Jul 15, 2020

Once Vulnerable Now Warriors

The world is facing unexpected Coronavirus challenge. India will be a country with 1 million confirmed cases in matter of few days and remains one of the worst affected country today. The lockdown in the country has resulted in loss of jobs and income for millions of Indians. ILO recently reported that 400 million workers in India may sink into poverty amid coronavirus pandemic. These difficulties have severe and devastating impact on urban poor, migrant workers and daily-wage labourers who are with non-existent economic buffer or social security or welfare safety net. 

Save The Children India through its Anti- trafficking efforts have been working with most vulnerable communities and providing young women with skills training and livelihood opportunities. We are happy to share that Save The Children India continued to provide skills training to young women using digital platforms and pivoted to the trades that have job opportunities in current situations. 

The batch of 12 young women were trained in para nursing trades and were placed on job in renowned hospitals offering care and treatment to Covid19 infected and other patients. 

We are happy to bring this story to you as we aim at skill trained 3000 young women this year. 

Thank you for your support and for being friend of Save The Children India 

Jun 26, 2020

Support Anti-Human Trafficking initiatives

Shifting to virtual mode or work during the lockdown, all aspects of the Anti-Human Trafficking vertical have adapted to the new methods of working.

Under the Prevention Program, Employability Skills Training Program for women living in slums of Pune has been initiated. This project aims to skill candidates in the age group of 18-30, living in slum areas or belonging to BPL category. 7 centres have been shortlisted across Pune, and aspirant surveys have been initiated. Trainings and placement support will be offered in Retail and Telecom Industry.

In Mumbai, where skills based training was already happening, a successful shift has been made from centre based model to virtual platform. Online batches for training in BPO and Housekeeping in Hospitals has been started. 23 girls have been trained so far, of which 10 girls have been successfully placed and others have been shortlisted. From our previously completed courses of para-nursing and retail 8 and 10 girls have been placed in each sector respectively. Follow ups and tracking of alumni is also being done to provide those with jobs who have lost livelihoods during the lockdown.

Under the Protection Program, while it was not possible to go physically to the shelter homes to offer counselling and trainings, virtual trauma based counselling was initiated with the permission of Department of Women and Child Development, Maharashtra. In the last 2 months, 348 residents have been reached (54 minor boys, 142 minor girls and 152 major women). Sessions were conducted in 19 Protective homes in 11 Districts of Maharashtra. These sessions helped the residents cope with the current situation, manage their emotions and express themselves. Questions related to their rescue, legal process and their cases were also addressed. Survivors who lost their sources of livelihood are also being provided support in finding jobs or setting up their micro-enterprises.

Awareness Programs related to prevention from Corona and Anti-Human Trafficking has been started on Yerla Wani Radio in Satara, Sangli, Kohlapur and Solapur districts of Maharashtra. Apart from this, the team has been providing Covid Relief Support extensively. Grocery kits were provided to 1000 families in Sangli, Satara, Kohlapur, Solapur, Latur, Osmanabad and Nanded District of Maharashtra. Another 840 families from 42 villages of Satara, Sangli, Kohlapur and Solapur were also provided with grocery support. 25 Government shelter homes in Maharashtra were provided with Health and Hygiene products for the survivors residing there. 800 grocery kits and 500 hygiene kits were also provided in Turbhe area of Navi Mumbai.

Jun 8, 2020

Covid19- Helping Children with Special Needs

Save The Children India has been Responding to Covid19 pandemic and have supported over 10,000 families including those having children with special needs. It is critical to understand the impact of lockdown on children with special needs. for children with hearing impairment it disconnects them completely from society as not they do not have any one to communicate with especially those who understand " their language" there is risk of they isolating themselves and also at the risk of regression of the speech and language skills learnt as result of Audio-Verbal therapy interventions. On the other hand, Children with intellectual disability find it extremely difficult to cope with change in routine and become anxious and agitated. 

During this pandemic, Save The Children India is offering support to Families of children with special needs through direct cash transfers, supply of groceries as well as the providing session using teletherapy and home programme to help parents to be able to engage children meaningfully. 

We hope to have children back to school only in the month of September. The growing number of cases of Covid19 infections has forced state to suspended school based educational activities. However, the team of Save The Children India, Teachers and therapists are motivated to initiate classes digitally and have settled with new normal with great ease. 

We require your support more than ever as we plan to provide support for accessing digital tools to our children for uninterrupted learning. 

Thank you for your love and support to our children

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