Sulabh Slum Children’s Welfare Programme
Slum growth is ubiquitous in most developing countries. Urban areas in India share this problem – with a difference. Most of scheduled castes and scavengers live in slums. Slums have become a disquieting feature of our towns and cities. Usually inhabited by persons from the lowest rung of society, they have come to denote the physical and social degradation in the extreme.
Besides, with no civic amenities these ‘bustees’ bristle with endless social problems especially affecting the children. Many come in conflict with law. For these children of the slums, Sulabh has launched a self-development programme. Its main thrust is towards education, personal hygiene and environmental awareness. These activities are held in the afternoons. The children are brought to the Sulabh School and given training in a variety of job skills.
The Sulabh organizes these classes in various activities by giving direction in basic education. The boys and girls are given a course on basic hygiene instruction and functional literacy in accordance with a pre-designed syllabus. Their scholastic progress is periodically examined and evaluated. The Sulabh Slum Children’s Welfare Programme thus moves on sustained by the hope that eventually it would succeed in restoring confidence and self-esteem in slum children and they would truly become vibrant and constructive citizens.
In order to inculcate skills towards constructing, operating and maintenance of various low-cost water supply and sanitation schemes and human waste-fed biogas plants, the Institute runs refresher / training courses for those interested in working in these fields. In the curriculum due emphasis is given to vital inputs, viz. awareness, health, sanitation, education, personal hygiene, motivation, publicity etc., crucial for the success of such programmes. Special training modules and literature have been designed and experts in different disciplines are invited from time to time for lectures and demonstrations of the updated techniques.