SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST

Saath Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals; Saath's mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments, where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.
Sep 30, 2014

From Child Labour to a chance at school (Jul-Sept)

Class Activity - CFS
Class Activity - CFS

CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES PROGRESS REPORT
(July - September, 2014)


SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST
SAATH is a non-government organization registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Gujarat, India. In Gujarati the word SAATH means, “Together, Co-operation, a Collective or Support.” SAATH’s one-stop, integrated services reach over 4,00,000 individuals in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Since 1989, SAATH has facilitated participatory process that improves the quality of life for the urban and rural poor. SAATH caters to multiple needs of the poor by providing them with one-stop centres, through which they have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing. SAATH engages institutions, corporate and individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters for the integrated development of India.

  •  Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals.
  •  Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.

CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES

SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour informal education course with an aim to later enrol the child labourers, children of construction labourers in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME

The main and objective of this programme is to reach the child labourers and children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self-sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be continuously counselled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aims to bridge this gap.

IMPACT

Currently, there are 7 Child Friendly Space (CFS) centres; 4 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 3 on construction sites. Through our CFS centres, we have enrolled more than 3,035 child labourers and children of labourers in our CFS classes.

QUARTERLY STATUS OF CFS (July - September, 2014)

For overall development of a child during the three months, various activities were conducted at the child friendly centres and special care was taken that a nutritious diet is provided to each child coming at the centre. We have 3 CFS classes at construction sites and 4 in slums. During the 3 month period various activities and celebrations were done with children along with learning activities. This month children have celebrated Independence Day (15th August), Rakshabadhan, E-id and Janmashtami. They have also visited the gardens

A visitor from a well-known TV show called “Tarak Mehta ka Ulta Chashma” - character named as Sundarlal – Mr. Mayur Vakani - visited our two of Child Friendly Spaces centre. Intern from Luxembourg, Europe named Victoria came for internship, she was very happy in conducting different activities with children. She has also given some game training to teachers.

Saath in collaboration with aProCh foundation conduct various arts, crafts, and storytelling - games activities with the children on every 4th Sunday of the month in the park.

Saath has also conducted an exposure visit with children to centre for environment education and to different garden to teach the importance of environment and plantation of trees.

School Kits received as donations by Saath were donated to children at all the classes. In this event different activities like singing, poetry and storytelling were given by children about their experience in our classes.

Given below is the brief of activities at each individual centre:

Fatewadi
In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Centre, in Gujarati the children learned the alphabets, reading and writing simple words and their spellings. In Maths the children learned to read numbers from 1 to 100 and write numbers from 1 to 50, tables from 1 to 15 and basic addition examples. In English the children learned the alphabets, how to give their introduction. They have also learned summation of 2 digits.

The children were taught about craft and painting. They have learned new techniques of drawing. Also, they have learned importance and names of different colours. They are also taught importance of Environment Education

SW Park – Naroda
In SW Park Naroda, in Gujarati the children learned simple words, reading and writing the alphabets and small words in English. In Maths the children learned to count with the help of pictures, numbers and the sequence of numbers from 1 to 20. The children learned about colours, learned from charts, played various interactive learning games and children songs.

SW Park - Vasna
At SW Park Vasna Centre, in Gujarati while the younger kids were taught alphabets, the older kids were taught to read and write the alphabets. In Maths, kids learned basic examples of addition, multiplication and subtraction. In English also the alphabets were taught to the kids.
Apart from these children were taught basic disciplinary manners, parts of body, saying good morning, good bye etc. They were taught general knowledge.

Devnandan Supreme – Vastral
In the last month, teacher has resigned and new teacher is enrolled. During the three month period the children were taught basic alphabets of English and Gujarati, calculation examples and some simple words and sentences. Many stories were narrated with the children. Children were taken on an exposure visit and did various activities and were given school kits as gifts.

Lamba
Different activities were done with children according to their age groups. The children were taught English – Gujarati alphabets, names of fruits, animals, birds, colours and they learned about various shapes. Craft activities were also done with the children and they were taught to make various things out of paper and colouring them.

Ram – Raheem Tekro
During the 3 month period the children were taught English and Gujarati alphabets, vegetables and fruits names, numbers from 1-100, Stories, Songs, Simple words and drawing basic shapes. For sport activities, exercise sessions were done for the physical development of children. Along with this a balanced diet was given to the children for their development.
They have been taught to make toys from waste material. They have also taught about glass painting and learned different colours names.

Vejalpur
In the class the children were taught prayer songs, reading alphabets (English and Gujarati) and reading from 1 to 100 numbers. With the help of charts the children were taught names of animals, birds, fruits and vegetables. With the help of interactive games the children were taught about how to give their introduction, identify various colours and counting digits. Children were taught season names and importance of cleanliness.

CHALLENGES

  • Workers keep on migrating to different sites and different cities which creates a hindrance in tracking trained children.
  • Lack of funding stops from opening up of new classes.
  • Stationary, Toys, Teacher Expenses, Snacks are becoming costlier.
  • The attrition rates of students are increasing.
  • Children are from scattered age groups and so the activities cannot be standardized.
  • Education is a barrier to the parents of such children and thus it takes time to make them aware and understand the importance of getting their children enrolled to CFS.


STATUS OF CFS

Child Friendly Spaces- Status in September 14
Sr. No. Name of the Centre                  No. of Children
                                                           Boy    Girl     Total
1 Fatehwadi                                        13       22       35
2 Ram rahim no tekro                         21       22       43
3 Vejalpur                                           14       18       32
4 Naroda- Swaminarayan park           14       20       34
5 Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park       20       13       33
6 Vastral- Devnandan Supremus        10       12       22
7 Narol                                                  4          6       10
                          Total                           96     113     209

Child Friendly Spaces (July 14- September 14)
Sr. No. Name of the Centre              Newly Enrolled Children        Children enrolled to School
                                                    Jul.14 Aug.14 Sep.14 Total         Jul.14 Aug.14 Sep.14 Total
1 Fatehwadi                                    -         -           -            -                1          1         2          4
2 Ram rahim no tekro                     -         -          -             -                 -          -          -           -  
3 Vejalpur                                       5        2        4            11                3          -          -           3
4 Naroda- Swaminarayan park      8        8         5            21                5         2          -           7
5 Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park  5        -        15            20                2         -           -           2
6 Vastral- Devnandan Supremus   6       1         -               7                 -          -          -            -  
7 Narol                                            -        -         -               -                  -          -          -            -  
                      Total                       24     11       24            59               11         3         2         16 

Class Activity -2
Class Activity -2
Craft Activity -1
Craft Activity -1
Craft Activity -2
Craft Activity -2
Story Telling
Story Telling
Garden - Exposure Visit
Garden - Exposure Visit
Environment Education Activity
Environment Education Activity
Rakshabandhan Celebration - with TV Celebrity
Rakshabandhan Celebration - with TV Celebrity

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Attachments:
Jul 25, 2014

Youth Employability Report from Apr-Jun 2014

Paras Parmar (Beneficiary of Electrician Batch)
Paras Parmar (Beneficiary of Electrician Batch)

Employability Programme for Youth in Slums

Unemployment is one of the major problems faced by youth in India. Saath noticed that there are many youngsters in Gujarat who have dropped out of schools so that they could work and earn money. But they don’t have proper training for this. So to solve this Saath started employability programs, not only in Gujarat but also in Rajasthan. 

Objectives of the Programme:

  1. To train disadvantaged youth, aged 18-30 years, between 180 - 300 hours and ensure they are placed and try to support of them in relevant jobs with assurance of minimum wages and opportunity for career advancement
  2. To introduce minimum three innovations that would directly impact retention, skill enhancement, and program sustainability

Report Duration: April 2014 – June 2014

Work done 

  • Total Trained: 207
  • Total Undergoing: 309 (in the month of June, 2014)

Introduction about Programs:

The courses selected for the programs are also a result of market research and need assessment program from the community itself. The courses under which the students are currently undergoing training at various centers are as follows:

  • Bed Side Patient Assistant (BSPA)
  • Beauty Parlour
  • Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES)
  • Computer Hardware
  • Retail Management
  • Tally

The entire above mentioned program is for entry level jobs. Placement assistance is also provided to the trainees.

The sector has been divided into formal and non-formal trainings:

1. Under informal trainings:

  • Bosch and Shivia on informal sector job trainings – Nirman programme

2. Formal training programmes:

  • Umeed
  • Udaan
  • Yuva Mast

For informal trainings, SAATH has collaborated with Bosch India Foundation and Shivia Micro finance as they both are well known for their qualitative and effective work. They use their expertise in providing opportunity to impart training about safety standards. For formal trainings we have collaborated with Government of Gujarat and Rajasthan Mission of Livelihood.

For Informal trainings, we have recently started women batch for electrician. This was the initiative by Saath. We have trained 11 women in our Electrician Batch.

  • Total Trained – 133
  • Male Trainees : 122
  • Female Trainees: 11

Success Story: Paras Parmer (Name Changed)

Paras Parmer residing in Behrampura area of Ahmedabad comes from a family of seven. He used to work as a guard, in the night shift for a security agency. He received a pay of Rs.6000 per month, however he was not able to meet his expenses with his income. He always had a keen interest to become an electrician however he could not afford the formal training programme. Paras came to know about the Nirman programme through a friend who had visited the Nirman center in their area.

He says “There was a ray of hope for me, when I heard about the programme. I enrolled my name for the Electrical Training Batch at the Behrampura center. Initially I had my doubts about the facilities that would be provided at the center since the center charged a very meager fee, but I decided to join the programme since the timing of the session was appropriate for me since I did not have to miss out on my job. When I attended my first session all my doubts about the working of the programme were cleared. The trainers gave me formal training in plate earthing, wiring, importance of personal safety and the importance of savings. The theory sessions were accompanied with its practical applications”.

On the completion of the course Paras received a certificate and a tool kit from the center. Due to the certificate Paras was able to get a job at the torrent plant. He now earns Rs. 10000 a month and his standard of living has improved. He remarks “SAATH’s training programme helped me a lot. This has been only possible because of the skills that I have received through this course. I am thankful to Saath for the same”.

Training and Placement

Profiling of the students was undertaken by the placement cell at each centre. Students were provided counseling during the batch for guidance and placement support to the students. Below mentioned table shows the status for 3 months.

April'14 to June' 14 status

Month                           Enrolled                         Trained

                     Male    Female    Total       Male   Female    Total

April'14        22          96          118            -               -           -    

May'14         50          45          195            -            20         20

June'14        32        169          201          35        152        187

Total           104        410          514          35        172       207

 

Youth Employability Program Status (April'14 to June' 14)

Month                           Enrolled                          Trained

                       Male       Female   Total    Male    Female    Total

General         104         409           513        34     172         206

Disabled        -               1               1          1          -            1

Total               104        410           514        35      172        207

 

Undergoing in the month of June'14

                   Male      Female     Total

Umeed        60         249           309

Total            60         249          309

 

Batches completed (no. of batches carried out)

              Apr.14     May.14     Jun.14      Total

Umeed        -                1              7          8

Total           -                  1             7         8

Innovations of the program:

  • A road show team has been trained and oriented that mobilizes students for all centers to impart skills, trainings and employment to vulnerable youth. The road show team works closely with faculty to mobilize students for each centre. Mobilization is also done by converting walk-ins into enrolments at the centers. They use different techniques for providing information like door to door, umbrella, canopy and mike show and tent program.
  •  Staff Trainings and meetings were held with the core team and faculty to discuss issues of quality and target.
  •  Under the Youth Employability program SAATH have taken up different type of trainings in which women and differently abled person were also included. Different types of trainings are:

 

    • Classroom training
    • Practical training
    • Safety training
    • Finance training
    • Life skill trainings
    •  
  • We have also started counselling for our youth employability programme. We have recently hired the counsellors to guide about different skill development courses and also start their left over studies to have a better future.
Practical Training
Practical Training

Attachments:
Jul 2, 2014

From Child Labour to a chance at school (Apr-Jun)

Clay Modelling
Clay Modelling

Child Friendly Spaces PROGRESS REPORT
(April – June, 2014)

SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST
SAATH is a non-government organization registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Gujarat, India. In Gujarati the word SAATH means, “Together, Co-operation, a Collective or Support.” SAATH’s one-stop, integrated services reach over 4,00,000 individuals in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Since 1989, SAATH has facilitated participatory process that improves the quality of life for the urban and rural poor. SAATH caters to multiple needs of the poor by providing them with one-stop centres, through which they have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing. SAATH engages institutions, corporate and individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters for the integrated development of India.

  • Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals.
  • Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.

CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES
SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour informal education course with an aim to later enrol the child labourers, children of construction labourers in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.


OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME
The main and objective of this programme is to reach the child labourers and children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self-sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be continuously counselled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aims to bridge this gap.


IMPACT
Currently, there are 7 Child Friendly Space (CFS) centres; 4 in the slums of Ahmedabad and 3 on construction sites. Through our CFS centres, we have enrolled more than 2,000 child labourers and children of labourers in our CFS classes.


QUARTERLY STATUS OF CFS (April – June, 2014)
For overall development of a child during the three months, various activities were conducted at the child friendly centres and special care was taken that a nutritious diet is provided to each child coming at the centre. We have 3 CFS classes at construction sites and 4 in slums. During the 3 month period various activities were done with children along with learning activities. The volunteers from Praxis Organization visited our one of Child Friendly Spaces centre. School Kits received as donations by Saath were donated to children at all the classes. All the children from Child Friendly Classes celebrated the “NO CHILD LABOUR DAY”. The event was called “Meghdhanush” and celebrated on 12/6/2014. In this event different activities like dancing, singing, poetry and speeches were given by children about their experience in our classes. Children were happy to perform on stage. They have experienced a good and happy day of their life.


Given below is the brief of activities at each individual centre:
Fatewadi
In the Fatehwadi (Juhapura) Centre, in Gujarati the children learned the alphabets, reading and writing simple words and their spellings. In Maths the children learned to read numbers from 1 to 100 and write numbers from 1 to 50, tables from 1 to 15 and basic addition examples. In English the children learned the alphabets, how to give their introduction, shapes and sizes, fruit and vegetables name and colours. They have also learned summation of 2 digits.

The children were taught about the importance of mathematics. In games the children played the indoor games. The children were taught about clay modelling and glass painting. They have learned new drawing and painting techniques. Also, they have learned importance and names of different colours.


SW Park – Naroda
In SW Park Naroda, in Gujarati the children learned simple words, reading and writing the alphabets and small words in English. In Maths the children learned to count with the help of pictures, numbers and the sequence of numbers from 1 to 20. The children learned about colours, learned from charts, played various interactive learning games and children songs. One parent – teachers meeting was held to talk about their progress and make parents aware about their children. Teachers have taken tests in classroom and also shown result to their respective parents. Children performed well in their exams. Apart from these the children also learned about various animals and birds and their voices.


SW Park - Vasna
At SW Park Vasna Centre, in Gujarati while the younger kids were taught alphabets, the older kids were taught to read and write the alphabets. In Maths, kids learned basic examples of addition, multiplication and subtraction. In English also the alphabets were taught to the kids. Apart from these children were taught basic disciplinary manners, parts of body, saying good morning, good bye etc. They were taught general knowledge.
 
Devnandan Supreme – Vastral
In the last month, teacher has resigned and new teacher is enrolled. During the three month period the children were taught basic alphabets of English and Gujarati, calculation examples and some simple words and sentences. Many stories were narrated with the children. Children were taken on an exposure visit and did various activities and were given school kits as gifts.


Lamba
Different activities were done with children according to their age groups. The children were taught English – Gujarati alphabets, names of fruits, animals, birds, colours and they learned about various shapes. Craft activities were also done with the children and they were taught to make various things out of paper and colouring them. Puzzle games were played with children.


Ram – Raheem Tekro
During the 3 month period the children were taught English and Gujarati alphabets, vegetables and fruits names, numbers from 1-100, Stories, Songs, Simple words and drawing basic shapes. For sport activities, exercise sessions were done for the physical development of children. Along with this a balanced diet was given to the children for their development. They have been taught to make toys from waste material. They have also taught about glass painting and learned different colours names.


Vejalpur
 In the class the children were taught prayer songs, reading alphabets (English and Gujarati) and reading from 1 to 100 numbers. With the help of charts the children were taught names of animals, birds, fruits and vegetables. With the help of interactive games the children were taught about how to give their introduction, identify various colours and counting digits. Children were taught season names and importance of cleanliness. Interns form Pandit Din Dayal University, came for their internship and shared the centre and did painting activities with children. Make them prepared for dance and painting competition on the event day.


CHALLENGES

  • Workers keep on migrating to different sites and different cities which creates a hindrance in tracking trained children.
  • Lack of funding stops from opening up of new classes.
  • Stationary, Toys, Teacher Expenses, Snacks are becoming costlier.
  • The attrition rates of students are increasing.
  • Children are from scattered age groups and so the activities cannot be standardized.
  • Education is a barrier to the parents of such children and thus it takes time to make them aware and understand the importance of getting their children enrolled to CFS.

 
STATUS OF CFS

Child Friendly Spaces- Status in June 14
Sr. No.    Name of the Centre              No. of Children
                                                         Boy    Girl    Total
1    Fatehwadi                                14          22          36
2    Ram rahim no tekro                  18          23          41
3    Vejalpur                                    21          21          42
4    Naroda- Swaminarayan park     32          26          58
5    Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park 20          20          40
6    Vastral- Devnandan Supremus    8          12          20
7    Lambha                                      8          10          18
                                        Total       121        134        255

Child Friendly Spaces (April 14- June 14)
Sr. No.    Name of the Centre                      Newly Enrolled Children                Children enrolled to School
                                                               Apr.14    May.14    Jun.14    Total    Apr.14    May.14    Jun.14    Total
1    Fatehwadi                                           8             1          6               15          -           8             7            15
2    Ram rahim no tekro                              -             3          7               10         -            -            3               3
3    Vejalpur                                             13            6          5               24         -           4             6             10
4    Naroda- Swaminarayan park                9          13        15               37         -            -            11               11
5    Shahwadi- Swaminarayan park           5           13       10               28          -           -               6               6
6    Vastral- Devnandan Supremus             10        11          -                 21         -          -             -                -   
7    Lambha                                               -           -             -               -              -           -              -                  -   
                                                   Total      45         47        43             135          -          12           33               45

Clay Modelling 2
Clay Modelling 2
Glass Painting
Glass Painting
Intern Visit - Glass Painting
Intern Visit - Glass Painting
Glass Painting 2
Glass Painting 2
Meghdhanush Event - No Child Labour Day
Meghdhanush Event - No Child Labour Day
Meghdhanush Event - No Child Labour Day1
Meghdhanush Event - No Child Labour Day1
Meghdhanush Event - No Child Labour Day3
Meghdhanush Event - No Child Labour Day3

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