Child Sexual Abuse
Srilekha (name changed to protect identity) is a 6 yr old girl from Vattimalla village, Rajanna sircilla district. We received child sexual abuse on Oct 29, we immediately informed the line department and went to child’s home. We learnt that the child was sexually abused by the village sarpanch’s husband on Oct 27th when the child was at their home to watch TV. The following day the child started suffering from heavy stomach pain, when parents asked the child, the child explained what happened.
We immediately filed an FIR at the local police and provided medical checkups. MLC Baswaraj Saraiah visited the child at the Govt hospital Sircilla and provided 2.75 lakhs as compensation to the parents.
We followed up with Srilekha’s condition and provided emotional support to her parents. She is doing well now and is back in school.
Lakshmi (name changed to protect identity) is 14 years old from Venugopalpooram village, Rajanna sircilla district. On Sep 1st, we received her child marriage case. We immediately informed line department and went to the child’s home. We learnt that the engagement was over and her relative’s started quarrelling with us. Next day we went back with the ICDS Supervisor, Police Head Constable and a few others. We took the full details and verified age using her certificates and Aadhar card. After verification we confirmed her age.
We provided counselling to parents and child and explained about protribiton of child marriage act – 2006 rules. We also explained about problems with child marriages such as resulting physical and mental health issues and that it is punishable by one year jail.
After counseling they changed their opinion and postponed the marriage. The child now lives with her parents and is continuing education.
Learning words is the key for any language. This month we conducted classes for learning English words. Special classes were conducted for those students who have subject based doubts. By giving personal attention to each student, we aspire to improve their performance. The team also made the students to practice the EArtH Foundation’s copy writing sheets.The foundation volunteered to work with students in bringing awareness about etiquette during the school hours (from prayer time to the final bell),. Students were made to practice Yoga and exercise and taught lunch break etiquette. Volunteers also worked to bring awareness on hygiene, grooming. Masks were distributed to all our students.As a part of the regular creative activities, drawing practice sessions were conducted. The students were very excited, as they were meeting up with friends and performing the activities after long time since the schools just reopened.
Schedule for the annual day celebrations in the adopted schools was sent to the respective schools Head Masters. The EArtH foundation conducted dance training classes for students this month at Gopal Nagar and Nimmapalli. The students of these schools are eagerly waiting to perform on their annual day.
“Room To Read”, a recognized Nonprofit organization has identified EArtH’s services towards empowering students. They have come forward to extend their support by starting a library in one of the EArtH’s adopted school (Mamidipalli government school). The Library was inaugurated by Honorable Member of legislative assembly (MLA) Shri. Chennamaneni Ramesh Babu.ZP Chairperson, Mandal President and other respective elected legislative members were also part of the inauguration; they all acknowledged and praised EArtH team’s services from the past five years in Mamidipalli School.
Holidays are exciting in every student’s life; they are memorable and effective, if they are used productively. EArtH Foundation organized Dussehra holidays special camps in 6 schools (i.e., Gopal Nagar, Nimmapally, Nizamabad, Mamidipally, Nakshatra nagar, Nalla madugula) from 9th October 2021 to 13th October 2021. In this camp, we conducted a drawing competition where the topic was Indian Soldiers. Project work was on Bhathukamma festival, where students wrote and drew about the festival and how it is celebrated. Earth has invited freedom fighters as guests – these conversations helped students in understanding the days of the freedom fight movement. Students felicitated the freedom fighters who visited the school.As a part of field visit, students visited the local weavers group In Mamidipalli village where they learnt about hand-loom cloth and its making.