Nurture 75 vulnerable children in the RedLightArea

by Apne Aap Women's Collective (AAWC)
Nurture 75 vulnerable children in the RedLightArea
Nurture 75 vulnerable children in the RedLightArea
Nurture 75 vulnerable children in the RedLightArea
Nurture 75 vulnerable children in the RedLightArea
Nurture 75 vulnerable children in the RedLightArea
Nurture 75 vulnerable children in the RedLightArea
Nurture 75 vulnerable children in the RedLightArea
Nurture 75 vulnerable children in the RedLightArea
Celebrating Holi festival with some paints
Celebrating Holi festival with some paints

With constant complaints of Umang children expressing their aggression by biting and hitting each other, the issue was taken up by AAWC’s in-house counsellor who started conducting regular sessions on good behaviour with the children thrice a week. Through illustration therapy she appropriately used animal’s clippings to establish acceptable and non-acceptable behaviour to express anger. She also introduced them to different kinds of immediate responses that they could adopt when faced with the urge to hit, bit or express anger. Umang children have been processing this information in a brilliant manner.

Organization Updates

Marathon: AAWC participated in the 13th edition of Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon and were privileged to be represented by corporate partner Raheja Universal as well as runners Avanish Kumar, Aria Parikh, Pallavi Khurana, Dharmaraj Solanki, Adarsh Rai and Rajesh Gaikwad.

Accolades: AAWC was awarded the GuideStar India - NGO Transparency Award 2016 for voluntarily sharing the organization's financial and legal information on public domain.

Presentation: AAWC team presented about the issue of sex trafficking and our organization’s work in the red light district during the visit by Stanford University delegation.

Capacity Building: AAWC staff attended workshops on topics such as POCSO Act and effective fundraising tools.

Medical Camp: All beneficiaries benefited from the dental and general medical camp organized in association with Angels Dentist Network during the quarter. Complete follow-up of the required patients were done to ensure effective treatment.

Festival Celebrations: Republic Day, Kite Flying and Holi festivals were celebrated with all beneficiaries during the quarter.

Umang Updates

Educational Activities: Along with daily kindergarten sessions, Umang children also attended sessions by volunteer Marina Dutta wherein they learnt about Gothic architecture, anatomy, yoga, sorting, etiquette, musical instruments and yoga. They also learnt about counting, colour identification and puppet making session which was conducted by Udaan girls.

Art and Craft Activities: The children engaged in vegetable printing activity, paper folding activity, and clay moulding activity in order to develop their motor skills.

Recreational Excursions: Along with garden visits, the children visited the vegetable market to identify various vegetables which they learnt about in class. They also participated in the Sports Day where they had a great time participating in various races.

Counselling: Counselling sessions this quarter focused on behaviour modification through impulse control, rewarding good behaviour, conducting moral story-telling sessions to inculcate patience, discipline and reducing hitting amongst each other. Children also attended dog therapy sessions where they had narrative sessions to inculcate social and behavioural modification.

Medical camp was attended by mothers and children
Medical camp was attended by mothers and children
Children participating in Sports Day
Children participating in Sports Day
Learning about anatomy through picture matching
Learning about anatomy through picture matching
Children learning counting in class
Children learning counting in class
Impact Study of Umang (January - March 2016)
Impact Study of Umang (January - March 2016)
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Story telling during counselling sessions
Story telling during counselling sessions

Constant complaints of Umang children’s violent behaviour of biting and hitting each other was taken up by AAWC’s in-house counsellor who conducted a series of sessions to help them understand and learn about the merits of good conduct and behaviour. These sessions involved various videos and stories that helped children understand the right approach to address their peers, without hurting them.

Behavioural problems are common amongst children in the red light district who observe and imbibe their surrounding activities from a very young age. However, we are happy that the Umang children are responding positively to their therapy and counselling sessions which will certainly ensure a positive attitude and behaviour in the long run.

AAWC not only works with the toddlers of women in sex trade but also those women who have been trafficked into brothel-based prostitution and their daughters through our Umeed and Udaan Program respectively. We, at AAWC, are grateful for consistent support of donors such as yourself and would like to take this opportunity to present you with our Annual Report for F.Y. 14-15.

We hope that you enjoy reading the report and understanding in-depth about the issue of trafficking and our work in the red light districts of Falkland Road and Kamathipura in Mumbai, India.

Children enjoying their garden visit
Children enjoying their garden visit
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Introducing classroom concept to the children
Introducing classroom concept to the children

3 year old Anuj* had been coming to AAWC day care facility for the last 6 months, after which he was admitted into the night shelter. However, he would cry all day long due to his attachment to his father. Because of this, Anuj’s family withdrew him from the night shelter.

However, in past one month Anuj* was again admitted into the night shelter and he has now gotten accustomed to the new living facility and rarely cries or throws a tantrum. This is mostly owing to night shelter staff Shimla who provides Anuj* with parental care and makes him feel at home! Moreover, weekly visitation hours ensure that Anuj* is able to meet his father frequently!

*name changed to protect identity

Organization Updates

Festival Celebrations: Navratri, Dusshera, Children’s Day, Diwali and Christmas were celebrated with all beneficiaries.

Accolades: AAWC was awarded the Gulabrao Ganacharya Award for 2015 in November.

Capacity Building: Session on Team Building and Child Sexual Abuse was conducted with AAWC staff during the last quarter.

Medical Camp: A General Medical Camp was conducted for the beneficiaries in the past quarter.

Fundraising: AAWC participated in HerVoice, a year-end fundraising campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and children in India.

Advocacy: AAWC Outreach Worker’s participated in a rally organized by Mumbai Aids Forum to protest against possible stoppage of government funding for treatment of HIV/ AIDS patients.

Umang Updates

Art and Craft Activities: Children participated in clay activities wherein they used their creative imagination to make different objects and also partook in activities such as paper mache, origami and paper cutting activity. They were also able to make beautiful lanterns and animals with the help of Balwadi teachers.

Educational Activities: Umang children enjoyed their educational sessions with volunteer Marina Dutta very much as the sessions involved puppet show, yoga, song and story time which made the sessions very active. We also introduced classroom setup to the children as they used tables and worked on it for the first time during last quarter.

Recreational Excursions: The children visited garden twice a week and had a good time playing on slides, racing and playing with ball. Regular excursions have helped develop motor skills of the children.

Story-telling Sessions: Story telling sessions were conducted with the aim of improving the listening and concentration skills of children. The sessions were interactive as the children participated in a role play demonstration.

Therapy Sessions: Dog therapy sessions were conducted in two groups once a week. The groups were formed according to the nature of the behavioural problems seen in the children. The re-grouping worked wonders as the children were able to open up in the therapy sessions in a more effective manner.

Learning various musical instruments during class
Learning various musical instruments during class
Christmas celebration with Umang children
Christmas celebration with Umang children
General Medical Camp
General Medical Camp
visit to Kamla Nehru Park
visit to Kamla Nehru Park
Impact Study of Umang (October to December 2015)
Impact Study of Umang (October to December 2015)
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Eid celebrations with the Umang children!
Eid celebrations with the Umang children!

3 year old Sanjay* was enrolled in the Umang Program by outreach workers who identified the immediate need to provide him with a safe space. With his mother active in the sex trade and his unemployed father spending his time lazing around the house, Sanjay was severely neglected. Eldest amongst his 3 siblings, he would spend endless number of hours inside the box shaped home, all by himself. When he was enrolled into AAWC, he would come shabbily dressed and had an alarming number of health issues. Over time, he learnt to adjust and it was soon possible for the teachers to wean him off unhealthy junk food as he started enjoying the wholesome meals provided at the center. He also began to pay attention to the art and craft activities done at the center and is on his way to steady progress.

With your constant support, Sanjay is now in the best of his health!
*name changed to protect identity

 

Organization Updates

Festival Celebrations: AAWC celebrated various festivals with our beneficiaries this quarter, such as Eid, Rakhi, Independence Day, Janmasthmi, Guru Purnima, Gopalkala and Teacher’s Day with children participating enthusiastically in skits, dance programs and fancy dress competition!

AAWC Representation: Online fundraising portal GlobalGiving presented AAWC with the opportunity to talk about our partnership with them and the benefits of field evaluation program, during a workshop conducted by GlobalGiving in Mumbai.

AAWC was also given the opportunity to talk about child labour in the red light district in a seminar organized by Kelkar College.

Capacity Building: AAWC staff attended MAF meetings where they discussed about Antiretroviral Therapy, stock out and ill treatment of HIV+ beneficiaries in hospitals.

Monthly Checkup: Monthly check-ups of the beneficiaries were conducted each month followed by providing medical assistance as required. A medical camp in association with E-Ward was also conducted in July for all beneficiaries.

 

Umang Updates

Night Shelter: The Umang Program reached a milestone as AAWC commenced the Umang Night Shelter in July for children living in high risk or unsafe home environment in the red light district.

Recreational excursions: The children have been enjoying their visits to the local garden twice a week where they enjoy playing on slides, swings and simply running around. They also visited Ganpati pandals during the Indian festival of Ganesh Utsav.

Art and Craft activities: Children had fun with foam paper as they learnt about geometric shapes, and created images of flowers using vegetable prints, spray paints and straws.

They also partook in craft activities during Independence Day and Rakhi celebrations by making various festivity décor.

Movie Screening: The children watched the Lion King, Madagascar and Jungle Book during movie screening sessions at the AAWC center.

Therapy sessions: Dog therapy sessions continued for the children and they also participated in stress buster sessions which involved jumping, shouting and colouring.

Story-telling sessions: Stories with moral lessons were conducted in an interactive way through puppets for the children. They also learnt about various animals by watching animation movie!

Independence Day craft work
Independence Day craft work
Umang children during drawing sessions
Umang children during drawing sessions
Hand printing activity
Hand printing activity
Playing on slides at the garden!
Playing on slides at the garden!
Impact Study of Umang (July to September 2015)
Impact Study of Umang (July to September 2015)
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Fun visit to play-zone MILK!
Fun visit to play-zone MILK!

When Ganesh* arrived at AAWC he suffered from malnutrition, lack of hygiene and was constantly ill. He struggled with behavioral issues and failed to thrive at three NGOs before coming to AAWC.  In the Umang program he received proper nutrition and medical care by licensed practitioners. The structure and support provided by AAWC staff has improved his delayed speech and behavioral issues. Now, he is an energetic three year old who always has a smile on his face.

AAWC had an exciting summer with numerous activities, sessions and workshops conducted for the beneficiaries. They enjoyed their summer at AAWC and hope you’ll had a wonderful vacation as well!

Organization Updates

Festive Celebrations: Mother’s Day was celebrated where the children made greeting cards using apalm printing technique for their mothers who were delighted to see their children’s art work! Udaan Felicitation was celebrated to commemorate the girls’ in-house achievements. Dance performances and skits complemented the program.

Accolades: AAWC was shortlisted among the 150 globalwinners of the Connected to Care Program, an initiative by BASF.

Capacity Building: AAWC staff attended a session on Time Management, addressing topics such as goal setting, priorities, disturbances and efficiency at work.

Monthly Check-ups:  A medical camp was conducted by Decimal Foundation for the Umang and Udaan beneficiaries.

Umang Updates

Art & Craft Activities: Umang children had fun moulding various shapes with colourful clay, developing their imagination and motor skills.

Udaan girls who learned origami in the summer later taught Umang children how to make a rose, piano and house. It was a really empowering activity where our Udaan girls became teachers and the children learnt a new craft.

The children participated in a vegetable printing activity with new vegetables later included in their diet chart as they were keen to taste them!

Dog Therapy Sessions: The children practice their English speaking skills with Ace the dog such as greetings, questions and vocabulary.

Recreational Excursions: Umang children enjoyed spending the morning at Amarson’s Garden and Taraporvala Aquarium where they observed various fishes, frogs, turtles and other creatures. The children also enjoyed their visit to the play zone MILK and explored all the toys, slides and rides. Some children were even flipping through books and enjoyed reading.

Mother's day art work by the children!
Mother's day art work by the children!
Play time at the Amarson's Garden
Play time at the Amarson's Garden
Getting creative during vegetable printing session
Getting creative during vegetable printing session
Impact  Study of Umang (April to June 2015)
Impact Study of Umang (April to June 2015)
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Apne Aap Women's Collective (AAWC)

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
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Project Leader:
Manju Vyas
CEO
Mumbai, MH India

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