Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
Mr. Satyarthi led the campaign BBA and freed 85,000 children in India. It is largely because of Satyarthi’s work and activism that the International Labour Organization adopted Convention No. 182 on the worst forms of child labour, which is now a principal guideline for governments around the world. KSCF envisions a world where every child can live freely with dignity and have the fundamental right to be free, safe, healthy, educated, and realize his or her potential. Their mission is to end all violence against children. KSCF is currently funded by Bajaj and Godrej corporations.
Proposal – Bal Mitra Gram (April 2016 – March 2017)
KSCF efforts are towards the following. i) Withdrawal of children from work by making the community aware of the hazards of the work and promoting children’s education (nearest place of work for children is mining industry), ii) Enrolment, retention and enhancement of quality of these children and iii) Holistic development of villages through varied awareness campaigns. Emphasis is given on child’s participation, community mobilization, promotion of education, victim’s empowerment, gender equity and awareness of gender issues, convergence of various schemes and programmes. Their focus also is ensuring long term sustainability of the initiatives through the creation of sound community organization such as Bal Panchayat, Yuva Mandal, Mahila Mandal.
Remarks on the Proposed Project:
Human Capital For Third Sector
With a humble start of 5 students in 2007 and today they have 285 students across the three centres and 250 students have graduated and started working for prestigious companies with average salary band of Rs 4.4 L per annum as against their average family income of Rs 2 Lacs per annum. The placements have been 100%. Some of the students have gone for higher studies to prestigious institutions.
Set up in 2007, KATALYST is an initiative for empowering girls from underprivileged backgrounds and aims to help them fulfill goals of higher education leading towards economic empowerment and self-reliance. The program envisions creating a large pool of empowered women or “Katalysts”, who will be in a position to influence society and catalyze positive change. It works to enhance the employability of girl students pursuing professional degrees, mainly engineering, as of now. This is done through specific interventions such as the following (i) Skill development that includes technical subjects as well as imparting of soft skills (ii) Providing mentors to the students (iii) Assisting with internships & providing exposure to corporate life (iv) Providing financial assistance with course fee (v) Subsidized laptops on a co-pay basis (vi) Medical insurance coverage to the girl student and the mother.
The proposal is for 4 years with the objective of supporting 360 under privileged girl students through the above-mentioned interventions in Engineering colleges in 3 cities namely Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore. Out of these 360 girl students, THF will be supporting the cost of 100 girls. The project would be co-funded by other donors like CITI Bank, DLF Foundation, Bharat Forge, HPCL, Phirozshah Godrej Foundation and Gaja Capital among others.
Program monitoring and internal quality control is very stringent and the selection process ensures enrolment of meritorious girls with family income of less than Rs 2 lacs per annum A thorough background verification is done for every student by a professional agency, regarding the family income and agricultural land to ensure only the deserving and needy get the benefit. Many of these girls hail from rural area and are 1st generation graduates. Throughout the program duration, a comprehensive performance scorecard is maintained for every candidate based on which the financial pay-outs are made twice a year. The indicators include academic performance, attendance in training, number and quality of mentor interactions, participation in college activities, leadership initiatives and volunteering hours in Katalyst program. The program is unique and holistic in its approach with a blend of scholarship and skill building along with carefully thought out components of mentorship, internships and medical insurance support.
Magic Bus Foundation
Magic Bus Foundation had started ‘Education to Livelihood (E2L) programme’ in 50 Upper primary schools of Aizawl in year 2013, under a MoU with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). The program focuses on adolescents from grades 5th through 10th equipping them with employability skills. This is a new project, proposed to THF for the period of 3 years. The programme will be conducted in the schools where the Magic Bus programme already exists (for grades 5th to 8th) as well as in secondary schools where the children of the programme will transit to 9th grade. The learning centres to improve learning outcomes will be operational in schools. This will be done through a partner organization and barefoot teachers/ volunteers will be recruited and trained to manage these centres. Through this intervention, Magic Bus India Foundation is committed to help adolescents and youth break out of the poverty cycle by providing greater livelihood opportunities by enabling higher educational attainment.
Tata Steel CSR
Proposal: School Improvement Project in Selected Tribal Blocks of West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (April 2016 – March 2017)
TATA Steel CSR (TSC) is aiming to support the education enhancement of 3300 children (6-14 years) in tribal district of West Singbhum in Jharkhand. The support is in line with the norms and spirit of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009. In three years, TATA Steel CSR will focus to achieve accessibility to school & learning enhancement of children, strengthening of school systems, building an active and empowering community. Their multi interventions are: 1. Enrolment – TSC will directly enrol 250 children from 6 to 8years of age in government schools. Also, TSC will support children in camps run by TSC -350 children in Non-Residential Bridge Camps (NRBC) for short drop outs (1-2 years) and 100 children in Residential Bridge Camps (RBC) for long drop outs (3 years +). Eventually children from these camps will be mainstreamed in schools 2. Learning Enhancement Program (LEP) – TSC will introduce a specially designed program (LEP) for 2600 children focusing on maths and language for primary schools (I-II Grade) in first year. LEP program in school will be for two hours twice a day. Similar learning programs will be for NRBCs and RBCs. 3.School transforming into resource centers – evidences of improved learning levels of such students is expected to influence the pedagogy and capacities of teachers. Out of 34 targeted schools, 10 schools are expected to be resource centre and model to influence other schools. 4.School Governance – foster community ownership through PTA, youth clubs and women groups for strengthening of 319 school management committees (SMC) for schools’ accountability. Their initial efforts will be building relations with community/SMC of 34 schools and then they will start working with children. In three years, TSC is confident of enrolling 95% children with regular attendance of 85%. There will also be major enhancement of learning of children and school functioning properly.