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Project Pitch By: Sosva Training And Promotion Institute (STAPI)

 

Proposed Project Title


Maharashtra Alliance of Young Adults (MAYA)

 

Thematic Area

Promotion of education, special education and vocational skills

Sub Thematic Area

Skill Development

Project Synopsis

Around five to six thousand Young Adult Orphans (YAOs) leave after Child Care Institutions (CCI’s) every year in Maharashtra alone. What happens to them? Nobody knows. The aim of Maharashtra Alliance of Young Adults (MAYA) is to create a one-stop centre for YAO's to cater to the various needs of YAO's in every district of Maharashtra by rehabilitating and integrating the YAO's. STAPI will be working around 50,000 Children from Children / Observation / Aftercare Homes run by NGOs and Government Organizations under WCD, Government of Maharashtra to seek to design a pathway for every individual YAO.
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 0.3 Cr - INR 0.6 Cr
Proposed Location
Nashik, Konkan, Pune

Key Project Partners
Government

Project Status
Active
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): Children
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): Youth
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 100 - 500 Individuals
Status of Baseline Survey: Under Process
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

STAPI is implementing Project “Maharashtra Alliance of Young Adults” (MAYA) since July 2013.The Department of Women and Child Development, Govt of Maharashtra has accorded a “Nodal Agency” Status to STAPI for implementation of Project MAYA.

 

The Department of Women and Child Development, Govt of Maharashtra have accorded it’s approval for collection and revalidation of data of Children Homes / Observation Homes / After Care Homes across Maharashtra to understand the various issues and challenges of children in need of care and protection and children in conflict with law in addition to the administrative issues of office bearers of Children Homes / Observation Homes / After Care Homes across Maharashtra

 

Background

The year 2015 was a significant year in the history of child rights in India with the enactment of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. Globally also, this was the same year when members of the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Developmental Goals to end poverty and ensure prosperity for all. With these developments, the post-2015 framework for child protection in India has attained a strong rights-based orientation.

 

After reaching 18 years, children in Child Care Institutions (CCI’s) are required to leave and often fall off the radar. This lack of visibility in after care is an area of concern in India and there are yawning gaps in the ‘After care’ service of these Care Leavers, many of whom are orphans.

 

Rehabilitation and integration of these young children in society remains a major challenge, the children can stay and study in the Children Homes/Destitute Homes/Observation Homes only up to age of eighteen. They are made to leave the institution at that stage to cope with life on their own. Very few can handle the challenge easily, not even with moderate success.

 

These Young Adult Orphans find themselves jobless, homeless, foodless, helpless, and even friendless, because of incomplete and interrupted education, Lack of vocational skills, No proof of identity / No social entitlements. They are prone to misuse and abuse. There is always risk of relapse into anti-social behavior.

 

Orphans who exit institutional care are ‘NOBODY’s RESPONSIBILITY’. There needs to be a clear public policy and a “Defined Nodal Agency” to take the responsibility for reintegration of these Young Adult Orphans into the mainstream of society. Aftercare is present by law but in spirit, practice and implementation it remains largely absent.

 

Proposal

After Care Home is a placement for rehabilitation and social integration of Young Adults in the age –group of 18-21 years who leave institutional children system on attaining certain age, as specified in law. According to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015(JJ Act 2015), aftercare in India means ‘making provision of support, financial or otherwise, to persons, who have completed the age of eighteen years but have not completed twenty-one years, and have left any institutional care to join the mainstream of society’ [Section 2(5) ].

 

Project Objective

Mainstreaming / Rehabilitation / Restoration / Reintegration of Young Adult Orphan’s (YAO’s) through mapping, data revalidation, Aptitude Testing ,Conduct of Pre and Post Counseling Sessions (prior and post Aptitude Testing) Career Counseling and Career Guidance Sessions and Vocational skill training of Young Adult Orphans (YAO’s) from the age group of 16-21 residing in 700 Children Homes across State of Maharashtra.

 

Proposed Project Activities

 

  1. Mapping/Collection and revalidation of data of YAO’s from the age group of 16-21 residing in 700 Children Homes across State of Maharashtra
  2. Conduct of Pre and Post Counseling Sessions ( prior and post Aptitude Testing) Career Counseling and Career Guidance Sessions for YAO’s in the age group of 16-21 across Maharashtra
  3. Conduct of Aptitude Testing of Young Adult Orphans from the age group of 16-21 residing in 700 Children Homes across State of Maharashtra
  4. Vocational Skill Training of Young Orphan Adults from the age group of 18-21 across Maharashtra
  5. Capacity Building Trainings of Staff of 7 After Care Homes Across Maharashtra
  6. Advocacy with the Government for Policy &Programme Formulation

 

Target Group

The target group consists of Young Adult Orphans / Destitute Children / Children with single parent -Male and Female SC / ST, Marginalized / Minority / Discriminated / Underprivileged sections of the Society – The Children in need of care and protection and children in conflict with law who are currently residing in After Care Homes run by Government and NGO’s and who are likely to leave the institutional care (Children Home run by Government and NGO’s ) in the next span of 6-8 months and those who have just left the institutional care 6-8 months ago (Children Home run by Government and NGO’s) across State of Maharashtra

 

Monitoring Mechanism

Monitoring and evaluation will be an ongoing process throughout the project period. We shall ensure smooth conduct of all the planned activities involving all the Stakeholders.

 

The experience sharing and the feedback at every level will be documented for Future Learning and Best Practices. We will also ensure timely process documentation and communication of key issues and also the timely Addressal of the same.The quarterly review meetings will be held for review of project progress and for future line of action.

 

Qualitative Outcomes

  1. The rehabilitation and reintegration of children under institutional care will be clearly visible from self-esteem, enhanced employability and personality development including inter-personal skills
  2. The advocacy initiatives will address the issues like simplification of process and procedure with regard to issue of AANATH Certificate, Implementation of 1% parallel reservation from open category to Orphan and Destitute Children across Maharashtra, social entitlements, social security aiming at reintegration and mainstreaming of the Young Adult Orphans (YAO’s) across Maharashtra.
 
 

Salient Features

  1. The rehabilitation and reintegration of children under institutional care will be clearly visible from self-esteem, enhanced employability and personality development including inter-personal skills
  2. The advocacy initiatives will address the issues like simplification of process and procedure with regard to issue of AANATH Certificate, Implementation of 1% parallel reservation from open category to Orphan and Destitute Children across Maharashtra
  3. Most Importantly the project intervention will pave the way for systematic rolling out of After Care Services to the Young Adult Orphans (YAO’s) well before and prior to their leaving the Children / Observation / After Care Homes across Maharashtra.
 

About Sosva Training And Promotion Institute (STAPI)

The SOSVA Training and Promotion Institute (STAPI) is a support service organization focusing on building the capacities of the voluntary organizations working in the diverse field of social sectors to enable them to play a more sustainable and effective role in the service of the under-privileged community. STAPI is an Accredited NGO.

 

The Governing Council of STAPI are the people of vision, dedication and experience recipients of several national and international awards like Padmabhushan, Magasaysay and Mother Teresa Awards in recognition of their long years of selfless service in community welfare and public health. Late.Mr. V. Srinivasan, IAS (Retd) and Late. Dr. R. S. Arole are the Founder Members of STAPI.

 

Key Recognition

  •  A “Nodal Agency” recognition by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Dept. of Family Welfare Govt of India for execution of various Health Projects
  • A “State Nodal Recognition” by NHM for Community Based Monitoring and Planning Processes Project for 08 Districts of Maharashtra
  • A “Nodal Agency” recognition by Department of Rural development of Integrated Water Management Programme
  • A “Nodal Agency” recognition by Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Maharashtra for Project- Maharashtra Alliance of Young Adults Orphans (MAYA)
 
 

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