Goals

STRATEGIC GOALS

terre des hommes Germany-India Programme’s initiatives focus on four Strategic Goals. In 2016-18, the organisation was active through it partners with multiple projects on each of the four goals.

Strategic Goal 1 – PARTICIPATION BY CHILDREN AND YOUTH

tdh Germany-India Programme supports local projects which work towards empowering marginalized children and youth, so that they can organize themselves and participate in decisions in society to actively shape their surroundings and the society they live in.  As part of this Goal, children and youth were supported and enabled to stand up for their own rights and the rights of other children and young people, individually and together.

East:

  • 186 children’s groups were set up with 5130 members.
  • 72 youth groups came to life with 1195 members.
  • 21 training sessions were conducted for youth with 509 attendees.
  • 13 training sessions for children were held with 843 participants.
  • 361 children and 301 youth participated in Gram Sabhas.
  • 30 Youth helped monitor RTE compliance in 8 schools.
  • 20 children ran peer learning centres attended by 170 children.

North:

  • 4110 children and 2960 youth attended meetings/trainings on child rights issues and participated in events related to environment protection, polythene free villages, health, hygiene, water and sanitation issues.
  • 9 initiatives (5 on environment, 2 on child marriage, 1 on child labour, 1 on child trafficking) were started by 5291 children and youth in UP, Bihar, Haryana and Rajasthan.
  • 25 advocacy workshops were held with media and government functionaries on child marriage, ecological rights, child labour, RTE, Sustainable Development goals and roles and responsibilities of youth in electoral process.
  • 140 youth leaders are in liaison with Gram Panchayats, local urban communities, block, district and state to help the community receive benefits of Government schemes.
  • 619 girls and 330 boys are receiving vocational training in tailoring, computers, beauty, electrical and mobile repair.
  • 58 VLCPCs with 580 members are active in 58 villages to ensure child safety and build strong child protection mechanisms.
  • 215 enrolment drives have facilitated 2317 children being mainstreamed.
  • 186 School Management Committees have children and youth of the villages active in raising their issues through them.

West:

  • 443 children groups with 11636 members are actively engaged with a range of issues.
  • 381 youth groups with 7025 members are similarly engaged.
  • 3144 children are enrolled in schools, of which 966 children were first-generation learners.
  • 12139 children & 4818 youth observed and participated in various international days of importance.
  • 110 anti-child marriage campaigns were organised and 90 child marriages were prevented.
  • 161 environment protection drives saw participation from 5583 children. 7902 trees planted.

South:

  • 18,676 children and 5609 youth members participated in groups active in communities.
  • 1,775 children participated in the children’s Gram Sabha meetings in November 2017 in Karnataka.
  • 160 campaigns and social actions saw children and youth members in the lead.
  • 12 working children from the South made their voices heard in the National Consultation and Interface giving their recommendations for the Global Conference and positive changes in the CLPRA, 2016
  • Organic gardens established in 12 schools in Kanyakumari
  • 6 youth Master Trainers trained 35 farmers in Kanyakumari on Sustainable Farming.
  • 5 organic demonstration plots managed by children and youth in Mysore, Hospet and Kanyakumari ensure their food security
  • More than 1250 saplings were planted by 148 eco club leaders in the mining affected region of Bellary.
  • Mime on youth rights & commitment and ecological rights presented in LAML school, Luxembourg.
  • Thematic dance on girl child rights performed by youth.
  • As an outcome of the visit the LAML students have developed an action plan on social commitment.
  • Workshops and discussions conducted by the youth groups in 3 classes of LAML.
  • Indian students learn about waste management, organic farming and plastic eradication practices in Luxembourg
Strategic Goal 2 – SPACES FREE FROM VIOLENCE AND EXPLOITATION

Terre des Hommes Germany- India Programme works towards creating safe, reliable and sustainable living spaces for children and youth which are free from violence and exploitation. Through our partners, we strive for protection, prevention and raising awareness about the multiple dimensions of exploitative child labour, gender-based violence and discrimination in different forms.  In 2016-18, the organization’s activities included:

East:

  • Workshops on gender roles and child protection.
  • 71 Child Protection Committees formed and regularly trained.
  • Assessments made of safe spaces – schools, homes, open spaces – with presentations to authorities.
  • 2524 first-generation learners supported.
  • Vocation training for 101 adolescents and young adults.
  • RTE compliances checked: 67 of 90 schools in project areas were compliant.
  • Children’s social and economic education programmes held with a focus on integration, dealing with conflict, bullying and gender roles.
  • Continuous awareness on children protection acts.

North:

  • 1790 children (882 girls) were exposed to yoga, exercises and fun games to cope up with stress [child labour and trafficking].
  • 4075 children (2025 girls) were instrumental in resisting child marriage or have helped their peers to delay marriages.
  • 3835 children are being supported to complete their school education.
  • Anti-Child Labour Day (12th June) was observed involving 2131 children and 1079 youth.
  • Red Hand Day events by 10 partners saw 1645 children and youth take part.
  • 2278 youth were supported on job-oriented education and vocational training.
  • 400 youth members were supported to give up addictive practices.
  • 2019 children of 0-5 years have access to nutritional food.
  • 1314 children have access to health and nutrition services provided in the schools and Anganwadis.
  • 738 children in stone mining areas were supported to continue education and prevent being exposed to dust and lungs infection in UP.

West:

  • 5757 children are accessing early childhood care at ECCD centres
  • 33776 children have access to health and nutrition services provided in the schools and ICDS centres
  • On demand of Panchayats and school management committees in 47 Schools, eggs are provided to 2983 children in Mid-day Meals in 9 blocks of Chhattisgarh.
  • 765 girls are enrolled in schools/hostel and they are continuing their education.
  • 16333 children and youth access clean drinking water, sanitation facilities and health care through project interventions.
  • 1141 malnourished children were facilitated to access government schemes and institutional support.
  • Financial support was provided to 7 young adults to start their own businesses.
  • 629 youths were trained in various vocations, of which 338 have placed in jobs. Another 143 youth have started their own businesses.

South:

  • 5984 young girls and children in vulnerable situations like employment in Sumangali Scheme and at risk of being trafficked rescued and provided with psychosocial counselling and opportunities for education or livelihood.
  • A case study booklet on the survivors of Sumangali bonded labour scheme released in the month of October 2017 in Bengaluru.
  • 78 children working in the allied sectors of mining and 40 childreon the street rescued and provided with education and rehabilitation support.
  • 238 youth members working in the mining region helped to give up substance abuse.
  • 192 schools complied with the standards for safety and addressed the issues voiced by young girls. No child labour, child abuse, corporal punishment in schools and anti-sexual harassment committee are now in place in 40 colleges in Hospet, Karnataka.
  • “What Next” campaign conducted in 12 schools and 3 colleges of Hospet. Campaign messages: Students have the right to choose their career. Failure in exams does not mean the end of education. 3000 students were reached; this was followed up with career counselling in Sakhi. One outcome is 25 college students have come forward to become youth volunteers of Sakhi.
Strategic Goal 3 – ECOLOGICAL RIGHTS TO CHILDREN

tdh Germany- India Programme aims to support and facilitate children, youth and their communities in their efforts to protect and strengthen their natural environment and to become agents of change themselves. With our partners, we continue to raise awareness of and induce action on focus areas such as climate change, waste management, water management and sustainable development.

East:

  • 2 state level youth networks formed in Odisha and West Bengal. Youth initiatives such as kitchen and school gardens, tree planting and forest protection supported.
  • Ecological Rights and Sustainable Development Goals introduced to children and youth in Assam.
  • 9 training sessions with 186 participants held on Ecological Rights and Sustainable Development. 310 farmers switched to organic farming.
  • World Environment Day celebrated with 1167 participants.
  • Youth group members convinced 3 Gram Panchayats to include cleaning of local water bodies of plastic in the MGNREGA Scheme; youth group members have been included in supervision of the work.
  • Anti-plastic campaigns in tea shops and slums.

North:

  • 10 partners specially focus on Ecological Child Rights in UP, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Rajasthan.
  • 2483 children (1191 girls/1292 boys) and 2535 youth (1136 girls/ 1399 boys) are taking initiatives to protect their environment and to create awareness on ecological child rights.
  • 12 partners observed World Environment Day; 1755 children and youth took part.
  • 738 children and 400 youth are capacitated on ecological child rights. 400 youth have made action plans, had meetings with the district administration for plantation in and around the closed mines in Sonbhadra in UP.
  • 25 hand pumps put (63 families and 198 children) and 19 ponds cleaned in UP and Uttarakhand. 6648 children now access clean drinking water.
  • 6040 children and youth were involved in 135 plantation drives in 5 projects in UP, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.  16,297 saplings have been planted.
  • 200 children organized a plant exhibition in Delhi. 255 plants borrowed from the community were displayed.
  • 7234 households were facilitated with waste disposal facilities in 13 projects.
  • 7 newsletters (every quarter) published under 2 projects in UP and Uttarakhand in which children and youth share good practices related to conservation of natural resources and environment protection are distributed in 80 villages.
  • A booklet on air pollution named Hawa Ka Rukh (Course of Air) was published by our partner Ankur in Delhi. It was shared and discussed with the children and youth of the project and the community.
  • 60 seed banks and 70 nurseries have been prepared by 50 youth groups and 10 farmer groups in 2 projects.

West:

  • 7022 households have planted kitchen gardens and consume fresh green vegetables in their daily diet
  • In Umaria district Vyanjan Diwas (Nutritious Dish Day) was celebrated by using locally available millets and vegetables from kitchen gardens and farms.
  • 350 number of families are involved in income generation activities.
  • Youth in Surendranagar district (Gujarat) have installed dustbins in 7 villages to collect and recycle plastic and waste.

South:

  • 4645 youth members and 7326 children are actively part of the advocacy efforts on ecological rights.
  • 4582 children in schools, college and government hostels have access to food security through the promotion of kitchen gardens initiative.
  • Youth members of HEAL – BMZ prepared a booklet on the importance of water and the youth role in conservation of water and released it as part of GAM observance.
  • Children of 5200 families accessed clean and safe drinking water from restored ponds and wells during Ockhi cyclone.
  • 1505 children and youth members in the communities observed World Environment Day by taking up Go Green initiatives and promoting the common natural resources in their region.
  • As a mark of observance of the 50th anniversary of terre des hommes, 31 youth members of State level youth network Eco Youth Tamil Nadu created small patches of biodiversity forest and seed balls to form a bio-cover in the dry land region of Pudhukottai and to address the drought situation
  • Prakruthi Youth Network Karnataka held tree plantation campaign and an awareness programme in the city of Mysore.
  • Mass tree plantation campaign was held in the mining affected region of Bellary District.
  • Posters on the theme of environment was released and cloth bags distributed to the community members in coastal region of Kanyakumari.
  • Kalari team along with the support of community youth members performed in 12 villages on the theme of protection of coastal biodiversity.
Strategic Goal 4 – CHILD RIGHTS IN INTERNATIONAL POLICIES

tdh Germany-India Programme and its partners work with children and youth to help them raise their voices at the global level against social injustice with the objective to bring about a transformation of society in the interests of justice, peace and sustainability. This year the initiatives of the organization included:

East:

  • Children shared problems contributing to distress migration with an audience including the Minister for Women and Child Development.
  • Children’s Assembly in Vijayawada in July 2017 had participants from 4 Eastern states.
  • Consultations held among children’s groups, followed by Consultation at state level with academics, lawyers, activists. Recommendations shared with Government of Odisha.
  • Red Hand Day was observed by 1342 children and 697 adults in 5 regions.

North:

  • 27 youth were capacitated on Sustainable Development Goals in RPPM. 3 youth representatives launched their Campaign on SDGs at a Conference at Press Club of India.
  • 25 youth took part in a session on SDGs in Rishikesh.
  • Paper on DGD written by child participant Ritu from India at Geneva last year was published in children’s magazine Chakmak.
  • 152 children participated in National Consultation on Child Labour including 18 from 8 North Zone projects.
  • Green Club members stories and initiatives were shared on various platforms. Himanshi Maratha, a 13 year old Green Club member from Hesco Uttarkhand received the National level Ashoka Youth Venturer award.

West:

  • 65 children from 12 states attended the National Consultation on Child Labour in Delhi to discuss the amendments made in CLPRA.
  • Umbrella Walk and One-day Consultation with Labour & Education department held in Bhopal
  • Stock taking study on RTE implementation undertaken through RTE Forum in Maharashtra
  • 8078 children participated in GAM 2017.
  • Around 5000 children participated in 7 Bol Bindaas shows in MP

South:

  • 10 working children are providing their views and perspective on improving their life situation for the Global Conference.
  • 8500 children in the communities, school students, children in Supplementary Education Centres and youth members observed Red Hand Day.
  • Expert panel meetings with Centre for Labour Studies, National Law School, trade unions and textile industries were conducted. Dialogue on Partnership for Sustainable Textiles held on 6 March 2017 at Coimbatore.
  • Children Advisory Committee members and 12 child workers participate in National consultation and interface on Time to Talk.
  • State level demands to be presented for the Global Conference and the Government of India prepared by child workers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu during preparatory meetings.
  • Through CAC meetings held in Feb, April, June and August 2017, children give their opinions on their work situation.
  • 26 observance events conducted in the South Zone by 17 partner organizations.
  • The theme was “Children are the present, let’s guarantee their future. End Violence and Exploitation!” was adapted in accordance to the local child rights violations in each district. Right to clean and safe drinking water, reduction of the pollution in mining region, prevention of child labour especially in the textile mills and the rights of young girls working in textile industry taken up issues in relevance to the theme. 10,280 children and youth participated.