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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 organizing eye operation camp, family planning program, training of the youth on animal husbandry etc. From 1995 till 2000, the team members of JJBVK imparted non–formal education to children and mainstreamed them in Government schools. They also started Self Help Groups (SHG) program against Mahajani system through the support of NABARD. In 2003 JJBVK was registered as an organization as the group started moving towards sustainable development programmes 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, Bihar and 5 wards of slums situated in Samastipur district in Bihar.
Samastipur is one of the most fertile districts of Bihar with a large number of water bodies. The people of the intervention area are mostly from minority communities engaged as labour force. Exploitation and oppression are rampant and they are denied of their basic rights and social positioning. Government service delivery mechanism 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 workforce. Children with disability do not get equal space and opportunity for exploration and 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 activate the Govt service institutions like ICDS, school, PDS, health centers and sub-centers.
- To identify the drop out, out of school children, child labour and ensuring their re-enrollment in formal Govt school(special focus on girls and children from Musahar community).
- To identify the vulnerable families in the villages and enhance their strength to protect the child rights.
- To strengthen and empower marginalized communities & CBO’s on children issues for their initiatives for the children causes.
- To document and develop report on children issues for media and Govt level advocacy.
- To link marginalized community with government schemes and programs .
- To strengthen existing children collective and initiate formation/strengthening of adolescent girls group on health and education issues.
Review and Impact
Through the review period, focus of JJBVK’s interventions was on strengthening children’s collectives & enhancing the child members’ knowledge on CR issues, creating platforms for children to express their views and creating opportunities for them to participate in local awareness creation programs, strengthening women groups on issues of CR- Health, Nutrition & CR-violations, mobilizing local women for activation of local government institutions, schools and ICDS centres, ensuring retention and regularity of attendance of children in schools, arresting child labour and child marriages and evidence based advocacy with the state at local level. Focus for intervention during the year 2013 -14 was to ensure 100% Birth Registration, Complete Immunization & Institutional Birth Delivery.To work upon Retention & Regularity of children at schools (especial focus on girl child & children from Musahar & Fisherman community) and to reduce incidences of child Marriage and Child Labour.
Some of their major achievements include:
- 107 Institutional birth was motivated from 271 children births within the intervention villages.
- 205 SAM children identified based on weight for age, 02 child from urban slum linked with NRC rehabilitation session – among them 59 children were mainstreamed.
- 271 child birth registered, immunization was completed for 640 out of a total 798 children.
- 40 children have been linked for the pre-school education services at ICDS center across 16 villages replacing the older children.
- 1378 children (aged 6 – 14 years) enrolled into schools, out of a total 1696 children (aged 6 – 14 years).
- 200 children (106-boy & 94 girls) were enrolled to school during the year.
- 20 boys and 12 girls drop out were enrolled in Primary & Middle schools.
- Community pressure maintained to ensure regular functioning of schools – mid-day meals regularized in 9 schools, attendance of teachers was regular in 6 schools, attendance of students was regular in 7 schools, additional classrooms were constructed in 2 schools.
- 11-child labour from fisherman & 4-child labour from Musahar community has been enrolled in formal schooling .
- Total 23 underage child marriage (1 boy, 22 girls) cases were delayed; adolescent girls were enrolled into schools.
- 260 boys and 234 girls became active members of children collectives.
- 699 children participated in the children wall magazine, while 77 children wrote in the children newspaper and 49 children participated in the publication of the children’s magazine.
- Child tracking of 0-2 years aged children and ensuring complete immunization for all, ensure adequate ante natal and post natal care services for all children.
- Special focus on immunization for children from Musahar & Fisherman community.
- Linkages of 0-6 yrs out of ICDS children with services of ICDS.
- Activation of ICDS/Health Sub-center/APHC/PHC services available in the intervention areas.
- Mapping under-5 children, linking them with ICDS centres, identifying SAM children and referring them to Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres for treatment.
- Collaboration in 5 Schools for model building (with identified indicators).
- Ensure 100% Retention & Regularity of children at schools, Ensure 100% girl child education (especially from Musahar & Fisherman community).
- Identifying non-school going children (14–18 yrs), motivating them for enrolment in schools, developing Child Labour Status Report.
- Orientation sessions for the Children Collective members on Child marriage & child labour and related issues.
- Ensure participation of all children for (Bal Khabar, Wall Magazine & Children magazine) process.
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