Thank you for your continued support and interest in improving the life of these children. We are determined to stop the child labor in the Barupada village of Odisha. We have achieved few milestones in the past few months and we are excited to share with you.
The day time child labor school started for 50 children with an aim to teach standard 1 to standard 5 courses with vocational training as our primary goal.
We initiated various vocational training classes such as sewing and ornaments making. But later, we realized that children should focus only in one area to get good grasp of one area of the expertise. These children were hungry before and also never studied, but we are asking them to do well in class and also to do a professional job - seems like too much to ask for - Currently we only focus on Sewing or tailoring. We have put many hours in teaching these methods to the children and will be continuing to do so for next couple of months. We will bring local professionals to evaluate the results of the work done by these children. A few children are performing really well but not to the level of expectation. We need to put more time in in the area of sewing, so that they can achieve the satisfactory level and meet our goal.
We have divided their study and vocational training hours. In morning children are focusing heavily on studying the class work for grade 1 to 5 to clear the examinations set by the board. We have instructed these children to clear all exams required by the board of education. In the afternoon, children are focusing on vocational training.
Children are really happy studying and enjoying free lunch during day time. We have attached few pictures of our recent activities, hope you like them.
In addition to this, your support helps to employ five people in SANTI – two educational instructors, one vocational instructor, one clerk cum accountant and one cook cum peon. So your contribution not only supports these children but also the staff of SANTI.
Challenges we are facing –
Yes! There are few children still pressurized by their family members or by their financial situation, forced to join the labor work. They are unable to attend our training program on a regular basis. It is a continuous challenge to bring them to our school and pursue the curriculum. We need to educate their parents and also the society about the importance of our child labor school. We need to explain the urgency to attend the child labor issue. Very soon we are going to organize a rally and meeting with parents of these children who are not able to cope up with our effort.
So stay tuned and please continue your donation.
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Thanks again for your great heart.
Many many thanks for your contribution:-
We are really excited to start the children school on July 1st 2013. As you already know these children are currently employed in other places such as restaurants, flee market, Garage, Tobacco factory, Brick making factory, Crushers, Mines and sometime begging too. These children are really looking forward to join our school and to learn few practical skills to survive in difficult situations.
What are we going to do ?
What have we done so far?
Budget – Because your donation, through GlobalGiving, we have received so far 349,400 Indian Rs. Last month. So we have still kept open our page for donation. Please see the attachement for the estimate for one year children school.
Apart from the children school project, we at SANTI also runs a Child Care Center where we have about 18 children are adopted by friends like you. These children are already staying with us for more than a one and half year. To know more about it we also have opened a different project in globalgiving.org http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/will-an-indian-child-get-home-food-and-schooling/
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Please feel free to ask, if you want to know more. Also please suggest your ideas.
Again thanks for your great heart to donate,
Why a child labor school is required?There is a village named Barupada, nearby town Rajgangpur, Odisha, India. The closest Government funded primary school is about 5 km or 3 mile from this village area. The children from this village are facing difficulties to reach this school, only way is by walking. Not inspiring when basic necessities are not met.
What these children are currently doing?SANTI conducted a survey 2012 December in ward No.13, named Barupara. Many families in this area belong to official Below Poverty Line. Per family, the monthly income ranges from $ 15 - $30 (INR 750 - INR 1500). Many parents cannot support their children and must send children to work. Hence, children from Barupada are working in nearby restaurants, flee market, Garage, Tobacco factory, Brick making factory, Crushers, Mines, Coal brick factory etc. Also many of them are orphan and kind of bonded labor everyday work and survive.
What SANTI can do?All these children between 6 to 14 years old have right to education only a slogan but no real effort. To resolve this situation, SANTI has identified about 50 children and plans to open a school for 25 children and provide primary education from grade 1 to 5, further more provide vocational training. After twenty five children are successfully trained this year, SANTI will consider rest twenty five children for future training.
Training to be provided: -1. Sewing, stitching2. Wool knitting - sweater, gloves3. Paper Work- envelope making, Decoration with paper4. Cycle repairing5. Food item making - Badi, Pampad, Pickle, Biscuit, Mixture, snacks6. Mushroom Cultivation7. Cow farming8. Goat Farming9. Pig Farming10.Fish Farming11.Chicken Farming12.Binding Work – Book, Diary13.Type Writing – Office task, clerical
With a formal and this type of vocational training, children will be in a better shape for their survival. A two edged goal dreamt by SANTI.
So STOP a child worker, send to school and educate how to earn.
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