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  • Society for Advancement in Tribes, Health, Education, Environment (SATHEE) Jharkhand, India
  • To ensure that the most vulnerable communities, especially marginalized children and women, living in the 4 districts, Jharkhand, attain their fundamental rights as guaranteed to them in the Constitution of India
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  • These children come from…
    • 46% of the population that live below the poverty line
    • Displacement, recurring droughts and continuous migration exists to simply survive
    • For 12.5 % of the inhabitants even two square meals a day is difficult to come by
      • 25% still do not have access to safe drinking water.
    • 50% have yet to gain their basic rights to an education
      • 76% to 80% children dropped out due to inaccessibility to the school.
      • 56% of the girl child never enrolled into a school, while more than 90% dropped out
    • 84% living here have no access to even toilet facilities
    • 312 child laborers were initially reported working in the different forms while 655 children were identified to be working as house hold workers
        • 43 cases of child trafficking were identified in the area.
        • Children are deprived from participation at all levels.
        • 32% children suffered sexual abuse and 97% cases of premature marriages were reported.
    • Basic infrastructure like roadways, electricity are still amiss in this district
    • The district has the lowest right to earn a living and means of employment in India even 60 years post independence
    These children come from…
  • ...have now formed pressure groups...
    • Today, there are:
    • 500 such bal sansads ’ formed across the state of Jharkhand
    • 18 sessions have been held at various levels – village, district and regional levels
    • 10 bal melas ’ (children’s gatherings) organized for networking and interaction amongst children
    • A Bal Adhikar Morcha (a children’s rally) was organized to lobby with local government bodies
    • A children’s magazine was also published on quarterly basis and distributed across the state
  • … leading to action
    • SATHEE along with the bal sansad groups and the community members have enabled free, compulsory and quality education to the children of the region :
      • functioning of 19 primary govt. schools, 6 residential welfare schools
      • 100% enrollment of children in the primary schools across 98 villages.
      • 50% retention of the children and decrease in school drop out rate by 80%.
      • 76% Girl children enrolled
      • 100% Challenged children enrolled
    • Removal of all forms of child labor and violence against children
      • 96% villages are child labor free and enrolled into schools
  • … leading to action
    • Reduction of infant, child and mother mortality rate
      • government schemes like Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) are made available, accessible.
      • At least 10 sessions on the subject health, Nutrition and hygiene in each village have been conducted to combat preventable diseases
      • 100% birth registration has been ensured in the villages.
    • Functioning of local health care centers – infrastructure, medical equipments, beds, medicines, staff
      • 4 Public Health Centers,14 Health Sub-centers, 3 referral Health centers and 17 ICDS centers have been activated.
    • The various schemes initiated by the government have been implemented - food, pension, maternity benefits etc.
      • 55 public distribution centers activated with regular basic food supplies.
  • What it takes to make this change “lasting” - SATHEE’s initiatives
    • Awareness drives and campaigns demanding schools closer to village habitations and re-activation of the non-functional schools
    • Information on legal rights of the community and the role of local government bodies in ensuring alternative means like irrigation facilities and scientific knowledge of agricultural methods to cultivate land
      • Campaigns advocating and seeking social audits and public hearings for transparent implementation of the programs initiated by the government.
    • Rallying to re-initiate the legal access by this tribal community to local natural resources
  • Sustainable change made possible
    • Conversion of 200 acres of drought land into cultivable areas
    • Established village level cooperatives to control the market of local produce, thus cutting out the middle man
    • Introduced traditional methods of farming and seeds and organized grain and seed banks in more than 75 villages.
    • Initiated collective farming processes across 50 villages.
    • Ensuring of emergency funds in 40 villages to combat the food situation during lean period.
  • Empowered community groups
    • 176 Village councils (Gram Sabha) including equal and adequate participation of women.
    • 500 Traditional and Local apex self- governance bodies (Bungalow federations)
    • Regional level alliances
    • “ Children can turn the world upside down (in the right direction that is!)”
    • - Anita Marande, Bal Sarpanch (Chief of the children’s parliament) Godda district
    • Jharkhand