The organization with the support of StichtingKinderpostzegels Nederland (SKN) is working to save the childhood of the disadvantaged from this year. This project entitled ‘BACHPAN - Building Atmosphere For Childs Holistic development Protection & Nurturing’ is implemented in the slum areas of Bihar Sharif town of Nalanda district in Bihar. ‘Bachpan’ is a hindi word meaning Childhood and a proper nurturing is essential during this stage to make a child Independent and responsible human being. Family is the key institution which provides a child this environment & nurturing. However, there are many children who are missing on getting a proper family environment due to varied reasons. This project aims to protect and nurture the children in need of care & protection due to separation from their families for various reasons.
Goal and objectives of the project
“Psycho-Social and Physical development of children in need of care & protection for making them responsible and independent citizens of the country”.
- To enabling family environment for the growth and development of 20 children in need of care and protection with Basic Education.
- To enhance participation of stakeholders in ensuring care & protection of Child in Need by formation of Slum Committee.
- To link with Govt. Care and Protection Mechanisms like CWC, JJB, Police and other Civil societies for ensuring response for the Children in need of Care and Protection.
Reach of the project
The Project intervention areas are Slum area Named Bari Dargah, Ali Nagar, Jhing Nagar, Sorabi Par, Mirganj&KatraNadi Par of Biharsharif.
The project area is mainly inhabited by Muslims, Dalits&Mahadalit communities who are considered as the weakest sections of the society in Bihar. These vulnerable communities are the target group of this project i.e, the children who get separated from their families for various reasons, who comes from these communities.
Our Approach: - BJUP approach to programming aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable. Our development approach focuses on children. Project team worked for raising awareness level of community and stakeholders to find out vulnerabilities in the children and need of care and protection.
Team worked to identify available local resources for care and protection of children in need and tried to mobilize and linked with them. Project team also worked for creating a safety environment for children in need of working areas by increasing active participation of stakeholders and Govt. Officials. Community members are being more aware about the need and care of children in need of care& protection.
BJUP focus on children is captured in our Child Well-Being Aspirations and Outcomes.
- A rapid assessment was being done in all seven slums of the area and few caretakers of children separated from their families were being interacted with helped in gauging the different challenges being faced by such children and also the care takers.
- Four Quarterly meetings were organized with the family members which helped them properly providing care and support to the children.
- Different types of IEC materials have been developed and distributed among the slum people. Stakeholders now have better understanding about the issue of children in need of care &protection.
- Celebration of children’s day, Independence Day and Republic day increased the awareness enthusiasm and spirit of love and respect for the country among the children and community.
- Monthly Basic support to 30 children has brought tremendous change in the all round wellbeing of the children. Now these children are very interested to learn and regular to school.
- The visit of district child welfare officer to the slum areas gave the slum children and the community a great moral boost and the officer appreciated the Organizing for under taking such change bringing work among the slums dwellers.
- Various Games and quiz organized for the slum children helped to bring out their hidden talents and competitive spirit among them.
- BJUP Support provided to volunteers for participation in a cricket tournament organized in the working areas. We have provided, cricket kits, footballs, carom boards, etc. to all child clubs.
- Child Club formed in all7 slums and they are functioning well with regular meeting and discussing about issues of child rights, child neglect, child abuse and child labour. Monthly meeting enhanced the functioning of child club in the project area. Child clubs have resolved some issues related to children in need of care & protection by their own efforts.
- We organized Exposure visit to Rajgir for our target children, child club members and volunteers. This exposure helped Children to get knowledge about their cultural heritage and their importance.
- The project staff had a capacity building training to understand about the children in need and protection. This has enabled the staff to do their job better.
- The organized sensitization meetings with community members and other stakeholders on child need and protection helped to perform their responsibilities actively & effectively. With this sensitization meetings CCPCs have been empowered and working effectively for care and protection of children in need.
- We have formed 7 community child protection committee and regular meeting with committee has been organized to know, identify the problems, learn and to involve, information passing through these meetings.
- The slum community members have been sensitized and aware through Nukadnattak about the issues and rights of children in need of care& protection. Ward members and link worker like aganwadi, ANM, school teachers, ASHA workers participated in the meetings and extended cooperation in the implementation of the project.
- Now Community interacts with their children and setting the standards as to when and how parents should help. This is helping Children improving their behavior & life style in the society especially among the vulnerable children.
- Regular meeting with our team and CWC, CDPO, JJB members and all link workers has been organized. And this meetings make it sure that no single child should leave by us on children need and protection.
- We supported three children health emergency needs for their physical wellness.
- We helped to get Aadhar card made for 82 children in the slums
- We got admitted 139 slum children in the schools in our target area.
Children Directly reached
The number of children indirectly reached*
The number of parents Directly reached
The number of professional reached **
This project is implemented for curving down the increasing atrocities against women and exploitation due to mutual conflicts in the family. To provide justice to such women and by bring back the harmony, 01 family counselling centres were established.
Not only this, women victims are also rehabilitated through family counselling centres. The FCCs are provided the financial support to run the centres resolving the problems faced by women. The family counselling centres are being run since 1989 in the entire district of Nalanda through the support of Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi and Bihar State Social Welfare Board, Patna.
Two counselors have been appointed to deal with the cases of the women in family counselling centre and the approach is one to one and one to group interaction in resolving the family conflicts. Community meetings are organized in the villages for the empowerment and to bring the equity of women.
At times fields visits in creating the awareness are also made using the information, education & communication materials such as handbills, leaflets etc. Follow up of the resolved cases are also made to suppress the possibility of recurrence and observe the family peace and harmony. Services provided by the family counselling centre are:
- In depth assessment and study of the issues related to abuse, exploitation and atrocities against women
- Psychological/career counselling
- Group counselling
- Orientation program for men, women and families
Goal and objectives of the project
- To resolve the family conflicts and mutual clashes through psychological counselling in the family environment
- To avoid the court’s intervention in resolving the matters of family conflicts
- To decrease the incidences of family break-ups
- To maintain confidentiality and impartiality in resolving the cases of family conflicts by FCC.
Reach of the project
Family counselling centre project is for 20 blocks of Nalanda district of Bihar.
- 131 cases of family conflicts were registered and 74 cases were resolved with untiring efforts of family counselling centre. Rest cases are in the process to be resolved.
|S. N.||Nature of family conflicts||Total no. of cases registered||No, of cases resolved by family counselling centre|
|3||Extra marital affairs||20||09|
|4||Addiction to alcohol||22||13|
|6||Interferences of parents||04||04|
Life Change Story
Sangeeta Devi a daring soul...
Sangeeta Devi resident of Nalanda district was married with Mr. Shravan Prasad of the same district in 1991. They were living together after the marriage happily. Sangeeta Devi has a son who is 1 years old. Her husband Mr. Prasad runs a vegetable shop of Bazar Samiti of Bihar Sharif of Nalanda district.After sometimes, Sangeeta Devi submitted an application on 25th May 2013 in family counselling centre (FCC) against her husband mentioning that Shravan Prasad was having an extra marital affair with some other woman. Bt dint of which her husband used to beat her every day. I her application, Sangeeta Devi also mentioned that the husband of her sister in law also saw her husband going to that woman. Looking into the gravity of matter, the FCC has called her husband to report in connection with the case. Mr. Shravan Prasad presented him in the FCC and mentioned that the allegations made against him were false. Counsellor Mr. Deepak did not believe what her husband admitted in the FCC office therefore counsellor Mr. Deepak made the visit to the victim’s home, enquired from her in laws and neighbours and found all allegations were true and Mr. Prasad was not only beating his wife but also was having an extra marital affair.
Taking the case to the next level, Counsellor Mr. Deepak called Sangeeta Devi and her husband for a joint meeting to resolve the case and reunion the family. Initially, Sangeeta Devi refused to go with her husband but after the intense counselling she became ready on the ground that a bond must be created between them which would be a base for future. Hence resolving the case, an agreement bond was created and signed by both Sangeeta and her husband with all possible conditions of punishment if her husband breaches the agreement.
This changed the life of Sangeeta Devi. Now her husband has stopped his extra marital affair and beating his wife. They are living happily with their son and leading a dignified life. Sangeeta is indeed a daring woman who did not sit silent in the four walls of her home but she fought against injustice and exploitation. Her single step not only stopped the crime to take a big shape but also made her life heaven.
Targeted Intervention Project
Targeted intervention project was initiated in February 2004. But now new phase has been started on April 2015 which is financially supported by Bihar State AIDS Control Society (BSACS), Patna Bihar. TI project aims to target the lives of 600 female sex workers and 100 male having sex with males (MSMs) of four blocks of Nalanda district of Bihar. Under the project’s intervention following activities/services were provided to the targeted FSWs and MSMs:
- Condom distribution among the female sex workers (FSWs) through outlets
- Lubes distribution among the male having sex with males (MSMs)
- STI treatment at quarterly basis with free medicine through STI clinic
- HIV testing bi-annually
- Social marketing of condoms with Janni
- Outreach services
- Hot spot meeting with the high risk groups
- Counselling of the high risk groups and their partners at regular basis. It is a centralized activity of the project.
- Awareness through camps, street plays and wall writing
- Celebrating the world aids day
- Advocacy with different stakeholders
- Referral to ICTC
Goal and objectives of the project
- To provide innovative and effective BCC to FSW, MSMs and development of health seeking behavior among the community
- To increase STI/HIV Aids awareness, knowledge score from existing 70%-90%
- To provide STI treatment to the persons facing STI so as to reduce incidence of STI among the targeted community
- To promote consistent and correct use of condoms among the targeted population through various channels
- To establish model drop-in facilities for FSWs and MSMs in one location
- To promote the proper use of condoms and awareness of sexual health issues related to condom use amongst sex workers
Reach of the project
Targeted intervention project has been operational among the female sex workers and MSM of 04 blocks namely Rajgir, Silao, Bihar Sharif and Giriyak of Nalanda district.
- 12365 high risk groups and community people were accessed with the BCC approach to create the awareness of prevention on HIV/AIDS
- 1948 high risk groups and community people have been rendered regular medical checkup and STI treatment through regular clinics
- 2218 people have been counseled who are the high risk groups.
- 1000 female sex workers and MSMs were tested for HIV.
- 02 people were identified as the HIV positive cases.
- 88591 free condoms were distributed among the female sex workers and MSMs and other high groups through the outlets
Mamta learnt to say no...
Mamta Devi a 36 years old woman lives in Rajgir for the last 15 years. She is engaged in commercial work for the last 8 years. Sharing her pathetic story, she admitted that she was forced in this profession by the acute poverty. In the forefront she sells the herbal medicine but in reality she works as the commercial sex worker.
Before coming into project’s contact, she was having contact with many of her clients every day. However some of the clients used to insist for relationship without condoms. She further admitted that many times she had relation with many clients without condoms and she earned lot of money.
The Project’s intervention has changed her life as now she does not have relation without the use of condoms even if the clients insist for no condoms. This change is noticeable as she was counseled many times by our counselor and her behaviour changed because of the BCC technique. Mamta has become now a change agent and tells other sex workers “no condoms no sex”, and contributes in making everyone aware about the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
The industrial training course run with the affiliation of NCVT, New Delhi is a very effective program as youths are involved for employment generation and livelihood promotion. This ITI got the recognition from NCVT, New Delhi in year 2011. It is a very pertinent program for the fact that it is named after the founder General Secretary Late Mr. Devendra Prasad who sacrificed his life for the social cause in the field of integrated development. One of his main focus and objective was to generate employment opportunities for the youth of the rural inhabitants and as such ITI was established in Ghosrawan village and panchayat of Giriyak block. It provides training to the youth in the areas of electrician and fitter.
Very good responses have been observed since its inception. It encourages the participation of rural youths especially mahadalits and other castes belonging to backward castes from all over Bihar. The information for program is widely publicized through various networks of agencies in the state of Bihar. Getting participation from everywhere as the organization has facilities for frees accommodation with provisions of scholarship for the needy youth. Apart from the courses on industrial training, organization also imparts free computer education. Every year about 80 plus student are enrolled in the ITI in which majority of students belong to SC/OBC. A good percentage of employment opportunities are created for the youths being attached to various firms of government and private concern. The centre has 32 staff in which 15 are skilled trainers for the trades of the centre and 17 support staff for better management.
Goal and objectives of the project
To develop the trade skill among the unemployed youth in different trades by providing them ITI training so as to enable them to get the employment
To bridge the gap of the demand and supply of the trained and skilled youths in the organized and unorganized sectors
To cater the technical skill education among the poorest youths through giving them the opportunity such as scholarship, hostels and food facilities so as to enable them to complete the ITI training and get into the employment.
To create a platform of linkages, networks and liaison with various industries to link them with the employment with the easy process.
Reach of the project
The entire districts of Bihar but with special focus on rural youths
- School enrolments: - 80 students in session 2015-17 and 66 students in session 2016-18 got enrolled. Students with more representation of scheduled caste and other backward caste are enrolled, and arecontinuing their technical training in electrician and fitter trades.
- Linkages established for employment generation with the industrial and shop establishments in the district of Nalanda.
- 75% of the students completing their course get jobs in the resource network for employment
- Some of the students have started their own initiative of self-employment.
As per the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) Phase – IV guidelines, it has been vital and significant to provide universal access to comprehensive, equitable, stigma-free, quality care, support and treatment services to all People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) using an integrated approach. Under the VIHAAN project, Jeevan Jyoti Care and Support Centre were established in 2013 in Gaya district. Under the VIHAAN project, activities such as client registration, counseling, SGM, advocacy meetings and linkages are rendered at Jeevan Jyoti care & support centre.
Goal and objectives of the project
- To link early the PLHIV to care & support as well as treatment services.
- To improve the treatment adherence and education for PLHIV
- To expand positive prevention activities.
- To improve social protection and wellbeing of PLHIV
- To strengthen the community system to reduce the stigma and discrimination.
Reach of the project
Jeevan Jyoti Care & Support Centre (CSC) is being implemented in Gaya district, Bihar.
- Providing supports for HIV prevention care and treatment services reached 3043 patients out of which are Pre ART-1226 and On ART-1817.
- There are 194 Track Back cases found during this period and linked to ART center, NMCH.
- 15 advocacy events were held with govt. social welfare and health departments, CBOs & NGOs working for PLHIV
- Undertook a weekly HIV counselling and testing outreach among the project communities; counselled, tested and provided HIV results for 2724 clients.
- One counseling session on thematic area for 2595clints conducted effectively.
- We have referred 812 HIV positive clients for palliative care and effectively monitored their access to treatment.
- DRS (Discrimination Response System) reached and helped 14 PLHIV in various issues.
- of PLHIV linked to Govt. Social Welfare Schemes – 1105.
- of PLHIV screened for TB symptoms – 698.
Life change story
Resolving stigma for the HIV/AIDS...
Rajendra Kumar, age 30, resident of Goval Bigha of Gaya District, Bihar.
When Rajendra came to know that he, his wife and son (4 years old) also infected from HIV/AIDS he just could not accept and bear it. He was astonished and fear of death griped him. In our field visit to the hospital NMCH we met Rajendra and came to know about his infected wife Chandmuni Devi and Son Rajnish. He was more worried about his son and shared his suffering related to not getting admission due to HIV/AIDS stigma..
Rajendra explained that during his son’s admission time the school at the locality had rejected his son’s admission because the school authority came to know that Rajnish is HIV positive Then we went and met the school authorities and asked the reason for not taking admission but they did not listen to us. After that we met Government officials related to this case of discrimination against person infected with HIV/AIDS. We met the District magistrate and informed about this case of Rajnish not getting admission in a school. Soon with the intervention of the DM the School gave admission to Rajnish. Rajendra and his wife were so relived and expressed their gratitude for our help.
Our counselor continued taking session for change of behavior with Rajendra and his family. Recently it was informed to us that Rajendra has some land issue with his brother. We met the local PRI (Panchayat Raj Institution) members and informed about this issue. The PRI members organized meeting with Rejendra and his brother and shorted out the land problem. Also by the help of PRI members Rajendra got IndraAwasYojana. Now Rajendra and his family is living peacefully.
Child Health Now is World Vision’s first global campaign focused on a single issue: reducing the preventable deaths of children under five. Campaign is World Vision’s five-year commitment to reducing these deaths. Through this campaign, World Vision International wants to support communities in raising their voices about their right to quality health care, and press national governments to meet their responsibilities to children, mothers, families and communities throughout their country. World Vision International joins hands with local government and NGO partners to cooperatively address the critical health-related issues in specific communities.
We can start caring for children even before they are born, by caring for their mothers, and it is equally important to enable children to protect their own health. Child-friendly health services must be made available, and children must also learn to seek out appropriate care. Join the campaign and sign the petition that urges your elected leaders to put child health at the top of their agendas. BJUP is District Partner in Nalanda.