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Dec 27, 2016

Life Skills & Disaster Mitigation for children

At the workshop
At the workshop

With support from Global Giving and you, we successfully launched third phase of Rebuilding Children's Live after the Chennai Flood!

 As the focus of the program is Life Skills & Disaster Mitigation for children of Vyasarpadi Slums in Chennai for this third phase here is a report on what has happened till date.

What we cover through this project?

  1. Workshops for children on life skill empowerment and preparedness for disaster situations &
  2. Awareness Building among the critical stakeholders of parents and community on preventive measures to ensure child safety, protection and emotional as well as physical health in disaster situation.

 

What has been done so far?

Time was spent in the months of October and November in detailing the modules for the workshops which would comprehensively cover the aspects of Life Skills & Disaster Mitigation. 

Workshop 1 - December 11th & 12th 2016

Don Bosco Youth Animation Center – Ennore – Chennai

Age group: 11 to 14 years

No of children: 40 (20 boys & 20 girls)

 

On Day one, post interesting and engaging introductions, participating children, were taken on by captivating session on Science behind disaster management by Mr. Arivarasan, children trainer, from Prakshan Charitable Trust, an expert in disaster management & teaching science experiments to children.

 

  • Other sessions included learning a song on, activity on following instructions and needs to cautious, sharp and intelligent always in particular at the time of crisis to handle the situation intelligently. Understanding Life skills by discussions on Speak out the problem
  • Face the problem
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Plan and act (action plan)
  • Work together
  • Personality
  • Interpersonal relationship
  • Information sharing
  • Self awareness

Workshop sessions further involves children in activity based learning of concepts such as team building, self awareness – identity, respect, acceptance and responsibility. The Day one was closed with children visiting the beach, understanding crisis situation that can occur at the shore and the day ended with cultural performances. Day two focused on self at a deeper level, where children delved with concepts like self respect, and self responsibility. The Session had to be wound up due to Cyclone on effects felt that day. 

Children shared that they enjoyed two days training as it was the first of its kind. It gave them an opportunity to understand themselves and the society they live in. The sessions have given them the courage to face difficult situations in life.  

We thank you for your support and faith in us. We are preparing for the next workshop for the children and we will bring you all details soon. 

We look forward for your continued support. Do share the report with your friends and family and let them know that your support has gone a long way.

 

Thanking you

Sincerely

Prithvi

At the workshop
At the workshop
Dec 13, 2016

A report

Thanks to Global Giving, CRY-Child Rights And You was successfully able to raise funds for the Phase three of this progproject and launched it during the month of October soon after we received funds. With the planning hats on, the first group of participants were selected.

The first round of workshop was held right on time as planned. On December 10th and 11th Phase three saw the first group of participants attending their Life skills and disaster preparedness workshops for children and awareness program.

 

Cry has worked in the flood relief and rescue operations in the Vyasarbadi  area .  Now following are the aims of the project in phase 3.

- Aim is to empower the children of Vyasarpadi through critical life skills concepts towards a    free and emancipated childhood even in the most difficult of situations

- To build awareness among the critical stakeholders of parents and community on preventive measures to ensure child safety, protection and emotional as well as physical health in disaster situations.    

Key elements of the project:

“Program for Child Empowerment & Preparedness for Disaster Situations”

• Workshops for children : age group of 11 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years - 4 workshops
• Two workshops per age group – each with 40 children (boys & girls) and 10 wards/community volunteers: Total number of children – 160 children & 40 adults
• Duration of the workshop: 2 days per workshop
• Focus Themes of the workshop:
•Life Skills Concepts – Self empowerment, Self Esteem and Confidence, Self Affirmation, Positive Thinking & Problem Solving.
•Leadership Skills - to look within to identify strengths as well as potential areas of improvement & Situational leadership.
•Collective Empowerment – Common goals & pulling together
•Disaster Preparedness for children – Easy steps through age-appropriate preparedness materials
•Addressing child stress and trauma – Through age specific activities focus on Reducing Fear, Understanding Anxieties, Skills for psychological recovery, bouncing back to childhood
•The methodology of the workshop will be child centered; age appropriate and activity based ensuring that the process is a fun – filled, relaxing and completely non - threatening one for the children and wards.
•Mass Awareness on Disaster Related Child Care & Preparedness.
•Preparation of IEC Material (Information, Education & Communication Material) for Parents and Community Members: Readiness Steps to be taken, Risk Reduction, Safety Alerts for children & family, Positive engagement & problem solving, Collective action and mobilisation to address issues
•Household & Community Based Discussions in Vyasarpadi – Forward thinking and identifying concrete steps
•Preparation of IEC Material (Information, Education & Communication Material) for Parents and Community Members:
•Readiness Steps to be taken, Risk Reduction, Safety Alerts for children & family, Positive engagement & problem solving, Collective action and mobilization to address issues
•Household & Community Based Discussions in Vyasarpadi – Forward thinking and identifying concrete steps

The first group have completed the first round of workshop and we are collecting their feedback for you. There is a delay however in processing information as Chennai just had another Cyclone.

Watch this space for more information. We will be bringing the updates shortly.

Sep 15, 2016

Closure report letherfly campaign

The sex ratio in India stands at 914 females to 1000 males. What is perhaps even scarier than this number is that the ratio has actually fallen from 927 in the last ten years. The nation’s girls are indeed at risk and the subject of neglect and discrimination.

Millions of girl children in India face challenges every step of the way and many of their rights are not upheld be it – health, nutrition, education, protection or simply a space to be heard. Communities in India are still largely patriarchal and girls always end up taking the second place to the male members in their families, be it their brothers, husbands or even sons. The female literacy rate for women in the country which hovers around 65% as compared to the male literacy rate which is over 80% - is a direct reflection of this situation.

Lack of proper health care and immunizations, malnourishment, child labour, no access to education, early marriages leading to early pregnancies and health issues and a total lack of voice or opinion on their own lives – are some of the many issues that girls in India face today.

 Impact of CRY's work

12 year old Sandhyarani’s home is in CRY’s intervention area in the Thoubal district of Manipur - with her parents and 7 siblings. When she was 8 years old she was taken out of school and sent off to the nearest city as a domestic help.

At this young age she had to learn how to cook, wash clothes, sweep and work from dawn to dusk at the many jobs around the house.

When CRY workers came to know about her – they immediately wanted to rescue her from her predicament and enrol her into school where she rightfully belongs. However her parents were reluctant to bring her back. The process of changing their mindset and convince them that their child would be better off in school – was a long and hard one from the CRY project team.

However, eventually the parents did realise the ill effects of child labour on their daughter and her chance at a better future through education. They brought the child back and with the help of CRY, enrolled her into school.Today Sandhyarani is where each child rightfully belongs and can dream of a brighter future


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