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Location

8 slums of Sadar Block, Bilaspur District Chhattisgarh.
Thematic Focus: Education & Nutrition


Background of the Project

Mitwa Mahila Kalyan Evam Seva Samiti (MMKSS) is an organization originated from a group of good friends, who were bound together as the self-help group (SHG) members working in tribal villages of Chhattisgarh. These women, along with savings and thrift practices, had continued to work together for the development of poor vulnerable women and children over the last decade. The organization got registered on 14th June 2004 and is currently working in a focused way for the development of children and women in the urban area of the Bilaspur especially amongst the children and migrant families living in slums along with the begging community. Ms. Santoshi Verma, is the project holder, and leads the team as Chief Executive since its registration. The focus has been education, health, child participation and women empowerment. The organization has also initiated the process of addressing the issues of substance abuse and malnutrition. It strategizes to ensure women and child rights over education, health and participation through capacity building and community awareness by organizing women and children to raise their voices against discrimination. The organization has formed groups, supported children by taking additional classes by the animators and prepares profiles of the children to map the yearly progress of children. Throughout the years, the organization has focused on 100% immunization of children and pregnant women of the 8 slums and strengthening the Anganwadis on the functioning of six services in the concerned slums. The organization also has focused on the participation of children and adolescent groups through motivating them to form children and adolescent groups in the slums in Bilaspur.

Problem Statement:


Bilaspur is the largest city in the state of Chhattisgarh and the seat of the High Court of Chhattisgarh. The residential area is spread over Municipal Corporation Area and is characterized by irregular street patterns and low-rise buildings mainly with terracotta tiled roofs. The total slum population of the city is about 85,128 (Source: DPR of Integrated Housing and Slum Development Program- IHSDP). These are mostly situated behind the railway track. The source of income for most of these slum dwellers and migrant populations consist of daily wage work, rag picking for recycling, housemaids (women), hawking vegetables and household essentials, casual wage labor, and begging at times. Women are either housemaids or are engaged as daily wage casual labors and very few are into hawking. Children are mainly engaged in rag picking and begging. They are also addicted to smoking and alcohol, and a large number of them are out of school. Some are dropouts while others have never been enrolled in any kind of schooling. There is a strong presence of caste system which is observed in the communities as the communities do not prefer to have meals together. Social discrimination exists within the communities of SC, ST, others inhabiting in the Fadakhar and other slums. The basic amenities are either very meager or not functional in these areas like- drinking water, sanitation, electricity, etc. Facilities from municipality and other govt. schemes are mostly defunct. MMKSS through its intervention has been able to improve the educational situation to some extent. However, there is still a need of improvements. There is inadequacy of subject based teachers in the schools and many of the requirements as per the RTE (Right to Free and Compulsory Education) Act regulations are yet to be achieved. Issue of dropping out is prevailing in these slums as children are getting addicted to substance abuse and child labor. In the ICDS (Integrated Child Development Scheme) centers the Anganwadi Workers have not implemented ECCE (early childhood care & education) on full scale till now. Health and nutrition are other critical challenge domains in this area that need to be addressed. The children stay in unhygienic conditions of slums and the ICDS centers are also not well equipped with trained workers to address the health issue of children.

Achievements & Impact


Key Result Areas Achievements

Result Areas: All children aged 3-6 years from 8 project slums are enrolled and receiving the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in ICDS Anganwadi centers.

● Orient the team for tracking of services provided by ICDS as per norms.
● Ensure 100% retention of 286 Children in 13 Anganwadi Centers.
● Ensure 100% enrolment of newly identified children (in AWC) through monthly meetings in 8 groups.

● 348 children are registered in Anganwadi centers.
● 62 new registrations were done during the year.
● Due to lockdown and pandemic restrictions Mitwa staff are doing door to door visit and interacting with parents that in home itself children spend some time doing activities like learning alphabets, doing drawing and other play activities. Children were kept engaged in home doing educational/ recreational activities.
● Preschool learning has been provided as part of covid relief.

Key Result Areas Achievements

Result Areas: Ensure access to quality school education for all children aged 6-18 years in 8 project slums.

● Facilitate regular monthly meetings of 9 School Management Committees (SMCs) with 70% attendance through motivating 144 SMC members to understand & address various issues in school.
● Assist SMCs in developing School Development Plans (SDPs) to ensure all 9 schools have facilities & infrastructure as per RTE Act.
● Tracking 1,582 children in 8 slums to ensure 98% transition amongst children aged 6-14 years and 85% transition amongst children aged 15-18 years and 100% regularity in classes.
● Ensure at least 10 eligible dropouts are enrolled in National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).
● Conduct one-day training of teachers and project team with the support of DIET (District Institute of Education & Training) resource person.
● Transact CRY Child Centre modules on life skills with all children collectives in 8 slums and motivate them for monthly meetings

● All 9 SMC members did monthly SMC meetings with attendance of 70 percent members. However from April since the schools were closed there were irregularities in SMC meetings. Project team have started interacting with SMC members on one-to-one basis and sensitized them regarding online/ Mohalla classes, Public Distribution Systems, mid-day meal, distribution of books/ dresses, and NIOS enrolment.
● 2 school teachers were trained and they have developed Teaching Learning Material on Science and Maths. These TLMs are being used during the Mohalla Classes.
● 24 dropout children in 6-14 years age-group re-enrolled.
● 57 children in the 15-18 years age-group have been linked to NIOS (for class X and class XII board examination) during this year.
● 35 children were enrolled in vocational training through a private institution. 5 boys are taking training as motor mechanics, 28 girls are taking training on sewing. The rest 2 girls have filled out forms for nursing training and doing training from a private training institution.
● 61 meetings happened within 17 children groups, which was attended by 340 children and 63 meetings took place within 12 adolescent groups which was attended by 130 adolescents. These meetings were held largely in context of awareness on Covid19 pandemic, hand sanitization, discussion on mid-day meal distribution, linkages through online/ Mohalla classes and also regarding “The Child Center” training.

Key Result Areas Achievements

Result Areas: All 13 AWC provide all the five basic services as per ICDS norms.

● Ensure all 13 AWC continue to provide all 6 mandated basic services such as Supplementary nutritious food, Health checkup, Immunization, Referral services, Life skill education to adolescent girls, and ECCE.
● Strengthen community monitoring groups to ensure Anganwadi are monitored for quality and completeness for services.

● 60 meetings were held in 9 CBOs in which 102 members participated. The meetings were held largely in the context of discussion on 100% mid-day meal and PDS distribution, linkages through online/ mohalla classes and also on proper functioning of AWC during Covid 19 pandemic times.

Covid Related Activities done during the Period:


• Distribution of PDS Ration – 1,177 households in 8 slums have been assisted to receive PDS during the period.
• Distribution of mid-day meals grains to children – 1,226 school children in the age group of 6-14 years have received mid-day meals during the period through the efforts of the team members.
• Distribution of Ready to eat food for AWC children - Team has helped 348 registered children in 3-6 years to receive ready to eat meals during the period.
• Distribution of PDS grains for migrant laborers - Around 30 migrant laborers were ensured access to PDS ration in the month of June and July, through the effort of the team along with the district officials.
• Provision of quarantine center for migrant laborers - 15 migrant laborers reached Bilaspur slums from other big cities as a process of reverse migration. These laborers were supported by the local authorities and Mitwa team members and were shifted to a quarantine center along with their families (a total of around 25 persons).
• Distribution of Covid19 relief materials from CRY – through the CRY Covid Relief, Mitwa team member were able to distribute the following:
− 15,000 pieces of soaps in all 1,177 households;
− Play materials to around 1,730 children amongst 625 households;
− Sanitary napkins to 650 adolescent girls;
− Dry ration (oil, potato, soybean, jiggery, soap powder, spices and masks) to 15 vulnerable households;
− Masks and liquid hand-wash to approx. 50 AAA (AWW , ASHA , ANM ) workers.

Plans

The following are the broad areas in which Mitwa will be working for the coming year –

KRA : Ensure access to quality school education for all children aged 6-18 years in 8 project slums.

• Ensure dropout enrolment of elementary classes as well as higher classes in schools either through school or open board or online classes.
• Work with School Management Committees (SMC) on preparation of School Development Plan (SDPs) for 9 schools. • Ensure proper grade tracking of class V, VIII, X and XII.
• Working with teachers, SMCs and children in publishing children's annual magazines from 3 model schools.
• Organizing social campaign drives for increasing awareness on covid19 vaccination programs.
• Organizing workshop on use of TLMs in context of ensuring quality education / creative learning for 9 school teachers and SMC members of 9 schools.

KRA: All 13 AWC provide all the five basic services as per ICDS norms.

• Organizing pre-test for assessing age specific learning of 4 model Anganwadi centers.
• Organizing post-test for assessing learning level of class III and class V children of 4 model schools.
• Organizing capacity building programs of staff on appropriate use of MIS data on monthly basis.
• Organizing district level consultation on inclusion of 15-18 years under RTE Act 2009.
• Doing Covid relief work for Anganwadi children in context of distribution of books and adolescent girls for sanitary pads.
• Doing vulnerability study for assessment of vulnerability in field area and then designing program for program deepening.
• Conduct perception study to assess the impact of online classes (due to covid19 pandemic) on children’s learning level.
• Sensitization programs with community and CBO on monitoring of AWC regarding their proper implementation of 6 integral services.
• Linkage of vulnerable families with social security schemes.
• Capacity building of partners on quality education and linking them through Vidya app.

Total amount disbursed in 2020 - 14,787


Financial Summary: January to December 2021


Budget Breakup 2021

Nutrition

699

4%

Education

10,106

59%

Participation

2,829

17%

Administration

3,408

20%

Total Grant Approved

17,042

100%