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  • Asha Atlanta Projects Meeting 15th April, 2018

Contents

Attendees:

  1. Anuradha Bulusu (Call in)
  2. Arkadeep Kumar
  3. Anusha Harish
  4. Agniva Roy
  5. Anish Mukherjee (Call in)
  6. Adwait Mane
  7. Dhwanil Shukla
  8. Prasoon Suchandra
  9. Mayank Agrawal
  10. Tejas Rode
  11. Shashidhar Ravishankar

 

Minutes:

 

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1.Kalyania  

Anish : They do vocational training, conduct education programs etc . There are four components:

Suhasini shishu nikatan

Home nurse training centers

Sewing training center

Free clinic and old age home


  Suhasini shishu nikatan 

Anish: beside just classroom education till 4th standard, they also run workshops for education on mental health issues to the children, parents and the teachers, this organized by training psychologists. Has been a very successful program


Arka : Are the pics you’re showing are of the parent? Fathers and mother?

Anish : The mothers are usually more involved, the parents are given incentive to send their children here by making the school free


Anusha: Is it a surprise visit?

Anish : No, it was planned about a month ahead

  Classmate program  

Anish: They are looking at after school program for kids. After 4th the quality of education is not that great in the neighborhood, and kids are dropping out, so Kaylania are offering an after schhool program to help kids stay in school..currently for 10-12 girls from all classes, it is not free


  

Home nursing program:


 Anish: They were trying to get certification from Kaylani university. But due to change of the VC at the university, this plan fell through.
  Sewing center: 

Anish: They have a 6 month support program, where the members stitch clothes for SSN, or kalyania will act as the gurantor to help them get their own equipment and third is to get them in touch with the local tailors.


  General discussion: 

Anish: This year there were more young teachers than before. Previously it was concerning that the teachers were mostly the older teachers


Arka:

Why was it concerning?

Anish:

It pertains to sustainability of the program


Anusha:

How many teachers are there?

Anish:


By previous report there were 11 paid teachers, 1 volunteer teachers


Shashi:


Can we get the updated numbers ?


Anish:

Sure


Anu:

What is your sense of their plan for future sustainability


Anish:

We did discuss this, they are looking at corpus funds, basically big lump sum donations that they can invest in corpus funds and conduct their yearly initiatives on the interest received.


Anu:

What would be the corpus fund requirement


Anish:


I can find out


Anu:

We should look at sustainability of the projects because this would be aplicable for future years since the central funds are drying up


  Budget 

Anish:


Going to the budget . THey have added the classroom education program, their budget has increased to :

  1. SSN : 916000 INR from 836000 previously

  2. Home nursing : 87800 iNR

  3. Sewing center : 173700 INR

  4. Classmate educator program :


Anu:

Why is it Kalyania having excesses year after year, while other projects in Asha projects do not have the same issues


Anish:

I will have to ask them about this


Arka:


How the nurse training, do they have a constant number of people enrolled or is it a projected number


Anish:


It is not projected from my information


Arka:


But this would be the new nurses right?


Anish:

True we can clarify this


2.Nishtha Night Shelter  

Arka:


Operates a shelter for children of sex workers. Two of the kids from this shelter were sent to nursing school nearby and now they have become nurses at government hospitals. We went there at dusk and there were about two rooms with beds, the children were grouped into rooms by their age. Students from class 1 and class 8 were staying at the shelter. The cost of food was reduced from previous budget which we clarified with them and they said that they would adjust the budget. There was also the issue that kids had to be sent back to mother in the night as per government regulation.


Anu:


Padmanava and I had email/phone conversations with Meena di about possibly sending the older kids to residential schools and counselling for the mothers to allow them to go there. Meena di said that in general Govt. started enforcing strict rules against shelters and homes as there were cases where children were being trafficked from these shelters. In order to send Nishtha children to residential homes, most children are below the age limit and also those residential schools are very far away. She asked for some time to let Nishtha figure things out. About the case that the mothers are generally intoxicated and this would not be good for the kids, Nishtha makes sure that the mothers are not intoxicated before sending the kids back to them for the night.


  Budget 

Arka:


Coming to the budget, it is pretty much the same last year, they have reduced the number of some of the line items so the budget for this year us 374500 INR



     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

Approve INR 374500 for Nishtha Night Shelter, for continued support to children of sex workers.

Choices Your Vote Current Result: (11 Total Votes)
Yes Approve INR 374500 for Nishtha Night Shelter, for continued support to children of sex workers.
11 Votes , 100%
No Approve INR 374500 for Nishtha Night Shelter, for continued support to children of sex workers.
0 Votes , 0%
Abstain Approve INR 374500 for Nishtha Night Shelter, for continued support to children of sex workers.
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