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#IncredibleCollabs | Orchestrating change through capacity building: RCI x Arpan

By Anupama K., for #COVIDActionCollab

August 1, 2022

With a mission to enable sustainable changes in the lives of children living on the streets, Railway Children India (RCI) has been working with abandoned children who live on the streets since its inception in 2013. A partner organization of #COVIDActionCollab (CAC), RCI works at ten railway stations across the country, providing adequate care and support to the abandoned children. 

Those children who are abandoned on the streets and railway stations are subjected to abuse, violence and exploitation. RCI’s outreach teams, with the support of Railway police and Railway Protection Force, work round the clock to identify such children. They further work with these children in reuniting them with their families or shifting them to a childcare facility to provide them with better living conditions. 

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One of RCI’s key focus areas is Child sexual abuse. In order to improve the capacity and capability of RCI’s staff who work towards converting RCI’s vision into reality, COVIDActionCollab (CAC) brought RCI and Arpan, a Mumbai-based NGO, together for a training session on child sexual abuse in April 2022. 

With the support of over 120 professionals, Arpan works towards addressing child sexual abuse in India and for the upliftment of children and adults through capacity building programs, advocacy etc. 

In their interactive training session with RCI, Arpan covered several aspects of child protection, including child sexual abuse and online safety of children. To conduct the session, Arpan adopted a very simple and effective methodology that garnered high praise from the participants and was well received by them.  To sensitize the participants further on the topics, they were also provided with elaborate communication materials following the session. 

Over the course of two years, #COVIDActionCollab (CAC) has successfully forged impactful partnerships among organizations that work towards achieving the same goals, ie; making the vulnerable communities resilient and stronger. By orchestrating these connections, facilitating intensive capacity building sessions through partner organizations and disseminating necessary communication materials, CAC has ensured that support reaches the last mile. 

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