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HSF: What did our children do during their most recent school summer holidays?

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09Children here in Thailand have their school summer holidays for 2 months and a half from early March until mid May.  As usual, it is a long school break that every child anxiously looks forward to.  For the children HSF works with under our Family Rehabilitation & Family Preservation Program at Nakhon branch office, of whom around 600 of them are under HSF educational support, the social workers always encourage them to spend quality time during their school holidays on purposefully planned activities either the ones organized by HSF or others of their own interests.  In order for our colleagues working with children in other countries to get some ideas on what the children in Southern Thailand do during their school holidays, let us share with you some of the activities our children did during the most recent school summer holidays.

11This is what nud; 15, wrote on his diary: “Hello, my name is Nud.  I am a youth volunteer at HSF Learning Center for Children & Families in Tasala.  During this school summer holidays, I attended a training program on Potential Development of the Core Volunteers on Prevention, Warning & Rehabilitation of the Community in Crisis from Disaster for 7 days and 6 nights.  I learned about growing vegetables under the concept of sufficiency economy and practicing living in crisis.  I was very excited to practice on rock climbing, swimming across an island and living on an island with no facilities.  There were 2 activities that impressed me the most.  Firstly, it was to swim across the island.  Since I am not good at swimming, I had to swim about 500 meters to the island but I could swim only half way and reach the shore with help of my friends.  Secondly, it was the first aid on a case of a broken leg that I learned the basic treatment, which could apply to do at home.  For this training, I thought it was very useful.  I could spend useful times during school holidays. It created a rewarding experience in my lifetime, which could not find in the classroom.”  

“Our Water, Our Life”  HSF organized a field trip for a number of 20 children under our educational support from Ban Sa Bua, which is a fishing community in Tasala District, to Ban Khiriwong in Lan Saka District.  Khiriwong is the community on the mountain about 45 km far.  The children learned the way of life of Ban Khiriwong, the headwaters community with plentiful resources of forests and orchards.  Ban Khiriwong has been very well-known for the strengths of their villagers in helping to conserve the waterway that feeds them throughout the year. They gain an income from their fruit orchards as well as live a simple life according to the concept of sufficiency economy.  The children could gain knowledge of the importance of the waterway from upstream in the mountain to downstream in the village.  They were inspired to help caring for the nature because the water resource is a part of life.

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Benefits from the vegetable garden

Pak-bung and Kung-nang aged 11 years are twin sisters going up to 5th grade this new school year.  After school and at weekends, both help their mother selling vegetables at the market.  When they were studying in the 4th grade, the parents started giving them some extra money in addition to their daily pocket money for their help on selling the vegetables.  Since then, the girls have had savings in a bank.  Both want to earn money on their own.  Pak-bung said, “I will try to have savings up to 5,000 baht before finishing the 6th grade.”  Kung-nang said, “I want to have a lot of money in order to be able to study in the high level”.  Both sisters are members of HSF’s Kids Love Plants’ Club. During school holidays, they began growing young plants for selling such as eggplant and chili, etc.  Their grandfather raises cows so the children can also have manure for selling at 40-50 baht per a sack.  Their mother said, “I am very proud that my children developed the habit of saving, have goals in their life and can spend useful times. This is what they get apart from growing vegetables.  Growing vegetables, plants and trees does not only provide pleasure or food but also train the children to love nature and share things with other people. It is really worth on learning.”

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17As for Hasan, his grandmother said that growing vegetables could change Hasan’s behavior.  Previously, he dislikes doing housework and spent times only on watching TV.  He rarely had interaction with his family members.  After encouraging him to do the vegetable garden, Hasan likes and enjoys growing vegetables in various containers.  When arriving home from school, the very first thing he always does is to water his vegetable garden.  He also gains an income from selling the vegetables he grows.  He can have his own pocket money without asking from his grandmother.  He also saves some money in his piggy bank.

Time to do handicraft for our sponsors can be fun!

These beautiful artworks are made of paper in various forms such as hearts, flowers and butterflies, etc. that the children and parents did together during the school holidays with an intention to send to the sponsors in order to represent love and best wishes from all families under HSF program.

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HSF team

VOC got the Special Movie Award 2072 by the Film Development Board of Nepal!

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IMG_0021 (1)VOC, in Nepal, produced the movie “Chhayan” (Shadows don’t have faces) about sexual abuse, and got the Special Movie Award 2072 by the Film Development Board of Nepal.

The movie is based on Child Protection issue and focuses on Child Sexual Abuse. Child Sexual Abuse is an important and unavoidable issue in Nepal . According to a research, 1 in every 6 boys is found to be sexually abused in Nepal. Usually only girls are believed to be abused but boys too are found to be victims. Due to social structure and belief in Nepal, such incidents are not disclosed and kept hidden by the family members and community.

Hence the movie Chhayan is an attempt to make the society aware of something that is happening in the society or communities which is usually ignored or believed as a fictitious story. The movie “Chhayan” tries to portray how it affects the innocent victim socially and psychologically.

The movie is in the process of screening allover Nepal shortly. It has also been submitted in various International Film Festivals abroad.

CWCN: Steps towards Child Rights Protection

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IMG_0015Child migration from rural to the urban areas in search of better life is a big issue of many developing countries. Likewise in Nepal also the issue is exceedingly prevalent.  There are several factors responsible for migration of children.  Exploring the grounds for what really drives children to migrate, several factors take centre stage. According to reports, family conflict, poverty, hope of better life appears to be the root causes. Lack of basic necessities such as education, health, recreation along with the lack of a secured and nurturing environment leads children to migrate. Unfortunately children landing in urban cities ended up either being domestic helper, abused in different ways and live in street. In Nepal majority of the children coming to Kathmandu capital of Nepal are from the neighboring districts like Kavre, Sindhupalchok, Dolakha and Dhading. In this regards, CWCN has brought its locally-focused ‘Prevention Program’ to intervene in this issue.

The core of this initiative is to make the children not just to realize their problems but also capacitatingIMG_0136 them in to believing that any kind of problem can be solved by themselves at their own place. It is a program that has the objective to identify problems related to children in the local community and to solve those problems with the effort of the stakeholders and with the active participation and leadership of the children themselves via focal child club. Solving the problems of the children by the children themselves at the local level to prevent them from migrating and living more difficult life in cities is main purpose of the prevention program. This program is being conducting in a managed and systematic way in which we have formed focal club, each in Kavre, Sindhupalchok, Dolkha and Dhading. CWCN has been delivering various ability and skill enhancement trainings to these focal child clubs. It is quite understandable that the complete solution of children’s such problem is a big challenge. Yet, CWCN is aimed to capacitate such focal child club to intervene on problems of children and to help children via child to child approach.

Through this initiation of CWCN, we are expecting that Children will be attentive and aware about the current issues such as child marriage, sexual and other forms of abuse, and harmful effects of being on street, child labor, child rights exploitation and violence. They will be able to come front and take leadership to solve their own problems rather than running away from their home and villages. Likewise, problems of the children will be resolved at local level. CWCN hope with this initiative and action process of children migrating (from these districts) will be minimized.

CWCN team

SARD: Sabjipur Government Primary School Children won the kabbadi clash against the Private School children

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SARD: Sabjipur Government Primary School Children won the kabbadi clash against the Private School children

An overwhelming enthusiasm and response was seen at the Kabbadi and quiz competition organized between the children of government primary schools Sabjipur and private schools of the area. The kabbadi final was won by the government primary school children, Sabjipur sinking the opponents of MS Public school Sabjipur. Enthralled by the performance of these children the school headmistress Ms.

SARS 1Neelam said “I didn’t expect that young children can ever participate in competition but the way they played today and won I am very happy to see their energy and enthusiasm.” This initiative was organized under the SARD- Partage programme on holistic development of children and Adolescents of the fakeerpur and Sabjipur, an urban Slum and village respectively in the Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh.

Similar sports events to promote a culture of sports with education has been laid by SARD-Partaege team through various activities like children fair etc., Before this kabbadi rout, stakes of winning the event were high for the private school children as government school children are deprived of any physical education instructor and good nutritious diet and any regular sports practice by these children. Three private schools and one government primary school of sabjipur participated. It was very spectacular and youthful environment. Winner’s trophy was grabbed by Government Primary school and Runners UP trophy along with individual token of appreciation were given to 30 participants from all schools to promote interest of children towards sports and games.

SARS3Too develop knowledge and excellence base for children in Sabjipur village a very motivating and exuberating Open Quiz Meet for all was organized at the government Primary School Sabjipur. Around 100 children participated. Lots of questions regarding general knowledge, health and hygiene were asked to children and for each correct answer children grabbed individual prize like soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc.

It was very energetic and engaging event for the children, youth, villagers, members of Community Based Organization and teachers of the Sabjipur village, one of the intervention villages under the SARD- Partage programme.

SARD team

VSSS: Balabheri Summer Camp

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children’s drawing

Vijayapuram Social Service Society (VSSS) stands for the creation of a new generation vibrant with the values of love, justice, peace, fraternity, cooperation and mutual concern. To materialize this vision and create a new generation children are to be identified at the early age and given formation in these desired directions.

 Vijay Balavedi is a platform of children between the age of 5-15 from different religion, cast and creed, organized by VSSS. Balavedi gives opportunity for children for team building and development of physical, emotional, cultural, and intellectual skills.

Every summer, we host a series of 1-week camp sessions, “Balabheri”, for members of Balavedi, creating a unique environment to learn, grow and have fun.  Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting a diverse group of children, giving our campers the opportunity to meet and perform with peers from different Balavedis working in the parish, creating the ideal setting for performance-based program. The programme includes advancing the field of social entrepreneurship through various programmes.

Celebrating its 25th year, “Balabheri” focuses on lessons of community and children’s development topics.  The camp is always looking for new and exciting ways to inspire children. The programme features four modules that allow kids to design, play, construct and deconstruct in teams, giving them a chance to bond and learn from one another.  The kids are exposed  to outside during recess, engaging in specific topic-related activities each day.

Although the camp runs for just one week, the preparation starts from January. The entire day is structured from beginning to end. At drop-off, the facilitators and the Co-patrons make a Camp evaluation with the kids. For older kids, the Counsellor-in-Training (CIT) program offers a chance to gain leadership skills; this is a great program for kids that have “aged-out” of Camp Invention, but still want to experience all of the fun activities the program has to offer. The following topics are transacted for these older kids.

Bio diversity, Herbal ( medicinal) plants, Alternative life style , water, consumerism , Environmental protection, global warming,   child right and responsibilities, children’s parliament, Drug and substance abuse, Creation of child friendly village,  Cancer and Alcoholism, Life Style Diseases and alternate life style, Transactional Analysis and Personality Development, TV News Reading, Event Management, Dramatics, Programme Anchoring etc. were some of the   most appreciated programmes of Balabheri.

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Training in Crafts

Training in cultural and artistic skills is given for kids below 10.  The most exciting part of any art activity is that young children learn and explore through their senses, and the experience and process. In art children can learn and explore through exciting and messy open-ended art materials. Little ones learn about colors, textures, and shapes while developing fine motor skills and expressing their creativity through unconventional and open-ended materials.

Led by talented artists, children explore an incredible array of artistic materials. A creative line-up of projects in painting, collage, printmaking, and more will follow. Variety will keep the budding artists engaged and entertained all through the camp!

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Dancing class

Dancing helps children develop body awareness as well as physical strength and coordination. Dancers will flourish in our programs as the grow from learning basics steps and dance language to full choreographed routines. Dancing is a fun way to get movingafter school and provides a creative outlet for children to express themselves!

 

The performing arts program gives budding young actors the chance to learn all the elements of development, rehearsals and performance that culminates in a Stage Performance on the last day.

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Musical practice

During the camp all parents visit the camp and prepare tea and snacks for the children. At the end of the camp is a celebration. All parents, ward members of the Panchayat, and other important personalities are also invited for the final day celebration. We celebrate our children’s accomplishments in music, drama, musical theatre, dance, art, etc., on  the last day.

Children also conduct exhibition and other art forms to propagate the message and to educate the public of the topics transacted in the camp.

VSSS Team

 

CPCR conducts annual Seminar of Child Protection School (Safe School) 2016

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April 23rd – 27th, CPCR and Office of the Basic Education Commission, Ministry of Education, conduct an annual seminar of Child Protection School (Safe School). ‘Safeguarding in Schools’, ‘the Positive Discipline’, ‘Sex Education’ and ‘Appropriate Students’ Behavior Promotion’ are four main topics that all school boards of management and teacher leaders have focused and developed a working-plan together in 2016. CPCR also invites Ms. Ticha na-Nakorn, the Director of the Juvenile Observation and Protection Center – Baan Kanchanapisek to share her experience of how to support children in conflict with the law. ‘Only Changing your Attitude, Your Behavior will be Changed’ is the idea that Ms. na-Nakorn has been introduced to her children at Baan Kanchanapisek. She designs a treatment program based on children’s ways of life. Family members also play a vital to support their children. Ms. na-Nakorn’s work will give an idea for all participants to develop their programs in the future.

WAF: Opportunity for Individuals and Organizations working for sustainable water, food and clean air

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WAF: Opportunity for Individuals and Organizations working for sustainable water, food and clean air

The Humanitarian Water, Air and Food (WAF) Award acknowledges and promotes outstanding individuals and organizations who are creating sustainable solutions to bring water, clean air and food to all.

It presents them with the WAF Award, and strives to give them the visibility they deserve to continue making this world a better place.

From April 22 to June 12, the call for application is open to any individual or organization developing and implementing breakthrough solutions for sustainable water, food and cleans air practices.

A committee of experts will select a short list of initiatives that best meet the selection criteria: sustainability, innovation, empowerment, scalability, replicability and social and environmental impact.

Then, you will have the chance to vote for your favorite project from the short list; share it with the world and gather support to make sure they win the WAF Award. You decide who the world celebrates this year!

By celebrating people and their solutions, we share with the world ideas that work and help turn them into best practices. By receiving recognition and support, these pioneers can carry on the wonderful work in bringing water, clean air and food to those who need them most. They become the models of best practices this world desperately needs.

Deadline: 12 June 2016

For more information: http://web.wafaward.org/call-for-applications/

SARD: An award by MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.

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CONGRATULATIONS!! our friend, SARD, with an Award by MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.

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Embassy of Israel in India awarded a Mashav Grant to the project on “Ensuring better learning levels for all children through setting up Innovative teaching learning resource Bank” to the undersigned as a Mashav Alumni.

“This grant will add value in our current intervention with South Delhi Municipal Corporation on enhancing quality in their schools and bring reform in Delhi education initiatives. This grant would not have been possible without active support from all of you. We therefore seek your continued patronage in future too” said Mr. Sudhir Bhatnagar.