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 Children  India Project #27847

Transform childhoods of 500 slum children in India

by Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) Vetted since 2015 Site Visit Verified
Transform childhoods of 500 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 500 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 500 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 500 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 500 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 500 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 500 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 500 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 500 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 500 slum children in India

India is now among the top 10 countries generating the highest amount of municipal solid waste (MSW), primarily due to growing urbanisation and high levels of consumption, says a report by The World Bank. With around 50% of the country’s population projected to be living in urban areas by 2050, the volume of waste generation is projected to grow by 5% every year.

To spread awareness on waste & pollution we conducted activity in Ambujwadi slum area, this activity initiated by children,

Children are the future of our Nation!!  The little warrior's of Ambujwadi celebrated the HABITAT MONTH by participating in a poster competition organized by the field work students of College of social work Nirmala Niketan on the theme 'Amchi Malvani Sundhar Malvani.

They used waste matter from their surroundings and made posters sending across a strong message against pollution of water bodies and beaches and their natural habitat. They highlighted the impact of garbage and pollution on inhabitants of Ambujwadi. Each poster is a silent prayer by the children of Ambujwadi for a better,  cleaner and greener habitat for a safer and brighter future. 

Children watching movie
Children watching movie

 

Movie Screening

Sunday, 8th July 2018

Screening I

3.00 PM- 4.30 PM Building No. 13- Wing A and B, Lallu Bhai Compound

The Bal Adhikar Sangrash Samiti (B.A.S.S.) members from Building No. 13- Wings A and B, organized a film screening session for the residents of their building on Sunday. Held at the Anganwadi centre, the entire session was an hour and a half long, where the children, parents and the society’s committee members were invited. The movie, an awareness-building animation film called Tinku and Tina, talks about child sexual abuse by distinguishing between good, bad and concealed touch.

The event began with the welcoming of the audience and registration of the children, followed by which Mr. Prakash, the YUVA-CRC staff and B.A.S.S in-charge introduced the entire organization and the team to the audience. He spoke about YUVA as an organization, about CRC and B.A.S.S and then spoke about the objective of the screening. Further, the movie- Tinku and Tina was screened; which was attended by approximately 45 children, a parent representative and few of the society’s committee members including the President, the Treasurer and the Vice-President.

Once the screening was over, Mr. Prakash welcome Mr. Vijay, the project coordinator- Children Protection Intervention at YUVA to initiate a dialogue on the theme of the movie and to assist the children in understanding better about safe and unsafe touch in specific and child sexual abuse in general. Mr. Vijay spoke about the increasing prevalence of CSA in the country, about how the perpetuator is most often someone known to the victim and then helped the children understand the difference between good, bad and concealed or inappropriate touch.

Soon after the discussion, those who had assisted in organizing of the screening were facilitated. The guests were welcomed to the front, including the President, Vice-President and the Treasurer of the housing society, Mr. Vijay, and one male and female representative from B.A.S.S. The society representatives were facilitated with flowers; posters related to child rights and protection as well as handouts talking about YUVA-CRC’s works were shared with them.

Mr. Prakash then spoke about how this screening was one of a kind and how something like this has never been done before and this was the first step in involving the community in ensuring child protection and putting into action the slogan of B.A.S.S “Hinsamukt Surakshit Basti Ke Liye Bacchon Ke Saath Hum Bhi…” He then sought support from the parent representative and members of the housing society committee for creating child-safe spaces and creating Child Protection Committee based on the Maharashtra Government’s Resolution. These guests then spoke for a few minutes each pledging their support. The session ended with a vote of thanks and distribution of snacks for the attendees.

Children watching movie
Children watching movie
Children
Children's discussion on International Women's Day

International Women’s Day

8th March, 2018

Ambujwadi

 “Extremists have shown what frighten them the most: a girl with a book.” – Malala Yousafzai, youngest Noble Peace Prize winner

 To commemorate the International Women’s Day on 8th March celebrating the cultural, political and social achievements of women the world over, a program was organized by the children and youth groups for the women in Ambujwadi. The International Women’s day theme for 2018 was Press for Progress. The International community gave a call to press for gender parity and push forward for equality.

Bal Adhikar Sangarsh Sangatan (BASS) and Nakshatra girls group of Malwani Yuva Parishad jointly organized a half day program for the women of the community. Women’s day cards were made and distributed to all the anganwadi teachers, parents and others. The hall was decorated with pictures of women Chawla, Medha Patkar, Indira Gandhi, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Rani Lakskmi Bai, Savitri Bai Phule and others. A description of each of them was written for all to read. The program commenced with a welcome address by Sumati from YUVA, who wished everyone a very happy Women’s day.

Followed by this was a short health session by the doctors from KEM health post, who spoke about women’s health and the importance for them to care for themselves first, in order to have a healthy family. They encouraged the women to think and aspire big, and told them that nothing can stop them from doing great things. A children’s group performed a welcome dance in the form of a short enactment with a message of gender equality.

Girls and women were asked to share experiences from their lives when they had obstacles, yet managed to overcome them and achieve big things. A session of song and dance concluded the event and the message of women empowerment went home.

Girls and women
Girls and women's program
Children
Children's draw there need & wants

72.5% of the population living in M-east ward lives in slums. The ward has the lowest Human Development Index in the city. The ward not only houses various slums but is also home to resettlement colonies, comprising of people living in slums from different parts of the city who have been rehabilitated here.

Lallubhai Compound with a human density of 653 persons/acre is one such resettlement colony located in the M-east ward of the city. This colony is located near a garbage incinerator, slaughter house and an open drain surrounding the community.

The lack of basic amenities and unsanitary living conditions back the claim that such communities are invisible for the administration. Invisibility of such communities are an impediment in accessing rights by people living here.

Keeping this in mind it was felt necessary by YUVA to educate children about their rights mandated by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and guaranteed by the Constitution of India.

A workshop with 68 children (age group 12-16) from Lallubhai Compound was organised in this regards. During this workshop the children were informed of their rights as mandated by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The rights mandated through 52 articles were divided into 4 rights i.e. Right to Survival; Right to Development; Right to Participation and Right to Protection.

Along with education the children about their rights the workshop also focused on government systems that are created for ensuring the deliverance of these rights to each and every child. Systems such as Childline, Child Welfare Committee, Juvenile Justice Board and laws drafted for protection of rights such as Right to Education.             

       Workshop on Gender Justice

Making playgrounds accessible and safe for girls is one of the major initiative taken up by the children in lallubhai Compound. At the same time their daily interactions are reflective of gendered stereotypes that are ingrained in them since childhood. Thus a workshop aiming at challenging these stereotypes was initiated with the members of the group leaders  

The session began with differentiating between sex and gender; one that is natural and the other that is acquired through socialisation. Making children comfortable about their body parts and to overcome the inhibitions around talking about one's body parts were done through an activity wherein the children were asked to draw male and female bodies.

Once the fact that attributes linked to masculinity and femininity were socially constructed the discussion around day to day interactions between male and female began. The discussion for the children was relatable because it was around relationships that they are in like that of a mother and child (both male and female), among friends, brother and sister and in romantic relationships.

Writing there views
Writing there views
 

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Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA)

Location: Navi Mumbai - India
Website: http:/​/​www.yuvaindia.org
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Project Leader:
Roshni Nuggehalli
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra India

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