ASSIST

ASSIST's mission is to equip the most underprivileged members of Indian society to be able to fight with strength, courage and confidence in response to their own political, social and economic needs. Our goals are * To build communities as viable units for their own development * To promote the active involvement of target groups through people's organisations * To make communites that are able to sustain their unity, value system and development, and to carry forward the work on their own.
Oct 20, 2015

Ensuring all the Children go for Schooling

Dear Sir/Madam,

Residential Study Complex which is being run by ASSIST at Piduguralla, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, South India has 200 children in the age group of 5-14 years studying from 1st standard to 7th standard. These all children belongs to Backward Class, Scheduled Class and Scheduled Tribe communities. Since all these children are from Below Poverty Line (BPL) category, their parents are not able to send their children to schools. Instead of sending them to schools, children are being to sent to lime industries as child labourers by their parents. Like wise, these children are supporting financially to their parents. ASSIST's field staff has generated awareness among the parents of these children regarding the importance of Education, parents of these child labourers have been convinienced and agreed to send their children to Residential Study Complex which is being run by ASSIST. In this Residential Study Complex, children are not only being given education but also they are being provided school uniform, meals, teaching and learning material, books, pens etc. It is purely residential system and children are not allowed to go outside. All infrastructure facilities have been provided in this Residential Study Complex. It is quite safe and secure. After completing 7th standard in this centre, children are mainstremed to near high schools and necessary follow-up being done after enrolling them in High schools as well. Since, during the last quarter, no new child has been enrolled for joining in any standard education in Residential Study Complex, I am submitting this as an additional information.

Thanking you,

Sincerely,

J Ranga Rao

Sep 14, 2015

Provide housing for 298 flood victims in India

This project "To Provide Housing for 298 Flood Victims in India" has been successfully implementing in the Avanigadda and Nagayalanka Mandals of Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh, India.  Since the villagers of these two mandals are severely affected during the floods, ASSIST staff are motivating to the flood victims and bringing them into normal life.  ASSIST has taken the initiative to build new houses for the flood victims and construction of new houses to these flood victims is underway with the support of generous donors through GlobalGiving.

The following information shows the status of the Construction of 298 Houses to the Flood Victims in Avanigadda and Nagayalanka Mandals in India.

  • Houses fully completed with sanitary latrine                    – 17
  • Houses completed but not the latrine                              – 17
  • Houses completed but flooring yet to be done                – 53
  • Houses with roof slab completed                                    – 56
  • Houses come up to roof level                                         – 12
  • Houses come up to lintel level                                          – 6
  • Houses come up to window sill level                                – 6
  • Houses come up to Basement level                                 – 9
  • Houses not started yet                                                   -123


We look forward to the continued support from the generous donors in order to complete the rest of the houses.

Thank you for you kind support as your support gives the new hope to the flood victims.

Yours sincerely,

J Ranga Rao
Project Leader

Jul 29, 2015

Ensuring all the Children go for schooling

Children are attending the school.
Children are attending the school.
ASSIST is execting "Combating the problem of Child Labour and promoting education to all the Children" project in the Piduguralla Region of Andhra Pradesh, South India. Since, Piduguralla is having hundrends of lime industries, children are being sent to these industries intead of school. Eventually, more number of children are becoming to Child Labourers. At this juncture, ASSIST is providing free educaiton, free clothing and teaching and learning material to the children who are engaged in these lime industries. ASSIST is providing education through the following methods.

1. Residential Study Complex

A Residential Study Complex was already established to cater the needs of 200 children coming from difficult situations, the most prone to be sent to work in the lime industry, to assure them the possibility to grow up in a safe and green environment with all the facilities. Regarding this task, ASSIST intends to keep running this Residential Study Complex with the same number of children. In addition, non-residential centres for 200 children more will be run in the villages where the centres have already been established.  

2. Transitional Education Centres:

Promoting the children’s enrolment and their regular attendance to school is fundamental to prevent child labour and to assure their proper development. Five Transitional Education Centres (TECs) have been started for the rehabilitation of 200 non-school going children between the age group from 5 to 14. Once parents and their children are convinced, these children are withdrawn from the work and are admitted into these centres, which are acting as bridge schools for the working children and schools dropouts. These ones can develop their skills and abilities through non formal methods and subsequently, in a quite short period of time, they are ready to be mainstreamed. These centres are often started and managed by the members in the villages, to better cater children’s need, and they will raise funds from People’s Organizations. 

3. Supportive Assistance to School Children:

Once children are ready to be mainstreamed, the inadequacies of the basic infrastructures in the public institutions often represent a great obstacle to them to continue their studies. Schools are child/parent friendly. For this reason, ASSIST identified strengthening school infrastructures as one of the main activities to promote the children’s enrolment and to reduce the percentage of drop-outs. Around 1,000 children studying in Government schools will be also provided with school bag and note books in addition to the support being extended by the local Government as these are the identified gaps. In addition, the next step is to concentrate on teachers’ training and to improve the quality of education to compete with the corporate schooling overriding the Government schools. Since the cream layer of the qualified teachers are in the Government schools, it is not that difficult but there is need to motivate and encourage the teachers to utilise their skills, knowledge and talents to the optimum level for the betterment of their children.
Children at the School
Children at the School
 

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