CHILD WATCH - NABADISHA

 

Child Watch - Hope Kolkata Foundation

Specific focus of the project

  • To provide support for the primary needs food, clothing and care to vulnerable children living in difficult circumstances.
  • To provide educational and emotional support to such children.
  • To rehabilitate them socially and economically through education, awareness, skill up-gradation and personality development through behavioral training etc.
  • To advocate the rights of the child and build partnership with different levels of stakeholders.

Target groups

To improve the status of vulnerable, deprived and destitute street children of the society who are in living on the street

 

Direct beneficiaries

Unit Type How Number
Nabadisha - Gariahat Police project Children living on street Direct beneficiaries coming to thecenter and getting educational,nutritional and other supports 62 children
Nabadisha - Topsia Police Project Children living on street Direct beneficiaries coming to the center and getting educational,nutritional and other supports 51 children
Nabadisha - Tollygunge Children living on street Direct beneficiaries coming to the center and getting educational,nutritional and other supports 65 children
New Market - Nabadisha Children living on street Direct beneficiaries coming to the center and getting educational,nutritional and other supports 49 children
Residential Hostel cum school placement Children living on street were in formal school but needy, homeless and at risk They are residing, studying there & their expenses are taken care by the organisation 49 children
TOTAL 253

Indirect beneficiaries

Unit How Number
Nabadisha - Gariahat Police project Beneficiaries siblings and parents whose children are in centers and receiving health support, educational support, nutritional support,attending awareness programs etc. 300
Nabadisha - Topsia Police project Beneficiaries siblings and parents whose children are in centers and receiving health support, educational support, nutritional support, attending awareness programs etc. 250
Nabadisha - Tollygunge Beneficiaries siblings and parents whose children are in centers and receiving health support, educational support, nutritional support, attending awareness programs etc. 300
New Market Nabadisha Beneficiaries siblings and parents whose children are in centers and receiving health support, educational support, nutritional support, attending awareness programs etc. 300
TOTAL 1150

Activities

  • 55 children new admissions are taken in the Nabadisha center throughout the year for 55 children, based on the need of the children. The children are either identified by the community people, by the teachers/social workers, or sometimes referred by the Police of the respective police station.
  • 238 children had appeared for the final examination in school, of which 117 (50%) children had passed the annual examination successfully. The centre-wise distribution of children appearing for the final examination in school depends on the number of children in the formal school. It shows, that of the 238 children, 34% (81) of them are from Topshia Nabadisha, followed by 30 % each in Gariahat Nabadisha (72) and Tollygunge Nabadisha (70) and only 6% from New Market Nabadisha (15).
  • 117 children who have successfully passed their annual examination at school, have been given grades in their final examination at school. The grade wise distribution of the remaining children shows that 3% of them are in Grade A (80-100 percent), 7% in Grade B (65-79 percent), 14% of them are in Grade C (50-64 percent), 25% of them are in Grade D (35-49 percent) and 29% of them are in Grade E (below 35 percent).
  • 12 Interaction meeting with parents who live on the street, is done through the parents meeting and the average attendance of the parents in each of the meeting is 53. 1175 regular visit to place where the children stay on the street had been done by the teachers and the social workers of the Nabadisha centers.
  • 36 children had been placed in the formal school throughout the year.
  • Networking and advocacy visits form an integral part of the project. Regular networking is done with the Formal school, to get an update of the children's attendance in the school and his academic development in school. Networking is also done with the concerned police station to inform them updated about the on-going activities of the project and to seeking their assistance in the smooth running of the project. Networking is done with other important stakeholder of the project like local councilor MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) etc. Throughout the year, there had been 127 net working and advocacy visit. Of these visits 58% (74) of the visits are to the Formal school followed by 35% (47) visit to the concerned police station, while 2% (2) of the visit had been to the councilor/MLAs and 5% (6) of the visits are to other NGOs.
  • The outreach activities include awareness camp, stakeholder activities, and the cultural programme. Awareness Camps are organised on different social issues to sensitize the community people on the same issues. In the last financial year, 14 awareness camp has been organized and 411 community people were covered through these camps. The issues covered in the awareness camps include child marriage, ill-effects of drug addiction, begging, importance of education, RTI/STI for the mothers of the children. 1 stakeholder meetings had been organised in the last year, in each of the centers, and 69 stakeholders participated in the meeting. In the last financial year 2011-12, 12 cultural competition programme had been organised and 178 children participated in such programme.
  • The children are provided with clothes ,nutritional meals and educational materials like exercise copy, pen, pencil, etc. This is a motivation for the child to continue with the studies.
  • Health Check up camps are organised every month for the children of the Nabadish Centres. The health check up camps are organised in collaboration with the Matri Sangha and Lions Club- 2 local NGOs providing Health services for the underprivileged population of Kolkata. Doctors from Lions Club visit the Topshia and New Market Police station and provide Health support to the children of these 2 centers. While the children of the Gariahat and Tollygunge centre visit the clinic run by Matri Sangha NGO to get the Health support. Throughout the year, 417 children had been provided with health support through the health check up camps, out of which 31 children had been provided with emergency treatment/support.
  • Counseling Support is very important for these children as they are exposed to a different type of environment from very young age. Both individual as well as group counseling had been provided to these children. Through out the year only 3 individual counseling sessions had been done and 206 group sessions had been done covering 151 (1818/12) children every month on an average.

Achievements:

Educational achievement:

Success in Boards Examination: Madhyamik is a centralized examination conducted by the West Bengal Board of th Secondary Education (WBBSE) at the end of 10 standard of school. Over 10 lakh students from all over West Bengal appeared for this examination in the year 2011, scheduled in the month of February. This is one of the most important and the first Board Examination for a student. A Madhyamik candidate have to appear for seven papers - that is First language, Second Language, Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Science, History and Geography. Each of the subjects has got 100 mark papers except the First Language that has 200 marks. Thus the full marks come to 800 Children of nabadisha center also appeared for the Higher secondary examination. The higher secondary examination is conducted by West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE). The higher secondary education serves as a step towards higher education for young learners in the age group of 16-18 years. It determines the course of a student’s interest in higher studies. In Higher Secondary examination a student have to choose form three stream-arts, science and commerce and a student have to appear for two language papers, three compulsory elective papers, one option elective paper and one compulsory paper of environmental science. The full marks for this examination come to 600. Rahul Biswas from Tollygunge Nabadisha successfully passed the Higher Secondary Examination with 60% marks in commerce stream, with accountancy, business management and economics as compulsory elective subject. The success of the two children in the Boards examination is truly appreciating and shows the contribution of the teachers/social workers in their success. Kolkata police arranged a prize distribution ceremony for Madhyamik and H.S passed students at Bidya Mandir School on 11/06/11. The prizes were distributed by Smt. Sabitri Mitra, Director of Social Welfare. The students from Tollygunge center named Amit and Rahul were awarded with `500 and a book (Gitanjali) by the great poet Rabindranath Tagore, to boost up the children so that in the near future they do a lot better and have a bright future.

Scholarship for Education: Md. Asif and Md. Arif, from Park Circus Boy's High School, students of Class-VI were awarded scholarship of `1000/- for best students so that they get more motivated and have interest in their studies which would help them to build their life in more beautiful way. Both of them are from Topshia Nabadisha.

Children placed in Vocational Training: Jyoti Choudhury and Barna Sardar from Gariahat Nabadisha Center were placed in Vocational Training at Life Skills Building. Jyoti was placed in restaurant services for culinary skills and Barna was placed in cooking Indian and Chines food . Pooja Kumari from the Topsia center was placed in the vocational unit under tailoring at Park Vocational Training Center.

Creating a strong foundation of English:

rd Children find it difficult to learn English as it is 3 language in school, so less focused. Liam O Connor, an Irish teacher, has started the Mac Millan English programme with the teachers from Level 1. The Macmillan English Programme is specially designed for second language learners of English. The Macmillan English have 6 levels, each of which is delivered through eighteen units. Each Unit has six lessons. The English classes by Liam are being helpful to the teachers as well as the student in developing a strong foundation of English. According to Liam children have showing good development. After the completion of each of the units, the teacher started the units with the children. In this process not only the children, but also the teachers got the opportunity to develop their grip over the English Language. Each of the units has exercise which is much more activity oriented and the class is very much enjoyed by the children. After each of the units was covered the teachers as well as the children were assessed and ranked. This assessment kept the teachers motivated to improve their ranks.

Computer Training for children:

A computer training programme was organized by Kolkata Police for the children of Nabadisha for 20 days Amit Biswas and Rahul Biswas participated in this program and tried to develop their skills in this category and also motivated by the appreciation to participate in the program.

Culture:

st Rabindra Jayanti: Under Nabadisha project, each and every centre celebrated 151 Birthday of Rabindranath Tagore. All the four centers performed some individual cultural event. Active participation of students and teachers made the event success full.

17children from Nabadisha centers th performed in our 64 Independence Day. The spirit of loving their motherland is highlighted and children got an exposure to know country's glorious past and the saga of achieving Independence.

Celebration of children's Day:

The children th celebrated children's Day at Tollygunge Nabadisha on 14 November. A puppet show & talking doll show was organized in the morning and film show in the evening for entire Nabadisha children. Food packets also distributed. Children enjoyed the day very much.

 

Success of Rahul Biswas : Rahul and his sister both are living with their parents at Tollygunge slum near railway station, though their parent earn some money but that was insufficient to maintain the entire expenses of the family so Rahul started to distribute news paper in the morning to bring a change in his daily life and earnings to his family . His father is a plumber and mother is a domestic help. Due to poor economical condition the family under goes with a dreadful situation. This atrocious situation never felt him discouraged; he is a student of Kalighat High School and he secured 52% marks in higher secondary examination. After successful completion of higher secondary he got admission in Bachelor of Commerce at Prafulla Chandra College under Calcutta University. The Minister of Social Welfare awarded him with a famous book called Gitajanli and an amount of Rs 500/-

Success of Amit Biswas : Amit and his brother both are living with their parents at Tollygunge slum near railway station, though their parents earn meager amount of money but that is insufficient to maintain entire expenses of the family. Amit started to distribute newspaper in the morning from his child hood to bring a change in his daily life even. Amit's father gets more pleasure to take daru(local wine) and makes nonsenses instead of helping the family. Amit's mother is a maid servant. Entire family depends on her income. Due to poor economical condition the family under goes with a dreadful situation. In this difficult circumstance he was a regular student in Tollygunge centre. This year Amit successfully completed his secondary education from Deshapran Brirendranath Institution with 60% marks. He is continuing his education, after Madhyamik (state level) examination he got an admission in same institute with Commerce. The Minister of Social Welfare and Kolkata Police awarded him with a famous book called Gitanjali, written by Rabindranath Tagore and an amount of Rs 500/-.

 

 Success Stories

Md. Arman, aged 12 years and Bishnu Dey, aged 11 years are two students of New Market Nabadisha Center. Those two poor children having family problem, they were taking drugs regularly due to depression, The Nabadisha teachers intervened and the counsellor did counselled them for rehabilitation. With the concern of their parents, the Nabadisha teachers admitted that two children at MUKTI rehabilitation centre. After a prolong treatment they were recovered and were feeling better. In April '2011 they have been shifted to Punorjiban a rehabilitation home for addicted children , for the two children better future. They are now continuing education in formal school.

 

Success Story