Projects and Activities

Projects & Activities

2015-2016


DSWS implementing 05 projects:

 
(1) CDW Project (Supported by Save The Children-BRB)

(2) Breakthrough Strategic Investment Initiative (Supported by Save The Children-BRB)

(3) Step against Trafficking Project (Supported by Foundation L’Albero Della Vita Onlus (hereafter FADV)

(4) Child Line Project (Supported by Childline India Foundation)

(5) Humming bird Raise Project (Supported by Humming bird Foundation)

CDW PROJECTS :
 
Project Title :

PROTECTING AND EMPOWERING CHILD   DOMESTIC WORKERS ACROSS THREESTATES IN INDIA

Strategies :

Direct Intervention:

• Running Multiple ActivityCenters:  Multiple Activity Centers (MAC) is preventative measure. MACs provide educational support to out of schoolchildren for between six months and one year period before they are mainstreamed into formal education in age & learning appropriate class.This prevents them from being trafficked or migrating for work. MACs also provide educational support for repatriated CDWs to help them ‘catch up’ on their missed education and enroll them into formal schools to prevent re-trafficking. 
• Providing Remedial Coaching : Remedial Coaching provide educational coaching support to out of schoolchildren who have been enrolled in formal education and to academically weak children to prevent them from dropping out and becoming vulnerable to CDW or trafficking.  Children normally attend are medial coaching about one year but the exact time period is case specific and if the child is still experiencing difficulties in school they are provided remedial coaching.  Coaching centers are run by local, educated youths.
• Theater for development (TFD):TFD is a method used to sensitize communities by utilizing the experiences and skills of children. NGO front line workers select a number of children who attend MACs to receive training in theater to sensitize communities about the issues & consequences of CDWs.  These children were mainly repatriated children as they could draw on their life experience when portraying CDWs.   
• School Sensitization Program :Children who have not experienced CDWs also need to be sensitized about the abuse and exploitation faced by CDWs.  Save the Children and DSWS organize monthly sensitization meetings in selected formal schools with the direct involvement of the school authorities, who have welcomed the anti-CDW campaign.  Schools are enthusiastic to align themselves with local issues such as trafficking for CDW and want more children to be enrolled in school rather than be sent for work.After sensitization, school children were in a position to influence community members and out of school children about the negative effects of CDWs and spread the anti-CDW message through informal peer-education.
• Repatriation &Rehabilitation of CDWs: The activity of locating and repatriating a CDW is often time-consuming and difficult. If the parents know the address of the employer they inform the community based groups (primarily Child Protection Committee) and then information is being sent to Police, child line and other important stakeholders. However, parents are often unaware of the location of their child and the multiple levels and complexity of the trafficking nexus makes the process of tracking down a trafficked child becomes difficult.Gaining the support of rehabilitated traffickers is extremely helpful as they can supply the information regarding location of trafficked children. After recovery, the CDWs are brought into safe custody through Child Welfare Committee(CWC). These children then brought into MAC and they are mainstreamed either through education or vocational training.
• SANDESHKHALI tailoring and knitting vocational training unit:As a part of rehabilitation process for rescued CDWs, 110 such children from the age group of 15-20 years were enrolled in vocational training unit of tailoring and knitting trade. The program is designed to provide them alternative livelihood skills and opportunities so that they can lead a dignified life with a skilled work. This is a comprehensive intervention program with this target group in Sandeshkhali, covering the three aspects of skill & product development, organization development and business development that are dealt in a most concerted synergistic manner.    

Strengthening structures & systems :

• Formation & strengthening Child Protection Committees (CPCs) and Children Groups (CGs): The Community Based Child Protection Model focuses on the development of two community groups in each village:
• CPCs comprising 10 - 15 influential adults of the village – teachers, religious leaders, panchayat members, ASHA or ICDS workers,or simply proactive individuals who take an interest in the village affairs including children’s issues.
• Children’s Group comprising of 15 – 20 children –members could be school-going or out-of-school children, children who have been rescued from trafficking situations or other situations, the only criteria being that they be between the ages of 14-18 and have leadership qualities.
  Two members of the Children’s group are de facto members of the Child Protection Committee. Jointly and separately, the two groups perform child protection activities, including enhancing awareness about the dangers of unsafe migration, child labour and child marriages, identifying missing children in the community, investigating their absence, informing the police,forming a rescue team, conducting the rescue and dealing with perpetrators like marriage brokers and traffickers. Most importantly, they take the responsibility of integrating the child back into the family and community.
• Village, block and district consultation: Village, block and district level consultations involve participants from relevant level of duty bearers in public speeches and discussion about CDW issues in their particular village, block and district.Consultations creates platform to generate a consensus on the issue of CDW and create plan of action for the area.  At each consolation recommendations are agreed upon and these are carried forward to the district or state level consultation by members who are common between the different levels. 
• Sensitization of Panchayat & block level officials:  Prior to the initiative on CDW the duty-bearers were unaware of the dangers of CDW and many believed the practice helped poor children and their families. Save the Children and DSWS provided series of sensitization trainings which enhanced government duty-bearers understanding of the dangers of CDW and children’s needs.  Sensitization includes one to one counselling and group discussions between DSWS workers and government members, repatriated children and their parents interacting with government members and sharing their experiences of CDW, conducting lectures and presenting research findings, statistics, live case studies and newspaper clippings to illustrate the abuse and exploitation faced by CDWs. Duty-bearers have utilized their sensitization training by creating child friendly spaces and a better environments for children in their villages and aiming to secure quality education and positive learning environments for children.  

DSWS implemented 06 projects in this year (2016-2017) :

(1)CDW Project (Supported by Save The Children-BRB)
(2)Step against Trafficking Project (Supported by Foundation L’Albero Della Vita Onlus (hereafter FADV)
(3)Child Line Project (Supported by Childline India Foundation)
(4)Hummingbird Raise (Supported by Hummingbird Foundation)
(5)Hummingbird Trafficking (Supported by Hummingbird Foundation)
(6)Adolescent Empowerment and Prevention of Trafficking in South 24 Pgs (Supported by Action Aid India and Unicef)

CDW PROJECTS:

Project Title:

PROTECTING AND EMPOWERING CHILD DOMESTIC WORKERS ACROSS THREE STATES IN INDIA


Major success /achievements:

•Life skill training for 402 children
•No.of children at risk of entering CDW aged 6-14 yrs in source areas enrolled in elementary education:705
•No.of children at risk of entering CDW aged 15-18 years in source areas enrolled in Vocatio0l Training course for livelihood :109
•No.of CDWs and children at risk of entering CDW accessing recreational opportunities:402
•45 training for CPC members (80 CPCs)
• Conducted 82 Village level mass meeting and Conducted 22 TFD  
•Psycho social support to 511 children
•Conducted 02 Block Consultation in 02 blocks
•Conducted 05 Training for staff personnel 
•Conducted Additional Training for staffs 
•15 PRI sensitization program
•School sensitization programs in 20 Schools
•Conducted19 rescue programs and rescued 19 children 
•Conducted CRC week celebration
•Anti childlabour day program with SCPCR 
•Our 80 CPC’s are functional

The essence of this project has been to involve the community in every stage of the program. In the present project 85% of  the stakeholders, PRIs and other duty-bears have been sensitized and awakened on the issue to such an extent that they are now ready to combat it by taking effective actions in an organized manner.  
Some parents are now thinking of keeping their children at home and engaging them in some kind of alternative income generation activity. 
 Along with the parents, the some children, especially the girls have become motivated to stay at home rather than go outside to work.  
Some stakeholders(parents, Teachers, Club members, ICDS workers, PRI members, Health workers, Govt. officials) are playing a vital role in terms of building awareness and creating public opinion, giving effort in enforcing the child labour, Child Trafficking, Child marriage, Child abuse ban. 


We saw many positive changes:

•CPC & Children group members monitoring everyday. 
•CPC & Children groups members coordinating with all stake holders & others children groups & CPC’s regularly. 
•CPC & Children groups maintaining their records (Meeting Resolution, Drop out & missing children Register, etc.) 
•Govt. officials are coming for exposure visit.
•ICDS workers discussing on Child Trafficking, Child Abuse, etc. in every meeting. 
• PRI members discussing their every monthly meeting on Child protection issues. 
•PRI members discussing their Gram Sansad meeting on Child Protection Issues. 
•Strong Children's groups are trying to form new children groups in out of our direct intervention area (for replicable model). 
•Strong CPCs are trying to form new CPCs in out of our direct intervention area (for replicable model)

Key Learning’s:

•Children are the best source for providing information regarding the trafficked children. Hence stress should be laid on involving them more in the process of tracing potential child trafficking.  

Step Against Trafficking Project:

Overall Objective of the Project: To contribute to the reduction of child trafficking in West Bengal

Main components:

•Awareness Generation;
•Capacity building of different stakeholders
•Advocacy and Networking
•Research 
With the mentioned four strategies FADV India intends to combat trafficking in women and children by establishing a protective mechanism through a growing awareness of community and vulnerable children and their families on risks factors and consequences of trafficking. The project will adopt a community led participatory approach for strengthening the local protection system which also include rights awareness and legal assistance (for the victims and their families). 
The initiative aims towards capacitate the local CBOs, communities, civil society organizations, elected bodies of local self government and other key stakeholders for creating safety nets (e.g. community level task force for anti trafficking) for combating trafficking and on the other hand advocate with relevant government departments and law enforcement agencies for effective implementation of laws to ensure the legal rights of trafficked victims / survivors. Strategically the advocacy work will be continued through national and state level networks and forums on anti trafficking. 

Major achievement of SAT Project (2016-2017):

1). 22 VLPC’S are functional 
2)22 Children Group’s are functional 
(2) No of Children enrolled in school : 81

(3) No. Of children linked with social welfare schemes like Kanyashree: 58

(4) No of families linked with social welfare schemes:35
(5) No of FIRs lodged by children/community in missing cases:07

(6) Has any trafficked being arrested or FIR been lodged against:  03

(7) No. Of missing children rescued: 35 

(8) No. Of child freindly spaces that were set up:00

10) No.of VLCPC s which have started preparing the village level CPC plans:18

(11) No.of VLCPCs in which children raised issues on trafficking and missing and what are the actions taken: 22 

(12) Is there any specific result of advocacy in schools:  Teachers and students were sensitized about Child abuse, trafficking, child marriage, gender discrimination, corporal punishment, Rtte Act.

(13) No. Of Village level CP plans in which trafficking/missing is a priority: 12 

(14) Any particular result of advocacy:
We formed 22 VLCPC's which were recognized by DCPS under ICPS. Apart adult members of VLCPC's are giving importance to representative of Children group members.



Hummingbird Raise Project:

•Sarberia, Gram Panchayat-SarberiaAgarhati Gram Panchayat, Block-Sandeshkhali-I, Dist.-North 24 Parganas
•BaroAjgara, Gram Panchayat-SarberiaAgarhati Gram Panchayat, Block-Sandeshkhali-I, Dist.-North 24 Parganas
•ChotoAjgara, Gram Panchayat-SarberiaAgarhati, Block-Sandeshkhali-I, Dist.-North 24 Parganas
•4 No. Chunchura, Gram Panchayat-Boyarmari-II, Block-Sandeshkhali-I, Dist.-North 24 Parganas
•Dholekhali, Gram Panchayat-Sandeshkhali, Block-Sandeshkhali-II, Dist.-North 24 Parganas
•Raptanpara, Gram Panchayat-Sandeshkhali, Block-Sandeshkhali-II, Dist.-North 24 Parganas
•Baithakurini(Nadipara), Gram Panchayat-Sandeshkhali, Block-Sandeshkhali-II, Dist.-North 24 Pargana
•Tongtala (Dakhinpara), Gram Panchayat-Sandeshkhali, Block-Sandeshkhali-II, Dist.-North 24 Parganas

In every two villages has placed one community mobilizers.
 At first we organized a general meeting on objective of Hummingbird Raise program in every villages withpanchayat members, school teachers, Ashaworkers, ICDS workers, club members parents and children of the villages.

Selection of stakeholder:

We selected the village Stake holders. The stake holders are:Panchayatpradhan ,village PRI members, School teachers, ASHA  workers ,ICDS workers ,parents, club members, etc.
Selection of target group: We identified the target group. In this project the target group is boys group (14-17 years old) in the community. So, we conducted a survey regarding the children of the villages and finally the project coordinator and community mobilisers make a list about the children of the villages.Formation of children group: We formed aboys group those who wereinterested in every villages.
•We  organized CommunityLevel Awareness program (Once a month in every villages) on 2nd Saturday/Sunday in every month.
•We  organized Stakeholders engagements (PRI, ICDS, School teachers,etc.) (Four meetings between villages – once a month) .on 1stSaturday/Sunday in every month.
•We  organized monthly meeting with graduate’s children after 1st cycleon 3rdSaturday/Sunday in every month.
•We organized Peer learning Quarterly meetings (After completion of 6 months).
•Village level campaign on issues identified by children after 1stquarter(Once a month in every villages) on 3rd week in every month


Hummingbird Trafficking Project:

Project Title:

Protection of children from trafficking through Responsive Community Action.
we have completed nearly all the proposed activities that was scheduled in the proposal during this tenure. We have provided the staffs with the orientation regarding the project at the very beginning. Then we have done the 28 project launch meetings and 14 community meetings at the sansad level with a good number of participants. Through these meetings they came to know about this project and at the same time an urge to raise their voice was also enlighten within them. At the same time we have carried out the regular scheduled activities like door to door visit of the families for building rapport and also regular interaction with the stake holders etc. Through these door to door visits we have collected a list of the dropout children, the people who are not accessing the government schemes and also the girls who are not getting the Kanyasree benefits. 
In the meetings conducted at the sansad level we have also talked about the VLCPC, Children and Youth groups that will be formed for the safe guard of the children. All the names were also listed out by the members along with the community people according to the guideline in the presence of the community mobilizer. We also conducted 03 monthly review meeting. 
We have also enrolled some of the children to school and have helped them in getting the kanyasree benefit by talking with the head teacher of the school.

Out come Activities:

•28 Community Level Project launch meetings was proposed during this quarter which was completed successfully with a total number participant of 1455.The community people became aware about the project and its work area.
•we have completed 14 community meeting at sansad level with 790 participants in altogether. Through these meetings they came to about trafiicking , child marriage and child labour. They are now able to raise their voice for their rights and problems.
•We have identified 270 people who are vulnerable according to government      criteria.
•We have reached out vulnerable families on regular interval. Till date we have reached out 2054 families and tried to build up a good rapport with them.
•The community mobilizers are regularly interacting with the religious leaders on gender discriminatory practices.
•While doing this door to door visit we have identified 255 dropouts out of which 155 are male and 100 are female.

CHILDLINE PROJECT

Dhagagia Social welfare society works as NGO partner with Childline Indian Foundation for North 24 Parganas District. It works as Collaborating organization in this district. It directly looks after 6 Blocks of this district namely Barasat-I &II, Barrackpore-I&II, Amdanga and Rajarhat. 
Presently there are all total nine members working in this Childline project. One Coordinator, one counselor, six team member and one volunteer. 
Being a partner of a 24 hour national free emergency phone outreach service like Childline, members of Childline team of Dhagagia Social welfare society works not only providing emergency support to children in need of care and protection on a 24*7 basis but also their had some other functioning like outreach and awareness generating program regarding Child rights, Childline and its activity. 

Total Cases for the period of April 2016 to March 2017

Types of calls

April

May

June

July

Aug.

Sept.

Oct.

Nov.      

Dec

 

Jan

 Feb

March

Total Intervention

I. Interventions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical help

 

1

0

3

0

0

2

1

1

2

0

0

1

11

Shelter

 

11

11

13

16

12

11

13

11

11

6

5

7

127

Restoration

 

2

4

3

3

5

3

0

2

3

3

3

0

31

Protection From Abuse

15

4

13

19

18

19

7

18

16

14

12

8

163

Other Intervention

2

3

1

0

3

0

4

1

5

6

4

5

34

Sponsorship

 

2

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

II. Missing children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child lost

 

4

6

7

4

8

9

11

8

4

4

5

4

74

Parents asking help

5

8

6

5

2

2

4

3

1

2

4

4

46

III. Emotional support and Guidance

0

1

1

3

1

2

1

2

1

5

2

1

20

Unclassified

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

42

37

48

50

51

48

41

46

43

40

35

30

511

Adolescent Empowerment and Prevention of Trafficking in South 24 Pgs (Supported by Action Aid India and Unicef)

This project was started from 14th Feb’2017.
We identified our beneficiaries and stakeholders through baseline. We conducted 20 community level meetings and 5 PRI meetings with in this short period.