Jan 10, 2020

Updates from the Girls home

We take this opputunity to thanks ALL or donors for their support 


The funding support to Arushi Children Home for Girls has enabled provisions of critical services for girls rescued from streets and difficult circumstances. Arushi being one of the first girls’ children home initiated by Salaam Baalak Trust strives to provide a multifarious package of services for holistic development of girls. Apart from education, health and nutrition, computer
literacy and skill development form an essential part of services package at Arushi. With the help of the supported project girls at Arushi have been able to access education, skill development and other extracurricular services including exposure visits and excursions. The sustained provision of these classes has enabled overall growth and development of girls. Along with their intellectual development, girls’ personalities are also improving. They are becoming
more confident and capable of making informed choices.

Progress Overview
A progress overview of the services being supported under the project has been presented in the
following section.


Education: Education is one of the most important components of service package provided at Arushi. Education is instrumental for academic development and character building of students.
Since Arushi caters to girls from different socioeconomic background with often little of no exposure to schools. To meet the multifarious needs of education of girls, Arushi team provides education through formal, non-formal and open schooling. Formal schooling involves enrolling children in schools and linking them to mainstream education. In the reporting period, 31 girls have been provided formal schooling. They are studying in different schools including, Rotary Public School, ST. Crispin Senior Secondary School, Kitty Garden Public School and Universal Public School and Arsha Public School. These children are supported at Arushi Home through in-house classes conducted by SBT teachers. During these classes, school going children complete their school homework and assignments and also revise their school syllabi for exam preparation.

Non-formal education (NFE): NFE classes are aimed at children who have either not been to school or are drop outs. Since, these children cannot be enrolled into a formal school immediately, they are provided NFE to prepare them for school education. Thus, NFE becomes the first step towards mainstreaming a child into the society. During the reporting period, 43 girls
were provided NFE. Use of various activities and teaching aids made the NFE classes joyous and impactful. In the reporting period one girl made successful transition from non-formal to formal schooling.
Open schooling is offered to those girls who are not inclined towards regular school education and express a strong desire for pursuing vocational and skill development course. Five girls are studying through National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and are preparing for their exams.

Vocational training and job placement: Girls at the threshold of adulthood are prepared and counselled for career development. Once they turn 16, they are linked to skill development and vocational training courses. The process of preparing girls for vocational training begins at the age of 15. The girls along with the career counsellor conduct a realistic career assessment based on their skills, interest and aptitude and then discuss the vocational training avenues available to them. During the reporting period, three girls have been enrolled into computer classes. They have completed their course successfully. One girl is learning theatre, two girls are doing gym training and one girl doing receptionist training.

Rehabilitation: In the reporting period, four girls turning 18 were rehabilitated. The rehabilitation process involves preparing girls for an independent life outside the children’s home. The preparation involves psychological and career counselling sessions with girls. The team also searches for a safe accommodation for girls to stay on their own. Of the four girls who have been
rehabilitated have been enrolled for higher studies, one girl has secured a job as a beautician and one girl is working in the hospitality sector. The Arushi team is in regular touch with girls for consistent follow up.


Annual excursion: In the year 2019, the annual tour was organised at Nainital – one of the popular hill stations in the State of Uttarakhand. A total of 31 girls were taken for the excursion. It was an entertaining and enriching experience for the girls. The tour was scheduled for four days. It offered an opportunity for children and staff to interact and become friendlier with each other. During the excursion girls visited famous sight-seeing spots in Nainital including the
picturesque Saat Taal – A pristine lake. The girls stayed in a cottage amidst the mountains, the cottage exuded the serenity of nature. The children and Arushi team relaxed at the cottage and played indoor games such as kho-kho and badminton. The girls then went to another beautiful lake called Nal Damayanti Lake. They were excited and enthusiastic to catch the fish in the lake.
Those who could swim enjoyed swimming under the supervision of staff members. It was as if girls had developed an immediate liking to the lakes in Nainital. They were elated at the idea of visiting another majestic and famous tourist attraction called Naukuchia Taal. Here they enjoyed
boating along with the team members.
Exposed to the scenic beauty of Uttarakhand, the girls then visited a zoo along with the younger children. 
 The girls bonded well and learnt to adjust with each other. This inculcated a
feeling of collectiveness and sharing and caring among them. Many team building exercises were done to strengthen their rapport with each other and staff members. 

Challenges and opportunities: The Arushi team grapples with funding crunch for linking girls to various life skill and latent talent development activities. To address this challenge, the team is mobilising individual donations and also looking out for affordable options to link girls to various hobby and other courses. The team also faces difficulties in providing specialised care to children with disabilities. These children need lot of care and affection as well as time. The staff is multi-tasking and building capacities to meet the complex and multifarious needs.

Oct 25, 2019

boys shelter renovations

Introduction

Apna Ghar Children’s Home was established on January 17, 2000 as a full care residential shelter for children in need of care and protection. Operating in Pahar Ganj area of Delhi, the Home provides residential care to runaway and missing children and those rescued from child labour, beggary and other vulnerable circumstances. The children at Apna Ghar are provided, health, education, vocational training and restoration and rehabilitation services. Apart from above mentioned services, counselling and mental health support is also given to the children. Additionally, children who are about to step into adulthood i.e. turn 18 are linked to jobs. Providing full care residential care, Apna Ghar serves as safe, secure and an enabling place to live for children rescued from streets. Recognised as Open Shelter under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2000, Apna Ghar team works with a rights-based perspective. The team’s key goal is protect and realise the rights of children, keeping in mind their best interest. Currently, the Open Shelter caters to 25 boys in the age group of 5-18 years.
Supported Project

Apna Ghar literally means our home. Children living in Apna Ghar often have no recollection of their own families and homes. For them, Apna Ghar becomes their home. Thus, it is critical to transform an Open Shelter into a child-friendly, happy and lively place. Often a first step towards this, is to ensure adequate and quality infrastructure. Under the supported project, critical infrastructural improvements and renovation work are being undertaken at the Apna Ghar Home.
Since Apna Ghar has been functional in an old yet sturdy building, regular repair and renovation work is fundamental to make it completely fit for children. The Apna Ghar team has been struggling to mobilise funds for the renovation of the Open Shelter. Thus, the valuable donor support and funds have been a shot in the arm for Apna Ghar team. The next section provides a progress update on the repair and renovation work being carried out at the Open Shelter under the project.

Progress Update

The construction and renovation at Apna Ghar is in going on in full swing. Following activities are underway: • Access to safe electricity: The wiring in the Apna Ghar building has become old and dated. Old wires are both inefficient and unsafe for electricity transmission. Therefore, all wiring at the home is being replaced with new ones. The new underground wiring system will be instrumental in ensuring uninterrupted electricity supply at the Home and minimise any short circuits and other glitches. • Improving appearance of the Home: To improve the overall appearance of the Home, whitewashing of the walls and ceilings is being done. The bright and clean appearance of the Home will be pleasing for both children to live and team to work. • Wooden work: Furniture and closets are an important part of the Home, they are used by the children on a daily basis and undergo wear and tear. Thus, their repair is
required to ascertain that they are fully functional and safe to be used. This essentially means they do not have any sharp edges and are easily accessible to children. • Toilet availability: To promote sanitation and hygiene among children, it is important that they have access to fully functional toilets. Towards this end, repair work is being undertake in two bathrooms. It will entail constructing a new pipeline passage and installing new pipe. In addition to this, flush systems will be installed in each of the bathrooms. In one of the bathrooms, a new toilet seat will be fixed. To improve the overall appearance of the bathrooms and for ease of cleaning, floor tiles will be laid out. All the above mentioned repair activities are extremely crucial for smooth functioning of a Open Shelter. Both children and team are extremely excited and happy that their home is getting revived with a new and improved look.


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Oct 21, 2019

About the HIV affected children

Introduction

Apna Ghar Children’s Home was established on January 17, 2000 as a full care residential shelter for children in need of care and protection. Operating in Pahar Ganj area of Delhi, the Home provides residential care to runaway and missing children and those rescued from child labour, beggary and other vulnerable circumstances. The children at Apna Ghar are provided, health, education, vocational training and restoration and rehabilitation services. Apart from above mentioned services, counselling and mental health support is also given to the children. Additionally, children who are about to step into adulthood i.e. turn 18 are linked to jobs. Providing full care residential care,

Apna Ghar serves as safe, secure and an enabling place to live for children rescued from streets. Recognised as Open Shelter under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2000, Apna Ghar team works with a rights-based perspective. The team’s key goal is protect and realise the rights of children, keeping in mind their best interest. Currently, the Open Shelter caters to 25 boys in the age group of 5-18 years

 

We have 7 childrens home where children are provided with healthy food , safe space , education , mental health services and rehabilitation.

Our appeal for raising funds thru the  GlobalGiving platform is to help  2 children who are affected by HIV and who are staying at one of our shelter homes .

The children wanted to be with their family but the family had no means to provide food and shelter to these kids . So, through the money raised we wanted to help them reunite them with their family and at the same time  take care of their physical health .

 
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