After the India-wide lockdown, Darakht Chhanv Foundation (दरख़्त छाँव फ़ाउंडेशन) launched the “SUPERSTARS” project this year January 2021.
“SUPERSTARS” is the education program of Darakht Chhanv Foundation, an NGO for education that is committed to providing basic education and healthcare to underprivileged children. An NGO for poor child education believes that whether you are addressing healthcare, poverty, population control, unemployment, or human rights, there’s no better a place to start than in the corridors of education.
In this project we are supporting vulnerable and unprivileged children education, We are Providing educational support with some girls and boys tutor in the community, we are arranging the safe classroom set up at the community school only, where children will get a safe place and they will get active themselves, we are going to provide educational materials, classroom uniforms, shoes/socks, woolen, food and etc Every child should be in a community classroom, in which they will get a good education in this lockdown period.
We do not want to make anybody habitual for free things, where the people do not care about, so we will provide all the good facilities in the school where children will get everything like proper meals, books, benches, table, games, water, sanitary pads for girls and etc, with a better education. School is one of the safe and active places for children where children get to know about good and bad. So we will make a better school for children with each other’s support.
“In the year 2021, we are selecting 10 government schools in vulnerable communities, rural and slum areas at Bharatpur. Where we will try our best to build a better facilitate and safe school for children, everybody is waiting for the government support from long but things are same so we decided that we will do whatever we can do together, we will go to the government but we will not depend for long so first; we are going to launch our “SuperStars” project in a Banjara community named Chak Ramnagar Bharatpur. Where we are going to make our first safe classrooms set up for 174 children in the school. Then we will spread our classrooms accordingly in different schools and communities”
We launched our first project in “The Chak Ramnagar A village located in Bharatpur Tehsil, the population in 2019/2020 is between 800/850 and the total number of households residing are almost 127 and they all belong to the Banjara community (The Banjaras in India are largely marginalized from mainstream society. Historically reputed as nomadic traders, many now work as laborers and are searching for ways for their children to have a brighter future) The village literacy rate is approx 39.9% and the Female Literacy rate is approx 11.2%., there is a primary government school (1st to 8th class) and an Aanganwaadi center (Courtyard) as a playschool for 3 to 5 years children.
There are 174 children in this government school of which 97 are girls and 77 are boys, there is a lot of space in this school. But that place is of no use to the children. Nor does the school have a playground, no water facilities, no seating, no adequate resources to cook, the school has 2 computers but they are only for show. There is no teacher of computers nor are computers working. In more than half of the school, very old grass is being chaffed, in which dangerous snakes come out.
There is a tap that is closed. The condition of the bathroom is in a very junk state. Children can get diseases from there. 100 grams of rice and wheat are given by the government in the name of nutrition. Which are completely rotating, Children’s childhood is being weighed in these 100 grams of rice and rotting wheat. From the school land, a place for a water plant was donated so that the children would get water. The school children will drink the pure water of the filter, but the plant was installed there but it was locked and there was no water in the plant.
There is no water system in the school. All the teachers bring water from their home and children have to run again and again for water. Too much messing up in the name of children’s toilets is neither gate, nor sanitation, nor water; it is like going through a lot of hardship for girls to study in school here. The government’s menstrual awareness in a campaign, only 1 sanitary pad is given to a girl by the government in a month; it is also of very poor quality. And no one knows about the arrival of those pads. No pads have come to school for 6 months. Even today, these girls are battling since their childhood days. They have no awareness about menstruation, nor any idea of cleanliness. After all, what do these girls do in menstruation, they are completely separated, neither are they allowed to enter the kitchen, nor are they allowed to sleep on the bed, nor are they allowed to touch the water pitcher, nor are they allowed to go to the temple. Girls do not understand their menstruation nor do they explain them. There is no awareness about menstruation in school, no one talks to them about this at home, and girls feel very messy these days. There are 50 girls in the school who have menstruation but they do not have any awareness nor talk about menstruation.
In this village, most of the child sent to child labor because of poverty and lack of awareness Most of the children do the work of applying mehndi ( Henna) on the hands. And their parents send them away from home/village to work in cities like Mumbai Delhi and Pune. Most of the people in the village are addicted to raw liquor and eat meat. All those who earn a little and spend it on their debauchery, that’s why the children’s childhood is being lost and no one is paying attention to them. Women neither go out of the house nor do they have so much awareness of what they have to do for the future of the child.
Now our organization is running a complete awareness program in this village and school. Whether it is children’s education, children’s food, cleanliness, menstrual awareness for girls, emphasis on girls’
education, the ban on child marriage and child labor, awareness of women in the community and discussion on their rights, government schemes, all the Complete information and how to get them, etc. we are trying our best for this school /community and many more to come.
During this tough time, we are in need of some funds for making our work in progress; we are in need of some financial support to bring the work of our organization in continuity. In which, we will try to take forward the institution keeping in view the priority of work and community support.
The original face is not lost by going on a certain way. It is lost by children being forced, forced against their will.
We think that, Love and respect can sweetly help them to be more understanding about the world, can help them to be more alert, aware, and careful – because life is precious, and it is a gift from existence.
We should not waste it.
EVERY CHILD’S ORIGINAL FACE IS THE FACE OF GOD
“Our organization is newly set up so we are in need of, Office furniture, Stationary, printer, laptop, Internet supply, salary for field visitors data officers, Training conduct fund for child education, stop Child labor, child marriage, child trafficking, child sexual abuse sessions in communities. Vocational program training for women empowerment”
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We always welcome the innovative way of donation.
You will touch the hearts of many through your kind contribution. Your valuable contribution will reflect our work more effectively and fruitfully for the needy ones, we will be so thankful for your love and support. We wish you the best of luck and your loved ones.
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The Darakht Chhanv Foundation emphasized the facilities of school children. And due to this, our organization provided a motor pump for the connection of water in school, distributed masks for children, bottles of sanitizers, and stand for sanitizers where without touching the bottle, children got sanitize themselves. For which the Headmaster of the school expressed, much gratitude and also wished the organization to move forward.
The Darakht Chhanv Foundation strives to raise facilities for the education and safety of children in the government school of this Banjara community. In which your cooperation will be important.
we are Providing basic needs for healthcare and nutrition: like dry rations (e.g. food such as rice, wheat, lentils, etc.), medical support (e.g. medicines, doctor consultation, etc.) to all the children and family members. In this scenario, educating the young girls with the basics of menstruation is imperative to instill confidence and empower them with knowledge, so they can comprehend the overall process of the menstrual cycle better. With your contribution, we will provide – Sanitary pad supply, 2 new undergarments, an emergency period kit, Soap bar & Disposal bags for unprivileged girls/women.
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Livelihood, the program identifies adolescent girls and women from the community and develops them into Change Agents, who in turn actively contribute to the community mobilization process. women and adolescent girls are being trained to be “change agents” to further serve as Community Health Educators, Health Volunteers, and Peer Educators in their communities
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The world today is facing an unprecedented challenge in the form of COVID 19. Economies have fallen, mighty nations have surrendered and life as man knows it has been reduced to the confines of their homes. And while the world is battling the virus, here in our country we have another war also to win. Thousands of migrant workers and daily wagers have been left jobless in the wake of the current state of lockdown which has affected children and women the most. And while most of us are worrying about our kids’ education, our job, our future, our businesses and its prospects and how to handle time at home in isolation or simply getting bored at home. The less privileged ones have only one worry.
Where will their next meal come from?
Will their kids sleep on an empty stomach again?
Will their family survive another day of starvation?
And if hunger doesn’t get them, disease surely will. They stay in makeshift homes that open into each other. Social Distancing is an alien concept and almost impossible to follow, even if they tried. Their living conditions are deplorable as the most basic hygiene and sanitation facilities haven’t reached them yet.
India it is time now to do what you do best. It is time to your SHARE!
It is time to spread the love, extend support and help & put the needs of others before our luxuries. It is time to do our best and make sure no one sleeps hungry in the times of COVID 19.
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Liquid Hand wash , Dettol or Disinfectant Soap, Masks, Sanitary Napkins, Biscuits (for children)
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As the phased reopening of schools starts,
WILL THESE CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL?
Forced to stay indoors with schools being shut down, children became one of the worst sufferers of the pandemic. While many children shifted to digital mode of learning, the less privileged children did not have similar access to technology and their education came to a halt.
With one year’s gap in education, over 24 million children* globally are at the risk of dropping out of school. In India, 5.3 percent of rural children aged 6-10 years have not enrolled in school this year, compared to 1.8 percent in 2018*
Through its Shiksha Na Ruke initiative, Darakht Chhanv Foundation has been making an effort to help less privileged children continue their education through a blended learning approach during the pandemic.
From creating innovative learning material at home to borrowing smart phones to study online, and attending cluster classes in the communities wearing masks, these children are stopping at nothing. Despite the odds, they have not given up on their education and their dreams. Then, how can we?
Join hands with #ShikshaNaRuke to ensure that education does not stop for any child.
*UN Data, ASER Report 2020
About the Initiative
A mother, a sister, a daughter, a home-maker, a teacher, a doctor, a leader; women hold our worlds together in a million ways. A girl child comes into this world with just as many expectations, dreams and aspiration as a boy, but soon finds out that her way towards achieving them is much more challenging. The mere absence of an education and the many different set of rules that a girl has to follow according to the norms of the society makes her suffer mentally, emotionally and physically from a very young age.
Darakht Chhanv Foundation’s initiative ‘She Can Fly’ is an effort to enable, equip and empower girl children with quality education, proper nutrition, good health, adequate skills, and above all a lot of self-confidence to help them live their lives to their fullest potential.
This is also a step towards sensitizing the civil society at large and helping create a girl child/women friendly society to help her thrive.
Let us all come forward and join hands to give wings to her dreams. Empower, educate, and make her strong to stand her own ground and shine in her efforts. She Can Fly, let’s give her the sky!