READS Work with

The organization has been consistently working towards identification and rehabilitation of child labourers so as to prevent child abuse and negative discrimination of children in difficult circumstances .The situation prevailing in the selected backward villages are the practice of untouchability faced by scheduled caste, the monopoly of accessing resources by a few rich class groups. READS works towardsbuilding apathy in the public service system to address the basic needs of the community - especially the poor and the marginalized with the consequences of posing them with the inhuman living conditions was thrust upon to get inspired to intervene and work towards the developmental changes through education and people based actions.

The experience thus gained, the phenomenal success made and the ability to make a dent on the system has further given rise to increased impetus and commitment to the cause READS has been collaborating with Foreign Funding Agenciesand Local state and central government..

Accomplishments:

Achievements by areas of Intervention

Education:

  • 306 Children enrolled to ECE centers run by READS.
  • 306 ELC children, 3361 Anganawadi children have regular play homes in 25 villages.
  • 435 dropout children completed the bridge course in READS RBC and enrolled to mainstream schools.
  • 100% eligible children between the age 3-6 years enrolled in 25 target villages in anganawadi centers and availed Early Childhood care and development.
  • 571 child labour enrolled to government schools till Dec-2014.
  • 60% of Primary and Secondary school children achieved 55% competencies prescribed by Karnataka Education department by Dec-2014 .
  • 40 Devadasi and rescued children provided with support to continue education.
  • 30 School provided to teaching aid for the improved the quality education.
  • 12 Providing the Supportive teachers for Govt school to improve the quality education.

Health

  • 296 children of 3-6 years age received nutrition food.
  • 283 children of 3-6 years age attained age appropriate height and weight.
  • 112 families have kitchen garden.
  • 1853 pregnant women were immunized according to national standards.
  • 2248 new born babies immunized according to national Standards.
  • 1846 families have access to and use safe drinking water.
  • 228 new families use individual household toilets.

Capacity Building

  • 2171 Families have knowledge on child rights and benefits of education.
  • 181 girls from Devadasi families protected from dedication & further exploitation.
  • 806 SHG women involved in addressing child exploitation issues at village level.
  • 1175 Youth acquired knowledge on child rights and child protection.
  • 158 trained Anganawadi teachers and BVS members used 65 child friendly competency based learning materials.
  • 81 Grama panchayath members have knowledge on child rights, their rights and responsibilities as part of the local governance.
  • 25 village level pressure groups of youths and women formed to fight against child labour, child marriage and devadasi system.
  • 500 youth and 750 women participated in programmes for demanding for their rights.

Soci-Economic Development

  • 257 SHGs formed in 60 villages .
  • 3250 women (106 SHGs) involved in savings and saved Rs. 52 Lakhs .
  • 736 families increased their monthly income from Rs.2500 to Rs.4000/- through alternative livelihood opportunities. .
  • 122 youths employed/self-employed and earning Rs.3500 to 5000 per month .
  • 3 policies at Grama/Taluk panchayath level in place in favour of children and women from Devadasi families .
  • 2656 women was access of Rs. 5000/- to Rs. 25000/- loan from Under relief of Poor programme .

Why Bellary District

Bellary district is situated in the central arid dry zone, spread from southwest to northeast and is situated on the eastern side of Karnataka state. This district is bounded by Raichur district on the north, Koppal district on the west, Chitradurga and Davanagere districts on the south, and Anantapur and Kurnool districts of Andhra Pradesh on the east. It comes under the administrative control of Gulbarga division and development jurisdiction of Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board, Gulbarga.

The rural population constitutes 70%. The density of population is 196 per sq. km., which is much lower than the state average of 235 per sq.km. The scheduled caste/scheduled tribe population constitute 28% of the total population. The sex-ratio is 965. The literacy rate is 45.9% {59% among men and 32% among women].The normal rainfall is 639 mm.

The major occupation of this district is agriculture and 75% total labour force is dependent on agriculture for its livelihood. Agriculture is uncertain because of highly erratic rainfall patterns. As a result, agriculture is not able to provide employment opportunities to most of the local people. As a result the unskilled labourers migrate to irrigated area in the neighboring districts and States. The district has 44.5% of the population remain below Poverty line. There is caste system in the villages.Harijana/Cheluvadi colonies are separated from that of the other caste people. Harijana, Cheluvadi, Bhovi, Lambani, Golla, Kuruba, Kammara etc., castes represents the lower strata of the community. Communities celebrate fairs and festivals in a grand manner in spite of their poverty. People in this area still practice Devadasi system, though the Govt. of Karnataka banned it in the year 1982. Bellary district stand second highest in Karnataka with regard to HIV infection. The western taluks of the district are dogged with scarcity conditions like drought for consecutive years.

Geographical Coverage

  • Bellary taluka

  • Sandur taluka.

  • Hospet taluka

Taluk : BELLARY:

Bellary was part of Hyderabad Nizam province and later it was part of Karnataka in 1948. It has seven taluks now after the reorganization of the districts in 1997/98. Total population of the district according to census 2001 is 2027140 among this 738856 are SC/ST population. Sex ratio is 969/1000 male. Population density is around 238/sq Km. about 1320290 live in the rural and 706319 live the urban areas. There are 1627 primary schools, 258 higher primary schools. The total literacy rate of the district is 57.40%, male is 69.20% and female is 45.30%.

Taluk : SANDUR:

occupies 3rd place in area and 5th place in population size. The geographical area of the taluk is 1258 sq.km. and population is 1,91,166 as per 2001 census. This account for 9.43 p.c. of district’s population. This is a border taluk to Andhra Pradesh where 25 villages of Karnataka fall on the border of the said state. The taluk is bounded on the north and west by the Hospet taluk, on the south by Kudligi taluk and on the east by the Bellary taluk.

Taluk : HOSPET

Hospet takes its name from its headquarters town. The headquarters town is about 64 kms away from Bellary city. The taluk is bounded on the north by the Gangavathi taluk of Koppal district, on the south by Sandur taluk, on the east by the Bellary taluk and on the west by Hagaribommanahalli taluk. Hospet taluk is the smallest in area and occupies second place in population among seven taluks. The geographical area of the taluk is 934 sq.km. and population is 3,74,949 as per 2001 census. This accounts for 18.49 p.c. of district’s population and its area accounts for 11 p.c. Hospet is revenue sub-division headquarters with 4 taluks. Hospet has four revenue inspector circles. The normal rainfall is 658.3 mm. The major crops grown are paddy, maize, jowar, groundnut, sunflower, sugarcane and cotton.

Target Group

  • Children

  • Women

  • Adolescent Girls

Scheduled Caste communities, Backward Caste communities and considerable scheduled tribe population. Majority of the people depend on agriculture, agriculture labor work, mining, other unskilled labor work, firewood collection and collection of Minor Forest Produce. The women and children also work as wage earners. Women are facing the vulnerability and inequality and socially ostracized. They are economically deprived, socially neglected, politically ignored and backward in education and health. Apart from that lack of skills, knowledge in modern agricultural practices, lack of information on Govt. schemes, lack of alternative income generation source making the women to the battle for survival without having access to various opportunities and benefits.

Due to abject poverty most of the parents are sending their children to work because the families are highly dependent on the earnings of their children. One can very often witness the queue of the children waiting for work at mining areas and supplement the families. As a result the children at an early age are discontinuing their studies by losing their childhood and turned into dropout gradually engaging themselves as child laborers in various sectors such as mining, sheep rearing , cattle grazing, brick industry, farm works, siblings care, quarry works etc. and leading unscarred, unnoticed and unprotected life.

Adding to this lack of food security due to low yield and families do not have proper health care or nutritional food due to economic crunch most of the families are becoming anemic and malnutrition. The maternal mortality and child mortality in the proposed project area is a common incident due to inaccessibility of health services. In this area particularly belts education and its importance has not reached the minds of the people in the correct sense as a result the children are deprived of education. It is therefore essential that the children are allowed to grow which is suitable to meet their social, emotional and educational needs since development of children has to be priority component in the project in order to fulfill the Millennium Development goals by rehabilitating dropout/child labor children in the local Government schools and pay more focus on early childhood education for 3-5 years age group.

Present Implementing Project Details :

  • Mines to safer childhood through schools
  • Combat Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children with multi-stakeholders participation
  • Scio-economic Development Programme –Relief of Poor

Public Recognition

READS is a Member in the: FEVOURD-K

  • Campaign Ageist Child Labor - Karnataka
  • Anti-Child marriage Campaign - north Karnataka Region