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A study published in the Lancet highlighted the increase in orphanhood and caregiver deaths due to the pandemic leaving many children vulnerable and at risk. India is estimated to have nearly 35 million children in need of care and protection (CNCP) most of whom are left institutionalized. Their adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are often further compounded by the effects of poverty.
The law mandates that children leave children homes at 18, ideally to enter aftercare homes, but these are extremely rare, and turning 18 essentially means an abrupt exit and entry to the real world regardless of whether the child is in the middle of education or training, and regardless of whether they have support systems, housing, training or qualifications to take them forward.
These youth grow with no progression options and get stuck in the ongoing cycles of poverty. India currently does not have a scalable family-based care model required to transition at-risk children to stable adult outcomes.
It is clear that there is a pressing need to help children in need of care and protection (CNCP) in India, and Make A Difference (MAD) has the solution for this.
MAD delivers an 18 year-long intervention that has the proven capability to enable children in need of care and protection (CNCP) to break out of poverty in a single generation. The intervention happens from the age of 10 till 28 and is known as the Age Transitional Program. To deliver Age Transitional Program at scale, MAD developed the “Self Organising Community” model that strengthens the local community of volunteers to deliver a high-touch, long-term intervention.
The Age Transitional Model equips CNCP from high adversity backgrounds, living with the knowledge and skills at the right time, in their development needed to ensure meaningful progression and advancement at every key trajectory point in their life. The program delivers on multiple fronts: