The HCL Foundation organized ‘Power of One Carnival’ and NGO Partners Meet - South zone in Chennai on December 14th and 15th. The Aide et Action’s Arumbu/Gurukul project teams along with other HCL NGO partners from Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Madurai participated in the event.
The ‘Power of One’ (payroll giving and volunteering) is one of the key flagship projects of HCL which is based on the belief that a contribution as small as one rupee per day can make a huge difference in people’s lives.
On this occasion, Aide et Action put up a stall to educate HCL employees about our community projects and to garner more support in the form of skill-based and technical volunteering.
This was followed by a review of NGO partners by HCL. The purpose of this meeting was done to review work which has been carried since last one year and discuss our partnering experiences, discuss about challenges and issues that foster or hinder our work, explore strengths of the partnerships, identify opportunities for improvement, set expectations and specific steps for implementation in the coming months.
In continuation to Aide et Action South Asia’s efforts of influencing policies for migrant children at state and central governments of India, a Central North Zone consultation on ‘Rights, Education, Entitlements and Protection of Migrant Children’ was organized in Bhopal on 24th November 2017. The meet was organized jointly in collaboration with Madhya Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MPSCPCR). Representatives of SCPCRs of Delhi, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh states along with child rights activists and government officials attended the consultation to discuss on the plight of migrant children and the various issues that need to be addressed by the government to improve the living conditions of migrants and their families.
The Teachers Resource Group (TRG) formed by Aide et Action celebrated the ‘World Teachers Day’ on 5th October in a unique way. More than 80 teachers, who are part of the TRG, visited the government primary schools under the ‘Schooling & Learning Improvement Project’ in Balaghat district, Madhya Pradesh and interacted with the teachers and children. The group was led by Dr. Damodaer Jain (TRG Coordinator), Dr. Avneesh Kumar Singh (Ex Director of State Institute of Rural Development), Mr. Pravin Upadhaya (Block Resource coordinator) and 4 Cluster Academic Coordinators. The group shared their experiences with the teachers in Balaghat. They also were visibly happy to know about many initiatives of AEA to strengthen the quality of education in this region.
On the occasion of World Youth Skills Day, Aide et Action’s livelihood based programme iLEAD – Initiative for Livelihood Education and Development which has been active since 2005, for promoting education through livelihood training and enhancing livelihood opportunities by providing skilled based training in 40 different trades to marginalized people of the society specially the youth, decided to rejuvenate the ‘Magic of Skills’ on World Youth Skills Day 2017, by giving an opportunity to come together and recognize the importance of skill development for amongst the youth, providing them a platform to contribute to their communities by offering free service workshops on repairing & servicing of automobile/ electrical/ accounts solutions/ beauty services/ designing services/ health/ hygiene/ nutrition and showcasing their skills which they have developed in the iLEAD program.
Over the years, iLEAD has trained more than 2,15,000 youth, of which 40% are women and placed more than 75% of youth in meaningful jobs across South Asia including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia and Philippines. iLEAD teams throughout the nation organized free service workshops in order to promote the importance of skill development and provided a platform for youth to showcase their skills on World Youth Skills Day 2017. The workshops were held in different parts of the country starting from Jammu and Kashmir to Trivandrum and Gujarat to Assam. People were amazed to see the efforts and skills of our iLEAD trainees. Find below center wise glimpses:
The Bhopal, Chennai, Hyderabad and Patna Regional Offices organized state level consultation meetings to share the migration project updates with multi-stakeholders ranging from UNICEF, Government Departments, Civil Society Organisations, Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India (CREDAI), Construction Companies and the Media. The consultations were organized with the technical support of Migration Information Resource Center – AEAI SA. The meetings were part of the ‘Caring and Safe Environment for Young Migrants at worksites’ project which focuses on creative engagement with children of migrant workers to enhance their learning skills, physical & mental development and access to nutritional and health services. The consultations focused on the need for a better convergence between the government departments and civil society organisations in providing basic services and entitlements to young migrants at worksites. The involvement of the ground level officials of different government departments in the consultation has helped in bringing out a qualitative roadmap and their commitment to assure the basic services to the young migrants. For the first time, representatives from builder’s forum CREDAI participated in the event at Bhopal and promised to ensure a caring and healthy living environment for young migrants at worksites. A poster on “Rights of young migrants at worksites” developed in English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil was released in all the consultations.
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