Established on December 30, 1997, Makkala Sahayavani is the first community initiative in India for the protection of children and their rights, envisaged by the Bengaluru City Police. It merged with PARIHAR on December 30, 2007 for smooth administration and offers counselling for children with various problems.
~ TOWARDS THE COMMISSION OF CHILD RIGHTS & PROTECTION ~
Physical harassment and/or violence within families.
Children with suicidal tendencies.
Sexual abuse/sexual assault.
Parents seeking advice and/or information for their children with problems.
Educational sponsorship and/or medical expense.
Hostel/short stay facility.
Parents who want custody of children (only if the couple agree amicably)
Children seeking counselling with regard to conflict with alcoholic parents, discontinued schooling, difficulties in studies, love affair and/or involved in anti-social activities, delinquent, drug abuse, conflict with the public etc.
Problems with institutions, management, school authorities teachers, and/or friends.
Training and sensitization programs for police in Bengaluru City and in the districts of Karnataka on issues related to women and children’s rights and the proactive role of policing.
Makkala Sahayavani carries out awareness and outreach programs at schools, slums and other communities.
Makkala Sahayavani has a child rights week every year in the month of November.
Makkala Sahayavani counsels children and their parents when they lack mutual understanding particularly when issues or crises arise.
Makkala Sahayavani helps to get medical support for children suffering from chronic illnesses through philanthropists and other networking agencies.
Makkala Sahayavani works as a common platform for the MSW students from different universities to create awareness on child rights and child protection.
Makkala Sahayavani networks with the Women and Child Department, Child Welfare Committee, Childline, & Other NGOs working with and for children.
MAKKALA SAHAYAVANI SERVICES
Operates from the office of the Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru and has professional counsellors and trained volunteers on call 24/7.
Makkala Sahayavani rescues & provides police protection to any child who might be in a distressing situation.
Makkala Sahayavani has a dedicated vehicle which is available on-call 24/7. Following a call request for a rescue operation, this van will reach the location with a team comprising of a counsellor, a plain-clothes constable (female-constable if it’s a rescue of a girl child), Labour Department Officers, and SJPU Police Officers. Collectively the team will do the needful for a successful rescue operation.
Makkala Sahayavani is networking with Government and Private Hospitals that assist in providing medical aid for the victims when necessary.
Makkala Sahayavani provides shelter facility at government children homes through CWC (Child Welfare Committee) when a child is in need of shelter, care and protection.
Makkala Sahayavani works along with other child welfare organizations and associations to ensure justice for children who might have conflict with the legal system.
Makkala Sahayavani provides and guides children who need help with their schooling, vocational training, and skill development.
Makkala Sahayavani conducts awareness programmes at schools (for all standards) and colleges (II PUC) on topics like Child Rights, Child Safety, and Child Protection. Makkala Sahayavani also does school counselling for the convenience of the children, as some of them may not be able to call Makkala Sahayavani TollFree number or bring themselves to the office.