Roadmap to Combat Human Trafficking

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The Kalinga Fellowship initiative is an evolving and distinctive tri-sector initiative that provides a forum for senior business leaders, governments, civil leaders to come together in a spirit of collaboration to disseminate the incidents of sexual assault and trafficking of girls in Asia. Kalinga Fellowship was created by 3 partner organizations-The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, FXB India Suraksha and Bridge Institute.

The fellowship is a 10-year commitment by its partners to make a breakthrough in thinking and action in combatting gender-based violence.

On April 2017, the first Fellowship was convened in the Indian State of Odisha. It culminated in action to create similar programs to establish ZERO tolerance of sexual abuse on girls across Asia.

In 2018, the second Fellowship was held in Telengana with support from the Telengana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society and Prajwala – a pioneering NGO with its strong footprints on minimizing human trafficking and rehabilitating the victims.

 The focus of Kalinga Fellowship 2019 was to visualize a road map to eradicate the social malaise of human trafficking. Human trafficking, today, is the third-largest organized crime in the world, after arms and drug trafficking.

Kalinga Fellowship 2019 (9-13 December) witnessed participation from SEWA International and UN Women who partnered with the three founder organizations.  The fellowship was attended by over 80 participants of diverse backgrounds from senior police officials to civil society and corporate leaders within  India and transnational. Nearly twenty college students from different states of India and a few survivors of trafficking were also part of the Fellowship.

The Fellows interacted with National Commission for Women, Anti-human trafficking unit, Delhi Police, Traffic analysis hub, Child Welfare Committee, CHILDLINE, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Kat-Katha, Society for the Participatory Integrated Development and organizations working with victims of trafficking and second-generation victims of commercial sexual exploitation, to collectively push forward solutions and strategies on combatting human trafficking. The Fellows also interacted with a technology team at IBM to understand how technology can play a vital role in combatting the trafficking of women and children.

The Fellows proposed significant strategies which included #IAM Campaign – focussing on promoting gender equality and creating awareness on human trafficking, a Railway Rescue Pilot Program – to empower the community and bringing  National Commission of Women, Railway Police Force, Government Railway Police, and the nearby communities to work together for combatting trafficking.

The Kalinga Fellows team sought feedback, fine-tuned their strategies and solutions and presented a national roadmap to end the trafficking of women and children. The roadmap was presented to the National Commission for Women and National Commission for Protection of Child Rights for execution.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Member of Parliament and Founder, KIIT & KISS said, “Empowerment of women should be ingrained at every level of every organization across government, business, and social sector. Only then we will move forward as a country and an economy. My home state Odisha is moving forward with great momentum to ensuring our mothers and daughters participate fully in the highest decision making bodies in state and country. Gender quality is at the core of the philosophy at KIIT and KISS.”

Shyam Parande, Secretary, SEWA International asserted that the menace of human trafficking could be curbed only by providing equal opportunities for learning and employment to women, along with gender sensitization across all age-groups.

“The Kalinga Fellowship 2019 will set forth a solution based road map to combat human trafficking, developed and owned by leaders across civil society, corporate and the government.”, informed Mamta Borgoyary, CEO, FXB India Suraksha.

Jane Sassienie, Director of Development at Bridge and Founding Director of Bridge Institute stated that the fellowship will equip the people who want to change the world with the leadership skills to do so. “Our purpose is to bring extraordinary people together to solve the world’s seemingly impossible problems”, added Simon McKenzie (Mac), Director of Bridge, and co-founders of the Bridge Institute.

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Walk a mile in Mamta Borgoyary’s shoes: interview with FXB India Suraksha’s Country Director

How did you get involved with FXB India Suraksha?

When I was approached for the role of Country Director, I did not know much about the organization and its work and also never had worked on issues of children and HIV. Upon learning more about the organization, I knew I wanted to volunteer my time to help the organization make a greater difference. I received a call from the then CEO Mu Ghosh to meet with him and that was the hook. He persuaded me to join and give it a chance for just three months and then decide whether to stay or not. Five days after that conversation, I joined in 2010.  I never felt that I was not part of FXB.

How did FXB India Suraksha evolve in India during the past 10 years?

It was a very tough journey. When I joined FXB, similar to other FXB country offices, we were given the task of consolidating our work in India and decreasing dependency on the FXB Foundation. There were many challenges such as being spread all over the country and being perceived as donors. In spite of such good work that we had done, we never networked or publicized our work. Except for some in the HIV sector, hardly anyone knew about FXB. In order to tighten our focus, we sat together as a team to understand how can leverage our existing work and organizational capacities in the context of the available funding for the non-profit sector without losing our identity. We made some tough decisions: we reduced our work from 22 to 7 states and worked strategically to cut costs. I can proudly share that today we are working in 14 states in India, with 150 staff across the country. Our program participants are the poorest of the poor people who are vulnerable and have been left out of the development, including women and children who are abused, trafficked and whose rights have been violated as they belong to marginalised groups. In the past ten years, we have lifted more than 300,000 people above the poverty line.

What are you personally most proud of in your work with FXB?

We are one of the few of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India that has demonstrated how development can be co-created for the benefit of the poor. I am personally proud of my team’s dedication and commitment to the communities we work with and for. I am proud that from almost being on the verge of closure with an identity crisis, we are now placed one of the best implementing NGO in the country.

 

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Could you share with us a memory of a participant of FXB’s programs who particularly touched you?

Although there are countless program participants who have made an impact on me, two young girls from Manipur especially stand out. Both were younger than 10 years old when they joined the FXB work. They joined the program hopeless with their parents on the verge of death from HIV/AIDS. Today both of these girls are the best performers in their schools. One of them has won a state scholarship to pursue higher education. The other, who is herself a victim of the deadly virus, is now a beautiful teenager, pursuing higher studies with a zest for life and a spirit that will lift you up.

What are your hopes and expectations for the future?

It is my hope that we as an organization in the next ten years will touch the life of 5 million excluded and marginalized families and co-create with them a life of dignity and hope. It is my dream that one day FXB will be the only organization that is the best in both implementation and policy advocacy, bridging the gap between field and policies.

About Mamta Borgoyary: Mamta grew up in the Jharkhand region of India and has worked with FXB since 2010. She has an MPhil degree in agriculture economics and has worked extensively in the areas of rural livelihoods, socio-economic and policy research and several monitoring and evaluation programs across India, Vietnam and Nepal.

A Practical Approach Towards Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit. Victims are lied to, assaulted, threatened or manipulated into working under inhumane, illegal or otherwise unacceptable conditions. It is an enormous criminal industry that denies freedom to thousands of people in the country.Group exercise on practices followed while dealing with vicitm of human traffickng

‘Protection and Safety’ (P&S) has been among the core domains of the four pillared integrated approach for grassroots intervention. Preventing and reducing child abuse, gender based violence and HT through proactive and response mechanism constitute the specifics under the P&S domain. It is well known that the police and armed forces comprise an extremely important stakeholder groups in combating the menace of human trafficking and child sexual abuse.

FXBIS has entered into an MoU with the Madhya Pradesh Police and the MP Police Academy to conduct trainings for their forces on human trafficking and child protection. FXBIS will soon be carrying out sensitisation workshops under the ‘Suraksha Sustainable Learning Programme’ in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.Training of newly recruited contables at police training academy Meerut,UP

FXBIS has been conducting similar trainings to effectively combat human trafficking for the police and paramilitary forces in states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur (Indo-Myanmar border town of Moreh) since 2018, with support from the British High Commission. The main objective of these trainings was to enable proactive and efficient law enforcement responses and intervention to combat human trafficking. The provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015 along with The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 were discussed.

This project was implemented for around 9 months; 638 Police officials including paramilitary forces (Assam Rifles) were trained in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Manipur. The training programmes received appreciation from participants as well as Senior officials. Pre-Post Tests were conducted during the training programme which helped in accessing the training programme. A difference in the knowledge around the issue especially on relevant laws could be assessed through the Pre-Post Tests. The reports highly recommend for the need of continued support and training of the ground level officials for strengthening mechanisms at the ground and leading to effective investigations and responses in order to break the organized crime.

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Recognising potential red flags and knowing the indicators of human trafficking is a key step in identifying more victims and helping them find the assistance they need.The effectiveness of the training sessions can be measured by the fact that the FXBIS team is regularly contacted by  police officials who were part of the training programs across the three states for suggestions in effective interventions in handling cases of human trafficking especially in terms of handling cases of children. Also, we are regularly receiving requests from the senior officials for more such training programmes for law enforcement agencies.

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Home-makers to Entrepreneurs

“You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women”
– Jawaharlal Nehru

Today, women are becoming self-aware and command their needs to achieve their highest potential, be recognized, acknowledged, rewarded and respected. The policy and institutional framework for developing entrepreneurial skills, providing vocational education and training has widened the horizon for economic empowerment of women. However, women constitute only a small percentage of the economic enterprises and the data falls quite below when rural entrepreneurs are taken into consideration. Development cannot take place unless the people at the grassroots level are not involved in the development programmes.

This underlined the need for entrepreneurship development programmes for women to enable them to start their own small-scale enterprises.

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The uneducated women entrepreneurs, especially in rural areas, still do not have access to technical and financial support that can give a boost to their businesses from a domestic self-consuming scale to a profit-making commercial level. Given that, the vast majority of FXBIS’ activities emphasize on the economic empowerment of women and increased access to economic resources, FXBIS has implemented ‘Holistic Rural Development Programme’ remote sparsely accessible in 3 villages of Darrang District. About 217 SHG women of 20 SHGs have been engaged in various economic activities promoted by the project. 45 fish ponds, engaging 177 women from 16 SHGs and 20 women farmers from a farmer club were offered comprehensive support for improved collective scientific fish farming. 6 SHGs and 1 farmer’s club from Dahinagoan village and 10 SHGs from Dipila were engaged in improved pisciculture promotion programme. The activity is designed to engage SHG women, provide training on improved methods, support for renovation/reclamation of the water bodies, followed by adoption of scientific pisciculture activities. Post development of ponds, the management is given to the local SHGs. All these 45 ponds have been taken over by a total of 177 beneficiaries under collective farming method. Above 300 women benefited through SHG strengthening, about 177 women benefited through pisciculture and 40 women benefited through goat farming.

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The hidden entrepreneurial potential of women has gradually been changing with the growing sensivity to the role and economic status in the society. It means women have the potential, skill, knowledge and adaptability to run a business successfully. Poverty and unemployment are the major problems of any developing country, to which India is no exception, and we all are well aware that the growth rate of women employment in India is still very low. Since women constitute nearly half of the total world population, they must therefore be regarded as an equally respected half of the society. FXBIS’ efforts since 2007 have been to catalyse this transformation – to assist women to gain respect in their social fabric, to gain respectable employment and to empower them to sustain their families to live a life of dignity. Towards this endeavour FXBIS co-creates, connects and converges with diverse stakeholders to help the “…forgotten people of forgotten places.” [Albina du Boisrouvray, FXB founder and President Emerita]

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Solace Amidst the Agrarian Crisis

India is a country built on the sweat and toil of its farmers. The range and expanse of agricultural produce are exhaustingly vast, and agriculture, to date, remains the mainstay of the Indian economy. It is not an exaggeration to call farmers the backbone of the nation.

 

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Assam is one amongst many states in India, which is fundamentally based on agriculture. Over 70 percent of the state’s population rely on agriculture as farmers, as agricultural laborers, or both for their livelihood. Agricultural markets in Assam are under-developed. Geographical isolation, weak transportation and communication systems, poor marketing facilities, poor or non-existent market intelligence (e.g., information on price and place to sell) are some of the principal factors deterring farmers from earning a reasonable income. While most of the brokers/buyers have access to modern communication facilities such as telephone and regular and timely market reports, farmers in Assam are many years away from having such facilities to gauge the market and sell accordingly.ARC - DarrangTo aid farmers through such problems, FXBIS’ team in the three remote villages – Dipila, Dahinagoan and Khataniapara, namely, of Darrang district in Assam built farmer support groups with the name ‘Farmer Clubs’. FXBIS gathered a group of small and marginal farmers (with shared interest in agriculture) from the same village and motivated them on benefits of collective business. FXBIS has formed 6 farmers’ clubs with 120 farmers (i.e. 20 farmers in each club) as members in 3 villages through execution of ‘Association of Persons’ agreement among the farmers. The main objective of these clubs is to improve the methods and returns on current farming practices and connect them with government schemes for their benefit.

FXBIS has facilitated trainings for the members to give them exposure to new farming methods, tools, crop varieties, online marketing and government schemes. In addition, FXBIS has developed a very productive partnership with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) – an in-house ICAR programme aimed at promoting best practises amongst small and marginal farmers. The KVKs were approached for leveraging benefits for farmers of these farmer clubs. In collaboration with FXBIS, KVK Mangaldoi initiated seed cluster demonstration programme in 7.5 bigha land in the Kathaniapara.a

To aid in the advancement of agriculture and provide opportunity to the farmers to meet, learn and access agricultural tools and equipment within the village, FXBIS has created a facility called AGRICULTURE RESOURCE CENTREs (ARCs) in all 3 project villages. The ARCs serve as a common platform for farmers to share their experiences, learn from one another, interact with officials from departments of agriculture, animal husbandry, the KVK. The ARCs are in the process of digitised (2 ARCs have already been converted to digital ARCs), so that the farmers in these remote locations get updated on the prevailing market prices.

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India’s soul resides in her villages and agriculture still sustains most of our rural populace. The least we can do as a country is to give the farmers what is rightfully theirs and not let their agitations go unnoticed. The interventions in Darrang are a humble contribution from FXBIS to catalyse farmers’ wheel of progress, especially for the marginal farmers. FXBIS’ philosophy to co-create (with communities), connect (the communities with benefit schemes) and converge (bringing the State and NGOs together for a mindful purpose) has borne fruit in the 3 villages of the district. Similar programmes are being run in another district – Kamrup in Assam, and Ri-bhoi district in Meghalaya.

A ‘POCKET FULL OF DREAMS’

“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhaust, never fears and never regrets.”
Leonardo Da Vinci

Amidst the dark, dingy and dimly lit alleys, you may find the voices of some kids soaring higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. Among these dreamers is a ten years old girl, named Sandhya, who is an impressive dancer and aspires to nurture others who have10 found their rhythm matching hers.

This summer, a workshop organised by FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) is providing an avenue to kids like Sandhya to help them realise their calibre and achieve their potential. An example of effective shared narrative in the development sector, FXBIS’ partnership with RGF since 2015, has impacted over 120 children and adolescents to nurture their deep yet vulnerable minds and create strong personalities.

The “Wonderoom”, initiated by RGF to inculcate the interest of reading and other skills such as theatre. This was a three-week long hands-on workshop held in the slums of Noida, Sector 16. 30 children within age-group 6-12 years came each day to the ‘Suraksha Education Centre’ (which is otherwise used for providing tutorial assistance to these children) for the first half of the day for theatre training, puppet making, poster making and other such activities.

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Within the camp setting, children developed a sense of independence as they tried new adventures with friends, supported by a team of resource people specialising in theatre, public speaking and photography. The workshop this year was held literally at the kids’ door step (i.e. their place of residence) in order to facilitate increased participation from  children. Parents felt reassured of their kids’ safety due to the close proximity.  

 

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The twenty-one days of intense engagement through activities, the children developed a variety of social skills – communication, conflict resolution, team work, decision making and leadership qualities to count a few. They commented on overcoming their own insecurities related to self-esteem and peer recognition. The workshop activities brought out their hidden talents and lead them to think as creatively as possible and embrace the value of discipline.

Kids like Sandhya greatly benefited from the ‘Wonderoom Summer Workshop’ to dream big. They said they no longer felt caged in their thinking since the workshop provided a space to explore newer concepts and ideas. A few have expressed a desire to continue with theatre for the entire year.

Children want the same things as we want; to laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted. It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.

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W A O D’ 2 0 1 9

| World AIDS Orphans Day |

7th May 2019

World AIDS Orphans Day, celebrated on 7th of May every year since 2002 is a day dedicated to call for support from world over and gather it to offer to the most vulnerable of all vulnerable individuals of the world – AIDS Orphans. As the name clearly suggests, AIDS Orphans are children who lack the privilege of having parents and are also infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS. This day, as initiated by François-Xavier Bagnoud International (FXB International) has spread worldwide and is gaining strength from solidarity and support growing and being extended from all pockets of the human-society. While this day is an occasion to acknowledge the struggle of their children and count our own blessings as we do, it is also a day we choose to celebrate the lives of these children and extend all forms of support to them.

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Like every year, FXB International celebrated WAOD with all the pride and zeal. We at FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) celebrated the day in all its colors and painted the whole town red – yes, in all our 9 intervention states of the country! From up north to down south, the day was all heart and love. A combination of learn and play engaged hundreds of people and brought them together one step closer to an all-inclusive society.

The day was planned in three parts: i.) a pre-activity ii.) a movie screening and iii.) a post-activity. Along with which we planned a fun play activity for all the beneficiaries and participants involved with our state teams. The pre-activity was conducted to bring out and acknowledge the raw feelings and information the participants had about HIV/AIDS. The facilitators encouraged the participants to talk about their feelings and reveal what they understand of the virus and the disease. After which, a short-movie/short-film based on HIV/AIDS, as created and promoted by FXB, especially for WAOD was screened at all our intervention areas by our state teams. This short-film facilitated learning and provided the participants with facts and authentic information about HIV/AIDS. This gave the blur image of HIV/AIDS in the minds of the participants, a better shape. After the screening, the participants were once again encouraged to talk about what they understood of and how they felt about HIV/AIDS. The change in their perspective and understanding was overwhelming. We are proud of our state teams to have performed as the perfect facilitators for all our beneficiaries and participants of the day.

The above described part of the day focused on learning. Team FXBIS also had designed an activity wherein children and adults could express themselves in a more fun way – free and full – of color and in their hearts. All our state teams printed a picture of the HIV/AIDS symbol (the ribbon) and let the children and adults fill them with the colors of their emotions. The free flowing creativity and emotions helped open a window from where our facilitators could reach out to anyone who felt dark or excluded and bring them to the light of love and solidarity.

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Let’s AIDS-ucate!

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Here is a glimpse of the colorful day!

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International Women’s Day 2019 with FXBIS

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8th MARCH, 2019

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मुस्कराकर, दर्द भुलाकर,

रिश्तों में बंद थी दुनिया सारी,

हर पग को रोशन करने वाली,

वो शक्ति हैं एक नारी।

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United Nations says International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.”The annual theme for the International Women’s Day was ‘think equal, build smart, innovate for change’ and the international campaign theme for the year was #BalanceforBetter. Since we at FXB India Suraksha believe in innovation, equality and balance, oureight state teams from Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Manipur, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh celebrated International Women’s Day demonstrating the same. A comprehensive plan for the celebration consisting of activities, games and movie screenings was created, while leaving plenty of scope for improvisation based on the audience (rural, urban, tribal) and the context (women, adolescents, men or a mix of all). One of the activities included for all community participants to come up and write their idea of #BalanceforBetter deriving from their personal lives, on a sheet and discuss it with the audience. Other activities included music, dance, narrative sharing and even a tug of war! Some of the movies screened for the community members were “Nil Batta Sannata” and“Muskaan”.It was heartening to see the community members participate actively, reflect on their lives for creating a more balanced one. We saw a beautiful atmosphere being created and hopefully a few take-away lessons.

Tamil Nadu:FXBIS at Tamil Nadu celebrated International Women’s Day at two locations – Nesal community and the FXB Campus in the village Vilvanathan. More than 150 women of the community participated in the celebration along with the state team leaders. They initiated the celebration by cutting a cake and later engaged everybody in the #BalanceforBetter activity.

 

Puducherry: At Puducherry, a group of 60 women participated in the celebration where the team invited lady police personnel, the school headmaster and teachers to also be a part of the celebration. They cut a cake to make the celebration sweeter; after which, women came up and shared their narratives and experiences with the rest of the people. This created an amazing platform for voices to be heard and stories to be shared. This platform was also then used by the senior invitees from the Police and the school to deliver keynote speeches for the audience. The cherry on this cake was the #BalanceforBetter activity which created wonderful ideas about balance, which women could take home.

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Manipur: FXBIS at Manipur celebrated International Women’s Day at two locations – East Imphal and Ukhrul. At East Imphal, around 80 women were collected and BSF personnel were invited to address them about women, empowerment and balance! At Ukhrul, IWD was celebrated withorphan girls at an open shelter home with music, dance, games along with a strong takeaway of awareness and empowerment. The team here, carried out the #BalanceforBetter activity, and concluded the celebration with a discussion on creating awareness about child safety and human trafficking.

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Andhra Pradesh: Team FXBIS at Vishakhapatnam celebrated International Women’s Day with women beneficiaries. The day was spent playing games, engaging in activities and discussions. The day was concluded by giving away gifts to the women as tokens for the occasion.

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Assam: The FXBIS team celebrated the day at Darrangwith around 50 women of the community. The women, along with the state team played games and engaged in activities around the idea of #BalanceforBetter. They were also engaged in discussions where the women came up and shared their ideas and narratives around #BalanceforBetter by which they eventually empowered each other a little more.

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Rajasthan: FXBIS state team celebrated the occasion in Jaipur along with children. Children of railway platforms and who belonged to an urban slum, Hasanpura were invited. Apart from these tiny bombs of power and energy, other FXBIS supporters were invited to engage in the celebration. These people included parents of the children and local role models of the community to add power to the discussions and celebration. Daminder Kaur, who runs a local textile factory in Jaipur took the stage to talk about empowerment and balance. This became a huge highlight of the day as Ms. Kaur is recognised as an icon of women empowerment of the community. She promotes empowerment and self-reliance amongst women by employing only women as employees in her factory. Later, all of them engaged in the #BalanceforBetter activity and the day finally was concluded with giving away of stoles to some women as tokens of acknowledgment and appreciation.

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Uttar Pradesh: Team FXBIS at NOIDA, celebrated the day with a group of around 30 women and girls. Ex-SHO Ms. Rita Yadav was also invited to address the gathering and spread the message of empowerment and balance. After she talked to the audience about the same, the team conducted a movie screening of a short movie called ‘Muskaan’for the audience. They also participated in the #BalanceforBetter activity and concluded the day with a comprehensive discussion!

INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE – FROM ONE OF OUR INTERNS

On 14th March’18, I joined FXB India Suraksha Jaipur as a social intern. I had no idea till then, what impact this internship will have on me. I was being assigned the task of preparing an E-Lib module for school kids and side by side teach the Jaipur center kids as a tutor. What began as an internship, transformed into a sense of responsibility soon! From daily class lessons to fun activities, games, meditation, yoga and yes of course dance and music sessions, it was worth spending time with these kids. I named them the “STAR KIDS” of India!
Coming from poor and socially exploited backgrounds, these kids have seen violence and crime from close quarters. The overall attempt of transforming them from that inherited fear and exploitation towards a confident and courageous individual wasn’t an easy task. But the continuous efforts of team FXB and interns like me have surely made an impact in their lives. A positive one! And I hope this arduous task of making their lives better and smooth will be taken and handled responsibly in the future too.
In a nutshell, I rediscovered myself during these 6 weeks amidst a dozen STAR KIDS who had a little in hand but aspire to dream big. I wish they earn name and fame and make it big in life.

Dikshant Mudgal
 Intern FXB India Suraksha. 

 

Royalty donated for Jaipur Railway Platform Children programme !!

There are ways ‘n’ ways to help a cause you find worth supporting…
C.H.Dubois, author of the highly rated and reviewed book, “The Tyre”, has decided to donate the entire royalty earned from the sale of his book towards FXBIS’ Jaipur Railway Platform Children Programme. This programme, which has been running since 2007, is aimed at providing a no-charge, clean and safe place for the children working on the Jaipur train platforms. The children are free to spend the whole day here. They take meals (breakfast & lunch), a bath, groom themselves, dress smart, act smarter ☺️ learn art, music, computers, math and langauges. They also vent stories of harassment and get supported as per the need.
The takeaways of generally spending 8-9 hours in a secured, hygienic environment???
19 of our 32 children visiting the Centre regularly have been enrolled in formal schooling. Sir Dubois has found this effort worth supporting. Thank you immensely 🙂