POVERTY IN INDIA
One third of India’s people live in extreme poverty, going hungry for days at a time, getting sick from preventable diseases, and struggling to find clean water. With so many challenges, millions of children in India cannot attend school and long enough to graduate.
Children trapped in poverty are forced to drop out and find ways to survive, working 12-hour a day or marrying men who are decades older. And when they have children? The devastating cycle continues.
The Creche is very essential for physical, mental and intellectual development and socialization of pre-school children whose mothers remain busy with different activities for hand-to-mouth existence. It is a home outside the homes of tiny tots.
BaniMandir is running 04 (four) Creche units under Rajib Gandhi National Creche Foundation, supported by Indian Council for Child Welfare (I.C.C.W). Recently, due to change in policy by the Govt. of India, the functioning of Creche under NGO is on the horns of dilemma. Still, Bani Mandir continuing its creche units in 04 villages, namely, Khordanahala (inBaniMandir main campus), Kultukari, Akhrapunjee and KhordanahalaPurba Para.
|Unit||Village||No. of Children|
|Unit -I||Khordanahala (Bani Mandir Campus)||13||12||25|
|Unit -IV||Khordanahala Purba Para||09||16||25|
Each creche unit remains open from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. In each unit, there are two female workers. Apart from their day-to-day work at creche, they keep close contact with the beneficiary families through home visit and interpersonal communication with the parents of the beneficiary children.
At a regular interval, they organize the Mother’s Meeting that accords due importance to parental education and awareness generation programme. The workers give importance on counseling with the parents for responsible parenthood and proper child up-keep.
The Child Sponsorship Programme (CSP) accords importance to development of child in a congenial environment. The programme is financially supportedby SAHAY, Kolkata.
The programme is considered as a multi-dimensional approach covering :–
- Child Survival, Protection and Development
- Gender Equality
- Promotional Living Environment
- Capacity Building & Leadership Development
The CSP affords equal opportunities to both boys and girls from childhood to youth to build their career on a sound base and to move forward.
In CSP, the girls got priority. They covered around two-third of the total beneficiaries.
The programmes that benefitted both children and youth in the year under review are furnished as under.
Every year, the sponsored children, youth and their families receive the gifts from the sponsors. During the reporting year, the gifts so received, are shown in the following table below :-
|Sl. No.||Gift Items||No. of Youths & Children||Families|
|10||Study Table (Folding)||383||721||1105||–|
|12||Private Tution Fees||06||05||11||–|