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People’s Action for People in Need, also known as PAPN, is a non-profit organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act. It was established in 1982 by a group of young professionals. PAPN is the outcome of the idea to facilitate sustained rural development through education, community awareness for rights of marginalised and deprived section of the society. The first intervention of PAPN - a Socio-Economic Study of Sangrah Development Block was conducted during 1985. This study was followed up by small field level interventions focused on awareness building activities in a few villages of Sangrah Development Block. The remote and inaccessible parts of Shillai Development Block were also included in the project area of PAPN during the year 1989 to reach out to non-school going children through introduction of Non-Formal Education Programs with support from the Ministry of Human Resource Development. PAPN was also supported by Terre des Hommes (Germany) and Central Social Welfare Board continuously for over a decade in initiating the projects and program for the development of the children with focus on girl children. PAPN is operating in 5 Panchayats and 2 blocks of Sangraha and Ponta of Sirmour districts in Himachal Prdesh. This is the first year of partnership with CRY.
Sangrah and Shillai Development Blocks fall under the Trans-Giri region of Sirmour District of the northern Indian State of Himachal Pradesh which is comparatively least developed, inaccessible with the poor socio-economic status of the inhabitants. The project area is hilly and rural with its eastern border with the tribal belt of Jaunsar-Bawar of Uttrakhand State. The district has very low literacy rate especially among women and girls. Physical/ sexual exploitation of women and girls are very common in the area. Prevalence of social evils such as child marriage, alcoholism, rigid caste divisions and superstitions are seen. Health care facilities are inadequate, ineffective, neglected and non functional. Wide spread poverty, unproductive agriculture results in poor socio-economic status of the community. There is shortage of the safe drinking water, fodder and fuel wood. Inadequate and unhygienic sanitation facilities make the health condition of children more vulnerable. Some other prominent issues related to violation of child rights are – engagement of children in domestic and industrial labor, physical and mental abuse of children in the workplace, diseases due to occupational hazards.
- To ensure that children in the program area have access to quality education.
- To strengthen community based institutions such as the School Management Committees to facilitate a sustainable model of education.
- To enhance reproductive & child health care and nutrition in Transgiri region.
- Profiling of children in labor and addressing underlying causes.
- Creating spaces and facilitating process for children to exercise their right to expression and participation.
- Using participatory tools for micro level planning of 5 Panchayats and ensuring that the plan is made based on requirements of the most marginalised sections.
- To activate the functioning of ICDS centres in all the villages of 5 Panchayats.
- To activate functioning of mid day meals in schools.
- Activating the functioning of fair price shops in 5 Panchayats.
- To ensure proper implementation of NRHM in 5 Panchayats.
- All children in 0-5 age go through regular & complete immunisation in 5 Panchayats.
- Sensitising the community on rights of children to education irrespective of gender.
- Sensitising communities on denial of child rights due to early marriage.
- Building organisational understanding on the right to participation.
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