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Youngsters working on children’s issues like health, gender, disability share experiences

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BHOPAL/HARDA: Young people who are making a change for children under a project called ‘Changeloomers’ shared their experiences at an event held at Harda recently.

They shared their work with Chief of Communications of UNICEF India, Alexandra Westerbeek and Michael Juma, Chief UNICEF, Madhya Pradesh. The ‘Changeloomers’ project is being implemented by NGO Synergy with support of UNICEF, Madhya Pradesh.

The young ‘Changeloomers’ are oriented and trained to work on project of their choice for children of their community. They have taken up projects in the area of sanitation, education, health, disability and gender discrimination.

They use various forms like music, dance and drama to reach out to communities and even people who make decisions for children, with a view to resolve the issues related to them. 

Alexandra Westerbeek Chief of Communication UNICEF India said it is important to work for children, by them and with them to enable adolescent and young people as well as children to transform their lives and community. The young people and children who they have reached out were part of the event. 

Michael Juma, Chief UNICEF, Madhya Pradesh said he was delighted to meet committed young people who are making a difference to lives of children.

Geetanjali Master, Communication Specialist UNICEF India and Anil Gulati Communication Specialist, UNICEF, Madhya Pradesh were part of the event.

The UNICEF team also they visited Nazarpura village of Harda districts where they met with 'Bal Commando's' (children working for sanitation), women and panchayat members who have helped to make that village open defecation free.

They also met youth and adolescent who are trying to understand sustainable development goals, observing them in reality at ground and would be disseminating information on the ground reality. This project is being implemented by NGO Bharat Calling in Itarsi area of Hoshangabad.