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Location

Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, India
Thematic Intervention: Protection, Education


Project Context

In 1992 Mrs. J. Lalithamma established People’s Organization for Rural Development (PORD) with an objective to build awareness among dalits and to work for sustainable development. PORD started its activities in Thamballapalle Mandal which is underdeveloped and where the situation of dalit and tribal (especially of women and children) is poor. Presently it is operating in Thambalapalle and Madanapalle Mandal. PORD started its partnership with CRY in 2007. At the village level 90 children collectives have been formed and 36 strengthened. The team has formed 65 village sanghas (collectives) and 25 slums Sanghas. 2 Mandal level federations were formed and 2 Mandal (sub-region within district) level federations for the children’s collectives were formed in Thamballapalle & Madnapalli Mandal.

Achievements & Impact


Key Result Areas Achievements

Ensure reduction & prevention of child labor among children the operational area.

* Team conducted survey for 3,363 out of 4,470 families to conduct vulnerability of family based on selected parameters.
* By door to door visit, met with 460 families (260 child labor families and 205 drop-out families) and sensitized them on importance of education.
* Project team covered 474 families (160 families with child labor and drop out) and 314 other families and generated awareness on the importance of education.
* Project team encouraged and ensured that 18 teachers visited 30 families to interact with the families where child laborers are found and motivated them to send children to schools.
* 168 families were reached out and given counseling to remove them from work and send them children to schools.
* They were able to mainstream 62 children who have become dropouts in the academic year but ensured that they are enrolled back.
* Team has assisted eligible children for accessing social security benefits. In total 1,228 scholarships and 581 bus passes were applied for in the process.
* 71 girls received bicycles so far. All these 71 were pending cases from last year.
* 17 additional teachers appointed in 7 schools
* 300 desks and 28 fans were arranged in ZP high school, Madanapalle.



Key Result Areas Achievements

Reduced instances of child marriage in project area.

* Team visited 38 families whom they identified as vulnerable to child marriages and counseled by stakeholders like teachers, health workers, ICDS teacher, and local elected representatives.
* Child marriages were stopped in 11 households after the teachers visited those households and counseled parents.
* 40 girls have been admitted into social welfare hostels and residential schools and enabled to continue their education.
* 32 caste leaders were sensitized on the harmful practices of child marriage in the high prevalence area.
* Identified 79 children who are most needy on the basis of constant migration, daily wage dependent families etc. Out of these, the team could admit 18 girl children into Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) and 12 girl children in social welfare hostels.

Strengthen Child Collectives

* 9 Adolescent Girls groups were formed to provide exclusive space for them to meet and discuss about their problems.
* 6 child collectives are strengthened through regular monitoring visits and meetings, which also improved their knowledge on issues affecting children.
* Capacity Building programs were held for 4 child collectives. 20 leaders from 4 child collectives have been trained in writing the meeting minutes.
* 31 children were given counseling and enhanced their awareness on the impact of child labor.

Other Highlight Processes and Achievements – 2017.
* In 3 Panchayats, PRI members are monitoring schools regularly and working to improve the facilities, teachers’ attendance, quality of mid-day meals, and distribution of free text books.
* 2 Mandal level convergence meetings were conducted to mobilize support from govt. depts.
* In 10 Zila Parishad High schools and 6 social welfare hostels conducted meetings on child marriages and child labor.

Update on major advocacy meetings that the project may have organized /participated in:

Team members have participated in Panchayat level meetings and demanded for making registration of marriages compulsory to identify the child marriages. With the efforts of team members in 4 Gram Panchayats (Gundlapalle, Thamballapalle, Gopidinne, Kotala) PRI members have started discussion on implementing marriage registration.

Update on knowledge and capacity building workshops that the project team may have organized /participated in them (this is for the project team and not for the community groups): Project team was trained to improve their knowledge on Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), including roles and responsibilities. The team members also participated in two cluster level meetings in Thamballapalle and Madanapalle, in which the trainers explained to the Anganwadi teachers the need & ways of protecting children from marriages, child labor, & trafficking.

Any other observation about the project:

In addition to addressing issues such as child labor, child marriage, ensuring access to school education, the schools also encourages children to participate in sports and games and enable them to identify and realize their potential. 7 child collective members participated in Taekwondo and Kabadi at Mandal / district level. Two of the child collective members participated at state level, one won Silver medal for Taekwondo and the other was among winners in state level Kabaddi.

Plans


Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

Ensure reduction & prevention of child labor among children the operational area through improved retention in school.

* Conduct awareness programs / Kalajathas on child labor at community level. Sensitize parents of CL / DO and other parents on the importance of education especially girl child education.
* Strengthen SMCs by ensuring regular meetings and parents regular participation in meetings.
* Track and ensure transition of children from primary to upper primary school, high school and higher education.
* Conduct convergence meetings to ensure action is taken by concerned officials to release the child labor.

Strengthen Child Collectives

* Give training to child collective leaders on how to conduct the child collective meetings and write the meeting minutes.
* Encourage child collective members to discuss the issues of their schools in their child collective meetings and raise school level issues with their teachers.
* Facilitate discussions between school-going and non-school-going children in order to make non-school-going children to rethink about going back to school.



Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

Reduced instances of child marriage in project area.

* Create awareness in the community about girl-child schemes and protection mechanisms available against child marriages. Assist families in applying for girl-child schemes.
* Assist girls from most needy families and girls from families where parents migrate seasonally to get into social welfare hostels.
* Sensitize priests and caste leaders on the issue of child marriage and urge their involvement in preventing child marriages.
* Ensure convergence meetings between government departments for better coordination towards preventing the child marriages.

Financial Summary: January to December 2018


Budget Breakup 2018

Participation

392

1%

Protection

27,860

71%

Administration

10,987

28%

Total Grant Approved

39,240

100%