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Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa

(Integrated Child Development Programme)

Introduction:

The disparity in wealth and welfare between the privileged and the underprivileged is the greatest hindrance to India's all-round development. A vast number of children, the future of our country, are from slums, roadsides, tribal belts, backward areas, and marginalized families. They are deprived of the basic necessities like food, medical care and education. The environment in which they lie comprises cramped one-room shanties, hutments or canvas sheds in unhygienic conditions. Most of these children are victims of malnutrition and various other diseases. With a view to facilitating the all-round development of these socially and economically deprived children, the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission have taken up a project 'Gadadhar Abhyuday Prakalpa' in the name of Gadadhar, the child Ramakrishna. A total of 174 units under this program have been started at different parts of our country. About 17,400 needy children, selected from the city, slums, and villages, were benefited during the year 2011-12. In some areas, the children were regularly brought from the roadside huts and highly unhygienic garbage-dumping spots. The response received from the general public in all these places has been overwhelming.

Objective:

The basic objectives of this project are

1. to inculcate a sense of cleanliness and hygiene in the children;

2. to nourish the children for their physical development;

3. to educate the school deprived children with special coaching;

4. to instill moral and cultural values in them.

Physical Development:

A good number of children are victims of malnutrition. They are being served with nutritious food on daily basis, and every month they are provided with toiletries like toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, oil, etc. besides, study materials, school uniforms, school bags, footwear, The kids are taught the basics of hygiene as regards keeping the food & environment clean. They are also given training on healthy habits such as use of toilets, necessity of safe drinking water, brushing teeth, washing hands paring nails, etc. They are encouraged to take part in games and sports, to exercises regularly. Simple Yogasanas are also demonstrated to them for their regular practice.

Educational Development:

Children are taught two different types of lessons depending on their backgrounds. The first lesson is for school goers and the other for non goers. The children are provided with text books, note books and other essential stationery. The children aged 6 to 10 years are taught the basics0 like alphabet, reading and writing, simple Mathematics like addition, subtraction, multiplication table, etc. When the students sufficiently advance in his basic lessons, he is promoted to the next higher stage. In the higher stage, they are regularly taught the importance of education and its value in one's life. Value education is also imparted through stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata and the lives of great personalities. Special training is also imparted to the children for getting admitted into high schools. For school-going children including the dropouts, coaching classes are conducted in the line of their school syllabus. The Children are also taught Self help among themselves by encouraging the children of senior batch to take class for the juniors or for the dropouts as in the case shown in the picture.

Mental and Spiritual development:

During the programme provision for exposure to music, painting, drama, dance, magic show etc is also being made. Apart from showing them films on value education, the seeds of awareness about their social responsibilities are also implanted in their minds. They are also encouraged in the practice of meditation and prayer under the guidance of competent teachers. This enables them get a taste of the Indian cultural and spiritual tradition. In the higher stage, they are regularly taught the importance of education and its value in one's life. Value education is also imparted through stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata and the lives of great personalities. Special training is also imparted to the children for getting admitted into high schools. For school-going children including the dropouts, coaching classes are conducted in the line of their school syllabus. The Children are also taught Self help among themselves by encouraging the children of senior batch to take class for the juniors or for the dropouts as in the case shown in the picture.

Mental and Spiritual development:

During the programme provision for exposure to music, painting, drama, dance, magic show etc is also being made. Apart from showing them films on value education, the seeds of awareness about their social responsibilities are also implanted in their minds. They are also encouraged in the practice of meditation and prayer under the guidance of competent teachers. This enables them get a taste of the Indian cultural and spiritual tradition.


Vivekananda Swasthya Parisheva Prakalpa

HEALTH SCENARIO

Some of the ground research in the remote rural areas of India shows that rural people have poor level of awareness on health & hygiene. Their age-old practice of using pond water for domestic purpose and even for drinking still persists. The health surveys show that a large number of Indians is suffering from malnutrition, which is one of the chief causes of ill health and the incidence of diseases among the weaker sections of society. The tragedy of this dire situation is that it is the children who suffer most. According to medical experts, 80% of a person's development of brain and immunity against diseases take place during the first two years of childhood from birth. Also half the adult height is achieved by this age.

Recent studies have revealed the following disconcerting facts about India:

a) Under 5 years Mortality rate is 72/1000 live births,

b) Maternal Mortality Rate is the highest in the world,

c) Almost half of all children under 5 are malnourished,

d) Primary school dropouts are in large numbers; they are under-weight & susceptible to diseases.

It was this heart-wrenching, pitiable condition of the poor and neglected children that has prompted the Ramakrishna Mission to undertake a health care project called VIVEKANANDA SWASTHYA PARISHEVA PRAKALPA (VSPP), which primarily aims at improving the health of children in city slums and rural areas.

Objectives:

The main objectives of VSPP are as follows:

1. To eradicate malnutrition of children below 5, at least in the selected backward areas, as far as possible.

2. To provide regular health check-up to children, and pregnant and lactating mothers.

3. To provide health education, especially to womenfolk, and teach them the basic principles of personal hygiene, environmental hygiene, child nutrition and care, etc.

4. To provide health and moral education to the children aged 5 to 12 years.

5. To provide a clean and hygienic environment especially in slums by cleaning up the narrow streets and lanes full of garbage and dirt.

6. To ensure community participation in keeping the living quarters and environment clean and hygienic by creating in the minds of people a sense of collective responsibility and spirit of self-reliance.

7. To immunize the new-born babies.

PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION

In total 126 units under this programme are functioning at different parts of our country, aiming at remedying child malnutrition, and preventive and curative medical care mainly to the malnourished children. A child cannot be healthy unless the mother is healthy. So, through this project, the pregnant and lactating mothers are also taken care of. More than 12,600 undernourished beneficiaries (both children and mothers) selected from the city slums and villages were benefited under this project. The response received from all these places is encouraging. The details are given below.

Health Care: The beneficiaries are served regularly with nutritive food 21 supplements, vitamins, etc. The pregnant mothers are provided with special medicines. Regular health check-up camps are organized, through which the beneficiaries are given free consultation and medication. Special cases are also attended to. Immunization for the new-born babies is also done in some places.

Education: The grown-up children are given moral education as in Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa. As a part of health education health-related films, video or computer display on nutrition, immunization, TB, common ailments and their remedies, etc. are screened. Besides, they are educated on various topics such as personal hygiene and sanitation, and the necessity of safe drinking water, brushing teeth, washing hands, paring nails, etc.

Hygiene & Environmental Care: The beneficiaries are regularly provided with various toiletries like toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, oil, etc. Besides, in some places tube wells were dug, small-scale water-filters were installed and sanitary latrines were constructed.

Community Participation: In some places, the local people were made aware of how to keep the slums, their living quarters and environment clean and hygienic, by cleaning garbage etc.

Monitoring and Evaluation: The aforesaid activities were monitored and evaluated through the preservation of records and analysis of data.

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