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Smt. Prabha Jaiswal started Adarsh Seva Sansthan (ASES) in 1991 with a few like-minded individualsafter 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.
The slums are situated on the periphery of Jamshedpur city. The first slum dwellers were actually workers from rural areas who settled around the brick kilns. The nature of work or livelihoods that support these people are insecure. Most of them rely on contractual labor in the dumping ground, where they are involved in slag picking, in construction work for various buildings in the area, as labor 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 labor there is no fixed income rate. The laborers are scattered and no organized forum exists to date. There is a high incidence of child labor due to low standards of living and though the dropout rate has reduced over the years, school going children lead very hard lives, spending much of their time working as domestic help or .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 lanning processes in the city. In Jamshedpur, the organization is working in 19 slums
- 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 youth to be the change agents to establish their rights.
- Mobilizing women for equality and empowerment.
Review and Impact
Three broad strategies were designed for basti development: Bal Sangathan (BS), Basti Committee (BC), Mahila Mandals (MM). Discussions were organised with the Mahila Mandal (MM) about birth registrations, immunization and regular contacts were made with anganwadi workers regarding the matter. In basti committee meetings, discussion were done on birth registrations and immunization. There has been identification of leaders who will prime move the process of ensuring immunizations, birth registrations and the activation of anganwadis.
Basti Samiti helps in collecting the data for new births. The representatives from mahila mandals and basti committee were selected for taking up the issues. The children who were born, their names were enrolled in the anganwadi. The bal sangathan was 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 basti's toilets were constructed. Roads were construction in Nirmal Nagar. 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 the 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 of child laborers in Bal Sangathan.
In Jamshedpur, Tusu celebration was conducted by children of BS, where the basti committee gave the opportunity to perform in the basti festival.In Ranchi, a workshop was organized for 'Angan Magazine' which was focused on how to write on issues using different forms like stories, drawing etc..
- Formation of Bal Adhikar Kendra at GP Level.
- Action group on the 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 a focus.
- Capacity building of staff members on the provision of the RTE Act and on developing the school development plan.
- Using media proactively to raise child rights issues and pressurising the state for corrective actions
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