Indian Centre for Integrated Development - Nirmal Jyothi

Project Brief: The Nirmal Jyothi project proposes to reach out to these children on the street and break the chain of beggary and rag picking by strengthening the initial work with regular educational and vocational trainings.
Project Type: Non-Formal Educational Centers (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: health and cleanliness

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: CentralNJ
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Sashi Venkatesan
Project Partner(s): Herald D’Souza
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Yuvajyothi,B-145, St.Martin Nagar,Jaripatka, Nagpur,
MAHARASHTRA  4400
Tel: 91 712 2630615
Stewarding Chapter: CentralNJ
Mar 2012CentralNJUSD 3525
Nov 2010CentralNJUSD 6092

Total = $9617

Certain communities that are involved traditionally into begging and rag picking pass on the tradition to their children and push them on to the street from infancy itself. They are into a vicious cycle and have not been provided an opportunity for different way of living and children are not enabled towards growing up with dignity and self worth.

Mangarwadi, a tribe whose traditional occupation is begging reside at Gittikadhan. Their children are into begging and rag picking as an economical activity along with their family members. They are deprived of their childhood and basic rights to education and a dignified living.

ICID has initiated work among these children and manages a care and support center. The center has been providing basic facilities, recreational, hygiene and non formal educational services to these children with the local support. 170 children have been accessing these services and 65 of them are involved in small saving through an initiative named ‘Mera Galla’ and bank accounts that have been opened for them in Corporation Bank.

The project proposes to reach out to these children on the street and break the chain of beggary and rag picking by strengthening the initial work with regular educational and vocational trainings.
Goal of the Project:
To bring about an improved sense of self worth and empowerment towards dignified living in the Mangarwadi community.

Objectives:
- To enable increased number of children to opt out from begging and rag picking and mainstream them through education
- To build creative ability in these children and enable them towards leading an healthy and hygienic living
- To increase the sense of community, cohesiveness and saving habits among these children

ICID proposes the following activities to achieve the set objectives:
1. Sensitization and motivation of the Community members
2. Recreational and Hygiene facilities
3. Montessori Pre-school
4. Bridge school
5. Vocational training
6. Library
7. Children’s Bank and Self Help Group
8. Life skill education
Indian Center For Integrated Development(ICID) is a registered non-profit organization. It was established in 2003 to enable the vulnerable and weaker sections of the society. ICID is headquartered in Nagpur, Maharashtra. It lays special focus on under privileged children, works towards empowerment and helps them lead a dignified human life. ICID also promotes child rights especially of survival, protection, development and participation.

Some of the major activities carried out by the organization are: 1) care and support centre for children on the street which provides basic facilities and mainstreams them through constant care, acceptance and special supportive environment; 2) A centre at Gittikadan for children in beggary and ragpicking aimed at breaking the chain of beggary and mainstreaming children; 3) Non formal education and capacity building of children in Hazaripahad slum locality; 4) care and support and capacity building centre for children in ragpicking at Tulsi Nagar adjacent to dumping yard; 5) Child focused community development program in Betul district in the state of Madhya Pradesh and 6) Child parliaments in the slum communities of Hazaripahad, Tusli Nagar, Gittikhadan and Martin Nagar.
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