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Paschim Banga Yuba Kalyan Manch (PBYKM) has been working in close association with the community in various development programmes since 1992. It has got registered as a Society in the 1997-1998. The areas of focus have been Community Development, Education, Health, Ensuring Human Rights, Agriculture and Income Generation. To ensure children’s elementary Education, Health and Nutrition it has been undertaking integrated actions. Presently it is working with the support of few Government, National and International Development Agencies. The broad objective of the organization is Rehabilitation of children as per Article 21, policy Intervention and implementation, experience sharing, alliance building, resource mobilization with regard to Child Rights Protection. PBYKM is a new CRY partner.
The Slums selected are mostly inhabited by a mixed culture and composition. People from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal are observed to inhabit the places. In terms of caste composition there needs to be specific classification done – in general it has been observed that ST’s, SC’s, OBC and General population are present. Majority of adult male members are working as daily labourers, rickshaw, pullers, drivers or are running small shops/business. Women are mainly engaged as household workers or are basically housewives. Children are found to be working in the markets – they are seen to be sleeping on the pavements. There are cases of both girls and boys been abused sexually by shopkeepers. There is a tendency of children working as domestic labour in households. Cases of not only physical abuse but also sexual abuse have been reported. Children are engaged in selling of hooch, crime, retrieving coins from the river in the area around the crematorium after the rituals of the death are areas. The social rubric is bound by discrimination on the basis of sex as has been observed. However it has also been observed that the rate of institutional delivery is very high in these areas as per the discussion. High rate of illiteracy and low level of education results in low level of awareness among the people. It is also affecting the education of the children and also the overall development of the child.
- Identifying the 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 community and the clubs.
Review and Impact
This proposed partnership has scope to mobilize urban community on the issue of CR especially with regards to the mobilization of the middle class – like the Community Based Clubs, Guardian’s Forum, and individuals. It also aims to link the community with the urban Self Governance structure and the system which is not happening to a great extent. There is scope for innovation in the approach to address the issues of child rights with involvement of the local clubs and the middle class. PBYKM having a good rapport with all political parties and people along with media will also contribute in taking forward the issues of Governance in a time when there is a political instability.
- Survey was conducted to assess the immunization status of all pregnant women and children in the age group 0-18 years.
- 19 children (0-1 yrs) were fully immunized to the relevant extent while 23 more children were partly immunized.
- Immunization data reveals 94 children (1-6 yrs) were fully immunized and 105 partially immunized. Immunization status was collected through participative survey.
- Children‘s groups were organized and engaged in exploring the educational status of children, condition of PDS shops and ICDS functioning alongwith community volunteers and local clubs.
- Survey conducted for identifying out of school and drop out children, reasons for drop out, quality of education in conjunction with the Guardian’s association.
- Sessions with children conducted which revealed protection issues like Child Labour, alcoholism and its effect on children, domestic violence, substance dependence, and child marriage, physical and sexual excess.
- Ensure Immunization of pregnant women and children, birth registration of new born in intervention area.
- Orientation of animators through different sessions/discussions on child protection issues (1 session per month). Initiate a discussion with DIKSHA & CCRP on getting to know the manner in which various protection issues are dealt.
- Orientation of guardians and local clubs on different child protection issues like abolition of child marriage, drug and substance abuse, elimination of child labour and seeking entitlements for livelihood schemes.
- Staging programmes by using the medium of theater/drawings by children in front of community & arrange open forums for discussing the issues.
- Develop and strengthen School Monitoring Committee with involvement of Guardian’s forum for monitoring the functioning of Government Schools and also create awareness on RTE.
- Awareness generation program with children.
- Community interface & mobilization on issues of children.
- Formation of children collective.
- Establish linkages with CCRP, DIKSHA & further the process of WBEN especially on Education.
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