HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA

by ASHA KA JHARNA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA
HELP EDUCATING 209 SPECIAL CHILDREN IN RURAL INDIA

‘Asha Ka Jharna’ as a voluntary non-profit organization has been working for the cause of disability since 1998. Our Three special schools for intellectually disabled (including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities) as well as hearing and speech impaired children have been providing services in the semi-arid rural areas of north-western Rajasthan (INDIA). Special education, therapeutic, vocational, guidance and counseling to more than 200 special children and their families are provided on a regular basis. Training, capacity building in the field of rehabilitation and outreach services is also being undertaken. AKJ is also a collaborative partner managing CHILDLINE (1098) - Nationwide Toll Free Helpline for children in distress providing round the clock emergency outreach services at our Sikar center.

CASE STUDIES FROM CHILDLINE 1098 (24 x 7 Helpline for Children in Distress in Need of Care & Protection)

 1. WHOM TO TRUST (GIRL IS NOT SAFE IN THE FAMILY ALSO)

CHILDLINE SIKAR Team Executed It's Most Challenging Mission with Razor Perfection!

We got a call from Govt school principal at a remote village 120 KM away from Sikar informing us that she had received an anonymous letter on her desk in the morning contents of which were shocking. One girl wrote that her friend who is the class Xth student of that school was being sexually assaulted at the hands of her real father at home for last four years. Girl was in severe depression and on the verge of committing suicide. It was appealed in the letter not to ask the girl directly as her father had threatened to burn her alive if she told anyone. Whole family including her mother was aware of this abuse since long.

As the preparatory holidays were going on, therefore students of board classes were not available in the school. We devised an alternate strategy taking principal in confidence, our team rushed to the school next day where she had called all students of girl class on the pretext of board exam stress relieving counselling saying Rajasthan school education board team was there. CHILDLINE team of four reached there, male members took sessions of boys while our counsellor, one female team member and school principal interacted with all girl students of Grade Xth. After three hours of general group counselling session followed by one on one asking questions starting from academics related to any issue being faced at school/home, we finally zeroed in on the girl who was initially reluctant and seated in the corner of the group. Kind words opened up her who narrated the ordeal of her prolonged sexual abuse by rascal father after getting drunk and beating her mother. We counselled her to be made motivated enough to stand up against the abuse with full backing of our team and school , then called the Local Police there itself. Girl was made ready to record her version which she did in detailing. Whole statement was video graphed in our presence followed by medical examination at PHC which confirmed the assault. Police teams were rushed to her home as well as the work place of her father, a daily wager. Finally he was apprehended and he immediately confessed his crime shamelessly. FIR was lodged immediately and he was charged with stringent sections of POCSO Act. We asked the girl weather she wished to be sent a shelter home to which she affirmed. Police & CHILDLINE took the girl to her home for spot verification; took her study books and a pair of clothes. Then we brought her back to Sikar, produced before CWC and admitted into Girl Shelter Home.

It was midnight by the time our team members were back at their homes
But a New Dawn Rose for the Girl surely...

#ChildSexualAbuse

 

2. WHEN THE WHOLE SYSTEM CONSPIRE AGAINST HELP LESS CHILDREN

Recently , for three days CHILDLINE SIKAR followed up a case about a child marriage scheduled. Caller told that the groom was 17 - 18 years young. When we informed Police they duty fully assured us of action and spent one day. When our team followed up next day they said that boy was illiterate so no age proof document and they had got medical examination. Medical department has estimated the age between 21 and 25 Hence Adult so no cause of action. We cross checked with caller who confirmed otherwise. When we asked whether boy went to school ever response was in affirmative. We searched his school and talked to Head Master (Principal) who confirmed that he was a student there. We asked for age proof as per school record which he promised to provide today. When this morning we contacted him, he took a U Turn saying Village Sarpanch and local community had asked him not to interfere. He stopped picking our phone afterwards. Frustrated, our team landed into village school after two hours journey on bike as clock was ticking in. We scared him that being of Govt. School this may cost him dear. Finally, he relented and showed us school record mentioning boy date of birth (Not Even 17). We met Sub Divisional Magistrate of the block right there who in his all sincerity cancelled the meeting he was chairing with Tehsildar and other officers. He went to Police Station himself with our team, gave a sound verbal thrashing to SHO and called groom parents. They were restrained with oath not to solemnize this marriage. Bride was also 15 years only. SDM informed the Thana of bride residence jurisdiction also to stop the preparations being done for receiving the Barat. At 6.30 PM got confirmation that Marriage ceremony has stopped finally.

TWO YOUNG LIVES SAVED !

 #ChildMarriage

 

CHILDLINE SIKAR ACHIEVEMENTS :

From inception since July 2015 till April 2021, we have served 2298 children & their families in need of care and protection vide a whole range of intervention services:    

Child Labour Rescued

353

Medical Assistance Provided

193

Linked to Sponsorship/Palanhar Scheme

127

Protection from Physical / Sexual / Mental Abuse

334

Children Provided Shelter

95

Begging Street Children Rescued

328

Missing / Abandoned Children

156

Stopped Child Marriages

99

Emotional Support & Guidance

54

Linked to Govt Schemes & Counselling / Information

512

Non Classified Assistance Provided

47

During this period 9415 calls were received on our Helpline No 1098

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COVID 19 Resilience Strategy / Sustainable Solutions for Persons with Disabilities – Educational and Rehabilitation Outreach

 Thoughts By Sudeep Goyal , Chief Functionary , Asha Ka Jharna as shared in a National Webinar

Mr. Sudeep Goyal started his presentation by first describing the challenges faced by persons with disabilities due to the execution of new guidelines during Covid-19 pandemic. He presented the data provided by UNESCO stating that around 1.5 billion children are out of school all over the world due to Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown situation. In his address, he mentioned that as the current situation being entirely unprecedented in the history of pandemics, there is a vacuum of information. On the other hand, due to its unknown behaviour, there are new research findings and forecasts every other day leading to an overflow of information. Though there is an abundance of information available, the absence of any concrete evidence, leads to an information vacuum. The weak information network has added to our anxiety, fear and stress levels.

Regarding children with disabilities, he stressed that rigid restrictions due to the pandemic have posed several challenges for persons with disabilities. Furthermore, these challenges vary with the type of disability i.e. all children with disabilities may not face the same type of challenge. Firstly, the lockdown has not only curtailed the education but has restrained many other scenarios such as a conducive environment for growth and learning, peer learning, sense of protection, emotional support, psycho-social support, inclusive development, mid-day meal facility and much more. Moreover, their confinement at home has induced some behavioural and emotion problems in them. Besides, the situation has led to increased work pressures on family members especially mothers.

Secondly, the lack of access to health services is another big challenge for persons with disabilities. He emphasised that children with epilepsy or children on medication need continuous health care and medical services.

Thirdly, children with intellectual disabilities have limitations in understanding issues like threat perception or the importance of personal hygiene.

Fourthly, children with visual impairment who most times act based on their tactile stimulus face a huge challenge during this period of social distancing. Similarly, children with hearing impairment face great difficulties in lip reading due to masks worn by other people.

Another issue highlighted by Mr. Goyal was concerning social distancing. In this context, he underlined that this segment of persons with disabilities was already cut off from the mainstream. Therefore, further imposing of the social distancing clause during the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed this segment of the population to the periphery. Bringing out this hard fact, he mentioned that on one side where we talk of inclusive growth, this pandemic has forced them to live in isolation and to deal with their limitations on their own.

During his address, he also put forth the adverse climatic conditions of Rajasthan, like scarce water, obstructing the norms of a new normal, advising frequent washing of hands. Mr. Goyal stressed that both washing hands and sanitisation are difficult in rural areas specifically in certain parts of rural Rajasthan.

Another aspect highlighted in his presentation pertained to the maintenance of a database comprising of PwD details. In this context, he elaborated that RPD Act, 2016 (Rights for Persons with Disabilities Act) mandates the maintenance of record of PwD details with NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) and SDMA (State Disaster Management Authority). The database is foreseen as a ready reckoner to reach out to persons with disabilities during such pandemics or any other exigency and for doing resource mapping for other development activities. However, the database is missing in our government systems. Elucidating on the current situation of the pandemic, he mentioned that the government has details of only those children with disabilities who are associated with formal institutions. However, those children with disabilities who are not connected with any institute or education centres; the government does not have any record. In this context, Mr. Goyal highlighted the effective role played by his organisation in reaching out to children with disabilities who were otherwise not associated with any institute.

In the next section of the presentation, Mr. Goyal described a three-fold approach adopted by the organisation as a coping mechanism against the stressful situation of Covid-19.

The approach included:

i.)  Relief and Reach

ii.)  Recovery and Resilience and

iii.)  Reforms

Under relief and reach activity, the organisation reached out to the parents of all of their students and conducted counselling sessions on an individual basis. Besides creating awareness on the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisation also provided relief support in the form of dry ration kit, face masks, sanitisers and immunity-boosting ayurvedic ‘Kadha’. Also, these families were facilitated to obtain government benefits to which they were entitled such as advance pension payments of two months, one-month extra ration to families.

Above all, the organisation also pursued for the appointment of a nodal officer in each district of Rajasthan for persons with disabilities under CCPD (Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities) guidelines. Under the provision, the District Social Welfare Officer would be the nodal officer for persons with disabilities who could be contacted for any government benefits related issues, medical issues or any other issues. This also provides a toll-free helpline number in every district.

Under recovery and resilience, the organisation focused on the education of its students. Similar to other organisations, they developed online modules and e-learning platforms. This also included the development and execution of assignment worksheets along with the support of their parents. Basic therapeutic sessions including occupational therapy were also conducted with the support of parents. Besides this, the children are also being trained in simple household work, art & craft and yoga to increase their beneficial role at home. Mr. Goyal stressed that e-learning has its limitations like many students have connectivity issues or sometimes their mobiles are not recharged. Moreover, children with disabilities require physical interface including physical prompting or emotional prompting which is lacking in e-learning platforms. He emphasised that the organisation, therefore, might have to look into solutions that are more robust and long-lasting. In his address, he also mentioned about a 24- hrs Childline service that was active throughout the lockdown period.

From a perspective of reforms, he underlined various advocacy level issues that were taken up by the organisation in collaboration with other organisations and national bodies. Regarding employment, he stressed the need to work harder to create employment opportunities. As the economy of the country was already experiencing weaker growth, the shock of Covid-19 has further sullied the situation, in cases of persons with disabilities. In this respect, Mr. Goyal stated about collaborative efforts that include 5% reservation for persons with disabilities under the NREGA programme. Similarly, the organisation attained the permission of allowing a caregiver to the intellectually disabled person at the hospital who is Covid positive.

Looking forward to the post lockdown period when the restrictions would be lifted and schools would reopen, Mr. Goyal underlined the need to make some more inclusions such as new seating arrangements in classrooms and transportation, temporary suspension of some activities like morning prayers, annual day or parent-teacher meet.

While describing long term reforms in the education system, he stated that the introduction of life skill training, emotional intelligence training, experiential training, capacity building of educators and development of some software are the next course of action.

He ended the session by stating that Covid-19 pandemic certainly has given deep schisms in our economy and human capital but in some of the areas it can be seen as an opportunity especially from the government’s perspective as it has created a platform to reinforce good health practices in the community and need for investing in public health systems.

Q. How will the teachers be able to handle problems which are happening this new normal due to lockdown?

A. Here, self-care is very important. As a teacher or special educator, we have to give our best and not what is left. Therefore, it is very important for teacher, caregivers and special educators to build their own emotional intelligence and mental balance. In this context, we must continue paying their salaries which is required for their emotional balance. In addition, capacity building of persons working with children with special needs is a mandate while striving for coping mechanisms in this unprecedented situation.

 

 


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Annual Activity Report (April 2020 to March 2021)

 

This annual activity report for the period April 2020 to March 2021 of Asha Ka Jharna (AKJ) special schools is aimed to depict, describe and list various activities undertaken with children, staff and community members during the preceding period. The report also illustrates the various events organized by the organization, visits of prominent personalities, awards, honors and accreditations received etc.

(‘Asha Ka Jharna’ as a voluntary non-profit organization has been working for the cause of disability and child rights since 1998. Our Three special schools for intellectually disabled (including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities) as well as hearing and speech impaired children have been providing services spanning two districts and surrounding villages in the semi-arid rural areas of north-western Rajasthan (INDIA). Special education, therapeutic, vocational, guidance and counseling to more than 200 special children and their families are provided on a regular basis. Training, capacity building in the field of rehabilitation and outreach services is also being undertaken.AKJ is also a collaborative partner managing CHILDLINE (1098) - Nationwide Toll Free Helpline for children in distress providing round the clock emergency outreach services at our Sikar center.)

Special School 1 : Harlal Ka Kothi NAWALGARH - 333042 Phones 91-1594-223094 & 91-1594-222930

Special School 2 : Khemi Shakti Temple JHUNJHUNU - 333001 Phone 91-1592-237537

Special School 3 & CHILDLINE National Children Help Line No. 1098 (24 x 7) : Bhagat Singh Colony Nawalgarh Road SIKAR - 332001 Phone. 91-1572-256537 Rajasthan (INDIA)

Emails: sudeepgo@rediffmail.com  & info@ashakajharna.org  

Visit us at: www.ashakajharna.org

FB Page : www.facebook.com/akjrajasthan     Twitter Handle : @akjnwl  


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A ten years young bed ridden multiple disabled girl (Intellectual Disabled with Cerebral Palsy) was not getting any benefits as her biometric (finger prints and iris scan) was not being captured due to her disability. Asha Ka Jharna contacted her family after distress news of her family was flashed in local dailies. Her father , a daily wage earner had attempted twice in the past but was unsuccessful to pass the doors of Government offices.  We persuaded him and brought the child to District Government Hospital Jhunjhunu. We got her disability certificate made as a special case after following up with doctors there (condition of IQ testing at state capital hospital some 200 km away and having long waiting list got bypassed by us). After her certificate of disability was issued, we again contacted Govt AADHAR enrolment agency and requested them to take special permission in this case from higher ups. After much efforts , her biometrics were recorded and sent to Jaipur for approval. Now we will make sure for her disability pension and inclusion of her name in ration card for Public Distribution Scheme benefits.

A classic case of perservence and advocacy by Asha Ka Jharna !

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‘Asha Ka Jharna’ as a voluntary non-profit organization has been working for the cause of disability since 1998. Our Three special schools for intellectually disabled (including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities) as well as hearing and speech impaired children have been providing services spanning two districts; three towns and surrounding villages in the semi-arid rural areas of north-western Rajasthan (INDIA). Special education, therapeutic, vocational, guidance and counseling to more than 200 special children and their families are provided on a regular basis. Training, capacity building in the field of rehabilitation and outreach services is also being undertaken.

This mid-year activity report for the period April 2020 to September 2020 is aimed to depict, describe and list various activities undertaken with children, staff and community members during the preceding period. The report also illustrates the various events organized by the organization, visits of prominent personalities, awards, honors and accreditations received etc.

 

 

Special School 1 : Harlal Ka Kothi NAWALGARH - 333042 Phones 91-1594-223094
Special School 2 : Khemi Shakti Temple JHUNJHUNU - 333001 Phone 91-1592-237537
Special School 3 & CHILDLINE National Children Help Line No. 1098 (24 x 7) : Bhagat Singh Colony Nawalgarh Road SIKAR - 332001 Phone. 91-1572-256537 Rajasthan (INDIA)

Emails: sudeepgo@rediffmail.com

info@ashakajharna.org
Visit us at: www.ashakajharna.org

Facebook Page : akjrajasthan


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ASHA KA JHARNA

Location: NAWALGARH, RAJASTHAN - India
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Project Leader:
SUDEEP GOYAL
NAWALGARH, RAJASTHAN India
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