Giving children the chance of a happy childhood
PROJECT NAME: Protect 1,500 children in Orissa, India from abuse
PROJECT LOCATION: Bolangir District, Orissa, India
PROJECT PARTNER: Adhar
This important project has so far enrolled 35 children in the Community Childcare Centre; linked 10 children, aged 0-6, to the Integrated Child Development Services, a government scheme that provides supplementary nutrition, immunization, health check-up, referral services, pre-school non-formal education, and nutrition & health education; and enrolled 12 children in primary school. One such child is Minu.
Case Study: Minu
Minu, a 7 year old girl, lives in a slum of Baijayanti Pada in Bolangir Municipality with her mother and older brother. Her father died five years ago. Her mother earns a small amount of money each day by working as a hotel dishwasher, although this isn’t enough to meet the family’s basic needs. The family often go without meals. Minu therefore started begging in temples and parks to contribute to the family income, missing out on school. Her brother also misses out on school as he collects polythene from rubbish heaps in order to earn a few rupees from recycling businesses.
One of Adhar’s social workers discovered the dire situation of the family through a home visit last year. The social worker discussed Minu’s situation with her mother. Minu’s mother explained that due to poverty they all needed to earn money in order to survive. After a number of visits and counselling sessions, her mother agreed to send the two children to school. Having also persuaded the Headmaster at the local primary school to admit the children, they were both enrolled and are now attending classes every day.
The school provided Minu and her brother with books and school uniforms. They are also entitled to a meal through the government Midday Meal Scheme. Their prospects are now much improved, although Adhar’s dedicated team of social workers must continue to follow-up on their situation through regular home and school visits to ensure they continue to progress.