Samvedna works to combat caste-based commercial sexual exploitation and human sex trafficking specifically in the Bedia community. The organisation has a two-pronged approach – working with the victims for their rehabilitation and reintegration, and prioritize prevention for the vulnerable members of the community through advocacy. We emphasize on education of Bedia children, and community development to challenge and change patriarchal mind-set.
List of Programs
Project Pankh aims to empower children in villages with wings of knowledge, and transform them into agents of change within their immediate realities of village and community life. Pankh Classes, conceived to address a variety of concerns, are classes guided by Educators appointed by Samvedna in each of our project villages. Our classes act as a supplement to children’s regular school education, and provide children with a platform where they can voice their opinions and express themselves – the curriculum for the classes comprises of not just academic syllabus but also has ample room for creativity to bloom. Through these classes, we ensure a conducive and nurturing environment for our children in the villages. Pankh provides an alternate path to vulnerable children through the medium of education. These classes also help in creating a support system for each child in the form of peers, members of children’s group, Educators and Balmitras.
Udaan is our flight of dreams; a flight towards a future of possibilities and opportunities. For our children to be able to imagine a reality that is not characterised by experiences of marginalization, it is imperative that they be removed from their prevailing environment and be placed in a setting that is replete with possibilities and opportunities. To achieve this, we bring children to Bhopal and get them enrolled in schools and government-run hostels. These hostels not only give children the much required distance from their villages, but also provide them with an atmosphere where they can concentrate on their studies.
An extension of our programmes Pankh and Udaan, Lakshya aims at making Bedia children who pursue higher education self-reliant. Samvedna belies that it is only through education and an alternative source of livelihood that this vicious cycle of caste-based prostitution can be broken. Samvedna facilitates their access to professional courses, such as Law, Nursing, Fashion Designing, ITI, Teaching, etc.
“Jatan” is a Hindi word that translates to “toil”. Programme Jatan is an endeavour to empower Bedia women who are in caste-based sex work, or have now quit the profession by providing them with a means to earn their livelihood and lead a dignified life. In association with USHA, we plan to set-up sewing schools in our project-villages, establish production units and forward market linkages, and enable them to reach the markets with their products.
Conceived as a training capsule, य से Eureka is an anthology of ideas, and an eclectic mix of tools to convey those ideas to children. Devised as a non-formal education platform, Eureka aims to create awareness among children about their social context, and empower them to approach their immediate reality from a rights-perspective. The programme aims to ensure that children feel heard, and therefore learn to articulate their concerns and issues as civic beings, not just as children.
Experiential learning is an important component of the Udaan programme. One of the major motives behind bringing children to Bhopal is to give them an environment where they are constantly intrigued, and encouraged to learn new things and explore new opportunities. Due to the inter-family conflict within Bedia families, these children lack a sense of belongingness. These activities therefore, are designed to nurture a sense of togetherness and build a strong sense of community among them.
The life skill training designed for adolescent Bedia boys and girls realizes the value of knowing oneself and equips them to cope with the demands of everyday life. The objectives of this training are to instil a sense of confidence, encourage critical thinking and build a strong sense of self-esteem among the youth.
“Sports for Change” had started as an extension of Pankh classes but soon enough evolved an identity of its own. Within Pankh, one day of the week is set aside for team sports and games. Village youth play a variety of games like volleyball, cricket, football, badminton, etc.
Different children participate in different games which also gives us an opportunity to identify talent and provide appropriate training to them. 7 children from two of our project villages participated in the state-level Junior Badminton Championship. 16 out of the 100 children sponsored by CRY were selected for a year-long badminton scholarship. 2 of the 16 children selected came from our project-villages.
Team sports helps in increasing interaction among the village youth, who otherwise don’t engage with each other. This aids the building peer-support groups, and ultimately leads to strong youth groups, making Samvedna’s presence and work more sustainable in our project-villages.
The TIE workshop, along with providing a platform to the children to talk about their lives, also equips Samvedna’s educators with unique tools to interact with children. The workshop facilitates peer-interaction among the children, which eventually leads to a stronger children’s group in the villages. This in-turn prepares a strong foundation for Samvedna’s cause in the villages.
To reconnect the children who have dropped out of school to the formal education system, Samvedna gets them enrolled in Open School. National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is a system of schooling aimed at providing quality education up to pre-degree level through Open and Distance Learning system. It offers courses at Elementary, Secondary, and Senior Secondary levels. Open School examinations are conducted twice a year at the district headquarter, and the students appearing for the exam have to either travel or stay near the examination centre.
Once children clear their exams through Open School, they’re reintroduced to the regular system of schooling.
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