“HumaraBachpan” is a national campaign on living conditions for young children in urban poverty. The campaign calls for inclusion of child friendly components in the urban renewable policies such as Rajiv Awash Yojana (RAY).
HumaraBachpan Campaign Aims To:
Children need a safe and healthy environment for their proper development. Special planning and design of the outdoor and indoor spaces enables a child to play, learn and explore.It is through the physical environment and neighbourhood that children acquire social, cognitive, and physical skills. Restricting these may slow-down the holistic developmental process of young children. The following components have a major role in a child’s development and therefore every child should have access to them.
What are the rights of children living in urban poverty based on ‘CRC’?
Indifferent adolescents become change agents & establish their rights
Location: 46 slums (23 in Jamshedpur, 8 in Dhanbad, 6 in Ranchi and 6 in Bokaro),
Nature of Initiative: Implementing
Project holder: Ms. PrabhaJaiswal
CRY support since: 1998
The slums in Jamshedpur are situated on the periphery of the planned city. This sudden outgrowth was mainly because the brick kilns – where migrants work – were located on the outskirts of the city. Although hutments are now semi-permanent, there is no recognition of these residents in larger urban development planning programmes.
Children are mainly engaged in child labour either in hotels, as domestic workers or as rag pickers. The high level of legal insecurity has also led to police atrocities. This is a situation often seen in slums in other cities and urban fringe areas too.
From creating a non-formal school, to working to ensure child rights, ASES has come long way to strengthen a community
AdarshSevaSansthan (ASES) started working in the slums by starting a non-formal school with 45 children. Now ASES work in the slums mainly aiming at ensuring child rights through a strengthened community. The organisation has come up with four focus areas of intervention – birth registration, child labour and drop out, basic amenities and housing rights.
ASES has been able to mobilise the basti committee and women and children groups to address issues in the slums. The committee and the women groups are active in bringing basic facilities to the slum. The children groups – BalSangathans – are engaged in enrolment drives. They have also been working on the slum rehabilitation policy at the ground level with basti committees.