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Abhyaas foundation

Abhyaas foundation

Abhyaas foundation

Keeping children safe and free from harm is what we believe in and what we do.

The Child Protection Programme is a core sector of our work.  
 
Children pushed into child labour, children facing abuse in the community, children trafficked, children affected by a calamity or emergency situation - Save the Children works to protect children from different kinds of harms – abuse, neglect, exploitation, physical danger and violence.

Despite the rampant economic growth in the last two decades, lakhs of children in India continue to be exposed to different forms of exploitation – mental and physical. For example, a shocking 12.6 thousand children are still into the abhorrent practice of child labour which is destroying their childhood. 

A simple premise that every child deserves a happy and safe childhood is what drives us to run projects in the remotest parts of India to protect children from harm.

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How do we do it?

We work with the most disadvantaged local communities, sensitising and educating them about the rights of children to help them understand that children are meant to be at school and not work.
We form Children Groups through which we bring together vulnerable children in a community. These children then collectively work our solutions to help themselves and each other and ensure child rights in their area are upheld. 
We work very closely with these Children Groups and train them to identify and prevent cases of child marriage, child trafficking, child abuse and child labour.
We map out-of-school children, street children and those who are involved in child labour and facilitate their movement into schools by the means of enrolment drives. 
Another major aspect of our work is to coordinate with the district and state level authorities to ensure right implementation of laws so that children in the area are kept safe
For vulnerable children above 3 years of age, we organise skill-based vocational trainings like beautician courses, security guard training, etc. and prepare them for dignified employment opportunities
In 2013, we rolled out a Missing Children Helpline in Jharkhand and West Bengal where reports of missing children can be logged
In 2014 we joined forces with IKEA to kickstart a mega project to prevent child labour in the cotton farming areas of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan
During emergencies and disasters, we set up Child Friendly Spaces where affected children find a safe and conducive environment to overcome the trauma
In 2014, we protected 1.65 thousand children from different forms of harm

 

While we take being safe for granted, there are many, many children in India who need protection. You can keep children from harm and provide them a happy childhood.
 
We utilize a child rights programming framework and keep in mind the cross-cutting themes of child participation, non-discrimination and best interests of children. Our child protection work focuses on three key “evidence” groups:

1. Children affected by disasters/emergencies and conflict, including Child Centered Disaster Risk Reduction.
2. Children on move- child trafficking, street children, migrants children
3. Children involved in harmful work and 
4. Children with inadequate parental care including alternatives to institutional care.

Understanding good and productive practices in care and protection is a major focus of our programme work. This requires quality programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation (research & studies)  and learning from the evidence and advocate to be scaled up. Some of the most important activities of our Child 

Protection programme include:
•    Improving the understanding of the situation of vulnerable children in need of care and protection.
•    Building children's resilience and supporting their participation in their own protection, including child-led organisations and child-to-child support.
•    Promoting diversion from inappropriate or punitive responses and encouraging the reintegration of children who have been stigmatised because of their coping 
     strategies in the absence of effective protection mechanisms.
•    Demonstrating the benefits of preventative approaches and early intervention over interventions at a later stage.
•    Supporting the development of community-based care and protection systems.
•    Support to the co-ordination and integration of services and support to vulnerable children.
•    Building the care and protection of children into broader social welfare, poverty reduction and other national development strategies.
•    Building the capacity of duty bearers to deliver effective care and protection for children.
•    Advocating for legal and policy reform in line with the principles and standards of the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child.

Education is a gift for life. We help children reach school and stay there.

We help children unlock their potential and realize their dreams.  We believe that every child is extraordinary and can scale great heights if provided with the right learning opportunities.  With regular and generous contributions from our supporters, we are able to march steadily towards achieving these goals.

We are committed to ensure that all children, irrespective of their origin, are able to go to school, play, interact and learn with other children of their age. We help children with limited means hone their creativity and skills under the guidance of trained teachers and make persistent efforts to enable them to secure a life of dignity for themselves, their families and the community at large.

In nine states of India, Save the Children runs programmes to support the education of the most disadvantaged children of India in different ways.  

 How do we do it?

We counsel parents from humble backgrounds to send their children to school and assist them through the admission process. In schools, we make learning fun. We train teachers to impart learning using child-friendly and interactive teaching-learning methods. We set libraries and infrastructure right, conduct computer and English classes, promote and facilitate extra-curricular activities and sports. 

We work with the local communities to form Children Groups (CGs) and School Management Committees (SMCs) and work with them to ensure that they take accountability of the development of the children in their community and that even the most marginalized children in their area are sent to school and they stay there. 

We map out-of-school children and ensure their enrolment into formal schools in age-appropriate classes. 

In classrooms, we encourage and help children to undertake learning activities in groups. This makes the entire experience much more fun and promotes healthy competition. 

In metro cities, we operate our own learning centres where children coming from the socially-excluded communities are provided learning and/or after-school support. For example, in Kolkata and Mumbai, we run Mobile Learning Centres which reach the doorsteps of the  children who need us most.

During emergencies, we set up Temporary Learning Centres and distribute education kits so that that the affected children do not drift away from the path of education.


 In 2014 alone, 10 thousand children benefitted through our projects on education. 

The wonderful effects of education span generations. With your support, we can give children a better tomorrow by giving them an opportunity to go to school.

Abhyaas Foundation works for and with children, it works for equality, equal education, equal nutrition, equal health, equal opportunities, gender equality, humanitarian situations and relief during natural disasters.
 
One of our core focusses apart from working on the ground is Advocacy and influencing policy. We believe that unless we continuously work with Government, National and International bodies to raise issues that need resolution or policies that need change, our work will not be complete. 

Abhyaas Foundation spends funds collected where it is most needed, by spending in programmes across India that help improve the health and education situation of children as well as take them out of child labour, child marriage, child pregnancies, abuse and emergency situations.

We believe that if there is one fund in which Indians should donate, it is Abhyaas FoundationAbhyaas Foundation has a strong base of over 1100 individual supporters who donate money; it has 35 corporate and 38 Institutional supporters.  But there remains a huge gap between funds required and funds available, therefore we urge you do donate whatever you can. More donations mean, a better future for more children and thereby a better future for India. Below are some markers of the current situation that we are fighting. We are bold, with your help we will eradicate these markers.

Abhyaas Foundation is registered as ‘Abhyaas Foundation' in India under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. All donations made to Abhyaas Foundation are tax exempted under section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

 

 

We’re in the business of ensuring that children grow up healthy and enjoy a happy childhood.

Even today, almost 5 lakh children in India die before their first birthday. Every 20 seconds, a child under five years of age dies. And most of these deaths occur due to preventable and treatable causes such as diarrhoea, pneumonia and malnutrition. 

It’s this utterly sad situation which firms our resolve to provide robust health and nutrition benefits to children and save lives. Almost 50% of our work for children is done in the area of Health & Nutrition. In different states of India, we’re passionately working to improve the health and nutrition status of newborns, mothers, and expecting women with special focus on those coming from the most disadvantaged communities.

Following are the areas we work in: 

Child Survival
 

Newborn Health
 

Maternal Health
 

Nutrition
 

Health and Nutrition of Children Affected by Emergencies and Natural Disaster
 

WASH – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene


Healthcare Which Save Lives 

We go by the mantra that No Child is Born to Die. That is why we have projects in several states of India which are aimed at increasing the chances of survival of children between the ages of 0-5 years, reducing levels of malnutrition among them and improving newborn and maternal health. For example, through Project Karuna, we’ve been helping malnourished children in rural Varanasi leave behind a life of malnutrition and become healthy. In the urban slums of Delhi, we run Mobile Health Units which take healthcare to the doorsteps of the urban poor.

Our newly launched, ‘Stop Diarrhoea Initiative’ will tackle diarrhoea (the second biggest killer of children under 5) and related issues among the most vulnerable children in the urban slums of Delhi and rural areas of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.

In 2014, 4.29 lakh children benefitted through our healthcare programmes

In all of this, we work engage heavily with the local community. We also work with state and district level government authorities, schools and Aanganwadi Centres. The Community Health Workers (CHWs) we train and work with form the backbone of our healthcare initiatives. To improve the hygiene and nutrition behaviour of the communities we work with and to inculcate the habits of healthy living, are among the ultimate aims of all our Health & Nutrition programmes.