Transform lives of 85 child laborers in India

 
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Health Camp
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22 February 2015

Dear Respected Donors,

Greetings to you from Health Education Adoption Rehabilitation Development Society (HEARDS) – India!

All the donors of Global Giving have been kind enough to support the child labour rehabilitation center project for the fourth consecutive year. As part of the project, funds have been provided for meeting teacher’s salary, centers running cost, for purchase of books and stationary for children, for organizing some events for children and for meeting the project related overheads.

Children’s progress  

We are extremely happy to share with everyone that over the years there has been stability among children and the dropout rate has reduced to minimum. Children are moving to next grades and their performance has been improving. The parents are also extremely cooperative and do not withhold children at home unless there is any urgent need. All this is being made possible by the untiring effort of the teachers. The teachers provide all kinds of support to children and that is one reason why parents have no hesitation in sending their children, especially girls, to the centre. Some of the girls who have moved to senior classes, still continue to come to our centres. Also there are a few girls who come only to our centres as they are over-aged for a particular grade in formal school. We encourage these girls to continue to come to our centres and learn as much as they can so that these girls will have functional literacy. 

ENTHUSIASTIC ANIMATORS AND TEACHERS

After a long struggle with the animators and teachers, we were able to have a stable team of staff. All the staff was equally good and regular in the rehabilitation centre. Another credible thing about the animators and the teachers is that they take very less leaves and always inform in advance in case they need to take a day off. And, as and when they go out for leave we mutually make arrangements for replacement teacher so that the centre remains open and children can come. The teachers are learning from their day to day interaction with children and are improving themselves. Children love to come to the centre and have been regular in their attendance.

MEDICAL CHECKUP FOR CHILDREN

On 8 December, 2014 Tamilnadu based dairy by named Arogya milk has organized a medical checkup camp in our child labor rehabilitation centre.  The Arogya milk organisers prepared a health check up form and sent it to the doctors who visited our rehabilitation centers.  These forms were used for recording the height, weight, and other general condition of the children. The centre teachers filled up the background information about each child in advance on these forms and this made it easy for Doctors to interact with each child when his/her turn came.  All our rehabilitation centre children attended the health camp and benefited from the camp. Our centre teachers had done class discussion with the children to encourage them not to miss the school on the day of the camp and that they should take the oral medicine for de-worming.   Beyond that they have also distributed gifts to all our children.  The highlight of the check-up was that a few mothers were also present at the time of the check up to discuss any specific health issue concerning the child. The consulting Doctors provided appropriate guidance to mothers.

SPOKEN ENGLISH COACHING CLASSES

All the students and teachers started to learn spoken English.  A need-based approach is practised for this learning. That is, all those who wish to learn to speak English are taught the spoken skills, and all those who wish to read and write and pursue higher studies in English are taught to list out the details of this learning, and then to learn them using appropriate methods.  Teachers and children started to use basic sentence structure Method.  They also use a 400 hours Intensive English Course developed by CIEFL (Central Institute of English as Foreign Language) of Hyderabad.

CONCLUSION

Towards the end of the school day physical exercises, meditation and indoor games activities take place.  Thus learning occurs in the centre in an integral manner involving not only the mental level but the vital, physical and psychic parts of the being.  We are extremely thankful to all the donors for your continuous support towards this inevitable program.

 

 

                                                                                                      Mr. K Sajan

                                                                                              (Chairman – HEARDS)

Child Labor Awareness Meeting
Child Labor Awareness Meeting

Dear Esteemed supporters and Friends,

Greetings to you from Health Education Adoption Rehabilitation Development Society (HEARDS)!

With all your valuable support and guidance the rehabilitation centre is going on with all happiness and the children are doing well in our rehabilitation centre.  We are very much thankful to all our generous donors who have spent their valuable time and money and coordinated everything for our children with their months and years of hard work. The result is, children are very happy and they are in our rehabilitation centre now, enjoying their time with their learning process and also growing each day with the skills needed for their life.

We have been able to continue this valuable mission with the generous help extended to us.  The major achievement of this project is that importance of education has been well understood by the children and their parents which is evident in sending their children promptly to the rehabilitation centre and in discussing the progress of their children in studies with the teachers.

We give a brief description of the various activities carried out during the past academic year.

INCENTIVES

All the children who were enrolled in our centre were provided with 2 sets of school uniform along with that the education materials like note books, slates, pens, pencils, drawing books, time table books etc. for the children.  We were also provided school bags for the children to carry their educational material.  They were also provided with sports materials like carom, chess, ring, skipping ropes etc.

PROVIDING EDUCATION

Education plays a vital role as this was the major task of our staff with a broad view of making our children to equalize their educational standards with the regular school going children.  With the painstaking effort of our staff we were able to achieve our goal of bring back the children’s educational standard to the level of regular school going children.  All our staff has paid a lot of effort in bringing out the academic excellence of our children.  For this we have adopted several methodologies like seeing and understanding strategy, listening and understanding strategy, grouping of children according to their educational standards, systematic combined study, day-to-day review of the lessons have made the children increased interest in their studies.

COMPUTER TRAINING

During the earlier days of the project this computer serves as a primary component to initiate interest among the children in their studies.  So we provide computer games during the initial stages of the project.  Slowly they get more interest in sitting in front of computers and once they are interested we used to provide computer based tutorials in English and Mathematics.  Computers have become an easy learning component for children.  Most of the children in our centre learnt English and mathematics through computers.  This is an essential tool to make children interest in studies as well as serves as a easy teaching methodology among children.

MID-DAY MEAL PROGRAMME

Children at our Rehabilitation Centre receive free, daily lunches, prepared by our employed cook in the rehabilitation centre. Children are provided with nutritious food like boiled rice with vegetables, dhal and pulses.  Once in a week they were also provided with eggs.  During the evening hours they were provided with biscuits.  . Children at our rehabilitation centre look healthy and active throughout the year. 

AWARENESS PROGRAMS

Conducted awareness generation programs on elimination of child labor through meetings for women groups, youth groups and school going children.  We also have distributed leaflets and pasted posters in order to sensitize, and plan for the activities to be conducted for the Automobile Workshop, Hotel industry, Construction Industry, factories, Shops and Establishments with the motto of “Stop Child labour”.

CONCLUSION

With the activities as explained during this reporting period was an eventful period concerning the promotion and protection of child rights and providing quality education to the poor and downtrodden children.  We are extremely happy as these poor children gets good education and moral support.  All the Staff of HEARDS has put their painstaking effort and commitment for the growth of the rehabilitation center.  And also this project reduces Child labor, Child delinquency and improves the knowledge, skill and potentialities and become useful future citizens of the nation. 

The HEARDS teachers
The HEARDS teachers

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to Health Education Adoption Rehabilitation Development Society (HEARDS).

In India, teaching methods can get a little dry. I usually see kids memorizing and repeating and while that works, teachers at HEARDS are not just about teaching their kids, but leveraging games, activities and innovative methods to teach their students as effectively as possible. The children at HEARDS are rescued child labourers and so come with varied levels of ability and education. So, the teachers have the challenge of dealing with a mixed abilities classroom and teaching multiple subjects so that they are mainstreamed into public schools at grade 8.

I unexpectedly went during a state wide ‘bandh’ or public holiday for protests against state separation, so I could not meet students in class, but I still met teachers from two schools who gave me a complete overview of their curriculum and some of the activities that they use. The cook from one of the schools, has a child who is a HEARDS student and spoke about her experience. In the beginning her child used to work as well, but she is now really happy that her child is getting an education. The teachers also spoke about their advocacy work where they actively survey the community, and speak to factory owners to let go of their child labours if any. They even speak to the parents to educate them about the importance of education and do as much as possible to get the kids to school. They often face pushback, dismissal and even threats, but it doesn’t stop them from going back. They also spoke about the transformation of their children and that when they first come in, they don’t have the awareness of keeping their uniforms and bodies clean, and their role as teachers involves not just education inside classroom but also imparting life skills. This is what I call above-and-beyond service and commitment to children’s education. 

One of the neat techniques of teaching math
One of the neat techniques of teaching math
A parent of one of the students and a HEARDS cook
A parent of one of the students and a HEARDS cook
I caught two students as we were leaving!
I caught two students as we were leaving!
Outside one of the HEARD schools, modest but great
Outside one of the HEARD schools, modest but great
A child in a community to target next
A child in a community to target next
Children of Prashant Nagar Colony Centre
Children of Prashant Nagar Colony Centre

Dear Respective Donors,

Greetings to you from HEARDS - India!

Training Programme and meeting for Staff and Teachers

A full day workshop was organized for the staff and teachers on the Right to Education (RTE) act, where we discussed in details how to carry forward the spirit of the law in the communities where we are presently involved.  A staff meeting is held every month to reorient the staff, so that they gradually give up the black board method of teaching and enhance their own capacity to take up the issues and matters, which affect the daily life of the children. The teachers teach how to cope with the hazardous working environment and also how to take precautionary measures to avoid mishaps and sickness.

Infrastructure Development & Uniform Distribution:

HEARDS with the support of donors like you provided the classrooms with ceiling fans so that the children feel easy and comfortable and get motivated to study. They were also provided uniforms for their daily wear in school. These valuable gestures by donors is a way of making these deprived children that they are also important and have the right of being happy like other normal children.

Incentives

Children are provided with the education materials like bags, note books, copy writing books, slates, pens, pencils, etc. along with the educational calendars which help efficiently in learning basic calculations and also to learn easily English and Telugu language (the local language). 

EDUCATION

The child labor rehabilitation center run for 7-8 hours a day, six days a week except second Saturdays. Using HEARDS specially developed Accelerated Bridge Course, the children were given intensive educational support to bring them up to the level necessary for them to be integrated into age appropriate classes. Progress was reinforced through regular revision and testing throughout the year. Support for children with learning difficulties – Teachers in both the centers provided one-to-one support for slow-learners or those with learning difficulties. 

Computer Training for Children

It was happy that there was an additional educational component for the children.  Two Computers were purchased along with the computer table and chairs.  The children were started to give training on computers and all the children were very much happy to learn computers. We have a teacher who has undergone six months training on computer operation, word, excel, power point, drawings and painting and other general function of computer. At present this teacher were teaching basics of computers to the children. This programme has created more enthusiasm among children to learn more in education and also in computers.  I assure you that this programme will help the children to be a computer literate and they can able to perform basic operations in computers before leaving this rehabilitation center.

Mid-day Meal

Mid day meal is also one of the important motivational factor for parents to send their children to the rehabilitation center.  Children in the center were given good nutritious food like rice with dhal, vegetables, pulses and leafy vegetables in all the working days.  Eggs were provided once in a week to the children to make them healthier.  The cook will follow the nutrition menu according to the guidance of the project coordinator and the center teachers. 

Conclusion

We are happy to state that our effort of giving a new life to many deprived children is bearing fruits as seen in the performance of children in various exams and the number of children we were able to educate. We are grateful to all our various donors. 

Children of Prashant Nagar Colony Centre
Children of Prashant Nagar Colony Centre

Dear Donors,

Greetings to you from HEARDS - India!

There is a significant difference happened in the life of those children who are enrolled in our rehabilitation centers at Prashant Nagar Colony.  With these efforts we still continued the rehabilitation centers activities in a more innovative and intensive way.  We have successfully completed the final quarter of this year by improving the level of educational standards, their habits and extra curriculum activities.  This happened by way of providing easy based learning methodology through various educational kits which made children to play and learn.  Like what we did in our previous quarter we have continuously provided nutritious mid-day meal for children.

The children have continued under the programme where calm studies continued through framed bridge school pedagogic methodology and implementation quality aspects in educational support. The orientation, counseling, special coaching classes, knowledge exploration, aptitude assessment, monitoring programs and information on education systems has been initiated effectively by our school teachers and the project coordinator. 

The regular routine activities of the child labor rehabilitation center have strengthened by implementation of quality aspects in educational support. The rehabilitation centre model is an innovative and interesting strategy to demonstrate presence in communities. This model can be used for any vulnerable child who is either with his/her family or living with the employer. The centre helps to gradually remove the children from work and is their first step toward children’s reintegration in rehabilitation center or his/her family. It also helps us to gain in depth understanding of the profile of the children, the community and the work place.  The concept of easy based learning methodology is that the children who have been recently enrolled have a background of ‘no education’ or ‘1st generation learners’. It is most likely that they may again go back to the zero learning level before they are even regular to school. To sustain their motivation to visit school, HEARDS child labor rehabilitation center is a place where hand-holding is done for these children, so that they are able to cope up with the daily class curriculum.

The success behind this project is totally because of the donors like you.  So we expect your support in future to make this inevitable project a grand success.  I request you to kindly pass on this message to your friends and relatives to make this a meaningful program.

Thanking you,

With best wishes and fond regards,

 

Kuriyakose Sajan.

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Kuriyakose Sajan

CHITTOOR, Andhra Pradesh India

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