Nov 6, 2017

Shelter home update

Introduction

Children living and working on the streets form an invisible part of the urban landscape. Surviving on streets many of these children are exposed to different forms of abuse including physical, psychological and sexual and also suffer from malnutrition and other communicable diseases. The vulnerabilities of street children intensify in case of girls who grapple with challenges of sexual abuse, physical insecurities and in worst cases forced prostitution. Therefore, these children especially girls need immediate care and protection.

 

In an attempt to rescue girls from streets and provide them a secure and thriving environment, Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) provides a comprehensive package of services ranging from shelter, food, medical, education to rescue and restoration to family. With an explicit recognition ofaccentuated security and safety concernsin case of girls, SBThas channelized efforts to provide specialised residential care and other services to girls. One of the first steps of SBT in this direction was establishment of Arushi shelter home/residential centre for girls in Gurgaon.

 

The shelter home is specially designed to cater to all aspects of a child-friendly home, ventilation, amphitheatre, open space for playing, classrooms and dormitories. Arushi is an initiative to offer 24 hour shelter to girls between the age of 5 years to 18 years living and working on the streets. To enable young girls at the threshold of adult life, their vocational training and rehabilitation becomes an integral programme component at Arushi.

 

ProjectGoal and Objectives

Against this backdrop, the present project was envisaged and is being executed to achieve following broad goal and specific objectives.

 

Goal: Providing a safe and child-first environment to girl children from the street for their overall development and to empower them as responsible citizens of the country.

 

Objectives and activities

  • Providing a safe and secured space for children
  • Providing education and recreation
  • Restoration and repatriation to family
  • Health and nutritional care
  • Psychological counselling
  • Vocational training and skill development
  • Job placement and rehabilitation programme

 

Progress Update

In tandem with above mentioned objectives, following activities were conducted to meet the stated project targets during the reporting period March 1-August 31, 2016. 

 

Education

  1. Enrolled 40 children in formal schools
  2. Provide non-formal education to 40 children, and of these 75 percent would be motivated to join formal schools

Academic and intellectual development of children, positive exposure towards society and preparation of career goals

  1. A total of 36 girls were enrolled in the formal education out of which 29 girls are going to schools and nine in NIOS in the reporting period.
  2. A total of six children successfully made a shift from non-formal education to regular schooling. Three new admissions were made to regular schools.
  3. Non-formal education is being provided to 26 girls. They are being prepared to join the formal schooling system.

 

  1. Instilling confidence among girls for English speaking and use of correct grammar remains a challenge. Many girls also face difficulties in mathematics. The team is working hard to motivate girls to improve their mathematical capacities.
  2. Shortage of teaching staff to tackle the multiple academic needs of children is another issue with the team is grappling.

Food and nutrition

  1. Provide three hot cooked meal for every girl
  2. Special nutrition for children as prescribed by doctor

Anthropometric measures (height, weight, body weight)

Health indicators of physical well-being

 

  1. Three hot cooked meals are provided to all the girls.
  2. Besides that we also provide evening nutrition to girls on daily basis and the team also work towards provision of healthy food and snacks as evening nutrition in donation.
  3. Special nutrition is provided to the children who are unwell.
  4. Most of the girls in the centre are growing normally with increments in height and weight as per recommended growth standards.
  5. A total of 221 children were provided meals at the centre.

 

Physical health care

  1. Medical check-up of children twice a month
  2. Medical investigation in within 15 days of registration and repeated after 6 months
  3. Monthly sessions with counsellors

Physical growth as per ICMR standards

Reduction in malnutrition

Sound physical and mental health

  1. Medical check up of children is conducted two to three times a month.
  2. Medical investigation is done within 15 days of registration of a child in the centre and a health performa is regularly filled and maintained.
  3. Regular mental health and life skill sessions are taken at group and individual levels.
  4. In the reporting period through health check-ups of 80 girls was done.
  5. The team is not ableto avail support from reputed hospitals in Gurgaon. For instance, we did not get concession for speech therapy of our girl from MedantaMedicity.

 

Repatriation

  1. Repatriation of 10 children (subject to tracing of families and CWC orders)
  2. Regular follow-up of repatriated children
  3. Developing strong networking linkages and strengthen advocacy

Realisation of children’s right to stay with family in a safe and secure environment

 

  1. The team repatriated 38 girls from March 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017 with due permission from CWC.
  2. The team established strong networking ties with all legal stakeholders.
  3. The team also organised quarterly stakeholder meetingsto further strengthen these networks.

 

Psychosocial support

  1. Individual supportive session – all children to be covered within a quarter
  2. Group sessions with children twice a month

Children’s attitude towards life become positive by helping them overcome their past trauma

  1. Every child has been covered under individual psychological sessions were conducted.
  2. Individual sessions- helped children cope with daily stressors.
  3. Groupgroup sessions were also organised.These sessions encouraged girls to strengthen self-understanding and engage in introspection. The session helped children to share their ideas and thoughts and boosted their self-confidence.
  4. Sometimes, girls showed little or no interest in the sessions and that in turn affected the quality of the sessions. During group sessions, small girls often remained distracted and engaging them was also a challenge.

Life skill education

  1. Regular life skill sessions with children (in groups of 10-12 children and twice a month)

Increased and improved decision making power, problem solving skills and life skills, critical thinking among children

  1. Regular life skill sessions were conducted in the reporting period.
  2. These sessions have made the girls adept in daily skills. Together they were able to explore their personalities and developed problem solving capabilities.
  3. Girls sometimes find life skill education sessions monotonous. Therefore, the life skill educator tried tomake these sessions more interesting.

Vocational training

  1. Enrol 20 children in vocational training
  2. Enrol children above 11 years in computer classes

Making young girls self-reliant

Mainstream and empower them as respectable citizens of society

  1. 23 girls have been enrolled in vocational training in the reporting period.
  2. Computer classes are also being offered to many children in the centre.
  3. There is a dearth of government institute providing vocational training in Gurgaon.
  4. The team faces logistical issues in sending girls to these institutes.

 

Future Plan

In the remaining reporting period, the team plans to build upon English and mathematical skills of the girls. The project team will also make efforts to network with vocational and skill training institutions in Gurgaon and nearby areas. Steps will also be taken to modify the structure of life skill education sessions. On the whole, the team would aim to improve project outcomes and bring substantial differences in the lives of the children being supported under the project.

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Oct 30, 2017

News from the girls shelter home - ARUSHI

 

Background

 Inspired by Mira Nair's film 'Salaam Bombay' in 1988, Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) grew out of Nukkad – a street-based intervention programme that began working with street children in and around New Delhi Railway Station.

 

A sense of security – be it a safe sleeping place, a small cupboard to store their personal belongings, a somewhat set pattern to life (e.g. regulated timings for food, study, play, roll call and going to bed etc.) gives the children an environment to be creative and grow naturally, yet instills in them the idea of discipline and hard work to achieve their dreams. Once the sheer struggle for survival is over, only then can they begin to articulate and work towards their future.

 

Understanding their need for security, nutrition, and opportunities, SBT started a full-care residential program called Arushi in Gurgaon. This Home was specially designed to cater to all aspects of a child friendly Home- ventilation, amphitheatre, open space around the building for playing, classrooms, dormitories. Arushi is an initiative to offer 24 hour shelter to girls between the ages of 5 years to 18 years living on the streets. The children Home consists of 56 beds for children in 4 dormitories. Each dormitory has 14 beds. Each dormitory is attached with toilet and bathroom. There is kitchen and dining space. There is a medical Van for children in need of medical service.

 Review of 2016-17 

The girls at Arushi are provided a comprehensive package of services for their development, care, protection and well-being. The services include education, physical and mental health care, performing arts and sports, life skills and vocational training and job placement. The details on each of these services have been elaborated below.

In 2015-16, the girls at Arushi shelter Home continued their academic and skill development activities. A key achievement of the staff at Arushi was to trace the families of the girls who went missing and were admitted to the shelter on the orders of the Child Welfare Committee. With an explicit understanding that Home and family is the best milieu for a child, the staff members restored a total 41 girls in the reporting period. Apart from this, children are focusing on their education through different modes including formal, non-formal and open schooling.

After counseling from a trained career counselor, girls are being empowered to develop a goal oriented understanding about their skill and required training.

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 Future Plan

 

In the year 2016, the staff members are consistently working towards preparing the supported girls for higher education and are encouraging them to learn supplementary skills such as computers and typing to prepare them for vocational training and job placements.

Oct 30, 2017

link to our shelter home for girls - An overview

SBT Residential Centres are Unique

Unlike orphanages, shelter homes and other child care institutions, full-care and short stay residential homes provide an enabling environment to children to realize their potential to the fullest. An attempt is made to educate and help children develop intellectually at these centres. However, children who are not inclined towards academics are not pushed towards a definite career path. Children are provided opportunities to develop their hidden talents and skills. They are encouraged to pursue dance, puppetry, acting, painting and photography as well.

 

 Activitiesand Progress Update

Understanding the importance of ensuring a safe environment for children, SBT runs full-care residential homes for girls and boys who live on streets. Aasra, ApnaGhar, Old Delhi Railway Station Open Centre (ODRS OC) DMRC Children Home are home for boys; Udaan Home and Arushi are shelter homes/residential centres for girls. Besides serving the prime purpose of providing a ‘safe living space’ to children, residential homes offer a comprehensive package of services including food, education, medical care, mental health and psychological support. Children’s admission in the centres is ascertained after they are duly presented in CWCs as per the provisions of the JJ Act, 2000. Identifying the unique background and needs of the child, individual care plans are drawn for each child in these centres. Regular academic, psychological and medical assessments of the children are done to provide individualised education and health facilities. Full-time mental health professional and medical coordinator are appointed in the centre to provide psychological support, counselling and facilitate medical check-ups and treatment of children, respectively.  The continuum of care and protection services provided at the residential centres have been depicted in the Figure below.

 

In the year 2016-17 a total of 2271 children (192 girls) were provided shelter in six shelter homes of Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT). Approximately 10% childrencame to open shelter directly or without Chile Welfare Committee(CWC) referral.

 Future Plan

SBT team plans to improve the existing quality of services through increased networks, better opportunities and staff capacity building. The team is making concerted efforts to reach more number of children in the coming year.

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