V Save a Life Foundation saves children’s lives, defends their rights, and helps them fulfil their potential. V Save a Life Foundation was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and the discrimination place in a child’s path. We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of children. The objects of V Save a Life is to provide financial or other assistance to children and their families without discrimination of religion, cast, creed, color, sex or language. Our support to protection, shelter, health and education has been crucial, healing broken pasts and building brighter futures. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a child’s future.
V Save a Life uses the term ‘child protection’ to refer to preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse against children – including commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking, child labor and harmful traditional practices, such as child marriage.
V Save a Life’s child protection programmes also target children who are uniquely vulnerable to these abuses, such as when living without parental care, in conflict with the law and in armed conflict. Violations of the child’s right to protection take place in every country and are massive, under-recognized and under-reported barriers to child survival and development, in addition to being human rights violations. Children subjected to violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect are at risk of death, poor physical and mental health, HIV/AIDS infection, educational problems, displacement, homelessness, vagrancy and poor parenting skills later in life.
Child protection is a major issue around us and V Save a Life takes it as a high priority. Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, all children have the right to be protected from harm.
A Protective Environment for all Children
Preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse is essential to ensuring children’s rights to survival, development and well-being. The vision and approach of V Save a Life Foundation is to create a protective environment, where children are free from violence, exploitation, and unnecessary separation from family; and where laws, services, behaviors and practices minimize children’s vulnerability, address known risk factors, and strengthen children’s own resilience.
As per the data of children taken from the reputed websites, around the world more than 10 million children under the age of five die every year and the world's poorest countries continue to bear the burden of these deaths. Levels of under-5 mortality vary widely across countries – from 4 to over 280 deaths per 1000 live births. About 41 percent of under-5 deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and another 34 percent in South Asia. Child health has been high on the international agenda for over two decades now. Unfortunately, this goal was not met.
In 2018, 6.2 million children and young adolescents died, mostly from preventable causes. Children under the age of 5 accounted for 5.3 million of these deaths – nearly half of whom were newborn babies. The main causes of deaths in low-income countries are diarrhoea, pneumonia, measles, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and for deaths among the neonates asphyxia, pre-term delivery, sepsis and tetanus. The major underlying cause of death is undernutrition, including micronutrient deficiencies, among children younger than 5 years, which is a determinant in more than 50% of deaths.
V Save a Life works to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths by providing all possible supports where we can reach our hands.
Children and adolescents today are enrolled in pre-primary, primary and secondary education than ever before. Yet, for many of them, schooling does not lead to learning. A lack of trained teachers, inadequate learning materials, makeshift classes and poor sanitation facilities make learning difficult for many children. Others come to school too hungry, sick or exhausted from work or household tasks to benefit from their lessons. The consequences are grave: Thousands of children and adolescents around the world are unable to reach minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics – even though two thirds of them are in school. This learning crisis is the greatest challenge of preparing children and adolescents for life, work and active citizenship.
What’s more, roughly one in five school-aged children are not in school at all. Children and adolescents are excluded from education for many reasons. Poverty remains one of the most obstinate barriers, with children from the poorest households almost five times more likely to be out of primary school than those from the richest. Children with disabilities and from ethnic minorities are also more likely to be left behind.
For girls in some parts of the country, education opportunities can be especially limited. Harmful gender norms can have severe effects for boys, too. Location also keeps children from school. Children from rural areas are more than twice as likely to be out of primary school than their urban peers. Without skills for lifelong learning, children face greater barriers to earning potential and employment later in life. They are more likely to suffer adverse health outcomes and less likely to participate in the decisions that affect them – threatening their ability to build a better future for themselves and their communities.
All children have the right to go to school and learn, regardless of who they are, where they live or how much money their family has. Quality learning requires a safe, friendly environment, qualified and motivated teachers, and instruction in languages students can understand. It also requires that learning outcomes be monitored and feed back into instruction.
V Save a Life works to build a culture in which every child learns. This includes making targeted efforts for children who are excluded on the basis of gender, disability, poverty, ethnicity and language, as well as those who are displaced or affected by emergencies.
Emergency response has always been at the heart of V Save a Life’s mission.
V Save a Life is committed to reducing children’s vulnerability to emergencies, ensuring their right to survival and development after an emergency and providing the support they and their families need to quickly recover and re-establish their lives, dignity and livelihoods.
Our goal is to mount emergency responses that are timely, at appropriate scale and scope, providing high quality programming, efficiently, effectively, safely and securely for the most vulnerable children and their families. Our aim is to increase preparedness of children and their families for emergency situations in the aftermath of natural disasters through child-centred and community-based approaches. We also aim to manage disasters better, minimize the impact of natural disasters to communities in disaster prone areas and build child-centred resilient communities.
Every child deserves to reach her or his full potential, but gender inequalities in their lives and in the lives of those who care for them hinder this reality. Girls and boys see gender inequality in their homes and communities every day – in textbooks, in the media and among the men and women who provide their care and support. Unequal responsibility for work in the home socializes children into thinking that these duties are women’s only roles, thereby curtailing generational change and narrowing girls’ ambitions.
Boys and girls who witness gender-based violence in their homes are more likely to replicate violent relationships as adults, either as perpetrator or victim. Outside the home, community health workers – predominantly women – are often low-skilled and voluntary or underpaid, with limited opportunity for professional growth to care for the vulnerable children and families they serve. Yet, in early childhood gender disparities between girls and boys often start out relatively small. Girls have higher survival rates at birth, are more likely to be developmentally on track, and just as likely to participate in preschool.
But, as girls and boys age, gender barriers expand. Chores, caring for siblings, and safety issues keep girls out of school, while expectations of earning money force boys to dropout. By the time children reach age 10, boys’ worlds often expand while girls’ worlds contract, resulting in negative consequences that can last a lifetime. Menstruation remains taboo, and without information, facilities and products to manage it, the health, welfare and educational prospects for millions of adolescent girls around the world are hindered. Adolescent girls also have an increased risk of gender-based violence – including sexual harassment – in times of both peace and conflict.
V Save a Life works for quality maternal care, and the professionalization of the mostly female front- line community health workers. We recognize and empower the role of women in the design and delivery of water, sanitation and hygiene ecosystems.
V Save a Life works with partner NGOs in every sector around the globe to co-create innovative solutions that accelerate progress for children and young people.
V Save a Life has been grounded in innovation, disruption and “doing whatever it takes” for children ever since V Save a Life was founded that the children actually have individual rights. This vision, which was radical in its day and continues to propel us forward, served as an organization for many of the present-day Sustainable Development Goals, and it has been the cornerstone of our development approach ever since. Although we want to make tremendous progress for the most marginalized children that are missing out on advances in health, education and economic inclusion every day. Closing the gaps of inequality and disparity, starkly contrasted with affluence and opportunity, are the major development challenges of the next century. Our evolving world demands new solutions, and we want to doubling down and investing in innovation. This is necessary to meet the true needs of the hardest-to-reach children and communities. V Save a Life tries its best to expert on children with a footprint in India, V Save a Life has unparalleled strengths as an innovator. Our ability to not just develop and test innovative solutions but also dramatically scale what works allows us to create lasting, systemic change for children. We always wanted to ensure we are giving more children a chance at survival, education and protection – so they have the future they deserve. It is only through new innovations that we will truly be able to change the world for the most marginalized children. We invite you to join us.
There are children in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
Hunger is a problem that most often affects low-income families, because living in poverty means that people are often going without basic needs such as food, clothing, and adequate shelter.
In order for a child to have a chance at a bright future, they need to eat healthy meals every day. When they’re hungry, children are more likely to be hospitalized, and they face a higher risk of health conditions because they have weakened immune systems. A brain starved of vital nutrients is one that can’t concentrate, setting hungry kids up for failure in school.
Even if they are consuming an adequate volume of food, children may not be receiving enough of the vitamins and minerals they need to grow up healthy, and are therefore malnourished. Without enough food or proper nutrition, kids face a variety of setbacks that can derail their path out of poverty.
Every year, 3.1 million children (8,500 children per day) die due to poor nutrition. Today, there are 815 million people in the world who do not have enough to eat. Approximately 28% of all children in developing countries are considered to be underweight, or have had their growth stunted as a result of malnutrition. Worldwide, malnutrition contributes to almost half of the deaths of kids under the age of 5, claiming the lives of over 3 million children per year.
This is why V Save a Life has come forward with Foodbank Project.
Sometimes it's easy to walk by because we know we can't change someone's whole life in a single afternoon. But what we fail to realize it that simple kindness can go a long way toward encouraging someone who is stuck in a desolate place.
V Save a Life forms "The Homeless Home Project" to protect the children and their families from the Insecurity of homelessness. Homelessness persists on a vast scale in both rich and poor countries because of economic and political disregard for the human rights of the poor. A homeless person is the one who cannot afford a housing or are unable to maintain a regular and safe shelter.
According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), more than 90 percent of homeless women and children are the victims of domestic violence which results in their escaping from their homes
This is why V Save a Life has come forward with The Homeless Home Project.