“I wish to become a doctor” says a child at the Trauma Counseling centre. And that’s the impact the centre has on a child who did not like to speak. Yes, the children have now started to dream. They come here as rescued, with shattered dreams and battered backgrounds. We hope to help them forget their past and show them the world apart from what they may have seen.
Thousands children are trafficked from rural areas to urban areas where they are forced into domestic servitude in households, small time businesses and some hazardous industries. They work against their will and are subjected to most inhuman treatment by their employers. Most of them are abused and underpaid. Their life is spent in sleazy environment of an industrial establishment or in the kitchen of a restaurant or a house. They need to live life as human beings. The immediate need is to provide them shelter and counsel them. Therefore, activities are centered for their development.
Counseling sessions are held for all the children at a regular basis. Unique methods like play and art therapy are being implemented to have effective sessions. The results have been positive. As our coordinator states “I can see the difference in our children after the sessions.”
Developing a child’s personality after a rough phase in life is extremely important. The children at the centre are low on confidence and esteem. In fact some feel it is in their destiny to be battered. Some of them are in their shell and do not want to come out of it. To make the children over come these inhibitions we also make sure to organize personality development sessions along with counseling.
The children who've been able to forget their past and are ready to embrace the new world have joined the formal education system. A regular follow up with the school authorities and teachers are done. Some children have been sent to their families. A child could be in school or with a family, regular follow up is carried out to ensure that the child does not go back in the state he was rescued from. Separate sessions may be held with children in school who are not able to cope up. So as to understand the needs and requirements of children better, and to assist the child in making a correct choice, we also conduct IQ testing for them.
We hope to achieve a holistic development for each child. Beginning from counseling, personality development, enrollment in the formal education system and health check ups; our effort is to make accessible the basic needs which the child might need to make his childhood a memorable one.
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