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Paschim Banga Yuva Kalyan Sansthan (PBYKS) has been working in close association with the community on various development programs since 1992 and was registered as a Society in the year 1997-1998. The focus has been on community development, education, health, ensuring human rights, agriculture and income generation. It has been working with the support of a few government, national and international development agencies. The broad objective of the organization is the rehabilitation of children as per Article 21, policy intervention and implementation, experience sharing, alliance building and resource mobilization with regard to child rights protection.
The slums selected have a mixed culture and composition. People from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal inhabit the slums. In terms of caste composition there needs to be specific classification done – in general it has been observed that apart from other castes, Scheduled Tribes (STs), Scheduled Castes (SCs)and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) are present. Children are found working in markets and sleeping on pavements. There are cases of both girls and boys who have been abused sexually by shopkeepers. There is a trend of children working as domestic labor in households. Cases of physical as well as sexual abuse have been reported amongst them. Children are engaged in crime, selling hooch (moonshine), and retrieving coins from the river around the crematorium. Discrimination on the basis of sex is an integral part of society. One Government Hospital – Vidyasagar Hospital and four other charitable institutions running hospitals (Swadesh Basu Hospital, Balananda Hospital, Mohananda Shishu Sheba Protishthan and Ramkrishna Seba Protishthan) are the main reasons for high institutional deliveries.
- Identifying various protection issues through interaction with children
- Orient Local Clubs on the issues identified by children
- Conducting a baseline survey on the status of child rights in the intervention areas
- Resource mapping of the community
- Advocacy on the gaps with the service providers involving the community and the clubs
- Use the platform Sarad Samman to which 481 community based local clubs are associated. The theme of the Sarad Samman is social work and child rights. Different celebrities and government agencies are closely associated with this gala event.
- These clubs will be sensitized on the issues of children’s rights and the reasons for their violation
- In the later phase, these clubs will act as watch dogs and will maintain close linkages with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC)- and ensure service delivery from them
- Conduct sessions with children to understand protection issues felt by them.
- Organizing a press meet for releasing the findings of the study in the presence of the community and the Urban Self Government (USG)
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