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"Pink Bags" - Scholarships for young girls
"Pink Bags" - Scholarships for young girls
"Pink Bags" - Scholarships for young girls

BANGLADESH: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) that spread from Wuhan, China, last December 2019, is currently pandemic worldwide. This threatens the existence of human civilization today. After Europe, the virus has started spreading to South Asian country like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Now the question is, where the situation of developed and rich countries is mournful, how will the situation of developing country like Bangladeshbe? here thousands of poor people are bearing the brunt of the deadly virus without being infected. Poor and low-income people have already been seriously affected and even the middle class will be affected if the pandemic continues longer. People who live hand to mouth have lost their income and the prices of daily essentials have climbed up. As time elapses, the situation will be evenworse.In the present situation, the condition of the dalit and backward population has become very miserable. Because most of them are day laborers and they make a living by pulling rickshaw-van, working in the land of others or selling bamboo made products in different areas. In the area we are making various efforts  for distribution of relief goods among the starving people of organization’s working area. For this purpose, a quick family survey program has been conducted in the working area to determine the number of people in need. Now they need food (rice, lentil, potato, cooking oil, salt etc.), oral saline and hygiene materials like face mask, hand gloves, soap and hand sanitizer to protect themselves from Coronavirus

Apart from this, there is a 10 bed Hospital directed by Dalit, where specialist doctors, nurses and health workers are employed. At this time of the outbreak of Coronavirus, where the people is unable to get out of the house and cannot get general treatment at various public and private hospitals, but doctors and staff of Dalit Hospital can take medical service to the doorsteps of the people.

 

INDIA: it is clear that the effects of the Pandemic will remain for the coming months and year to come. While children will not be able to access our centre for the coming weeks/months(no one really knows when this will be possible) and we will not step into the slums without ensuring full safety of our team members; the situation unlike any others requires innovative need-based and time-bound interventions.Most of the BTS ( Back to School ) children used to spend a large amount of time in their homes watching TV, but with encouragement from the social workers , they have begun to play some indoor and outdoor traditional games like Pallanguli (using only a chalk to draw out the pattern on the floor and with tamarind seeds), flying kites, etc.. Some have even begun helping out with the household chores and being more positively engaged. We believe that these activities will have a big positive effect on the children’s emotional and physical health. It also gives them time to bond with different members of the family and community and learn games and ways to pass time fruitfully with family. 

One of the biggest points of need is that the school-going children are all missing out on their summer camp time at Sharana where they are given nutritious food, access to learning and fun activities in a safe environment, and company of other children as well as their trusted and loved social workers. Instead they remain at home, often a small one-room rented cramped space without basic sanitation or aeration facilities. Once we are able to reopen activities at Sharana, much work awaits us- and a lot of damage control. For now the social workers continue to follow up on each of the families via the phone.

 

The children would also have been doing side courses like type-writing or a computer course during this time or visiting their grandparents in the villages. Neither of these will be possible due to these unforeseen circumstances and major economic and social problems will have to be battled in the coming months. Now with the opening up of work hours and relaxation in movement within areas, markets and shops are able to function to a certain extent, all stand alone shops have been given the permission to be open with proper protocol set in place. This has helped bring back the prices of vegetables and other items back to their original prices or at least close to the same. For several weeks, many items were either unavailable due to lack of stock or unavailability given the boundary blockades. 

The COVID-19 preventive lockdown has changed the life of every individual in India. While the lockdown is laudable and very much required to fight the pandemic, it has also led to numerous problems, especially for the underprivileged section of the society who live in a ‘hand to mouth’ situation throughout the year. Millions of daily wage earners have lost their jobs and are struggling to fend for themselves and their families.

 

And horrifyingly, our children have become even more vulnerable to exploitation. Children living in the slums spend most of the time outside the house vulnerable to abuse. 

Here are some Positive changes that have happened in this epidemic in the slums; while these are not in all families- we found it important to take note of the same and celebrate these moments.

  • Social distancing has become part of their daily life
  • In some families, the bond between the husband and wife has become stronger. They learned to support each other, they spend a lot of time with each other, they are able to communicate, share and understand each other more. 
  • Many husbands come to know about the household works and wife’s dedication towards the family.
  • On a very positive note, many parents started to find solutions on their own to manage the situation for example, in slum many parents have started to make homemade kuzhambu powder(used in all curries), vathal(snack fried to have along with a rice-based meal), idli paste etc… and sell in the slums for a reasonable cost and earn money for their daily need

Following a story about the COVID exoerience: 

A couple has become a role model of good parenting to other parents in the slum. They live in a one-room house with their two children. The father is an auto driver and he also sells keychains by putting up stalls in the temple festivals around Puducherry and Tamil Nadu. The mother looks after the house and helps her husband in the business. Both of them are very dedicated towards their children’s education, especially the father wants her daughter to become an a Government  Administrative officer. He also gives importance to extracurricular activities like swimming, sports, and games, cycling for his children.

The father volunteers in many social activities like blood donations, creating awareness in education and hygiene within the slum. If any children did not go to school, he will take the initiative to advise the parents and the child to go to school. Sometimes if the parents are not educated, he himself takes the child to school and talks to the principal.

During this Covid-19 epidemic, he started to volunteer in his friend’s non-profit organisation which collects money from local people and cooks free food for the elderly people who are living in the streets around. The government has taken the steps to help the people living on the street by providing food and shelter.  Now, he continues to volunteer with his friend by cooking food for around 30 people per day and sells it for a little amount of money. Sometimes he gives it free for some people who don’t have money. He prepares a variety of lunches like curd rice and lemon rice for free distribution. During night for dinner, he volunteers with his friend to sell 2 chapatis for Rs.10 and 4 idlis for Rs.10 on streets.

“I always look for the opportunity to help others, if I get it, I will not miss it. The work I am doing now, looks may be small but for me it is big. It gives me soulful happiness and I really encourage my children to do the same.”


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‘Literacy program for marginalized community’ was a rich, multi-faceted project of the
year 2019. The project has played a significant role to develop children’s potential
through quality education, character building lessons and awareness building on their
rights and duties, improving women education and social awareness in 2 Upazila areas
(Tala and Paikgachha).
In this year’s program, emphasis has been placed on raising social awareness by
targeting youth groups through motivating them. In addition, competent students are
being trained to enhance their skills on English spoken by providing training. Various
programs are being implemented to increase the self-confident of adolescent girls by
arranging special events for them. distributed exercise books, pens, pencils, scales, slates, nursery books, etc to
school students during 2019. Distributed materials were as follows: Nursery books 114
pieces, Slate 114 pieces,
Exercise books (large) 6,541
pieces, Exercise books (small)
8,582 pieces, Pen 6,518, Pencil
815, Scale 815, Chalk 280
boxes to 938 students. Dalit
also distributed stationary
materials to all schools.
In the month of June and
December, Dalit has paid
monthly tuition fees to 559
students to guarantee their
attending classes in other
schools. Students from grade IV
to X were received BDT
3,79,550 (Girls 2,52,440 taka,
Boys 1,27,110 taka) as monthly stipend. Dalit also provided 1,04,040 Taka as medical
support to 82 sick students. arranged a guidance seminar to the SSC examinee (of 2020) on November 20th
2019, providing them guidelines to achieve good result. 58 examinees were participated
in the seminar, where facilitators and invited guests guidelines to them. At the end of
motivational session Chief Guest of the program handed over 92,884 Taka to them. 

Inspiring gathering of S.S.C and H.S.C passed dalit students
With the aim of encouraging students to pursue higher education, Dalit arranged a
guidance seminar on May 23 for SSC passed dalit students and on July 31 for HSC

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passed dalit students at Dalit Hospital Auditorium (Chuknagar, Khulna) providing them
guidelines to prepare their future study plan and information to get admission in local
and national institutions. It is noted that, 54 students participated in the SSC examination and rate of pass was
96.30%. Facilitators and invited guests provided guidelines to achieve success in future
life. At the end of motivational session Chief Guest of the program handed over some
gifts to the most meritorious students. 

Higher education support to girl students
This activity has responded very well in the project areas for providing financial support
to young girls for higher education. However, Dalit’s main purpose behind this
assistance is to eliminate child marriage and women empowerment. So every month

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Dalit arranged motivational seminar with college and university going girl students to
raise-up their voice against early marriage and establish women rights in the society.
During the reporting period; Dalit arranged 12 seminars and distributed 4,26,785 Taka to
60 girl students. Drawing & cultural competition
Drawing and cultural competition was organized to increase the confidence of dalit
children and develop their talents to
survive in competition with the other
community children. Dalit organized
the competitions at Tala Shilpakala
Academy on December 24 th , 2019 with
35 students of 12 schools under this
project. They participated in 4
categories of events, such as Drawing,
Music playing, Dance and Performing
arts. Our invited guests enjoyed the
competitions and handed over the
prizes to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placed
participants in each category.Training on English spoken
Fear and inertia works among secondary and higher secondary level students
(especially at the village level) when speaking English. As a result, they always lag
behind in the field of
education and
professional work. To
overcome this problem,
the project has provided
training on English
spoken to 4 students of
higher secondary level.
The duration of this
training was 6 months
(August 2019 to January
2020). Currently the
students' English fears
have subsided and they
continued to practice
English.
Skill development training for Teachers
In order to update the teachers with the changing education system, a qualitative
training was organized to develop teacher's skill with 12 full time teachers under this
project. Through the training, teachers were oriented on teaching strategy, question
making strategy, proper use of school register, reporting, case study writing, arranging
meeting, creative education system etc. The training was held from 17 th to 19 th
September 2019. Upazila Education Officer along with Govt. school teacher were
facilitated the training. Training on Advocacy
Three days long training was organized by Dalit to enhance advocacy skills among
teachers, club members and project staff. With this training participants have trained up
how to do advocacy with the stakeholders on various types of problems in the village.
The training was held during June 25 th to 27 th 2019 at Chuknagar Dalit Hospital
Auditorium. Monthly orientation for Teachers
Dalit has been arranged monthly orientation session for the teachers to develop monthly
study plan, giving them motivational guidelines and review the progress. During the
reporting period Dalit arranged 12 orientation sessions for them, where 36 teachers (12
full-time & 24 part-time) under this project were participated.Observation of National girl child day
The people of the project areas are disadvantaged, socially and economically they are
left far behind the rest of other upazilas. They have no human dignity and access in
basic human rights,
especially for the women/
girl child. They are doubly
subject to discrimination.
To create awareness on
rights of girl child among
the civil society, members
of U.P, religious leaders,
local leaders and
teachers, Dalit has been
arranged a rally followed
by discussion meeting on
observance of National
Girl Child Day on
September 30 th 2019 at
Tala Shilpakala Academy
hall room, Tala, Satkhira.
Total 180 participants
including Upazila administration officer and Upazila Chairman were participated in the
program.
Street theater on raising awareness
The villagers’ mentality can be touched very easily through street theatre. So the project
has been delivered motivational messages directly through entertainment. During the
period 6 street theatres have arranged in the month of April in different villages to alert
the audience on social obstacles/ taboos.Awareness raising meeting reducing early marriage
Child marriage is the most prevalent issue in dalit community. Because of poverty and
unconsciousness, parents in this community arrange their girl’s marriage before they
reach adulthood. For this reason, enhancing awareness reducing early marriage, Dalit
arranged 12 meetings during April to December 2019. Meeting with club committee members
Under sponsorship program, 6 adolescent clubs are being run in this project from this
year onwards to encourage adolescents to work for the betterment of the society and
eliminate wrong practices from the society. Each club has a committee
consisting of 5 men
and 5 women. Those
whose
responsibilities are to
fight against child
marriage, eve
teasing, drug
addiction and
protesting against
social evils. Dalit
arranged 49
meetings with the
club committee
members during the
half year, where a total of 534 members participated in the meeting. Carrom boards and
chess boards have been provided to each club to make the members cultured and
playful through the adolescent clubs.we were able to complete the activities of the project within the stipulated period.
We have tried to ensure maximum participation in each program.


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