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“Maharashtra Alliance of Young Adults” (MAYA)

 
 

Organization : Sosva Training And Promotion Institute (STAPI)

 
 

Location : Maharashtra

 
 

Project Description

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.

 

Protecting the rights of out-of-home care children is critical in the overall scheme of child protection. The number of children in need of care and protection is continuously on the rise and adoption rate in India is still very low. It is estimated that the number of such children is likely to be 24 million by 2020.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.


Aftercare is an important final stage in the continuum of care, as it ensures smooth rehabilitation and reintegration of YCL in the community. This would include socio-psychological support therapy, aptitude-testing and developing an individual development plan. In this preparatory stage, the CH must also provide vocational training alongside the normal education.

 

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. Department of Women and Child Development, Govt of Maharashtra have also 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

 
 
 
 

Project Type : CSR

 
 

Special Features of Project

  • The VISION of Project MAYA –Setting up of One Stop Centre for Young Adult Orphans (YAO’s) is innovative and unique.
  • For the first time, the mainstreaming of Young Adult Orphans have been taken up at broader level in Maharashtra
  • Some of the advocacy initiative taken up with the Government are 1% parallel reservation for orphans in education and other livelihood avenues; Simplification of process and procedure of issue of Orphan Certificate
  • The project interventions also address the restoration and reintegration aspects of Young Adult Orphans
 
 

Project Donors and Partners

Government of Maharashtra, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), Bombay Community Public Trust (BCPT) Mumbai, and UPS India Foundation
 
 
 

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