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Non-Governmental Organizations and Protection of Destitute Children in Kerala: A Study on SOS Village Alwaye

Author : Dr. Priyesh CU

Abstract :

Non-Governmental Organizations have been playing an important role in contemporary world. NGOs vary in their methods and activities. Some acts primarily as lobbyists while others conduct programmes and activities focusing on certain under privileged groups. The origin of International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) can be traced back to the mid-nineteenth century. They played an important role in freedom struggles all over the world. The NGOs have been playing a commendable job in the protection of bare minimum rights of vulnerable sections in the society hence the study pertaining to NGOs has a unique place in social research.
Destitute child means a child without parents these children have to live on the street. Orphan children have been denied basic rights in the society. Destitute children are deprived of family, care, recognition and self-respect.
Kerala is a state with lowest positive population growth rate in the country and the state has a density of 819 people per km. The state has highest Human Development Index in India according to the Human Development Report in 2011. The state is known for achievement such as near 100% literacy rate, among the highest in the country.
The NGOs have able to channelize its programmes for the upliftment of downtrodden sections which include the destitute children in Kerala. NGOs have the managerial skill and power to take decisions on policy matters on behalf of the weaker sections in the state.
SOS Children's Villages of India is a non-government, voluntary organization, committed to the care of destitute children in need and protection. This organization has able to fulfil its objective to help orphaned and homeless children by giving them a family, home and also a strong foundation for an independent and meaningful life.

Keywords :

Destitute Children, INGO, NGO