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1 PROJECT UDAAN: Stop Children From Becoming Sex Workers Proposed Intervention in West Bengal (Sonagachi, Kolkata)Overseas Volunteer For A Better IndiaSeptember 2014An OVBI Initiative
2 Target Intervention & Objectives Table of ContentVision StatementIntroductionTarget Intervention & ObjectivesProposed Activities for the InterventionExpected ImpactProject BudgetProject PlanA study conducted by Tata Institute of Social Science, 19911
3 Vision StatementProject Udaan is a path breaking effort to create Safe Havens for children of Indian sex workers and helping them to get back to mainstream of society by providing loving and compassionate care with access to healthcare, education, skills training and self growthCurrent Project will support 50 children as a Pilot project in Sonagachi, Kolkata. Plan is to implement this repeatable model and inspire other NGO's to also take up this cause across India. Initial Estimated cost is USD $200K.We also plan to lobby the Indian Government to work towards the eradication of child prostitution.A study conducted by Tata Institute of Social Science, 19911
4 IntroductionThere are an estimated 1.2 M children of prostitutes in IndiaKolkata is the major hub of trafficking activities and for forcing women and children into Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE)The Problem: Barely any NGO has taken up this cause of rescuing these innocent girls because of the inherent problems that come from working in these areas. They have all the resources but don’t have the will to venture into this territory. They are looking for someone to show them the way.The Solution: Project Udaan is a pilot project for the Sonagachi red light area in Kolkata, for creating a “Safe Haven” for 50 girls, where they can lead a normal childhood, safe from the real dangers of the flesh trade.By setting up this “Safe Haven” we will demonstrate that such efforts can be very successful. This will encourage other NGOs to take up this cause and they will be able to reach out to the remaining 1.2 million such needy children across IndiaThe plan involves building a secure house away from the red light area. Our target age group is – 18. We will provide them a safe home, food, clothing, modern education, health care, vocational training & most importantly HOPEA study conducted by Tata Institute of Social Science, 19911
5 Target Intervention & Objectives The objectives of the intervention are to:Provide the target group with modern education facilitiesProvide the older girls with skills training which will enable them to choose a means of earning their livelihood.Create an enabling environment for children for all-round development of their personality and inculcate the passion for self- growth in their lives.Inculcate good health and hygiene practicesDe-traumatize the children through the Art of Living programs and equip them mentally, physically and emotionally for sustainable behavior transformation.Create social leadership among the children for becoming leaders of social change in their community.Provide counseling to children.
6 Proposed Activities for the Intervention Set up a residential school for 50 girls , at a location at a distance from the Red Light areasSet up Skills & Vocational Training centerInclude service based activities in the curriculum, increase the leadership skills & self worth of the childrenInclude the spirituality courses in the curriculum :Organize Bal Chetana Shibirs: Bal Chetana Shibirs have been customized especially for the all-round personality development. These Shibirs help to restore the joys of childhood, innocence, and confidence among the children.Organize ART Excel Courses: The ART Excel course is for children aged between 8 and 13 years, it helps them gain good personal skills and nurtures their best natural potential. ART Excel students learn life skills, yoga and breathing processes which help eliminate fear and anxiety, techniques that enhance focus and concentration, simple meditation and relaxation techniques, skills in friendship, leadership and teamwork. Activities such as making a new friend each day and random acts of kindness help students to become aware of the needs of others and encourage the integration of human values into their daily lives.
7 Proposed Activities for the Intervention (cont.) Empowerment programs for the Older Girl Child : Create a workforce that would undertake initiatives at the community level to identify and resolve issues, leading to improving their overall living conditions. The programs will also nurture and groom social leadership amongst them. The participants will be provided with a wide spectrum of in-depth training with regard to their physical, mental and emotional development for dealing with any challenging situation effortlessly and to undertake their role in the society more effectively & efficiently.
8 Expected ImpactThe initiative plans at uplifting the girl child from the nightmarish, ghetto like life of the Red Light Areas into the world which offers them opportunities equal to children from the mainstream of Society to which they are also entitled :-Basic rights such as the right to live and right to protectionEducation and opportunities to grow and developLivelihood optionsRight against exploitationRight to legal redress of grievancesThe initiative also plans at developing the “Spiritual Quotient “ :Developing a sense of self worth and self esteemDevelopment of a positive attitude and capacity to deal with challenging situationsEnthusiasm to engage with life, with friends and family in a positive sharing and caring mannerImproved interest in studies and playDeveloping an attitude to live life meaningfullyThe Project envisages the liberation from bondage of successive batches of Girl Children from the Red Light area
9 (A) Capital Expenditure Land and Associated Expenses Estimate for the Residential cum Vocational Training Center for 50 Girls(A) Capital Expenditure Land and Associated Expenses* Local unit for one ‘Cottaha’Boundary wall will be 108 running feet long and 8 feet highAssumption: 1USD = 60 INR (Indian Rupees)#ItemUnitQuantityUnit RateINRAmountUSD1Cost of Land720 sq ft *10330,0003,300,00055,0002Boundary walls all along the land1081,410151,2002,5203LandscapingLump Sum100,0001,6674Legal and Architect Expenses200,0003,3335Solar Power for Kitchen & Emergency area150,0002,500Total (A)3,869,88065,020(B) Construction Cost#ItemUnitQuantityUnit RateINRAmountUSD1The cost is 1600 per sq ftSq. Ft.4,2001,6006,720,000112,000Total (B) Construction CostTotal (A) Land & Associated Expenses3,869,88065,020Total Setup Cost For The Building (A + B)10,589,880177,020(C) Working CapitalYearly recurring expenses = $23,000Total Funds Needed For The Project (A+B+C) $200,020
10 Project Plan # Activity Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7 Q8 Months 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Months1234567891011121314151617181921222324Project team formation in the communityCompletedRapport building with the community gate keepers and the stake holders and the service providersIdentifying & purchase of Land*Obtaining All Government ApprovalsConstructionIdentifying the children for the schoolInauguration & start of SchoolInauguration of Skills Training CenterBal Chetna ShibirsArt Excel and YES! CoursesPeriodical monitoring and reportingPost intervention survey and the impact study of the project
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13 Annexure 1: About Overseas Volunteer For A Better India Overseas Volunteer for a Better India (OVBI) launched in May 2013, is a 501(c)(3) organization managed by a group of inspired NRIs ready to support initiatives in India and tackle issues the Indian community faces in the U.S. Our movement’s roots are grounded in the Volunteer for a Better India (VBI) movement. On February 3rd, 2013 more than 100,000 concerned citizens united at Ram Lila Maidan in New Delhi in response to rampant corruption, violence towards women, suicides and water shortages. On that day, in unison the group pledged to give 1 hour a day for the nation and to inspire millions of others to do so. And Volunteer for a Better India was born. OVBI is the overseas arm of Volunteer for Better India. We believe that every individual can make a meaningful impact and play a role in the betterment of the global Indian community. Together we can transform the world in a way that would make great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi proud. We welcome participation from all global volunteers.
14 Sonagachi has an estimated 11,000 prostitutes. Some FactsBased on the study on ‘Children of Prostitutes’ conducted by Prof. K.K. Mukherjee, Delhi School of Social Work (1991) in six major metropolitans cities including Kolkata the following can be estimatedSonagachi has an estimated 11,000 prostitutes.The child population in Sonagachi is estimated at 14,3004,700 children are estimated to be illiterate.3,400 are estimated to be in the age group 1-10 years
15 Situational AnalysisThe CSWB (1990) observed that these children were vulnerable to the ways of the trade right from their childhood.Often, they remain on the streets at night, when their mothers are engaged with their clients.Infants, who cannot be kept out at night, sleep below the bed on which the mother has to undergo her profession.Toilet and sanitary facilities are inadequate and many of the young people bathe in open places (50% of the females of years).Children feel lonely, neglected, deprived and rejected
16 Situational AnalysisChildren are highly exposed to liquor and drug peddling, enticing clients for sex workers and eventually get involved in addiction and gang wars.The girls are at high risk of getting absorbed in the flesh trade.The boys end up becoming male prostitutes or pimps.Sick children are mostly left unattended due to parents being busy entertaining clients.The parents themselves abet trafficking, mostly for commercial gain
17 Situational AnalysisShocking as it may seem, children in brothels are extremely vulnerable to trafficking and sexual exploitation.A large number of children of sex workers’ are in fact trafficked into sexual exploitation (Nair, 2005).Dr. P. M. Nair of UNODC (2005) considers that this group of children are mostly vulnerable because:Most of these children are born out of ‘illegitimate’ relationshipThe parents themselves abet trafficking, mostly for commercial gainThey lack care and protectionThey lack education and opportunities to grow and developThey are deprived of livelihood optionsThey are deprived their basic rights such as the right to live & right to protectionRight against exploitation and right to legal redressal of grievances.
18 Situational AnalysisThe children of prostitutes faced a number of problems arising out of their life situation :Social stigma, non-acceptance & social abuseLack of identity of fathersSeparation from the mothers indulgence/apathetic attitude of the motherLoneliness, neglect, feeling of deprivation and rejectionAffliction with some diseases of the motherExposure to the world of prostitutionLack of a father figure to provide security, care and guidanceIncreased responsibility of the mother for maintenance of the childrenEconomic hardshipLack of facilities to meet basic minimum needs, including health careUnhealthy social environmentMalnutrition and ill health