Struggle for survival of Hyderabads migrants puts child care in back seat
“They live in utter poverty. Most of them are malnourished, in tattered clothes and are vulnerable to all kinds of diseases. They just travel with their parents, who, in search of livelihood travel across states. They are neglected because the only thing on the parents’ minds is to earn money and survive the day,” says Lateefa, a CCLC facilitator who attended the State – Level Stakeholder Consultation on Care, Learning and Healthy Environment for the Children of migrant workers.
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NGO organises mela for young migrants
HYDERABAD: Close to 150 children gathered to celebrate children’s mela at a construction site near Nallagandla, all smiles and engrossed in the varied activities that were conducted for them. Migrant children from states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand who had made various construction sites their temporary homes came together and had a field day. The mela, organised by NGO ‘Aide et Action’ was special for these children who spend their lives travelling with their parents in pursuit of a livelihood.
There was a display of cultural activities and pieces of art created by the children through the year. “All of this on display today is what children did as part of their activity in the Child Care and Learning Centres (CCLC) that we have across construction sites.”
“It is an intervention project that complies with the Right to Education Act, where every child irrespective of his or her age has the right to learn,” Suresh Gutta, regional manager of Aide et Action said. The Centres also cater to the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating mothers and children. “We also conduct health checks to ensure immunisation for the babies. Trained teachers take classes that have different kinds of activities aimed to ready these kids for school,” added Suresh Gutta.
Bhagwani, a construction worker who hails from Bihar ensures that her children attend the centre everyday. “While we are on the job, there is no one to take care of the kids. At the centre, we can be assured that they are in safe hands and we do not have to worry at all,” she said.
The highlight of the mela was the exhibition where the migrant children displayed their clay modelling skills.
Published in The New Indian Express, Hyderabad dated 17th November 2016. Click here to read the original news.
Eric Ouannes joins AEAI as the new Director General
Geneva: Aide et Action International (AEAI), an international NGO with headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland), which is dedicated to education as an essential mean to advance the cause of development across the world, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Eric Ouannes as its International Director General (IDG). Eric will assume his duties from Monday, 15th August 2016.
Eric, who has close to 20 years of experience in the humanitarian sector, has an impressive track record in operational leadership, strategy development, financial and relationship management. After starting his career with Action Contre la Faim (ACF), he joined Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) as their General Director for MSF Japan and President of the Board of MSF Korea, where his 15 years track record included the impressive growth of MSF’s influence and impact in Asia. He then joined briefly Geneva Call, a Swiss Foundation as their head of operation, before taking the helm at AEAI.
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Aide et Action launches ‘iDREAMS’ app
Jaipur: Commemorating World Youth Skills Day on July 15, Aide et Action, an international NGO working in the education sector, launched a mobile app “iDreams” which offers an opportunity to all the showbox for iphone &android users to help the youth from less privileged backgrounds to get trained to enhance their employability skills by referring them to their Skill Development programme “iLEAD”. The launch took place in around 70 centers across south Asia including India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Click here to read more…
Aide et Action India forms new Board
A new statutory board for Aide et Action India was formed in Chennai in the month of October comprising of President, Secretary and Board Member.
As per the new constitution, Mr Sharad Chandra Behar, former bureaucrat was elected as as the President of Aide et Action India Board while Mrs Claire Calosci, former International Director General to Aide et Action as Secretary and Mr Sanjeev Kotnala, eminent communication and brand building expert as Member.
Aide et Action wins e-North East Award 2016
Shillong: In the month of February, AEA’s iLEAD (Initiative for Livelihood Education and Development) project has won e-North East Award 2016 in the e-Livelihood and Enterprise category constituted by North East Development Foundation in partnership with Impulse NGO Network, Meghalaya Information Technology Society (MITS), Information Technology Department, Government of Meghalaya and North Eastern Council (NEC).
The award is in recognition to Aide et Action’s relentless work to promote skill & enterprise development in North East India.
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French Diplomats visit AEA Delhi Regional Office
New Delhi: His Excellency Mr. Jean-Jacques BEAUSSOU, French Ambassador, Special representative for Civil Society, Ms. Maëlle BOUVIER, Counselor & Thierry MOREL, French Embassy, India visited Aide et Action – Delhi Regional Office on 14th April 2016. click here to read more