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SERUDS NGO announces new Child Development Programs

Children are the ones who are very vital for deciding how the world is going to be after some years. So if one can do some good in the life of a child then there can be change, at least a slightest change, in the world to come. And if most of them think on same lines then we can hope of a better future ahead. The values we impart to our children today, consciously and unconsciously, will have a major impact on society tomorrow. Each of us must care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the welfare of our children is intimately linked to the welfare of all other people's children.

SERUDS, is one of the leading  Child Development NGOs in India and is based out of Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh.

SERUDS identified the following child related problems:

1. CHILD LABOUR: In KURNOOL District, many disadvantaged children are working as child labors. Some are drop-outs and some other are never enrolled. Low literacy among disadvantaged children mainly attributed to their lower enrolment and dropout as their illiterate and poverty stricken parents do not understand the importance of education and are not afford to send their children to schools. They are working in hazardous situations like Beedi Rolling (tobacco making), Domestic, Construction, Mechanic, Hotels, Dhabas, Rag-picking works etc. Some are roaming in the streets and involved anti social elements.

2. ORPHAN & STREET CHILDREN: In SERUDS project area many Orphan and Street Children are found. The problem of orphan / street children is acute due to urbanization and industrialization. Due to the deaths of HIV / AIDS affected persons, Re-marriage of deserted / widowed / divorce women, absence of love and security, Unwanted pregnancy of Trafficking / Sexually exploited girls; these orphan and street children are left without care and support. Due to family disputes, accidental deaths, illegal contacts etc many children are becoming parentless. Their grandparents, relatives are giving care and support due to various reasons.  These orphan / semi orphans / street children are involved in rag picking, pit pocketing and participating in anti social, criminal activities.      

3.VULNERABLE CHILDREN: Children of poor are in the midst of an epidemiological and health transition, wherein diseases of affluence and new environmental and behavioral threats are being added to the already burdened morbidity due to spread of communicable diseases, poor sanitation, poverty and malnutrition. The emergence of explosive AIDS epidemic and the rising incidence of communicable diseases are posing new challenges in health care. Child marriages, Girl child discrimination, Child trafficking, Child abuse and child rights violation is common in this area. Children are facing atrocities, harassment and humiliation at home, schools, work place and community.

SERUDS Interventions:

SERUDS works for the empowerment of under privileged, vulnerable and needy Children. Currently SERUDS has been implementing the following programs:

1.    ORPHANAGE: They have been identifying Street / Orphan / Semi Orphan children through volunteers, citizens, police, women & child welfare department. They Pre-view the incoming child problems / difficulties; Counsel & arrange for Emotional acceptance of the child; providing Lodging and boarding facilities for all inmates in orphanage at Budhawarpet, Kurnool city. They also arrange teaching facilities in nearby schools according to their age and provide home tuitions, recreation and health care etc. At present 40 orphans are being benefitting

2.    HEALTH CAMPS: “Health Sensitization Campaign among Vulnerable Children” are being organized to sensitize the vulnerable children on common childhood illnesses, health care, hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, immunization, prevention of communicable diseases, PC & PNDT etc.; to conduct Health checkups, provide counseling and referral services on child health issues; to improve the quality of public health services by creating a demand from and stakes for the vulnerable children in such services; distribution of medicine, breads, fruits and  IEC Material on Health issues and First Aid. So far 350 children benefitted from this program.
Sponsor Health Campaign for Children:

3.    CHILD RIGHTS CAMPAIGN: SERUDS have been conducting Sensitization camps to Teachers / School Management / School Administrators; Awareness Meetings to Parents, Community Leaders, PRIs; Distribution of IEC material on Child Rights & Entitlements; Kalajatha Cultural program on Child Rights etc.

4.    EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL SUPPORT TO POOR STUDENTS: Many students are dropping education in the middle, due to lack of educational material. Their impoverished parents could not provide necessary educational material. Their parents are mainly working in shops & establishments, market yards, hotels & restaurants, etc. and engaged as auto drivers, rickshaw pullers, flower & vegetable vendors, domestic servants, etc.  SERUDS, a Credible NGO in India has been providing educational material to poor children and motivating & counselling their parents on the importance of educating the children. SERUDS have been encouraging the needy children by providing educational materials such as school uniforms, footwear, School bags, Notebooks, Stationery, etc. So far provided such support to about 550 students studying in different classes from 5th to 10thstandard.

5.    SPONSOR A CHILD IN NEED WITH SCHOOL FEE & TUITION FEE: Many poor students are deprived from quality education. Due to lack of finance they are studying in Government and Municipal Schools, where quality of education is not up to the mark. They are not affording to pay fee in corporate schools. In spite of their interest and intelligence, they are deprived quality education in corporate schools. SERUDS, a charity in India has been running sponsor a child program with school fee & tuition fees those in need. So far they have sponsored 70 such students in corporate schools for their better education.

6.    CELEBRATE YOUR SPECIAL DAY WITH ORPHANS: Orphans need love and affection from all corners. To show love & affection on orphans SERUDS organizing celebration of special days like birth day, marriage day, anniversaries, memories, etc., with special meal by donors.

7.    PARA EDUCATION PROGRAM TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: It has been observed that students in many high schools are lagging behind in terms of extracurricular skills. They lack communication skills, personality development and other soft skills that are essential in this competitive world. Many school managements have also realized that if they lag behind in these skills their students may face a bleak future in the job market when they go for higher studies and take up employment or self-employment. SERUDS have been conducting Para education program for the benefit of poor students. So far they have conducted this program in 4 schools for 200 children.

8.    CRÈCHE CENTRES:  With increased opportunities for employment for women and the need to supplement household income more and more women are entering the job market. With the breaking up of joint family system and the increased phenomenon of nuclear families, working women need support in terms of quality, substitute, care for their young children while they are at work. Crèche Services are not only required by working mothers but also women belonging to poor families, who require support and relief from childcare as they struggle to cope with burden of activities, within and outside the home. SERUDS has been running 4 crèche centers with 30 children in each below age of 5 years and providing care and support; recreation; health care;  teaching numeral & alphabets; inculcating good habits, providing  nutritious food and  facilitate for physical & intellectual development of the children.

G. MALLIKARJUNA, President, SERUDS says “We must ... renew our commitment to improving the health, welfare, and future hopes of children around the world. We shall pursue this promise -- country-by-country, village-by-village, home-by-home, and child-by-child -- until the goal of an equitable, merciful, and joyful life for all God’s children is within our sights. He appealed support, cooperation and encouragement from all the well wishers of children to go ahead with integrated child development programs.  

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