Children
 India
Project #3419

Quality Care for 400 Destitute children in India

by Catalysts for Social Action
Prafull at his work place
Prafull at his work place

When I started working with CSA I came to know about observation home for boys. My visit to this home increased as I found that the boys from the home were very enthusiastic and were eager to have dialogue.   Group discussions were helping them to build their own understanding and perception.

Prafull (name Changed) was one of the boy from this group. Who was very talkative and active. He was admitted in Observation home for need of care and Protection. His father is blind and sales small toys on the streets. His mother expired when he was just 10 yrs, old. The father was unable to take care of his children (Prafull and his sister) Prafull always was very talkative and introvert. He was average in academics. CSA provided all the educational Material and Special coaching classes for Prafull. They utilized this help in appropriate manner and could clear 10th standard exam successfully. Prafull scored 55% of marks and took admission for ITI draftsman course. While completing the course he turned 18 yrs. He had to leave Observation home as per the rules and law children above 18yrs. Cannot stay in observation home. He was struggling to manage the travel cost of reaching to his college from his home. He approached me for help and CSA immediately provided this timey help by giving him and 2 more boys with their travel cost. Prafull completed the course in first class and got a job in company named Pentagon Assembly Automation Pvt. Ltd. He is earning Rs. 9000/- Per month.

He is now self reliant. Earning for his family, cooking for  himself and his father and evening time attending Jim for body building. He wants to be national or international level boxer and join army. But at the same time to increase his monthly income he have decided to do diploma of Engineering while trying for army recruitments.

Group activity
Group activity

Introduction

Currently youth in India, especially in the under -developed and rural and tribal regions, are particularly vulnerable to being recruited by many multinational companies, corporate groups. According to a report by Formation Awareness and Community Empowerment Society on

There is high unemployment and the great majority of the youth have little knowledge about or skills in leadership development, peace/conflict resolution, life skills and local development issues and challenges to guide them towards productive and non-violent activities.

Therefore CSA came up with an idea to conduct the life skill sessions for the children in the age group of 14 to 18 yrs. Under -Life Skill training Project we intends to discuss about 5 basic elements. Those are communication, self-awareness, Collaboration- team work, Critical thinking, decision making.  

This module is deliberate effort to develop the skills of adolescent girls and boys who can further begin a structured effort to engage their peers in productive activities. They are trained on life skills, leadership and peace/conflict resolution, along with awareness on self-development issues and challenges.

 

Training Objectives:

Training was designed to meet the following objectives: Ø

To create awareness regarding the concept of life skills and make participants understand the concept.

  • To enhance participants teambuilding skills
  • To make participants understand the importance of developing self Skills for becoming a better leader.

 

Training Techniques:

This training has been designed following the principles of activity based learning. Every session incorporates theoretical details about the topics along with their practical application through group exercises and activities.

Following training techniques have been used:

üLecture

üBrainstorming

üQ&As

üGroup Activities & Exercises

üPresentations

 

Impact-

After about 20  to 25 sessions which also includes Adolescent Health Program (AHP) Adolescent child’s vision towards life and his aim towards life gets more precise.  We have received feedback from the participants that they never thought or talked about themselves in this manner. Their thought process becomes more clear and target oriented. Thanks to all the supporters of CSA who have made us possible to conduct such sessions for changing life of the vulnerable children.  

Rukhsar at her work place.....
Rukhsar at her work place.....

Name - Roshni (name Changed)

Age - 18 years / Completed 12th standard

Introduction:

 Roshni was admitted to Jeevan Jyoti Rao Child Care Institute in 2015 located at Madhya Pradesh. Roshni is basically from Chhattisgarh, she belongs to a family of 5 members, her father got remarried & is presently not living with the family. Roshni's mother is the bread winner of the family - by profession she is a tailor. Roshni has three siblings and they all go to school.

Education:

Roshni was always passionate about fashion designing. Through the individual care plan and vocational assessment, CSA found that she has an aptitude for fashion designing. Subsequent conversations with Counselor and Trustee of the CCI has resulted in procuring her admission into a fashion designing institution. She has also cleared her 12th Std exams.

CSA Intervention:

Roshni was enrolled for a fashion designing diploma course & during that course, CSA bore the expenses of her accommodation & food. We additionally funded her courses fees. Now, Roshni has secured a job at Mahi Boutique in Indore where she is earning a salary of Rs.4000/Month. She stays at a Working Women’s hostel. This intervention towards making the child self-sustained,  is the life changing impact.  Roshni is thankful for all the support she could get from CSA and CSA is obliged to the people like you who made this possible for a young upcoming fashion designer.

hygine kit distribution
hygine kit distribution

Among many other areas where CSA is supporting underprivileged children, the major one is WASH project. Here is some more information how the project is going on.

 

Wash (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

Basic sanitation and hygiene facilities at CCIs are inadequate in most cases. This past year, we undertook a major project of constructing toilets and bathrooms & renovation, provision of safe drinking water, sanitation kits (disinfectant floor cleaners – Harpic, Lizol etc.), undertake other infrastructure work such as septic tanks, drainage, painting and electrical work, provision of water purifiers etc. Hygiene Kits are distributed to children twice a year –

comprising of tooth paste, tooth brush, bathing soap, washing soap, sanitary napkins for older girls Hygiene Awareness sessions are conducted periodically

on:

–Personal hygiene

–Dental care

–Skin care

–Importance of hand washing etc.

–First Aid (for older children and CCI staff )

 

In addition, we introduced awareness workshops on ‘Safe and Unsafe Touch’ for all children in the age group of 6-14 years of age. Aim of sessions was to:

Inform children about the various forms of safe and unsafe touch Give children necessary information to prevent abuse, What should children do in case they are faced with such situations of potential abuse. The workshop consisted of a presentation and screening of video ‘Komal’ (Childline India), a brilliantly conceived short film on child sexual abuse.

 

Impact

–Toilets & Bathrooms constructed– 89 benefitting 2375+ children

–Water Purifier –22 CCIs & Adoption Agencies benefitting 800+ children

–Sanitation Kits – 70 kits provided

–Building dormitories, painting, seepage prevention, electrical work, kitchen     renovation, drainage system, playground, library etc. benefitting 1850+ children

–Hygiene Kits distributed – 2700+(twice a year)

–Awareness sessions conducted – 2700+ children attended

health chk up
health chk up
Jasoda Children
Jasoda Children's Home

One would expect that at least when the child has reached an institutional framework/NGO, the child would be provided with a reasonable level of care, nutrition, education and protection. However the ground reality is somewhat different.
CSA has been working with Jasoda Anath Ashram (JAA) Children’s Home since 2008 with a view to improving overall childcare conditions. Gaps in the areas of health & hygiene, awareness amongst children regarding hygiene, personal care
etc., nutrition, education support, infrastructure, staffing and CCI capability were evident and needed immediate attention.
Jasoda Anath Ashram is registered under The Societies Registration Act, 1860 and is also registered under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000. There is serious crunch with respect to finances and due to lack of available funds, the building infrastructure lacks basic amenities such as separate wings for girls and boys, washroom facilities, individual beddings, separate room for caretaker, proper storage facilities etc.
The JJ Act Audit. This tool was developed by an NGO in association with UNICEF. This is an effective tool in evaluating several standards of care at CCIs. Various criteria basis which CCI evaluation is done are as follows -
Management & Staffing
Physical Facilities & Safety
Protection & Safeguarding
Health & Sanitation
Nutrition
Education & Recreation
Psychosocial Care
Life Skills & Vocational Training & Placement
Case Management
Exit Preparation & Follow Up

Each criteria is drilled down further and then a score per criteria is arrived upon which then totals to an overall score.
JJ Act audit was undertaken at the Jasoda Anath Ashram in May 2014 and they scored only 7.5 points on a scale of 90. This CCI was clearly lacking on several
fronts which came up during the audit. They neither had any idea of the JJ Act and its requirements nor was there any resource person available who could guide them. CSA worked together with the management, trustees and staff of Jasoda Anath Ashram to address ‘red’ flag issues and several interventions listed below were taken up as a result of this. A follow up JJ Act audit was done in February 2015 (post 9 months) and the score recorded was 40. There has been a whopping improvement by 433% in the overall scores for Jasoda Anath Ashram indicating a significantly measurable positive impact in raising the overall standards of care & protection for children residing at this CCI.
Today Jasoda Anath Ashram offers a much better environment and facilities to the children who reside therein. There have been significant enhancements in the overall infrastructure, management style & day to day tasks carried out. Children
have access to better heath, hygiene, nutrition, space, education support & utilities; their knowledge on several topics related to personal health & hygiene and protection & safety has improved too.

 

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Organization Information

Catalysts for Social Action

Location: Thane West, Mumbai, India - India
Website: http:/​/​www.csa.org.in
Project Leader:
Sidney Rocha
Thane West, Mumbai, Maharashtra India
$14,091 raised of $27,500 goal
 
203 donations
$13,409 to go
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