A sustainable change starts from the very root. And strengthening that is the Cluster Development Plan by CInI. It focuses on providing quality education which would will lead to irreversible prosperity. Their Mission Programme aims to significantly impact the quality of education in 500 schools. This year, the programme worked in 113 schools with 10,000 children, and enhanced learning levels in language, mathematics and environmental studies by 15-20% from the baseline among secondary schoolchildren (grades 8th – 10th).Pilot initiatives included:
- Comprehensive programme for overall improvement of schools and children’ learning levels through a ‘cohort’ approach
- Training the most qualified community youth to become learning assistants and facilitators
- Designing teaching and learning materials specifically focused on language, mathematics and science
- Enhancing high school education through academic support
A limited number of pilot programmes have been initiated in Jharkhand in the first phase (2015-2020). Learning from these pilot programmes will help scale the approach across other target locations in subsequent phases.
WATER & SANITATION
CInI’s Mission Programme’s primary focus is on enhancing the quality of life in the Central Indian tribal belt. Two of the core components of this mission is are to improve access to clean and safe drinking water, and to build better sanitation infrastructure, thereby complementing the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat mission.
- The programme focuses primarily on:
- Technological innovations for service delivery
- Innovative finance models
CInI helped form new village-level water and sanitation committees, scaled up existing ones, and strengthened them through orientation, regular meetings, capacity building and exposure. These committees were made responsible for rolling out hamlet-level sanitation plans and were provided testing kits to periodically monitor drinking water quality.
The Central Indian tribal belt is home to 75% of India’s indigenous tribal communities, who live in abject poverty, with barely any livelihood opportunities. CInI’s Lakhpati Kisan – Smart Villages Mission Programme aims to provide agricultural income as well as year-round irrigation support to those living under such conditions.
- From experience, the organisation knew the importance of:
- Access to irrigation to ensure sustainable incomes
- Diversification to high-value crops to improve crop productivity
- Direct and fair market linkages
- Improved access to education, water, sanitation and health
- Single-window financing to improve credit availability
Given which, CInI promoted commercial vegetable production and floriculture to generate higher economic returns per unit of land. Healthy seeds for better yield coupled with mechanisation to reduce labour are the focus of the agricultural clusters, which generate enough quantity to bring traders to the producers.
END EARLY MARRIAGE
Early marriage robs girls of their childhood, pushing them out of school and more often than not, into a lifetime of violence as they are unable to negotiate the power dynamics in their new homes. Breakthrough works to remove barriers which keep girls from leading healthy, empowered lives. We work with families and communities to change the mindset which views girls as a burden, a mindset which is the root cause of early marriages.
A small donation from you will help Breakthrough ensure that girls continue their education and are equipped to stand up for themselves. That they are supported in an environment that values them and believes that they will be unstoppable once empowered. Any amount contributed by you will make a difference in how girls perceive themselves and how they are perceived by others.
On reaching adolescence, a lot of girls drop out of school. One of the reasons for this is early marriage. Even today, every 4th girl in India is a child bride, at an age when they should be in school and worrying about their homework or play time, they are at the receiving end of domestic violence and sexual abuse in their marital homes. Often, these young girls, children themselves, end up becoming mothers. All of this is still happening in our society because of a mindset which views girls as a burden, rendering them powerless to make any decisions about their own lives.
You can help change this mindset. Girls need to be valued as individuals and as members of the community, so that they can realise their dreams. This is where you come in. Your donation to Breakthrough ensures that girls continue their education and are equipped to stand up for themselves. You ensure that they become leaders and pave the way for other girls around them. You play your part in ensuring that adolescent girls have a more promising future.
HEALTH & NUTRITION
As per the Global Hunger Index 2019, India ranks at a shocking 102nd out of 117! 1 in every 3 children in India is malnourished and 47 out of every 1000 children do not live to see their first birthday. All children deserve a healthy childhood but there are so many in our country who do not get adequate nutrition, timely immunizations, and proper healthcare. They often suffer from recurring diseases, stunted growth and in extreme cases, even face death. At 42.8 million, India has the highest number of malnourished children in the world. Donate to CRY, India’s most trusted NGO, to give children the gift of health.
What we do:
- Give children access to proper healthcare
- Help children complete their vaccinations for at least a year
- Protect children from malnutrition through proper monitoring and care
- Support an Anganwadi center in villages to ensure proper health and nutrition for children
India has an estimated 46 million children between 6-18 years of age who are not in school. Some have never had the chance and many have had to drop out – either to work as child labourers or because they’re being forced to get married. YOU can help us change this! Donate to CRY, India’s most trusted NGO, to make a difference. Your contribution will ensure that such children get a proper education and pave their way to a brighter future.
What we do:
- Support enrollment drives in villages to ensure children are enrolled in primary school
- Ensure out-of-school children are enrolled back in school
- Stop children from dropping out of school due to lack of infrastructure
- Build awareness around education for children in villages and slums
CARE FOR TERMINALLY ILL & THEIR FAMILIES
Launched in 2016, The Ronald McDonald House Charities Foundation India (RMHCFI) seeks to promote and establish care centres, care rooms and care houses for the benefit of families whose children have been going through a medical treatment, both within and outside hospitals and medical centres, free of cost. RMHCFI aims to establish Ronald McDonald Family Rooms (RMFR) across leading Government hospitals. The aim of this facility is to provide families of ailing children a place with comfortable seating area within the hospital and give them resources to get a break from the stressed hospital atmosphere. RMFR intends to provide improved medical environment for the families, emotional support to parents, clean and hygienic play activities for kids and an opportunity of relaxation to all those families whose children are undergoing medical treatment at the hospital.
Currently, we are looking to build a ‘Ronald McDonald House’ in Mumbai to begin with which can accommodate about 100 families. To create and develop this house, we are seeking support from the community.
HEALTHY WOMEN, CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action) works with urban vulnerable communities to improve their health-seeking behaviour and create awareness of health services. Simultaneously, we work with public health systems and health-care providers to improve service delivery. We follow an integrated life-cycle approach that seeks to break the inter-generational cycle of poor health, a major by-product of poverty and deprivation in the urban slums of Mumbai. The life-cycle approach intervenes at adulthood, pregnancy, child-birth, postpartum, early childhood and adolescence to bring about improvements in health and nutrition.
What we do:
- Promote maternal health and safe deliveries for women
- Improve the health and nutritional status of married women at pre and post conception
- Tackle malnutrition among children between 0-6 years by empowering systems and promoting community ownership of child nutrition
- Empower adolescents using a gender-transformative approach through experiential education, community mobilisation and health services
Your contribution will help break the shackles of poor health and enable many women, children and adolescents lead happy, healthy lives.
PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN (PVWC) PROGRAMME
As per the National Family Health Survey 4 (NFHS 4) 2015-16 every third woman, since the age of 15, has faced domestic violence of various forms in India. The survey also reports that 31% of married women have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence by their spouses. Yet, only 14% of women who experienced this violence sought help to stop it. Children often undergo sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse as well as child neglect. The total number of crimes against children reported in 2016 as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows a significant increase from 21.1% in 2015 to 24% in 2016.
The Prevention of Violence against Women and Children (PVWC) Programme by SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action) addresses the issue of gender-based violence through crisis intervention, access to medical and police services, counselling and legal resolution while engaging with communities and public systems to bring about a systemic change. Our community-based women volunteers monitor the safety of women and children in their area, provide emotional support and connect women to crisis intervention services. We partner with police and public health systems to facilitate their capacity to respond to gender-based violence cases and implement co-created guidelines. The programme aims to develop high impact strategies for primary prevention, ensure survivors’ access to protection and justice, empower women to claim their rights, and mobilise communities around ‘zero tolerance for violence’.
Your contribution will ensure vulnerable women and children are empowered, have access to justice and lead a safe life.
ROMILA PALLIATIVE CARE (RPC)
Romila Palliative Care (RPC), an initiative of SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action), was set up in January 2017 in a Centre adjacent to the Holy Family Hospital in Bandra. It serves as a reassuring centre for patients suffering from life-limiting illnesses. RPC provides both home-based and out-patient services, completely free of charge, to ensure that the patient is symptom free and lives with utmost dignity and comfort. The services are provided by a team of trained doctors, nurses, and counsellors working with nutritionists, physiotherapists and other professionals, to deliver quality care to the patient and their family and caregivers. The centre aims to help by offering compassionate and competent care to patients and at the same time enhance the skills of their loved ones to look after them better, with greater assurance and confidence.
Your contribution will ensure that terminally ill patients live a life of dignity and well-being till their last breath.
CYCLONE FANI AFFECTED AREA
Plantation of local tree species in approximately 110 hectares of land at the periphery of Balukhanda wildlife sanctuary, Puri, Odisha, India (area severely affected by Fani cyclone).
- To recoup the green cover loss in Puri, Odisha due to cyclone Fani
- To support the sweet water reservoirs beneath the ground, which is the source of water to the city
- To maintain and increase the underground water level
- To rebuild the wildlife habitat for deer and other wildlife prominent in the Balukhanda Wildlife Sanctuary
TREES FOR TIGERS, SUNDARBANS NATIONAL PARK, WEST BENGAL, INDIA
- To protect the habitat of the famous Royal Bengal Tiger of the Sundarbans.
- To aid in disaster mitigation (floods/cyclones).
- To prevent shifting and submergence of the islands due to the rising sea levels.
- To lighten the population pressure on resources by providing more livelihood opportunities.
- To provide livelihood opportunities to the largely landless communities.
Relief. Restart. Reshape:
As the program heading suggests, we see our work as a continuum. We build and work through a coalition of implementing partners to provide a range of public goods and services. These efforts encompass everything from immediate relief operations to the more structural work of reshaping how lives will be lived in the future. Some examples would be provisioning of food and rations, medical supplies, health and hygiene kits, protection kits to the more structural work on addressing the myriad economic, social and environmental challenges across different contexts in the country.
Through this targeted intervention, we support vulnerable families to continue with the education of their children. Our scholarship program is structured to provide a contextualised solution to each family. They decide what is best for them. We decide the extent to which we can assist them. The scholarship program dovetails into the Relief. Restart. Reshape program as appropriate.
Location: Pan India
Context: India may be famous for its elite doctors and engineers, but half of its nine-year-olds cannot do a sum as simple as eight plus nine. Half of ten-year-old Indians cannot read a paragraph meant for seven-year-olds. The lack of age-appropriate skills in the early years impacts the entire education supply chain in India. Improving the quality of early learning in schools is therefore the need of the hour.
Project detail: Sesame Workshop India’s preschool education program adopts a holistic approach to learning in which children and teachers experience a playful, stress free, experiential learning process that allows for experimentation and exploration. The program focuses on strengthening the overall quality of pre-school education in the country by:
- Providing high quality educational content at the Anganwadi centres (government-run pre-schools),
- Building capacities of the Anganwadi workers to deliver quality education at these centres
- Empowering parents to foster children’s development and learning at home
- Educating parents and communities on the importance of early childhood education
Reach: 60,000 children between 3-6 years
Project: Go Green
Location – UP
Context: Over the past few years India has been facing the consequence of climate change in the form of extreme weather events like extreme heat waves, cyclones, floods and droughts. Children are among the most vulnerable groups to the effects of climate change, which threatens their rights to health, access to food, water, clean air, education and protection and survival. With a staggering 26% of its population (361 million children) in the 0-14 years, it becomes more important to develop environmental stewardship among children to better equip them to deal with climate challenges of the future.
Project details: Raise young children’s awareness towards responsible involvement with environment through age and developmentally appropriate content, and innovative multimedia materials that will build appreciation, interconnectedness and build skills that reflect care and protection towards environment.
Reach: 1200 children studying in government schools, their parents and selected teachers
Project: Bright Start
Context: Children have been the hidden face of the pandemic and are the most vulnerable as they lack appropriate language and skills to express themselves or cope with the upheavals they are currently exposed to. At the same time, caregivers also do not have the appropriate tools/resources for themselves, or their children to manage the social-emotional challenges. Through this program, SWI aims to have a larger conversation on health and wellness to include health, nutrition, immunity and socio-emotional wellbeing of the child.
Project details: The program will be delivered through a campaigning strategy to build awareness and bring attention to a larger framework of health and engage with parents/caregivers and other key stakeholders in a child’s ecosystem. The project aims to equip parents/caregivers with knowledge and tools to engage with their children through play that will promote wellness.
Reach: 2000 families with children aged 3-8 years
Project: Play, Learn Connect
Location: Delhi NCR
Context: A large number of children of seasonal migrants miss out on education because of the frequent movement of their families. A recent study showed that 90% seasonal migrant children are excluded from accessing education and health at the local Anganwadi (government run pre-schools) while 80% school going children do not access education near worksites, and 40% worked, experiencing abuse and exploitation. With intermittent or no access to ECE opportunities, children between 6-7 years lack the school readiness skills required for formal school.
Project detail: Sesame Workshop India is addressing providing quality preschool education to children of temporary migrant families through a caregiver engagement model that empowers caregivers to provide continued learning opportunities to children when they are on the move. Playful learning experiences for young children help foster their development and lay the foundations for them to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners.
Reach: 2000 children of 3-8 years & their families
Education Care kits for children:
The focus of the Covid relief operations has been on survival and food distribution and rightly so. Sesame Workshop proposes to distribute education care-kits to families with children between 3-8 years old with an educational kit comprising a mix of worksheets/ storybooks/ manipulatives/ crayons/ pencils/ writing sheets and bring some joy to a young child. Each kit has a QR code that can be used to access more resources from our #CaringForEachOthermicrosite.