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Community

Child Labour Free community:

Child labour free nation was the statement of central government and state government announced that Karnataka state will be child labour free by 2007, then said by, 2012 and now it is extended further and the statement is making child labour free state by 2017!. Paraspara Trust initiated its intervention to make child labour free community since 2005 at Malleswaram zone, Bengaluru city. The organization succeeded in making 10 slum communities as child labour free community. In 2010, organization declared four slum community, namely AK colony, Ambedkar nagar, Sunnadagoodu and Sidartha nagar communities as child labour free communities through public programs. Child labour free community process released 78 child labourers and rehabilitated them by main streaming. 80 children newly enrolled in to the formal school, 160 children got scholarship through construction workers welfare scheme. 1835 school going children got student scholarship under BBMP program. At the same time 196 construction workers received the Identity cards from Labour welfare board, 35 widows got old age pension and 15 differently able people got pension. To sustain child labour free community, the community based organization, women organization's, youth organization and children association are sensitized towards child labour issues and child rights. Child Rights Action Forum [CRAF] has taken the responsibility to monitor child labour free communities on regular basis.


Child Rights Action Forum [CRAF]:

CRAF is one of the initiatives of Paraspara Trust to involve public towards ensuring child rights at grass root level. Paraspara Trust promoted 10 Child Rights Action Forums in 10 wards of Malleswaram and Rajarajeswari zones of Bangalore city. CRAF has members from CBOs, women organizations, youth associations, NGOs, representatives from children's association and other eminent persons from the society. They are come together once in 2 months and discuss the issues of children, women and human rights issues and plan to ensure the rights through proper communication, representation to the related departments and individuals. At the same time they have their zonal committee which works on communication and advocacy for the marginalized people's entitlements. The zonal committee is representing the state networks like CACL, Right To Food Campaign, State Alliance For Education and other related networks at state level. At present CRAF is concentrating on quality education and food for children through ICDS scheme.


Mental Health Initiative:

Punaschethana is a program to identify mentally ill persons in the community and rehabilitate them with their family support. Paraspara trust identified 325 mentally ill people in its project area and rehabilitated 105 people with counseling the families, medicine support and awareness created among the community on mental health. Mentally ill people are referred to the NIMHANS and other related hospitals for the rehabilitation and further treatment. Paraspara Trust with other organization's promoted a federation towards advocating their problems and get dignity in life with basic facilities. For this effort Basic Needs India is supporting Paraspara trust sine last five years.