Stronger voices to the socially excluded children in Govt. and NGOs policies and programmes.
( PROJECT PERIOD 2009 TO 2012)

Project Suooorted By:

Project Implementation,
geographical area:
F block New Seemapuri –
North East District of Delhi.
Direct Beneficiaries: 3000
(1400 Boys and 1600 Girls)
socially excluded children 6-14 years of age
Indirect Beneficiaries: 2500 families involved in rag picking living at F Block New Seemapuri.
Total population coverage : 10,113
Goal: Improved status of the most socially excluded children in India, with their voices heard and recognized institutionally by formal and informal structures.
Objective: The objective of the project is to facilitate access of socially excluded children to benefits from development programmes, policies and schemes of the Government, donors and NGOs by end of 2013.
The DFID –IPAP Project for inclusive development of the socially excluded children was started in June 2009. After successful intervention for 3 years the issue of child rights and social exclusion are well addressed. The project made a strong rapport within the target community and nearby areas. People are coming on their own and asking about different Govt. schemes and benefits. Activities, workshops and conferences were organized that were aimed at bringing the stakeholders together to plan and implement an effective programme for the socially excluded children. This was carried out through networking with the various Govt. Departments like Health, Education, ICDS, Delhi Police, ICPS etc. A Child Protection Committee has been established to carry out the developmental and advocacy efforts at community level as well as District level also. The project is able to bring a positive change in the lives of the target community. Parents feel that Asha Deep Foundation is a change agent that will bring happiness to the lives of their children. They feel happy for their children and have great faith and trust in the project staff and the organization.
Highlights of the project
52 Socially excluded children meet with the Honorable Chief Minister of Delhi and submit their charter of demands
Volunteers and community stakeholders prepared for sustainability of the project activities.

Special Events :

Project visit by Mr. Andrew Mitchell (Secretary of State – DFID) and British MP (Member of Parliament) –

(Secretary of State – DFID) Mr. Andrew Mitchell visited the project and interacted with the community members and child protection committee. Also a team of British Parliamentarians visited the Project in September 2011. They visited the project area, NFE & D centres, met the families at their homes interacted with the scrap dealers at their shops an in-depth view of the project was provided to them. They had an interaction session with the Child Protection Committee and children group members.

Children involved in Rag Picking have with the Chief Minister of Delhi :

52 project children met with Honorable Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs. Sheila Dixit at her residential office on 16th January 2012. Problems related to children specially girls attending Govt. schools were briefly discussed with her and a letter for support was given to her. Sakeena, student of class 5th (who was enrolled in govt. school last year) explained the hygiene and sanitation related problems existing in the area and the school. Due to poor maintenance and unhygienic conditions of the school sanitation units, the girls are suffering a lot of problems. Also the girls demanded an afternoon shift in Govt. schools so that the girls who are unable to attend school due to their professional obligations or some personal reasons can attend school in the afternoon. Sr. Jothi Chetty (Secretary & Chief Executive ADF) and Rev. H. K. Chetty (Director ADF) were also present in support of the children. The CM assured a positive action in this regard and invited Sr. Jothi Chetty (Secretary & Chief Executive ADF) at her office for a follow-up meeting. It was a very special and proud moment for all the children who were slum drivellers in New Seema puri, Delhi.

19 SE children rescued from the Seemapuri area of the North East Delhi-:

A rescue operation was carried out by Delhi Police on 10th May 2012 in which 19 bonded child labour were rescued from the New Seemapuri area of north east Delhi. These children were trafficked from Bihar and West Bengal and were working in Seemapuri from a long time. The Child Protection Committee of the area played a major role in this rescue operation. The issue was first informed by one of the CPC members to the IPAP project staff in November 2011. An interface of CPC with the Child Welfare Committee, North East Delhi was organized and information regarding the address and list of the children were provided to them. The CWC Chairperson assured a positive action in this regard. After regular visits and follow up meetings with CWC the rescue operation was carried out successfully and police protection was provided to the children.

Success Stories

• Transforming lives of the socially excluded children

VEENIT (photo, on) is a 6 year old boy living in the slum of New Seemapuri, Delhi . His parents are involved in rag picking and the family are 5 in number. Last year Veenit was enrolled in Govt. school in nursery class. His parents wanted to enroll Veenit in a reputed private school to initiate a good education from childhood but due to their weak economic condition they were unable to do so. When contacted at home they shared their desire with the social worker. They were informed that each of the good Pvt. schools have some seats available for the children belonging to bellow poverty line families or economically weaker families. Veenits parents agreed to apply for that. When they contacted the private school they faced discrimination at all levels. They were not entertained by school authorities even at the reception counter in one of the school. After intervention by project staff they got the application form. They have applied for the admission in privete shools at Dilshad Garden. In the admission process also the school officials misbehaved with the parents. With good fortune and efforts Veenit was selected in one of the schools. But during the personal interview he was rejected. A Child Protection Committee member intervened in the case and It came to notice that due to some incomplete information the form was rejected. The parents then assured to fulfill all the requirements and formalities relating to the admission. Finally after four months Vineet got admission free of cost.

Present Status -:
Veenit is now a regular student of Class KG in St. Lawrence School, Dilshad Garden. His parents feels extremely happy for him and says “Hamara sapna saccha ho gaya, kyoki hamara baccha acchey school mein padhne ja raha hai”. (our dream has been fulfilled as our child goes to a good school for his studies)

Daughter of a rag picker, Sadika (photo, on) was herself engaged in rag picking from an early age. A Social worker of ADF met Sadika sometime 3 years ago when she was deeply engrossed in the segregation of her daily collection of garbage. There were more horrors to be seen when the social worker visited her house- extremely unhygienic. It transpired that Sadika did go to school but gave up as it was “uninteresting”. Her behavior also appeared to be negative towards education. With persistent efforts Sadika to turned around and attended the non formal education centre of ADF. She studied there for a few months and enrolled in Saint James Convent School of ADF in 7th Class. She scored good marks and stood 3rd in the class. In April 2012 Sadika was enrolled in Govt. school in 9th Class. Also, she has done a 6 months certificate course in computer software and cutting and tailoring. She left rag picking completely and now supports her family with the help of cutting & tailoring work at home. She wants to become a doctor in future. Sadika is one of nearly 3000 rag picking children in the area but one cannot fail to notice that she is special-clean, sober and industrious.

Achievements of the project -:

Formation of a strong and effective Child Protection Committee and project implementation with their support -: the Child Protection Committee is strong enough as it working independently and effectively to mobilize the socially excluded and facilitate them to avail the benefits from various Govt. schemes/services. Field books are prepared and distributed between the members of CPC and children group. They regularly visits the area, provide information and create awareness within the community. They are maintaining the records of the facilitation/mobilization work done by them.

During the project intervention 586 socially excluded children were directly enrolled in Govt. schools and approximately 1500 are facilitated to get school admission.

Good rapport and networking with Govt departments was established like Education Deptt., SSA, Health Deptt. ICDS, IPCS etc.
Strong community participation at each and every level of the project implementation.
A Child Welfare Committee was established in the year 2011 at Dilshad Garden and is presently operational. Child protection related cases from the target area were referred by Child Protection Committee and necessary action taken by them.

Regular sensitization and training of police personnel on juvenile justice Act 2000/2006, Social Inclusion and protection of Child Rights were organized

Children were facilitated to receive disability aids with support from Govt. and Non Govt. agencies
With effective project implementation the awareness level of the socially excluded community on various Govt. and non govt. Schemes , policies and programmes has improved. Now they come at their own level and seek information on procedures to avail of the benefits.
Highlights of the project
52 Socially excluded children meet with the Honorable Chief Minister of Delhi and submit their charter of demands
Since the number of enrollment in education has increased, proportionately a decrease in child labour has taken place. Once their interest in education is developed, they can be fully removed / withdrawn from rag picking/child labour. Also, children were rescued from trafficking in Seemapuri area with the efforts of Child Protection Committee and Child Welfare Committee.
456 children benefitted through the Bridge course ( Non Formal Education Centre) functional in the area with proved to a great help in creating interest in the child as well as their parents in education. After proper guidance and facilitation they were successfully linked with formal education.
Overall outcome/Impact of the project :
Earlier community women specifically pregnant and lactating women were less aware of health issues. They are now aware of immunization, ante natal care and post natal care through meetings and regular interactions. Now Immunization session is regularly organized in coordination with Govt. Health Deptt. In the project area itself.
CPC has been strengthened within the community. They are effectively taking up the responsibility of child protection and development in the community. The members are very active and taking initiative at their own level which is a good sign for project sustainability.
Nine Anganwadi centres are sanctioned for the area. This happened with the effort of CPC members and community influentials. They approached the CDPO under the Supreme Court directive to open AWC in the area as per population density. This is a big achievement for the project
The Child Welfare Committee has been established at Dilshad Garden for the North East District of Delhi which was a big achievement and resulted in collaborative efforts of advocacy by all the organizations and structures working in the field of child rights.

Learners attended job fair - August 5, 2011

     
 
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