Community-based Child Protection Committees [CPC] mandated under ICPS are either not formed or non-functional in the district of Dantewada in the state of Chhattisgarh, despite a government notification to that effect in 2017. Low capacity of the CPC members to identify or address child protection issues have led to violations such as child labour, child marriage and violence. Lack of local resource to empower the community in addressing child protection issues adds to the vulnerabilities. Additionally, over-dependence on child care institutions as a solution undermines community ownership of the problem leading to long-term institutionalisation and goes against the principles of ICPS.
Being a child protection NGO, Tomorrow's Foundation started the Puna-Aar project as a response to the situation of children in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh in the aftermath of the insurgence movement. The project expanded to three more districts, namely Sukma, Narayanpur and Bijapur. The project has focused on strengthening Block and Panchayat Child Protection Committees (CPCs) through Master Trainers, capacity building of staff, institutionalization of standards of care, activating deinstitutionalization process and enhancing database management system through engagement with CPCs and communities. The primary objectives of the CPCs include tracking various issues related to children in villages such as school dropouts, child marriage, child trafficking, child abuse and vaccination of children, among others.
- Meeting with Joint Director DWCD, the child protection specialist UNICEF and Director Child Protection of Tomorrow's Foundation.
- Vaccination programmes in remote areas.
- Orientation cum training at Dantewada and Sukma districts of Chhattisgarh