"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme

by Sabuj Sangha
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"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
Girls watching animation film on Child Abuse
Girls watching animation film on Child Abuse

A training programme on ‘Life Skill’ was organized for the adolescent girls by ‘Sabuj Sangha’ from 22.04.2019 – 25.04.2019 at the organisation premises in Nandakumarpur village of Mathurapur II administrative development block of South 24 Parganas District, West Bengal.  

The training was imparted into two groups of adolescent girls enrolled in ‘Nayantara’ programme from Nandakumarpur, Mahabatnagar & Naranpur villages. Also a few adolescent girls from the nearby located Jaykrishnapur village participated in the training programme. Each group was given a two-day long training. The first was on 22.04.2019- 23.04.2019 and the second batch on 24.04.2019-25.04.2019.

The training programme was facilitated by Social Expert Dr. Ashis Kumar Das. On behalf of ‘Sabuj Sangha’ Mr. Arup Kumar Bhunia, Assistant Coordinator, Health and Mrs. Barnali Giri, Supervisor of ‘Nayantara’ groups, supported the training sessions.

Overall objective of the training was to improve the understanding of the adolescent girls between the ages of 13 to 18 years on concept of child rights and child protection and also to sensitize, educate them on various pertinent core issues, to ensure their own protection against all odds of exploitations   and also to raise awareness on child protection among their peers.

Topics discussed:

-        Child Rights;

-        Various forms of child abuses;

-        Issues pertaining to Child Trafficking and Exploitation;

-        Needs of Group formation for resisting the ailing practices pertaining to women and for girl child protection

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) method was followed with an approach for learning and involving the participant adolescent girls with issues in discussion. The participants were encouraged to explore their creative minds and understand proper utilisation of the team spirit. Exercise was done through interactive sessions while boosting the spirit and confidence on taking deliberate decisions whenever required.

Outcomes:

-     Lessons on child rights and child protection in general learnt by participant Girls;

-     Awareness developed on National Child Helpline- ‘Child Line’-Call No. 1098;

-     Understanding developed on factual consequences of Child Exploitation, Child Marriage And Pertinent Laws;

-     Village & centre wise formation of peer groups for-

  • Selection of Group Leaders and confirmation of responsibilities by all team members;
  • Developing Group wise Rules and Regulations;
  • Creating Code of Conduct and Charter of Responsibilities;
  • Ensuring resolutions on regular meeting and must  Do-able activities;
  • Addressing Child Protection issues like Child Marriage & Trafficking. It was decided that a member from each group will track 15 neighbouring girls below 18 years age every day. Thus 300 girls will be tracked by 20 members of a group every day.
  • Developing Child Tracking System for vigilance by newly formed Groups;
  • Each individual member from a single group will track other members and if require identify the areas of vulnerability.
  • Developing mechanism to ensure calling Child Line- 1098 (the national helpline for Children in distress and need) immediately during requirement;

-     In order to create awareness among community each newly formed group will organise rally, street play on various pertinent issues like child marriage, social exploitation etc.  

In order to ensure percolation of messages and raising awareness on various forms of Child Exploitation including Child Marriage, Trafficking etc. stakeholdership needs to be developed among the community at large. For this a Village level Child Protection Committees (VLCPC) may be formed with local citizens who in turn will support the causes and initiatives of the newly formed peer groups by the adolescent girls.

Girls were divided to form into groups
Girls were divided to form into groups
Preparation of group wise resolutions
Preparation of group wise resolutions
Village wise Group Formation
Village wise Group Formation
Group Formation & resolutions declared
Group Formation & resolutions declared
Resolutions Declared
Resolutions Declared
Games for Interactive Learning
Games for Interactive Learning
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Sreela in her natural bright smile
Sreela in her natural bright smile

Shreela* is a young girl of 15 Years from Mirnagar* village in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal. She studies in 10th standard at nearby located higher secondary school- ‘Mahabatnagar Kailashpur Mission Siksha Sadan’. She is associated with ‘Nayantara’ programme since 2017.

Shreela’s* family consists of 7 members. She has two younger siblings– one brother & one sister, Grandparents, Parents and Shreela herself.  

Shreela’s* parents- Mr. Prabhash* & Mrs. Aparna* both are staying at Karnataka state in southern part of India. Prabhash* used to cultivate their own small tract of land and also in others field on daily wage basis in the vicinity of their own house. But most unfortunately he met with an accident while ploughing field with Tractor. He became unable to put on the physical labour essential for cultivation any more. Thus, they went Karnataka since around a year now to earn substantially for sustenance. Both of them work on monthly remuneration basis under a contractor. On an average they earn around INR 8000.00 per month. They maintain all expenses of their Karnataka stay & domicile with such meager amount.

Shreela* stays with all other members of her family in a mud house thatched with straw and bamboo sheets in Mirnagar* village. Being located a little interior from the main village road and without having any local transportation they face problems in times of need.

Shreela* has one younger brother Sibnath* of 10 years. He studies in the same school with her at Standard V.

Shreela* loves dancing and very ardent learner of clay based artisanry materials. She can now make small statuettes and ornaments with clay.

Being financially at a steep and away from parents Shreela* is deeply impacted with situations they are going through. Since joined ‘Nayantara’ programme gradually she is coming over her inhibitions and apprehensions. With various other alertness, awareness, grooming etc., which are inevitable part of ‘Nayantara’ programme, she has learnt the value of self esteem and essentiality of being educated. Thus with a bright smiling face and determined spirit to come over all odds she aspires to be successful professional in life.

*All names changed to protect identity of the individuals

Sreela with her Grandparents in front of house
Sreela with her Grandparents in front of house
Shreela with her brother
Shreela with her brother
On way to 'Nayantara' centre
On way to 'Nayantara' centre
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Mala (on right) with her sister
Mala (on right) with her sister

16 Years old Mala* from Mahabatnagar village (South 24 Parganas, West Bengal) studies in tenth standard at the nearby ‘Mahabatnagar Kailashpur Mission Siksha Sadan’. She is associated with ‘Nayantara’ programme since 2017. Steeped with financial adversity and uncertain living Mala is struggling to establish her identity with determination and hard work. Since she joined ‘Nayantara’ programme she learnt the value of self esteem and essentiality of being educated to establish it.

Mala stays with her family in a mud house with two isolated rooms thatched with plastic sheets and straw. The house is located at a lower elevation from the main village road. Thus they often face problems of mobility and waterborne diseases rising from water logging in rainy days.

Mala’s family comprises of six members, her parents, younger brother, younger sister, and grandmother.

Mala’s father Binoy, 40 years, runs a small eatery of evening snacks in the vicinity. They don’t have any land to cultivate. Binoy tries out little cultivation of seasonal vegetables and paddy by hiring small tracts of agricultural land. He being the only member of the family thus could sustain only a meager amount to carry on their expenses. On an average he earns around INR 3000 from the eatery-shop. Besides, the seasonal cropping also contributes to their yearly food grains. Binoy manages the additional expenses by borrowing money from money lenders at high interest rate. However as he says he manages to pay back within 4 months.

Mala’s mother Kamini (36 Years) and grandmother Sabita (70 Years) look after the household chore and work hard to sustain the family. Both of them also earn a very little amount seasonally by working as daily wage workers for post agricultural activity like boiling or breaking paddy after harvest.

Kamini recurrently falls ill of mental disease. Initially it was overlooked. Then at a severe condition she was taken to a local exorciser, locally called ‘Gunin’. Finally she was examined and diagnosed properly by a doctor around 6 months back. Since then she is under proper medication and now doing well.

Mother’s recurrent mental ailment deeply impacted Mala and her two younger siblings. However with recovery and proper addressal they are regaining their indomitable spirit to grow. Both of her younger siblings are in junior school at the local ‘Mahabatnagar Kailashpur Mission Siksha Sadan’ school.

Mala being the eldest daughter takes up the responsibility of household works, besides taking care of her mother during period of ailments. She also supports her father in running the eatery. Thus they are struggling with ill fate and consequences.

The consistent support from ‘Nayantara’ has boosted and continually supported Mala in her journey to a brighter future that she dreams always. The ailment of her mother touched Mala so deeply that she started aspiring to be a Medical Student which will heal all their pains.

*All names changed to protect identity of the individuals

Mala with her parents and siblings
Mala with her parents and siblings
With her brother
With her brother
Mala (on left) playing badminton with her friend
Mala (on left) playing badminton with her friend
With her friends in activity session
With her friends in activity session
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The Nayantara programme was started in the year 2017. The girls of the both centres are associated with this programme from last year. They have crossed one academic year also. The current academic year is started from January 2018. During the six month period (From January to June 2018) the girls of the both centres have shown their progress in many areas. Thegirls of the twocentres have attended the coaching classes regularly. Their average attendance is about 90%. They have also attended the schools regularly.

 

Normally the students are afraid of Mathematics and English. During this period the coaching teachers have devoted additional time to give necessary coaching support on these subjects. Presently it has been observed that they began to love these subjects and spent more time to prepare the home work regularly.

 The girls of the area are normally shy in nature. They feel uncomforted to speak with unacquainted people. They could not look straight during conversation with others. But the situation of the girls is changing rapidly. During this period some grooming events have been conducted and all the girls have participated in those classes.   Now the shyness of the girls is disappearing gradually.

 Art and craft training classes have also created a good impact on the girls of Nayantara. In the art and crafts coaching classes the girls are making various clay ornaments and teracota materials. About 12 girls have shown their potential for making the beautiful materials. They have already sold some of the materials in an exhibition and the people comes from outside. They are also skilled for making various types of greetings cards.

 The classes on Bratachari and sports have been conducted once in a week for the both centres.   These classes help the girls physically and mentally strong. These classes are also helping them to remove their shyness and encourage them to perform on any stage. Some of them are now confidently performing on stage.

 The nutritional support has enhanced their nutritional status with proper nourishment; the health services are looking after the overall health aspect of the children and enhanced their health status so that chronic and other diseases should not be affecting them and they remain energetic; this will be reducing the absenteeism in the coaching center.

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Malati, age 15, is a resident of Mohabatpur and studies in Class IX at ‘Mohabat Nagar Kailashpur Mission Siksha Sadan’.

Malati stays with her family comprising 6 members- her parents, 1 younger brother, 1 younger sister, grandmother and Malati herself. The entire family stays in a small hut with Tripol roofing. Her father’s name is Sri Bimal and mother is Mrs. Kamala. Bimal has one small eatery, which is the main source of sustenance for the family. Malati’s mother Kamala besides the household activities also used to assist Bimal in running the eatery. On an average they earn around INR 3000 from the eatery-shop.

Since 2017 Malati was studying sincerely with the support of ‘Nayantara’ Project. But, recently her study is impacted with deep adversity as her mother, Kamala got ill with a mental disease. It was diagnosed by a Medical Practitioner on 16.06.2018.

After visiting the family it was revealed that 7 years back Kamala had suffered the same ailment. As told by her family,  that since Kamala could not be cured by any medicine she was taken to an Excorciser locally called ‘Gunin’ and got cured.

At present, as told by the family members, though Kamala was taken to a local medical practitioner and took medicines nothing has improved. Her ailment restores recurrently. This has impacted the family and Malati deeply.

Malati being the eldest daughter has to take up the responsibility of household works, besides taking care of her mother. Even, she also has to share hand with her father in running the Eatery business because it is the only resource of livelihood sustenance for the entire family.

Malati’s father Bimal is shattered within with the consequences. Malati’s younger siblings has also stopped going for tution classes. The entire family now thinks that they are standing at an edge and needs support.

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