Focus: Children and Youth, Education, Health, Livelihoods, Women, Social Exclusion, Rural Development
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IGNORANCE is not bliss for victims of caste-based crimes who don’t know the law. Help Jan Sahas train 10 village youths - some victims themselves - as barefoot paralegals to bring justice to their communities.
DAUGHTERS of manual scavengers rarely get beyond primary school thanks to discrimination and extreme poverty. Help Jan Sahas provide stationery and books for 1,000 such girls to ensure they remain in school.
THIS programme addresses malnourishment among children in sensitive Dalit and tribal areas in Madhya Pradesh, reaching out to 2,000 young ones in about 40 villages. Besides ensuring kids are on a nutritious diet, the project aims to educate their mothers through cooking classes, nutrition camps, vaccination drives and counselling sessions. Jan Sahas also advocate creating kitchen gardens to improve dietary diversity and work closely with the local government to help sustain these efforts.
ENSURING that manual scavengers’ children – who have for generations faced exclusion – go to school is one of Jan Sahas’s key interventions while trying to get the community to leave their demeaning profession. This includes improving access with proper implementation of the Right to Education Act in 12 villages and slums of Ujjain and Dewas districts of Madhya Pradesh. Plus upping learning levels and attendance rates, and providing for libraries and activity centres at project locations.
ALMOST 65 per cent victims of atrocities who Jan Sahas help sign up to support others who face similar discrimination. They are given advanced legal training by the Progressive Lawyers Forum – a network of lawyers who mentor victims pro bono – to either become barefoot paralegals or to formally study law and become certified advocates. Jan Sahas not only provide legal aid to victims of rape, domestic violence and other atrocities but also give them immediate material support.
Thousands of families have been helped out of manual scavenging and trained in alternate employment by Jan Sahas. They also bring violence against Dalit women to the attention of the government and media.
To intern with an organisation which is working tirelessly with the marginalised to create an equal society for all, was an eye-opening and enriching experience. Mr Ashif Shaikh is one of the most supportive and grounded people to work with.
I was faced with a very bad situation in my life. But due to Jan Sahas’s support I got justice and now I am continuing my education.
- Ashif Shaikh Secretary
- Krishna Pawar Treasurer
- Harshal Jariwala Project Coordinator
- Sangeeta Kumbhkar Project Coordinator