EID-ul- Fitr is a festival for Muslims they observe after the holy month of RAMDAN, During the month ofRamdan Muslims observe a strict fast and participate in pious activities such as charitable giving and peace-making. It is a time of intense spiritual renewal for those who observe it. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims throughout the world observe a joyous three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr. It is a time to give in charity to those in need, and celebrate with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy. Before the day of Eid, during the last few days of Ramadan, each Muslim family gives a determined amount as a donation to the poor. This donation is of actual food -- rice, barley, dates, rice, etc. -- to ensure that the needy can have a holiday meal and participate in the celebration
It is the high time to include the ones who cannot afford to have all the happiness to buy new cloths and food for themselves. SEHER following its every year’s practice this year arrange new cloths for the street working children. Staff members, family members, friends and other philanthropists gave charity for the EID cloths for needy children.
During the Ramzan Month these cloths were distributed among them, 54 children were provided with dresses to wear on EID day and be part of the celebration of EID happiness.
For the rehabilitation of children sexually exploited SEHER involve parents and community members, for their effective involvement we need to aware them, a training program was conducted for the parents and community groups which are form to monitor situation of child protection in their areas. 23 parents and community members participated in this training. The training covered
The training started with the introduction of all participants of workshop including staff members. In introduction session all participant who were members of PCC committees introduced them self with any hesitation. The introduction was done with good compliments.
The session of project information done, In this session the trainer told the PCC members about project (CHILD PROTECTION CENTER) IMTIZAJ and AMEVCSD .The trainer very well explain the purpose of project and aims of project with easy wording .The PCC members took interest in this session and they wanted to more information about center.
Convention on the right of the child was also very informative session for all members of PCC .In this session the trainer explain the CRC detail and realize them how CRC is important for us, because in communities we need more then more awareness about CRC .
The community’s members were asking question in this session about child right. After this session they felt the important and the need of CRC in society s well as communities which are the main pillar of society.
Communication with children
The trainer very well communicated the members about the communication. In this session the main object was that how we should talk and behave with children and all aspect which are including and related communication.
The members were asking question in this session and answering as well about this session, its mean they were taking interest in the session.
The trainer in this session explained all related issues about child abuse. The trainer told to PCC members about all basic aspect of child protection issues. The information about the child abuse was very informative for the PCC members.
In this session the trainer also told them about the categorization of children by nature sexual activities and sexual vulnerabilities.
In the end of training the evaluation form were also filled by all PCC members. In this form they point out their thinking about the training .The evaluation form show that they took interest and they like and they want took again training.
Society for Empowering Human Resource (SEHER) established on May, 28th 1998 and registered under Society Act 1860 with registration # 840 by a group of youth sharing a common aim and commitment to address human misery with a special focus on vulnerable segment of society i.e. women, children, minorities, refugees, disable/abused and the poorest of the poor. SEHER, being a right based social reformatory organization, adopts a holistic approach towards right based development initiatives upholding the human rights. SEHER used a rigorous approach by analyzing the various aspects that contribute to oppression, injustice, violence and poverty in the society while treating the victims as “subjects of the change process”
Child protection is one of the most important thematic areas of SEHER. Violence, negligence and abuse, labor, exploitation and discrimination are threats trough out the life cycle of children, which endanger their healthy growth.
SEHER from its very early period of work started working on child protection issues in Quetta and other areas of Baluchistan. SEHER has worked in both the areas like response to the protection issues as service provider but worked as advocate to bring change at policy level.
SEHER work for the rehabilitation and education for the children victim of commercial Sexual exploitation in Quetta city, most of these children are street working and street living children the protection activities are carried out through a child protection center and outreach at the spot where children are being exploited.
SEHER respond in the emergencies for the protection and revive the education in the disaster affected areas. SEHER provide protection and psychosocial support through Child friendly spaces, community groups, and provision of supplies. Education was supported through establishment of temporary learning centers, transit school shelter, and provision of reading, writing and learning material.
IMTAZAJ Project conducted a work shop .topic was child protection, child rights united nation convention on the rights of children and Legal Education. The work shop was held at Child Protection Center Quetta for the members of Child associations. 23 children/youth participated in the workshop. Aim of workshop was to educate participants about the basic rights of children’s and to protect their rights. The training workshop covered following topics
SEHER has initiated community based child friendly space with support of Community volunteers to prevent children from abuse and exploitation, in the Child friendly spaces children learn self-protection techniques through different learning based exercises, through videos and games. they are involved in creative based activities so they can express their thoughts, in case of any stress they can express it from their drawings and paintings,
children are provided with opportunity to communicate with other children to have a better socialization. parents groups of the communities are given sessions on monitoring child protection in their areas. following are the some activities conducted in Child frindly spaces.
children were engaged in painting, drawing, clay work, dolls making, flower making, puppets making, and bead works.
Imaginative: children perform dramas, role play and skits regarding health and hygiene, child rights, DRR
Physical: children play sport including Cricket, football, badminton, rope skipping to fulfill the requirement of their body needing exercise for the proper development.
Communicative: to enhance the communication skills story telling, story reading and discussion on different topics were implemented among children groups.
Manipulative: in this regard puzzles, building blocks were used. Facilitators create self made puzzles to create interest among children and utilize the locally available resources.
Traditional/ cultural activities
The children were very interested in cultural songs, dance and games which are locally played. They sing songs and participate in atten (cultural dance). They produce their own songs related to the CFS activities in pashtoo and urdu language.
Children were educated about life skill to develop their personality in a constructive way. They have learned to manage anger, manage negative emotions. They were provided information about problem solving, decision making, creative and critical thinking.
Learning based activities
These were the learning based activities design to enhance the different psychological and social competencies of children. These were the games providing learning for them about unity, effective communication, and control on emotions, enhancing concentration, and decision making.
Reinforcement for disciplining and behavioral change:
A weekly chart containing every child name was displayed and on each day facilitator mark positive for the child who was observed having constructive behavior towards group members and peer. They were mark negative if use bad words or call names, fight with others, snatch toys or other material from children or break the rules of CFS. At the end of the week the highest marked child got a card or certificate of “best behavior”.
SEHER’s effort for the rehabilitation of children affected from commercial sexual exploitation has been continued during this quarter too, this has been a wonderful period in respect to SEHER’s endeavour of child protection. SEHER made more focused efforts on 119 children. The children underwent different stages of prevention and rehabilitation activities to become a useful member of the society. As most of them were literally unable to read and write, now they have been enabled to not only read and write in national language but also to some extent in English language. They have learned basics of computing and well trained in LSBE to protect themselves from any potentially harmful circumstances.
The children have been relieved from their mental traumas through psychosocial counselling and variety of recreational activities. It has been endeavoured to inculcate positive values into their minds.
20 children were empowered as change agents and taken initiatives for child protection in their communities, On the other hand extensive measures have been taken to prevent children from abuse. The Parents community Committees and child associations are fully functional in playing their important roles. Regular coordination meetings have been held with various stakeholders in order to holistically strike on the core issues. The parents and volunteers started four child friendly spaces in their respective areas to support and provided children for their self-protection.
The staff and stakeholders have regularly been provided with vitally needed capacity building trainings and refresher trainings in order to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
sports being an effective tool for the rehabilitation of children affected by sexual expolitation was used with support of the partner organization, Azad foundation has inititated selection and faciltation of street children football team, and one of the rehabiltated child from SEHER Faizan was selected in the team, they played internationaly at Brazil in the street children football worldcup, and got second rank, the team was welcomed warmly at Pakistan, and the team has planed to visit 10 cities of pakistan, in early june Faizan with the team visited Quetta, he was givin a reception by SEHER, visited SEHER office and met the managemnet. the team has started thier career professioanly.
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