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Adarsh Seva Sansthan (ASES)

Location: 46 slums in Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Dhanbad and Bokaro, Jharkhand

Background:

Smt. Prabha Jaiswal started Adarsh Seva Sansthan (ASES) in 1991 with a few like-minded individuals after she happened to visit one of the slums/basties of Jamshedpur. Later on interventions were made in 8 slum clusters of Ranchi, 7 urban slums of Bokaro & 10 urban slums in Dhanbad.

Situation:

The slums are situated on the periphery of the planned city of Jamshedpur. The first slum dwellers were actually workers from rural areas who settled around the brick kilns. The natures of work or livelihoods that support these people are insecure. Most of them rely on contractual labour in the dumping ground, where they are involved in slag picking, in construction work for various buildings in the area, as labour at construction sites, as domestic help, as rickshaw pullers in the city, as contractual factory workers and garage mechanics and in small hotels and restaurants. For women and girls working as domestic labour there is no fixed income rate. The labourers are scattered and no organized forum exists to date. There is a high incidence of child labour due to low standards of living and though dropout rate has reduced over the years, school going children lead very hard lives, spending much of their time working as domestic help/in hotels or garages while they are not in school. Gender atrocities, crime, alcohol and substance abuse and even drug trafficking is not uncommon. The high level of legal insecurity has also led to police atrocities. Immunization of children, ration cards and health and hygiene are important factors but the overarching issues are threats of eviction, and the invisibility of the residents in this area in the larger planning processes in the city.  In Jamshedpur, the organization is working in 19 slums.

Objectives:

  • Increased health and education status of underprivileged children
  • Organizing the  community to be proactive for the development of their urban settlements
  • Educating the adolescents and youths to be the changing agents to establish their rights
  • Mobilizing women for equality and empowerment.

Review:

Three Broad Strategies were designed for Basti Development : Bal Sangathan (BS), Basti Committee (BC), Mahila Mandal (MM). Discussions were organised with Mahila Mandal (MM) about Birth registration and immunization and regular contacts made with anganwadi workers regarding the matter. In baste committee meeting discussion were done on BR and immunization and parents were motivated for BR.

  • There has been identification of leaders who will prime move the process of assurance of immunization and birth registration including the activation of anganwadi.
  • Basti Samity helps in collecting the data or information for new birth. The representatives from MM and Bastee committee were selected for taking up the issues. The children who were born, their names were enrolled in anganwadi.
  • BS sangathan was always focused in bringing their peer groups to school for this they listed out who are the children who were out of school or drop out. Based on the list they interacted with children as well as parents and motivated both of them for schooling.
  • In two bastee toilets were constructed;Roads was construction in Nirmal Nagar A, Shivnagar;17 Tubewells in Shivnagar, Dilipdas, Balram were dug and 24 wells were repaired. Mahila Diwas was tapped in Ranchi to demand for basic amenities, Sanjuk Bastee Committee made efforts in Dhanbad to bring the drinking water facilities.
  • CREJ has facilitated in campaigning against the eviction drive. The fact finding team of CREJ reached and prepared a report on eviction status. The status gathered information related to education, health, food insecurity access to services of government for children in the all the operation areas of ASES
  • Basti Samiti was engaged through Saturday meetings for mainstreaming child labourers in Bal Sangathan
  • In Jamshedpur, Tusu celebration was conducted by children of BS,where Bastee committee gave the opportunity to perform in the bastee festival
  • In Ranchi workshop was organized for 'Angan Magazine' which was focused on how to write on issues using different forms like stories, drawing etc.

Plans:

  • Formation of Bal Adhikar Kendra at GP Level.
  • Action group on RTE implementation at block level,which will ensure School level implementation in the blocks.
  • Analyse neighbourhood access of the ICDs and Schools.
  • Community based monitoring at the schools,services of ICDS and the PDS will remain focus.
  • Capacity building of staff members on the provision of RTE Act and on developing the school development plan.
  • Using Media proactively to raise child rights issues and pressurising the state for corrective actions.

Budget summary:

Particulars Amount (US $)
Right to Development 10,273
Right to Survival 10,720
Right to Protection 8,933
Right to Participation 4,913
Administration 9,827
Total 44,666

 

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