Work Fields

Child and Youth Development


Living Conditions of the Population

In a country like India with its multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious population, the problems of socially marginalized and economically disadvantaged groups are immense. Within such groups the most vulnerable section is always the children. The strength of a nation lies in a healthy, protected, educated and well-developed child population that will grow up to be a responsible and healthy generation of tomorrow.

Children of our target communities are facing direct and indirect problems from various contributing factors. Problems associated with children dropping out of schools and child abuses are predominant in the targeted location. Among the main reasons are poverty, inaccessibility of child friendly schools and teachers, a lack of good parenting skills, a lack of resources, weak implementation of laws and policies for child protection.

There are other issues like exploitation of children in the form of child labour, child abuse, substance abuse, child marriage or trafficking. Suicide is another important issue of the targeted communities. Family problems, love failure, failure in examinations, depressions, low frustration tolerance, alcoholism, employment problems, are important causes.

That is why our goal is to create a safe and child friendly environment for children in the target area.


The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.

Diogenes

The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.

Benjamin Disraeli



Youth Sensitization Programme

One of the most important factors is to sensitize the children, parents and the general public on child rights and to act against incidents of child abuse. Sensitization workshops are conducted for different target groups to motivate and direct them to utilize their resources to uplift the rural community.


Skill Development and Employment Promotion

Bringing the disadvantaged children into the mainstream of society is very important. In order to promote employment opportunities among unemployed rural youth, skill/vocational trainings on viable trades are conducted. Trainings on tailoring, welding, driving, agro-nursery and animal husbandry is conducted for the unemployed men and women.

Capacity building

A key point is to actively engage the children in securing their rights, addressing their needs and contributing to the overall development of their families and the community. Awareness and skill development programs, Sports and cultural programs are organized to explore and develop their own talents. Career guidance and self-employment/job placement measures of VOSARD enable many young people to make positive changes in their lives and families. But not only Children benefit from these kinds of programs. Parents, community leaders, School teachers, Health workers and the general population are indirect beneficiaries. The project involve the whole community in the process of eradicating child abuse from the target Panchayats.


Success Story

Women can also drive Rikshaws!

Sruthi lives with her husband and her only son in a remote village in the Idukki District. They have no land. Since she failed the 10th she cannot opt for higher studies. She had to obtain the families income – along with her husband – by taking daily wage jobs. Financial problems grew when they had to repay the loan for the house they built. She applied for a training in Auto-rickshaw driving course. Supported by FVTRS, VOSARD provided financial support by contributing 10% of the three-month-driving school. Furthermore emotional support was given to her through different classes. This was necessary because of the male-dominance in the field of Auto-rickshaw driving. It is common in cities whereas in remote villages it is a risk to challenge the present systems and beliefs. She was ready to face the consequences of it very boldly. Of course she also received moral and economical support from her husband and family. After obtaining the three wheeler license she purchased an Auto-rickshaw. The new occupation provides her a daily income. It gives self satisfaction and helped to increase her status in society. Now she is an earning member along with her husband. Since it is a self employment she can balance family life and profession. She has proved that village women are also capable of driving Auto-rickshaw. Now she earns Rs. 7500 per month. She uses this amount to repay her bank loans.



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