A COMMUNITY SPRINGS INTO ACTION

SIPRA Works with 62 Villages in Maharashtra to Fight Illiteracy & Alcoholism
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7,000
adults
4,200
children
62
villages
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The districts in the Marathwada region in Maharashtra are among India’s poorest districts. The land is drought-prone; farming is not easy. Many farmers end up taking loans at high interest rates. The resultant high costs of farming and failed crops force many people to migrate in search of work.
Social Institute Programmes Rural Areas (SIPRA) initiated a journey of change in 62 villages that transformed the lives of children and their families. SIPRA began by taking on the region’s most crippling issues – illiteracy and alcoholism. Through a series of interventions SIPRA mobilised the villagers to stand up for themselves.
Today, the women of Himayatnagar are confident about stepping out of their traditional, repressed roles to stop alcoholism.
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711
children enrolled in school
8
schools re-opened
12
health sub-centres reactivated
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Droughts, seasonal employment and migration affect children in the backward districts of Andhra Pradesh. They don’t study; they work. Extra hands however small meant extra income. Though illegal, 400 children were made to work in harsh conditions. Their health suffered too.
Shramika Vikasa Kendram (SVK) has been helping communities in Andhra Pradesh by empowering them to fight child labour, child marriage and secure their family’s future. Guided by SVK, the women in the region decided to grow jasmine. They cultivated it in the fields. Flower sales bloomed, bringing in a string of change. The women’s confidence grew, as did their income. They enabled change for themselves and even employed other farmers.
Now their children are free to learn, not earn. Free to dream and be all they can be.
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CHILDREN CAN TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN

Gramya Vikash Manch for Health and Hygiene
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500
Bal Sansads formed
18
‘parliament’ sessions held
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enrolment in primary schools across 98 villages achieved
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In four districts of Jharkhand – Sahibgaj, Godda, Dhumka, Pakaur – there is rampant poverty, lack of education, few means of livelihood and lack of sanitation. The impact on children was depressing – persistent child labour, child sex abuse and trafficking.
Society for Advancement in Tribes, Health, Education, Environment (SATHEE) enabled children in these districts to form a ‘parliament’ and join the adults in the communities to create pressure groups to demand their rights. SATHEE believes that permanent change can be achieved only through the participation and leadership of children themselves.
Today, in 96% of the villages, child labour has been eradicated and the children, enrolled in schools.
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A COMMUNITY PROTECTS THEIR CHILDREN

PORD - Quality Education for Children in Chittoor, AP
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90
villages, 25 slums reached
72
Children’s Collectives formed; 3407 children members
2561
dropouts due to child labour re-admitted to schools
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With broken roofs, absent teachers and no books to study from, the road to education for the children of Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh was one paved with several obstacles. PORD stepped in and helped them get their rightful, quality education.
PORD brought about awareness of child rights, formed children’s collectives and ensured restoration of school facilities. In addition, new classrooms were built, toilets were added, teachers were ensured in the classrooms and anganwadis were built for the children. Health care facilities were provided and hostel rooms were constructed for the children.
Today, 170 girls of the Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya have 4 new rooms in their hostel, with improved facilities, enabling them to continue their education.
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SLUM CHILDREN ENJOY THEIR CHILDHOOD

CRY Supported Pahal to Help Slum Children in Badli
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new children enrolled in schools last year
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Senior Secondary schools sanctioned
Registration of children in school increased to 100%
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Badli is an industrial slum in the north-west part of Delhi. Child labour, poverty and forced migration is rampant amongst the people here. For the adults and children of Badli none of the amenities that one associates with urban life were accessible. Child labour and physical and sexual abuse of children was rampant.
CRY supported Pahal through resources and training, creating a roadmap for issues that needed attention. Pahal created child-friendly environments for the slum children, gradually transitioning them to school. Youth groups were set up to encourage children to voice their concerns.
Today, young girls like Bano Khan can go to school for the first time in their lives, albeit at age 13.
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