OPEN SHELTER PROGRAMME for Street children in Bangalore
It is estimated that around 170 million or 40 per cent of India‘s children are vulnerable to or experiencing difficult circumstances.The neglect of child protection issues results in outright violation of the rights of the children and increases their vulnerability to abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Vidyaranya a street children ngo in bangalore has been executing open shelter Program for Street kids in Bangalore, Medahally,K.R.Puram,Bangalore East. Vidyaranya Bangalore center is consisting of 25 children.We are collaborating with Ministry of Women and Child Development,New Delhi under ICPS scheme.
The open shelter program caters its services to all children in need of care and protection particularly beggars, street and working children,rag pickers,small vendors,street performers, orphaned, deserted, trafficked and run-away children, children of migrant population and other vulnerable group of children.
It is not meant to provide permanent residential facilities for children but will complement the existing institutional care facilities.
- To attract above-mentioned target group of children from their present vulnerable life situation to a safe environment;
- To wean these children away from the vulnerable situations by sustained interventions;
- To guide these children away from high risk and socially deviant behaviours;
- To provide opportunities for education and develop their potential and talent;
- To enhance life-skills and reduce their vulnerabilities to exploitation;
- To reintegrate these children into families, alternative care and community;
- To carryout out regular follow up to ensure that children do not return to vulnerable situations.
Programs and activities
- Identifying all children in need of care and protection particularly beggars, street and working children, rag pickers, small vendors, street performers, orphaned, deserted, trafficked and run-away children, children of migrant population and any other vulnerable group of children
- Using of innovative child friendly approaches in the open shelter
- Establishment of contact centers on railway platforms, crowded market areas, bus stands, etc
- Establishment of the 24-hour Open Shelter
- Using techniques like music, drama, story telling, outings and other child friendly methodologies to attract and sustain the interest of the children
- Introducing age-appropriate education, access to vocational training, recreation, bridge education, linkages to the National Open School Programme (NOSP), health care, counseling, etc
- Providing useful vocational training to children tie up with other NGOs and ITIs to provide vocational training facilities and also provide such facilities within the Open Shelter
- Catering individual specific needs like substance abuse, behavioral problems and socially deviant behaviours among others
- Encouraging involvement of social workers, community volunteers, peer educators, students and others to provide opportunity to people with skills and time to mentor, guide and improve the quality of life of these children
- Providing life skills to children leading to personality enhancement, raising self esteem, developing a positive approach to life, improving communication skills, ability to deal with trauma, reducing risk and vulnerabilities, etc
- Providing temporary stay facilities for children; and children requiring long term care are referred to the nearest Shelter/Children‘s home
- Functioning as 24- hour Crisis Management Centres to receive and provide necessary assistance to children
- Separate Open Shelter for boys and girls
- Providing accessibility to children round the clock
- Providing accessibility to children of all age groups up to 18 years of age
- Providing quality toilets, lockers for children to keep their belongings, washing facilities, recreational facilities both indoor and outdoor, etc
- Providing health care facilities and refer children for specialized services for prevention of drug and substance abuse, HIV/AIDS/STIs and other chronic health disorders
- Maintaining standards of care and children are encouraged to participate in the activities of Open Shelter
- Preparing Individual Care Plan for each child
One Project coordinator -cum- counselor, one social Worker, to Care Givers cum Bridge Course Educators, Three Outreach Workers and One Helper for cleaning and cooking purpose are working in this project.
We have 25 children in need of care and protection who are beggars, street and working, rag pickers, small vendors, street performers, orphaned, deserted, trafficked and run-away from home, children of migrant population and other vulnerable group of children.
Location : Medahally, K.R.Puram and Yelahanka New Town