VITAL for Children

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VITAL for Children is a charitable organisation (a registered charity) which works to eliminate child poverty.

It has registered offices in England (charity number 1121532) and the United States. The charity is 501(c)3 registered in the U.S. The main administrative function is carried out at the office on Grosvenor Road in London, England.

VITAL aims to restore the basic human rights to all children suffering from the oppression & injustice of poverty by supporting projects which ensure the many disadvantaged and vulnerable children. That they receive access to quality education, healthcare facilities, nutrition and clean water, protection and emergency shelter.

"In the very heart of Kolkata. From the red light district to the slums and the slave trade, VITAL is tremendously changing the quality of life among untold numbers of children."[this quote needs a citation]

Projects[edit]

Red Light Project[edit]

This project aims to protect hundreds of vulnerable children living in dangerous red-light areas where there is a high concentration of hazardous sex work and drug trafficking.

Child Protection and Education[edit]

VITAL is partnered with the Child In Need Institute (CINI) for this project which aims to protect 300 children living in and around the red light area of Rambagan in Kolkata from exploitation and abuse.

The charity provides the many disadvantaged and vulnerable children of the area with access to quality education, protection and basic health services, counselling and recreational activities as well as opportunities to develop leadership and other skills that will provide them with employment prospects.

Child Watch Program[edit]

The Child Watch Program was created to help the many needy and vulnerable street and slum children at high risk, who are lost, abandoned, orphaned, exploited, abused, and suffering from malnutrition or illness.

VITAL in partnership with the Hope Kolkata Foundation, helps identify those children at high risk and protects them by providing day and night surveillance of troublesome areas, 24hr emergency shelter, medical care, nutritious meals and clean drinking water, repatriation of children with their families or placing children in a Hope Home, counselling, education, and recreational facilities.

Anirban Rural Welfare Project[edit]

VITAL has partnered with the Anirban Rural Welfare Society to fund a new project in a community of West Bengal, India. The project comprises a newly implemented school that provides necessary elementary education to 500 underprivileged children living in rural subsistence farming areas.

Fundraising[edit]

The charity enters participants into the Locarno Triathlon, Switzerland each year in September. Participants have consistently raised in excess of £5,000 per year.

VITAL hosted a highly successful Black-tie dinner at the House of Lords on 17 December 2009. Nick Martineau, Christie's auctioneer, auctioned items including High Tea at the House of Lords, tennis lessons with India's number 1 tennis player[who?], tickets to The Championships, Wimbledon, glass making classes and a hat donated by a world-famous milliner[who?].

The Bombay Bicycle Club Restaurants located in Holland Park, Hampstead & Balham, London donated £1 on all main dishes ordered to VITAL on September 21, 2009, a day declared by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day of Peace.

Donation guarantee[edit]

VITAL is unique[citation needed] in that it guarantees that 100% of donations go directly to the children which the charity helps. All administrative fees are covered by the Neuman Foundation.[clarification needed]

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