project_.Bal-Sakha

Location: Dibrugarh district, Assam
Nature of Initiative: Implementing
Project holder: Dr. Aditya Chatterjee Chatterjee
CRY support since: 2011 – 2012

CHANGE ENABLED

  • The teachers report to duty in schools on time No
    dropouts from schools have rejuvenated the community
  • Mid-day meals have been regularized and the community
    has also started taking interest
  • Awareness on child marriages and tracking of marriages
    has reduced child marriages in the area

WHAT CHANGED
The Project holder, Dr. Aditya Chatterjee has worked with Praxis, Bal Sakha Bihar previously, received a CRY-Rippan Kapur Fellowship to document ‘the status of the child rights in the state of Assam’.This gave him an opportunity to explore the status of child rights status in the state. This resulted in the inception of the idea of Bal Sakha in Assam which was registered in 2009. The CRY- supported projects hass spread it operations across 3 tea gardens and 4 villages in 3 blocks of the Dibrugarh district in Assam. The main aim of the organization is to rehabilitate children living in vulnerable conditions and work on the implementation of Juvenile Justice Act in Assam. Significant objectives are achieved by community level interactions, mobilization and awareness regarding child rights issues and protection issues. The prject staff is involved with the unions, workers, intellectuals within the community and the tea management authorities. Media advocacy is done in a proper and organised manner to acheive the goals of the organisation.