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Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls

by Sukarya
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls

Suhana – A success Story

Suhana, 12, with her family migrated to Gurugram with her parents and sister. Her father was a construction worker and mother, a domestic help. Suhana, a drop out from 3rd grade, had already started taking care of her siblings while doing household works. Life has been full of difficulties and challenges and it never got any better for Suhana while growing up in the slums until she was signed up by Sukarya team for its ARSH program.

While being a regular participant of adolescent reproductive health program Suhana helped other fellow girls from the slum to join the program. During a session on “Life & social threats” she shared a story of her own family. Her uncle and aunt married a few years back when they were teens. After the marriage, her uncle used to abuse her aunt both physically and mentally. She always thought how to protect her aunt and there was no way for her. After seeing her aunt in such a miserable condition and things happening around her, Suhana decided not to get married in her life.

But after attending the session on life and social threats, she got to know about the right age of marriage. She learned that after completion of 18 years of age a girl is physically and mentally able to cope-up with such situations. Also, she got to know about the emergency help line numbers where help is available on such urgencies.

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Success Story of a Habiba

Habiba, 12, lives in Sector 57 slum in Gurgaon. Being an elder sister of 2, she takes care of her siblings when her parents are away at work. Moreover, Habiba manages the household works and supports her mother in cleaning, cooking and washing clothes too. In spite of the work load at this tender age, Habiba always manages to attend the classes without a miss.

Initially, she was very shy and hesitant to share her story and what was happening around her in the slum. But Habiba was paying attention when the session talks about all the menace prevailing in the society and how one should be attentive to protect herself. The regular interaction in Adolescent Reproductive Sexual Health (ARSH has made her confident to speak about various issues she has learnt and could be brave enough to tell the difference between a good touch and a bad touch. Habiba says “I know when someone attempts to molest a girl then I have to scream and run, share such incident with parents and dial 1098 childline number to get assistance”.  She further adds, “I feel so happy that I am getting such knowledge which I can pass on to my friends and sisters”.

 

Empowering & Protecting Slum Girls through Adolescent Reproductive & Sexual Health (ARSH) and Family Life Education [FLE]

Progress Report - 10th May 2018 to 10th August 2018

During the reporting period total 14 sessions were organized with adolescent girls across Delhi and Gurgaon slums reaching out to 510 participants. Among them, 10 sessions covered on adolescent reproductive and sexual health issues, 3 sessions focused on family life education and one introductory session was conducted with a new batch in sector 53, Gurgaon.

The topics covered on Adolescent Health:  

  • What is Health, Adolescent stage and Adolescent Health?
  • Stages of adolescence & changes during adolescence
  • Puberty & menstrual hygiene
  • Good touch and bad touch

The topics covered on Family Life Education:

  • Family importance and types of family
  • Pre marriage & post marriage, Family as a support system
  • Family life cycle, stages and importance
  • This quarter the above topics were covered with a total number of 510 adolescents.
Group presentation
Group presentation

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Sarfana: A success story
Sarfana: A success story

 

 

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                                                                      Sarfana: A Success Story

 

Sarfana,13, lives with her mother and six siblings in a sub-urban slum in Gurgaon. At a very young age, her father had left for work and never came back. Now, Sarfana’s mother is the sole bread winner of the family and is responsible for the wellbeing of all of her seven children. The ones that aren’t as young are simply uneducated and too unskilled to get employed, and depend upon pan-handling for a living.

Sarfana has been attending the training sessions of ARSH and FLE almost for five to six months now. Living in an insecure environment where young women face the problems of violence & abuses almost every day. Under both the programs, Sarfana learns about the various ways in which these attacks are disguised and how they are to be recognized and avoided. She has also learned about cleanliness and hygiene, and practices the same daily.

Sarfana wishes to be an empowered and independent woman when she grows up. ARSH AND FLE enable her to take the necessary steps that will assist her in reaching her goals, while protecting herself and her family. From the very first day when she started attending the sessions, she has been a curious learner and has repeatedly participated in general discussions while clarifying doubts. Being more knowledgeable on ARSH and FLE, Sarfana even reaches out to other young adults in her neighbourhood about the benefits of maintaining good personal hygiene and how to take care of oneself in an open and insecure environment.

 

                                                                             Progress Report
                                                              February 14, 2018 to May 14, 2018

ARSH & FLE Training Sessions:                          

A total 344 girls were imparted education on Adolescent Reproductive Sexual Health (ARSH) & Family Life Education (FLE).

The sessions on ARSH were designed to discuss the topics of What is Health, Adolescent stage and Adolescent Health, Sexual abuse, depression and suicidal program, human and child trafficking.

Family Life Education sessions were included topics like dowry and forced marriage, child marriage, mother and child mortality, gender based violence and domestic violence.

Group study in session.
Group study in session.
A scene from the ARSH session.
A scene from the ARSH session.
group activity help them open up
group activity help them open up
The session on FLE is on.
The session on FLE is on.

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Dalia
Dalia

Dalia, 13, lives with her parents and six siblings in one of the slums of Gurgaon. Her parents migrated from West Bengal in search of  employment opportunities and better life. Realities of living in an urban slum hunt her everyday. She realizes that she lives in an insecure environment where young women face the problems of sexual attacks on a daily basis. She hopes to learn about the threats that society harbors against her, and how to avoid them. Luckily, her parents do all they can to ensure the well being of their seven children by doing all sorts of odd jobs such as daily wage work and working as domestic help in the neighborhood houses.

The news of Sukarya's ARSH and FLE programs in their slum came as a blessing in disguise for Dalia's family. Being the third eldest amongst her siblings, Dalia is the first of her generation to attend any kind of an education program. Her elder two siblings, though still uneducated, had to stay back assisting their parents in raising the five other siblings.

Through regularly attending the training sessions of ARSH and FLE, Dalia learnt about menstrual health and other issues affecting women’s health and safety in the society. She was completely unaware of menstrual health and hygiene, however after just a couple of sessions she immediately started following all tips given during the session. She became a strong advocate of menstrual hygiene in her locality and helped fight the taboo against menstruation.

Having witnessed child marriage from close quarters she had earlier thought it to be normal, however after learning about its physical and emotional impacts on women, she understood that child marriage is a social evil in reality. When her parents thought about getting her elder sister married at the age of 16, she stood up against the idea and explained to them how it coulkd affect her sister’s well being. Through the knowledge gathered from ARSH and FLE, Dalia wishes to be an empowered young woman who would be able to shield other girls from any such harm. She feels that the experience of mentoring other young adults will help fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher and assist other adolescents to feel empowered and protected.

 

Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls 
Progress Report (November 2017 to January 2018):
During the above reporting period, a total 6 training sessions were organized with 247 Adolescent girls residing in two slum locations of Gurgaon.
The training sessions were categorized into two segments [1] Adolescent Reproductive & Sexual Health [ARSH] and [2]Family Life Education [FLE].
During this quarter 3 sessions were organized on ARSH and 3 sessions on FLE.
The following topics and contents were covered,
  1. ARSH
          [1] Malnutrition in adolescent period
          [2] Menstrual Hygiene
          [3] Drug abuse amongst adolescents
       2.  FLE
          [1] Family Problems & its causes
          [2] Domestic Violence and Gender based Violence
          [3] Child marriage and its consequences
     
The girls ready for the ARSH session
The girls ready for the ARSH session
group activity help them open up
group activity help them open up
Active participation leads to success.
Active participation leads to success.

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A cheerful and confident Barira.
A cheerful and confident Barira.

 

 

The inspiring story of Barira's transformation from being shy to be a social change of agent has influenced many lives in and outside the Neemtala slum of Gurgaon. Like many others, her family migrated to Gurgaon from West Bengal in search of better livelihood opportunities. At 15, as the eldest child in the family, she looked after her four siblings while her father worked as a rickshaw puller and mother as a domestic help. Throughout the day she had to make many compromises with her childhood wishes while go through adverse social conditions such as neglect, abuse, harassment and deprivation.

But the change was to happen. Barira joined Sukarya's training program ARSH which stands for Adolescents Reproductive & Sexual Health and FLE – Family life education.  These programs run exclusively for the adolescent girls from the slums. The training session made Barira open up and display keen interest in learning every topic and participating in all activities. She was naturally curious to learn new things and came up with questions related to the topics of the training and gradually emerged as a leader and gradually became a very confident girl during the training sessions. 

Today Barira is a youth leader for the programs in her community and speaks passionately for the tremendous efforts that were put in through the trainings for her new level of confidence. With her determination she wishes to reshape the life of other girls by leading through her own example helping them overcome the situations of vulnerability they live everyday with. Barira has gathered the courage to fight the social barriers of the community and help her parents change their  mindset. Today her parents have become a source of motivation for her to pursue others to be regular for their training and stay connected with the program to overcome challenges within and outside their community.

During the period August - October, 6 training program were organized (2 training sessions are conducted for adolescent girls each month on ARSH- Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health and FLE- Family Life Education).  2 slum locations were covered and 100 girls participated in the program.

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Girls during the training session
Girls during the training session
The Girls in the Family Life Education training.
The Girls in the Family Life Education training.

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Sukarya

Location: Gurgaon, Haryana - India
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Twitter: @sukaryango
Project Leader:
Shipra Shukla
Gurgaon, India

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