Children  India Project #20765

Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India

by Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) Vetted since 2015 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India
Transform childhoods of 300 slum children in India

The session started with a friendly introduction among the girls. Each girl introduced herself by her name and a movement with it which the other girls mimicked. It created a lot of laughter among the girls. 

After the introduction the girls where handed out balloons. They were asked to blow it and dance to the music with it using different body parts like hands, legs, hips etc. The motive was to make sure the balloon did not touch the ground. They then did this in groups of 2 and 4. The energy in the room was high during this part of the session.

 After this blood pumping activity the girls were made to sit in a circle and were asked to discuss how they are feeling. Most of them used words like happy, joyful and stress-free to describe it. The topic of stress brought in the discussion of disappointment and the feeling of sadness. The girls went on to describe the various ways and reasons why they feel pain in their daily lives. 

The facilitator then went on to discuss what the program was about and the basic rules and values that will govern the upcoming sessions. The facilitator insisted on a ritual that should be followed at the beginning and end of the session. After an interactive planning among the girls they came up with a few steps to be performed as ritual. 

At the end of the session the girls we asked to meditate and concentrate on the present away from the distractions. There was even soothing music which created a relaxed atmosphere. This brought us to the end of the session which ended with the ritual the girls had decided on. 

Overall the session was a stress reliever and helped give an idea of how the future ones would look like. It was further decided the next session would be held on the following Sunday from 3pm to 5pm.

Children exchanging there thoughts.
Children exchanging there thoughts.

The session the introduction of trainers and energizers, children were divided in two teams.

Both the teams played two games each.  The Animal Instinct  and the Electric maze, after the games when asked What did you like about today? children answered that this was the first time we have enjoyed and learnt through the activity at the same time, This was the first time we enjoyed withoht fear on this ground.

On follow up questions when trainer asked them,What would they need to do to play there without fear every now and then? Children answered that they need to Go to the place regularly and Mark an area which will be safe for us both physically and mentally. We need to make apressure group which can discuss this issue of safe place to play with elders, respective Government officers and MLA if needed. Only then we will get an area to play.

Then Trainer asked them who can help them initially? Children said the YUVA team can help them with inputs and arranging meetings with different GOVT. Bodies/Corporators, MLA etc.

Children watching movie
Children watching movie

The second session for the day was held at the Church within Building No. 17, put together for its residents by the B.A.S.S members of the both Wing A and B.The screening saw a huge number of children in attendance, close to 70 of them, apart from a couple of parents and the treasurer of the housing society.


The event began with the registration of the children, followed by the welcoming of the audience and the facilitation of the Treasurer, the parent attendees, and Mr. Vijay and the B.A.S.S. representatives. Mr. Prakash then gave a brief introduction with respect to the movie followed by the screening. Once the screening was over, Mr. Prakash welcomed Mr. Vijay 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.


Soon after, the session ended with a vote of thanks and distribution of snacks for the attendees. Later on, in a feedback session, the B.A.S.S members who assisted in the screening were appreciated and suggestions and comments were discussed.
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Vijay explaining about movie
Vijay explaining about movie
Showing tricks
Showing tricks

India is said to be one of the most superstitious countries in the world. Superstition is prevalent among all classes- rich and poor. Superstition is contrary to development and hence is also a sign of illiteracy, poverty and above all backwardness. Superstition is anything that is based on blind faith and mostly leads to some harmful consequence. In summary, it is opposite to rationality.

In order to fight the plague of superstition and superstitious beliefs among people, Andhshraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (ANIS) was founded by the great mind Dr. Narendra Dabolkar. Dr. Dabolkar identified superstition as one of the biggest social evils in the Indian society and envisioned a society where each person could leave free of the shackles of baseless practices and beliefs. The organization therefore works towards spreading awareness among people.

Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) or (Maharashtra Blind faith Eradication Committee) is a voluntary organization working through 310 branches located in rural and urban Maharashtra, Belgaum in Karnataka and Goa. It does not receive foreign or government funding. It’s a People's movement working solely on support of the people and for the people.

Maharashtra has a long legacy of rationalist social reformers who always took an objective and informed stand against superstition. The constitution of India has stipulated adoption of scientific outlook as one of the responsibilities of every Indian and has included it as a value to be inculcated through education. MANS has resolved to further this rational legacy through purposeful activities and programmes. The eradication of blind faith can be achieved by these four main Aims and Objectives:-

1. To oppose and agitate against harmful superstitions and rituals which misguide and exploit.

2. To inculcate and propagate scientific outlook, scepticism, humanism and critical thinking.

3. To encourage constructive and critical analysis of religion, traditions and customs.

4. To associate and work with progressive social reform organizations.

 

In keeping with spreading awareness against superstition and introducing a scientific temper among children, session on Science and Magic was organized by ANIS. About 40 children attended the session. They were excited to see how camphor reacts with fire, knowing about chill-lemon superstition to prevent ghosts entering the house on the night of no-moon. They also learned about muhurat and how there is no impact from it. Children also said that hence forth they would avoid keeping unnecessary fasts, as nutrition for the body is extremely important and long fasts induce problems of acidity and dehydration.

As it is said by the Father of Economics, Adam Smith, said ‘Science is the antidote to the poisonous enthusiasm and superstition’; this is reflective in the awareness sessions and the need for a scientific temper among all classes and age groups.

Just as we see in the international context, that children are dragged into military uses and in conflicts as child soldiers, locally, too, children face a many violations of their rights. These child soldiers do not have access to education, health care services and are victims of violence, abuse and exploitation. Similarly, other forms of child rights violations like employing children in labour, abusing them physically, emotionally and sexually, are prominent forms of distresses facing children and impinging upon their rights.

An eviction-prone area like Mankhurd, makes basic amenities and facilities like water, sanitation, education, health care fairly inaccessible, consequently accounting for a high number of malnourished children and youth. In this site of struggle, people have to work constantly to afford two meals a day. Due to thus, many children are employed in child labour which makes them school drop-outs, they take to addiction and gambling, and become vulnerable to abuse. All of these factors scar their formative years and rob them of opportunities for healthy growth and development.

The Red hand movement, while being a protest against the use of child soldiers, is also a symbolic fight against violations of child rights the world over. Right from the safeguarding the right to basic survival, to development, protection and effective participation of children, as per the Convention on the Rights of the Child, efforts are constantly made to create nurturing, conducive, resilient communities and sustainable environments to guarantee the fulfillment of human rights in every context.  

 

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Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA)

Location: Navi Mumbai - India
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Project Leader:
Roshni Nuggehalli
Navi Mumbai, Maharshtra India

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