Children
 India
Project #8633

Transform lives of 85 child laborers in India

by Health Education Adoption Rehabilitation Development Society (HEARDS)
Vetted
Children in Uniform
Children in Uniform

Dear Esteemed Patrons,

Greetings to you from Health Education Adoption Rehabilitation Development Society (HEARDS) - India!

It gives us immense pleasure and happiness to submit the progress report in front of you all.  The following are the progress happened during this quarter which I am submitting it for your kind perusal.

DIFFERENT EXPOSURES MADE IN THE CENTRE

HEARDS conducts various exposures energetically with varieties of activities so that children engaged in the rehabilitation centers activities may not drop the course in between. This year the main focus was drawn through group discussion, learning safety rules, reading dailies, pronunciation, calligraphy and drawing. The new mechanism adapted in the center was to inculcate both hard and soft skills among the working children. For that children were divided into small groups and a name was given to them to develop their team spirit. A leader was selected to guide the groups. This paved the way for developing leadership skills among the children.  Through the group discussion held during the camp made the children develop inter personal skills among them.  Children were made to recite poems and space was given for solo singing. Narrating stories made them enthusiastic and zealous in taking part actively in the center.

MAINSTREAMING OF CHILDREN INTO THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS

During the month of May, 2016, teachers from HEARDS rehabilitation centers have tremendously organized and conducted Annual Examination by framing questions of their own and made them qualify to join higher classes as per their age. As the school academic year has started by mid of June, the process of rejoining them to Government schools has taken one month because of the admission numbers and other formalities regarding the admission. During the current year we were able to mainstream 60 children into the Government schools successfully.

UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION

To keep us the uniformity and standard and to maintain the regulations the children were provided with two set of uniforms for the children.  They were provided uniforms for their daily wear in school. These valuable gestures by DONORS is a way of making these deprived children that they are also important and have the right of being happy like other normal children.

CONCLUSION AND GRATITUDE

It is not merely a project, it is indeed an experience with poor and working children, in fact a transformation process initiated in the lives of the marginalized children in the slums of Chittoor. The initiative need to continue some more time until it has established a footing of its own. The project team is committed to sustain the good work. The beneficiary children and their parents are very grateful for the generosity and kind help of PATRONS. With a deep sense of gratitude and hope for a future of working children this progress report is submitted.

Thanking you all,

With best wishes and fond regards,

Award received from CSR Journal
Award received from CSR Journal

Dear Donors,

 

Greetings to you from HEARDS – India!

 

HEARDS has undertaken Right Based Approach and Rehabilitation of child labor project in Chittoor in close collaboration with the establishment where child laborers were engaged in different forms of hazardous work. As a first step HEARDS had conducted a comprehensive survey and enlisted these child laborers for a Right based approach and rehabilitation project.

 

Most of these children are migrants from backward rural areas of Chittoor District and other parts of Andhra Pradesh and a few from other states. The families with 5 to 7 children each are driven by poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. In most cases the fathers are alcoholic and have multiple marriages. The status of women and children are abominably low, with no provisions for maintaining the basic child rights.

 

Due to the grinding poverty in the families, which forces the children into labor at tender ages, majority of the trafficked children are primary school drop-outs, while some of them are illiterate. They are thus deprived of the basic right to education.

 

A staff meeting is held every month to reorient the staff, so that they gradually give up the black board method of teaching and enhance their own capacity to take up the issues and matters, which affect the daily life of the children. The teachers teach how to cope with the hazardous working environment and also how to take precautionary measures to avoid mishaps and sickness.

 

Education of the children is that each child should have access to basic elementary education. He should also be equipped with knowledge, skills, values and rights that would help him achieve personal development. This education should give him an insight into the socio-economic circumstances, which have led his family to send him to lead a life, which is little better than that of a bonded laborer. He should also learn to aspire for a better future for himself, his peers and his family.

 

The highlight happened with our project on child labor rehabilitation was that HEARDS Child Labor has been selected for Social Welfare and Growth Awards conducted by CSR Journal magazine at Mumbai. This recognition is happened to the project is because of donors like you and also your valuable contribution to the society.

 

Thanking you all,

 

With best wishes and fond regards,

Most Respected Donors,

Greetings to you from HEARDS!

For overall development of the children in our rehabilitation centres we have conducted various innovative learning activities for their physical and mental development and special care is taken on their nutrition and hygiene.  Our aim is to bring children of our rehabilitation centre to cope up with the regular school going children. Apart from education (which happens through out the year) our children had fun which really bridges the gap which happened in their lives.  Most of the children feel that after joining our rehabilitaiton centre now they feel that their lives have improved and they are enjoying the childhood.

During this quarter we have volunteers from Bengaluru visited HEARDS Centre and had a lot of fun games with our children.  It was a fantastic time for kids apart from education as a routine they had fun with lots of indoor games.  After the games we had a special lunch with kids sponsorred by our volunteers.  Finally after that our volunteers along with corporates has donated shampoos, notebooks, chocolates and lots of other materials.  It was a wonderful time for HEARDS team and also for our kids in which they wait for long althrough this year.  

As one of the Volunteeers named Bharath who visited HEARDS and in his words" Teachers are very helpful and caring. They make sure that the kids understand what is taught, the subjects which they teach are English, Hindi, Maths, and Telugu. They informed us that as these kids are trying hard to learn and they motivate them on regular bases and make sure that they get the basic educations. After this, they are shifted to a government school.  The kids are very sharp.  All they need is love and support which is possible by HEARDS."  

Please kindly find enclosed the link of the pictures in google drive for your kind perusal.

 On behalf of our HEARDS team and children we express our sincere and heartfelt thanks for all your support and at this outset we expect the same cooperation from you in future in order to make this project the most successful because it is with your help we were phasing out child exploitation completely in Chittoor.

 

Thanking you,

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Kuriyakose Sajan

Chairman & Co-founder

HEARDS.

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Mid day meal provided to children
Mid day meal provided to children

Dear Sponsors,

 

Greetings to you from HEARDS - India!

HEARDS with the primary aim to introduce innovative teaching and learning strategies at the elementary level for underprivileged children from the slums who have never been exposed to any formal system of education or whose education has had to take a backseat due to migration to the city.  The goals of HEARDS include reintegration of the working children populace through educational, economic, social and their spiritual development and the building up youth movements towards self-reliance.  We make the underprivileged section of children aware of their rights and pave their way for socio-economic empowerment through education.

ACTIVITIES HELD

Educational Coaching Classes

We have been periodically mainstreaming our children to Government schools. All these children have no background of education, so they find it difficult to sit in our rehabilitation centers for long hours during the initial stages.  In the rehabilitation centre, we make it possible for the teachers to give individual attention to our children. So we started easy based learning methodologies in our centre. For this, we have appointed qualified teachers and there responsibility is to take both non-formal and formal education. We have observed that the children who get involved in the classes are very comfortable as most of their queries have been taken care.   The children who were unable to cope with the regular studying in the centre, efforts were made by our teachers to help ease the pressure through special coaching classes. These inculcate habit for interest in learning education but also sitting for long hours in one place.

Feed back from the Teachers:

 

  • Children are very enthusiastic in learning the non-formal education, computer and also the formal education courses.
  • Children have given awareness camps regarding the importance of education.
  • Providing training materials were made them to attend the course regularly
  • Progress on Children’s education and their regular attendance has improved in a periodical manner. 

Evaluation of the children:

It was felt that children need to be exposed to some kind of evaluation to know what they had learnt from the past months. The teachers proposed to conduct an examination for the children. As per the suggestion from the teachers, children will be appeared for the examination by end of April, 2016. All the children who are going to appearthrough the examinationand who are going to get good marks will be going to be mainstreamed in the Government schools in the coming months.  The teachers are indeed happy and confident that the majority of children will get good marks in the forth coming examination.

We will come with more updates in the future progress reports.  At this outset we at HEARDS heartfully thank all the donors who are supporting us in this inevitable project on rehabilitaiton of child labourers.  

 

Thanking you,

With best wishes and fond regards,

Children with volunteers
Children with volunteers

Dear Esteemed Supporters,

 

Greetings to you from Health Education Adoption Rehabilitation Development Society (HEARDS)!

 

We are extremely thankful for your continuous support towards the rehabilitation of child laborers and with your continuous support we were able to bring a tremedous change in the community.  The project continues to be the only source of quality education for the children of this region. Over the past year, we have seen children from far off communities enrolling in the classes to access a better education. The children’s learning has improved. The older children have grown in confidence and can now speak more fluently. At a recent Annual Day event, even the youngest children recited poems and rhymes with ease. They proudly recited English, Telugu and Hindi rhymes taught to them by our teachers. Another achievement in this past year has been the setting up of a Parents’ Committee. The parent representatives on this community are being encouraged to play a more active role in their children’s education. They help advocate with the community of issues of importance such as attendance, garbage disposal and health.  The rehabilitation centre education has created awareness amongst students due to which they are attending the classes timely.

WRITING AND READING PROMOTION ACTIVITIES

Writing and reading promotion activities were given more emphasis this year in the rehabilitation center. The objective of this program was to take children out of the text book context and familiarize them with the language. This includes writing copywriting books, writing home work, correct pronunciation, simple grammar, songs and poetry. Children were encouraged to come forward and talk to their class and read aloud. The children came regularly as they found the class interesting and beneficial to them. Apart from these activities children were also started to read library books in the centre.

MID–DAY MEAL

People living in slum communities find it difficult to make both the ends meet with their meager income. The large family size makes it difficult to feed all the children and thus children do not receive required amount of nutrition. From the inception of the Project we are providing good nutritious food as mid-day meals for all the children in all the working days.  We were providing eggs to the children once in a month.  Every child is given specific amount of nutrition. This ensures that the children will get at least one square meal a day.  As a result they have good health status and they are able to concentrate better on their studies.

BLOG CREATED BY Mr.Govind Reddy

 After seeing the HEARDS inevitable project on child labor rehabilitation programme Mr.Govind Reddy from Intel, Bengaluru has come forward independently to create a blog for HEARDS so as to reach more number of donors in the near future.  The blog details are as hereunder http://www.heros4u.in/heros/sajan-a-hero-for-the-kids-in-the-slums-of-chittore-town.

 

THE PROCESS OF JOIN THE CHILDREN TO FORMAL SCHOOL

 As the school academic year would start from June, the process of rejoin them to formal Government Schools will begin. During the month of June the age wise and the class in which they had dropped out; the children would admit to government schools near by the centre. The essential books, bags and uniform would be provided to all the children.   During the current year we are planning to mainstream around 20 children to formal schools. 

CONCLUSION

 The Child labour rehabilitation program has been successfully implemented every year and approximately 30-35 children would have been mainstreamed in each year and the overall the program has effective in creating awareness among the public about social evil of Child laboring and its consequences on the society. But the program needs long term support to continue our efforts to make child labour free society. The communities have been giving moral support to us to make this program more effective and useful. 

Group of children
Group of children

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Organization Information

Health Education Adoption Rehabilitation Development Society (HEARDS)

Location: Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh - India
Website: http:/​/​www.heards.org
Project Leader:
Kuriyakose Sajan
CHITTOOR, Andhra Pradesh India

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