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SEVAI CHILDREN PROJECTS

Children, as `Supremely Important Assets'

SEVAI’s mission is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and our vision is a society where each and every child and young person is supported to realise their potential. SEVAI has been helping the children for over 35 years but is still firmly focused on the future – and that means keeping pace with the latest 'social media' trends.

SEVAI works as a catalyst to change the lives of under privileged children and give them a better future. Through interventions that engage young children, as well as their parents, caregivers, and communities, SEVAI Children program ensures that young children survive and thrive—that they are physically and emotionally healthy and intellectually curious—and school readiness programs prepare them for school success.
SEVAI Strongly believes that that a few years of life, from conception up to the age of five or six are the most crucial period of human life, when the fastest and most critical developments take place in the human brain and body, and when the foundations of health, intellect, personality and social adjustment are laid.

To enable every individual to grow to his/her full potential and become a healthy, productive and responsible member of society, the child's basic needs at this stage must be met and failure to do so can lead to permanent and sometimes irreparable damage.

Early Childhood Development is an investment for life. SEVAI committed to meeting the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical needs of most vulnerable young children in the target area. Over the years, SEVAI experienced that Children who participate in early childhood Education, when compared with children who don't, are more likely to enroll in school, plan their families, become productive adults, and educate their own children. They are less likely to repeat a grade, drop out of school, or engage in criminal activities. The physical, mental, social and emotional needs of the young child can be met through a clean and healthy environment, adequate and appropriate nutrition, and the loving and stimulating care of adult caregivers. The various components of Day care centres/crèche and the services through which are met under this project. SEVAI’s experience in the grass roots reveal that the children of poor women are doubly deprived, by both poverty and enforced neglect by their working parents. Thus, while it is the right of every child to receive the support necessary to reach its full potential, the children of the poor are in special and dire need of such support and in danger if it is not received.

It is clear that the family alone can no longer be expected to fully provide all that is needed for the development of the child, and the State and the larger society have a big role to play in the development of the child.SEVAI team also notices that with the breaking up of joint family system and the increasing number of nuclear families, working women need support in terms of quality, substitute care for Creche and Day Care Services are not only required by working mothers but also women belonging to poor families, who require support and relief for childcare as they struggle to cope with burden of activities, within and outside the home.
Thus SEVAI intervenes in running daycare centre for children/crèches as pilot projects. Under this daycare for children/crèche program, SEVAI ensures that

Reach every child according to age, context, need and relevance, prioritizing the poor, the marginalised and the unreached.

Restructure Daycare centres flexibly, modifying the location, size and timings of centres to reach the unreached, especially women in the unorganized sector. Raise the overall quality of Day-care centres.

SEVAI runs four daycare centres/crèches for 300 infants (0-6 years) in BichandarKoil, MettuMarudur, and Arumbuhalnagar and also inside central women prison of Trichy for the children of the prison inmates’ mothers.

The children are provided with an atmosphere of happiness, love and homely atmosphere.

SEVAI provides sleeping facilities, healthcare, supplementary nutrition, immunisation, for four Day care centres.

These day-care centres have a minimum space of 6-8 square feet per child ensuring their play, rest and learning without any hindrance, with a fan installed in the centre.

These centres have clean toilet and sanitation facility that caters to the needs of small children and also adequate safe play area outside the centre also. Within the centre, there are sleeping facilities for children i.e. mattresses, cradles, cots, pillows and basic infrastructure to meet the requirement of the children. Essential play material and teaching and learning material are also available

to meet the needs of pre-school children. Childcare is a basic support to working women and the right of the child.

SEVAI Considers that Day care is an important strategy for poverty prevention and development
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SEVAI provides vital adequate resources for childcare services.

People's planning and participation are vital to the success of the programmes, SEVAI ensures parents participation.

SEVAI Provides Childcare workers the recognition, adequate remuneration and capacity building.

Language stars Education Project

The Sevai – Language Stars Education Project is born from the collaboration between SEVAI and the Chicago-based language school Language Stars, to provide innovative education methods to children in need in the Tamil Nadu.

In India, mastering the English language is an important, if not necessary, skill: various languages are spoken throughout India and more and more employers demand at least bilingual aptitudes from their applicants. With this observation in mind, SEVAI inaugurated, in 1984, its own English elementary and secondary school, the Sevai Shanti Matriculation School (SSMS).

With the aim of providing innovative and efficient education methods to the children of the SSMS, Language Stars has agreed on a partnership with SEVAI to share its pedagogical know-how. Our belief is that Language Stars’ FunImmersion® method will enable SEVAI children to acquire a natural knowledge of English, thus acquiring solid language foundations they will be able to build upon in their future studies and career.

Language Stars has been providing foreign language education to children in the Chicago area for ten years now through its innovative FunImmersion® method.

The aim of this method is to make the most of children’s unique abilities to absorb a foreign language naturally.

Quality Child-care/ Training given in SEVAI.

A creche worker and helper had undergone a mandatory short-term training.

These   trainings have been organised by identified recognised training institutes.

Training is given on areas such as childcare, health-first aid, cardio pulmonary resuscitation, emergency,    handling hygiene

Pre-school education has been provided to children in the age group 3-6 years. This is based on early   childhood education guidelines.

Proper equipment and learning aids are provided by SEVAI,

Develops skills in them for organising various activities to promote all round development   of children

Keeps the centre and its surroundings hygienic
1.Creates awareness about better childcare in the community

2.Maintains records and register of all beneficiaries

3.Ensures weekly visits by doctors / health workers and timely first aid.
SEVAI Education Centres provide children with access to quality education, in an interactive and joyful environment.
 
Ensuring that child rights are met for every child is a daunting challenge for India but also a testimony to the SEVAI’s commitment to the cause of children.
Integrated development of the child is taken care, in the context of family, community and culture. The vital phases of the project are Early Childhood Care and Development, Basic education, Health and sanitation, Capacity building of community based organizations and Livelihood.
Restoration of normalcy in the lives of tsunami affected children and establishing sustainable community based organization to prevent discrimination, violence, abuse and neglect of child.It ensures the rights of children by promoting community groups like children groups, balpanchyat adolescent girls & youth groups and child protection committee. The project implemented in 17 Tsunami affected villages of Nagapattinam District 17 Pre-schools have also been constructed in tsunami affected regions in Karaikal and Nagapatinam.

Child Rights
In India, the post-independence era has experienced an explicit expression of the commitment of the government to the cause of children through constitutional provisions, policies, programmes and legislation. In the last decade of this century, dramatic technological developments particularly in the areas of health, nutrition, education and related spheres have opened up new vistas of opportunities for the cause of children.
SEVAI had come focusing on the unique problems concerning the children in target area. They include issues related to children and work, tackling the problem of child labour, elimination of discrimination towards Girl Child, uplifting street children, identifying the special needs of children with disabilities, and providing education to every child as its Fundamental Right.   

SEVAI simultaneously addresses the needs of young children, women and girls, since mothers are the principal caregivers at this stage. SEVAI provides Education in child protection for Members of SHGs in:
The survival, protection, welfare and holistic and total development of the young child (0-6 years)
Preparation to enter the primary school (3-5 years)
Support as day-care to working women, especially the poor, who need it to fulfill their triple roles as workers, mothers and home-makers and
Support to girls, often engaged in care of their younger siblings, to enter school, and complete their education and training.
The first need is for survival, and after conception the girl child is at risk of female foeticide /sex/selective abortion.
Hence strict implementation of the laws against sex selection (PNDT Act) as well as widespread awareness campaign on gender equality has been addressed through training to SHGs.
During the first two years of life, malnutrition is the greatest threat, and nutrition, health services and immunization are made available to all children, particularly those at risk.
SEVAI is committed to empowering children: ensuring survival, supporting children in times of need, protecting children from exploitation, actively promoting children committees and participation.
SEVAI seeks to inform and educate the public about the situation of children, women and other vulnerable and oppressed and it acts through local Self Help Groups empowering local people to find their own ways of fighting poverty, illiteracy, injustice and oppression.
CARE OF THE CHILDREN/PRESCHOOL EDUCATION INSIDE TRICHY WOMEN PRISON FOR THE INMATES CHILDREN,
CARE OF THE CHILDREN/PRESCHOOL EDUCATION INSIDE TRICHY WOMEN PRISON FOR THE INMATES CHILDREN,
“Crime is the outcome of a diseased mind and jail must have an Environment of hospital for treatment and care” -Mahatma Gandhi

SEVAI aims at reaching the unreached and to resolve social issues by demonstrating right path and right approaches and probably the right circumstances to be created for the convicted women to change and uplift themselves in the society in an acceptable way. With this approach, SEVAI has been carrying out the project, “Day Care Centre for Children since 2003 in Trichy women prison.

SEVAI team ‘’ two counselors and one kindergarten teacher and a vocational educator’ regularly visits women prison inmates and their children in women prison in Trichy. We provide basic essentials for the women and their babies, with teaching and encouragement. Our work with the women led to the prison authorities asking us to develop a day care centre for the children, within the prison grounds. Thirty children are being taken care of at this Prison.

SEVAI conducts one day care centre for the children of the women prisoners who come with their children to the jail with the objective of giving every child the right to survival and development in a healthy and congenial environment, to secure for every child the right to enjoy a happy childhood and to address the root causes that negate the health, growth and development of children. Project provides for life and liberty of all children, promoting high standards of health and nutrition, assuring basic needs and security, play and leisure and all-round development of personality including expression of creativity.

The prison authorities want to care these children in a healthy residential environment. The prisoners are allowed to have their children along with them unto the age of 6 years,SEVAI run Child Care Center in the special prison for women, (central prison, Trichy), provides basic requirements as Trunk box, Mug, Uniform set-2, casual wear-2 sets, school bag, soaps, Bedspread, Bed sheet and a pillow. SEVAI Early childhood teacher is trained with many more choices and decisions regarding the development of their curriculum.

Play way method Teaching & Learning Materials have been used for creating Activity Based Learning for the children.

Children being given individual attention under the Activity Based Learning initiative and are promoted to learn at their own pace, the module is built on the methodology of individual attention and level specific activities tailored to each child.

SEVAI Team works in providing services in the areas of Prison environments to be conducive to the normal growth and development of Day Care Centre Children of Women- Inmates. As many children born in prison have never experienced normal family life up to the age of five years, the socialization pattern of children gets severely
affected due to their stay in prison.

They are unaware of the concept of a ‘home’. Boys sometimes talk in the female gender, having grown up only among women in the female ward. Sights like animals on roads frighten these children because of lack of exposure to the outside world. Children get transferred with their mothers from one prison to another. This unsettles them. Such children sometimes display violent and aggressive, or withdrawn behaviour in prison. The Day Care Centre Children of Women- Inmates project studied specific areas with respect to children’s health, education, nutrition, clothing, upbringing, socialization and other related matters, that children of women prisoners who are in jail require additional protection and they also should know what is happening outside the world.
Both mothers and children have provided with facilities inside prison about the world and SEVAI team promoted recreational programs like play materials and recreation materials as the information sharing and they play and remain happy to a maximum possible.
BRIDGE COURSES FOR SCHOOL DROP-OUTS

SEVAI runs bridge courses for Primary school dropouts and those who do not have the privilege to go to school for duration of three to nine months and are being organized for these students to make up for the loss of studies up to class VIII.

The courses start from the academic session. The children, who left the studies after attending primary classes, now are eligible to get admission in the class in which they would have been in the normal course had their studies not been interrupted after completing the bridge course. For instance, if a student left the studies in class IV and wants to resume it after three years, he is will be admitted to class VII and not required to pass classes V and VI and this project is run under SSA guidelines.

The bridge course is was a component of inclusive education for all children up to the age of 14 years. The bridge courses also provide an opportunity to those who have never seen the doors of the school and they would now be able to get admission any class matching their age.

There are at least 250 dropouts in the SEVAI target area was able to get education through
formal schooling after completing the bridge course run by SEVAI.
Bridge courses run by SEVAI mainstream the school drop-outs Children
EQUITABLE REHABILITATION OF TSUNAMI VICTIMS PROGRAMME

The children project facilitates the marginalized communities to plan and implement rehabilitation activities for their own development. The project has been implemented within an integrated approach covering various sectors such as education, construction, agriculture, livelihood support and women empowerment; all of them through community involvement. A total number of 12 villages have been selected for the project implementation in Karaikal District covering a total population of more than, 5000 families
Girls Education undertaken in SEVAI:
Integrated development of the child is taken care, in the context of family, community and culture. The vital phases of the project are Early Childhood Care and Development, Basic education, Health and sanitation,

Capacity building of community based organizations and Livelihood.

Vocational Training, Remedial Coaching, Life Skills Training

English Communication skills Development Training

SEVAI promotes Parent Partnership and process provides.....

Information, support and advice

Volunteers to support parents

Someone to listen to your concerns

There are five core functions of Parent Partnership Services

Training and support

Networking and collaboration

Helping to inform and influence local policy and practice