90% of the children studying in Grade 5 are not able to read grade 2 Hindi Text. 80% of the children studying in Grade 5 are not able to solve Grade 1 Math problems.
One of the main reasons, children are behind is because of neglect of parents. Both parents who are engaged in daily wage labour work, completely ignore children’s care. On top of that, children have witnessed domestic violence which causes them anxiety and difficulty sleeping. 80% of children going to government schools are facing this issue.
Through our community-led program, we are intervening in the following areas:
- The Sangwari (means friend in Chattisgarhi) run regular sports sessions for children to build their coping mechanisms to deal with emotional stress at home.
- The Sangwari help raise awareness in the community. Take help from self-help groups and gram panchayat members to deal with issues such as alcohol consumption and neglect of children.
- The Sangwari activate the school management committee in school and take help from teachers to raise awareness among parents.
Each Sangwari is paid upto Rs. 1500 per month + travel + phone allow to support the intervention. We currently have 7 volunteers working in 7 communities with 58 children.