CHILDLINE India Foundation » Regional Offices » Chennai
The South RRC was started in September 2005 with a three member CIF team. The South networks with the four states are Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Today we have a 5 member team managing the cities and one accounts staff. This team works in close co-ordination with 25 cities / disctricts and around 55 CHILDLINE partners
TAMIL NADU Chennai,Trichy,Salem,Coimbatore,Tirunelveli,Madurai.
Kanchipuram, Cuddalore, Kanyakumari and Nagapattinam - CHILDLINE's as a result of the Tsunami.
ANDHRA PRADESH Hyderabad, Vijaywada, Vishakapatinam, Eluru, Kakinada.
KARNATAKA Bangalore , Mangalore.
Kerala Trivandrum, Thrissur, Kochi , Calicut , Wayanad, Malapuram, Kasargod, Kannur, Palghat.
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR Port Blair, Hut Bay , Campbell Bay & Nicobar Islands - again CHILDLINE's as a result of the Tsunami.
Compounded with issues of marginalized children two of the tsunami CHILDLINEs - Mahabalipuram and Kanyakumari - are also great Tourist centers - and therefore hold the threat of CSA. Thus, Child Labour is one of the major issues that CHILDLINE works on in this region.
Kerala CHILDLINE's has formed a network of CHILDLINE's across their state known as the Kerala CHILDLINE Forum. THE KCF is very enthusiastic about the formation of more CHILDLINE's in every district of Kerala. The Forum has the distinction of very close networking and co-ordination with the State Government and been involved in advocacy issues related to child protection in the state.
Similarly cities in Tamil Nadu have been in contact with the SRRC for establishing CHILDLINE's in cities like Vellore and Sivakasi which are prominent for child labour in the match and cracker industry and export of children to other cities due to the high level of poverty - they are predominantly dry areas with no rains.
CIF has proposed a consultation with the state of Tamil Nadu on JJ implementation, which has been very well received by the Secretary of the Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Program and will shortly see the light of day in early 2007.As we send in this information, we are presently in the process of a twinning program for Shrilanka at Bangalore .