Jun 1, 2018

Progress Report CFS from March - May, 2018

Child Friendly Spaces
Child Friendly Spaces

CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES

SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST

SAATH is a non-government organization registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Gujarat, India. In Gujarati the word SAATH means, “Together, Co-operation, a Collective or Support.” SAATH’s one-stop, integrated services reach over 4,00,000 individuals in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Since 1989, SAATH has facilitated participatory process that improves the quality of life for the urban and rural poor. SAATH caters to multiple needs of the poor by providing them with one-stop centres, through which they have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing. SAATH engages institutions, corporate and individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters for the integrated development of India.

  • Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals. 
  • Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.

 CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES

SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour informal education course with an aim to later enroll the child labourers, children of construction labourers in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME

The main and objective of this programme is to reach the child labourers and children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self-sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be continuously counselled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aims to bridge this gap.

 

 Interns and Volunteers:

  • Interns from MSW department of Gujarat University interned with Saath for two months. The conducted numerous educational and extra-curricular activities. They celebrated ‘Holi’ at all the centres. They also took children out for to a nearby nature park for picnic.
  • Volunteers from Karma Foundation visited the centre and conducted classroom activities- mixture of education and fun.
  • Employees of Plum Slice visit centre once a week and engage with children in fun activities such as singing and storytelling.  

 Donations:

 

  • Mrs. Patel celebrated her daughter’s birthday with these children. They cut cake and had yummy lunch with return gifts.
  • Mrs. Kiran celebrated her birthday with these kids, she said this was one of the best birthday she has every celebrated. She donated food and school kits to the children at Godrej Center.
  • Employees of Hyatt invited children for lunch to celebrate their Associates Week.
  • aProCh took about 100 children from Saath for an exposure visit to Riverfront on the banks of Sabarmati River. Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Corporation (AMTS) provided an exclusive free bus service to pick and drop children. The timing for the visit was 5pm to 7pm. Teachers took the responsibility to drop children to their doorstep. It was a three-day event and children engaged in activities such as rides, watched film and attended a music performance.
  • 40+ children were taken to Nini’s Kitchen, a restaurant in Ahmedabad, for lunch. It was organized by a few MSW interns. Children relished upon cuisines, which would be rare for them. They learnt table etiquettes including how to use spoon and forks. They felt special for the day for the special treatment and attention they received from the staff, teachers, and interns.
  • Children of Saath were invited to an event organized by the Traffic Department of the city. They were transported in the department’s bus to the venue, GMDC Ground. The aim was to make children aware of traffic rules. The demonstration was followed by painting activity. All the children were then awarded with a certificate for participation. It ended with tummy full of snacks.
  • About 50 children from three centres were taken for a film screening at Alpha One mall.
  • Two craft workshops by aProCh were conducted during May. 30-40 children along with children from other school participated. They learnt to make things out of paper.

Exposure Visits:

Teachers – Parents Meeting:

  • Parents’ meeting takes place every month. Parents were apprehensive at one of the centres about their children’s progress and had pessimist thoughts about education. The program coordinator then shared progress of all the children in parents meeting.

 

Health and Hygiene:

  • Every quarter health check-ups are done and growth record is maintained. Their height and 0weight are measured and maintained on monthly basis.
  • A health check-up was conducted in January, 2018 for the children of construction workers. The malnourished children are given supplements to bring their health to normal level.
  • Hand washing is a practice that is stressed upon and followed daily. Teacher ensure that each and every child when enter the class and before eating wash his/her hands

 

  

SUCCESS STORY

 

Saniya (name changed) aged 4 years, one of the students at our CFS is the only daughter of Mr. Seher and Aashiya. She has been studying at Juhapura Balghar for over a year now. Her father is a fruit seller in city area of Ahmedabad and earns around Rs. 500-1000 per day depending upon sales. Her mother is a homemaker. She mentioned that her family has enough even after providing for the Husband’s parents, as he is only son of the old parents. Both the parents of Saniya can just barely write their names. They feel overjoyed to see her daughter successfully read and write her name and other things too. Her mother exclaimed with joy that, “I feel proud to see my only daughter learning so much.” The teacher said that Saniya is an intelligent and studious child, and she completes all her work and learns things easily. Saniya aspires to become a doctor in the future. Today, seeing Saniya read, write and understand things, her parents feel happy and proud to have sent her to Preschooling where she not only her mental development but also received nutritional and hygiene support which helped Saniya maintain her health.

Fun at Park
Fun at Park
Picnic
Picnic
intern
intern
Success Story of Saniya (name changed)
Success Story of Saniya (name changed)

Attachments:
Mar 19, 2018

Progress Report YEP from January - March, 2018

Counsselling
Counsselling

Employability Programme for Youth in Slums

Unemployment is one of the major problems faced by youth in India. Saath has been working with the urban slum poor since 2005 . While working with them Saath noticed that there are many youngsters who have dropped out of schools to earn livelihood. But they don’t have enough skills, so to resolve this issue Saath started employability programs, not only in Gujarat but also in Jharkhand, kalyan and Bihar. 

Objectives of the Programme:

  •  To train disadvantaged youth, aged 18-30 years, between 180 - 300 hours and ensure they are placed and try to support of them in relevant jobs with assurance of minimum wages and opportunity for career advancement

 

  • To introduce minimum three innovations that would directly impact retention, skill enhancement, and program sustainability

 

Report Duration: January 2018 – March 2018

Introduction about Programs:

 The sector has been divided into formal and non-formal trainings:

 

1)      Formal training program:  Udaan

2)      Informal training program:  Nirman

3)      Informal training program for Women in Nontraditional livelihoods: Women at Work

Udaan:

 

Udaan program provides livelihood training to youth from vulnerable backgrounds and give them an equal opportunity to employability. The courses selected for the programs are also a result of market research and need assessment program from the community itself. The courses that are currently offered in this program are as follows:

  • Beauty Parlour
  • Retail Management
  • Career and Workplace Skills

 

The entire above mentioned program is for entry level jobs. Placement assistance is also provided to the trainees.

Nirman:

 

Nirman program addresses the training needs of people in the informal sector. Practical and theoretical training is provided which enhance their skills and capabilities to get better incomes. The courses that are currently offered in this program are as follows:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrician
  • Masonry
  • Welding

SAATH has collaborated with American India Foundation and Ambuja Cement Foundation as they both are well known for their qualitative and effective work. They use their expertise in providing opportunity to impart training about safety standards.

Women @ Work:

Saath started new skill development and enhancement program to empower young women and focus on non-traditional job options which will have an inclusion of micro-entrepreneurship, life skills and technology components to aid them in setting up their own businesses if they choose. In the case of adolescent girls below 18 years, there will be a STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) and Life-skills Module, through which they recreate interest in science stream also this programme, will help them in re-enrolling back to school.

  • Electrician
  • Mobile Repairing
  • STEM

 

Activities during the month:

  

1)     Counselling of students: Counselling of students was done at Udaan programme’s vocational training centres of Meghaninagar and Ghodasar. Main aim of this exercise is to know students preferences pertaining to the available jobs also to counsel them to join job. Around 40 students participated in the process.

 

2)      Employee engagement activity: Employee engagement activity was organised at Meghaninagar centre a total of 27 students participated in the activity. 8 employees from PWC took sessions on microsoft excel and Work place readiness sessions such as how to make resume and how to prepare for the interview. We have got a very positive response from the students, they find these sessions very useful and they have insisted that such sessions should be organised more frequently at the centre.

 

3)      STEM classes for school dropout girls: At STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) classes girls learn about practical implementation of various STEM concepts. 22 girls participated in the activities where they created different models.

 4)      Documentation linkages: For linkages to avail documentation such as Adhaarcard, Pancard, passport etc a session was organized by our Urban Resource Center (URC) at Meghaninagar center and Ghodasar center and 25 students availed the service of Pancard, 4 Adhaar card and two opened their bank accounts.

 5)      Examination:Written examination of Mason batch was conducted in kalol, 23 students appeared for the examination similarly electrician batch written examination was conducted in meghaninagar where 15 students appeared for the examination.

 6)      Expert lecture:Anandbhai Electrician faculty of Meghaninagar took a session on earthing and 3 phase at Kalol center. A total of 19 students participated. Similarly Mr. Girishbhai, Site supervisor took a session on estimation of work and cement pricing at Kalol center. A total of 16 students participated.

 

 7)      Exposure visit to Construction site:  Under Nirman programme, exposure visit to a construction site was organized in Ranip area of Ahmedabad. Students were exposed to various intricacies of Mason trades. Students also learned about how commercially on a large scale all the process are being implemented. 20 students participated in the visit.

 8)      Area awareness programme:  Area awareness programmes were organised at Meghaninagar, Isanpur and Kalol areas. Mobilizers of the Nirman programme gave information about the skill enhancement Nirman programme and its overall benefits. Around 140 positive inquiries were generated.

 9)      Computer literacy sessions: As a part of the training, computer literacy sessions on Microsoft word, excel, power point were conducted at Matruchhaya center, Odhav. Around 20 girls from electrician trade participated.

                                                                                    Success Story

 Name: Sathwara Ketan Anilbhai (Name Changed)

Home town: Kalol

 Educational Qualifications: 10th pass

Profession: Mason

Ketan, lives in kalol with his family of five person. He works as a mason and is the sole earning member of the family.  His father used to work as mason but has retired now.  He was not interested in studies so his father decided to teach him masonry skills. So took Anil to the construction site where he started working as a helper which used to fetch him 200 per day, Slowly he learnt the skills and got promoted to worker. But worker was only fetching him 300 per day which was not sufficient to support a family of 5 people.

One day he met his friend who told him about the Nirman course and gave him the pamplet ,going through the pamphlet made him excited, as he always wanted to enhance his skills but didn’t had any alternatives. He went to the center and met the center coordinator Mananbhai. After a detailed discussion with Mananbhai, he finally decided to join the Mason course.

Talking about his experience he says “Training has changed me a lot as a person, I had a very limited knowledge pertaining to senting as I was only doing plastering and wall making work but through training I have mastered that craft also. Thanks to the theoretical and pratical training sessions I have learned various technical aspects of construction. Now I have started taking small contracts and through which I am earning more profits. Nirman’s life skill training has made me more positive towards my work. I would like to thank Nirman programme for that”.

STEM Classes
STEM Classes
Program Awarness
Program Awarness

Attachments:
Mar 6, 2018

Progress Report CFS from December, 17-February, 18

Success Story - Tarip (Name Changed)
Success Story - Tarip (Name Changed)

SAATH CHARITABLE TRUST

SAATH is a non-government organization registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Gujarat, India. In Gujarati the word SAATH means, “Together, Co-operation, a Collective or Support.” SAATH’s one-stop, integrated services reach over 4,00,000 individuals in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Since 1989, SAATH has facilitated participatory process that improves the quality of life for the urban and rural poor. SAATH caters to multiple needs of the poor by providing them with one-stop centres, through which they have access to services such as health, education, employment, micro finance and affordable housing. SAATH engages institutions, corporate and individuals throughout the world as partners and supporters for the integrated development of India.

  • Vision: Saath envisions inclusive and empowered communities and individuals. 
  • Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.

CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES

SAATH designed Child-Friendly Spaces- a unique, 4-hour informal education course with an aim to later enroll the child labourers, children of construction labourers in formal education. With a steady influx of migrating families to urban settlements and poor quality of education, creating alternative education spaces for quality education has become important.

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME

The main and objective of this programme is to reach the child labourers and children of labourers and help them gain formal education eventually and there after making them skilled and self-sufficient. Children from the slums, child labourers as well as children of labourers on construction sites all require a strong base in education and access to quality education. Dropouts from school need to be continuously counselled and encouraged to go back to school. The education programs designed at Saath recognize this need and aims to bridge this gap.

 Interns and Volunteers:

  • We had an intern Tanvi (name changed) from Gujarat Law University who came to do internship with us. She went to Rajyesh Center for one month and there she used to play with children and did story telling. She enacted the characters of stories and made story telling very interesting experience for children.
  • We had one volunteer who was maths teacher came in December to spend some time with children and also to teach them. She took special class with children who were interested in Maths. She taught them some interesting methods and that has really help children.

 Donations:

  • The developer of Makarba site celebrated his birthday with the children and cut the cake with them.
  • Employees of Marriott Hotel distributed lunch at CFS centers to celebrate their Associates Week.

 Festival Celebration:

  • Christmas and New Years were celebrated at all CFS centers. Volunteers from different organizations came and celebrated the festival with them. Some got sweet meats for the children and some did art-craft activities with them.
  • As preparation of kite flying festival, kite making workshop was conducted by aProCh. The event was attended by 50 children.
  • Gujarat Vidyapeeth students who are interning with Saath took
  • 100+ children from Saath centres were invite to participate in a huge kite flying event organized by L D College of Engineering, as part of their National Service Scheme (NSS) activity.
  • On the 26 January, the Republic Day, 52 children were taken to National Institute of Design (NID), where students of Ankur School performed a play for the CFS children.

Health and Hygiene:

  • Every quarter health check-ups are done and growth record is maintained. Their height and weight are measured and maintained on monthly basis.
  • A health check-up was conducted in January, 2018 for the children of construction workers. The malnourished children are given supplements to bring their health to normal level.
  • Hand washing is a practice that is stressed upon and followed daily. Teacher ensure that each and every child when enter the class and before eating wash his/her hands
  • aProCh took about 100 children from Saath for an exposure visit to Riverfront on the banks of Sabarmati River. Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Corporation (AMTS) provided an exclusive free bus service to pick and drop children. The timing for the visit was 5pm to 7pm. Teachers took the responsibility to drop children to their doorstep. It was a three-day event and children engaged in activities such as rides, watched film and attended a music performance.
  • 40+ children were taken to Nini’s Kitchen, a restaurant in Ahmedabad, for lunch. It was organized by a few MSW interns. Children relished upon cuisines, which would be rare for them. They learnt table etiquettes including how to use spoon and forks. They felt special for the day for the special treatment and attention they received from the staff, teachers, and interns.
  • Children of Saath were invited to an event organized by the Traffic Department of the city. They were transported in the department’s bus to the venue, GMDC Ground. The aim was to make children aware of traffic rules. The demonstration was followed by painting activity. All the children were then awarded with a certificate for participation. It ended with tummy full of snacks.
  • About 50 children from three centres were taken for a film screening at Alpha One mall.
  • Two craft workshops by aProCh were conducted during May. 30-40 children along with children from other school participated. They learnt to make things out of paper.
  • 35 children visited Vastrapur lake amusement park. It was organized by KPMG. Together they enjoyed rides and had snacks.

Teachers – Parents Meeting:

  • Every month teachers’ monitoring meeting is organized at Saath office. This turns out to be a good learning opportunity for all the teachers. They discuss their centre specific achievements and challenges, which are resolved by sharing and brain storming.
  • A senior member of the children’s programme was invited to share her experiences at a state level RTE convention.

 Art & Craft Workshops:

  • It was Christmas time and to thank all our supporters, children from our centers decorated classes and made greeting cards. Two day workshop was held by volunteers from Thomson Reuters.
  •      A jewelry making workshop was held for two weeks, where children learnt and made jewelry. Later on we held an exhibition for the same and children sold them and bought Diwali goodies from the sale money.
  • In collaboration with aProCh Foundation, which aims at making cities child friendly, children of Saath’s Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs) along with children from other schools are taken to exposure visit or workshops on regular basis. During last three months, three music workshops were conducted. About 22 children participated. Children learn to sing rhymes and songs in accompaniment with musical instruments.

 

SUCCESS STORY

I Too Want A Safe Environment!

Tarip (Name Changed) a 3 year old came to Ahmedabad with his parents when he was just 3 months. His parents moved Kolkata for better livelihood. It took some time but then they got work on construction site as masons. The site was huge and so do the labour colony. Tarip’s mother would put little Tarip to sleep and look him in the room and then go for work. She would come back after two hours to nurse him and then would look him again. The other option she has was to take little baby on the construction site with was very dangerous for little boy. She would put him near welding or on heaps of cement and which is very dangerous situation for children.

Saath opened its CFS center on the site, initially Tarip’s parents were not confident in sending him to the center. After few meetings with teachers they realized that children were kept in safe environment, where proper nutrition was provided to them with regular health check-ups. Children started learning and showed keen interest in going to formal school.

Fun Activities during Christmas Celebrations
Fun Activities during Christmas Celebrations
Ice-cream Distribution
Ice-cream Distribution
Child Friendly Spaces
Child Friendly Spaces
Exposure Visit
Exposure Visit

Attachments:
 
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