A child worker of North Chennai is packing his bags to go to America for specialising in media studies. Mohammed Sherief, now 21, had migrated across all sorts of odd jobs, from carpentry to distributing marketing handbills, since he was eight, earning sometimes as low as `15 a day. Most part of his childhood went in search of one square meal a day for his family.
1098… A phone number that spells hope for millions of children across India, CHILDLINE is India’s first 24-hour, free, emergency phone service for children in need of aid and assistance. Any concerned adult or a child in need of help can dial 1098, the toll free number to access our services. CHILDLINE responds to the emergency needs of children but also link them to services for their long-term care and rehabilitation.
CHILDLINE is a partnership platform bringing together the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, the UNICEF, the Department of Telecommunications, street and community youth, non-profit organisations, academic institutions, the corporate sector and concerned individuals.