A driven group of socially conscious individuals, concerned citizens, and adoptive parents have launched the Where Are India’s Children (WAIC) Campaign for all of us to raise our voice together on Children’s Day, 14th November, 2018.
How Did This Campaign Originate?
As adoptive mothers, adoption counsellors, and child rights campaigners, it has been frustrating and infuriating to watch a child welfare system that does not work. When a country like India has less than 2000 children in the adoption stream at any point, you wonder what is not working. When we know that there are 25 to 30 million abandoned and orphaned kids in our country, the idea that less than 0.5 million are in shelters is mind-boggling. When we read report after report of child abuse in shelters, it boils our blood that the Child Welfare Committees and District Child Protection Units are not doing their jobs, with the state governments’ apathy thrown in.
We have child protection laws on paper which don’t get implemented on the ground because the government bodies who are supposed to implement the laws are not accountable to anyone. The children can’t demand, and vulnerable children are especially invisible and voiceless. The only entity that can demand and hold our government bodies accountable is us!
We vent our anger in social media posts and talk to like-minded people, but all of that distributed frustration doesn’t result in anything. What if we combined our anger and frustration and raised our voice together to let our government bodies know that we do care about vulnerable children and we want action. That is what this campaign is about.
So please join this campaign, tell everyone about it, and make sure we are heard loud and clear on this year Children’s Day!
And thank you so much for caring about this!!
About Campaign Leads:
Smriti Gupta is an adoption activist and child rights campaigner. She is working to drive awareness and find lasting solutions for India’s most vulnerable children. Smriti is an adoptive mother of two daughters and a champion for adoption of children with special needs, older children, and siblings. Smriti has previously led partnerships and marketing for technology companies such as Wikimedia Foundation and PayPal. She is an alum of the Indian School of Business and Carnegie Mellon University.
Protima Sharma is an entrepreneur, certified adoption counsellor & child rights campaigner. Inspired by her own experience of adopting her daughter, she is committed to the cause of child welfare and adoption in India. Using her experience of building successful startups, Protima applies her business acumen to raise awareness on adoption with parents and other stakeholders. Sharma is an alum of Indian Institute of Science.
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