Aarushi Children’s Home for Girls (CHG) of Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) provide quality services to girls rescued from difficult and vulnerable situations and are in need of care and protection. The team at Aarushi CHG has been working round the clock to provide a conducive environment to girls for their holistic development. The Aarushi CHG team was able to provide support to 67 children during the reporting period. Although the biggest challenge was the second wave of the COVID 19 pandemic and consequent lockdown.
An overview of activities as part of the supported project has been provided below.
Digital Skill Development: the educational and digital literacy programme for the girls at Aarushi CHG is our new programme. An elaborate computer curriculum was created keeping in mind the age and the grasping power of children. Digital literacy has helped academic performance and to learn new skills. They have covered various topics like MS Excel, Ms Word and Scratch etc.
Education: Education is the process of facilitating learning and the acquisition of knowledge and skills. The emphasis is to link every child with the education system either-Formal or Non -formal keeping in mind their aptitude. There are three modes of education i.e., Formal, National School of Open Learning (NIOS) and Non-Formal Education (N.F.E). Girls are taught through various creative methods. During the reporting period, 67 girls were supported through education programme. Teachers try to use creative methods of teaching so that the children comprehend and enjoy the learning process. During the reporting period, 28 girls were enrolled in Formal school, 5 girls in NIOS and 34 girls in NFE.
Due to the lockdown and closing down of the schools, 4 computers to computer lab were added so that children could attend online classes. Children were divided into groups so that all could have access to the computers.
- During the second wave of the pandemic, many of our staff and children were affected by COVID -19 and had to be isolated for recovery. They could not attend the classes during this period.
Forming education as the basis of engaging with girls for their overall development, Aarushi CHG team has been providing girls multiple opportunities for learning and development. To this end, a strong and technically sound education system has been put in place at Aarushi CHG.
The programme encompasses three key modes of education to meet the individual needs of girls given their varied levels of academic exposure.
• Non-Formal education- The girls who have been out of school for a substantial period of time or have never been enrolled in one are provided intensive non-formal education through interactive and joyful methods of pedagogy.
• Open Learning- Girls who are not able to cope up with educational demands at school are linked to open schooling and are provided in-house academic support by teachers at Arushi CHG. Since, these girls do not go to schools they are given opportunities for extracurricular activities and latent talent development.
• Formal school- Children who have been out of school for a short period and excel academically are linked to formal schools and are given in-house educational support to complete their school homework and assignments. In addition computer classes, quizzes and other educational sessions are also organised to enhance girls overall personality development.
Vocational Training and Rehabilitation:
Girls who are above 18 years of age are prepared for independent living under the rehabilitation programme at Arushi CHG. The psychologist and the team at Arushi CHG work with girls to encourage them to learn practical life skills like - money management, healthy eating habits etc. Apart from this, individual sessions are provided to help girls get over their fear and concern of living alone. To facilitate the transition from Arushi CHG to a place of their own, the girls are provided essentials such as groceries, kitchen goods, bedding and rent for a month. One of the girls was enrolled in Aviation training from Frankfinn. Three girls are learning Drawing through an esteemed organization. Another girl is doing Airhostess training from Frankfinn. She has completed her 12th through Rotary Public School with 84%. So she has been rehabilitated.