WHAT WE DO
After care (Adult Empowerment)
Swadhar(rehabilitation of women in difficult circumstances)
CHILD PROTECTION AND EDUCATION *
Children are a major part of the “home” created by ABWU. Team ABWU work incessantly for child protection and child education.
Abandoned, abused or orphaned children are brought to our Home by government /non government help agencies. These children (sometimes infants) are provided with immediate shelter, security, healthcare, nutrition and trauma counseling.
The children above the age of five are subsequently sent to our in-house nursery (Balwadi) or primary school according to their age. In accordance with the Right to Education Act, all the resident girls receive formal education based on their individual capabilities. The children from nearby slums come to our nursery and primary school. These children not only get education here but also are served nutritious food during lunch hour.
The children also participate in various extra-curricular activities viz. Music, Dance, Karate, Hockey, Dance Movement therapy, Computer, Drawing and Krav Maga. Some of the children are girl guides and some participate in various social welfare activities as members of “The International Award for Young People, India” (The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Association).
A significant number of girls participate in Skill Development/ Vocational Training in our in-house training center. This is in keeping with the Government’s directive of encouraging girls above 14 years of age to learn skills which may help them to be gainfully employed in case, further education is not pursued.
From time to time, the students participated in Inter School activities viz. dance, drawing competition, debate, karate, art, etc.
In our Special Education Class, we have five girls who are slow-learners who are taken care of by a Special Educator. They also attend Occupational Therapy like spice grinding, bakery and various art and craft.
At ABWU, all Members, staff, care-givers and volunteers are sensitized to strictly adhere to the Child Protection Policy viz. Right to Survival, Right to Development, Right to Protection and Right to Participation. The behavior protocols of all care-givers have been laid down, devised to ensure that the best interests of the children is always protected.
Many of these disadvantaged children need counseling /therapy, we try our best to provide them proper counseling through professional counselors.
*Our Children Home is licensed under Juvenile Justice(for the care and protection) Act 2000.CHILD PROTECTION AND EDUCATION *
After care (Adult Empowerment)
When the little girls grow up to be young adults they move on to “after care home” section, if they have no home to go back to. These girls are then given opportunity to acquire vocational training/ higher education to make them self reliant.
Swadhar (rehabilitation of women in difficult circumstances)
At the Swadhar unit of the Home, we provide shelter and security to women who have been victims of abuse, trafficking or displacement. While various help agencies rescue women from these ills, our Home provides shelter to them. We also employ professionals to provide medical attention and trauma therapy. Once the women are feeling better, we provide women with training so they can be self-sufficient again.
Part of the home is dedicated to elderly care. Senior women who have been abandoned or have lost their families are brought to us. We at ABWU ensure that these women spend their golden years peacefully and with dignity. They are provided with adequate comfort, nutrition and healthcare, and also counselling.
ABWU has strong support of Central as well as West Bengal Government. Further, it also has a pool of individual donors as well as partners who support the cause generously. But there remains a huge gap between funds we receive and funds needed for:
1.counseling /therapeutic intervention at every stage
2.Cost of medicine for elderly.
3.Our new project to bring the “drop outs” from marginalized communities to “main stream basic education”
All of the above require additional funds for sustenance.
We therefor urge sponsors to donate for the cause as individuals, groups orcorporation/institution.