Greetings from Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra (R) Gangavathi
CKSK is a voluntary Partner run by Franciscan Capuchin Fathers, registered as a Society in 1976. The Partner has been engaged in Integrated Child Development activities supported by ChildFund India since 2000. This Partner is situated in Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka in which the Taluk is at the eastern end of the coastal district and at the foothills of the Western Mountain Ranges. Today it assists 491 children in fifteen adopted villages of Gangavathy taluka. Its mission is “To create an environment of hope and respect for the needy children of all cultures and beliefs in which they have opportunities to achieve their full potential and provide practical tools for positive change to children, families and communities”. Thus integral and sustainable development is what organization strives for.
Child Development Programs
Life Stage 1: Healthy & Secure Infants:
The partner is working for the wellbeing of children, families and communities by providing basic health service like anti natal and parental care, sensitizing pregnant, lactating mothers and adolescent girls on the issue of anemia, Nutrition Education. Partner provided awareness to pregnant mothers and care givers on intake of Iron Folic Acid Tablets through home visits, Knowledge building sessions to eligible couples on family planning and birth spacing with Family Planning Scheme, Inputs Sessions to mothers on colostrums, Exclusive breastfeeding and age-wise weaning practices, Awareness on protection and usage of potable drinking water, Community awareness such as prevention measures to control malaria, open defecation, Capacity Building of parents on prevention of childhood illnesses, Training of ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) and Aganwadi (Pre-school run by the Government)workers on skill enhancement. Supported with supplementary nutrition food for malnourished children. 34 Aganawadies are repaired, painted and given teaching and learning materials for Psycho-social development of children. The comprehensive behavior change through positive deviance health approach this program considerably showed improvement in overall development of children.
Life Stage 2: Educated and Confident Children:
The partner is working to mitigate school dropouts and bring them to main stream of education under life stage – II program for the age group of 6 to 14 years children. The activities conducted were improving schools infrastructure by providing Teaching and learning Materials to schools and children, Improvement in teaching methodology by training teachers on child friendly & participatory teaching techniques, supporting with drinking water facility to schools so that children have the access to safe drinking water. Partner has trained School Development Committee on their roles and responsibilities. Girls are involved in school activities. Sensitizing the parents and educating the girl children on gender equality. Conducted campaign against child labour through handouts, wall writings and street play. School enrollment campaigns were conducted in project area. To minimize the school drop outs and child labors conducted residential bridge course school. Children are supported with educational materials, Conducted trainings in drawing, Art& craft. Scholarships were given to needy children so that they can continue higher education. Conducted reading improvement Campaign “Books my Friends” and distributed educational kits. The partner organized child rights week in various Government schools and on world day for prevention of child abuse, child labour and early child marriage in project area.
Skilled and Involved Youth:
14 youth clubs formed and 4 youth clubs have been registered. Youths in 15 villages capacitated on Life Skill Education. The eight adopted villages host life skill trainings for the youths. Through various vocational training youths are trained and get adequate knowledge to earn more for their family . Vocational trainings such as Networking (DTP), Tailoring, Driving courses were conducted. Other than these, financial support were given to families for Agriculture/ Horticulture and petty businesses. On regular basis advocacy has been conducted with Panchyat Raj Institution, Government Department and Non Governmental Organizations/ Community Based Organizations which are working for the betterment of youths.
The youth club members are trained in Life Skill Education and various issues like unemployment entrepreneurship, ill-effects of child marriage and child labour. This has resulted in minimizing the atrocities against youths. Distributed educational materials to enrolled children. Tuition classes for slow learners are conducted. Financial support to continue education, Supported youth clubs with Teaching and Learning Materials and sports materials.
Achievements and Development:
- Decreased rate of school dropout rate by 6%
- Decreased rate of early marriages in project area.
- 81 youths got job oriented course and independent with good self-employment opportunity in future
- Boys and Girls increased knowledge on life skill
- 51 residential bridge course students got admission in Govt. school and hostels
Festivals/ Customs/ Social Activities:
India is the land of festivals. There are number of festivals in our project being celebrated throughout the year. Among those some of the important festivals are; Ugadi is the New Year day for the Hindus celebrated in the month of April. Ganesh Chaturthi is a popular festival when lord Ganesh is worshipped. Dasara is ten days festival. During this festival various Goddesses are worshipped. Deepavali is festival of lights and on that day people worship Shri Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth. On Mahashivarathri, people keep fasting on this day and worship Lord Shiva. Ramadan, it is the holy month of fasting for Muslims. Christmas is celebrated on 25th December. On the eve of Christmas day, mass is held in church. People decorate their homes with lights. Holi is a festival of colors. Festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Besides these Independence Day, Republic Day and Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji are celebrated as National days.