Donate for Mud School for Lakshyam Street Kids

***GREEN SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL BUILDING WORKSHOP AND VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY IN DELHI***

Lakshaym NGo Event in Delhi

With the motto of Hands to Hearts, Lakshyam works to safeguard and uplift children of not so privileged sections of the society. One of such is Vasant Kunj’s Sindhi Basti where 11 months ago Lakshyam NGO had set-up its school and camp for the betterment of children and people living in that area. From education to empowerment, Lakshyam has supported them all and tried its level best to improve their living. With this particular initiative, Lakshyam envisions to provide them with a school which will not stop them from learning and developing their inner skills in any circumstances.

This area is inhabited by around 100 families and approx 300 children who are seen begging or selling toys or performing on tarffic signals or are ragpickers.

The vision and idea is to bring these children out of these professions and provide them the basic education and amenities for their better future.

The need for a shelter:

  1. We are unable to function in that area due to no permanent structure in the vicinity to carry out activities. We started with our set up under the tree to a tent to a bamboo room.
  2. Currently, the bamboo shelter which is there is unable to withstand vagaries of nature such as strong rains, winds etc.
  3. For us to become a true engine of change, we need a reliable structure where they can carry out activities such as medical camps, remedial education for kids, vocational lessons for women, etc.

To see the video of the Basti visit: https://youtu.be/xccPbQMEOsc

We are grateful and delighted to collaborate with Ms. Shagun Singh, from Geeli Mitti Foundation, who would be teaching and helping to build the Lakshyam Centre with Earthbag technique.

This technique focusses on low cost, durable, energy efficient, environmentally friendly structures using recycled materials.
Earthbag structures are extremely strong and can withstand earthquakes, fire, floods, bullets…
Being a natural building using mud as the main building material, the school we are building will have thermal mass to remain comfortable through the sweltering Delhi summer heat, the humid monsoon and bitter cold of winter.

This will be a single room classroom in the middle of the slum. An oval shaped structure with a sloping roof.

ABOUT GEELI MITTI FOUNDATION

Founded by co-trustees, Shagun Singh and Osho Kalia,
Geeli Mitti Foundation spearheads projects and causes in the domain of Environment, Sustainability, Women Empowerment, Health and Skill Development for Jail Inmates, Women and Children.

Our core projects live right now include:

  1. The ‘Say No to Polythene and Yes to Cloth Bag’ campaign recognised by the Haryana Govt. in its list of achievements of 50 years for its impact in both substituting Polythene and providing skills and financial support to Jail Inmates and Women in slums.
  2. Under our work on Women Empowerment, we work with the Police across different cities and States to impart self defense training to school and college girls, especially in rural hinterlands surrounding the metros.
  3. We have adopted three remote villages in Uttrakhand and are working to make them self-sufficient eco-communities with organic farming, waste management, natural housing along with set up plan of a health centre, libraries, education support, upskilling trainings for women and a computer centre.

The Foundation also helps to market the produce from our SHGs and organic farmers.

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE/CONTRIBUTE FOR THIS EARTHBAG BUILD

1. You can volunteer and join the workshop to learn to build with Earthbags and contribute to the cause at the same time.

10-day workshop covering:
– Natural buildings and its advantages
– Foundation and Plinth
– Earthbag walls, diddling, pattern, wire laying, tamping techniques
– Opening, doors and windows affixing
– Electrical and plumbing provisions

Workshop fee – Rs.5000
You can also pay the entire or part of course fee by way of donating some of the materials that we need.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION WILL BE PROVIDED

Note – Please carry your own bottle of water and food/snacks.

2. Donate the materials or contribute money to the fund for purchase/sourcing of our building materials and labour.

List of Materials for donation:
1. Gravel for foundation
2. Tarpaulins for shade and cover. Strong ropes
3. Wood for doors/windows/roof frames. Also readymade/old doors and windows that can be reused
4. Large cardboard rolls or boxes for roof insulation
5. Clay soil / laal mitti / potters soil for plastering
6. Barbed wire
7. Iron rebars and angles
8. Tools – shovels, tampers, strip anchors, mud sievers
9. Tin sheets/panels for roof

CONTACT
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Raashi Anand – 9540690002
Email- support@lakshyam.co.in

Website: http://www.lakshyam.co.in/

The X Chromosome: It Is Not Our Fault

The strong proclivity of the male sex in India has its roots in the Vedic Civilization. In the Rig Vedic era, society was dominantly patriarchal in nature. The family property was passed on to the son. This primitive practice still persists in the modern Indian society, wherein a girl is still seen as a burden to her family, something they would have to pay money for to get rid of. As the economy of the country progressed, people started to grasp the significance of family planning, living economically.

Since the late 1970’s with the influx of modern technology and the advancement of science, people began learning about abortions and ultrasound in the 1990’s which provided them the opportunity to learn about the sex of the unborn baby. This coupled with their preference for a son, led to female foeticide, which essentially means aborting a female foetus. This decades long practice has led to a decline in the child sex ratio, both in rural and urban areas. In the eyes of an Indian parent, a son is seen as a blessing, while a daughter is seen as a liability. Still today, in most parts of the country, especially the rural areas, the son goes to school, completes his education while the daughter is made to do all the household chores.

Female foeticide can also be linked with violence being perpetrated on the mother of the unborn child, who is often always blamed for carrying a daughter, which is seen as a bane instead of carrying a male child, which is the boon of the family. This abhorrent custom of blaming the mother is a classic case of superstition and delusion that still surrounds ignorant Indians like a plague.

According to biology, the gender of a person is determined by the chromosome characteristics, and unlike the popular belief that a daughter being born is always exclusively the mother’s fault, it is the male sperm that determines whether a boy or a girl will be born. This strategic piece of information is often ignored by millions of illiterate people that often resort to physically or sexually attacking the mother thus putting both the unborn child and the mother in danger. Family pressure, societal pressure, or monetary problems in the family often lead to domestic violence or forceful abortion of the fetus. This leads to degradation in the status and condition of women in our society contrary to the policy of women and child development undertaken by the government.

Female foeticide

As of 2016, due to the declining sex ratio as a result of female foeticide, there are only 900 females for every 1000 males. In India, men still hold considerable power over women, they are seen as the builders of a better tomorrow, the primary breadwinners of the family, while women are viewed as weak and submissive and are valued by standards of the dowry that they are worth or the finesse with which they can perform household chores. This gives rise to rampant abuse of women and constant degradation.

Swami Vivekananda once said,

” There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is not possible for a bird to fly on only one wing”.

This holds greater significance now, more than a century later. A nation has no chance of real progress unless we recognize the strength and the ability of the women and start treating them as equals, and not something that should be discarded.

Lakshyam recognizes the need of the hour, which is to empower women and make them self-reliant, so they have power over their life and have the courage to take a stand against injustice. This includes helping them develop skills direct their efforts to develop and sell handmade products to earn money and self-esteem.

Domestic Violence: A Social Evil

INTRODUCTION

Domestic violence is the act of controlling, attempt to control, dominating or attempting to dominate another person by means of force, threat, implanting fear etc. Violence can be emotional, psychological, verbal, or physical in nature Domestic violence against women is India is on the rise. India is still a conservative society bound by various customs and ancient traditions. These traditions have since long been repressive towards the female population. Suffer in silence has for ages been the motto of Indian women. Our traditionally patriarchal orthodox society has been in a constant battle with globalization and the new age freedom that it brings. For centuries women have been huddled inside their homes with no voice or opinion, but gradually they have been realizing that they too are important, and this is being resisted by the Indian society at large due to which crimes against women are increasing day by day.

Domestic Violence

In Indian society a woman is looked upon as the one who is responsible for the honor of the entire family. From a very tender age, they are being told what to wear, how to walk, how to talk, how to sit etc. Almost every aspect of their lives are dictated to them making them slaves in their own homes. One wrong or unguarded move can result in devastating consequences for them. For centuries, women have been looked down on and treated as inferior beings and like a property of men, for them to do as they please. This has created generations of meek submissive women always taught to bow before authority and too scared to speak up

This has all changed with the modern 21st Century. Now even women have the same status as men, they too have the same amount of freedom as men. This has angered many orthodox unscrupulous men in the Indian society and have been perpetrating all sorts of violence on women to allegedly put them in their place. This new found freedom for women has become as much a bane as it is a boon.

DOWRY DILEMMA

DOWRY in India

Dowry in India refers to the durable goods, cash, property that the bride’s family gives to the bridegroom, his parents, or relatives on the condition of marriage. The dowry system puts an unnecessary burden on the bride’s family and in some cases is also responsible for violence against women. These days, dowry has turned into a social evil more than a traditional custom with the groom’s family often making exorbitant demands to harass the bride’s family. Sometimes, even after marriage, the demands made by the bridegroom and his family don’t cease which often ends with the woman committing suicide.

DOWRY System in India

As per reports by a leading newspaper in India, almost 21 lives are lost every day in India, and the conviction rate in these cases is less than 35 percent.

PUNISHMENT

The government enacted Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 to put an end to the practice of giving and taking dowry. Any person who gives or takes, or abates this practice can be sentenced for up to 5 years in prison and charged a fine of 15,000 Rupees. Demanding dowry is an act of cruelty and can be noted as grounds for divorce. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 also seeks to protect women from being physically abused by their husbands or relatives.

AFTERMATH

Despite the various laws enacted by the government for protection of women against domestic violence, the progress is still slow. In many parts of India these laws are often not implemented. There is also this problem of uneducated women not knowing their rights which makes them even more vulnerable in the face of danger. In many cases, the husband is the breadwinner of the family and having no education, no means of employment, the battered woman is forced to stay with the abusive husband out of sheer desperation. Our aim should be to educate not only the women but more importantly the men of our society, to change their attitudes and to start treating women as equals and not threaten their freedom and their lives but to protect it. This is the only way we can get closer to putting a total end to violence against women.

Rooh-Women Welfare Program

Lakshyam Rooh: Awakening Women’s Soul’ focuses on empowering women of all age groups, by proving basic resources and strengthening their skills to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle, and regain stability and positivity.

Child Welfare: An Outline About Different Programmes in India

Child welfare is required because it ensures not only the current but also the future of a nation. There have been taken up sever different kind of child welfare schemes by Government of India. Some of them are immensely successful and are still in action.

Child Developement

Keeping in mind that India has the highest rate of production of children in the world, the condition of a good number of children are not safe and sound. Poor economy, bad health facilities, lack of awareness and education, inadequate nutritional supplies and sometimes the ignorance of the parents cause the underdevelopment of a child.

For over a good period of time, the Government of India has been taking up initiatives to provide everything a child needs in its basic years, for example: food, clothes, education, nutrition, good health care services, protection from all kinds’ exploitation. To take care of these topics and more, Ministry of Women and Child Development has been set up in the year 1985.

There have been different schemes and policies initiated by the Government. One of the major child welfare programmes ever taken up is the Integrated Child Development Service or Anganwadis’ that was launched in the year 1975. It works on 6 major principles that is Immunization, informal pre-primary education, supplementary nutrition and health education, pregnant mother care, newborn care, regular check up. ICDS is working in both rural and urban areas. And its biggest achievement is to eradicate polio from the country.

Right after this the midday meal scheme is to be toped about. Currently 10.43crore children are under this scheme.

Implemented by the Ministry of Labour project have been sanctioned to eliminate child labour and rehabilitate the children that have been expose to child labour. According to Child Labour act any kid under the age of 14 cannot be appointed in any industry or job that may threaten their lives or their overall mental and physical health. In case of appointment the recruiter will be legally punished.

 

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The Integrated Child Protection Scheme is a Government programme that helps to secure the safety of the children with special emphasis of children in need of care and protection, juveniles in conflict or contact with the law and other vulnerable children. Its primary purpose is to create a central structure to provide oversight and standardization for pre-existing and evolving child protection schemes in India.

Child Trafficking
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The Child Line is a helpline operated in throughout India to help any children in need. 1098 is a national 24 hours free emergency number to outreach service for children in need of care and protection. It was set up in 1996. It is now operational 366 cities and districts across 34 states and UTs in India. They help the children who get lost, stop child marriages, trafficking or any kind to atrocities against them.

The next one to be talked about is the Sarva Siksha Aviyan by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The aim of the programme is to universalize the elementary in a time bound manner as mandated by the 86th amendment of the constitution of India making free and compulsory education to children between the ages of 6-14. This programme is an attempt to provide an opportunity for improving human capabilities to all children through provision of community owned quality education in a mission mode.

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Apart from all the Government initiatives by the government, there are many NGOs that has been working in this sector and doing outstanding job. LAKSHYAM NGO is one of those majors who are leading the fleet.

NGO in Delhi for Children

“Children are the face of our future”. We have heard this a lot of times. Yet, we have never really taken a step towards accepting this fact because people are busy making their own lives better, or getting richer, but never ever think about extending a helping hand to the children in need, who sleep each night empty stomach and grow up with an unlively childhood . Lakshyam is an NGO in Delhi for children working hard relentlessly day and night to uplift such underprivileged children and to ensure a better future for them and the society. Poverty is a major issue which Delhi, the capital city of India, is still facing.

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People often migrate to Delhi from different states in India, in search of jobs, opportunities, a better living and, end up getting caught in the vicious circle of poverty, apathy, greed, and exploitation, forming an endless spiral. These people struck by poverty, unaware of their rights, exposed to harsh environments feel helpless and face the horrors of inadequacy. Poverty strips these children off their childhood and the right to a nurturing environment. The goal of lakshyam is to improve the quality of life of the socio-economically disadvantaged children, by assessing various innovative techniques and by summoning unique ideas and developmental strategies. It works to empower and enhance the lives of these children by providing them with remedial education, a holistic environment and equal opportunities for them to showcase and hone their abilities and talents. Lakshyam is currently working in 11 states and 13 centres in India to uplift the children in need and to transform their lives. In Delhi NCR, Lakshyam has two main centres, one being the JJ Bandhu Camp in Vasant Kunj and the other being a rag picker community in Sahibabad, Lal Kuan, Ghaziabad.

The children in the slum area adopted by Lakshyam (JJ Bandhu Camp) have been attending Government schools, mainly due to free of cost facilities and mid-day meals that they receive there. According to the data, in spite of the fact that all children go to school, only 25% of them finish the 12th grade and later go to open college, where they have classes once or twice a week. Other 75% stop their education early on to start working. Mostly, the children here roamed idly in & around the slum area with no extracurricular activities to indulge in. After the establishment of Lakshyam’s Remedial Education Center, there has been increase in the enrolment of children in Government schools and rise in their attendance. Classes at Lakshyam, post school have helped the children understand what they are being taught, in a better way. The Lakshyam center with its holistic environment has helped these children build their personalities and confidence. A lot of children from senior secondary school have now started attending tuition classes at the centre for better learning and performance in the board examinations.

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The other community undertaken by Lakshyam includes the ragpicker families inhabiting an area of land near a building site in Sahibabad, Ghaziabad. These families live in deplorable conditions with no proper access to sanitation or electricity. Most children here start accompanying the older adults of the family for rag-picking in the hope of extra earning at an early age. The adults are mostly illiterate and it is just about time when children of these families, follow the path of their parents and become rag-pickers. But, Lakshyam, by setting up a free of cost remedial school in this area that atleast introduces the children to education and their rights has helped change their fates.

Lakshyam is an NGO in Delhi for children that not only aims at education but also their need for a better and more nurturing environment. Lakshyam understands the inherent needs of the children, especially the need of companions like a toy or a book that help a child grow better and understand the value of friendship, love and respect. Therefore with the help of various schools, it has set up a Toy Library comprising of various books and toys for these children. The people at Lakshyam and these underprivileged children work like a family and strive each day to make a difference, to make the world more liveable and to make people understand the needs of these children who’d be the face of our future.

NGO in India for children education

Lakshyam is an NGO in India for children education. It also caters to the needs of young disadvantaged women and help them towards reaching their future goals and needs. Lakshyam has already built a steady unwavering base in the country by positively influencing the lives of more than 40000 children spread across over 17 states. The amount of hard work and effort which Lakshyam has sincerely put in, is maintained equally across various regions. It aims to enhance the lives of more and more children and women every single day.

The reputed NGO in India for children education recently launched a welfare program for children known as “Butterfly- Child Welfare and Education”. Butterfly was established for providing education not merely with books and texts but also with a better understanding of human nature, behaviour, personality, life and existence, psychology etc. which could help in a well-rounded development of the children. This ‘holistic’ approach inflates the children’s ability to think and imagine. These two aspects, without doubt are the most important for mental growth of children. The logo of the Butterfly exemplifies ‘Freedom’. Each and every child has the right to live freely and not be bound by the chains of evil like child-labour. They have the right to education and right to freedom. Butterfly has managed to spread the awareness and it is about time when it reaches more and more children in the world.

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Lakshyam provides the platform for teaching English, Hindi, Mathematics and Computer Science to the children. Children who find it difficult to deal with the basic subjects like English in private or government institutions have access to free tutorials as well. In addition to the teachers who already work there, Lakshyam has also provided the scope of teaching, to volunteers from various regions of the country. Many of these volunteers are an eclectic mix of graduates of subjects like Economics, Psychology, Mathematics etc. It is a fact that every such individual has his or her own way of teaching, which helps in a more uniform and diverse growth and development of a child, and thus making him or her, free from a specific constraint of thought and imagination. With the aspect of “freedom” in its core, Lakshyam also takes into consideration the importance of entertainment. It gives the children, an opportunity to showcase their talents in music, art, dance and other activities. Health and sanitation are of utmost importance and the NGO takes care of this too.

A rather more unique approach for welfare and happiness of the children emanated when Lakshyam established many toy libraries across Delhi. Toys are the most important materialistic goods in a child’s life. Children express their feelings and thoughts through toys. These toy libraries have an assemblage of toys and story books which were collected in toy boxes, set up in various schools. This child welfare program has three centres in India today namely – Ghaziabad, Kurukshetra and Vasant Kunj. The greatest challenge of Lakshyam was when they ventured into helping the rag pickers community in Ghaziabad, which is the newest centre. Despite the difficulties, Lakshyam has managed to change the lives of many of these children who might have shared the fate of their parents. Remedial schools have been set up which provide basic education on English, Hindi, Mathematics, Sanitation, Hygiene and general awareness. The creative mind-set of the children endows them the ability to make paper quilling jewellery, dolls etc. which are sold in the market, which in return help them to raise funds for themselves. Lakshyam has so far been successful in transmuting the insipid lives of many children and would continue to do so till the world becomes a better place to live in.

Volunteers Programs in India

Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay.

Thank You Vidhi Gandhi and Alice Preethi for your kind words. By teaching and encouraging young innocent minds you have contributed your bit in ensuring their better future. Your #appreciation and #enthusiasm is what gives us the #motivation to keep working towards the #betterment of the #society. We hope volunteers like you who are full of #zeal keep helping us in bringing a change and we wish that you.

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What is the Role of NGOs in Support of Education?

Working for a Better Society NGO for Children in DelhiAs per the last Census held in 2011, there are 444 million children in India under the age of 18 years. This constitutes over one-third of population in India in 2011. This is said to be the world’s largest child population in a single country. About 27 million children are born each year in India where only 53% of habitation have a primary school and only 20% of the habitation have a secondary school. The statistics are further grim in nature. Less than half of India’s children between the age 6 to 14 go to school. Only about 33% of all children who enroll in grade one reach grade eight. Infrastructure-wise, in nearly 60% of schools, there are less than two teachers to teach Classes I to V. 1 in 40 primary schools in India is conducted in open spaces or tents. As far as drop outs are concerned, 25% children of school-going age are out of school in India. As per District Information System for Education 2014-15, only 32% children finish their school education age appropriately and only 2% of the schools offer complete school education from grade 1 to grade 12.

Under such conditions the role of NGO in India for children education becomes very crucial. There are numerous NGOs who have taken up the onus of taking care of children education, especially for the under-privileged ones. One of the prominent one is Lakshyam NGO. This NGO not only helps to spread education among the under-privileged children in India across various cities but also work towards protecting the basic right to education of children. It provides the attitude, opportunity and exposure to good education to such children and helps them develop to be at par with the more privileged children of the society in terms of literacy.
The major objectives of the NGO in India for Children education are:

  1. increasing the enrollment in schools
  2. developing learning skills in local schools & communities
  3. make education reach to such masses who are unable to attend formal schools due to reasons like poverty, proximity distance, health issues, etc.
  4. replicate their education models and scale them up to serve large number of children to achieve a large-scale impact
  5. provide inclusive education to children with special needs
  6. vocational training to children with permanent disabilities
  7. work as a catalyst to bring sustainable change in the lives of the children with a life-cycle approach of development

Girl child education has also been promoted widely by multiple NGOs through various means. For example, Lakshyam NGO in collaboration with a corporate giant plans to distribute free solar panels to all the girl students studying in government schools to encourage girl child education. It has already identified various govt. schools for girls in Noida where it intends to conduct the distribution along with awareness drive.

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The underlying principle on which such NGOs work is that education is the most effective tool which helps children build a strong foundation, enabling them to free themselves from the vicious cycle of ignorance, poverty and disease. For them, education is the means as well as the end to a better life because it empowers children to earn their own livelihood in future and it increases their awareness on a range of issues from healthcare, social behavior to understanding one’s rights – and in the process, help them evolve as better citizens of the country. Lakshyam has been a pioneering example where they prepare the underprivileged kids by teaching basic subjects and behavioral etiquettes in their free of cost remedial schools so that the kids can get admissions in nearby government schools easily. With government bringing in more and more policies to encourage children education in India, NGOs still have a long way to go in improving the current literacy rates of the country. With proper public support and resources, NGOs can surely change the face of India in the field of primary & secondary education by mobilizing the local communities and enabling the change in the lives of the children.