Current Projects

Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Centre

Since 2006, GUARDS is running one Creche Centre for the children of working mothers mostly belonging to BPL families. This centre is located at Chandragiri, Chittoor district. This centre is having 27 children of the age group 0-5 years. The objective of the project is to promote a healthy all round development of children of working/ailing mothers particularly those employed in the unorganised sectors and belonging to the below poverty line category. The main components of this centre are (a) providing training to creche workers; (b) organising pre-school education activities to the children between 3-6 years of age; (c) organising stimulation activities for children below three years; (d) Preparation of low cost teaching learning materials; (e) Preparation of nutritious food for the children attending the centre; (f) Keep the centre and its surroundings neat and clean; (g) Motivate parents for immunisation and obtain assistance of health staff in insuring immunisation of children; (h) Provide proper arrangements for sleep and rest of children; (i) Insure regular home visits and mother's meetings of elicit community participation; (j) Create awareness about better child care in the community; (k) Ensure visits by doctors/health workers. Local people and mothers are absolutely involved with the activities of the cenre. This Centre is supported by A.P. State Social Welfare Board (Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, Govt. of India), Hyderabad.

Urban Residential Hostel for the Deprived Boys (2012-13 to 2015-16)

Government of India under Right To Education Act has intensified its efforts to provide equal opportunities in education to under privilege below poverty line children / working children, who are either school dropouts or never enrolled due to various social reasons. As a part of Government's effort, agencies / district authorities identify such children, conduct alternative learning programs, bridging courses with the help of NGOs to get them back to mainstream education system. Out of school children definition comes into picture involving the Children without Adult Protection, Street children, Homeless, Child labour and Orphans who are not involved in the primary education schemes provided by the Government. As an initiative to educate and make the children to understand the importance of education various Government projects have been proposed and are successfully implementing them viz. Badibata, Non-Residential Special Training Centres, Residential Special Training Centers, Transit Homes, Urban Residential Schools and Urban Residential Hostels.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has been focusing on the growing problem of schooling of disadvantaged children in urban areas. Urban areas have special challenges like the education of street children, the education of children who are rag pickers, homeless children, children whose parents are engaged in profession that makes children's education difficult, education of children living in urban working class slums, children who are working in industry, children working in households, children at tea shops, garages etc. other city specific features are: very high cost of land, heterogeneous community and high opportunity cost, etc.

GUARDS was sanctioned one Urban Residential Hostel (URH) for the Deprived Boys and started functioning at the Temple Town Tirupati, Chittoor District from 19th July 2012 with the financial support from the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Department of Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Categories of Children Admitted are • Children Without Adult Protection like Orphan, Semi-Orphan, Discarded, Runaway, etc. • Street Children, Rag Pickers • Child Labour • Homeless, Migrated • Other Vulnerable Children like Children of Multiple Partner Parents, Children of Sex Workers, Children of Families Affected by AIDS, etc.

Activities • Help children with sanitation issues such as: brushing teeth, showering, establishing and maintaining personal hygiene. • Organizing fun activities like games, drawing lessons, singing, dancing, and other creative educational activities and extracurricular activities. • Organizing Study hours, help with homework, monitoring academic progress (children go to their respective schools during the day). • Providing counseling to the needy children. • Celebrating Important days like Independence day, Republic day, Children’s day, Teachers day and celebrating all community festivals. • Organizing recreational and educational tours.

Facilities

Supported by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan are: • Good Ventilated Building having Sufficient Toilets and Bathrooms • Nutritious Food (Non-Vegetarian on Sundays, Eggs on Tuesdays, Vegetable rice on Wednesdays, Fruit Salads on Fridays, Sweets on Sundays, Everyday Milk with Boost / Ragi Java, etc., ) • All study materials like note books, pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, scales, drawing books, handwriting books, geometry boxes, sketches, etc. • Free Text Books & Uniforms Supplied at respective schools. • Every day Study Hours & Individual Attention • Medical Facilities • Saloon • Cosmetic Charges • Counseling Facilities • Mirrors, Coombs and Nail Cutters

Mobilising from Local Donors (Support Required) are • Library Books • Televisions for leisure time • Vocational Training like Computers, Motor winding equipment, etc. • Bedding Materials, Towels, Bed sheets, etc. • Sports Materials both indoor and Outdoor • Plates and Glasses • Trunk Boxes with Locks • Dressing Materials for Complete Orphans • Fridge for storage of Green leaves, vegetables • Cooking and Serving Materials • Picnics and Excursions

Previous Projects

CREED Programme (2006-07 to 2014-15)

A network of NGOs formed under the banner of AP Dalit Social Watch across the state of Andhra Pradesh for safeguarding the available facilities throughthe constitution to the Dalit communities by various 'watch' programmes. At present each NGO is working in 2 mandals in their working areas. We are focussing on the local youth / mahila groups to make them as 'task force groups' to safeguaring the interest of the Dalit-Bahujans in their local areas. If we enrich these groups with socio, political, cultural and economical knwoledge, they can achieve their tasks easily with the support of the given knowledge. Each NGO of the network partners conducting training programmes on Dalit Rights, Land Rights, Right to Food/Security, etc. This Project is supported by Centre for World Solidarity (CWS), Secunderabad from 2006 to 2015.

Residential Special Training Centre (RSTC)(2011-12 to 2012-13)

GUARDS is running Residential Special Training Centre (RSTC) for the children aged 8-14 years, who have been working or who, for other reasons, have not had any, or very irregular schooling. This RSTC is supported by Rajiv Vidya Mission / Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. These out-of-school children stay in the RSTC for 10 months, after which they are mainstreamed into regular schools. Out-of-school children are identified by GUARDS workers and brought, where they are taught Telugu, English, Maths, Environmental Sciences and Hindi through specially designed modules and other teaching & learning materials.Since the teacher-student ratio is being kept at one to twelve, teachers are able to give individualised instruction to students. Teachers live in the residential area and are thus able to review the academic progress of every child on day-to-day basis. Direct, one-to-one, discussion helps children solve academic issues. All facilities such as food, clothing, shelter, stationery, water, library books, newspapers and sanitation are provided free of cost. Medical checkups is conducted every month. Children were given yoga training and taken for exposure visits. Various competitions are conducted to hone their talents. Mainstreaming children of RSTC in schools is the most impartant part of an interventions. The net outcome of enrolment of out of school children in RSTC depnds upon the mainstreaming the students of RSTC in regular schools. GUARDS succeded in mainstreaming all the enrolled children in the year 2012-13.

NCLP Special Training Centre (2007-08 to 2012-13)

The problem of Child Labour continues to pose a challenge before the nation. Government has been taking various pro-active measures to tackle this problem. However, considering the magnitude and extent of the problem and that it is essentially a socio-economic problem inextricably linked to poverty and illiteracy, it requires concerted efforts from all sections of the society to make a dent in the problem. Gurupad Swamy Committee studied the issue of child labour and suggested measures to tackle it. The committee observed that as long as poverty continued, it would be difficult to totally eliminate child labour and hence, any attempt to abolish it through legal recourse would not be a practical proposition. The Committee felt that in the circumstances, the only alternative left was to ban child labour in hazardous areas and to regulate and ameliorate the conditions of work in other areas. It recommended that a multiple policy approach was required in dealing with the problems of working. children.

GUARDS is running one Special Training Centre at Mangapuram, Chandragiri mandal, Chittoor district. This Centre is supported by National Child Labour Project (Ministry of Labour, Govt. of India), Chittoor. GUARDS initiated child labour awareness camps in different villages to create consciousness among the parents to send their children (below 14 years) to schools instead of pressuring them to earn. The drawbacks of engaging children in some particular occupations are explained to the parents in these camps. GUARDS, in collaboration with NCLP Chittoor conducted these activities. The boys and girls of age 9-14 years who are diverted to other activities are identified and re-enrolled to NCLP Special Training Centre. Examinations are conducted in every six months to judge the merit of student for admission in formal schools. The objective is to make the students qualified for formal education system. Facilities like day meal; books, dress and stipends of Rs.100/- per month are provided to each student.

National Environment Awareness Campaign (NEAC) (2008-09 to 2011-12)

The National Environment Awareness Campaign (NEAC) was launched in 1986 by Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India. The main motive of the programme is to create awareness among the public and make environmental protection a people's movement, so that each and every citizen of this country should be involved in the protection of the environment. The local environmental problems must be highlighted during tyhe programme to find a long and lasting solution for them. The NEAC has thrown up some very creative programmes and useful resource materials, both from the participating RRAs and NGOs. The NEAC has also been a means of understanding which process reaches the people in the most effective way. Thus performing arts are preferred to lectures, competitions, rallies are better than seminars. What is common among the preferred processes is the low cost, entertainment value and easy accessability and comprehensibility. Plantation is also one of the part in the NEAC activities. GUARDS is participating in NEAC programmes since 2008-09. These Campaigns are supported by SNAPS, Kadiri (Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India), Chittoor.

Awareness on Child Labour (2010-11)

GUARDS has been creating awareness on the issues of child labour practice in the target areas. It organized many campaigns such as Competitions, Rallies, Banner Campaigns, Van Campaign, Cultural Programmes to create awareness among the general public. Slogans were raised in the rallies. We also circulatged posters, pamphlets for the mass awareness. This Project is supported by National Child Labour Project (Ministry of Labour, Govt. of India) in the years 2008-09 & 2010-11.

Land Inventory (2010-11)

Land Inventory is a process initiated by the Government of Andhra Pradesh by which the lands of the poor in a village are listed and physically verified to see whether the poor have secured title and possession of the lands. Paralegal workers were given training by GUARDS. When the Paralegals/ Community Surveyors / CRPs initiates the process of preparation of inventory of lands of the poor, they take the basic village revenue record i.e. Pehani/Adangal as the basis. They will also consult other important records like the RoR 1B, Assignment Register, etc. They will record the details of the title and possession as per revenue record and then visit each and every survey number field by field and verify who is in actual enjoyment of the lands. If there is a discrepancy between record and field position, then they will find out the reason for such discrpancy and then record it as an issue which needs to be resolved by the Revenue functionaries. After completion of the inventory, the land issues will be culled out from the record and further action of collecting necessary documents / evidence, submitting representation to the revenue officer, following up till resolution taken place. Whenever necessary, the land was surveyed by the community serveyors. GUARDS was acted as resource agency for this project for Renigunta mandal (Only for SC & ST Lands). This Project is supported by Dept. of Rural Development, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.

Rural Rain Water Harvesting Programme (2008-09)

Rain water is the ultimate source of fresh water. The activity of collecting rainwater directly or recharging it into the ground to improve ground water storage is called as Rain Water Harvesting. Rain water is harvested to consere and augment the storage of ground water, to reduce water table depletion to improve the quality of ground water. Roof top rain water haversting, kitchen gardening and creating awareness on health & hygiene were the main objectives of this project. This Project was supported by CAPART (Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India).

Income Generation Programme (2007-08)

GUARDS conducted leaf plate/cup making training to 20 unemployed women, Agarbathi making training to 10 unemployed women and tailoring & embroidery training for 20 unemployed women of Chandragiri mandal in the year 2007-08. This Project is supported by CAPART (Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India).

RACM Followup Programme (2006-07)

As part of Regional Annual Committee Meeting (RACM) Followup of CWS allocated a small project to GUARDS network to work on Children issues in the Government hostels in the year 2007-08. Survey was conducted on the issues of hostel children. Rallies were also part of the aggetation demanding to resolving the problems identified. Representations were given to the Ministers and Concerned Authorities to resolve the problems. This Project is supported by Centre for World Solidarity, Secunderabad.

Social Audit on CLDP (2006-07)

GUARDS alon with other local NGOs conducted Social Audit on Comprehensive Land Development Programme (CLDP) at 8 blocks of Chittoor district and the findings were submitted to the District Officials and also to the State People's Monitoring Committee. The major findings of the study are (a) Most of the records books are not available in the field; (b) Measurement books are not maintained properly; (c) Beneficiaries are not well aware of the book keeping/maintenance; (d) MTAs are not available for all the blocks; (e) Delay in payments wre find in some blocks; (f) Political involvement is also seen in some blocks. This Project is supported by Centre for World Solidarity, Secunderabad in the year 2006-07.

Legal Aid Programme

This Project is supported by Centre for World Solidarity, Secunderabad.