Urban Deprived Children (UDC)
Our organization has been implementing Urban Deprived Children (UDC) programme at Medahally, Bangalore and supporting 50 children who are addicted to drugs and on the street and off street.
About the target children
The children relentlessly scavenge rags, beg on the streets of city and live day after day on leftovers, even as others their age enjoy years of schooling. Either orphaned or abandoned by their parents. With no access to bare necessities of food, shelter or even clothing, education to these children has been a distant dream. The children of rag pickers, beggars, slum dwellers and sex workers among others, they have been ‘invisible’ for years.
In an effort to make primary education accessible to these ‘urban deprived children’, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Karnataka has sanctioned a project to our organization.
These children would be trained for 10 months in the centre, till they acquire the minimum competence to be enrolled mainstreamed into government schools
- Identifying children in difficult situation
- Providing access to education to the target children
- Providing food, shelter, medical care
- Providing counseling
8 staff such as Project Coordinator, Field Staff, Warden, Councillor, 2 Education Volunteer and Cook
Identification of children
The field staff is identifying the target children in the operational areas and contacts them on one-to-one basis and talks to them and understands their situations and motivates them to come to our centre. In the centre, Counsellor counsels them and helps to avail benefits in the centre.
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
We have 50 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.