Bhubaneswar, May 6: On the occasion of Humara Bachpan Campaign’s completion of two successful years, Child leaders from Humara Bachpan Child Clubs celebrated the day by meeting S.C. Jamir, Governor of Odisha. Children belonging to Science Park Basti, OUAT Farmgate basti and Ganga Nagar basti went to meet the Governor with Ms.Preeti Prada, National Head of Humara Bachpan Campaign and submitted a Charter of Demands (COD).
“I wish Humara Bachpan Campaign all success and prosperity to help make the voices of the children heard. I acknowledge the Charter of Demands given by the children and would formally look into it and send a note accordingly” said his Excellency while he interacted with the child leaders from Humara Bachpan Campaign.
Apart from meeting the Governor the children also had an interface with Mr. Amar Patnaik, Principal Accountant General, CAG, Government of India and a COD was also presented to him. The COD enlisted the demands made by the child leaders to make their cities “child friendly”. These children are deprived of basic necessities of life such as safe drinking water, proper sanitation facilities, adequate living area, playgrounds for recreation facility, proper and well ventilated anganwadi centers. All these factors deter their growth and development.
“After reviewing the COD, I agree with the children to make cities ‘child-friendly’. There is an imperative need to incorporate child centric components in urban schemes and policies with adequate participations of children in the process” asserted Amar Patnaik. While around 200 child club members gathered at MahinshikalBasti and SaliaSahiBasti to release balloons and celebrate the day.
“I have been a part of Humara Bachpan since its inception and I feel so happy to be associated with the campaign. As a child leader I would encourage everyone to join this mission to make children’s voices heard and be a part of urban planning and implementation”said Jasmin Nissa, 14 year old child leader from Science Park slum.
Humara Bachpan Campaign , has been advocating to help make the plethora of aspirations of the children a much noted reality. The campaign calls for the inclusion of children in urban governance and also helps to create a league of child leaders who would advocate for better living conditions for children living in urban poverty.
“It is indeed a joyful moment for the campaign to complete 2 victorious years of advocacy. I am overwhelmed to see the response from the Government officials who have been so pro-active in terms of supporting the concept of child led neighborhood planning and giving due priority to children’s perspectives” added Ms. Preeti Prada, National Head of Humara Bachpan Campaign.