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Saksham Project (Community Intervention) : At a glance
With the aims to facilitate an encouraging and enabling environment
for the realization of child rights and improve the circumstances of
living in rural and urban setting in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh,
the project “Saksham”, The Empowered Community has been commenced from
July 2008. Geographically, the project covers 70 villages of Chiraigaon
and Cholapur Block and 30 slums of Varanasi District. A majority of
target group belongs to schedule caste, schedule tribes and backward
caste. The primary target groups are children and the families of
children have been focused as secondary beneficiaries under this project
• To organize and sensitize the community members towards child rights
and facilitate building up of system and mechanisms to ensure protection
of rights of the children.
• To increase capacity of the community systems and structures for
protection and improvement of the circumstances and of the right of the
• To provide formal and non formal education to the children from
marginalized community and in difficult situation.
• To develop approaches in strengthening community based health systems
and mechanism to achieve the objective of healthy environment.
• To facilitate utilization of indigenous skills and knowledge to
identify better livelihood options.
• To provide social advocacy for children’s agenda and mainstream the
issue of child rights in government policies and programmes.
Activities and Achievements:
1. Formation and strengthening of Community based Organization.
a. Community Mobilization Meeting
In order to have a collective action from different
stakeholders among the community it is essential to organize different
segments of the society which is expected to play an important role in
the whole process. In order to have a greater impact among the community
we intervened with the family and the community member. We conducted
various house hold visits, small group interactions and meetings with
community people. In this process 497 community meetings conducted,
where 3361 female and 2023 male members participated during the meeting.
Issues concern to social evils like alcoholism, gambling, child marriage
and problems related to education, health, women and children, drinking
water, roads, electricity and improper implementation of government
schemes were discussed among the community members in the meeting.
Information related to govt. schemes like BPL, NREGA, Balika Bidyadhan
Yojna, Sabitri Bai Fule Bidyadhan Yojna, Matritwa Labh Yojna etc was
also shared with villagers during the meeting.
b. Formation and strengthening of Bal Adhikar
100 Bal Adhikar Manch(Elderly people’s group) have been formed, where
2175 (female- 1260 and male-female members, 20-21 members in each manch
joined hand to take action with regards to ensure their children’s right
and entitlements. Broadly the focus of this forum is to protect child
rights by creating a peer pressure on each other through a collective
voice. These forums is also act as a regulatory body on various acts of
violation of child rights in their respective areas
c. Formation and strengthening of Bal Manch
In order to provide a forum to express their feelings as well
as to nurture the creativity of children in and around the project area
100 children’s forums (Bal Manch) have been formed and there are 1278
girls and 1167 boys total 2425 members in the 100 Bal Manchs . These
forums have their independent identity in the village without
interference of the elderly people. These forums play a lead role in
providing child right to each and every child in their respective areas
with the help of the project team members and Bal Adhikar Manch.
d. Formation of Children Network.
In order to create pressure on the local administration and
on the parents to bring about sensitivity towards issues of children
Cluster, Block and district level Children Network has been formed. The
formation of the Children’s network has been done by the members of the
Bal Manch. In the block level network, representation from each and
every village has been ensured and accordingly from all blocks
representation will be ensured in the district level network. This
network is not only demonstrating the strength of the children but also
plays a lead role in sensitizing administration and decision makers
towards child rights. There are 30-40 members at Block level Network and
100 members at District level Network.
e. Formation and strengthening of Self Help
To promote socio-economic empowerment process among the
deprived community members we have formed 12 Self Help Groups in our
reference villages. Each group consists 12 to 15 members. As per groups
norms they maintain all documents and process of functioning the group.
2. Training and Capacity Building:
a. Training of Bal Adhikar Manch members on
To create common understanding among the members on child
rights and role and responsibility of Community Based Institution (BAM)
in respect of insuring child right, sensitize the members about the
child rights issues and develop child centered program and strategies to
address the identified problems in their villages we conducted 10
trainings of BAM members on Child Rights. 147 female and 174 male total
321 participants participated in these trainings.
b. Training of Bal Adhikar Manch members on
To Create common understanding among the BAM members on
concept of quality education, different dimensions and factors affective
Quality Education BAM in respect of creating favorable environment to
insure quality education and sensitize the members about the child
rights issues specially right to education, we conducted 10 trainings on
Quality education for the BAM members where 171 female and 162 male
total 333 participants participated in the programme.
c. Training of Bal Manch Memnbers on Child
To create a common understanding among the BM members on child rights
and their role and responsibility in respect of insuring child right in
their village and to develop understanding the environment that hinders
child development and protection, 10 trainings on Child Rights for BM
members were conducted. 113 girls and 233 boys, total 346 BM members
participated in the program.
d. Training of Adhikar Manch member on Food
Processing and Preservation.
To promote livelihood options and enhance the skill and knowledge on
food processing and preservation among the BAM members for proper
utilization of local resources for income generation, we conducted 2
trainings of Food processing and preservation, so that they can generate
or increase family income and improve their economic status. 72 women
BAM members participated in these training programs.
3. Net working and Advocacy
a. Government-Community Interface
In order to build relationship and coordination among the community and
government officials, to share and exchange the knowledge and
information related to village problems, plans and government schemes
and to promote and facilitate proper implementation of government
schemes we conducted 3 Government-Community Interface Workshops at Block
level. In these workshops 484 community members, BAM members, different
stakeholders, civil society members, Govt. officials participated.
b. Teachers- Community Interface
Through Teacher Community Interface Workshops we aim to
establish a constructive dialogue process wherein matters related to
school in general and the quality of education in particular can be
raised and mutually discussed. This process helps us in achieving the
appropriate “learning environment” in the school so that the issues of
mutual accountability are underlined, discussed and resolved. We
conducted 12 Teacher-community Interface Workshop with 373 community
members and school teachers.
c. Rally on Child Rights
To promote public discussion on child right issues and
involve the community to protect right of the children, we organized 56
village level rallies on child rights where 4378 participants including
BM and BAM members participated.
d. Mass Mobilization
In order to make the larger community aware and mobilize them
towards protection of child rights issues, 64 village level mass
mobilization program were organized and 5212 participants participated
in this activities.
4. Direct support to Community members:
a. Organizing Health Camp and Health Awareness
In order to create health and hygiene awareness among the
marginalized community and to promote preventive and curative measure
among the community, we organized 36 health Camps. Through these camps
1235 children, 818 female and 801 male patients were treated and
provided medicine to them. Through these camps patients as well as
community people were made aware about the different diseases, its
causes and preventive masseurs. 64 chronic disease patients were linked
with govt. and non govt. health facilities.
b. Life Skill Education and Development Centre.
In order to create an environment towards ensuring right to
education of not-school going and dropout slums and rural children, to
provide basic and quality education to them and to encourage and
mainstream the disadvantage community and children towards quality life
and education, we are running 10 Life Skill Education and Development
Centre in different slums of varanasi. Through these centres 252
children (142 girls and 110 boys) are getting primary education.
5. Research and documentation
a. Situation Analysis
In order to develop an in-depth understanding about the
various forms of child rights violation and underlying causes for this
act we conducted analysis of the project area. The primary data was be
collected by the team through intensive field visits where as the
secondary data was collected from the various published and authentic
documents of the state, center and relevant institutions and government
offices. The collected data was compiled and analyzed by the experts.
The final report was presented to the team and district administration
for necessary suggestions and guidance.
b. Study of Child Abuse and Violence against
In the process of working on child protection issues and to
create a common understanding on various forms of violence against
children to develop community based and managed systems and mechanisms
of child protection, we conducted a study on child abuse and violence
against children. This study covered the project villages with an
appropriate sample size. The study was done by the research and document
cell of the organisation, which comprised of senior professionals from
various institutions having vast experience of conducting various
research and documentation.
c. Developing livelihood perspective Plan.
In order to have a clear perspective of the local context on
livelihood we are developing village level micro plan. We have developed
micro level village plan in 8 villages. With the help of village level
micro plan a perspective plan for the livelihood of marginalized people
will be formulated and submitted to related govt/non-govt agencies.