Child Marriage Program

Child Marriage Program, India

Child Marriage Programme, India addresses the issue of child marriage in two states of India namely Jharkhand and Orissa through three clusters consisting of 20 partner organisations. The Program comes as furtherance and is built on a strong foundation and focus of DF in the last six years in terms of reaching out to remote as well as difficult regions of the country, focusing on relevant and quality education for the most marginalised children and youth.

The Programme activities are spread across two states and three clusters in 12 districts as mentioned below:

State Name of the Cluster Lead NGO Districts
Orissa –
Coverage: 6 districts
Western Orissa Child Marriage Prevention cluster (WOCMP) Lead: YCDA Boudh, Bargarh, Bolangir, Sambalpur
  Siksha Chetna Lead: ORES Sundargarh, Keonjhar
Jharkhand –
Coverage: 6 districts
DAHAR Lead: LGSS West Singhbhum, East Singhbhum, Saraikala, Lohardaga, Latehar, Palamu

The direct beneficiaries of the programme are young people, boys and girls, adolescents, youth and parents. The major target group is 12-21 years, adolescents and youths. (Both school-goers, non school-goers and dropouts). Primary stakeholders are adolescents and youths, parents, community leaders, Yuva Mitra (Change Agents/ Volunteers). Other stakeholder includes duty bearers, teachers and general community.

The goal of the programme is `Reducing Child Marriages by 50% & Strengthening SRHR among Adolescents & Youth by 2015'. The intervention strategies of the program are –

  1. Empowerment of Girls: Adolescent & Youth
  2. Access to Formal Education
  3. Involvement of Local Communities to combat Child Marriage
  4. Development & implementation of Legislation & Policy for Child Marriage

This program endeavours to reduce the prevailing rate of child marriage in Jharkhand and Orissa. The impact depends on the efforts to bring in a drastic behavioural change in the rural communities. Thus it proposes to address the relevant issues of health, education, law, and also the socio-religious issues. Besides the programme personnel, there would be 2,400 volunteers (three parents and three young people, 4 women / girls and two men / boys) per village in 400 villages for implementing the programme activities at the community level.

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