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Jul 18, 2019

Child Reporters bringing Change

Developing community resources child reporters brings long-term sustainable impact at ground level. Our Saloni project aiming at empowering 10-19 years adolescent girls and improving their conditions in gender critical urban slums of Lucknow has demonstrated impact value of above mentioned   community resources developed at ground level with support of Global Giving.  

Child Reporters: -Child Reporters are contributing in building the foundation for child participation and initiatives to address the issues affecting them, their families, schools and community in slums of Lucknow. They are being developed and empowered with a blend of strategies including training, exposure, interface, publication of the child centered and stories based on their issues and dialoguing with service providers.

Thirteen years old Shbabana living in Makdoomnagar and studying in 7th standard was selected as Child Reporter under the project in 2018. She was trained to enhance her motivation and skills on communication, participation, child rights and entitlements, self-advocacy tools like story, feedback notes, drawings, applications. She was introduced along with other 30 child reporters to wider community, school teachers, local representative’s public health workers and other service providers. These project inputs and continuous mentoring guidance made Shabana  a community level change maker. She has also enrolled herself with a vocational training courses while continuing here education. While mobilizing the parents for sending their children especially girls to schools regularly, preventing child marriage, she provides feedback to the service providers. Her feedback and communication with local governance body member brought new hand pump for drinking water in the community. She collects and disseminates information to community members on government schemes. She has also been able to motivate her parents for admission of her two sisters in school. At the age of 13, she demonstrates the potential girls carry to bring change among themselves and their community. Shabana is not alone. Project has developed 30 child reporters in age group of 10-15 years in 5 slums. They are emerging as local journalists, change makers and feedback providers. Their presence in the slums and schools contributes in encouraging education, delaying child marriages, improving delivery of public services like education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation impacting above 5000  children, girls and families.    


Jan 18, 2019

Community Volunteers bringing Change

Community volunteers developed in slums have emerged as  community change facilitators for adolescent girls empowerment and community development processes.32 years old and 8th passed Anju,s  life was limited to domestic works only in Purvidinkhera slum of Lucknow. After becoming community volunteers, she participated in training programme and mentoring sessions conducted by Sarathi Development Foundation with GlobalGiving partnership support. She gained recognition as  a community change maker due to her work like supporting drop out girls for their enrolment in schools, mobilising parents for sending girls to schools, postponing marriages before legal age, providing feedback to government service providers on community issue like drinking water, need of toilets, mother and child health services. She facilitated re-enrolment of 9 adolescent girls in school and postponement of their early marriage. Her role is recognised by the government  also in 2018 when she was selected as Urban Social and Health Activist known as USHA by the  Department of Health. She is happy with this change in her life and work for her community. She thanks to the Sarathi, project and its supporters for providing path to bring this change.

204 community volunteers like Anju  have  been developed under the project in 80 slums. During the reporting period, they have facilitated re-enrolment of 69 adolescent girls in schools for continuing their education, oriented 787 girls on menstrual hygiene management and access to sanitary pads, facilitated 592 girls for financial literacy and opening their accounts in bank. These volunteers have emerged as a link between community members and public service providers like schools, elected local ward members, health and nutrition workers. It has brought benefits like installation of water supply systems, repairing of defunct hand pumps, construction of toilets.

Sarathi is enhancing capacities of slum community volunteers through regular supportive supervision, community meetigns, recognition of their work,knowledge updation,  training, and their  linkages with government schemes and service providers. We express our sincere thanks to GlobalGiving and supporters for continued support to bring impact in poverty stricken slums and disadvantaged adolescent girls.  

Jul 18, 2018

Child Reporters are advocating

Project in partnership with Global Giving has taken an innovative step to enhance skills and resources for communication and advocacy on the issues affecting girls and wider community in slums of Lucknow. We identified 59 children and adolescent girls in age group of 10 to 18 years  from 11 slums and 12 primary and upper primary schools to build their skills as reporters for voicing their issues, providing feedback to service providers and influencing behaviours. These 59 reporters have received three days training on identifying issues, writing stories with drawing and using their stories for communication with the stakeholders like school teachers, local governance institutions, community members. It is encouraging to note that a wide range of issues, needs and aspirations related to  education, child marriage, community development, behaviours & mindsets, water and sanitations have emerged through the stories and drawings developed by these child reporters.

Archana (Child Reporter ) living in Badali Khera  is continuing her education and wants to become a Journalist so that she can write and take community development issues to the government.

Neha  (Child Reporter ) living in Adil Nagar slum writes real story to bring attention of local governance institution   on problems girls and other children face in their schools. She raised through her story that girls denied access to toilets in school, water is logging in school, poor sitting arrangements are troubling children especially in winter.

Kaif  (Child Reporter ) living in Makdum Nagar slum  writes about his desire to become advocate so that he can help vulnerable people to access their rights.

Meenankshi (Child Reporter) writes a story about Mahi ( A 15 years old Girl in her slum) a victim of child marriage.Mahi wanted to continue her educated but was married  despite her repeated request to her father. Her dream to become doctor was shattered. Meenkashi communicates wider through her stories to Stop Child Marriage.

It has been encouraging to see the motivation and enthusiasm of children and adolescent girls as child reporters. They are emerging new generation change makers in their families, community, schools and wider society. They are gaining a new recognition as reporter to escalate the issues affecting them, their families, their schools and community. We have plans ahead to enhance their skills, exposure and participation in platforms for advocacy and opportunities.               

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