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The organization was formed under the leadership of Mr. Surendra Kumar in 1986. The deplorable situation and personal experience of exploitation and discrimination was the source of energy and motivation for Mr. Kumar. Other fellow villagers also joined him in his mission and together they were involved in various development activities like eye operation camps, family planning programs, training of youth on animal husbandry etc. From 1995 till 2000, the team members of JJBVK imparted non–formal education to children and mainstreamed them into government schools. They also started Self Help Groups (SHG) program against the Mahajani (money lender) system through the support of NABARD. In 2003 JJBVK was registered as an organization as the group started moving towards sustainable development programs with focus on children from marginalized communities. Currently the operation of JJBVK is spread across 15 revenue villages covering 10 Panchayats of Sarairanjan block in Samastipur district and 5 wards of slums situated in Samastipur district in Bihar.
Samastipur is a fertile district of Bihar with a large number of water bodies. The people of the intervention area are mostly from minority communities engaged as labor force. Exploitation and oppression are rampant and they are denied of their basic rights. Government service delivery in most of the operational villages is defunct. Doctors and medicines are mostly available in the private health centres in Samastipur which the rural mass is unable to afford. There is prevalence of malnourishment among children in Dalit and backward communities. Child death is another alarming concern in the reference community. Due to lack of proper services in ICDS centers, the villages record low rate of immunization among women and children. A substantial number of children are out of school and engaged in the work force. Children with disability are neglected socially. Few cases of child trafficking were reported last year. Due to lack of livelihood opportunities, children migrate along with their parents to Surat, Bengal, Jalpaiguri, Mumbai, Delhi and Punjab.
- To empower the marginalized community socially, economically and culturally and enhance their understanding on child rights.
- To prepare an environment for children to ensure their participation.
- To strengthen local schools, health centers, Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), village education committees (VECs), village health committees (VHCs) and Anganwadi centers.
- To mobilize the community and peer groups to identify and raise their voice against discrimination of girl children and ensure them access to education and health facilities.
Review and Impact
- • Running of cultural education center and mainstreaming out of school children, drop-outs, working children and child labor.
- • Strengthening of Bal Panchayat and their capacity building on child rights issues.
- • Providing various platforms to children for expression of their views, skill and creativity.
- • 13 Bal Panchayat (2 new Bal Panchayat) have been formed in 12 villages and one ward of urban slum where the children of marginalized community and slum dweller has been engaged.
- • Two days capacity building programs of 28 Bal Panchayat leaders organized. The agenda of the CB program was child rights and how the children can strengthen and sustain their collective.
- • In Miyari, children made protests against the quality of mid-day meals which has drawn the attention of the media and complaint was submitted to the education department.
- • Women’s group generated awareness on birth registrations and immunization of children upto 5 years of age. As a result of their dialogue with panchayat members, 2 ICDS centers were approved and 1 ICDS center was shifted to reference community area.
- • Increase in enrollment and retention of children in schools.
- • Children with disability have disability certificate and are getting benefits under the government scheme.
- • Children have taken initiatives to prevent child trafficking by involving JJBVK and CBO’s in the villages.
- Strengthening of the Bal Panchayat and publication of a children magazine “Bachoon Ki Awaaz”.
- Formation and strengthening children collective at the school level (Bal Sansand, Meena Munch).
- Running 6 cultural education centers and mainstreaming child labor into education.
- Strengthening of women’s group in 16 villages and deepen their understanding on health issues and nutrition supplements. Facilitating their interface with ANM’s, ASHA workers and Sewikas.
- Identification of child labor and linking them with ICDS centers.
- Identification of malnourished children and linking them with ICDS centres.
- Documentation and publication on the history and perspective of the fishermen community.
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