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Butterflies is a registered voluntary organisation working with the most vulnerable groups of children, especially street and working children since 1989 in Delhi. With a rights based, participatory, non-institutional approach the organisation endeavours to educate and impart life skills to vulnerable children so that they become self-reliant and exit out of the cycle of generational illiteracy and poverty. Butterflies is also working with children in Uttrakhand since 2010 and in the Tsunami affected areas of Andaman and Nicobar Islands since 2005. Butterflies has earned recognition worldwide for its innovative, realistic and relevant programmes for street and working children. Butterflies reaches out to 3,000 children every year through various interventions in all project areas and has touched the lives of more than 44,000 children since inception.
About This Cause
Butterflies is a registered voluntary organisation working with the most vulnerable groups of children, especially street and working children since 1989. With a rights based, non-institutional approach the organisation endeavours to educate and impart life skills to vulnerable children so that they become self reliant. Over the years Butterflies has initiated a number of innovative interventions in the field and partnered with various government and non-government agencies to garner support for children.
The main programmes are Education, Children’s Development Khazana (life skills programme teaching financial management), Child Health Cooperative (CHC), Children’ Media (radio, video, newspaper and theatre), Resilience Centre & Childline (1098, 24 hour helpline for children in crisis), and vocational training (includes Butterflies School of Culinary & Catering and computer education).
Butterflies also has a research, advocacy and training wing that works to support mobilization of civil society and influences policies at all levels. It is an active participant in national and international networks for advocating and promoting policies, programmes and actions to protect rights of children.
Butterflies is also working with children in Uttrakhand since 2010 and in the Tsunami affected areas of Andaman and Nicobar Islands since 2005.
Butterflies has earned recognition worldwide for some of its innovative, realistic and relevant programmes for street and working children. Empowering these children with knowledge and skills to exit out of the cycle of illiteracy and poverty is what we strive for. Butterflies reaches out to 3000 children every year through various interventions in all project areas and has touched the lives of more than 44000 children since inception.
Children’s participation is the core belief of all the programs implemented by Butterflies.
A world where every child
Is loved and respected regardless of race, religion or caste
Is fed and clothed and housed within a caring family environment
Has free access to quality education and training in line with his or her abilities
Has free access to quality health care
Has free access to recreation and leisure
Has a voice and can speak out without fear
Is free from exploitation and abuse
Is free from the direct and indirect effects of armed conflict and communal violence
A world where every child is free to be a child and has hope for the future
BUTTERFLIES addresses the challenge of making the Convention on the Rights of the Child a reality, particularly of those children who are most vulnerable, neglected, abused and exploited. BUTTERFLIES is committed within its mandate, to work towards solidarity among NGOs, Government and all Civil Society organizations for addressing the concerns of all children.
• Democratic and Participatory
• Rights Based
Butterflies was born with the core value and belief that it must be a democratic organisation and children’s voices have to be listened to seriously. Children’s participation in decision making processes is central to our work ethos. At Butterflies we believe children’s rights are human rights.
Butterflies is non institutional in its approach. We believe that institutionalising children should be the last resort. We advocate for the importance of strengthening families and communities to protect and take care of children as families are the first line of defence for children.
• To listen to children and let our work be guided by their views, suggestions and feelings
• To work in partnership with the government, civil society organisations and international agencies to raise awareness of the problems which affect marginalized children everywhere
• To give vulnerable children a voice and tools to raise issues which have a bearing on their lives and to facilitate change which will enable them to become valued and productive citizens
• To make sure that such children have the opportunity to reach their full potential, whatever that may be
• To encourage today's generation of children to have the confidence, motivation and means to make the world a better place for themselves and for their own children, to influence the government policies which affect children and to ensure that child rights are an integral item on all government political agendas
Butterflies' goal is to continuously find approaches and strategies for working with children in their efforts and struggles in protecting their own rights.