Last Updated:  28/05/2020

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Project Pitch By: Catalysts for Social Action

 

Proposed Project Title


Adopt a Home

 

Thematic Area

Promoting Education, Livelihood, Health and Sanitation among children under Institutional care (Others)

Sub Thematic Area

Not Applicable

Project Synopsis

Children living in CCI’s (Child Care Institutions) have a right to living in a safe, protected and hygienic environment akin to children residing with their families. CCIs sometimes lack the funds or resources to maintain upkeep or upgrade their facilities that are essential to provide a protected and clean surrounding for children to grow in. In general, CCIs are barely able to provide basic needs - clean facilities, basic education, hygiene, healthcare and reasonable nutrition. Catalysts for Social Action (CSA) partners with CCIs to improve and enhance the quality of care for children through our programs which look into the basic living conditions of children and which improve the development of a child e.g. Education, vocational training, child development. In Aftercare & Livelihood program, we run a preparatory program that includes life skills, career awareness & exposure visits, career counseling. 18+ children are enrolled in livelihood training linked to jobs.
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
below INR 0.3 Cr
Proposed Location
Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha

Key Project Partners
Companies

Project Status
Already Implemented-Replicable
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): Children
Beneficiary Type (Secondary):
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 3000 - 10000 Individuals
Status of Baseline Survey: Under Process
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

Project - Adopt A Home

Context

Children living in CCIs/CCIs (Child Care Institutions) have a right to living in a safe, protected and hygienic environment akin to children residing with their families. However, several times, this may not be the case. CCIs sometimes lack the funds or resources to maintain upkeep or upgrade their facilities that are essential to provide a protected and clean surrounding for children to grow in. In general, CCIs are barely able to provide basic needs - clean facilities, basic education, hygiene, healthcare and reasonable nutrition.


Children have to leave CCIs once they turn 18 years; in many cases this happens even earlier. The children then step out into the complex web of the outside world, having no clue whatsoever as to how to navigate through. This situation exists across nearly all CCIs across the country. By our rough estimate, about 50,000 children have to move out of CCIs every year. While the Juvenile Justice Act does prescribe the setting up of Aftercare support, in reality there is very little help available to these children/young adults.


CSA partners with CCIs to improve and enhance the quality of care for children through our ‘Go Wide’ programs which look into the basic living conditions of children and our ‘Go Deep’ programs which improve the development of a child e.g. Education, vocational training, child development.


In the Aftercare & Livelihood program, we run a preparatory program which includes life skills, career awareness & exposure visits, career counseling. 18+ children are enrolled into livelihood trainings linked to jobs or higher education depending on their aptitude & interest. Mentoring support is provided through this phase.


Project Timeline

We normally require 3-5 years to improve development aspect of the children and transform a CCI into a model home for children to live in.

  • For Go Wide CCIs, we could start with basic support for a year & then extend into Go Deep support
  • For Go Deep CCIs, interventions can be carried out for a period of 3-5 years with periodic review of project on yearly basis.


Project Details

CSA partners with child care institutions and work to improve and enhance the quality of care to children in selected CCIs. The primary intervention originates from our belief that a happy and healthy childhood is the right of every child.

  • The focus of our primary support and interventions are Preventive health care & fun learning as a part of "Go Wide Program".
  • Based on CCI engagements acceptance and willingness to improve child development, we move towards a deeper engagement as "Go Deep Program" like Education, Vocational education/Aftercare program for children along with capacity building program for the CCIs.


Followings are various intervention of CSA Holistic Child Care Program

Program / Interventions


1) Health, Hygiene & Sanitation

Objective - To improve basic health, hygiene & sanitation conditions of children & CCIs, thus eventually ensuring better health & living condition of institutionalized children

On-ground Approach -

  • Bi-yearly basic health checkups in Aug & Feb months under 4 areas - Dental, Eye, ENT & Physical & Others
  • Prescribed treatment support to the respective children based on health check-up results
  • Organization of awareness training on basic health care & hygiene for children and staff
  • Availability of basic & additional hygiene kit and sanitation material to the children & CCI's respectively.


2) Improve Health - BMI status of children

Objective - To ensure and help in maintaining balanced BMI status & good health of the children

On-ground Approach -

  • Consultation with nutritionist based on BMI status, post health check-ups
  • Provision of prescribed support to the children based on health status/requirement
  • Regular follow-up & monitoring of the provided support to the children


3) Education

Objective - To Improve basic learning level of the children

On-ground Approach -

  • Out of the school academic support through Tuition training for language & Mathematics
  • Recruitment of Tuition Teachers (TTs) and bi-yearly training on innovative teaching & learning practices
  • Baseline & Endline assessments to review the intervention and impact
  • Focused Bi-monthly classroom engagements by CSA Program Officers
  • Monthly Staff Review staff with all the TTs and trustees/CCI manager
  • Provision of education material – school uniforms, shoes, stationery etc, availability and support for school fees


4) Life-Skills (from year 2 onwards)

Objective -To help in development of key life skills competencies

On-ground Approach -

  • Imparting 25 Life skills sessions on 21st century life skills (Communication, Self-Awareness, Critical Thinking, Collaboration& Self Esteem) to 14+ age children in a year time frame with the help of CSA POs
  • Baseline & Endline assessments
  • Imparting Adolescent Health Education Program (AHP) on knowledge, skill and attitude development on sexual health and related aspects


5) Vocational Education

Objective - To provide skills to children based on their interest through various vocational education training

On-ground Approach -

  • Organization/execution of various vocational education training for 14+ yrs children (e.g. – computer training, self-defense etc.)


6) Learn with fun

Objective - Creating an ecosystem for fun and learning

On-ground Approach -

  • Arranging educational visits to historic places
  • Festival celebration
  • Learning through extracurricular forums & hobby classes


7) Day to Day Essential

Objective -To ensure basic day to day requirements are available

On-ground Approach -

  • Providing innerwear, footwear and other essentials


8) Infrastructure to improve health & hygiene

Objective - To support in improving hygienic living conditions

On-ground Approach -

  • Support basic repairs and toilet constructions
  • Support for beds and clean bedding kits, water filters and other essentials


9) Aftercare/Livelihood

Objective - To help children become self-reliant and responsible, contributing citizens

On-ground Approach -

  • Career orientation and assessments
  • Livelihood training and or higher education support along with job placements
  • Focused and consistent mentoring
 
 

Salient Features

  1. Catalysts for Social Action (CSA) partners with child care institutions (CCI) and work to improve and enhance the quality of care to children in selected CCI’s. The primary intervention originates from our belief that a happy and healthy childhood is the right of every child.
  2. The focus of our primary support and interventions are Preventive health care & fun learning as a part of
  3. CSA works on holistic Child Care Program Model catering to every need of the child when a home/ CCI is taken by a partner for a brief period of time. Through interventions like Health, Hygiene, Sanitation, Education etc,CSA in association with the partner CCI aims to give a better living condition.
 

About Catalysts for Social Action

Catalysts for Social Action (CSA) works with a mission to create a brighter future for children under institutional care in a multi-dimensional framework, with a holistic development model, that allows us to work on primary interventions as well as long term deeper engagements for systemic changes.
 The key objective of our on-ground interventions is to create an effective ecosystem of efficient institutional practices & support mechanism to help our stakeholders’ transition from dependency to self-sufficiency and towards enabling children lead dignified life.
 We aim to act as ‘catalysts ‘- leveraging existing institutions and empowering them to improve child care outcomes.
 These CCI’s suffer from a variety of different bottlenecks that prevent them from providing family like care to CNCP children:
•        Malnutrition
•        Poor infrastructure
•        Resource constraints for education and aftercare.
 Over 5 years, our beneficiaries have grown from 1600 children to over 4600 children this year across 89 CCIs in 4 states. Over 200 adolescent children supported under Aftercare for Higher education & Skill training.100+ children placed in jobs with monthly remuneration ranging between Rs.8000 to Rs.21000
 Our Areas of Work:
- Health & Nutrition
- Education and Child Development
- Livelihood and aftercare
- Capacity Building and Advocacy



Catalysts for Social Action (CSA) works with a mission to create a brighter future for children under institutional care in a multi-dimensional framework, with a holistic development model, that allows us to work on primary interventions as well as long term deeper engagements for systemic changes.


The key objective of our on-ground interventions is to create an effective ecosystem of efficient institutional practices & support mechanism to help our stakeholders’ transition from dependency to self-sufficiency and towards enabling children lead dignified life.


We aim to act as ‘catalysts ‘- leveraging existing institutions and empowering them to improve child care outcomes.


These CCI’s suffer from a variety of different bottlenecks that prevent them from providing family like care to CNCP children:

  • Malnutrition
  • Poor infrastructure
  • Resource constraints for education and aftercare.

 

Over 5 years, our beneficiaries have grown from 1600 children to over 4600 children this year across 89 CCIs in 4 states. Over 200 adolescent children supported under Aftercare for Higher education & Skill training.100+ children placed in jobs with monthly remuneration ranging between Rs.8000 to Rs.21000


Our Areas of Work:

  • Health & Nutrition
  • Education and Child Development
  • Livelihood and aftercare
  • Capacity Building and Advocacy
 
 

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