Community based interventions

1.    Field Study

Field studies are a very important part of the strategies implemented at IDEA. The findings of these research help us in targeting the slum areas more precisely and therefore reach out to a greater section of the needy people in the society. Our studies extensively cover the socio-economic & educational status of the people in general and educational status of children in particular. The studies help us in identifying the availability of key factors like space , cooperation of the people in the community , other NGOs working in the selected slum. We also locate the availability of additional key resources like educated women or youth etc that can be an active part of our project. After identification of these factors, we undertake the welfare project with greater efficiency in the selected slum area. Our interventions are indicated below:-
a.    The first step of our field study is to identify the talent pool of educated youth or women that can aid in the implementation of our projects. These resources are then trained as teachers that help in conducting our ‘Play & learn’ centers / study centers for the selected underprivileged children.
b.    The next stage is focused on motivating and helping the parents to enroll the ‘out of school’ children in regular and full time school. In fact, if the need arises we also intervene during their school admission process. We continue our support to such underprivileged children at different levels in order to help them in their holistic development.
c.    Apart from helping the school drop outs to resume schooling, we also provide sponsorship support to continue education of children who have left schooling after class 7.

2.    Play & Learn centers.

Studying can be quite monotonous. But if your learning is combined with play, it can become very interesting. Motivated by this thought, IDEA initiated a unique concept in the form of conducting play and learn centers in slums. These centers play a pivotal role in achieving the overall objective of holistic development of the children. The volunteers from IDEA engage the students in fun filled activities that aid in maximizing their learning. runs these centers in slums where there are many ‘out of school children. For many of the underprivileged student, these centers act as a precursor to schooling motivating them to learn better and avoid situations of school drop outs.

An initiative at the basic level, this is a start-up program where the children are taught with the help of poems, games and activities. This helps to create a long term towards schooling thereby gradually reducing the number of school drop outs in the long run. Over a period of time, the ‘Play & learn’ centers run by IDEA closely monitor the progress of these students and continue to guide them throughout the learning period as the need arises.

The beneficiaries of the program are also given medical care, supplementary nutrition, and school materials for their overall development along with the usual combination of age appropriate art & craft activities.  At IDEA, we work in close association with the parents. The parents of the children at the ‘Play & Learn’ center are kept updated with their ward’s progress and constantly motivated to give their children the required support in order to help them pursue their dreams.

3.    Activity oriented study centers.

IDEA’s study centers are a special initiative for school going children in the age group of 6 to 14 years. The purpose of these study centers is to help the underprivileged students pursue their schooling more efficiently. Being guided by the supervisor at the study center, the students are able to clarify their doubts, practice and therefore improve their understanding beyond the regular schooling hours.  Currently, the centers are spread across several slums in Pune. The centers operate for about 3 hours in two batches.

These centers are operational within the slum community itself, with many of the residents coming forth to help in different ways. Students at the study centers are taught to read, write and improve their basic skills like comprehension and vocabulary.  Using the foundations of activity oriented learning, these study centers are unique platforms where the underprivileged students can clarify their doubts and improve their thinking prowess.  help children in inculcating regular study habits as well as help them understand the concepts with the help of activity oriented learning. In fact, through the activity oriented learning, the children also get a chance to enhance their creativity across different sectors.  At the IDEA study center, we do much more than the routine studies. The children also get various opportunities for developing their creativity and imagination through the weekly hobby and craft classes that are a norm at these study centers. Regular Rangoli and Mehendi making competitions are an excellent outlet for children to take a break from their usual study routine and showcase their creativity. In fact, such Extra-curricular activities help the children to overcome inhibitions and showcase their talent thereby aiding in their all round development.

Those participating at the study center also receive school bags, notebooks and other school stationary items to facilitate their learning.
Apart from the children, the IDEA study centers also see participation from the parents. As is a policy in all our initiatives, we regularly inform the parents of their ward’s progress through monthly meeting conducted in the centre.  Through these meetings, we also host sessions on better parenting and child development for the parents. After all, the child will require parental support at different levels to realize his or her dreams.

4.    Vocational guidance.

Our ultimate aim is to reach out to a greater number of audience and reduce the percentage of school drop outs. But, we also come across several youngsters who have given up on their education a long time back. The lack of skills makes it impossible for these youngsters to aim for a better life. Given this scenario, IDEA was quick to identify the gap and accordingly introduced specially designed vocational guidance programs for such youngsters.  Through these vocational guidance programs, the students are taught to develop a proficiency in the basic skills depending on their area of interest. This enables them to aim for a better career path in life.

5.    Adolescent Health Care and  Education.

At IDEA, working towards the welfare of the female community has always been of great importance. After all, our aim for a better society can be realized only through the holistic development of every member including the females. As a part of this objective, we conduct informative healthcare sessions for adolescent girls in the underprivileged community. These workshops are conducted in coordination with the ICDS workers and other partnering NGOs specializing in this domain as it helps us to reach out to a greater number of audiences in the community.  The topics covered are general health and hygiene, nutritional needs and the physiological changes during adolescence, awareness on HIV/ AIDS , issues on gender equality  etc.

6.    Health check-up  and support for women.

Our objective of female healthcare does not end with the organization of healthcare workshops for adolescents. We at IDEA, are compassionate towards the failing healthcare scenario of the female community in general. In an attempt to curb this situation, we have come up with a carefully structured health check-up plan for women above the age of 40. With the help of  Samvedana- a trust formed by the Sahyadri group of hospitals in Pune,  IDEA has been able to successfully launch a comprehensive health check up plan for the women from the underprivileged community who are above the age of 40 years. There are several women who have benefited through this plan and are continuing to do so as a result of IDEA’s increasing reach.

7.     Formation of Youth Group

At IDEA, we understand that learning begins at a very tender age when the children are easily influenced. Therefore a peer group plays a pivotal role in shaping the thought process of children. As an additional platform, the beneficiaries of our existing initiatives or children form a youth group that is divided region wise. These youth assemblies act as an excellent peer group where children share ideas and exchange thoughts to clarify doubts and enhance their learning. On such forums, we also educate children about socially relevant issues like gender sensitization, importance of education, and a lot more. Each youth group has 20 members that actively work in coordination to enhance their learning and are actively involved in several other initiatives undertaken by IDEA. In fact, a lot of the underprivileged students come together on this platform to use their skills in art and craft to train other students as well.

1.    Field Study

 

Field studies are a very important part of the strategies implemented at IDEA. The findings of these research help us in targeting the slum areas more precisely and therefore reach out to a greater section of the needy people in the society. Our studies extensively cover the socio-economic & educational status of the people in general and educational status of children in particular. The studies help us in identifying the availability of key factors like space , cooperation of the people in the community , other NGOs working in the selected slum. We also locate the availability of additional key resources like educated women or youth etc that can be an active part of our project. After identification of these factors, we undertake the welfare project with greater efficiency in the selected slum area. Our interventions are indicated below:-

  1. The first step of our field study is to identify the talent pool of educated youth or women that can aid in the implementation of our projects. These resources are then trained as teachers that help in conducting our ‘Play & learn’ centers / study centers for the selected underprivileged children.
  2. The next stage is focused on motivating and helping the parents to enroll the ‘out of school’ children in regular and full time school. In fact, if the need arises we also intervene during their school admission process. We continue our support to such underprivileged children at different levels in order to help them in their holistic development.
  3. Apart from helping the school drop outs to resume schooling, we also provide sponsorship support to continue education of children who have left schooling after class 7.

 

2.    Play & Learn centers.

 

 

Studying can be quite monotonous. But if your learning is combined with play, it can become very interesting. Motivated by this thought, IDEA initiated a unique concept in the form of conducting play and learn centers in slums. These centers play a pivotal role in achieving the overall objective of holistic development of the children. The volunteers from IDEA engage the students in fun filled activities that aid in maximizing their learning. runs these centers in slums where there are many ‘out of school children. For many of the underprivileged student, these centers act as a precursor to schooling motivating them to learn better and avoid situations of school drop outs.

 

An initiative at the basic level, this is a start-up program where the children are taught with the help of poems, games and activities. This helps to create a long term towards schooling thereby gradually reducing the number of school drop outs in the long run. Over a period of time, the ‘Play & learn’ centers run by IDEA closely monitor the progress of these students and continue to guide them throughout the learning period as the need arises.

 

The beneficiaries of the program are also given medical care, supplementary nutrition, and school materials for their overall development along with the usual combination of age appropriate art & craft activities.  At IDEA, we work in close association with the parents. The parents of the children at the ‘Play & Learn’ center are kept updated with their ward’s progress and constantly motivated to give their children the required support in order to help them pursue their dreams.

 

3.    Activity oriented study centers.

 

IDEA’s study centers are a special initiative for school going children in the age group of 6 to 14 years. The purpose of these study centers is to help the underprivileged students pursue their schooling more efficiently. Being guided by the supervisor at the study center, the students are able to clarify their doubts, practice and therefore improve their understanding beyond the regular schooling hours.  Currently, the centers are spread across several slums in Pune. The centers operate for about 3 hours in two batches.

 

These centers are operational within the slum community itself, with many of the residents coming forth to help in different ways. Students at the study centers are taught to read, write and improve their basic skills like comprehension and vocabulary.  Using the foundations of activity oriented learning, these study centers are unique platforms where the underprivileged students can clarify their doubts and improve their thinking prowess.  help children in inculcating regular study habits as well as help them understand the concepts with the help of activity oriented learning. In fact, through the activity oriented learning, the children also get a chance to enhance their creativity across different sectors.  At the IDEA study center, we do much more than the routine studies. The children also get various opportunities for developing their creativity and imagination through the weekly hobby and craft classes that are a norm at these study centers. Regular Rangoli and Mehendi making competitions are an excellent outlet for children to take a break from their usual study routine and showcase their creativity. In fact, such Extra-curricular activities help the children to overcome inhibitions and showcase their talent thereby aiding in their all round development.

 

Those participating at the study center also receive school bags, notebooks and other school stationary items to facilitate their learning.  

Apart from the children, the IDEA study centers also see participation from the parents. As is a policy in all our initiatives, we regularly inform the parents of their ward’s progress through monthly meeting conducted in the centre.  Through these meetings, we also host sessions on better parenting and child development for the parents. After all, the child will require parental support at different levels to realize his or her dreams.

 

4.    Vocational guidance.

 

Our ultimate aim is to reach out to a greater number of audience and reduce the percentage of school drop outs. But, we also come across several youngsters who have given up on their education a long time back. The lack of skills makes it impossible for these youngsters to aim for a better life. Given this scenario, IDEA was quick to identify the gap and accordingly introduced specially designed vocational guidance programs for such youngsters.  Through these vocational guidance programs, the students are taught to develop a proficiency in the basic skills depending on their area of interest. This enables them to aim for a better career path in life.   

  

5.    Adolescent Health Care and  Education.

 

At IDEA, working towards the welfare of the female community has always been of great importance. After all, our aim for a better society can be realized only through the holistic development of every member including the females. As a part of this objective, we conduct informative healthcare sessions for adolescent girls in the underprivileged community. These workshops are conducted in coordination with the ICDS workers and other partnering NGOs specializing in this domain as it helps us to reach out to a greater number of audiences in the community.  The topics covered are general health and hygiene, nutritional needs and the physiological changes during adolescence, awareness on HIV/ AIDS , issues on gender equality  etc.

 

6.    Health check-up  and support for women.

 

Our objective of female healthcare does not end with the organization of healthcare workshops for adolescents. We at IDEA, are compassionate towards the failing healthcare scenario of the female community in general. In an attempt to curb this situation, we have come up with a carefully structured health check-up plan for women above the age of 40. With the help of  Samvedana- a trust formed by the Sahyadri group of hospitals in Pune,  IDEA has been able to successfully launch a comprehensive health check up plan for the women from the underprivileged community who are above the age of 40 years. There are several women who have benefited through this plan and are continuing to do so as a result of IDEA’s increasing reach.  

 

7.     Formation of Youth Group

 

At IDEA, we understand that learning begins at a very tender age when the children are easily influenced. Therefore a peer group plays a pivotal role in shaping the thought process of children. As an additional platform, the beneficiaries of our existing initiatives or children form a youth group that is divided region wise. These youth assemblies act as an excellent peer group where children share ideas and exchange thoughts to clarify doubts and enhance their learning. On such forums, we also educate children about socially relevant issues like gender sensitization, importance of education, and a lot more. Each youth group has 20 members that actively work in coordination to enhance their learning and are actively involved in several other initiatives undertaken by IDEA. In fact, a lot of the underprivileged students come together on this platform to use their skills in art and craft to train other students as well.

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