Children Homes - Our Empowerment and Support Programme

Jeevodaya’s rehabilitation programme that provided shelter to rescued Boys and Girls from the Railway Stations, were they are given formal education in various disciplines including non-formal bridge courses to help them reintegrate into the mainstream education system. They are also provided with life skill education and other livelihood skills that may help them to earn an independent living in the near future.

The support programme for Boy SPARC and for Girls CHIRAG, are explained hereunder:-

Sparc - Centre for Boys

The programme is running since the inception of Jeevodaya in 2001, is an acronym of ‘Society for Protection and Advocacy of Railway Children’. At present the programme provides shelter and education support to 39 boys. These children according to their eligibility and interests are provided with formal school education and are empowered with vocational training. Children are also provided with bridge and remedial courses to reintegrate them back to mainstream education system. Along with facilities like food, drinking water, clothes; the children are also given proper psycho-social counseling and are encouraged to handle their everyday chores themselves under the proper guidance of the house mother and the social worker. Electronically equipped the children are also taught in computers, and a spacious ground for extracurricular activities and sports are some of the facilities that the programme promises.

Chirag - Centre for Girls

In July 2006 a 10 year old girl Poonam(name changed) was being sexually abused by a 25 year old man at the platform who kept her forcefully with him. He gave her drugs through food and kept her unconscious to keep her defenseless and continued raping her with his friends. We tried to rescue her by sending her to one of the government run bridge course center,  but after 5 days we received the news that she was missing again. This incidence made us realize the urgency of building a house dedicated completely for the girls were such vulnerable and abused girls could be intercepted earliest possible and brought under an holistic umbrella. 

Thus, witnessing the growing need for a similar programme like SPARC dedicated to young and adolescent girls below 18 years of age, the Chirag programme of Jeevodaya started in the year 2007. With the main focus that no girl child may ever find herself defenseless and unprotected Chirag not only provides shelter to these rescued girls but also try to reintegrate them back into their families after thorough counseling of the parents and girl so that a similar hostile situation may never occur again.


Holistic Activities in SPARC and CHIRAG

Activity

Detail

Birthday & festivals Celebration



 

Jeevodaya ensures a homely atmosphere to a child where he/she may experience the same security and safety as of home and their childhood could blossom in a fearless and encouraging environment. Birthdays and all the religious and national festivals e.g. Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas, Dussehra, RakshaBandhan, Janmasthmi, Independence day , Republic day etc are celebrated equally.Jeevodaya Believes in mutual respect, acceptance and recognition of all faiths which it teaches through the audio-visual sessions explainingdifferent festivals.

Education

  1. Prayer and Evaluation


  2. Yoga and P.T


  3. G.K and Quiz Competition


  4. Exposure and Excursions


  5. Art and Craft

 

Children are given proper formal education and are aided with informal remedial and bridge courses to help them mainstream to age equivalent class.

Daily 1 hour meditation and evaluation session helps these children recompose their mental calm and help them conduct their daily activities with much calm and concentration.

Yoga and P.T has helped children not only in being healthy, but also brought in them a state of self-awareness, who have become curious over the life’s process and try to find answers beyond religious and social notions or taboos that clutter one’s mind. Jeevodaya takes special care of the growing up process in witnessing their questions in a scientific, eclectic manner.

Internal general knowledge quiz competitions are held to bring a positive competitive spirit among children which also help them learn about history, culture, geography, science etc.

Exposure visits are arranged for children in industries, forests, national parks and sanctuaries helping them to learn the professional environment and skills required to become sustainable in one’s life, including induction to understand the close relationship of human and nature.

1 hour weekly session is organized where children are taught and they themselves come up with creative ideas to make Caps, Paper Flowers, Animals and Greeting cards.

Health & Hygiene

Sprouts and jaggery are being provided to children daily. Monthly height and weight and quarterly BMI (Body Mass Index) is being recorded of all children to monitor their growth. Jeevodaya takes special care in providing vaccinations to all the children i.e. Hepatitis-B, MMR, Typhoid, Tetanus toxoid etc. Quarterly HB test, general check-up and yearly Eye, Dental and ENT check-up is being conducted. On weekly basis iron tablets are given to children for maintaining hemoglobin.

Need based toiletries are provided to all children. Medicare and Perlice treatment has being continued in order to reduce lice. Health and hygieneis especially taken care off like nail cutting, hand washing, brushing their teeth in the morning and at night are continued in both the homes.

Sports

Sports enhances physical and mental development of children. Daily two hours they play cricket, football, volleyball, softball, badminton etc. and learn karate. This year  boys and   girls participated at state level competition in softball.

Co-Curricular Activities

For the holistic development of the child, there is a need of emotional, physical, spiritual, social and moral development that is complemented and supplemented by Co-curricular Activities.  To meet the purpose Jeevodayaorganizes activities on weekly basis e.g. computer classes, library, career guidance, drawing, dance, music, tailoring, cooking, gardening, moral education, prayer, yoga, exposure visit, Life skill education etc. 

Psycho-Social Counseling

The students are given thorough counseling which have helped them to find their inner childhood back that was lost because of the hostile, high risk environment that they have went through. Counseling of the children along with their parents have helped Jeevodaya in reintegrating them back with their families and retaining a child’s faith on humanity.



Case Story: SPARC and CHIRAG

 
 

Coming together
Irrespective of the age of a child or an adult for each one of us becoming independent and emotionally able requires a surrounding that may always answers to our curiosities being non-judgmental and giving. But circumstances had a different plan for little Amol. Amol was born in the small township of Chindwara in Madhya Pradesh. Less does he remember of his childhood, but his reminiscence tells us that poverty ended up in displacing their family forever. After their mother left them the ensuing hostility in life and growing alcohol addiction of his father brought them to Amarawati, were his father started to work with a local craftsmen, welding iron to make a living. As if the circumstances were yet not forgiving his father got caught up in a fight, which forced KisanLal flee with Amol, leaving 2 year old Sunil behind.

Amol shares how his father had beaten him on that unfortunate day dragging him into the Train as they escaped from Amarawati, only to deboard up at Itarsi were they took refuge at the Railway Malgodam. In the ensuing days his father would work as a rag picker, forcing Amol to work with him, when one day Jeevodaya outreach team intercepted him at the railway platform and brought him to the Drop-in-centre. Witnessing his interest in studying he was asked if he would want to learn more. With the encouragement from Sr. Clara he was brought to the Jeevodaya Boys Home. With counseling and assurance from Sr. Clara founder and Director of Jeevodaya, KisanLal left Amol under the patronage of Jeevodaya Boys Home. Amol never forgot his younger brother during his growing up process. After a period of 12 years one morning he suddenly woke up with a recollected memory and shared the same with the Social worker at the SPARC and Sr. Clara telling her not only the place from where they ran away but, also the major landmarks through which Sunil could be traced down. 

With the description that Amol gave of the whereabouts of his brother, Jeevodaya senior outreach worker Philip took Amol to Amaravati were after a search of 3 days Anmol was found. The family with which Sunil was living resisted vehemently following which the Jeevodaya team, deeply intrigued and doubtful made a second attempt to meet and access the situation of Sunil when it was found that he was kept in poor conditions and it was decided Sunil has to be rescued out. Noticing the complexity of the events Sr. Clara discussed the case with Mr. Vishnu from Angan Trust who briefed in detail the legalities that surrounds the case and the key government functionaries that can play an important role in rescuing Sunil. It was during this meeting when it came into light that Amol can claim guardianship of his younger brother after he turns 18(adult), which was only a months away.   During the same period of 2013, Railway Children conducted a knowledge sharing workshop were the case was discussed with the Railway Children Programme officer JojuWarghese, and Jyoti, Programme Coordinator from Rescue Cell for Juvenile Justice (RC JJ) and a road map to rescue Anmol was prepared. In collaboration with the RC JJ and CWC team of Amaravati, the quest to rescue Sunil began.

The family with whom Anmol was, not only cancelled every possibility through which he could be intercepted, but also brain washed Sunil, including threatening him if he tries to meet Amol. To break this barrier Jeevodaya ‘s rescue partner RCJJ team of Amarawati intervened with support from the Local Police and the CWC team and finally Amolmet his brother. To facilitate the process RC JJ team advised Jeevodaya if Amol can submit a written letter to CWC, Amarawati informing them the situation in detail and claiming Sunil’s guardianship which Amol submitted promptly. On the fateful day of June 16th Jeevodaya along with Amol was asked to appear before the CWC. The family presented the papers issued by the Gram Panchayat to prove their legal rights over Sunil, claiming adoption which was promptly dismissed by the CWC. After continuous advocacy of Jeevodaya, efforts of RC JJ and Amol, Anmol was finally rescued from the dark wells of bonded labor on June 16th, 2016 after Amol took responsibility of Sunil as his legal guardian, and Jeevodaya ensured continuous education support in front of the CWC until Amol is independently earning on his own to support Sunil.

“On rescue, Anmol had only one pair of clothes which he was wearing; he had never received any formal education. While leaving, no one from the employer family came to see him off, while Sunil was crying bitterly leaving the place where he had spent his 12 years of childhood.”

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