Project h.e.l.p proposal

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Lakshya Aakriti Foundation (LAF) is excited to present Project H.E.L.P - a joint initiative with Forget Me Not Children's Home in aid of twenty three extremely
vulnerable children residing in Kalyanpuri Slum, New Delhi.
Nine families have been living in appalling conditions for over sixty years in this slum.

Lakshya Aakriti Foundation (LAF) aim to free this community from the hardship and suffering that has spanned three generations through the following outreach project.

The focus of Project H.E.L.P is health, education, livelihood and possibilities, with the empowerment of the women in this community also an important part of the strategy
in a bid to find sustainable solutions to the serious problems faced by these families.
Health - Stage 1
Education - Stage 2
Livelihood - Stage 3
Possibilities - Endless

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Project h.e.l.p proposal

  1. 1. PROJECT H.E.L.P Kalyanpuri Slum – New Delhi
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION Lakshya Aakriti Children’s Home (LACH) are excited to present Project H.E.L.P - a joint initiative with Forget Me Not Children’s Home in aid of twenty three extremely vulnerable children residing in Kalyanpuri Slum, New Delhi. Nine families have been living in appalling conditions for over sixty years in this slum. LACH aim to free this community from the hardship and suffering that has spanned three generations through the following outreach project. The focus of Project H.E.L.P is health, education, livelihood and possibilities, with the empowerment of the women in this community also an important part of the strategy in a bid to find sustainable solutions to the serious problems faced by these families. Health - Stage 1 Education - Stage 2 Livelihood - Stage 3 Possibilities - Endless Zareena (4 yrs) Shavan (2 yrs)
  3. 3. Payal (born August 25th, 2012) Radhika (3 months)
  4. 4. FOUR STEPS TO FREEDOM Stage 1 of Project H.E.L.P serves to meet the urgent medical and nutritional needs of the children, provide safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, shelter and basic training in health and hygiene. Stage 2 focuses on the establishment of the Brighter Futures Study Centre (nursery, kindergarten and school) from rented premises to provide a safe, clean environment for the development of eleven infants/toddlers (new born – 4 yrs) and basic education for twelve children (5 - 16 yrs) to get them ‘school ready’. In addition to academic study, extra curricular activities such as art, music and yoga will be organized from the centre to develop the children’s creativity and confidence. Vocational training for the mothers will also be held from the study centre after hours. Manshu (1 yr) Nandeeni (1 yr) Nageena (7 yrs)
  5. 5. LACH also seek to empower the community of Kalyanpuri Slum at the grass roots level by providing the opportunity to earn a livelihood with dignity. To this end Stage 3 involves assisting family members secure full time work or mentoring interested families in a LACH/FMNCH microfinance initiative (see Stage 3 Livelihood Options) The final stage of Project H.E.L.P involves the resettlement of the nine families to safe, secure housing. This will be achieved by tapping into housing projects for slum dwellers already underway via local government and NGO's specializing in this area. Mohit (8 yrs) Kajal (13 yrs) Bablu (14 yrs)
  6. 6. Over the last eight weeks LACH have carried out extensive research and had lengthy discussions with family members relating to their priorities for a better life. LACH’s vision is to transform the lives of these twenty three children through community based, sustainable initiatives and improve the women’s security, increase their decision making power and overall capacity to provide for their children in the future via access to vocational training and employment opportunities to Puja Srivastava speaking with some of the women and children Mohit Raj (LACH volunteer) with (Laxmi (mother) and children Kareena, Zareena, Reena
  7. 7. THE SITUATION Delhi is home to an estimated 17.3 million people with 52 percent of the population residing in urban slums. Although India's economy is growing and millions are prospering the benefits are not reaching the slum dwellers and the gap between rich and poor is growing ever wider. Like Mumbai, the slums of Delhi are overcrowded, unsafe environments for children that lack the most basic amenities such as clean drinking water, electricity and underground sewerage pipes.
  8. 8. THE FACTS  47% of the urban poor population in Delhi is under 15 years of age  The infant mortality rate in Delhi slums is 54 out of every 1,000 live births  35.4% of children are stunted, 15.5 percent wasted and 33.1 percent of children under the age of three are underweight  31% of Delhi’s slum-dwellers have no sanitation facilities  75% suffer from diarrhea and 63% from anemia  India has the greatest proportion of TB cases in the world with approx 1,000 people dying of the disease every day  Due to poverty, discrimination and no access to education child labor is a major issue  Children are extremely vulnerable to disease, chronic infection malnutrition and abuse  Families live in constant fear of eviction Prince (4 months)
  9. 9. KALYANPURI SLUM Located in the district of Trilokpuri, Kalyanpuri slum is 32 km’s from Indira Gandhi International Airport and 11.5 km from India Gate in the heart of New Delhi. Nine families including 23 children reside in tent like shelters (jhuggis) on the side of a busy road above a drain. They have nothing apart from an unconditional commitment to life that gives them the strength to overcome the most difficult of challenges on a daily basis. The children of Kalyanpuri Slum have no access to medical care, adequate shelter to protect them from the burning sun or torrential monsoon rain, are severely malnourished, have little or no clothing and have never attended school. Prince’s Grandmother who passed away in August 2012 Prince (4 months)
  10. 10. Caste of origin: primarily the "Mahavat“ Hindu caste (traditionally the riders/care takers of elephants) Primary income source: rubbish collection from dumps for recycling and begging Other income sources: street stalls, drumming, and selling balloons, toys and beads Daily average income: 50 to 120 rupees per day. Current average income: 1,200 - 3,000 rupees per month Minimum income required: 8,000 - 10,000 rupees per month Prince’s mother Radhika held by her father Bimlesh
  11. 11. Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyas (SSA) government program all children between the ages of 6-14 years of age are entitled to free education. The children of Kalyanpuri Slum however are unable to access free education as they do not have an official birth certificate, a uniform or study materials (minimum requirements for enrolment). One of the priorities in Stage 1 is to assist the parents secure birth certificates for their children ready for admission into school by July 2013 (or July 2014 depending on the child’s level of education by June 2013). Elderly woman living in the community and Reena in her mothers’ lap Nageena, Kajal and Pratap (Siblings)
  12. 12. FAMILY BACKGROUND No . Age Name Gender Related 1 New Born Payal F B Family Size Mother Father 6 Y Y Profession 2 0.3 Radhika F A 7 Y Y Drummer 3 0.4 Prince M E 4 Y Y Newspaper Hawker/Balloon Seller 4 1 Nandini F A 7 Y Y Drummer 5 1 Manshu M D 4 Y Y Hawker/Balloon Seller 6 1.5 Shivam M G 3 Y Y Rag Picker 7 2 Shavan M H 3 Y Y Street Vendor 8 3 Preeti F A 4 Y Y N/A Drummer 9 3 Ali M E 4 Y Y N/A 10 3 Reena F B 6 Y Y Drummer 11 3.5 Rishu M D 4 Y Y N/A 12 4 Zareena F B 6 Y Y N/A 13 5 Kareena F B 6 Y Y N/A 14 6 Om M A 7 Y Y N/A 15 6 Rambeeti F F 4 Y N Street Vendor 16 7 Gullu M F 4 Y N N/A 17 7 Bindiya F A 7 Y Y N/A 18 7 Nageena F C 4 Y N Street Vendor 19 8 Mohit M Orphan 3 N/A N/A N/A 20 10 Pratap M C 4 Y N N/A 21 13 Kajal F C 4 Y N N/A 22 14 Bablu M Orphan 3 N/A N/A N/A 23 16 Mukesh M N/A 1 Y Y Family live in opposite slum Family A B C D E F G H Total 7 6 4 4 4 4 3 3 35 • Immediate family members = 35 + Mukesh • Approximately 48 people live in this community/share shelter (other relatives/friends) • Mohit & Bablu's mother passed away from pneumonia and their father died from an alcohol related disease • Rajendra who is not on this list due to his age (18 years old) is the brother to Mohit and Bablu/also an orphan. LACH propose to enrol him into a vocational skills program ASAP • Mukesh's family live in the slum opposite (parents, one brother and two sisters) He has been of great assistance in communicating with the members of Kalyanpuri Slum. On this basis LACH would like to include him in the project. Note: Only Mukesh is included in this table even though he does have a family.
  13. 13. KEY ISSUES 1. Constant illness - malnutrition, dehydration, water borne diseases, pneumonia and malaria 2. Basic needs - food, shelter, clothing and personal hygiene items 3. Sexual abuse - insecure night shelter leaves the women and older girls vulnerable to rape 4. Lack of privacy - women and children are forced to got to the toilet and take their bath in public, increasing the risk of abuse 1. Lack of knowledge - hygiene, infant care, basic first aid, nutrition, reproductive health and legal rights 6. No access to education, secure employment or a personal bank account 7. Eviction - residents are not legally allowed to live in this area as it is a public foot path Puja speaking with family members
  14. 14. STAGE 1 – HEALTH Objective - improve the lives of the twenty three vulnerable children of Kalyanpuri Slum through the provision of urgent medical care, safe drinking water, nutritional supplementation, adequate shelter and sanitation via:  a complete medical examination/blood tests and detailed report for each child  hospital admission for children suffering acute conditions as recommended  micronutrient supplementation program as recommended by the doctor/nutrition specialist (see Stage 1 Monthly Supplementation Budget) Note: LACH to meet with the International Institute of Health and Hygiene (IIHH) based in Delhi to assist in the implementation of a nutritional supplementation program in line with recommendations  two medical check ups for each child during Stage 1  arrange for a qualified healthcare worker to visit the three days a week to assist the mothers with home based infant care and malnutrition management
  15. 15. STAGE 1 cont…  appoint a cook to prepare the diet off site as recommended by the nutritionist  provide basic cooking equipment and food to feed twenty three children three nutritious meals a day as per the recommended diet. LACH/Cook to monitor food distribution to the children on site  delivery of two Sawyer Water Filters (incl. training)  set up hand washing stations  provide potties for the toddlers and work with local government to repair and maintain three public toilet cubicles that are in safe walking distance  begin the process of securing children’s birth certificates (See Stage 1 Set Up Budget, Stage 1 Monthly Budget, Stage 1 & 2 Monthly Food Budget Breakdown and Stage 1 Work Plan) Sawyer Water Filter
  16. 16. STAGE 2 - EDUCATION Objective - establish the Brighter Futures Study Centre to provide:  a secure, clean location to facilitate the development of eleven infants/toddlers and informal education for twelve children.  a suitable environment to train the mothers in malnutrition management, basic first aid, reproductive health and disease prevention Rishu Preeti
  17. 17. STAGE 2 cont…  appoint a nanny, kindergarten teacher, two school teachers and child counselor  purchase school equipment for 11 children (including school desks/chairs, blackboards, uniforms/school shoes, stationery and text books)  confirm minimum entry requirements at a quality school for 2013/14 admission  investigate vocational training for Mukesh (16) and Rajendra (18) depending on their desire to continue studying or receive skills training  enrol the children who are ready into school for July 2013 start  continue informal education for the children not ready to attend school in 2013 (See Stage 2 Set Up Budget and Stage 2 Monthly Budget) Reena Rambeeti Om
  18. 18. STAGE 3 - LIVELIHOOD Objective - bring hope, confidence and future independence to the residents of Kalyanpuri Slum by assisting family members secure full time employment or start a small business through a LACH/FMNCH microfinance initiative. Shavan with his parents Shanti and Sonu
  19. 19. LIVELIHOOD OPTION A Option A in the livelihood program involves training and employment opportunities at Sheen clothing manufacturers to help these needy families help themselves. Sheen is a well respected fashion house based in Noida, Delhi that manufacture high quality garments for both Indian and overseas markets. Already involved in a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program by supporting a school for poor children, Ashish Chandpuriya (Planning/Production Manager and LACH volunteer) has offered to help secure training and ongoing employment for the members of Kalyanpuri Slum to help meet the key objectives in Stage 3 (see Stage 3 Livelihood Program – Option A)
  20. 20. LIVELIHOOD OPTION B Livelihood Option B is a green energy initiative that involves the production and installation of a solar bottle bulb – an innovative, low cost, carbon free alternative to electricity that is already bringing light to the cramped homes of poor settlements in the Philippines and Brazil. Like these countries, millions of homes in India (particularly in the slum the communities of Delhi and Mumbai) have no light during daylight hours as most houses have metal roofing and are built too close together for any light to reach inside. The solar bottle bulb consists of discarded plastic soft-drink bottles filled with water and a small amount of bleach. The bottle then refracts the sun's rays to produce daytime lighting equivalent to a 55W bulb. The chlorine and bleach keep mold from developing so the solution can last up to five yearsnly costs $2-3 to make a solar bottle bulb. . It o
  21. 21.  Over the coming months LACH can investigate the cost of setting up a workshop for the production of the solar bottle bulb. LACH can also design a training and mentoring program to cover small business basics, solar bottle bulb production, sales, installation and basic book-keeping.  The women make the bulbs and their husband’s sell/install them. The women also do the book keeping, providing them with another valuable skill.  The bulbs could be installed into low income households also, potentially making more money from this market. To this end a two tiered pricing system can be established i.e. one for slum clients and another for residential homes that can afford to pay a bit more.  Families run it like their own business based on the micro-finance concept i.e. they get a loan to buy their equipment and lease an area of production space for the first six months which they pay back as soon as possible. LACH purchase raw materials in bulk which participants then purchase for a good price.  Other employment or small business options canalso be made available depending on the families area of interest and existing skill base (see Stage 3 Livelihood Options).  A decision regarding the best strategy for each family is to be determined after further research and consultation.
  22. 22. STAGE 4 - POSSIBILITIES Stage 4 involves LACH working with local authorities and NGO’s in the resettlement of the children and their families to secure, low cost housing as soon as possible. This will mark the beginning of real possibilities for the children Kalyanpuri Slum and the chance for their families to live a quality of life they have only ever dreamed of. Balli and Nisha with Shivam
  23. 23. PROJECT H.E.L.P TEAM 1. Diptesh Singh – board member 2. Puja Srivastava - volunteer 3. Project Manager – full time employee 4. Brijesh Tiwari – board member 5. Sumit Garg – board member 6. Mohit Raj - volunteer 7. Shubh Rai - volunteer 8. Ashish Chandpuriya - volunteer 9. Vivek Rai - volunteer 10. Prasoon Gupta - volunteer 11. Krishna - volunteer Vivek Rai - LACH volunteer
  24. 24. MONITORING & REPORTING • The appointed LACH Project Manager, LACH board members and volunteers will effectively monitor Project H.E.L.P, use resources efficiently, achieve results based on the agreed strategy and be 100% accountable to sponsors, stakeholders and donors. • LACH is committed to ensuring that book keeping and audited accounts be maintained accurately and consistently. • An internal audit of the accounting records will be conducted every quarter and an independent audit twice yearly for submission to governing board members and FMNCH. • The governing board shall ensure that standard accounting policies are appropriately applied in the preparation of all financial statements. • A copy of the annual report and associated financial statements will be made available to all members of the governing board and funding partners at the closure of each financial year. .
  25. 25. A MESSAGE FROM LACH During our research we have observed the highly vulnerable community of Kalyanpuri Slum struggle for their daily survival. Regular interaction with the children and their families over the last few months has secured their trust in the volunteers of LACH and brought them much hope for the future already. We are passionate about bringing positive and lasting change to the lives of vulnerable children in India and welcome the opportunity to carry out this important work in partnership with Forget Me Not. Thank you for your time in considering Project H.E.L.P. Namaste . Kareena (5 yrs) Mukesh (16 yrs) Pratap (10 yrs_

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