Nai Disha (An Education & Health Program)
The issue of education and health has been highlighted by NDS for last many years in the region. Nithari village is situated in NCR of (NOIDA) area and one of the oldest villages. It has heavy influx of migrants. This proportion of population belongs to different parts of the country. Most of them are unskilled laborers who are living in the slums with their families. The community comprises of shanty hutments surrounded by multi storey buildings or private bungalows. The parents of the target group work in these bungalows and apartments. Most of the beneficiaries belong to this population because they are deprived of livelihood opportunities as well as education. Once the parents of children are out of home for work, the children particularly girl child becomes venerable to anti-social elements in the area.
Nithari is well known by a gruesome murdered of children occurred in 2006-2007 in the area which spread stunned shock waves in the country. Since then the children of this area have become vulnerable for anti-social aliments. Missing of children from the area is a routine incident. NDS performed its’ social responsibility and taken care of deprived children though providing education and nutrition facilities to these vulnerable children with the support of Charities Aid Foundation. Obviously the requirement to run such a program was need of the time.
Since then, NDS has been working in the area and running multi activities like vocational training along with education and nutrition. Till march 2020, the project was supported by ADOBE Community Foundation (USA), but unfortunately it could not kept continued due to Covid-19 pandemic from April 2020 onwards. Therefore, NDS has to manage it through its own resources and will try to keep continue if resources allow. Running such centre for children and adolescent is very much in demand by the community. When these children come to our centre, their parents go for work without any hesitation. They know that the children are in safe place and are taking care by responsible organization. This project addresses the issue of vulnerability of children, particularly girl child in the area. The project aims to protect children of the area from anti-social activity through providing mid-day meal, education and health facility.
The significant features of the program are:
- Day care centre for children particularly girl child
- Non-formal education centre for drop out children
- Remedial education facility to school going children
- Yearly “School Dakhila Abhiyan” to mainstream children in formal education system
- Monthly medical check-up of children to protect them various disease and conduct counselling session for their parents
- Conducting quarterly health Mela for the local community and providing them best services of health and experts
- Conducting workshops and training program for adolescents and teenagers on the issue of wellbeing, personal hygiene, education, art of living etc.
- Counselling sessions for the youth and adolescents on the issue of higher education, diploma, training and work opportunity
The success of any project is being monitored by its achievement, implementation process, and acceptability of programs & participation of community. At this juncture, the overall success of the project was significant as we have achieved our goal & provided better opportunity to youth of poor community. As we had target to cover nearly 200 youths under two vocational training programs, we are pleased to say that we have achieved our goal as 154 participants' successfully attempted final examination in the month of April and received certificates from JSS(Govt. Agency) in the month of May. Rest will attempt in the month of July. Our existence in the area & earlier achievements helped us to reach to beneficiaries smoothly.