"Millions of children are denied the basic rights of survival and protection."
Santiniketan Sishutirtha was created in order to care for children in the rural areas of Birbhum district, West Bengal, India. The goal is to provide these children with a protected nurturing environment that not only protects them from harsh poverty but also provides them with the skills necessary in order to become self sufficient for the future.
The project encompasses an orphanage and a school in order to do this.
The orphanage provides a 'family like' environment to orphans and destitute. The children are placed under the care and custody of a suitable supervisor or mother and brought up in an atmosphere of love and affection.
The school provides a craft-based education which is extended to children of the neighbouring villages.
This complies with the 4 basic rights of children that were defined in the 1989 United Nations Charter to which India is a signatory.
Right to Survival .. to life, health, nutrition, name, nationality
Right to Protection .. from exploitation, abuse, neglect
Right to Development .. to education, care, leisure, recreation, cultural activities
Right to Participation .. to expression, information, thought