CRESCENT RURAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY (CRDS) MANAGEMENT LETTER CRESCENT RURAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY started to work on Rural Development issues since 1993. Initially, though there were no separate projects, CRESCENT RURAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY, out of its own interest, worked to integrate Rural Development aspects into all its programmes. Since 1993-94 onwards CRESCENT RURAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY planned trainings for the staff with the support of Govt. and Non-Govt. agencies. CRESCENT RURAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY is also taking many initiatives at the Local level in collaboration with other Voluntary Organizations and Govt. Departments to plan activities. Since then CRESCENT RURAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY has decided to continue its work on the similar lines. Anantapur district has a long and illustrious heritage of voluntarism starting from 1960. The pioneering works of voluntary organizations in the district involve models of organization, mobilization and unionization of Agricultural laborers, Marginal farmers, marginalized sections of the society i.e. Dalits, and STs integrated Rural Development, Regeneration of women and children, Community health, AIDS Awareness, Watershed Development, Regeneration of De-graded lands and hillocks etc. GOAL: To bring the socially and economically downtrodden communities into the mainstream of development by empowering them and build relationship among themselves for their integrated development. MAIN OBJECTIVES: To promote Child Rights through promoting literacy among the rural parents. The child rights start from 0 to 18 years and we intend to assure that each child enjoys his/her Rights. To ensure that each eligible child is admitted into Anganwadi Centre, and from there to the regular Primary, UP and High School so that the governments objective of Compulsory education is met without any hindrance. To ensure that orphan and single parent children also join the mainstream of enjoying their basic Child Rights and they are provided with secure life with love and affection like others. To undertake integrated rural development Programmes by providing physical activities with the financial assistance of Govt and non-government agencies. To undertake rural infrastructure development activities like Rural Housing, Rural Education, Sanitation, Rural Health, Land development and NRM activities. To obtain Grants-in-Aid from Government Institutions/ Departments and Funding agencies within India and abroad for attainment of its aims and objectives. To undertake various Training programmes and educational development programmes to improve economic conditions of the rural communities. GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE AREA: All over Anantapur districts with special focus on the following mandals: 1)
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TARGET GROUPS: • Marginalised Communities • Labour Groups. • Disabled Persons
• Children with single parents • Women & Children. • Sex workers
• Dalits, STs, BCs, and EBCs • Destitute.
EXPERIENCE WITH RAINBOW HOME: Bringing the dreams of supporting the single parent children to reality, CRDS has started the Rainbow Home on 28th May 2010, with strength of 16 children from different parts of the District. These children, basically, are the neglected children belonging to Single parents or the children living in physically and morally dangerous situations. The present strength of this Home is now 50. As a part of starting this Home we have sensitized the people on the issues of children living in difficult and adverse conditions. A survey was conducted by involving its volunteers in Anantapur town and in rural areas like Kuderu, Rapathadu, Athamakur, Narapala, Kalayandurg, Garaladina, Gooty, Pamidi, Guntakal, Nalachervu, Kadri, Puttaparthi, Hindupur, Penukonda, Kanaganapalli, Ramagiri and UravakondaMandals. We have identified about 260 children under this category. We interacted with their guardians and made them to decide about their children’s better future. For children selection, we contacted social activists, social legal persons, social leaders, SHG’s group members, and NGO’s, working on HIV/AIDS, MahilaMandals. Additionally, we contacted government employees, society groups, religious communities, religious leaders. Basing on the opinions expressed and recommendations made by these communities the selected children were taken into the safe hands of our home. These children are enrolled in the CRH for their continuing their regular education. PROBLEMS / ISSUES While the starting of the Home itself was challenge for us, the attitude of the neighbours of the Rainbow Home was a painful act. The neighbours treated these children as untouchable. They never allowed their children to play with them. When the children from Home come out the neighbours used to call their children to stay indoors. They used to complain of nuisance when the children of the Home start playing with loud voice and shouts of Joy in their playful world. Noticing this we have organized a meeting with the neighbours to explain them about the status of the children in the Home and the need for extending love and brotherhood towards these deprived children. They were explained about the Rights of Children and our efforts to ensure that each child feel at Home and enjoy their Childhood. We happened to organize two such meetings and the outcome was quite dramatic. Now the neighours come out and allow their children to play with the children of our Home. It is very much to our delight to see them come to our Home on the festival days to decorate the children’s hand with Mehandi – a touch of humanity, act of love and affection. The issue of allocating school building to run the Rainbow Home is on High. Out of the 3 identified schools, the Headmaster of BharathaMatha Elementary School, Anantapur has come up with consent to provide accommodation. Therefore 34 children from the Home are enrolled into this school in different classes. One child studying in 7th Standard is enrolled in Nehru Upper Primary School, Anantapur. Remaining children are taken care at the Home itself.
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In another case 12 children of Shikari (Traditional Hunter caste) community have been brought to the Home after continuous meetings with their parents. It is very important to note that none of these families have ever been to schools. These 12 children admitted in Home are the first generation to hold a Slate and Slate-pencil. The hard part of it was sensed when about 10 children of this group have left the home and reported to their parents that they were not treated well. The children don’t want to lose their freedom as beggars and vagabonds. However, we immediately pursued their families, explained them the situation, brought the families to our Home to show them the practical situations at the Home. This has made them to realize the realities and they happily left the children at the Home strictly instructing them to obey the Home rules and prosper. LEARNING FROM THE PROJECT •
The Rainbow Home has its worth with smiling colours seen from the faces of these children.
While financial and technical plannings are a part of the Management, the implementation and carrying forward of these activities has been assigned to the children – they are self-guiding now.
Leadership is promoted among the children through formation of Committees and they are found to be exceptionally good in caring and management.
The Home Staff are committed and are responsive for each minor or major issue that comes to their notice.
The Social Mobilizers are working hard to identified children in difficult circumstances and to mobilize the parents and communities.
The staff is attending various governmental and Non-governmental meetings related to Child issues and acquiring updated information / knowledge on child related issues.
VISITORS There is a regular flow of visitorsto the Home. People who are coming across information about the Home are visiting and getting details about the Home. CONCLUSION What we have learned from this Home is a new lesson for all of us in the Office. The potentials of the children are amazing and the smiles on their faces energize us to carry forward our assignment for the benefit of these tiny Goddesses/ Gods. We are, undoubtedly, indebted to warmth of love, care, and affection they give to us every day – and every minute.
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