Tuesday, June 10, 2008

VOLindia - Prayas Volunteer shares her experience

The journey with VoIindia has been vibrant. The three-day orientation program (2nd-4th June) sensitized us with issues such as homosexuality, eve-teasing, terrorism and uneven distribution of resources in the society.It further facilitated the interaction of the volunteers with each other, helping them to know each one better.

On June5, five of the volunteers from the Volindia team began working on the child abuse issue. The team comprised of Babbal, Pranav, Shilpi, Shikha and myself. our coordinators were Rajika and Asif from Prayas. That day we visited the Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre located at 59 Tughlakabad Institutional Area. The children at Prayas are engaged with various activities such as stitching, painting, computer training, printing. There is an alternative education program to equip children with skills to enhance their admission into the mainstream educational centres. We also visited the Prayas centre at Dakshinpuri where we interacted with the school children there.
On June 6, the five of us under the guidance if Rajika and Asif went through the brain-storming session for the design of the toolkit on child abuse. We were successful in coming up with the 'target audience' for the dissemination of the tool-kit. Dr Noozat our adviser was perhaps impressed by our efforts of the first day!

- Bidisha

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