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Empower 5000 drop out Adolescent Girls in Lucknow

by Sarathi Development Foundation
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Empower 5000 drop out Adolescent Girls in Lucknow
Empower 5000 drop out Adolescent Girls in Lucknow
Empower 5000 drop out Adolescent Girls in Lucknow
Empower 5000 drop out Adolescent Girls in Lucknow
Empower 5000 drop out Adolescent Girls in Lucknow
Empower 5000 drop out Adolescent Girls in Lucknow
Empower 5000 drop out Adolescent Girls in Lucknow
Empower 5000 drop out Adolescent Girls in Lucknow
Empower 5000 drop out Adolescent Girls in Lucknow

Developing community resources child reporters brings long-term sustainable impact at ground level. Our Saloni project aiming at empowering 10-19 years adolescent girls and improving their conditions in gender critical urban slums of Lucknow has demonstrated impact value of above mentioned   community resources developed at ground level with support of Global Giving.  

Child Reporters: -Child Reporters are contributing in building the foundation for child participation and initiatives to address the issues affecting them, their families, schools and community in slums of Lucknow. They are being developed and empowered with a blend of strategies including training, exposure, interface, publication of the child centered and stories based on their issues and dialoguing with service providers.

Thirteen years old Shbabana living in Makdoomnagar and studying in 7th standard was selected as Child Reporter under the project in 2018. She was trained to enhance her motivation and skills on communication, participation, child rights and entitlements, self-advocacy tools like story, feedback notes, drawings, applications. She was introduced along with other 30 child reporters to wider community, school teachers, local representative’s public health workers and other service providers. These project inputs and continuous mentoring guidance made Shabana  a community level change maker. She has also enrolled herself with a vocational training courses while continuing here education. While mobilizing the parents for sending their children especially girls to schools regularly, preventing child marriage, she provides feedback to the service providers. Her feedback and communication with local governance body member brought new hand pump for drinking water in the community. She collects and disseminates information to community members on government schemes. She has also been able to motivate her parents for admission of her two sisters in school. At the age of 13, she demonstrates the potential girls carry to bring change among themselves and their community. Shabana is not alone. Project has developed 30 child reporters in age group of 10-15 years in 5 slums. They are emerging as local journalists, change makers and feedback providers. Their presence in the slums and schools contributes in encouraging education, delaying child marriages, improving delivery of public services like education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation impacting above 5000  children, girls and families.    


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Community volunteers developed in slums have emerged as  community change facilitators for adolescent girls empowerment and community development processes.32 years old and 8th passed Anju,s  life was limited to domestic works only in Purvidinkhera slum of Lucknow. After becoming community volunteers, she participated in training programme and mentoring sessions conducted by Sarathi Development Foundation with GlobalGiving partnership support. She gained recognition as  a community change maker due to her work like supporting drop out girls for their enrolment in schools, mobilising parents for sending girls to schools, postponing marriages before legal age, providing feedback to government service providers on community issue like drinking water, need of toilets, mother and child health services. She facilitated re-enrolment of 9 adolescent girls in school and postponement of their early marriage. Her role is recognised by the government  also in 2018 when she was selected as Urban Social and Health Activist known as USHA by the  Department of Health. She is happy with this change in her life and work for her community. She thanks to the Sarathi, project and its supporters for providing path to bring this change.

204 community volunteers like Anju  have  been developed under the project in 80 slums. During the reporting period, they have facilitated re-enrolment of 69 adolescent girls in schools for continuing their education, oriented 787 girls on menstrual hygiene management and access to sanitary pads, facilitated 592 girls for financial literacy and opening their accounts in bank. These volunteers have emerged as a link between community members and public service providers like schools, elected local ward members, health and nutrition workers. It has brought benefits like installation of water supply systems, repairing of defunct hand pumps, construction of toilets.

Sarathi is enhancing capacities of slum community volunteers through regular supportive supervision, community meetigns, recognition of their work,knowledge updation,  training, and their  linkages with government schemes and service providers. We express our sincere thanks to GlobalGiving and supporters for continued support to bring impact in poverty stricken slums and disadvantaged adolescent girls.  

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Project in partnership with Global Giving has taken an innovative step to enhance skills and resources for communication and advocacy on the issues affecting girls and wider community in slums of Lucknow. We identified 59 children and adolescent girls in age group of 10 to 18 years  from 11 slums and 12 primary and upper primary schools to build their skills as reporters for voicing their issues, providing feedback to service providers and influencing behaviours. These 59 reporters have received three days training on identifying issues, writing stories with drawing and using their stories for communication with the stakeholders like school teachers, local governance institutions, community members. It is encouraging to note that a wide range of issues, needs and aspirations related to  education, child marriage, community development, behaviours & mindsets, water and sanitations have emerged through the stories and drawings developed by these child reporters.

Archana (Child Reporter ) living in Badali Khera  is continuing her education and wants to become a Journalist so that she can write and take community development issues to the government.

Neha  (Child Reporter ) living in Adil Nagar slum writes real story to bring attention of local governance institution   on problems girls and other children face in their schools. She raised through her story that girls denied access to toilets in school, water is logging in school, poor sitting arrangements are troubling children especially in winter.

Kaif  (Child Reporter ) living in Makdum Nagar slum  writes about his desire to become advocate so that he can help vulnerable people to access their rights.

Meenankshi (Child Reporter) writes a story about Mahi ( A 15 years old Girl in her slum) a victim of child marriage.Mahi wanted to continue her educated but was married  despite her repeated request to her father. Her dream to become doctor was shattered. Meenkashi communicates wider through her stories to Stop Child Marriage.

It has been encouraging to see the motivation and enthusiasm of children and adolescent girls as child reporters. They are emerging new generation change makers in their families, community, schools and wider society. They are gaining a new recognition as reporter to escalate the issues affecting them, their families, their schools and community. We have plans ahead to enhance their skills, exposure and participation in platforms for advocacy and opportunities.               

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Menstrual hygiene management is very less talked topic among adolescent girls.   Inadequate knowledge on menstrual hygiene, lack of puberty education, social norms restricting communication with in families, existing practices like use of used clothes & unsafe martials upset girls and women and them to experience menstruation as shameful and uncomfortable. Project addressed this issue in slums through life skill education classes for adolescent girls in age group of 10-19 years, participatory learning sessions with girls, women community volunteers and household level behaviour change communication through the volunteers. It has also been part of slum level action plan containing girls, women and community development issues. Social and behaviour change communication processes initiated under the project in 100 slums in Lucknow are contributing in enhancing space of adolescent girls in their families. Adolescent girls groups bringing 2000 girls together and 400 community volunteers developed under the project are actively engaged in behaviour change communication on sending girls to school, menstrual hygiene management, use of the toilets, prevention of child & early marriage through household visits and community meetings. It has started to demonstrate the impact on girls, women, their family and wider community members across the slums covered under the project.  

 Sapna who was 13 years old when she has menstrual cycle for first time, she didn’t got upset or undulate and told about this to her mother, which insisted her to use cloth for this problem which she completely refused, as it was told to her during the Adolescent girls group meeting that use of cloth is unsafe and unhygienic thus she demanded for Sanitary Pads, her mother didn’t had money at that time so she bought it by her own saving, she is now 16 years old and studying in class 10th, she also shared the importance of using sanitary napkins with all other adolescent girls of same age group in her school.

During the period from October 2017 to January 2018, we conducted participatory learning sessions focussed on menstrual hygiene, protection of girls form child & early marriage and encouraging girls education in 100 slums. It covered 1768 adolescent girls, 838 women, 220 slum community volunteers Slum action plans developed in 100 slums incorporating girls and community development issues like out of school girls, immunisation of children and girls, need of toilets, safe drinking water, use of sanitary pad for safe menstrual hygiene management were updated. Behaviour change maps showing household wise behavioural application status were updated. These tools facilitate the community volunteers and adolescent girls groups to assess the changes on indicators as mentioned above in their slums. Data emerged from the slums these tools indicate that 121 out of school girls started to go to schools, 863 girls using sanitary pads for safe menstrual hygiene management, 1867 and their families accessing and using toilets, 1006 families practicing hand wash with soap at critical timings like after using toilets, 505 girls immunised. These successes emerging from community are attributed to adolescent girl’s groups and community volunteers developed in slums with project and your continued Global Giving.

Manisha, Community Volunteer lives in Makdum Nagar slum in project area. Under Saloni project she became a community volunteer and started participating actively in adolescent girls group meeting and other community level activities, with support of Saloni project she got vocational training on tailoring. It made her to start training centre for other girls from her community; she also approached a private school in her slum area and started working as a teacher, she is now self-dependent and supports financially to her family and also helping her younger sister in continuing her studies. She is very much thankful to Saloni project supporter sand Sarathi Development Foundation for this immense support and guidance and turning around her life to a new meaning.

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Child marriage is  a major issue affecting life pattern for adolescent girls. It is a local, national and global issue. Our partnership with GlobalGiving is addressing this as priority issue of adolescent girls Sonam is 15 years old living in Rampur slum of Lucknow. She learnt risks of early marriage, rights of girls, communication skills through life skill education provided under the project. She has been regularly participating in adolescent girls group and community volunteers meetings. She heard the discussions in her family about her marriage. She did not want to be tied up with marriage like responsibilities at this age and wanted to continue education and learning to shape her life. She shared her learning about risks of marriage with her parents. She also told her parents about the law that marriage before legal age of 18 years is a crime. Community volunteer also visited Sonam,s parents house for counselling on risks and legal issues related to child marriage. Sonam is happy as parents have agreed to postpone the marriage. It has set the example for other girls and families.

Our project in partnership with GlobalGiving is empowering adolescent girls by providing platforms for their participation & communication on their issues, encouraging education, building life & vocational skills, changing behaviours of parents and community towards girls. Our strategies like formation of adolescent girls groups, integrated slum planning on girls & community needs, life skill sessions with adolescent girls & women, engaging community volunteers for behavioural change communication at household level and feedback to public service providers like school teachers, health workers, local governance institutions. These processes are leading to growing number of adolescent girls in schools, their immunisation, prevention of early planned marriages, participation of adolescent girls in vocational training courses. Change in mind set of parents towards girls can also be seen. It is reflected in adolescent girls participating in group & community meetings, updating slum action plans, visiting service providers, attending life skill sessions and conducting household visits for behaviour change communication among parents.Community volunteers including both women and men are supporting adolescent girls on their issues like education, mobility, early marriage and facilaiting access to government service provisions like immunisation, enrolment in schools. During the reporting period from July to September 2017, project benefitted 1592 adolescent girls spreading over 90 slums in Lucknow through life skill sessions, adolescent girls groups meetings, community health counselling camps, orientation on vocational skill development opportunities.Households visits  and women groups meetings were conducted with a focus on  behaviour change communication issues such as sending girls to schools, risks of early girl marriage, sanitation and hygiene practices like use of toilets, hand wash with soap at critical timings, use of sanitary pads for menstrual hygiene management.

We thank you for your continued support for making life of adolscent girls better in slums.


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Sarathi Development Foundation

Location: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh - India
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Akhilesh Tewari
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh India
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