May 10, 2017

Extending Psychological Support to the shelter hom

The following key activities have been conducted by the project team.

  1. Referral Sessions: These sessions are being conducted with the children who need regular counselling and face psychological difficulties and clinical symptoms. The appointed mental health team member conducts detailed clinical assessments and if specific problems are found then the case is discussed in the core group meeting for a clear diagnosis. Following this management plans are made and discussed with the concerned staff members. These plans are being implemented by the combined efforts of the team comprising a psychiatrist, psychologist and social workers.

To improve the quality of referral sessions a trainings programmes were organised for the mental health team on management of trauma, assessment of children with autism, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. These exercises helped the staff members in understanding how to identify any atypical behaviour of the child and refer him/her to the counsellor at the earliest.

  1. Psycho Social Counselling: The sessions are being conducted for children through informal discussions and problem solving. The key issues dealt in this quarter were drug abuse, relationship issues, and anger management.
  2. Group Sessions are being regularly organised to address psycho social issues. These session have been conducted in groups of eight to 10 children. Group work is used to address issues like mental health needs, confidence issues, self-regulation and other day to day concerns. The format of the session is generally exploratory and the focus of the sessions is on the efforts made and the processes involved by children while conducting any exercise and not the end result. The session boost children’s collaborative learning and boost their self-confidence.
  3. Enrolling Children with Special needs in Specialized Institutions: The children with learning disabilities have been enrolled in special schools. Five children with learning disability are going to an institute called Orkids for special education classes.
  4. Extending In-House Academic and Psychological Support: The teachers and the counsellors are working in tandem for early screening of children with learning difficulties and also to prepare an individual education plan for each child as per their strengths and difficulties. This has helped in improvement of children’s intellectual performance.

Child Development Units (CDUs): The units provide children with neuro-developmental difficulties, a safe, nurturing environment and aim at early screening of mental health problems followed by carefully planned interventions. This was set up in September 2015. At present the CDU is covering seven boys with Autism Spectrum, physical disabilityandattention deficit hyperactive Disorder. Various workshops were conducted with the staff and adolescent children of DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) children home to sensitise them about the neuro developmental difficulties and how they can contribute to CDU activities.

 

IMPACT

Children with disabilities are also being sensitised and trained about various life skills from time to time which has helped them to adapt well in the outside world.

The mental health team took an initiative to train the coordinators about crisis management, child development, adolescent issues and managing them. The training sessions improved the team’s capacities to address a plethora psychological problems.

Delhi school of communication also conducted a workshop on mass communication with the children above 16 years of age and gave them information about the mass communication.

 The project has enhanced psychological well-being of children in the intervention areas and has improved their access to education and counselling facilities. The project has also resulted in streamlining of career counselling programme. The use of a variety of aptitude tests helped the team and children to find the right career and education options compatible with their personality, interests and skills.

 

Success Story

Sachin was found by Salaam Baalak Trust staff member in 2014. Once he was brought to one of the shelter homes the team tried to gather his background information but in the process they came to know that he showed signs of intellectual deficits. The counsellors assessed him and took him for therapy sessions to the psychiatrist. The therapy sessions resulted in significant improvements in child’s overall behaviour and communication capacities. The child was previously very quiet and non-responsive and could not follow instructions but over a period to time he became more responsive and interacted with the staff members through play activities.

Feb 15, 2017

update on girls shelter home

 

 

IntroductionWith the valuable grants of Select City Walk, Salaam Baalak Trust has brought a transformation in the lives of girls rescued from streets and difficult circumstances. Living in the child-friendly environment of Arushi residential centre, these girls have shown immense progress in academics and extra-curricular activities in the year 2016. The girls’ have improved their personalities and are excelling in various latent talent development and vocational training courses.Progress Update

A detailed overall progress update of various activities and performance of girls is provided below.

 

Education

The girls at the residential centre are being supported through a pliable education programme to cater to individual needs of the girls. The different modes of education offered at the centre include formal schooling, non-formal education and open schooling. Teachers with the support of the volunteers took regular classes for children. The academic performance of each child at the centre is mapped by the in-house teachers. Additionally a monthly education report is being sent to the Executive Council to show the progress of the children.

 

To improve children’s general knowledge quiz and debates were organised. Career counseling workshops were conducted to streamline children’s higher education choices and guide them on the possible avenues for vocational training.

 

Food and Nutrition

The girls were provided three hot cooked and nutritious meals at the centre. Elder girls were involved in preparation of evening nutrition which includes buying groceries (under staff assistance) along with monitoring and distribution of utensils to create a sense of responsibility and discipline. Further, sessions were organised on the importance of choosing nutritious food for school tiffin. These sessions improved girls’ understanding of food, nutrition and balanced diet and resulted in visible changes in their dietary behavior. 

 

Health

To ensure holistic understanding of health and its components, awareness sessionsongood hygiene and sanitation practicesincludingtooth cleaning and hand wash techniques were held. Dental check and tetanus vaccination camps were organised at the centre to cover all children.

 

Skill Development and Job Placement

The girls who are above 18 and/or have passed Class 10 opt for vocational training. Presently the girls are pursuing beauty culture training, guitar classes, piano classes, classical singing & dancing, sketching classes, photoshop editing, English speaking classes

 

Rehabilitation

In the last year three girls have been rehabilitated, one of the girlsis working in a beauty parlor while another girl is an employee in Aurobindo Ashram and the third girlis working in aboutique.

The centre team organised a lunch party for the rehabilitated girls to bid them farewell and assure them of extended support from the team.The staff members also ensure regular follow up of the children. The details of various girls who have been rehabilitated are as follows.

  • Ritu 1- Sent For Higher Studies On July 24, 2016.
  • Nirmali- Rehabilitated On August 4, 2016.
  • Jyoti 1- Sent For Higher Studies On September 5, 2016.
  • Pinky1- Rehabilitated On October 1, 2016.
  • Meena- Rehabilitated On October 3, 2016.

 

 

Extra-Curricular Activities and Celebrations

The children engaged in following extracurricular activities in the last year.

  • Monthly birthday celebration  of the girls
  • Rakhi making by the girls
  • Girls visited Vistara Airlines to observe their catering unit and learn about the importance of maintaining hygiene while preparing the food.
  • Movie outings
  • Poetry recitation by the girls to overcome the fear of stage phobia
  • Visit to Kiran Nadar museum and farm house of Sleepwell owner
  • Three girls won bronze and silver medals at Delhi Karate Championship
  • Inter SBT girls’ badminton tournament won by Arushi girls in both senior and junior categories
  • Two girls won medals in the inter SBT chess competition.
  • Girls went for different activities during the summer camp
  • Girls Celebrated all the festivals with great fun and enthusiasm
  • Ford India gifted beautiful dresses and sweets to the girls
  • Christmas gifts were presented by a corporate donor
  • A play was prepared by the girls on the occasion of Christmas
  • Girls went to Manali, Himachal Pradesh for a trip. The girls went for natural trails, they enjoyed and learnt a lot during the trip.

Stakeholder meetings were organised to sensitise shop keepers, community members and other duty bearers on the problems and challenges faced by the girls rescued from the streets

 

Challenges

While working with the girls rescued from streets and managing the centre, the team faces the following challenges.

  • Communication gap with the Child Welfare Committee overseeing the enrollment and transfer of girls rescued to residential centres. Detailed legal discussions on provisions on various juvenile legislations is done to ensure that the rights of the girls rescued are protected and they get an opportunity to stay in safe shelter home.
  • In the context of education of girls, many girls find it difficult to cope up with the curriculum of age appropriate classes for this the team is planning to provide proper bridge course to these girls.

Future Plans

The centre team has envisioned following plans to improve the functioning of the centre.

  • Providing quality education to all children
  • Sending maximum number of children to formal schools
  • Developing care plan for all children with focus on those above 15years
  • Developing ownership of the centre among children through strengthening children’s committee
  • Making adequate rehabilitation arrangement of girls who are above 18 years
  • Ensuring follow ups of restored and rehabilitated girls
  • Optimal networking with corporate and individual donors to enable cost cutting

 

 

Feb 14, 2017

Residential Programmes 2016-17

Introduction

Street children are deprived of protective environment of family. Article 20 of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes the right of such children who cannot be looked after by their own family to special care. The Government of India also accorded serious attention to provide protective environment of children in need of care including street children through enactment of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 and subsequent amendments to the Act. The Act in its Section 37 provides for establishment of shelter homes for children in need of care and protection.  Significance of shelter homes and residential centres for street children is immense, given the exploitative, violent and hostile situations they face in cities. Shelter homes or residential centres act as safety nets protecting street children from sexual abuse and exploitation, physical violence and child labour.

 

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.

 

Brief Overview of Different Centers

Centre Catering to Boys or Girls

Brief Overview

Aasra Boys

Aasra was the first shelter home started by SBT. With a capacity of 50 it caters to boys of five to 18 years. The home was set up under the JJ Act, 2000.

ApnaGhar Boys

It is a short stay centre, where 30 children come stay short duration and then they are either restored or posted in a long stay home. The home was set under the JJ Act, 2000.

DMRC Boys

DMRC Children’s Home was established as part of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s corporate social responsibility. The home houses 125 boys from the age of five to below 18 years.

Old Delhi Railway Station (ODRS) Open Shelter Boys

ODRS is an open centre catering to 30 boys. It is a short stay centre, where children come stay short duration and then they are either restored or posted in a long stay home. The home was set under the JJ Act, 2000.

Arushi Girls

Arushi was first girls’ shelter home under SBT. It is an initiative to offer 24 hour shelter to 50 girls between the ages of five years to 18 years living on the streets.

Udaan Girls

Udaan was initiated with the support of Give 2 Asia in March 2010. It started with eight girls and currently shelters 60 girls at a time.

 

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.


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