Mountain Children’s Foundation » 2017-18 Annual Report

2017-18 Annual Report

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Executive Summary 2017-18

This year has been one of growth mixed with challenges, setbacks, and refocusing. The conclusion of the CRY program in December 2016 marked the end of a six-year-long and highly productive partnership in the Vikasnagar block of Dehradun, during which the children mature into respected community members and advocates and brought about significant changes in their villages on a variety of fronts from birth registration to hygiene, sanitation and nutrition to the environment.

When CRY withdrew from Uttarakhand, we feared we would not be able to continue to support the bal sangathans established under that program, but we also couldn’t bear to abandon the children who had taken the MCF’s mission so much to heart. Thanks to support from individual donors, we were able to start the “Climate Change Education for Adaptation” program. Later in the year, SOIR-IM, after an intense screening process, partnered with us to work in another 16 villages in Vikasnagar on education and child participation, enabling us to continue building on our work so far.

As a part of our learning from last year, we have also started to diversify our funding sources to include online crowd sourcing. We partnered with Small Change, which provides a platform to raise funds for the organization and also for specific activities. This is currently at a very small level and we have lots to learn.

In addition to the efforts above, we have continued to work on the following projects:

MCF CHILDLINE – An emergency helpline for children.

This year the CHILDLINE team assisted 546 children in need of care and protection. In addition, the team also conducted numerous outreach activities to generate public awareness and support against Child Labour and begging.

MCF-CHEI: Central Himalayan Education Initiative: Bringing quality in education

Our MCF-CHEI team continued its role in facilitating work in 20 remote villages of Chamoli to improve the quality of non-formal pre-primary education along with five other services delivered through anganwadi centers. We kept true to the MCF’s mission by also focusing efforts on empowering children and their communities to voice their concerns and demand solutions. In an external review won the MCF HMS – CHEI program, the reviewer praised the work conducted in Chamoli and also expressed appreciation for the bal sangathans.

MCF/SOIR-IM: Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education for Children

In October 2017 MCF entered into partnership with SOIR-IM (Swedish Organization for Individual Relief) that took us into 16 new villages of Vikasnagar block of Dehradun district. With this new partnership MCF has expanded its working area in Dehradun. The first year of the programme focuses on the 29 Anganwadi Centers and16 Primary Schools in the villages. The goal is to improve the management of the anganwadis and schools, improve learning levels, enhance enrollment & retention and rights-based advocacy.

MCF E-WaSH:

This program focuses on improving sanitation and hygiene profile of 20 villages in the Ghat block of District Chamoli, working on both the “software,” i.e. community awareness and engagement, and “hardware,” i.e. physical structures such as water tanks and toilets. The program has now completed two years and has made great progress improvising 20 Anganwadi Centers with toilet and potable drinking water facilities and changing overall attitudes and behavior in the community with regard to hygiene and sanitation.

Climate Change Education for Adaptation (ERC/ Small Change/ GSI):

This new initiative of MCF seeks to create awareness to build adaptive capacity of children towards changing climatic conditions. The program is supported by ERC (the Education Resource Center Trust), Small Change and GSI (Good Souls Initiative) and is being implemented in 12 villages of Vikasnagar, Dehradun. MCF has worked for more than six years in Vikasnagar, initially through the CRY hygiene and sanitation program and now this initiative. This new initiative allows us to continue building on our prior work and keeping our already established children’s groups engaged and active.

We chose to focus on climate change because of the drastic impacts it is already evincing in mountain regions and because it seemed a natural progression to our earlier work on hygiene and sanitation. By the end of the 6-year CRY project, the children were actively planting trees in their community, so supporting their environmentalism feels an appropriate next step. Upcoming program on digital learning:

MCF is looking forward to implementing a new program —Digital Learning for Quality Education —a joint venture with the Nucleus Software Foundation (NSF).The program is envisaged to synchronize its outcomes with the MCF/SOIR-IM’s efforts& hence the field is same as that of SOIR-IM program. It is designed so that the inputs directly impact the learning outcomes of the slow learners in grade 3rd and 4th while also reinforcing the learning of grade 5th pupils. The program will begin with staff orientation and will be in full swing from April 2018 onwards.

Publications:

Since 2003, MCF has published 178 issues of our monthly magazine, PABAM. This Hindi-language publication serves as vital link to connect the children of the mountains, serving as a forum where they can share their experiences, voice their concerns, and learn from one another.

Under the CHEI program, we created a poster on sanitation & hygiene, which was distributed to schools, anganwadis, bal sangathans and mata samitis.

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