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Mar 18, 2020

Gandhi Mela and Adolescent empowerment TOT

Making food themselves :)
Making food themselves :)

Balsena:

Parents Meetings:

We organized 4 parents meetings to discuss about what their children learn in Balsena, what are the challenges we are facing like less attendance of girls, tuitions, challenges of residential camps etc. 161 parents attended the meetings.

We also encouraged them to speak with their children regularly about what they are learning in the school and Balsena.  

Meetings by Children:

Children organized meetings within their teams to discuss about vacation camp and its theme and their challenges. Then, they themselves found ways to solve the problems they are facing.

Active and Council meetings were held with agenda of reporting point activities , making newsletter, organizing vacation camp, and details about saving bank program. They also discussed issues they are facing in their point and how to solve them.

Activities by children:

Balsena children once again organized something they love: Making food themselves and eating together! In their point they held a meeting, decided what to cook, what materials they need, how they would provide for the same, divided responsibilities, etc. They made chat dishes like Bhel, Chana Masala, Bhunglaga Bateta and their other favourite dishes.

Exposure Visit:

Children of some areas visited Shishuvihar, an organization for children advocating children’s right to play. They played a lot and also saw some of the scientific experiments.

Other teams visited Victoria park which is natural reserve in the city created before India’s independence. They tried to connect with nature and learn about different plants, animals and birds.

Child Right Training and Resource Centre:

Celebration of 25 years of work in Bhavnagar:

Shaishav celebrated 25 years of work in Bhavnagar on 11th and 12 January. Balsena children participated in the event of human library and playing cooperative games with guests. During session of human library Balsena children interacted with the guest about their life stories and how Balsena has impacted their life. Children lead the session of games, they inspired the adults to bring out their inner child and play. Children and adults immensely enjoyed both the session.

 

Gandhi Mela:

Each year Gandhi Mela is organized by different Sarvodaya organizations (organizations based of Gandhi principles) in India. This year they invited Shaishav to organize this mela for children through games. We trained 60 girls studying to be primary teachers in one of the Sarvodaya organizations. The Gandhi Mela was held for 2 days. 1500 children participated in the Gandhi mela and experienced and understood about Gandhiji’s values in the form of games.

Aataapi Foundation:

Our long term partnership with Aataapi continues as on 15th-16th February we facilitated Leadership camp with theme of Life skills with 76 children and 9 facilitators.

Adolescent Protection and Empowerment Training of Trainers:

We have a vast experience with working with adolescent girls and boys on protection as well as physical, mental, emotional changes during puberty and life skills. We organized a Training of trainers to share our knowledge. 13 men and 21 women from 12 organization participated in this training. There will be one more phase of this training.

We started with the building our own understanding of Gender and physical, mental, emotional changes during puberty. They were then trained to do these sessions with children. They had a practice session with children as well.

Exposure visit to nature park
Exposure visit to nature park
Activities at Balsena Point
Activities at Balsena Point
Parents Meeting
Parents Meeting
Jan 31, 2020

Annual day and zonal sports

Navaratri Celebration
Navaratri Celebration

Balsena:

Balsena is an independent children’s collective of children in Bhavnagar. During the past 3 months children participated in various activities.

Exposure Visit:

251 Children from Balsena visited exhibition on life of Gandhiji. The children learnt about life of Gandhiji and about his Satyagraha. The exhibition was set up in form of Gandhi Aashram in Ahmedabad which provided children with an opportunity to see that as well. They learnt about spinning and its importance.

Shaishav visit:

Since the exhibition was near Shaishav office we took this opportunity for children to visit office as well. Many new children had not seen it. They got introduced to office and child line staff and their work.

Navaratri celebration:

Navaratri is a festival of Gujarat which continues for 9 nights, where people gather in night to celebrate by dancing together. Balsena children celebrated Navaratri in their zones. 288 children participated in the same.

Leadership camp:

Leadership camp was held on 7th – 9th November with council members and active members. 57 children took part in this camp. The theme of this residential camp was communication, creativity and self-awareness. Children learnt about what is communication, types of communication, realising their dreams, bringing out their creativity etc. For example children were given one scarf and were told to come up with different uses for the same. The children came up with more than 150 uses of a scarf. Children also learnt to do presentation in different manner. They presented what they learnt through different mediums like theatre play, songs, news reading, speaking etc. In communication they also learnt about communicating through body language, talking clearly, asking for clarification listening intently.

When one of the child fell sick during the camp all the children took care of him very nicely. They made sure he ate, didn’t feel cold, took medicine and was comfortable. We were touched and felt very happy when we saw this.

Council and active children’s meeting:

3 meetings of council and active children were held. 44 children attended these meeting on an average. Children discussed about programs in their point, issues that came up in Child Protection Committee meeting, challenges they face, and about taking actions after bullying research. Children presented problem that some of their parents consume alcohol, and they solved problem by deciding that they would take way of Satyagraha of Gandhiji, and would keep fast if their parents drink.

Zonal Sports:

Sports days were celebrated in zones with games like bear dance, back to back, magician villain and elf, etc. 290 boys and 299 girls participated in the zones. Children learnt to keep their body balanced, listening carefully, focusing and thinking on their feet.

Annual Day:

On 22nd December Balsena celebrated it’s 17th Birthday and Tarunsena celebrated it’s 12th birthday as an annual day. The theme was sports. Around 600 children participated on the annual day. The day started with a rally followed by flag hoisting of Balsena and Tarunsena. Children played various cooperative team games. The games teach about cooperation, team building, and focus, being here and now and of course a lot of fun. Mr. Bimal was chief guest for the annual day. He is a mountaineer and a marathon runner. He spoke to children about importance of staying fit and playing sports.

Celebration of 25 years of work in Bhavnagar:

Shaishav celebrated 25 years of work in Bhavnagar on 11th and 12 January. Balsena children participated in the event of human library and playing cooperative games with guests. During session of human library Balsena children interacted with the guest about their life stories and how Balsena has impacted their life. Children lead the session of games, they inspired the adults to bring out their inner child and play. Children and adults immensely enjoyed both the session.

Exposure visit
Exposure visit
Sports day
Sports day
Leadership camp
Leadership camp
Children leading games in 25 years celebration
Children leading games in 25 years celebration
Balsena's birthday celebration
Balsena's birthday celebration
Jan 15, 2020

Adolescence program in Aashramshala and activities in villages

Learning about our body
Learning about our body

Work with Adolescence in Aashramshalas

Aashramshalas are residential schools for tribal children. We are working in 8 Aashramshala with 515 boys and 592 girls of standard 5th -9th bimonthly. The activities are on the subjects of changes during adolescence, menstruation, what is gender and gender equality, sexual abuse and how to save ourselves from it, life skills like communication, creativity and problem solving. This topics are taught with different mediums like games, activities, discussion, exhibits, etc. Children have learnt to think out of the box, work in a team, how to elect their leader, and not to lose hope in difficult situations. They learnt that women can also do the work men can do.   

Balmelas:

We conducted 11 Balmelas in the Aashramshalas and school with 1370 children of 1st-9th standard. We facilitated age appropriate activities with them like stories and songs, games, paper craft and activities on creativity, communication, problem solving and human anatomy.

Work in the neighbouring villages:

We are working in 5 villages surrounding Pomlapada village in Dediapada block of Narmada district. 202 Children are part of these activities twice in a week. The activities include games, paper craft and activities on creativity and problem solving.

Facilitators observe that children have bonded more with each other and have started taking leadership and speaking up.

We are also conducting a survey of these villages to better our understanding of the village, the children and their situation. We have found that there are many children who are orphaned or have single parent due to alcohol addiction. Many children leave higher studies because the school are far.

All the teachers and villagers are very welcoming as this area has been one of the much neglected one previously.

Creativity through finger painting
Creativity through finger painting
Learning about human anatomy
Learning about human anatomy
 
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