Education  India Project #15970

Create a Safe Space for Children and Youth

by Shaishav Child Rights
Create a Safe Space for Children and Youth
Create a Safe Space for Children and Youth
Create a Safe Space for Children and Youth
Create a Safe Space for Children and Youth
Create a Safe Space for Children and Youth
Create a Safe Space for Children and Youth
Create a Safe Space for Children and Youth
Create a Safe Space for Children and Youth
Create a Safe Space for Children and Youth
Create a Safe Space for Children and Youth
Create a Safe Space for Children and Youth
Create a Safe Space for Children and Youth

Project Report | Apr 5, 2021
Childline, Wenlido and lifeskills trainings

By Isha Sheth | Project Consultant

Childline outreach
Childline outreach

Trigger Warning: This reports mentions incident of Child Sexual abuse, Violence with women and depression. 

All the names have been changed while sharing of the incidents. 

Childline:

Childline is an emergency helpline for children who are in need of care and protection. It is supported by Ministry of Women and Child Development. Shaishav has been running Childline in Bhavnagar district for past 10 years.

In these past four months Childline registered 96 cases about linking children with schemes, missing children, child labour, child marriage, protection from abuse, emotional support and guidance, child beggar, needing shelter, etc.

Childline team also does regular outreach programs to create an awareness about their work and to reach to more children who might be in need of care or protection.

Childline team did outreach programs and met teachers, Aanganwadi workers, Taluka Development officers, Village management officer, Sarpanch, police officers, teachers and principals, etc.

Open houses are organized for children and adults in the community to tell them about Childline and listen to their issues and challenges regarding child safety. Childline team organized more than 28 open houses in different community with more than 520 people.

We have created Child Protection Committees in each area where Balsena (our children’s collective) is working. Children representatives, Parents along with some leaders of the area are part of these committees. Child Protection Committees meet every two months. Childline team conducts these meetings. They discuss problem that children are facing in the area, and together find appropriate solutions for the same.  Child Protection Committees discussed issues around schemes for differently abled children and orphan children who live with their relatives, no sanitation facility in their area or open drainage system and how it is dangerous, Collection of waste from their area, etc. Together they discussed their solution and Childline team is helping them with linking up with schemes or giving application for proper sanitation system. Along with this, Childline team also conducted a small training about child rights, right to survival, emotional safety and how to take care and help children who are passing through stress.  

 

Case Study:

Dharmesh (name changed) is an 8 years old boy who was lured by his neighbour in the name of video games on the phone. When Dharmesh went with his neighbour he was sexually abused by the neighbour, and had to be taken to a hospital.  Childline team went to help him and his family for filling complain against the neighbour, getting him good treatment and liaising with government authorities to get Dharmesh justice. With efforts of childline team Dharmesh also got compensation by the government. After he was released from the hospital, Childline team regularly visited him and his family and provided counselling support to help him come out of his trauma. Dharmesh is now coming back to his normal routine and is coming out of his shell.

 

Child Right Training and Resource Centre:

Wenlido Training:

We saw the rise in violence against women and children during this lockdown.  Wenlido is a personal safety tool especially designed for women and girls for self-defence. Wenlido training is an effective tool against physical, mental, emotional, sexual violence. During these past four months we did 4 trainings with 88 girls of Balsena and Aaranyak. We organized 2 practice groups for girls who had already taken Wenlido training before. 22 girls participated in practice groups.

 We also wanted to train a new cadre of women who can train other women and girls. For this purpose, we organized 6 trainings with 119 women of different organizations across Gujarat.  20 women from these training then came to a 10 days advance level training to deepen and sharpen their own understanding about concepts such as patriarchy, gender based violence, healthy sexuality, nonviolent communication, etc.

Malatiben (name changed) and her son were thrown out of their home by her husband. She was very traumatised by this event. Later to get back on her feet she started working with an organization which worked with women and girls. She attended both basic and advance Wenlido training.  When Malati came for advance training she shared during her divorce proceeding she couldn’t speak, she would freeze. However, after she went back from basic training she was able to talk and answer questions by lawyers, judge and police with comfort and confidence.

Another participant shared that she is alive today because of Wenlido. She was in depression and felt like ending her life, but Wenlido supported her to come out of this. 

Wenlido has always made significant difference in physical, mental, emotional and sexual safety of women and girls.

Aataapi Foundation:

We continue our partnership with Aataapi Foundation. Apart from providing remote support, two of our team members also went to give training on elections. They first gave training to their facilitators on our unique election process. We have co created this election process with our children that is open and based on discussion on criteria. Then, during the actual election process with children, Shaishav team members supported Aataapi’s facilitator team. This empowered and they felt more confident to do election process on their own in future.

Training with Team of Bhavangar Blood Bank:

Parulben and Falgunbhai of Shaishav gave training to Bhavnagar blood bank staff on how to make policy against sexual harassment of women at workplace and fraud and corruption, historic background, it’s importance, and shared example of these policies.

 

Trainings of Shaishav Team members:

Training with Play for Peace:

Shaishav has been part of Play for Peace group for more than a decade now. Play for peace is an approach for games that are non-competitive and promote nonviolence, harmony and peace.  All games that we do with children in Shaishav are such cooperative games. We invited 2 team members of Play for peace to share newer games with us and share core principles and practices of Play for peace.

Exploring Possibilities with Aspi:

Aspi is founder of organization possibilities, it is a volunteer driven organization working on self-awareness and self-development. He and his team members took workshops with Shaishav team members on life skills through perspective of possibilities, how to build self-esteem and self confidence in ourselves, and brining focus to self-awareness around our own feelings and needs.  

L3 workshops with Oasis

Oasis L3 course (The art, science and philosophy of Living, Loving and Learning) is a 4 years journey on self-leadership. Oasis is specially conducting this workshop for leaders of civil society organization. As part of building second generation of leaders, 4 of our team members are taking part in this process. 

 

We are committed to creating child and women friendly communities. 

Childline open house activity with children
Childline open house activity with children
Training at Aataapi Foundation
Training at Aataapi Foundation
Understanding impact of patriarchy in Wenlido
Understanding impact of patriarchy in Wenlido
Play for Peace training with team members
Play for Peace training with team members
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Dec 7, 2020
Engaging with children during the pandemic

By Evita Pinto | Project Consultant

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Updates about work during COVID-19

By Isha Sheth | Project Coordinator

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Shaishav Child Rights

Location: Bhavnagar, Gujarat - India
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Project Leader:
Parul Sheth
Bhavnagar , Gujarat India
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