This month our director Tarkeshwar began participation in a series of conferences held by the Collective Coalition against Human Trafficking. Among other things they will focus on trafficking along the Indian-Nepal border. Tarkeshwar will be a trainer in these conferences, teaching about the issue of child rights across Bihar. The Coalition was formed by several Indian NGOs with support by UNICEF and Switzerland's Caritas. (The conferences will last through December.)
In mid-July SARTHI hosted an education and awareness program on feminine health and hygiene for 28 young girls at Bhawani Tola's middle school in the Maner block of Patna District, with a female college student on hand to give the youngsters advice and listen to their concerns. SARTHI is proud to have participated in this event, which aims to help protect and empower young girls just entering adolescence through knowledge that is not always readily available to them throu...
Last week our director Tarkeshwar (far right in blue shirt in top photo) returned 14 year old Rafik to his family in Bihar's Katihar district. Rafik had been working as an underage laborer on a construction site in Nepal. Tarkeshwar is now working to raise funding for Rafik and his family so that he and his siblings can attend school -- and so the family will not be forced into similar desperate measures in the future.
We're pleased to announce SARTHI recently helped open a resource and protection center for children who have strayed from or been forced out of school due to circumstances in their lives. The center is in Dwarika Bigha, Nalanda. Among its aims is to protect these vulnerable children from situations in which they might fall prey to abuse.
Earlier this month our director Tarkeshwar (standing below) took part in a comprehensive seminar on the current state of regulations and safeguards for children in distress in Bihar -- including abandoned children, children in conflict with the law and children who have been the target of abuse by adults. The gathering was attended by some of Bihar's key organizations involved in protecting children, including the government's Child Welfare Committee, the Juvenile Justice...
SARTHI is honored that we were invited to participate in a joint training last week with Bihar's Railway Protection Force, for police and staff working in Patna's Rajendra Nagar station. Participants discussed the current ongoing issues that surround the rights and safety of women and children -- particularly female children -- at the station.
SARTHI is pleased to announce we have just opened up a new branch office in Bihar Sharif. Our director Tarkeshwar paid a visit there at the end of last month and spent some time talking to young students in Bihar Public School, about ongoing issues surrounding vulnerable children in the state.
Earlier this month SARTHI helped organize a Financial Literacy Training session for young teens from villages of Bihar's Jehanabad district, along with our own college-age legal interns, and Mumbai's Standard Bank and United Way. This workshop aimed to give these young people core basic knowledge about personal financial awareness, as well as how to best benefit from setting up and maintaining savings accounts in local banks.
Last week Bihar ex-Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi personally presented our director, Tarkeshwar Singh, with the Ashoka Award for Social Commitment, for his many years of work on behalf of disadvantaged children in Bihar. The award was sponsored by Samarpan and the Bihar Disabled Sports Academy. Our warmest congratulations go out to Tarkeshwar Ji.