PROJECTS

Kolkata Trust for Human Development (KTfHD) had started working with the target group of children under a structured plan for intervening into respective families, engineering changes in respective communities and securing the changes as permanent social behaviour.

Mother and Child Welfare Centre (MCWC) and ‘Shishumela, a celebration of childhood’ remains two major projects along with event wise advocacy on child rights. While working with families and communities, KTfHD has also been intervening in other human development issues what collectively exert positive or negative impact on growing up of children within that society. The Trust is committed to continuing doing so in future and thus a holistic approach will be always inherent in action or program under the body.

KTfHD organised their first Annual Programme on 17th of November 2015, at Nehru Children's Museum, Kolkata. The event reflected the core of the Trust’s actions through screening of short films on child rights and child labour issues, well guided interaction between children and stakeholders; and also through panel discussion by eminent persons working on the subject. It was concluded by a cultural programme of Nachnis from Purulia – one of the marginalized groups in our society. The programme was enthusiastically participated by around 75 children along with representatives from different non-profit organisations, in West Bengal.

MOTHER AND CHILD WELFARE CENTRE (MCWC) PROJECT

It is a holistic program for right based community development focussing on children and their mothers. MCWC is conceptualized to provide a support system to children and mothers under difficult circumstances of living from socio-economically under privileged section of the locality. On 4th November 2015, Kolkata Trust for Human Development launched the Mother and Child Welfare Centre (MCWC) near the Khalaparaslum settlementnear Rajdanga Main Road, in Ward number 107 at Vidhan Sabha Constituency under Kolkata Municipal Corporation in West Bengal. The project runs a daily crèche service of six hours for children of 1-5 years of age.

Other related activities are also conducted to provide support to the families and educate them on the aspects of nutrition, health, education and social security / dignity.

The variousactivities under MCWC:

  1. Daily Creche Service - The present address of the MCWC creche is 1, 625, Rajdanga Main Road, Kolkata 700078, Block EB, Plot- 79. The capacity of the centre is to serve maximum 25 children at present and runs from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm for six days a week from Monday till Saturday.The Creche service provides early childhood care for the enrolled children focussing on proper nutrition in order to reduce malnourishment, improved health conditions and hygiene, school readiness, and obtaining citizenship records for the children and their parents.

  2. Learning by doing for mothers - We encourage mothers of children enrolled in our creche service to visit the Creche during the creche hours for an hour on a fortnightly basis, for observing the methodology of care giving to the children, cooking low cost nutritious food, maintaining hygiene and cleanliness, etc. so that children get to practice at home what they learn at the creche and mothers become educated themselves.

  3. Mother’s meeting - Mothers of children enrolled in our creche services are invited to gather for a learning discussion cum development meeting twice a month.

  4. Mother’s Contribution and Bank Account opening - A very important component of the Project is to introduce Savings habits among the members of the Community which has been done through a contribution pool created together by the mothers of the children enrolled in our creche services and by the organization.

  5. Home visits in the community - Crèche staff team, comprising of 3 creche mothers, visits the home of each child enrolled in the creche services twice a month, following up on the holistic development of the family.

  6. Community Meeting - Meetings are conducted to reach out to people in the target community and to keep them informed about the Project activities and the objectives behind the activities.

  7. Linking the families with the Government Schools and Health Departments and helping them to obtain the citizenship records - Liaison is maintained with the nearest Government Schools, ICDS centre and Health Centre and local administrative bodies.

Important Achievements:

  • 18 out of 28 children enrolled in our creche services in last 3 yearswere made school ready under MCWC and have been admitted to neighbourhood schools till date.

  • Children have a regular increase in height and weight following the guideline provided by the Department of Women and Child Development

  • The growth chart shows a steady development in the health of the children.

  • There has been a steady Increase in family income of the children under MCWC over the last 3 years

  • Nearly 95% of the children under MCWC have Birth Certificates now and

  • Nearly 80% of the families under MCWC have all the citizenship records with them now

  • Almost all the families have started savings account in Nationalised Banks and contribute in the Mothers’ Contribution tosave for the future of their children

  • Parents have become more aware now and avail the Government offers and opportunities at Health Centres, ICDS, and Government schemes such as ‘Kanyashree’ at schools.

  • Domestic violence has reduced  in the community owing to the awareness of the mothers as well as the community members

SHISHUMELA  - A CELEBRATION OF CHILDHOOD

It is an initiative towards helping the children achieve their rights- ensuring their protection and eradicating child labour from the society. The event is organized by other like-minded NGOs in different districts of West Bengal that KTfHD actively participates and supports the cause. The celebration is done in the form of a 3 days fair open to all, holding stalls on Education, Nutrition, Health and Social securities. Children in utter needs are selected from the neighbouring schools and are given scholarships of Rs. 200 per month for a year in the form of bank deposits and a closing amount of Rs. 500 to help them pursue education. Children from different local schools also participate in cultural programmes.

Kolkata Trust for Human Development 

ktfhd1@gmail.com

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