Oct 23, 2020

Support to Survivors of Trafficking this Pandemic

Save The Children India (STCI) is a nonprofit organization that envisions India as a Child-Friendly Nation. It is committed to preventing the exploitation and all other forms of discrimination against vulnerable women and children, and empowering them to lead a life of dignity, self-respect, and independence.

 

All routine activities came to a halt in the 2 nd week of March, when owing to a government order, the office as well as the school and all centers across locations were shut down, as a result of the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. This pandemic and ensuing lockdown forced businesses to shut, daily wage workers to lose their jobs, and resulted in already vulnerable sections of society being pushed deeper into crisis and economic uncertainty, with most not even having access to basic grocery and hygiene
essentials to get by this pandemic, including young vulnerable women, all victims of trafficking.

 

The Anti-Human Trafficking programme at STCI has continued its support to vulnerable women and survivors of trafficking. The team has so far ensured that the 72 survivors of trafficking received Direct Cash Transfers (twice) as well as Ration kits, to help sustain them during this pandemic. 55 survivors, who could not be reached with grocery kits, were provided with direct cash transfers as well. The team also worked hard on ensuring continued counselling services were provided to over 300 survivors, residing in shelter homes, through virtual platforms. Realizing the need to skill these survivors so that they can achieve financial independence, an Enterprise Development Training programme was conducted, for 2 weeks. The programme worked on teaching the attendees all about micro-enterprises, and the tools they wouldneed to ensure their enterprise stays afloat and is successful. After 2 weeks of training, counselling, orientation and brewing ideas, the girls were provided with seed money of up to Rs. 50,000, to start a venture of their choice. In addition to this, over 400 vulnerable girls from communities identified in Maharashtra underwent virtual skill training sessions, and post certification, they secured employment in a range of sectors such as BPO, E-Commerce and so on.

 

In the months to come, through generous support from donors like you, we wish to empower these young survivors of trafficking, and ensure their timely rehabilitation.

Oct 6, 2020

Dealing with Disability: a Young Fighter

The case of Manasvi, a young, inquisitive 5 year old, was brought to the attention of Dhvani, at Save The Children India, in November 2018. Manasvi hails from a humble middle class joint family, possessing only 1 earning member, a meagre pay to sustain a large family, including her parents and grandparents.

Manasvi’s hearing loss was diagnosed pretty late, given the fact that she possessed good residual hearing and often responded to loud sounds. However, this partial hearing wasn’t sufficient for the development of spoken language and communication skills. After undergoing the necessary testing and evaluation at Dhvani, Manasvi was fitted with good quality hearing aids and started attending sessions on language therapy and school readiness,at Dhvani.

She had made tremendous progress and had started responding to all sounds, even responding to people calling her by her name. Thanks to the progress she had made, she had also started developing a grasp on simple commands and questions. However, during a bout of viral fever and severe frequent episodes of cold and cough for significantly longer durations, it was observed that her hearing loss has progressed to a profound level and the benefit she had been receiving from the hearing aids had reduced significantly.

Manasvi’s candidacy for the Cochlear Implant surgery was checked, and experts at Hinduja Hospital were consulted, all of whom declared her suitable for the CI surgery. However, due to the sudden onslaught of the Covid pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, her case has made no progress in the last few months.
Manasvi needs significant funding to undergo this critical surgery as soon as possible, so as to save crucial days of development, and help re-integrate her into society. 

Manasvi is currently attending the tele-intervention services offered by STCI, with her parents making every effort to contribute to her progress.

Sep 22, 2020

Support Quality Early Childhood Care and Education

Early Childhood Education prepares children for formal schooling and aids in the holistic development
of the child. A good quality early childhood education program successfully lays the foundation for the
development of reading, writing and number work focusing more on child readiness as well as age and
developmentally appropriate practices. Equal focus in these years must also be on encouraging the
child’s interaction with the environment, active participation in-group activities and enhancing creativity
and problem solving.

In India , a majority of the population, particularly of the lower socio-economic strata, only have access to early childhood education imparted by the government through the Zilla Parishad Aanganwadis.

The Aanganwadi centres have various elements that they focus on: health, vaccination, maternal health, adolescent health, pre-primary education etc. Pre-primary education only serves as one aspect of a larger agenda, thereby diluting the focus of the early childhood education intervention. And as research supports in the absence of a good quality ECCE program children directly enrolling in Class One find it difficult to cope with the education being imparted. Age and developmentally appropriate intervention in the early years is an imminent need to ensure that children can transition smoothly into formal schooling.

The National Education Policy 2020 clearly states that “Early childhood education is the greatest and most powerful equalizer” Good quality early childhood education focuses on providing first-hand experiences to children in ways that would ensure, development of skills related to the process of learning. There is an immense need for early childhood education to be experiential and wholesome with stimulating play environments that aid in the Physical, Intellectual, Language, Social and emotional development of the child.

In this quarter Save The Children India has inteacted with various internal and external stakeholders also participated in discussions on NEP2020 to further strengthen and allign internvetions of the organisation in Early Childhood Education.

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