Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
The Departments of the Church of South India Synod adopted a novel way to present the triennial reports during the 36th session of the CSI Synod, which was held at the Bishop Heber College in Trichy from 11th to 14th January 2020. The Departments presented full- length videos of their work during 2017- 2020 along with the full-colour book contains the printed form of the reports.
The report of the CSI- BCC in the text form, pdf form and video format are seen here.
CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA
CSI BOARD OF CHILD CARE
TRIENNIAL REPORT FOR THE SYNOD COUNCIL JANUARY 2020
The former Executive Director of UNICEF, Carol Bellamy once said, “ the quality of a child’s life depends on decisions made every day in households, communities and in the halls of Government. We must make those choices wisely, and with children's best interests in mind. If we fail to secure childhood, we will fail to reach larger, global goals for human rights and economic development. As children go, so go nations. It is that simple.”
It is true that children are important and children form the focal point of our ministry of childcare. And we can boldly echo the words of Dr.Karyn Purvis, who said that “the goal is to see the precious child that exists beneath the survival strategies and to let them know that we see them.”
We need to remember that “the ultimate test of any civilization is how we treat the most vulnerable…. what we do to our children” in the words of none other than Dr. Ravi Zacharias.
Very true and sensing the reality of that scenario in the year 1959 Kindernothilfe began its ministry in the northern part of Kerala now part of the Malabar diocese in a place called Paraperi with the child sponsorship programme and the support to the five most deserving children.
Over the years CSI had a great role in supporting this great venture. First, as the CSI council for childcare, secondly as churches council for child and youth care and thirdly as CSI Board of childcare.
The CSI Board of Child Care came into being from the first of April 2016 as one of the departments of the church of south India. The inspirational words from Mathew 25:40 “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” continues to motivate the ministry among the children.
The CSI Board of Child Care envisions children, youth and communities taking charge of their lives, enjoying the rights as citizens and living in an environment-friendly atmosphere with peace and harmony.
The CSI Board of Child Care is one of the departments of Church of South India which seeks to serve irrespective of caste, creed or religions. The disabled and the most disadvantaged children, youth and marginalised communities and offer them the opportunities for developing their potentials, leading them to have a self-sustaining life.
The mission of the CSI Board of Child Care is also to facilitate child rights and protection to ensure children are equipped to safeguard their childhood.
KEY IMPACT INTERVENTION AREAS
Types of Programme Projects Children
Residential Care Programme. 79 4044
Day Care Programme 45 2177
Rehabilitation of the Disabled 15 1209
Community Institution Based
Intervention Programme 5 655
Child Focused Community
Development Programme 1 148 (up to 31.03.2019)
Children at Risk 1 100
(These numbers are inclusive of 400 EMS supported children and 1400 CSI supported children)
1.RESIDENTIAL CARE PROGRAMME (RCP)
According to Global Developmental and relief agencies, there are around 11 million street children and 56.4 per cent of the Indian population lives below the poverty line.
For many years now, the Residential Care Programme has been transforming the lives of many deserving children with significant interventions which include arresting trafficking of children, child marriage, migration, poverty and assuring of their rights and are protected. The residential care programme helps children reach their inherent potential as well as provide for their total development and access to developmental resources for progressive change.
Name of Child: Akash 20052/575
Project Name: CSI Boys Boarding Home, Puttur
Diocese: Karnataka Southern Diocese
Akash is studying in CSI boys boarding home Puttur and he is from Hassan which is 175 Kilometres from the project. Akash is studying in the 10th standard this year. He was admitted to this Project in the year 2012 for 2nd standard when he was just 7 years old. His father and mother have deserted him as their marriage broke. Akash was very sad and disturbed. Akash with all these tragic incidents without losing hope has continued his studies as this Project always supported him. He is very good in his studies, sports and other activities. He has the ambition to do a 3 years diploma in electrical and electronics and wants to be a technician.
In June 2019 the Rotary Club of Puttur has recognized and honoured him as he scored highest marks in the 9th std. The project is very proud of him and the impact of the intervention can be seen in his life. As a child coming from the broken family, the progress he has made in the project seems to be exceptional. As he is focused and determined we are sure that he will be successful in his life.
2. DAYCARE PROGRAMME (DCP):
Children are the most valuable resource and we need to protect and provide for them, to enable them to build a secure future. Providing holistic development of children also significantly contributes to personal and community development.
The Day Care Programme is designed to provide early childhood care and support to children between the ages of 0-5 years from marginal sections of society. It not only facilitates age-appropriate child development; it also helps parents in rural areas understand the importance of school education.
Name of Child: P. Sudhakar 21105/162
Project Name: CSI Day Care Centre, Dudyala
Diocese: CSI Nandyal Diocese
Former child P. Sudhakar 21105/162 is one of the meritorious students. He was admitted to the Project for Pre-school education during the year 2000. He belongs to a poor Christian family. His parents are agricultural workers in the field on daily wages. He is the youngest child in the family. He has three sisters. They have studied only up to primary level and they are married now. He is the only one who is educated in the family. He got a seat in the Indian Institute of Information Technology at Idupulayapaya in Kadapa district on merit basis and this year he has completed his B.Tech course in Civil Engineering with 84% marks. Now he is working as a civil engineer in GramaShavalyam( Village Secretariat) which is a state government job and he is earning Rs. 15000/- per month. He is happy that because of the support of the sponsors he was able to study higher education and also through the guidance of the Project. And now he is preparing for competitive exams to get a government job. The impact of the intervention through the project has made it possible for him to come up in life.
3.REHABILITATION OF THE DISABLED:
The advancements in the medical and related fields have contributed to the formulation of effective rehabilitative measures that can be used to maximise the abilities and functioning of the disabled. The programmes of CSI BCC provide systematic assessment and Individualised interventions for the education, training and mainstreaming of the children with disabilities - sensory, cognitive and locomotor. The projects are disabled-friendly in their infrastructure and provide appropriate interventions for maximising development and independent living.
Name of the Child: Saravana Kumar 20503/570
Name of the Project and No.: CSI Home for the Deaf, Manamadurai
Diocese: Madurai Ramnad Diocese
Child Saravana Kumar hails from an interior village near Madurai and was identified to be a Hearing Impaired Child from Birth. Mr Murugesan, the father of the Child was bedridden due to his sickness and hence was unable to earn for the family. The child’s mother Mrs Mannalakshmi was the only breadwinner of the family and with the little salary earned through her work as a saleswoman in a fancy store she was able to meet the daily needs of her 2 Children but not the special education along with the required intervention of the Disabled Child Saravana Kumar. Under such situation, the child was referred to CSI Home for the Deaf, Manamadurai, a project for the Hearing-Impaired Children under the Diocese of Madurai Ramnad.
The Child was provided with all opportunities to meet his basic needs in the project. He formed part of the Self-Government system and all other activities of the project. He did his schooling in CSI High School for the Deaf, found on the same campus. The Childcare workers and the school teachers provided the Child with every opportunity for learning and the Child too utilised it effectively. He completed his 10th standard and 12th standard in 2014 and 2016 respectively with a 1st class marks. As per his interest, he was enrolled for his Turner Course in Worth ITI, Katpadi for 2 years. He completed this course successfully in 2018.
Soon after the completion of his education, he appeared for an interview in Ashok Leyland Company and was immediately recruited to work with them. He is now working in the steering manufacturing unit and earns a good salary to support himself and his family.
4. COMMUNITY INSTITUTION BASED INTERVENTION (CIBI) PROGRAMME
This Programme combines the strength of the institution and the family and community-based approaches for cost-effective rehabilitation of children with disabilities. The programme is designed to meet the developmental needs of differently-abled children through individualised intervention by Trained Community-Based Educators (CBEs) and holistic support through Transitional Resource Centre (TRC). The CIBI Programme ensures that the children are guaranteed their rights, are protected and enable them to become contributive members of their families and the community.
4. Case Study:
Gokinapalli Pavansai is a five-year-old child from Pindiprolu community in Khammam district of Telangana state. He is a CP child (cerebral palsy). By birth, Pavansai was bedridden due to his disability. His father is working as an agricultural labourer and his mother is a housewife. They both are illiterates. Their economic condition is very poor. They were undergoing a lot of stress as their child’s developmental milestones were delayed.
As his parents are uneducated, they started giving treatment (village medicine) on their own. But there were no results. He was identified in 2017 by the St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Centre during medical assessment in their respective community and they found that this boy is suffering from cerebral palsy. Our staff referred him to a government hospital and got disability certificate for him. During the medical assessment, the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) prepared an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for the boy.
Based on the IEP, Community Based Educator started interventions like physio and speech therapy availing services from Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). His parents are also trained on physio and speech therapy so that they can also do therapy interventions at home as per the directions given by MDT.
Now, the child's developmental milestones are improving. He can stand and walk with the support of someone and he can articulate 2 letter words. He started smiling and trying to communicate with others. His parents are very happy while seeing his child’s developmental milestones. They said that the child's condition has improved only because of CIBI program through St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Centre. They conveyed their heartfelt thanks to the project, CSIBCC and concerned sponsors for their timely generous help.
5. CHILD- FOCUSED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
The only one CFCD project, at Thungathurthy belonging to the Karimnagar dioceses, completed its tenure on the 31st May 2019.
5. CASE STUDY
BurgulaSomaiah (30yrs old) S/o Prasad is residing at Reddy Gudem village of Thungathurthy Mandal of Nalgonda Dist in Telangana State. He was very active during his childhood. He studied up to 7th standard in his village. After that, he studied up to intermediate at Thungathurthy. Because of the poor financial position, he was unable to continue his further education. He got married in the year 2009. He learnt electrician course after the marriage and is doing his works and leading the life normally.
As a part of the job he went to a town called Manugur and working in an electricity department. One day, when he was climbing the electric pole, he fell and his spinal cord was broken, and he became handicapped. He was given treatment but could not become normal. The electricity department has given one Lakh rupees as compensation and department also has given the job to his wife.
Due to his disability, his wife left him and went away. He became isolated. His life story was also telecasted in news channel TV9. Two of the viewers responded and gave financial assistance for one year. Later he faced many difficulties due to lack of finance and moral support. Nobody gave him employment due to his disability. As a result, he was unable to get proper food and became very weak. Because of insecurity, he became depressed and was living a hopeless life.
During our project field staff visits, to his village called Reddy Gudem, he was identified with the help of village development committee and gave him moral support and encouraged to lead a successful life. The VDC has recommended him for the financial support, to start an electric shop. Now he is doing electrical works and bicycle repairing at his village and earning rupees 200/- to 300/- per day. Now his journey has moved from depression to self-confidence and he is leading a successful life with dignity. He is much grateful to the project staff and the sponsors.
6. CHILDREN AT RISK (CAR)
Children at risk, besides being defined by age, includes any child vulnerable to neglect, abuse, violence or exploitation. The focus is on building a child’s capacity to self-protect, defend and take action to re-build a successful life.
6. CASE STUDY
ADAIKALAM – A place of shelter and hope P.no 20414
Mr Parandaman and Mrs Suguna got married in 1994 and were blessed with 3 Children namely Srilekha, Praveen Kumar and Abilasha. Mr Parandaman, being a lorry driver was usually away from his family for most of the days. Parandaman fell sick and was tested positive for HIV. Later, his wife was also tested positive for HIV. They have received the required care and support through the Government Hospital in Vellore. Even after receiving the required medication for the illness, both the parents expired in the year 2006 leaving all the 3 children under the care of their grandparents.
It was under such situation when the Children have lost their caregivers to HIV and AIDS, they were referred to Adaikalam, P. No. 20414 in the Diocese of Vellore, by the Vice Principal of Voorhees College, Vellore. Living under the clutches of severe agony and psychological depression, the project provided the Children with the required counselling and imparted them a need to swim against the tide. A ray of hope was instilled in them with the constant efforts of the staffs and the counsellors.
Children were guided to continue their education and the needed care were provided from time to time. Regular tuitions were arranged to guide the Children in their academic achievement. All the 3 Children worked hard to accomplish their dreams. Child Srilekha has completed her B.A. (Eng. Lit), M.A in Sociology and also has cleared NET (National Eligibility Test) thus qualifying herself for University level Lectureship and the award of Junior Research Fellowship for Indian Nationals. She along with the project guided her siblings in pursuing their higher education. Child Praveen Kumar is now doing his B.A (Eng. Lit) and Child Abilasha is doing her Diploma in Teachers Education.
Thus, project Adaikalam, as the name signifies, has provided shelter, care and support for the children who were on the verge of facing social isolation and being deprived of their rights. The project along with the support of KNH and CSIBCC has contributed to the social well-being of the Children, to work productively and fruitfully and to make a contribution to the family and community.
ROLE OF CSI IN THE CARE OF CHILDREN:
Over the years the Church of South India has played a great role in the care of children supporting the initiatives of KNH for about 60 years in India now and to be precise since the year 1959.
In the beginning, it was CSI Council for Child Care, then Churches council for child and youth care and now since April 2016 it is CSI Board of Child Care as one of the departments of CSI Synod.
KNH has a phaseout plan in place and now whenever KNH withdraws support to a bunch of projects at the end of a particular financial year the CSI Synod has taken the responsibility to continue these projects and now we have about 34 projects supported by the Church of South India with support to about 1400 children. In April 2020 another 15 projects will be added and CSI will be supporting 49 projects with 647 children. This is a great achievement and is a great help to the deserving children to continue their studies and is helpful to the respective Dioceses also to continue the child care projects.
We are grateful to the General Secretary and the leadership of the CSI Synod for this timely intervention through which a large number of children have benefitted.
SPONSORSHIP ADMINISTRATION TRAINING:
During the period from June 2017 to November 2017, we had the sponsorship administration training programme covering all the key staff of projects in the five Southern states. This was organized by KNH with support from CSIBCC. The training programme highlighted the importance of good quality documents in the form of reports and letters to strengthen the communication with the sponsors who are considered to be the backbone of the ministry of KNH.
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY(CPP)INITIATIVES:
COMPUTER LITERACY AND IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMME(CLIP)-:
This programme intends to train children to be equipped for good work opportunities in the digital world. The programme is designed to be instruments that prepare children for the future. It is also intended that this initiative will drive the country towards scientific and technological development.
During the reporting period this was introduced in the CSI girls boarding home in Chickamagalur, P no: 20062 on the 23rd of March 2018 with 3 computers and a printer.
CLIP goes beyond imparting basic skills in computers. Children are offered training so that they can obtain a government diploma in computers to ensure they get better job placements in towns and cities.
PROGRAMME OF PSYCHO-SOCIAL INTERVENTION:
Realising the importance of emotional support to the children especially at crucial times like just before the exams with the help of professionals in the field like Psychologists, counsellors and mental health specialists this programme was conducted mainly for the 10th class and above students of the residential child care projects in the Diocesan level across South India co-ordinated by the programme executives from time to time.
TRAINING OF THE STAFF OF PROJECTS IN COMMUNITY INSTITUTION BASED INTERVENTION(CIBI)
This training was conducted for the field level staff including community-based educators of three projects located in Tamilnadu and Kerala at Kanyakumari from the 28th – 30th of August 2017.
The Medical personnel, Psychologists, various therapists, counsellors and other experts on the field were involved as resource people. The staff could share their experiences and suitable guidance was given to excel in their area of intervention with the children, families and community.
TRAINING FOR THE STAFF OF EMS SUPPORTED PROJECTS:
The EMS supported project managers and key staff were involved in a training programme for two days each in Karnataka and Kerala as both the states have 4 projects each. The training programme on-Quality child care and effective project management for the 4project staff in Karnataka was held in CSI boys boarding home, Udupi on the 18th and 19th of April 2018 and for the Kerala region it was held on the 27th and 28th of April 2018 at Bethania students home, Kannur. Apart from guidelines for effective implementation of the child care programme the guidelines for the preparation of the planning report, evaluation report and programme proposals were given.
LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMME:
Two leadership training programmes were conducted for the 10th and above class students of the residential child care projects in the state of Karnataka. The first one was from the 15th-17th June 2018 held at the Lay retreat centre in Dharwad. The second one was on the 7th and 8th of October 2019 at Asha nilaya, Udupi. Around 50 children participated in both of these programmes. The purpose of this training programme is to highlight the importance of leadership qualities in children, apart from engaging them in Bible study, role play and building their knowledge base on values of life, child rights/protection and career plan with a future focus.
ECUMENICAL YOUNG VOLUNTEERS PROGRAMME (EYVP)
As in the previous years, EMS continues to send young people and this year we have 7 volunteers and they had their orientation at the CSI BCC campus from the 13th -15th of September 2019.
The placement gave a good opportunity for the volunteers as well as children and staff in projects to interact with each other, share and learn about each other’s culture, customs, traditions etc.
TRAINING FOR THE NEWLY APPOINTED STAFF:
A need was felt for a long time to have training for the newly appointed staff on effective child care and project management. Finally, this training programme was conducted from the 9th to the 12th of October 2019. This was organized both for the CSI Projects and now –CSI Projects at the CSIBCC campus in Bangalore. About 60 staff attended this and we had a wide range of topics covered such as,
Quality standards for institutional child care.
Introduction to child care and child protection child-protection policy.
Psycho-social well being of children
Quality child care with emotional support as a focus.
Quality child care with importance to health, first-aid and hygiene.
Preparing for the future and alternate forms of discipline.
Importance of the sponsorship programme
Accounts and related topics.
We wish and pray that these staff will work towards uplifting the quality of child care in the respective projects.
ATTENDING CONFERENCES ABROAD:
We are grateful for the leadership of the CSI Synod for these opportunities.
UPGRADING OF FACILITIES AT CSI BCC CAMPUS IN BANGALORE:
Apart from the painting of all the buildings in the campus and plumbing, electrical and carpentry work and apart from the main hall,6 other conference rooms/meeting halls are created and equipped with blinds and carpet. We also have accommodation for about 50-60 people to stay here with dining facilities and we have started renting out to people for the training/other events. The response during the past few months have been great and in the coming days, we hope to generate more resources with effective marketing of the space available.
We feel privileged to have walked this journey with children, families and communities. Through our strategy and plan of work, we continue to focus on issues that affect children the most. We are grateful to God for walking with us and guiding our efforts during the past 3 years. Our thanks are due to our sponsors, donors and supporters. We also thank the diocesan leadership and the managers and all the project staff /volunteers. Finally, we also thank the leadership of CSI Synod with specific reference to the General Secretary, CSI for the timely guidance and encouragement.
As we look back on the past years' work, we are constantly reminded of the growing needs of the children which motivates us to continue to give our best for the well being of the children.
Mr Prashanth Solomon
CSI Board of Child Care