Safe Kids Foundation was set up in India in October of 2006 with the aim of preventing unintentional childhood injury. This is an addition to the Safe Kids Worldwide family of coalition partners. The organization works in close collaboration with Safe Kids Worldwide for the benefit of children in India. The target group and primary focus of our work is children below 14 years of age. On a worldwide level, accidents kill 1.3 million children annually. In India, this number is around 60, 000. Many more are disabled.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs 15, 935 children ages 14 and younger were reported as killed by unintentional injuries in India in 2010 (source: Accidental Deaths in India by National Crime Records Bureau) An injury or accident may permanently disable a child which is catastrophic for a family and has enormous emotional, social, and economic consequences for the family.
Research however shows that most accidents occur due to human error. With the right mix of education, environmental changes and people working together for the benefit of children, we could prevent many of the unintentional injuries and deaths that affect millions of families across globe.
Safe Kids Foundation started its work in the sphere of road safety by launching its first program ‘Walk This Way’ in October, 2007. This program educates both the school and non-school going children about ‘Pedestrian Safety’ thus creating and strengthening their awareness of the hazards on the road. It also conducts interactive sessions for parents, teachers and volunteers.
FedEx Express supports the Walk This Way program.
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