Childline India Foundation is a non-government organisation (NGO) in India that operates a telephone helpline called Childline, for children in distress. It was India's first 24-hour, toll free, phone outreach service for children . Based in Mumbai, it helps the homeless children. It also helps the children who are poor and who cannot go to school. It give those children education. They collect money from people and they use the money to help these children. Child line number is - 1098. The childline received average two million calls in a year, most from children wanting to rescued from their place of work. India as per 2011 census of India has over 4.35 million working children between of age of five to 14 years.
Childline was first established as an experimental project in June 1996, by Jeroo Billimoria, a professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai at the department of Family and Child Welfare. Subsequently, Government of India, established the Childline across India in 1998-99, under Ministry of Women and Child Development, as an umbrella organization to support and monitor services across India, while also serving as link between the ministry and various NGOs working the field. The Secretary of the Ministry functions as the chairperson of the Governing Board of the Foundation.
In April 2013, a Childline Advisory Board in the West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya state, as a part of joint programme by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Child Line India. In May 2013, Ahmedabad Childline, rescued 16 children aged between 14 and 17 years working various parts of the city.
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