Case of Sudha: Sudha is 6 years old. Her mother works as waste picker. Sudha used to wake up at 4 in the morning and go to collect waste on the dumping ground with her mother and her 4 year old brother Samadhan. She is very enthusiastic girl and eager to learn. She is regular student at our learning center of Tambapura. This year we took initiative and enrolled her and her brother at a school located near her house. Now Sudha and her younger brother have quit waste picking and goes to school regularly. One other important change (for which we do not take any credit) is her father who used to do nothing except getting drunk every night and beat Sudha, Samadhan and his wife; is now working and earning money for his family.
Case of Nidhi: Nidhi’s father works as sanitary worker. She studies in 6th standard now. Being a 3rd child of her parents, she feels that she did not receive same love and care from her parents like her sister and brother. For the same reason she seeks attention from us and if we don’t do so she gets very angry. She was in 4th standard when she joined our center. Her scholastic levels were as equal as out-of-school child. She was on the verge of leaving school. It took some time for us to understand her emotions. Through good efforts she can now read and write like a master. It not only gave her confidence but helped to reduce her inferiority complex. She is also doing well in at schools.
Sudha and Nidhi are among those 75 children whose life changed after they started coming to 'Anandghar
(Home of Happiness)'.What is Anandghar?
Anandghar is an Initiative of 'Vardhishnu - Social Research & Development Society', not-for-profit organisation working to enrich educational status of out-of-school children specially child waste pickers and child labors.
The idea is to provide basic formal & informal education and skills to child waste pickers as well as out-of-school children and make them capable of joining main stream schools to cope with the learning process in the school. It is achieved through Informal Learning Centers which acts as a bridge between the children who had never went to school or those who dropped out of schools and the main stream schools. Activities and programmes are designed carefully to make the expected impact.
Since last more than 3 years more than 100 children went through the process and got enrolled in the main stream schools. Currently we are running 3 community learning centers as a part of our 'Anandghar'
initiative in different parts of Jalgaon. Around 125 children are attending these centers regularly. Vardhishnu has enrolled majority of them in the schools and taking care of their financial needs regarding education at schools.
At the same time we are also working very closely with different schools and like-minded people from Jalgaon district to create an eco-system to make sure that every single child is getting enrolled into the schools and receiving quality education.
We spend Rs. 7000 per child every years. The cost includes money spend on her/his school fees, uniforms, notebooks, story books, medical checkups, exposure visits, games and snacks provided at Anandghar as well as honorarium of teachers teaching at these centers.
The children and parents with whom we work are unable to contribute financially. Therefore we have relied on generous contributions and donations from socially aware people.
HELP US TO RE-DESIGN DESTINY OF THE CHILDREN'S' LIKE SUDHA AND NIDHI.....HELP US TO REACH TO THEM AND TAKE THEM TO THE SCHOOLS...