Youth Sensitization ProgrammeOne 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 PromotionBringing 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 buildingA 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.
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.