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Project Report | Jun 30, 2015
progress on shelter homes

By tanya alag | coordinator - resource mobilisation

SBT Full-Care Residential Centres are Unique

Unlike orphanages, shelter homes and other child care institutions, full-care residential homes provide an enabling environment to children to realize their potential to the fullest. An attempt is made to educate and help children develop intellectually at these centres. However, children who are not inclined towards academics are not pushed towards a definite career path. Children are provided opportunities to develop their hidden talents and skills. They are encouraged to pursue dance, puppetry, acting, painting and photography as well.

 

Introduction

Street children are deprived of protective environment of family. Article 20 of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes the right of such children who cannot be looked after by their own family to special care. The Government of India also accorded serious attention to provide protective environment of children in need of care including street children through enactment of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 and subsequent amendments to the Act. The Act in its Section 37 provides for establishment of shelter homes for children in need of care and protection. Significance of shelter homes for street children is immense, given the exploitative, violent and hostile situations they face in cities. Shelter homes act as safety nets protecting street children from sexual abuse and exploitation, physical violence and child labour.

 

Understanding the importance of ensuring a safe environment for children, SBT runs full-care residential homes for girls and boys who live on streets. Aasra, Apna Ghar and DMRC Children Home are home for boys; Udaan and Arushi are shelter homes for girls. Besides serving the prime purpose of providing a ‘safe living space’ to children, residential homes offer a comprehensive package of services including food, education, medical care, mental health and psychological support.

 

Activities

Children’s admission in the centres is ascertained after they are duly presented in CWCs as per the provisions of the JJ Act, 2000. Identifying the unique background and needs of the child, individual care plans are drawn for each child in these centres. Regular academic, psychological and medical assessments of the children are doneto provide individualised educationand health facilities. Full-time mental health professional and medical coordinator are appointed in the centre to provide psychological support, counselling and facilitate medical check-ups and treatment of children, respectively. Following services are provided to children at the residential centres.

 

Health and Nutrition: Health is invariably a neglected issue amongst street and working children. Thus, SBT has a comprehensive health programme comprising specific services including full medical investigation, first aid, screening and medical check-ups, medical investigation, referral for treatment and hospitalisation, screening and treatment of STD/STIs, voluntary tests for HIV/AIDS, long-term treatment support to children through institutional linkages and referrals and organisation of health awareness camps.

 

Mental Health: Exposed to different forms of violence and exploitation, children on the streets often suffer from a lot of mental trauma and emotional disturbances. Therefore, mental health programme aims towards identification and management of mental health/ behavioural problems in children and adolescents; building awareness of mental health issues amongst all staff; developing protocols in key areas such as child abuse and protections, suicidal risks; dealing with learning difficulties and academic issues of children through special education programme; and supporting staff through individual and group work. The mental health team comprises qualified counsellors and psychiatrist. The team operates through mental health assessment and interventions. The interventions include individual counselling, pharmacology, rehabilitation, psycho-education, and supportive work all tied through comprehensive case management.

 

Education Programme: In order to set children on the path of comprehensive growth and development SBT lays great emphasis on formal schooling i.e. admitting children to regular private or public schools. Apart from this some children also go through non-formal schooling and National Open School systems of education. Children are assisted in their homework and are provided extra tuition/remedial classes. The teacher-pupil ratio is 1:25. Teachers facilitate each child's learning through small groups of interaction. The non-formal education is conducted through a systematic module and interesting pedagogies.

 

Life Skills Education Programme: The programme aims at enhancing the day-to-day decision making ability of children; and providing them with livelihood options through vocational training, and job placement. Life skills education aims to develop the ability of an individual to deal with the variety of situations that life throws up. Such education helps in the overall development of children, including physical, mental and social well-being, building greater self-confidence in life. It is majorly targeted towards children who are at the threshold of maturity i.e., going to turn 18 years.

 

Vocational Training and Job Placement: Vocational training becomes a critical link for children to enter the mainstream of society. In order to qualify for vocational training, SBT children have to complete 16 years, or clear their 10th standard board exam. Children choose a vocation according to their interests, but the assessment of a career counsellor and staff is available to help them match their ability with the training they want to undergo. The children opt for courses viz. choices were Master Desk Top Publishing, web and graphic designing, multi-media animation, film editing, C++ software, care-giving, house-keeping, puppetry, karate, theatre, macramé and photography. Some of the institutes which provided training were ITI, Pusa Road, NIIT, MAAC, Arena Multi-media, Crown Plaza, Taj Mahal Hotel-Mansingh Road, Vivek Sahni's Design House, The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, YMCA, Triveni Kala Sangam & Ramakrishna Institute of Computers. Placement in jobs is the final act in the process of bringing children into the mainstream. However, SBT maintains contact with these young adults to ensure that they find stability, and then growth, in their work.

 

A snapshot of progress achieved by various centres of SBT in 2014, has been captured below.

 Progress Update (2014)

 

Aasra

Apna Ghar

Arman

DMRC

Udaan

Arushi

Boys home

Girls home

Aasra was the first shelter home started by SBT. With a capacity of 50 it caters to boys of five to 18 years. The home was set up under the JJ Act, 2000.

It is an open centre, where children have the freedom to visit the centre any point in time. The home was set under the JJ Act, 2000.

Arman is also an open centre catering to boys.

DMRC Children’s Home was established as part of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s corporate social responsibility. The home houses 100 boys from the age of five to below 18 years

Udaan was initiated with the support of Give 2 Asia in March 2010. It started with eight girls and currently shelters more than 50 girls at time.

Arushi was first girls’ shelter home under SBT. It is an initiative to offer 24 hour shelter to girls between the ages of five years to 18 years living on the streets.

Children Reached

Total children reached -487

Shelter provided to -487 children

Restore back to families-365

children

Placed to other NGO-65                                          children

Produced to CWC-487 children

 

Total children reached -460

Shelter provided to - 460 children

Restore back to families-40 children

Placed to other NGO-52 children

Produced to CWC-174 children

 

Total children reached -32

Shelter provided to -08 children

 

Total children reached -475

Shelter provided to -475 children

Restore back to families-281 children

Placed to other NGO-36 children

Produced to CWC-75 children

Total children reached -71 girls

Shelter provided to -71 girls

Restore back to families-25 girls

Placed to other NGO-03 girls

Produced to CWC-71 girls

 

 

 

Total children reached -94 girls

Shelter provided to -94 girls

Restore back to families-37 girls

Produced to CWC-94 girls

 

Educational Facilities

Received NFE-487

children

Children in NFE-317 children

Received education through NIOS-21 children

Total children linked to mainstream education-22

 

Children in formal school-83 children

Received education through NIOS-19 children

Children in NFE-369 children

Children in formal school-32 girls

Received non- formal education-7 girls

Received education through NIOS-12 girls

Children in formal school-35 girls

Received NFE-94 girls

Received education through NIOS-12 girls

Graduation from DU-01 girl

Vocational Training and Job Placement

 

Admitted to vocational training course-17 children

Placed in different jobs-9 children

Admitted to vocational training course-17 children

Job placement-03 children

Vocational training-17

Job placement-08

 

 

Admitted to vocational training course-13 girls

Placed in different jobs-03 girls

Medical Care

Medical checkups-1754 times (381 children)

Referred  to hospital-56 children

Hospitalised-02 children

Medical investigation-83 children

Operated-02 children

Tetanus injection- 48 children

Eye checkup-45 children

Referred to detoxification centre -3 children

HIV test-02 children

Long term treatment- 02 children

Referred to mental health-30 children

Group sessions-15

Informal sessions-344 sessions                                                                         

 

Medical checkups-443 times (185 children)

Ref. to hospital-75 children

Hospitalised-09 children

Operated-04 children

Medical investigation-76 children

Long term treatment-9 children

Eye checkup-26 children

Dental check up-08 children

Tetanus injection-15 children

HIV test-07 children

Group sessions- 10 sessions

 

Medical checkups conducted for all children reached

Medical checkups-1054 times (475 children)

Ref. to hospital-624 times

Hospitalised-12 children

Operated-02 children

Medical investigation-370 children

Long term treatment-20 children

Eye check up-183 children

Dental check up-08 children

Tetanus injection-315 children

Hepatitis-174 children

Referred to HIV test-10 children

Ref. to mental health-46 children

Referred to detoxification centre -01 child    

LSE sessions held-40 sessions

Group sessions-225 sessions

Medical checkups-642 times (71 girls)

Ref. to hospital-48 times

Hospitalization-04 girls

Medical investigation-65 times

Long term treatment-02 girls

Tetanus injection-60 girls

Hepatitis B injection-34 girls

HIV test-04 girls

Eye check up-38 girls

Dental check up-40 girls

Life Skills Education (LSE) sessions held-49 sessions

Group sessions-36 sessions

 

Medical checkups-213 times (94 children)

Ref. to hospital-94 times

Hospitalised-06 girls

Operated-04 girls

Medical investigation-75 girls

Long term treatment-04 girls

Tetanus injection-02 girls

Hepatitis B injection-51 girls

Eye check up-47 girls

Dental check up-11 girls

Ref. to MHP-01 girl

 

 

 

Future Plan

In the current year, the SBT team is planning to reach and rescue increasing number of street children and bring them under the protective ambit of residential centres. To achieve this, efforts are being made to increase linkages with railway authorities, police and community watchdogs, establish networks with the government and non-government agencies, including Child Welfare Committees. Consistent attempts are being made to provide high quality vocational training to older children, to make them more job eligible and increase their access to gainful employment. Concurrently for younger children, the core focus is being la
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Salaam Baalak Trust

Location: New Delhi, Delhi - India
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Project Leader:
Tanya Alag
New Delhi , Delhi United Kingdom

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