Apne Aap Girls Commemorate Hiroshima Day

This is how Apne Aap girls from Singhi, Perna, and Sapera communities in Najafgarh commemorated Hiroshima Day by displaying 1000 paper cranes at the Press Club of India on August 6th, 2016.

The paper cranes have been put up for display from 6 August, Hiroshima Day to 9 August, Quit India Day, to demand peace for children all over the world.

Article in Times of India

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Kolkata Live Music Program

Kolkata Live music program performed by Jennifer Hemstra and the children at South City International School on July 8th, 2016.

A total of 62 children and women from Khidderpore and Topsia attended the music concert.

Photo Credit: Kolkata Classic Club

Photo Credit: Kolkata Classic Club, Isha Daga

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Photo Credit: Kolkata Classic Club, Isha Daga

PeaceWalk Campaign in Delhi, 5th of July 2016

Apne Aap in collaboration with International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) launched a PeaceWalk campaign to end sexual violence against women by spreading awareness among the masses. Women and children led the PeaceWalk, followed by Ruchira Gupta and Apne Aap activists. The Walk started from
Sapera Basti to MCD Primary School in Dharampura (Najafgarh). Thereafter, an Open Mike Session was held at the School on the theme of child marriage.

Read more about the PeackWalk in these article in the New Delhi Times and This Day

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Act now! Sign this Petition, stop India from legalizing child labour.

To stop India from legalizing child labour
Photo: David Goldman, davidgoldmanphoto.com

Photo: David Goldman, davidgoldmanphoto.com

India’s parliament has just passed a bill to legalize child labor in Family and Family-based enterprises and the audio-visual entertainment. This is 90% of India’s child labour. With this law, unscrupulous employers and contractors will get impunity and India’s 4.4 million child workers will not get a chance to escape their caste-based occupations.

Additionally, the government has cut 50% of its budget for women and children and 28% for education. This has led to the closure of mid-day meals and boarding schools for poor low caste children, putting them at risk of labour and sexual exploitation.

We urgently ask you to sign this petition urging the President of India to send the Bill back for review.

Share by cutting and pasting the message below on Twitter and Facebook:
Please sign and tweet this petition to #President of #India to stop legalizing #ChildLabour https://goo.gl/bweSck @Ruchiragupta @apneaap

Apne Aap Founder Ruchira Gupta writes for The Telegraph in the Bihar Safarnama series

Articles written by our Founder Ruchira Gupta, from the series Bihar Safarnama for The Telegraph.

Take a look using the links below:

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The victims of superstition across centuries & oceans

Future driven by glorious past

Idyllic setting, a life of ideals

Dream Soar Over Poverty

Nutty success story: makhana’s amazing journey

Nature’s bounty, poverty paradox

Weavers of history apt case for a museum of the living

Legacy of social justice, hope for change

What India can learn from Bihar

 

How our school in Bihar saves girls from Prostitution featured in Los Angeles Times

Check out Barbara Davidson’s visit to Apne Aap in this article in LA Times:

This school in India saves girls as young as 12 from the family business: prostitution

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Bihar Leads The Way
 
You can help:
1. Donate here to support girls to learn, play, and stay safe…
2. Tweet the following messages:
@ApneAap #Bihar #school saves #girls from #Prostitution by @photospice @ruchiragupta #ApneAap http://fw.to/KfJCJ0 donate www.apneaap.org
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@ApneAap #Bihar #India #school saves #girls from #Prostitution by @photospice @LATimes @ruchiragupta http://fw.to/KfJCJ0
3. Facebook and email the link to your friends and family:
Do take a moment to see the compelling photos and captions by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Barbara Davidson in Los Angeles Times on how
This School in India Saves Girls from Prostitution. The girls are not passively waiting for their future- they are playing, laughing, studying, happy…facing the menace of the world outside with joy and spirit.
4. If possible go to the comments section below the photo-essay
5. Instagram any of the photos crediting Barbara Davidson, LA Times.

Caption: LA Times Article on Apne Aap’s school in India saving girls from prostitution: http://fw.to/KfJCJ0 Support Apne Aap by visitingwww.ApneAap.org/Donate and share the photo with #ApneAap

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A blog written by Apne Aap team member, Juanita Kakoty, Documentation and Communication Specialist

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Blog 1 by Juanita: About the forced eviction at Topsia in Kolkata in 2012, where slum dwellers of about 2,000 people looked on as their homes were demolished without prior notice, without any legal procedure. Apne Aap and Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) made an assessment about the losses incurred by the evicted families and the vulnerabilities they have been subjected to, including the peril of being trafficked. This blog piece also covers the Delhi launch of the report.

Blog 2 by Juanita: On an open mike session conducted by Juanita along with Kari Egge (founder of Half the World) at the community in Najafgarh, Delhi NCR about a woman’s right to decide how many children she wants to have.

OPEN MIKE SESSIONS, sponsored by the Canadian High Commission

Open mike sessions were conducted with the girls on various topics at the Primary School in Najafgarh. A big session was held on the theme ‘Child Marriage’ commemorating International Women’s Day on 8th March 2016. Open Mike Session is an Apne Aap empowerment tool to encourage girls to voice out their opinions, their experiences on certain social issues.
The session was conducted by Juanita, who started it with a background of why we celebrate Women’s day.  After the introduction she talked about child marriage – the legal age, its implications etc and asked the girls to share their views on child marriage. The girls also shared personal stories of their sisters, neighbors etc who had gotten married at a young age. Story books were distributed among the girls who spoke out.
The session ended with a song on women’s freedom.
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These activities are being conducted in the primary school in Najafgarh, Delhi under the school adoption program sponsored by the Canadian High Commission

 

ART RESILIENCE WORKSHOPS: Various art resilience workshops conducted with young girls

From Old to New: Girls were taught to use waste discarded products like egg trays, old cloth, buttons, ice cream sticks etc to make figures, birds etc

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Who Am I?:  An art workshop where girls and boys were asked to draw their own faces by looking into a mirror, and asked to describe how they feelabout their own identity. Children used words like “Happy”, “Pretty”, “Naughty” etc.)

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These activities are being conducted in the primary school in Najafgarh, Delhi under the school adoption program sponsored by the Canadian High Commission

 

Sensitization Meeting With the Teachers, sponsored by the Canadian High Commission

Apne Aap adopted the Primary school in Najafgarh as a part of a project supported by the Canadian High Commission. After years of negotiation with the school authorities for the enrollment and retention of children, especially girls from Perna and Sapera communities, Apne Aap decided to equip the school with better infrastructure like a computer lab, library etc, and conduct various activities like art workshops, open mike sessions to ensure minimum dropouts.
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As a first step, a sensitization meeting was held with the teachers of the school explaining them our objective of working with the school. It was essential to sensitize the teachers regarding the plight of the communities, and to break the stereotypes related to the Perna community. The meeting started with showing a short movie about the issue of inter-generational prostitution, made from the eyes of a young girl. The meeting was attended by the Principal and all the teachers of the school. They ensured all cooperation to Apne Aap.
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