductive and sexual Health is developed keeping in mind what the young people are exposed to and what are the types of information that they have access to. Therefore, we try to be as realistic as possible to aware them about the hazards of high risk behaviour.
Of an estimated 215 million child laborers around the globe, approximately 114 million (53%) are in Asia and the Pacific; i.e more than half of the total number of child labourers are found in Asia and Pacific region.Most work in agriculture and small factories.
Children in agriculture face long hours in extreme weather, health risks from pesticides, little or no pay (because most work in family owned farms), have no access to adequate food, water, and sanitation, leave alone quality education. Our intervention in communities from the geographically marginalised shows us that children are regularly employed in brick klins, tourism, domestic labours. Aopart from this they are secxually abused and are vulnerable to sexually tranbsmitted diseases but not limited to HIV/AIDS.
Child traffickers in the form of "self nominated well wishers" usually prey on adolescent boys and girls who are hoping or dreaming for a thrilling /adventurous life and easily get enticed by them. Traffickers often promise a loving relationship, thrilling bike rides and other exciting opportunities to the boys and girls and then use physical and psychological violence as weapon to control them. They usually exploit young minds and body for profit.
Most often the traffickers and their potential victims share same locality and cultural background allowing them to understand and massively exploit the vulnerabilities of these young minds
Adolescent's fluctuating mind are usually unable to recognize the fake concerns of potential traffickers. They usually get perished for their desire to live a life of abundance. Empty promises of the traffickers turn their life into nightmare.
It is also important to note that majority of minors are trafficked for sexual purposes, replenishment of organ transplanting industry, domestic and hazardous industrial purposes, which usually jeopardize their fundamental rights to live with dignity and freedom.
Children as young as 9 years of age are usually being trafficked in and from West Bengal. Female children are more frequently identified as trafficked, but young males and transgender youth are also vulnerable whose helplessness is increasing like wildfire day by day.
However, estimates of the numbers of traffickers involved in trafficking are difficult to generate due to under reporting and the existence of well organized, underground trafficking & criminal networks. moreover these traffickers and/or pimps enjoy some sort of protection and are usually feared by the community
Our Adolescent Reproductive & Sexual Health Programme increases the opportunity for empowerment of adolescent boys and girls through comprehensive training on trafficking prevention in the dist of North 24 Parganas and Kolkata. They are preparing IEC materials on cessation of trafficking and also establishing network with other NGOs and other local level stakeholders in order to promote a trafficking free society in near future.
The Purnima Foundation is facilitating adolescents with its Counselling Helpline ABHA (033-24009804) in order to make themselves self reliant enough for saying 'No' to anything that they are not comfortable with in their life.
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