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Jun 25, 2014

Success Stories from our Born Learning campaign

Saniya - from our Born Learning Centre
Saniya - from our Born Learning Centre

Dear Friends,

We are so proud and happy to present some brilliant success stories from our Born Learning campaign. The impact created, and the feeling that we have been able to make a difference in the lives of these underprivileged children is so satisfying.

Scroll down to read a few success stories and share in our joy & pride;

 

 

 

I. SANIYA is the daughter of clay idol-makers. When the child was admitted to the Born Learning Centre, she was quiet & inactive without much movement. She always sat in a corner.

The Born Learning teacher investigated and found her to be severely malnourished. Her nutrition needs were immediately addressed at the centre and resulted in great improvement. Her parents were summoned and counseled about her nutrition needs at home. She contacted the child’s parents and counselled them.

Today, Saniya is a happy & active child who loves taking part in outdoor games/activities. Her parents are grateful to United Way of Bengaluru, who is reaching out to kids like Saniya under their ‘Born Learning’ campaign.

 

II. IMRAN (3yrs) and SUHEB (5yrs) are enrolled at our Born Learning Centre located at Kogilu Bande. Their father is a daily wage earner and mother stays at home. They recently migrated from Mysore and since then had not been enrolled into any school. Most of the household was spent on medical treatments for the children who fell ill often.

When the Born Learning Centre staff visited the family 5 months ago, they noticed that although the kids looked tall and not skinny, they however, weighed only 9 & 10 kgs. The kids were immediately enrolled into a BLC and special attention was paid to their nutrition as they lacked vitamins and minerals. The parents were also guided on altering the diet at home.

Now, both children are healthy and have gained weight appropriate to their ages. They also do not fall sick as often as before.

 

III. KAVITHA is 4+years old and studies at our Kogilu BLC. Both her parents work as quarry workers who were migrants from Raichur district in Karnataka. Unable to leave her alone at home, they were forced to take her to work at the quarries with them.

Our Born Learning staff found the child at the quarries playing in the sand and imitating her parents with a chisel in her hand. The child was highly malnourished, underweight and suffered from iron deficiency. The parents were informed of the Born Learning Centre where the child would be helped with her early learning skills and get balanced meals full of nutrition. They admitted her immediately.

At present, Kavitha has joined our BLC and gets additional nutrition and medical supplements. She has progressed from 3rd grade malnutrition to 1st grade, with a significant increase in weight and looks healthier now.

 

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Imran & Suheb - from our BLCs
Imran & Suheb - from our BLCs
Kavitha - from our BLC
Kavitha - from our BLC
Mar 6, 2014

Education with Nutrition for underprivileged kids

Project Report: Born Learning Campaign to impact 50,000 children.

 

Goal:                                                              

To provide holistic development to children from vulnerable communities. This includes helping them develop their early learning skills and also compliment the program with the right nutrition as it is critical for their normal growth.

Target Population:

100 children aged between 0-6yrs from 4 quarry villages in Hennur area of Bangalore .

Project locations;

-  Kogilu Bande

-  Hosur Bande

-  Agrahara

-  Hegdenagar

Key Activities carried out:

  1. Children’s Day Celebrations: On November 14th, all the Born Learning Centres jointly arranged a Children’s Day programme with sports, fashion competitions for children etc. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the winners were given prizes and special nutrition for them as well.
  2. Preparation of Web Materials; On November 30th, 4 teachers and 14 parents Teachers association members jointly prepared different education play materials out of waste materials at Hosur Bande. Over 35 creative education play materials were prepared as per web plans for the coming months to be used in Born Learning Centers.
  3. Christmas day programme: A Christmas get-together was arranged on 19th December for all the BLC teachers, committee members, PTA parents, and children. Various cultural programmes, dances, skits, competitions etc. were put up for all the participants, who shared their experiences of working among poor quarry children. It ended with Christmas gift for all participants and a good meal.
  4. General Health Check up: On 7th January 2014, a quarterly general health check-up was organised for all the children. Children underwent weight, height, nutrition check and other seasonal ailments checkup. Teachers have recorded them in the quarterly health monitoring growth report books. Similarly, teachers submitted health report to parents and the office.
  5. Participation in Child Rights Contest: On 4th January, 8 teachers and assistants participated in the Child Rights Contest organized at Hosur Bande by CRT to assess the level of understanding and practice of child rights violations among vulnerable children in quarries. One of our teachers won the contest and was awarded by CRT.
  6. Teachers’ Training: Our BLCs teachers participated in capacity building training programme organized at Manyatha Embassy on 11th December. It was a great opportunity for the teachers to learn with corporate and colleagues to work for children and different issues concerning children.
  7. Multigrain powder preparation: On 28th January, parents and committee members jointly prepared multigrain powders to be served in BLCs at Agrahara. It was part of their time contribution towards BLCs and children. Around 34 parents had come together to prepare multigrain as per professional advice. The powder will be served throughout the week in all the Born Learning Centers.
  8. There has been a gradual increase of parents’ participation in the BLC programmes like trainings, PTA meetings, children’s follow-up, medical camp, time contribution towards preparation of education play materials, and preparation of nutrition food etc. from 60% to 100% participation in these programmes in all these BLCs.

Changes seen or to be seen through Born Learning Intervention.

With the capacity building of staff on scoring BLC children’s growth, we have arrived at definite parameters to assess the level of growth of children clearly. As a result, teachers are engaging in individual child assessment and recording & monitoring their health. At the villages where our Born Learning Centres are located, families have adopted many changes in terms of food habits, and especially increased their participation in the acitivities at the BLCs. They are also looking after the nutritious plants provided by us through our corporate partners(sponsors of the plants).    

Similarly, with the increased impact of BLCs, there is also an increase in enrollments to BLCs and only 5% dropouts.

As a result of the overall achievements, there have been many corporates & individuals visiting the BLCs.

Overall Assessment & Conclusion

The programme has impacted a huge change. Undoubtedly, we need to extend the BLC programme to other areas which are genuine and need-based. It is most important for us now to sustain the Born Learning campaign & extend it to other areas too.

CASE STORIES

Case Study #1- Master Sanjay

Child’s information

  • Name:                         Sanjay
  • Age:                            2.2 years
  • Admission date:        3-6-2013
  • Weight:                       10.9
  • Height:                       86cm
  • Father’s Name:          Saravana, age-38 years
  • Mother’s Name:        Geetha, age-34 years

Before Intervention

Sanjay’s father is a daily wage earner and works as a mason. The mother, Geetha is housewife. They have 3 children including Sanjay. 2 of the children were mainstreamed into a regular Govt. school into 1st & 2nd grade. Sanjay was two & a half years old, but not enrolled into the BLC. The father is an alchoholic & therefore does not go to work regularly. This means that the family is in dire need & in a bad state as far as food & shelter goes.

Our intervention

During a house visit by our BLC teacher, we found that parents were very negligent towards the children & they were severly malnourished. Sanjay was dressed very shabbily and had a solid vitamin deficiency. His weight was 10.9kgs and height was 86cms.

At this juncture, we counseled the parents on the importance of providing early childhood education and proper nutrition to ensure a healthy future for their children. They were convinced to enroll Sanjay to our BLC at Agrahara.

After the invention

Sanjay was very dull looking, shabbily dressed, and a neglected child when he was enrolled on June 3rd, 2013. The teacher and helper at the Agrahara BLC gave special attention to Sanjay. He underwent regular health check-ups and the doctor gave him a prescription for health and nutrition. Soon Sanjay showed great interest in the activities at the BLC, he ate more & well, but spoke less. We counseled the parents to send Sanjay neat & tidy. In 7 month’s time, Sanjay has improved his weight i.e., 11.7kg and his height now is 89cms. Parents also send him very neatly dressed and with a water bottle. They are happy of the child’s improvement by attending the BLC.

 

Case Study #2- Master Richard

Child’s information

Name:                         Richard

Age:                            2.10 months

Date of Enrollment:  27-12-2013

Weight:                       7 kg

Height:                       80cms

Father’s Name:          Babu, age-28 years

Mother’s Name:        Anitha, age-23 years

 

Before Intervention

Richard's father is an auto driver and mother a housewife. The parents are poor and have 2 children. The elder son is Richard who was then not enrolled to a BLC. Generally, he was weak, wouldn't speak much, not interested in any physical activities due to malnourishment. The parents were also quite negligent about their children & their health.

Our intervention

During our house visit, we convinced them to enroll Richard into a BLC and counseled the parents to provide proper nutrition at home as well. At first, they did not pay much heed to our advice and sent Richard to the BLC but very irregularly. As soon as Richard was enrolled into the BLC, the teacher focused on the 5 key development areas for the child's growth. Richard was given normal nutrition, but was not participating in any physical activities. His memory was also not very impressive.
The teacher paid special attention to him and gave additional teaching materials to make him engage and improve recognition.

After the invention

Richard has already gained 2 gms weight in just 2 months time and grown taller by 1cm. He is an active boy, participates in physical activities & also recites rhymes. In fact, he is the best at it. The parents are proud of his growth and have started to pay more attention to his needs.

Dec 4, 2013

Education with Nutrition for underprivileged kids

SANIYA - from our Born Learning Centre
SANIYA - from our Born Learning Centre

Project Report: Born Learning Campaign to impact 50,000 children.

 

Goal:                                                              

To provide holistic development to children from vulnerable communities. This includes helping them develop their early learning skills and also compliment the program with the right nutrition as it is critical for their normal growth.

Target Population:

130 children aged between 0-6yrs from the quarry workers’ community in Hennur area of Bangalore were identified to be eligible for the support through the generous grant by MetLife.

Project locations;

-  Kogilu Bande

-  Hosur Bande

-  Agrahara

-  Hegdenagar

Key highlights:                                                  

  • Under our ‘Born Learning’ campaign, holistic nutrition & early learning interventions were provided to the children of quarry workers aged between 0-6yrs.
  • A Training session for Born Learning Centre (BLC) teachers & helpers was conducted & focussed on the children’s assessment, web preparation & preparation of educational materials.
  • Assessment of children in all the BLCS; physical, cognitive, fine motor, language, social & emotional development.
  • Health camp conducted for children and mothers.
  • PTA meetings were conducted from time to time & parents were involved in the preparation of the early learning materials.
  • Organised a Workshop on Human Rights & the Right to Education Act.
  • Food festival/Nutrition Mela organised which catered to 200 children.
  • Migration to regular school - Identified children from the BLCs who would move onto regular schools in the next academic year.
  • Decreased childhood diseases by 40% in children due to the intervention.
  • Free medicines, vaccinations and immunization services were provided to AN/PN mothers.
  • Cultural Mela cum exhibition organised for the BLC children as well as those attending Govt. school. Over 146 children participated in this event.
  • Child Protection Policy Workshop
  • Health Growth Monitoring – assessment of the 5 key development areas.
  • Home based care for children
  • Door-to-door polio drop campaign – 315 children assisted.
  • New BLCs – The success of these 4 BLCs have made us confident of the intervention & campaign we have on hand. We look forward to starting many more Born Learning Centres and reaching out to children in need.
  • Increased participation & cooperation of local communities.

Long term plan for Born Learning:

Our goal is to create 500 Born Learning Centres impacting 12,500 children by March 2016. We wish to share best practices with the Government run-Anganwadis and ultimately streamline our Born Learning Centres with them.

 

SUCCESS STORIES:

 

SANIYA is the daughter of clay idol-makers. When the child was admitted to the Born Learning Centre, she was quiet & inactive without much movement. She always sat in a corner.

The Born Learning teacher investigated and found her to be severely malnourished. Her nutrition needs were immediately addressed at the centre and resulted in great improvement.  Her parents were summoned and counseled about her nutrition needs at home. She contacted the child’s parents and counselled them.

Today, Saniya is a happy & active child who loves taking part in outdoor games/activities. Her parents are grateful to United Way of Bengaluru, who is reaching out to kids like Saniya under their ‘Born Learning’ campaign.

 

KAVITHA is 4+years old and studies at our Kogilu BLC. Both her parents work as quarry workers who were migrants from Raichur district in Karnataka. Unable to leave her alone at home, they were forced to take her to work at the quarries with them.

Our Born Learning staff found the child at the quarries playing in the sand and imitating her parents with a chisel in her hand. The child was highly malnourished, underweight and suffered from iron deficiency. The parents were informed of the Born Learning Centre where the child would be helped with her early learning skills and get balanced meals full of nutrition. They admitted her immediately.

At present, Kavitha has joined our BLC and gets additional nutrition and medical supplements. She has progressed from 3rd grade malnutrition to 1st grade, with a significant increase in weight and looks healthier now.

KAVITHA - from our Born Learning Centre
KAVITHA - from our Born Learning Centre
Corporate Volunteers planting nutritious saplings
Corporate Volunteers planting nutritious saplings
Corporate volunteers paint the signature BL design
Corporate volunteers paint the signature BL design
The children thrilled with the colorful design
The children thrilled with the colorful design
Day of Action 2013 - created nutritious gardens
Day of Action 2013 - created nutritious gardens
Kids all set to play while their BLCs get painted
Kids all set to play while their BLCs get painted

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Sep 3, 2013

Education & Nutrition - underprivileged children

QUARTERLY PROGRESS REPORT

(For the period from May 2013 to July 2013)

 

1. PRIMARY DATA

A. Title of the Project:  “Born Learning Programme: Holistic Nutrition and Early Learning Intervention for 0-6 year children”

B. Project Reference Number: Metlife/Grant ID #2012 August 001 QWARIDS

 C. Name of the Partner NGO; Quarry Workers and Rural Integrated Development Society [QWARIDS]

D. Chief Functionary: Mr. J. Manoharan, Director-QWARIDS

E. Address:

# 63, Little Rose Villa

K.S.F.C. Layout, Oil Mill Road

St. Thomas Town   Post

Bangalore 560084, INDIA

F. Telephone No: 91-080 -25460206 

 G. Mobile: 09886303667

H. Email: qwarids@gmail.com

I. Website: www.qwarids.org.in

 

2. Project Location: 5 quarry villages (BLCs) of Bangalore region in Karnataka, India

C. Total Children 0-6 years enrolled to BLC Centers:

Sl. No     Place of the Center       Total No of Children                   Total

       Male        Female                   June 2013

1.                  Agrahara-1                 17               12                              29

2.                Kogilu Bande               14                12                             26

3.               Hegdenagar-1               13                16                              29

4.                 Bellahalli                    13                14                              27

5.              Hosur Bande-1               13                16                              29

 Sub Total                                      70                70                            140

 

A. Focus Group: Totally 140 quarry children Quarry children 0-6 years

B. Reporting period:  May 2013 to July 2013

C. Reporting date: August 1st, 2013

 

3. B. Project Staff Details:

S.N                   Name                    Designation                Place

1.                    Sowmya                     Teacher                  Agrahara-1

2.                     Tanuja                       Teacher                 Kogilu Bande

3.                    Manjula                      Teacher                 Hegdenagar-1

4.                   Sumithra                     Teacher                    Bellahalli

5.                   Shamala                     Teacher                 Hosur Bande-1

 

Assistant Teachers in BLCs

1.      Sharadhamma           Asst. Teacher               Agrahara-1

2.                    Asma                   Asst. Teacher               Kogilu Bande

3.                Yungamma               Asst. Teacher               Hegdenagar-1

4.                  Shahida                  Asst. Teacher                Bellahalli

5.               Raniyamma               Asst. Teacher              Hosur Bande-1


4.  Key Activities carried out:

  1. A.    ‘Child Protection Policy Workshop: On 9-5-2013, an one day, ‘Child Protection Policy Workshop’, was organized at QWARIDS for 54 members of child protection cells in the villages, and staff. The workshop was facilitated by Mr.Nagasimha.G.Rao from Child Rights Trust (CRT) at QWARIDS, full day programme.
  2. B.     Assessment of BLC children to enroll to regular school for the academic year 2013; Totally 52 children from 5 BLCs are assessed and enrolled to formal regular schools in the month of June 2013. They are in constant follow up with our staff so to ensure that they do not drop out of school. Besides, we have also provided educations support like note books, uniform, school fee to these 38 children as they from lower economic background.  The same numbers of children aged 0-5+ are admitted to 9 centers
  3. C.     Preparation of Play way Education Materials; On 10-5-2013, 38 teachers and 15 parents Teachers association members jointly came together at Kogilu BLC and prepared play way and education materials. Around 600 creative education play materials were prepared to be used in all our BLCs as per web lessons and seasons were concerned.
  4. D.    Painting Born Learning Center at Hegdenagar: On 14-5-2013, United Way Bengaluru organized unique signature Painting at our Born Learning Center at Hegdenagar. Mr.David Kumar (UWBe) gave talk to parents on nutrition food preparation and volunteers painted so attractive and children friendly Born Learning Center. Children do really enjoy the new look of the center with pictures, alphabets, flowers, etc.
  5. E.      Painting Born Learning Center at Bellahalli: Similarly, on 17-5-2013, painting of another Born Learning Center at Bellahalli was organized with 10 volunteers along with Mr.David Kumar (UWBe) who gave also an orientation to parents on balanced nutrition feed to their children. Volunteers mobilised from UWBe painted the center so beautifully in the afternoon. Parents and children are elevated and feel now so proud to come to center with this present new look.
  6. F.      Child Right Seminar: On 6-6-2013, one day child rights seminar was organized at QWARIDS office with 65 community people, social workers, health workers, BLC and NFE teachers, etc actively participated in the seminar. Mr.Nagasimha Rao from Child Rights Trust was resource person for the seminar.
  7. G.    Training programme for Teachers: On 19-6-2013, QWARIDS organized Capacity building programme for all project staff. Mr.Thangam from Terre des hommes, was the resource person conducted training programme on how to work with children in difficult circumstances.
  8. H.    Celebration of World Environment Day and distribution of Nutrition Plants: On 21-6-2013, QWARIDS in collaboration with United Way Bengaluru organized World Environment day by distributing nutrition plants. Mr. Suresh Nair from UWBe, Dr.  K. C. Raghu, government nutrition consultant and village chair man were the chief guests of the day. Dr.K.C.Raghu spoke on the occasion about importance of nutrition to children 0-6 years and use of planting nutrition plants. More than 300 saplings were distributed. The programme was attended by more than 300 community people at Kogilu village.
  9. I.       Formation of Child Right Cells: On 5-7-2013, one day child rights awareness seminar and formation of Child rights cells was organized at QWARIDS. Over 73 people from CRT cells, SHGs members, village key leaders, and project staff participated in the seminar that was facilitated by Mr. Nagasimha Rao from CRT.
  10. J.       Shramadhan Day: On 11-7-2013, one day volunteer cleaning day i.e. Shramadhan Day was organized at Hosur Bande. The programme was organized along with village youths, men, women, and government school children to clean the entire village to sensitize on Dengue fever, environment and general cleanliness in and around houses.
  11. K.    Preparation of Nutrition Food for BLCs: On 20-7-2013, 9 BLC teachers, Parents and Teachers association members and staff gathered at Kogilu to prepare Nutrition food for all 9 BLCs. They prepare nutrition food consisting of locally nutrition cereals, ragi, dal, wheat, jaggery, etc. in consultation with Dr.K.C. Raghu and supply to all BLC in our target villages.

 

List of Children to be enrolled to regular schools

 Village Male Female Total

Agrahara-1         7      7   14

Kogilu Bonde    2                 4                     6

Hegdenagar-1   6                 8                    14

Bellahalli          4                 6                    10

Hosur Bonde-1  5                 3                      8

Total                24               28                     52

 

Joined to Regular School: Totally, 52 children i.e. 24 male and 28 female from our 5 BLCs are enrolled to regular schools for the present academic year 2013. We have also provided educational aids like school fees, uniform, books, etc, so that no child will drop out of schools. 

New Admission: However, additionally 29 new children aged 0-5+ years are admitted to 5 Born Learning Centers (5 children to Agrahara1, 2 children to Kogilu Bande, 10 children to Hegdenagar-1, 2 children at Bellahalli and 10 children at Hosur bande have been admitted to for the current academic year 2013.

  1. Children’s Assessment: Assessment of all children in 5 BLCs are conducted; physical, fine motor, cognitive, language, social and emotional development. Grade wise as follows;

Table: Summary of Children’s Assessment on five developments:

Five Developments (From 1st 5 BLCs)           Total No of Children              Grand Total

  BOYS        GIRLS

Blue (65% % to 85%)   19               13                          32

Orange (50% to 65%)                                          34               33                          67

Red (35% to 40%)                                               20               21                          41

May to July-2013

Blue (65% % to 85%)                                          19               18                          37

 Orange (50% to 65%)                                         39               38                          77

Red (35% to 40%)                                              12               14                          26


Center-wise information:

BLCs                        Blue        Total       Orange      Total      Red        Total        Grand Total

Village                   M     F                       M     F                     M    F

Agrahara-1       3      4          7           12     6          18        2     2        4                   29

Kogilu Bonde           4      4         8            7      6           13       3     2         5                  26

Hegdenagar-1          4      3         7            7      9           16       2     4         6                  29

Bellahalli                 2     3          5            8      9           17       3     2         5                  27

Hosur Bonde-1        6      4        10            5     8           13        2    4          6                 29

Total                    19     18       37           39    38          77      12   14        26                140

During this quarter, 37 children have progressed to Blue, 77 children are in Orange and 26 children are in Red. Due to bad weather, incessant rain in villages, many children fell sick and could not show much resistance, therefore, in Red.

*Note: There are totally 78 para meters to asses each aspect of five developments, the teacher based on her individual observation and the child’s progress on five developments, scores will be given to each child.

* Those children who score between 65 to 85 marks out of 78 parameter are said to be in normal Growth with the color marked as BLUE and they are said to be in Grade I.

* Those children who score between 50 to 65 marks below are said to be in Grade II marked with color ORANGE.

* Those children who score 35 to 40 marks are said to be Grade III marked with the color RED.

Table 2.1.: Achievement in terms of height & Weight in 5 BLCs as per Growth Monitoring Chart according to WHO

Normal    SubTotal      1st Grade     SubTotal       2nd Grade    SubTotal     3rd Grade    Sub Total    Grand     Total

Boys Girls                    Boys   Girls                        Boys  Girls                       Boys   Girls

22      14         36           17        23          40              13      23           36            15       13          28            140

May To July

28      21        49            27        27          54               6      15            21             9         7          16             140

As per WHO rating, totally 49 children have achieved normal height and weight, 54 children achieved 1st grade, 21 children in 2nd grade and 16 children are below weight and height as per their age. Summary as follows;

  • Normal:          Boys-28, Girls-21, Total-49
  • Grade I:          Boys-27, Girls-27, Total-54
  • Grade II:        Boys-6, Girls-15, Total-21
  • Grade III:       Boys-9, Girls-7, Total-16

5. Result Based Management:

Goal: The overall goal of the programme is to enable Holistic Nutrition and Early Learning Intervention among 140 vulnerable quarry children aged 0-6 years at 5 Early Learning Centers of Bangalore region, Karnataka. 

GOAL: “The overall goal of the programme is to enable Holistic Nutrition and Early Learning Intervention among 240 vulnerable quarry children aged 0-6 years at 9 Early Learning Centers of Bangalore region, Karnataka”.

Sl. No              OBJECTIVES               ACTIVITIES                   OUTCOMES                OUTCOME INDICATORS

(BOTH QUALITATIVE & QUANTITATIVE)   

 Increased Early Learning Education opportunities  among 140 quarry children aged between 0-6 years in 5 villages of Bangalore region

  • Assessment of 5 BLC children to enroll to regular school for the academic year 2013
  • New admissions to 5 BLCs for additional 29 children
  • Web Preparation; On 10-5-2013, 38 teachers and 15 parents Teachers association members jointly came together at Kogilu BLC and prepared play way and education materials.
  • Painting Born Learning Center by UWBe volunteers at Hegdenagar and Bellahalli: On 17-5-2013, and 14-5-2013, United Way Bengaluru organized unique signature Painting at our Born Learning Center at Hegdenagar and Bellahalli BLCs.
  • Totally, 52 children i.e. 24 male and 28 female from our 5 BLCs are enrolled to regular schools for the present academic year 2013. Provided educational aids like school fees, uniform, books, etc, so that no child will drop out of schools.
  • New Admission: However, additionally 29 new children aged 0-5+ years are admitted to 5 Born Learning Centers (5 children to Agrahara1, 2 children to Kogilu Bande, 10 children to Hegdenagar-1, 2 children at Bellahalli and 10 children at Hosur bande have been admitted to for the current academic year 2013
  • Around 600 creative education play materials were prepared to be used in all our BLCs as per web lessons and seasons were concerned
  • Children do really enjoy the new look of the center with pictures, alphabets, flowers, etc. and Parents and children are elevated and feel now so proud to come to center with this present new look.
  • BLC registers, records, Stock inventories, physical verification, interactions, school registers, records, admission fees, application forms, children’s growth monitoring report and records, visits to centers, quarterly report, photos, bills, and others.
  • Physical verification, visits, Training modules, signatures, photos, training certificates, interactions, copy of assessment report, etc.

 

  • 240 quarry children aged 0-6 years have growth appropriate to their age
  • Assessment of all children in 5 BLCs are conducted; physical, fine motor, cognitive, language, social and emotional development. Grade wise as follows;
  • Assessment of children in  5 BLCs about their height and weight as per their age
  • Monthly height and weight growth Monitoring charts conducted for all 140 children.
  • 37 children have progressed to Blue, 77 children are in Orange and 26 children are in Red. Due to bad weather, incessant rain in villages, many children fell sick and could not show much resistance, therefore, in Red.
  • As per WHO rating, totally 49 children have achieved normal height and weight, 54 children achieved 1st grade, 21 children in 2nd grade and 16 children are below weight and height as per their age.   
  • Copy of assessment report, list of children, BLC registers, photos, case studies, visits, interactions, list of beneficiaries, report, health charts, physical verification, hospital records, bills, doctor report, Anganwadi/PHC reports, and registers, health workers report, progress report, etc.

Quarry parents become responsible towards Quarry children’s health and education.

  •  On 9-5-2013, a one day, ‘Child Protection Policy Workshop’, was organized at QWARIDS by Mr.Nagasimha Rao from Child Rights Trust (CRT) at QWARIDS
  •  On 6-6-2013, one full day child rights seminar was organized at QWARIDS by Mr.Nagasimha Rao from Child Rights Trust.
  • On 19-6-2013, QWARIDS organized Capacity building programme for all project staff by Mr.Thangam from Terre des hommes.
  • On 21-6-2013, QWARIDS in collaboration with United Way Bengaluru organized World Environment day by distributing nutrition plants.
  • On 5-7-2013, one day child rights awareness seminar and formation of Child rights cells was organized at QWARIDS.
  • On 11-7-2013, one day volunteer cleaning day i.e. Shramadhan Day was organized at Hosur Bande.
  • 54 members of child protection cells in the villages, and staff enhanced their knowledge about polices about exploited children.
  • 65 community people, social workers, health workers, BLC and NFE teachers, gained more information about Child rights Acts and rights
  • Over 38 staffs and committee members were capacitated on how to work with children in difficult circumstances.
  • More than 300 saplings were distributed and over 300 community people at Kogilu village participated and were sensitized on growing of nutrition rich plants at house surroundings and fields.
  • Over 73 people from Child Rights Committees, SHGs members, village key leaders, and project staff participated and 9 CRT cells are formed in the target villages.
  • More than 116 people consisting of village youths, men, SHG women, and government school children actively participated and cleaned entire village to sensitize on Dengue fever, environment and general cleanliness in and around houses.
  • Meeting minutes, training modules, signatures of the participants, photos, BLC registers, records, physical verification, visits, interactions, case studies, etc.

Improved AN/PN mothers’ health condition in 5 quarry villages

  • Preparation of Nutrition Food for BLCs: On 20-7-2013, 9 BLC teachers, Parents and Teachers association members and staff gathered at Kogilu to prepare Nutrition food for all 9 BLCs.
  • They prepared nutrition food consisting of locally nutrition cereals, ragi, dal, wheat, jaggery, etc. in consultation with Dr.K.C. Raghu and supplied to all 9 BLCs in our target villages. And children eat with joy and without wasting.
  • Registers, physical verification, AN/PN anganwadi records, BLC books and records, hospital and anganwadi record, list of beneficiaries, physical verification, etc.

C. Highlight the changes seen or to be seen through Born Learning Intervention.

  • Assessment and enrolment to 5 BLCs: 29 children enrolled and 52 children i.e. 24 male and 28 female enrolled to regular schools
  • Provided educational aids to 52 children like school fees, uniform, books, etc, so that no child will drop out of schools.
  • Web Preparation: 600 creative education play materials were prepared to be used in all our BLCs as per web lessons and seasons were concerned
  • Painting Born Learning Center by UWBe volunteers at Hegdenagar and Bellahalli: Children and parents feel high self esteem and proud of coming to BLCs, they really enjoy the new look of the center with pictures, alphabets, flowers, etc.
  • Assessment of all children in 5 BLCs are conducted; 37 children have progressed to Blue, 77 children are in Orange and 26 children are in Red. Due to bad weather, incessant rain in villages, many children fell sick and could not show much resistance, therefore, in Red.
  • 49 children have achieved normal height and weight, 54 children achieved 1st grade, 21 children in 2nd grade and 16 children are below weight and height as per their age.  
  • Various Seminars and workshop focusing on Child rights and polices: Parents, children, SHG members, committee members and community people have enhanced information about various types of rights, policies, and acts about children.
  • Preparation of Nutrition Food for BLCs: Parents, committee members, and SHG members along with staff prepared nutrition food consisting of locally nutrition cereals, ragi, dal, wheat, jaggery, etc. And children eat with joy and without wasting in all our BLCs and improved their health conditions.

F. Gaps/ Challenges if any:

  • The programme has taken off so good that this year we had many admissions and rush for admission. However, we need to improve the infrastructure and limit the numbers of children to be enrolled
  • Painting BLCs was so novel thing happened. From HUT to New Looking center is attracting children and parents, thus reduced dropouts and increased attendance. It remains a challenge to paint other centers as well.
  • Distribution of nutrition plants was very successful, we need to ensure that parents grow and make effective use even during summer days.
  • Child rights policy promotion among schools and all BLCs remains a challenge
  • Our children have enjoyed rich nutrition support and improved health conditions, now that they are enrolled, they should get sufficiently nutrition midday meal, which is a question.

G. Financial Aspects  

  • Was the Budget utilized as per approved line items? Please explain if you have made any changes - Yes, No changes
  • Was the money unspent? If yes, please explain briefly - Spent

OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND CONCLUSION

A year has passed and we have seen all most 52 children are mainstreamed to regular formal school. 37 children have progressed to Blue, 77 children are in Orange and 26 children are in Red. Out of 140 children enrolled a year ago, only 26 children still remain mal nourished due to frequent fell sick. 49 children have achieved normal height and weight, 54 children achieved 1st grade, 21 children in 2nd grade and 16 children are below weight and height as per their age. There is a greater participation of people, parents, SHG members, local PHCs and Asha health workers in our programme to ensure holistic growth. We now need to strengthen our endeavor and sustain the growth achieved among children. Though it is challenging for us, yet QWARIDS is committed to ensure holistic growth among poor quarry children in all our BLCs.

In this regard, we request United Way Bengaluru to continue to support us to achieve 100% results among most poor quarry children in Bangalore regions.

 

United Way of Bengaluru 

 

 

 

 

Apr 25, 2013

Education with Nutrition- underprivileged children

QUARTERLY PROGRESS REPORT

(For the period from November 2012 to January 2013)

 

1. PRIMARY DATA

 

A. Title of the Project:  “Born Learning Programme: Holistic Nutrition and Early Learning Intervention for 0-6 year old children from underprivileged communities”

B. Name of the Partner NGO; Quarry Workers And Rural Integrated Development Society [QWARIDS]

C. Project Location: 5 quarry villages (BLCs) of Bangalore region in Karnataka, India

  • Kogilu, Bellahalli, Hegdenagar, Hosur Bonde, and Agrahara

 

2. Total Children between 0-6 years enrolled at Born Learning Centres: 159

Male - 80

Female - 79

 

 

 

3.  Key Activities Carried out:

 

  • On 16-11-2012-Teachers’ Training was organized at QWARIDS on the subjects “Children’s assessment, web preparation, Education material preparation from waste product, etc. Totally 14 members- 5 teachers, 5 assistant teachers, 2 resource teachers and 2 social workers took active participation in the training programmes.
  • On 13-11-2012 in Agrahara quarry village organized a workshop on “Human Rights and RTE” subjects benefiting 52 parents, PTA members, and 5 project staff. Mr.Subbaiyya from women and child department of Karnataka and in charge of govt. Anganawadi centers was the resource person for the workshop. After the meeting, participants took resolution to focus on children who are not enrolled to Born Learning Centers. Sensitized on rights of children and parents, decided to identify dropouts, etc.
  • On 16-12-2012, QWARIDS organized training on “Importance of nutrition food and its contents of carbohydrate, minerals, and other nutrients”. There were 68 parents and village people took part in the training programme. The training mainly insisted on local contribution towards children’s education programme for which members resolved to contribute black board, mats, and books for centers and children hereinafter.
  • Similarly, on 6-1-2013 in Kogilu quarry village we organized “Food Festival/Ahara Mela” at cluster villages consisting of Kogilu, Agrahara and Bellahalli quarry villages. Nearly 85 parents and village people, 10 staff participated in the event. From three villages, people contributed rice, ragi, jaggery, etc. more than 200 children and parents enjoyed nutrition food in Mela/festival. In the same morning, before starting preparing food, staff organized 2 hours awareness and education programme for participants on importance of Nutrition food, ill effects of mal-Nutrition, its effect for future if not addressed. Staff insisted teachers to maintain growth monitoring chart as per word health organization guidelines.

Web Preparation; based on the festivals and season in the months of November, December and January , web preparations were prepared like:

  • November Deepavali web subject preparation; prepared like sweets, crackers, and colorful dresses
  • December-web subject on Christmas, prepared like balloon, Christmas tree, Santa Claus,
  • January-web subject on Pongal-preparation of colorful pot, sugar cane, colorful dresses

These were prepared also on colorful charts and displayed in centers, therefore, children are interested in coming to Born Learning Centre and learning actively color concept, and others.

  • Identified children to be mainstreamed to formal regular schools in the coming academic year: Totally 30 boys and 26 girls from 5 Born Learning Centers (BLCs) are identified and are preparing themselves for enrolling them to formal schools in the coming academic year. And these 56 children are also under extra coaching so to join them in the regular schools.
  • Children’s Assessment: Assessment of all children in 5 BLCs are conducted; physical, fine motor, cognitive, language, social and emotional development. Grade wise as follows;

 Growth monitoring chart demonstrates that there are totally 59 children have proper height and weight as per their age according to WHO. Secondly, there are totally 27 children who are malnourished. There is evident and sluggish development among the children from 1st Grade to 3rd grade, but progress is seen.

 

5. Result Based Management:

GOAL: “The overall goal of the programme is to enable Holistic Nutrition and Early Learning Intervention among 140 vulnerable quarry children aged 0-6 years at 5 Early Learning Centers of Bangalore region, Karnataka”.

Outcome indicators

1. Increased Early Learning Education opportunities  among 140 quarry children aged between 0-6 years in 5  villages of Bangalore region

  • Web Preparation; based on the festivals and season in the months of November, December and January, web preparations were prepared.
  • Assessment of all children in 5 BLCs are conducted; physical, fine motor, cognitive, language, social and emotional development.
  • On 16-11-2012-Teachers’ Training was organized at QWARIDS on the subjects “Children’s assessment, web preparation, Education material preparation from waste product, etc.
  • On 20/12/2012 organized a Field level Training programme for 30 BLC teachers, Health workers, social workers and BLC assistants.
  • 166 children aged 06 years have learnt skill of identifying and differentiating colors through play education materials.
  • November Deepavali web subject preparation; prepared like sweets, crackers, and colorful dresses
  • December-web subject on Christmas, prepared like balloon, Christmas tree, Santa Claus
  •  January-web subject on Pongal-preparation of colorful pot, sugar cane, colorful dresses
  • These were prepared also on colorful charts and displayed in centers; therefore, children are interested in coming to BLC and learning actively color concept, and others. Child friendly and fully furnished BLC centers are accessed by 159 children.
  • From the above table it demonstrates that 41 children have all the five developments such as physical, cognitive language, socio-emotional and creativity developments, we could rate them to 80-90%. Orange signifies medium level developments and could be given rate as 55-60% and Red signifies poor development and could be rated to 35%.
  • Totally 14 members- 5 teachers, 5 assistant teachers, 2 resource teachers and 2 social workers took active participation in the training programmes.
  • All the teachers enhanced knowledge of growth monitoring and identifying vulnerable mal nourished children.
  • BLC registers, records, Stock inventories, physical verification, interactions, health records, children’s growth monitoring report and records, visits to centers, quarterly report, photos, bills, and others.
  • Training modules, signatures, photos, training certificates, interactions, copy of assessment report, etc.

140 quarry children aged below 6 years have growth appropriate to their age

  • Assessment of five development were conducted for 166 quarry children in 5 BLC centers to assess the progress in the month of November  2012 to January 2013
  • Monthly height and weight growth Monitoring charts conducted for all 166 children.
  • From the above table it demonstrates that 41 children have all the five developments such as physical, cognitive language, socio-emotional and creativity developments, we could rate them to 80-90%. Orange signifies medium level developments and could be given rate as 55-60% and Red signifies poor development and could be rated to 35%.
  • In the table above, the growth monitoring chart demonstrates that there are totally 59 children have proper height and weight as per their age according to WHO.
  • Secondly, there are totally 27 children who are mal nourished. There is evident and sluggish development among the children from 1st Grade to 3rd grade, but progress is seen.
  • Therefore, during this reporting quarter, totally 59 children i.e. 26 boys and 33 girls have come up to normal Grade, totally 36 children in the 1st grade i.e. 20 boys and 16 girls, totally 44 children in 2nd grade i.e, 21 boys, 23 girls, and totally 27 children are mal nourished i.e. 12 boys and 15 girls.  
  • Copy of assessment report, list of children, BLC registers, photos, case studies, visits, interactions, list of beneficiaries, report, health charts, physical verification, hospital records, bills, doctor report, Anganwadi/PHC reports, and registers, health workers report, progress report, etc.

Quarry parents become responsible towards Quarry children’s health and education.

  • Conducted PTA meetings on the following centers;
  • All the PTA meetings had topic of introducing UWBe programme, nutrition supplements at BLC and at home and RDO subjects
  • On 16-12-2012, QWARIDS organized training on “Importance of nutrition food and its contents of carbohydrate, minerals, and other nutrients”. There were 68 parents and village people took part in the training programme. The training mainly insisted on local contribution towards children’s education programme for which members resolved to contribute black board, mats, and books for centers and children hereinafter.
  • On 13-11-2012 in Agrahara quarry village organized a workshop on “Human Rights and RTE” subjects benefiting 52 parents, PTA members, and 5 project staff. Mr.Subbaiyya from women and child department of Karnataka and in charge of govt. Anganawadi centers was the resource person for the workshop. After the meeting, participants took resolution to focus on children who are not enrolled to Born Learning Centers. Sensitized on rights of children and parents, decided to identify dropouts, etc.
  • Increased parents participation in PTA meetings and preparation of education play materials at 5 BLC centers
  • Totally, 108 parents enhanced their knowledge and information about proper nutrition supplements and its importance at home for children
  • 59 parents are providing and following giving their children additional nutrient supplements and use of multigrain at home.
  • Decreased childhood diseases by 40% in 5 BLC centers among 159 children
  • Meeting minutes, training modules, signatures of the participants, photos, BLC registers, records, physical verification, visits, interactions, case studies, etc.
  1. On 28/9/12 at Agrahara & Kogilu Bonde
  2. On 27/9/12, at Hosur bonde, and Bellahalli
  3. 24/9/12 at Hegdenagar

 

Improved AN/PN mothers’ health condition in 5 quarry villages

  • Conducted training on December 19th, 2012 on importance of regular AN/PN mother’s meeting and availing immunization and vaccination services at PHC center.
  • Provided every month referrals for needy AN/PN mothers in the
  • Similarly, on 6-1-2013 in Kogilu quarry village we organized “Food Festival/Ahara Mela” at cluster villages consisting of Kogilu, Agrahara and Bellahalli quarry villages.
    • Totally 33 AN mothers and 41 PN mothers have availed vaccination and immunization services from their PHC centers.
    • 11 AN and 23 PN mothers were referred for HB level and mineral/iron deficiency and received free medicine and increased HB level from 10mg to 11.5mg
    • Nearly 85 parents and village people, 10 staff participated in the event. From three villages, people contributed rice, ragi, jaggery, etc. more than 200 children and parents enjoyed nutrition food in Mela/festival. In the same morning, before starting preparing food, staff organized 2 hours awareness and education programme for participants on importance of Nutrition food, ill effects of mal-Nutrition, its effect for future if not addressed. Staff insisted teachers to maintain growth monitoring chart as per word health organization guidelines.
    • Training modules, signature of the participants, list of AN/PN mothers, panchayat records, PHC records, BLC books and records, hospital and anganwadi record, list of beneficiaries, physical verification, interactions, case studies, photos, and others.

C. Highlight the changes seen or to be seen through Born Learning Intervention.

  • 166 children aged 06 years have learnt skill of identifying and differentiating colors through play education materials.
  • 41 children have all the five developments such as physical, cognitive language, socio-emotional and creativity developments, we could rate them to 80-90%. Orange signifies medium level developments and could be given rate as 55-60% and Red signifies poor development
  • Totally, 41 children have all the five developments such as physical, cognitive language, socio-emotional and creativity developments, we could rate them to 80-90%. Orange signifies medium level developments and could be given rate as 55-60% and Red signifies poor development and could be rated to 35%.
  • Totally 59 children i.e. 26 boys and 33 girls have come up to normal Grade, totally 36 children in the 1st grade i.e. 20 boys and 16 girls, totally 44 children in 2nd grade i.e, 21 boys, 23 girls, and totally 27 children are mal nourished i.e. 12 boys and 15 girls
  • Increased parents participation in PTA meetings and preparation of education play materials at 5 BLC centers
  • 59 children have proper height and weight as per their age according to WHO, and there are totally 27 children who are mal nourished. There is evident and sluggish development among the children from 1st Grade to 3rd grade, but progress is seen.
  • Decreased childhood diseases by 40% in 5 BLC centers among 159 children
  • Totally 33 AN mothers and 41 PN mothers have availed vaccination and immunization services from their PHC centers. And totally 11 AN and 23 PN mothers were referred for HB level and mineral/iron deficiency and received free medicine and increased HB level from 10mg to 11.5mg.
  • Nutrition food Mela was organized and nearly 85 parents and village people, 10 staff participated in the event. From three villages, people contributed rice, Ragi, Jaggery, etc. more than 200 children and parents enjoyed nutrition food in Mela/festival. In the same morning, before starting preparing food, staff organized 2 hours awareness and education programme for participants on importance of Nutrition food, ill effects of mal-Nutrition, its effect for future if not addressed.

D. Volunteering Opportunities

A signature Born Learning Centre design needs to be created and painted onto the walls of the Born Learning Centres.

E. CASE Study #1

 

Name of the Child                    : Gowshia

Age                                        : 4 years

Place of BLC center                 : Kogilu Bonde

Problem                                  : Neglected and taking children for beginning

Mother's & Father's name         : Munna & Tharuna

Identified Problem                    : Begging

Munna & Tharuna have three children- Gowshia, Heena (10 years) and Bobby (11months). Due to poverty, the parents take all the three children for begging from morning to evening. Most of the times they take the 11 months old child Bobby for the purpose of carrying, and leave the other 2 children at home. Both these children have become vagabonds in the village without proper meals and no personal hygiene or sanitation. Often these children starve from morning till evening and do not attend school either.

All three children were found to be malnourished and the mother is anemic to top it all. Our health worker visited Munna and Tharuna's family, explained to them about United Way of Bengaluru's Born Learning campaign, and how important it is for children to go these Born Learning centers where they would get proper nourishment, health and education. Convinced of these, the parents are now sending the kids to our Born Learning Centers and our project staff pay special attention to these children providing them with extra nutrition since they are highly malnourished.

The mother has seen visible growth in her children and our staff have recorded their height, weight etc. The parents are extremely thankful to United Way of Bengaluru.

Case study #2:

 Name of the Child                    : Rihan & Raziya (4 & 3 yrs)

Age                                        : 4 & 3 years

Place of BLC Center                : Hosur Bonde

Identified Problem                    : Malnourishment due to poverty

Mother Name                          : Reshma & Allah Baksh

Father Occupation                   : Auto Driver

Rihan and Raziya's parents were workers at the quarry. Their mother was affected by Tuberculosis and stopped working, following which their father took up Auto driving as a profession. Ever since their mother became sick and father changed his job, the family has been in utter poverty. The children did not get proper food and the whole family became malnourished and anemic. The children were not enrolled into school and totally neglected.

A health worker made a visit and studied the hardship within the family and how it was affecting their children.The parents were taken to hospital for PHC and Govt.hospital for treatment, and parents were advised to enroll their children to a Born Learning Center.

As a result, the children have improved in terms of health, nutrition, weight, height and education. The parents have improved their health condition. The father has started to work regularly, and the mother has joined a Self Help Group. This family owes their sincere thanks to United Way of Bengaluru's Born Learning campaign .

 

F. Gaps/ Challenges if any:

  • When there are local and state festivals, they migrate to their native for week and two weeks. During these weeks, it is important to sensitize parents to follow-up nutrition balance and reduce the numbers of days going to native places.
  • To keep good record of attendance especially during festival
  • Children need outdoor activities as much as the indoor activities, wherever there is sufficient space, we propose to provide few outdoor sport items like see saw, swings, etc.

OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND CONCLUSION

We are very pleased with the outcome of the Born Learning Intervention programme by which our children within 0-6 years have shown visible development compared to the previous quarter. Though still 27 children are mal nourished, we could see 59 children have proper height and weight as per their age according to WHO and 41 children have made progress in all five key developments.  Through 3 web preparation trainings, 166 children aged 06 years have learnt skill of identifying and differentiating colors through play education materials. We have also ensured that there is increased parents’ participation in PTA meetings and preparation of education play materials at 5 BLC centers  

Totally 59 children have proper height and weight as per their age according to WHO, and there are totally 27 children who are mal nourished. Totally 33 AN mothers and 41 PN mothers have availed vaccination and immunization services from their PHC centers. And totally 11 AN and 23 PN mothers were referred for HB level and mineral/iron deficiency and received free medicine and increased HB level from 10mg to 11.5mg. during this reporting quarter, we had organized at Kogilu Nutrition food Mela and nearly 85 parents and village people, 10 staff participated in the event. From three villages, people contributed rice, Ragi, Jaggery, etc. more than 200 children and parents enjoyed nutrition food in Mela/festival. In the same morning, before starting preparing food, staff organized 2 hours awareness and education programme for participants on importance of Nutrition food, ill effects of mal-Nutrition, its effect for future if not addressed.

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David Kumar Anthonappa

Bangalore, Karnataka India

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