With an experience of more than a decade of working with SCW, we have developed a unique three pronged strategy- direct action with children, sensitization of stakeholders and advocacy, to realize our objectives and bring a sustainable change in the life of Street and Working Children.
Direct Action with Children
Direct action with children is an innovative and uniquely approached child-centered strategy benefitting the children directly. Children participate directly in all the activities under this strategy. These activities include:
- Alternative Education: Education is an important tool for the successful transition of SWC from victimization to empowerment, but unfortunately SWC have little or no access to education facilities. With a well-planned effort and indigenously developed curriculum consisting of Srijan- A handbook for street educators, concept of worksheets, flashcards, etc. we try to educate these children to a basic level, instill an interest for education among these first generation learners and finally integrate them with formal schools.
- Recreation: SHRS has conceived and put into practice a series of good activities for the recreation of Street and Working Children, which include indoor/outdoor games and sports, art classes, sports competitions, fun-trips to interesting and educational places, etc.
Workshops: Two types of workshops are conducted at SHRS:
Life-skill workshop– Devised to teach children negotiation skills, how to keep away from substance abuse and other bad habits and hone children’s skills pertaining to the needs of their every-day life. Leadership workshop- It is a residential workshop organized to enhance their leadership skills and decision making ability, which are very vital for their life-long learning.
- Badhte Kadam: Badhte Kadam is a unique federation of Street and Working Children. They meet once in a month to discuss their issues. In the federation, children themselves set the agenda and conduct the meeting. It benefits children in multiple ways: It empowers them, lifts their self-esteem and most importantly grooms their leadership skills.
- Support Groups: Support groups are the contact-point level units of Badhte Kadam. They meet once in a month. SWC, themselves set agenda and conduct the proceedings of the meeting.
- Reunion with Families: A lot of children run away from home and make railway stations and streets their home. For their repatriation and rehabilitation, as per the guidelines of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, efforts are made to re- unite them with their families or adjust them in government approved shelter homes.
- Rescuing of Working Children: Exploitative practice of child labor is still a reality in our society. SHRS puts sincere efforts to rescue children from their exploitative labor relations.
- Birth Registration: Birth certificate being the first document giving child an identity is vital for his/her access to opportunities. SHRS organizes Universal Birth Registration (UBR) camps to aware parents about the importance of birth registration certificate and informs them about the procedure of obtaining it. A large number of SWCs are reported to have benefited from this.
- Health Camps: Organizing health camps is an attempt to create awareness among the children about health and hygiene and meet their health needs. Different types of camps are organized for different needs of children.
- Drug Therapy & Counselling: SHRS has designed a unique concept of taking children out from substance abuse by non- medicinal approach. Children are engaged in recreation, art and craft, dance, etc. to keep them away from the intake of substances.
- Vocational Training: : Vocational training is offered to give older minors a perspective of self-sufficiency.