In the course of our personal interactions with the children in certain slums, we realized that with the vouchers, evaluation-monitoring-encouragement is necessary for bringing a positive light to their lives. With regular evaluation, we organize extracurricular activities, motivational games and various other sessions with the aim to identify and encourage latent talents like singing, drawing and so on. We realized that some of our voucher recipients who had transferred from Government to Private schools lagged far behind their peers. Class V government school children were unable to read, write or even count. The situation was so grave that we had to admit certain Class IV Government school children to Class I in the Private school. Therefore, we instituted the Srijan Bachpan programme to provide supplementary education.
Srijan Bachpan has been instituted with the objective to teach them basic life skills , sensitize them towards themselves and their surrounding, ensure the regularity in attendance and consistency in motivation in their studies, enhance the confidence level, increase participation in other activities of the schools, identify the extracurricular talents among them and to facilitate the growth and development of their specific talents and skills. To facilitate these improvement and growth in their lives , every week a 3 hours session is organised which includes counselling , motivational games , mental ability enhancement exercises , and extracurricular activities like art and craft, singing, dancing etc. Different counselors and experts from fields of art and craft were invited in the period of last two and half years. This project proved instrumental in bringing the envisaged change and betterment in the personal as well as academic lives of the children.
Two days CDK & CHC Workshop at Ranchi
Two days workshop on Children’s Development Khazana and Child Health CO-operative has been started on 3rd Feb, 2017 at Hotel Park Inn, Birsa Chowk, Ranchi. Mr. Vijai, Mr. Subroto and Mr. Lawrence from Butterflies, New Delhi came to conduct this workshop for the children. On the first day Mr. Vijai inculcated the idea of CDK and its importance to the children. They were given group tasks related to deposit and advances so as to increase their decision making skills in situation. Pratigya have 4 children bank branches with more than 350 members and they have been able to save more than Rs.125000 within a span of 2 years. On the second day, a rigorous exercise has been carried out by Mr. Subroto for the children regarding the Child Health Co-operative. He shared the concept of the co-operative and its benefits. A group task was performed by splitting the participants in 4 groups according their branches and were asked to complete it. Children understood both the co-operatives both in a theoretical as well as in a practical manner.
Children Surveying about the most Vulnerables
A detailed survey has been done at Jagannathpur slum by the children of Pratigya regarding the most vulnerable children in their area.The main agenda of the survey was to find out those children who were/are involved in the activities like Substance Abuse, Rag Picking and Child Labour. At the same time the survey questionnaire also included the collection of data related to school dropout children in the respective slum. A total of 150 households were visited by the CDK/CHC members where they shared the information about the benefits of Saving money and how to maintain proper Health & Hygiene.
Collective action by Child Health Co-operative
The children of Chandapara village at Lodhma, Khunti, have prepared an application and village map today by grooming about the whole village. They have addressed the application to the Ward Member and also to their respective Gram Sabha Member regarding this. In the application they have requested to install at least 10 dustbins at different places of the village so that people can use those and keep the village as clean as possible.
Quarterly Training on CDK & CHC for the children.
Training has always been an effective mode of making children aware and correct towards the initiative they have taken in order to bring a change in their small community where they are living in. Moreover, through training sessions, Pratigya also gets an idea of the issues they face during executing their work. A quarterly training of 2 days was conducted at Pratigya office where all the representatives of 4 centers participated. The first day of the training began with the session taken by Ms. Reshma Kumari, AALI, on Child Abuse, where children were made to understand the ways a child can be abused and how it can be dealt with. Thenafter, Mr. Somnath Oraon, Pratigya, took a session on Vulnerability of children. The first day was concluded with the planning of health related (CHC) activities for the next quarter. Second day began with the session on nitty gritty of maintaining accounts taken by Mr. Ajay Kumar, Pratigya. The second day was concluded with the planning of accounts related (CDK) activities for the next quarter.
Good Touch - Bad Touch
An interactive session on “Touch” was conducted by Pratigya at Chandapara center of Lodhma. In this session, children were elaborately told about the “Good Touches” and “Bad Touches”. They were sensitized about the sexual harassment caused to a person and the discussion on the same was carried out with the help of a diagram of a boy and a girl on a white board. Children were divided into groups to carry out this activity and present the areas of “Good Touch” as well as “Bad Touch” in a human body.
Celebrating Children's Day 2016
Children’s Day was celebrated with the children from Jagannathpur, Ranchi. Around 300 children from Std. KG-IX participated in the Drawing Competition organised on the stairs of Lord Jagannath Temple. They were divided into three groups and winners from each group were awarded prizes and certificates.
Observing Global Hand Washing Day 2016
The Global Hand Washing Day 2016 was observed on 15th Oct, 2016, at all the centers of Pratigya. In the Khunti center, there were programmes and acts prepared by the children to show the benefits of Hand washing. Children had invited all the villagers to join them in this campaign. Moreover, this year, Pratigya has conducted this campaign in one of the schools where our children are studying. The students were gathered in the field and Pratigya’s children lead this campaign and washed hands of almost 60-70 children of the school. The Child Health Educator (CHE) provided some useful information to the other children about the process of washing hands.
Celebrating Gandhi Jayanti
Children at all the centers of Pratigya celebrated Gandhi Jayanti in a very energetic way. They shared the life story and struggles in Gandhi’s life. They also shared about the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. They discussed about the Gandhi’s thinking on cleanliness, truth-fullness and honesty.
Pratigya's Children attending 11th International Workshop on CDK & CHC at New Delhi
Pratigya has participated successfully in the 11th International Workshop on Children’s Development Khazana and Child Health Cooperative, oragnaised by Butterflies at New Delhi. Two of our children namely Laxmi Kujur and Naveen Lakra represented the cooperatives and presented the performance of Pratigya in front of the world wide organisations. Pratigya’s efforts have been appreciated by the Butterflies’ team for the milestones that it has achieved. Children from all around the world gathered into a single platform and showed their presentation related to their respective organisations. During the 5 days workshop, some fun and game activities were also organised for their enjoyment.
Training Workshop on CDK and CHC for all Pratigya centers
A training workshop on CDK (Children’s Development Khazana) and CHC (Child Health Cooperative) was organised at Pratigya’s Regional office at Dinkarnagar, Ranchi. The Pratigya office campus is somehow not very spacious to accommodate many, but according to its capacity we have called up participants from all Pratigya centers to engage in the workshop. Since none of our children wanted to miss this opportunity, so even after many restrictions in choosing the participants, more than 35 children made their presence in this training workshop and understood the basic functioning of CDK and CHC.
The training workshop includes rigorous training on maintaining accounts, sessions on advocacy, health, life-skills, etc. It was a great success for Pratigya team that the concept of CDK has been able to enroll more than 300 members across its 4 branches and the deposits of children have crossed Rs. 95000 within 2 years. A quiz competition was also conducted in between the sessions and the winner center was awarded with the prize. By these training workshops, Pratigya is actually trying to develop leadership in its respective centers who can take their centers and the community associated with it, to their highest level of success.
Independence Day 2016 celebration at Latma and Lodhma centers
Children of our centers at Latma (Ranchi) and Lodhma (Khunti) celebrated the 70th Independence Day of India with full energy and enjoyment. Our Latma center is a small one but the children still performed some good programmes, with their possible capacity. Patriotic speeches, poems and songs were sung by them in respect of the nation. The administrators of the centers addressed the other member children to honestly work for the benefit of this nation, so that every citizen of this country can feel more prouder to represent it anywhere.
Football & Volleyball kits distributed at Chandapara, Khunti
As promised by Mr. R.P.Singh, Special Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, distributed the Football and Volleyball kits to the children of Chandapara, Khunti. Two footballs for the little children and a Volleyball for the elder ones with nets, have been provided by him through the department. He also promised to provide the badminton, tennis and cricket kits after the rainy season is over.
Celebration of World Environment Day at Chandapara
This year, Pratigya decided to celebrate the World Environment Day with the children of Chandapara, Lodhma, Khunti. Mr R.P.Singh, PCCF and Special Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, joined hands with Pratigya team to celebrate the day. Five trees were planted just in front of the URGE room so that they can be well taken care of by the children themselves, and the trees will also grow with the children. The first tree was planted by Mr. Singh himself, then the girls planted the second one, thereafter the third one was planted by Mr.Chandan Singh, Programs Head, Pratigya, the fourth one by the ladies/mothers of the village and last one was planted by the gents of the village. It was really a very nice celebration of Environment Day with the people and children of Chandapara.