PROTECTION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL REHABILITATION FOR STREET CHILDREN
THROUGH NEW TECHNOLOGIES (ChildPPa)
The project will be implemented in eighty-one facilities, in India.
Street Children are more than ONE HUNDRED MILLION OF MINORS, from 5 to 17 years old. Ten million of these children live in India, and every year, around 80.000 are missing. Several thousands of them are chased from home or abandoned. They live on their own, under no family or social protection. They often endure extreme living conditions, like dwelling around railway stations in the big cities. Due to their vulnerable situation, those children are exposed to be used by children smuggling mafias. In all these cases, the biggest issue which arises when trying to avoid children being caught is that the lack of any kind of documentation to prove their identity, which makes it more difficult for these children to have access to healthcare or educational assistance networks.
The above eighty-one facilities in India develop the following activities:
Physical: Vaccinations, nutrition programs, treatment of serious diseases which are usual within this group of children (HIV, hepatitis, addictions).
Mental and emotional: Psychological support and treatment for depression and serious trauma in order to stabilize children, persuading them to go to our centres, so they can regain confidence, both in themselves and in the adults who help them.
Protection of children against the risks they face, such as violence, abuse, labour and sexual exploitation, organs and drugs trafficking, addictions, severe illnesses and malnutrition. We also aim to protect children against a fate of homelessness, illiteracy, crime and disease.
In 2013, our local partner created a software to enable the 81 facilities that work with these unaccompanied minors to share information in order to improve the psychosocial work described above. Due to the fact that the children are continuously running away from dangers and mafias, and moving from railway stations from one city to another, it is usual than some of them spend some time in more than one of our facilities during their childhood. However, despite the good results, the software is not enough, given that the lack of an accurate identification system for the children entails a high range of duplicity, and therefore unreliable data, which makes impossible to track the children once they have moved to a different city.
Once this issue was acknowledged, in 2016 itwillbe.org created and developed Child PPa (Protection People app), an application based on biometric recognition, to provide solutions to the software previously created by our partner. By introducing Child PPa in our project, the 81 facilities are able to collect reliable data. Besides, by being able to identify themselves through the application, our social workers can get information from the children directly in the street, which is crucial when working with these group of minors.
Application of new technologies to resolve significant social issues, which will create a frame of reference and action based on the systematization and utilization of reliable data by social workers.
Each social worker will operate from a mobile or fixed device equipped with the ChildPPa app, which will enable them to capture three biometric recognition patterns of the person (fingerprint, palm print and face recognition) and collect their key information (sex, name, nationality, age, particular issue/s). The information will be transferred online to every NGO using the app, in order to improve collaboration and social care. It is important to underline that the application is highly reliable and safe.
software investment 223.439 €
ONE SECTOR, ONE TOOL
Technology developed by itwillbe.org may be also helpful for other organizations and projects in which biometrical identification makes data collecting and managing more efficient (projects involving undocumented people such as refugees, migrants, victims of human trafficking, unregistered population, etc.). ChildPPA is the first application which uses our technology, but it is also available for interested NGOs.