Feb 10, 2017

Status of digital empowerment project

Even though children (formerly child labour or drop outs) are going back to school, in the critical regions that CRY works in, there still lies a huge gap between them and their privileged counterparts in terms of learning opportunities. Most children in these regions have no access to technology, they are far behind and there is dire need for inducting them into digital age by exposing them to technology for the purpose of bettering their future prospects.

Digital Empowerment of Marginalised Children as a project  was initiated just a few months ago and we started to reach out donors like you. With support from you we have been able so far put in a project plan, study the number of children and dynamics of availability of children for this project.

We have reached out to professionals within CRY- Child Rights and You, met with experts in India who have already implemented similar projects and we are devising a realistic and sustainable model to have an effective program in place. 

The project aims at introducing and helping children to overcome inhibitions towards technology. The project is designed such that children will access learn and get comfortable with tabs, laptops, apps and effectively engaging in games, educative programs, life skills and understanding their rights in digital environment. As the deployment will be in children's collective ( around 25 of of 6-18 year olds), children learn hands-on in interactive sessions, sharing and teaching each other.

Currently, our IT division is taking up many measures to ensure that our grassroot partners get familiar to technology, prcessess and databases they'll need to handle for implementation of the project. So that there is right paced introduction of technology to all stakeholders involved.

Coming up: On one hand we will be identifying the community workers(organisers) from the projects who will have to be trained to take the program forward effectively; these community organisers will undergo intensive training to engage and teach children. They will be the center of the project as they will also take the program to community in the future.

And on the other hand we are approaching donors such as you to help us keep the momentum as the project involves immense costs from planning to execution levels.

We are thankful for your donation, as it has helped us that much to go forward with the project and instilled a hope in us that your continued support will help us succeed.

 

Faithfully Yours,

Prithvi

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.

 
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