Updates from this quarter

Save the Children recognised for exemplary COVID work in Telangana

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Save the Children received T-SIG COVID-19 Warriors Award by the Telangana Social Impact Group, The CSR Cell of the Department of IT, E&C & Industries, Government of Telangana to recognise our efforts for COVID-19 response. Prasanthi Bathina, Senior Programme Manager- Andhra Pradesh and Telangana received the award on behalf of Save the Children in presence K. T Rama Rao, Honourable Minister of IT, Industries MA&UD; Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology Departments of the Telangana Government and renowned actor and philanthropist Sonu Sood.

Save the Children's #AllyUpForHer campaign film bags 2 back-to-back awards

The #AllyUpForHer film has bagged a GOLD in the Not-for-Profit category in the Economic Times BrandEquity Shark Awards 2021 and BRONZE in the CSR/Social Impact segment in Exchange4Media’s India Content Marketing Awards. #AllyUpForHer is Save the Children's flagship campaign for girls calling for their safety, security, education and access to basic human rights.

Oxygen plant set up in collaboration with district administration in Shravasti

To ensure better infrastructure in district medical facilities, Save the Children in collaboration with the district administration has set up an Oxygen plant in the Laxmanpura area in Sharavasti district of Uttar Pradesh. The plant was inaugurated in the presence of Sudarshan, CEO, Save the Children in August 2021.

Delhi govt. formulates policy to define street children 

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Save the Children supports the Department of Women and Child Development, Delhi to formulate SAMPARC (Sustainable Approach for Multi-faceted Progress Aimed at Reclaiming Childhood), a policy that defines street children. As per the policy, children who have run away from their families and are living on the streets; or children who work on the street and go back to a family after work, are to be considered street children. Save the Children works for the street connected children through campaigns and programs that seek to support their access to legal identity and social protection mechanisms.

Save the Children recognised in district for contribution to health services

Save the Children, Dungarpur Team received award from District Administration (Health Department) for their Exemplary Contribution to Health Services during COVID-19 in the district under Public Private Partnership.

Children welcomed back to school with WASH kits in Telangana

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As schools reopened in Telangana, Save the Children welcomed children back in 72 state run schools with WASH pocket dairies, masks, newly built washroom facilities and wash basins to ensure maintenance of hygiene practices in school, more so in the context of COVID and the risks. Schools were also sanitised followed by an orientation on COVID appropriate behaviour for the children and vaccine promotion among the school staff.

COVID Awareness Caravan Campaign launched in Maharashtra

Dr. Mangla Gomare, Executive Health Officer, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) along with other key health officials and staff of Heath Department, BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) flagged off the caravan campaign for COVID awareness in Mumbai in September 2021. This Caravan has reached 11 health posts, two maternity homes and one general hospital and the slum areas of Mumbai with the anti vaccine hesitancy messages and various COVID relief schemes and programmes.

ICDS in Telangana reaches forest dwellers

As a result of Save the Children's constant association and advocacy with the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) in Telangana, the team reached the deep forests to orient the pregnant and lactating women from the Internally Displaced Population (IDPs) on pregnancy care, the importance of breastfeeding and diet diversity during Poshan Maah in the month of September. They have enrolled pregnant women and children for Take Home Ration support. Women from these settlements are also being supported with seeds and training on local solutions and sources for daily need of nutrients including kitchen garden, which are largely being practiced in the communities now.

We also conducted COVID Vaccination Drive for these IDPs in Mulugu District in collaboration with District Medical and Health Department. Government of Telangana

Cyber safety clubs in schools of Pune

With COVID induced exposure of children to digital space, Save the Children oriented the children's groups and teachers on online child safety at the Zila Panchayat school in Bakori, Pune, Maharashtra. More than 23 children, six teachers six School Management Committee (SMC) members and two parents were oriented. The orientation sessions also had a secret ballot to select the president of the Cyber Safety Clubs to be formed in Schools for digital vigilance mechanism in schools. The Cyber ambassadors in schools will create awareness regarding cyber crimes and become volunteers with Women Safety Wing.

STC meets minister of Education in Telangana on School Preparedness Guidelines

Save the Children handed over the School Preparedness guidelines for making schools Covid Resilient to the Minister for Education, Telangana, Patlolla Sabitha Indra Reddy to ensure safe return to schools. This guideline has been prepared in consultation with the State Council for Educational Research & Training (SCERT).

This was followed by a promise made by the minister to integrate the key recommendations in Government’s detailed SoP for schools which is to be released soon. Appreciate SCERT for the guidance.

Linking rural youth to viable entrepreneursip

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Save the Children in Nellore, Andhra organized an exposure visit for rural youth to the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) approved skill training institute. 60 women and 22 youth from the fishing community have been enrolled in off-site and 3 months residential trainings respectively in different skills sets for promoting village entrepreneurship and diversification of livelihoods access. Save the Children was invited by SOMA skill development institute during the visit of Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu and Home Minister, Amit Shah to the institute on 14 Nov.

Ministers flag off CM Anganwadis on wheels

To meet the nutritional and health needs of children, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia launched Save the Children's mobile learning centre for street connected children, aged 0-6 years in partnership with Department of Women and Child Development, Delhi on International Girl Child Day. These vans will reach out to children who are unable to access anganwadis owing to a variety of factors. It will be providing them with healthy food as well as access to play based educational materials for meeting their educational and health-related needs.
Similar initiatives of Mobile Learning Centres were also flagged off in Karnataka by the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, B.C. Nagesh. The three mobile learning centres in the state will benefit children of age group 0-6 and 6-14 years from migrant families who had to drop out of school because of the pandemic. These educational buses are stocked with books and educational tools and covers 30 areas in Bengaluru, including slum pockets.

400 People trained in COVID Management

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Save the Children, Dungarpur, Rajasthan team oriented Panchayat and village level COVID Core Groups for COVID management at local level. 10 core groups including 20 trainers organized 39 trainings. Total 400 people have been oriented on COVID Management including Sarpanch, Patwari, Panchayat Secretary, Auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM), Anganwadi workers (AWW), Saathin, Teachers, Agriculture Supervisor etc. On the sidelines of the training, COVID Kits were also distributed which include sanitizer, pulse oximeter, thermal gun, thermometer, mask, soap etc.

Protecting Rights of Children during COVID – 19

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Kusum Menaria, currently working as an Academic Support Fellow (Consultant) in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan was felicitated as the best paralegal volunteer by Honorable Judge of Supreme Court Udai Umesh Lalit during an annual commendation ceremony organized by Rajasthan State Legal Services Authority (RSLSA) for “Empowering Marginalized Girls through Quality Education”.

Despite the hardships during pandemic, Kusum persistently reached out to the most vulnerable girls in the community to spread awareness on COVID-19 appropriate behavior. Taking forward the ultimate goal of ‘Access to justice for all’ of Rajasthan State Legal Services Authority (RSLSA), Kusum reached out to these girls in her community and made them aware about the laws that affect children.