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Goodwill Social Work Centre is an Indian Non-governmental organisation registered as a Society/Charity under the Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act 27 of 1975, Government of Tamilnadu {India} and Foreign Contribution (Regulations) Act 1976, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in order to be eligible to receive donations from International funding organisations, Corporates,individual donors and philanthropists.

Please visit us on the web at : http://www.goodwillsocialworkcentre.org, and watch our video on youtube at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhkVeoo5mQE .

Since its inception our organisation has been working in the areas of children's rights, children’s rights through artwork, Children’s environmental health rights, humanitarian aid, Intensive family preservation of dysfunctional families, Youth and women development, non-formal employment training for youth, community technology services, environment education and action, social research,, NGO capacity building and networking and NGO consultancy. GOODWILL is highly professional in its approach and its methods are underpinned by a strong academic research ethos. Highly impressed by the professionalism in GOODWILL’s governance and management of programmes,the Global Links Initiative(www.glinet.org) ,a registered company and a charity in the United Kingdom has entered into a partnership agreement with GOODWILL on 6th October 2007 to work together to provide services and capacity building programmes for GLI Networkers in Tamilnadu,India.


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Share your joy of giving with the poor and disadvantaged children, youth and parents in Madurai, India

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Season’s greetings to you from Goodwill Social Work Centre , India. Goodwill Social Work Centre is an Indian Non-governmental organisation registered as a Society/Charity under the Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act 27 of 1975, Government of Tamilnadu {India} and Foreign Contribution (Regulations) Act 1976, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in order to be eligible to receive donations from International funding organisations, Corporares,individual donors and philanthropists. Our Society's Registration number is: 112/1981 and our FCRA number is 075940124. It is duly registered under section 12-A {b} of the Income Tax Act 1961, Government of India. We regularly submit our annual returns, reports and audited statements of accounts to the Government of Tamilnadu and Government of India as per the above legal enactments. Please visit us on the web at : http://www.goodwillsocialworkcentre.org, and watch our video on youtube at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhkVeoo5mQE . It is now the season of giving the least expensive gifts to the poorer and disadvantaged children ,youth and women which are most valuable to them. We have been actively involved in organising events to share the joy of giving to the poorer and underprivileged sections of our society in our project areas by way of donating new dresses and ready to wear garments to children, youth and parents in dysfunctional families.We are one of the recipients of a donation of 30 Sarees and 50 Pants(clothes) so graciously offered to the beneficiaries of our organization in 2011 by a leading corporate house ‘TRIBOVANDAS BHIMJI ZAVERI LTD’, Mumbai, India. Our beneficiaries include sponsored school children, poorer youth, women and men, GOODWILL's village volunteers and project staff. Please check out: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.378109545535798.109709.13... We are planning to organise a series of events ‘Sharing our joy of giving’ in December 2012 and January 2014 for donating educational materials and toys for school children, dresses and dress materials to the most needy and deserving children,youth and their parents with whom we have been working in our project locations. We are seeking a small grant of USD 50,100, 500,1000 or more from individual donors, philanthropists and humanitarian organisations for sharing the joy of giving to the poorer and underprivileged sections of our community in India. We would be very grateful to you for any possible voluntary donation you might plan to offer now,to sponsor gift to children and young and their parents in and around Madurai,Tamilnadu,India. How to make a donation or send funds to Goodwill Social Work Centre, Madurai, India: You are most welcome to send your donation by cheque payable to GOODWILL SOCIAL WORK CENTRE, Account Number: 600601049921 or by wire transfer to our bank. To know of the information for sending your donation/funds to our organisation please follow our URL on our website at: http://www.goodwillsocialworkcentre.org/donations/ Thank you very much for kind attention and consideration. Warmest regards Dr.J.Christopher Daniel,M.A.,Ph.D Executive Director Goodwill social work centre No:5,South street Extension Singarayar colony Madurai-625002 India Email:chrisdangswc@gmail.com,Website:http://www.goodwillsocialworkcentre.org Telephone:+91 0452 2531175

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Introducing myself as a Social work Academic and a Social Entreprenuer

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I am pleased to introduce myself as the Executive Director of the Goodwill social work centre (NGO), Madurai, India. I am a former professor of Social work and Human resources management at the Madurai Institute of social sciences, Madurai, India. I received my master’s degree in Social work with HRM as a field of specialization from the Loyola College (University of Madras), Chennai, India in 1971 and Ph. D in social work/HRM from the Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India in 1988.I hold a Certificate in International interdisciplinary Course on Children’s rights awarded by the University of Ghent, Belgium in 1996.

I am the founder and Executive Director of Goodwill social work centre,Madurai,India, an Indian NGO registered as a Society under the Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act 27 of 1975, Government of Tamilnadu {India}, Foreign Contribution (Regulations) Act 1976, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

 

With my wide academic and professional experience for 33 years as a Professor of social work and Human resources management at the Madurai Institute of Social Sciences,Madurai{1972-2005} and 5 years as a Visiting Professor of Social work/HRM and Senior Advisor-Master of Social Work programe at Department of Social Sciences,Lady Doak College,Madurai,India{2005-2010} I have trained hundreds of young women and men in professional social work practice,social entrepreneurship,human resources management and NGO management at the post graduate level.

 

I have to my credit more than 120 articles on various social issues including childre rights, and human resources management issues published in national and international journals,books and web sites. I have widely traveled abroad to present scientific papers in international conferences and seminars. I am a Human Resources Management Educator and research consultant and involved in HRD training activities. My special areas of interest include Professional social work practice, Human resources management, NGO /Civil society governance and management, Project management, training and capacity building for NGOs, Human rights training including child rights, social research etc. I have had wide professional experience in designing curriculum on Social work, Human resources management, HR training and Development, Family Life Management, Environmental education for children and Child Rights education and training for school children etc. 

 

I have had extensive experience in organising an Intensive Family Preservation (family support services) programmes for dysfunctional families. I have been actively involving myself in organising NGO networking and capacity building programmes for Indian NGO administrators and development professionals in Tamilnadu,India.

I have served as Lead Researcher of various social research studies undertaken by the Goodwill Social work Centre (NGO), Madurai, India. I was appointed authorized Research Guide by the Madurai Kamaraj University for Ph.D Candidates in the field of Social work and HRM and I have so far guided three candidates who have qualified themselves for the award of Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) of the Madurai Kamaraj University.Madurai, India.

 

As a Social work educator turned Social entrepreneur I was prompted to set up a charity in 1981 to work with children,youth and young women and their families in distress with an aim to apply the ‘Goodwill social work model’ as a practice mode and an approach’which I have developed.

 

I have made a significant contribution to humanity at large through my contribution and operation of the Goodwill social work centre which has been working in the areas of children's rights, children’s rights through artwork, Children’s environmental health rights, Intensive family preservation for dysfunctional families, non-formal employment training for youth, humanitarian aid, community technology services, environment education and action, social research, NGO capacity building, Global Links Initiative(UK)’s networking in Tamilnadu(India) and NGO consultancy.

 

Causes supported by the Goodwill Social Work Centre are wide ranging-from social philanthropy to social development in the spirit of the organisation's aims of professionalism based on the principles of scientific humanism in line with the professional social work model in the management of issues concerning children,youth,women,dysfunctional families,NGOs and civil society groups.The Centre is highly professional in its approach and its methods are underpinned by a strong academic research ethos.

 

My academic teaching and capacity building initiatives for hundreds of my students have provided me with an enriching experience to establish a social enterprise in Madurai,India to practise what I have professed.As the Chief functionary of the organisation I am personally responsible for the organisation's local and international acclaim and achievements. Our flagship programme 'Intensive family preservation project' under the aegis of OZ Child -Children Australia launched in 1991 has resulted in our organisation implanting various development programmes for children,youth and women in dysfunctional families,NGOs and civil society groups in partnership with a number of international funding and networking organisations.

 

As a Social entreprenuer I have not only tried to involve help from friends and organisations and the world but also brought global knowledge to help locally. With a background of implementing new ideas that revitalise,challenge and grow local communities I have created a groundbreaking social enterprise that without doubt touches and enriches the lives of children,youth and women and also builds NGO capacity through networking initiatives.

 

 

I have served as theGLI(UK) Representative in Tamilnadu of the Global LinksInitiative,United Kingdom,(http://www.glinet.org)and actively involved in NGO networking and capacity buildinginitiatives among the GLI(UK) Tamilnadu networkers during 2006-2009.I am a member  on the International Advisory Board of GLI,UK from India.

 

I have won the UnltdWorld(UK) Global Impact BRIC(Business, Resources, Insight and Community) award 2009 for social entrepreneurship. You may please watch the video of the UnltdWorld award distribution to all the winners at the web link:http://www.vimeo.com/4510544.

 

I am a Member on the ESF Pool of Reviewers to assess research proposals in the areas of Social Sciences and Humanities,for the period of 01 May 2010 - 30 April 2012, European Science Foundation(www.esf.org),1,quai Lezay-Marnésia ,BP 90015,67080 Strasbourg Cedex, France.I have been identified as a potential member on the ESF Pool of reviewers on the basis of my track record of high-quality reviewing and my valuable achievements with regard to the participation in ESF funded activities during 2008-2009.

 

I have been conferred 'Indian Achievers Award' in recognition of my outstanding achievements towards economic and social development for the year 2009 by the Indian Achievers Forum,New Delhi,India(www.indianachieversforum.org) and 'Star Achiever Award and Gold Medal for Social Entreprenuership 2010 by the National Integrity Cultural Academy in association with 'THE PEAKS',Chennai,India

 

I am empanelled as a Consultant by AIDS Prevention and Control(APAC)Project,{APAC-

 

I am a member on the AH Team on The AllHumanity Network,USA.Please follow URL : http://allhumanitynetwork.com/page/ah-team .

You will see me listed as one of the leading humanitarian experts of The All Humanity Network,USA.



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Dr.J.Christopher Daniel,Executive Director,Goodwill Social Work Centre is on the AH Team on The AllHumanity Network,USA

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Dr.J.Christopher Daniel,M.A.,Ph.D,Executive Director,Goodwill Social Work Centre,Madurai,India is a member on the AH Team on The AllHumanity Network,USA.Please follow URL : http://allhumanitynetwork.com/page/ah-team . You will see him listed as one of the leading humanitarian experts of The All Humanity Network,USA.

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Invitation to visit our website-Goodwill Social Work Centre,Madurai,India

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Goodwill Social Work Centre is an Indian Non-governmental organisation registered as a Society/Charity under the Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act 27 of 1975, Government of Tamilnadu {India} and Foreign Contribution (Regulations) Act 1976, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in order to be eligible to receive donations from International funding organisations, Corporares,individual donors and philanthropists. Our Society's Registration number is: 112/1981 and our FCRA number is 075940124. It is duly registered under section 12-A {b} of the Income Tax Act 1961.

Please visit us on the web at : http://www.goodwillsocialworkcentre.org, and watch our video on youtube at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhkVeoo5mQE .

Since its inception our organisation has been working in the areas of children's rights, children’s rights through artwork, Children’s environmental health rights, humanitarian aid, Intensive family preservation of dysfunctional families, Youth and women development, non-formal employment training for youth, community technology services, environment education and action, social research,, NGO capacity building and networking and NGO consultancy. GOODWILL is highly professional in its approach and its methods are underpinned by a strong academic research ethos. Highly impressed by the professionalism in GOODWILL’s governance and management of programmes,the Global Links Initiative(www.glinet.org) ,a registered company and a charity in the United Kingdom has entered into a partnership agreement with GOODWILL on 6th October 2007 to work together to provide services and capacity building programmes for GLI Networkers in Tamilnadu,India.

You are invited to partner with us and support our causes! Thank you  for visiting us online!


Dr.J.Christopher Daniel,M.A.,Ph.D
Executive Director
Goodwill social work centre
No:5,South street Extension
Singarayar colony
Madurai-625002
India
http://about.me/dr.christopherdaniel
Email:chriskan@satyam.net.in
Website: http://www.goodwillsocialworkcentre.org
Telephone:+91 0452 2531175

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India - NGO Management and Capacity Building Initiatives for NGOs and Civil Society Groups in Tamilnadu,India.

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This is case study of the NGO Management and Capacity Building Initiatives for NGOs and Civil Society Groups in Tamilnadu, India: a capacity for development Programme for Social entrepreneurs, NGO Administrators and Development Professionals) conducted by the Goodwill Social Work Centre,Madurai,India and  published on http://www.impactalliance.org, Our grateful acknowledgements to Impact alliance for publishing  our case study.


The full text of the case study is attached as a file on the page. Thank you for reading!!

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PANDA SOFTWARE INTERNATIONAL, SPAIN PRESENTS THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARD ‘INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY INITIATIVE PANDA IT AID, 2006 TO GOODWILL SOCIAL WORK CENTRE, MADURAI, INDIA

PANDA SOFTWARE INTERNATIONAL, SPAIN PRESENTS THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARD ‘INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY INITIATIVE PANDA IT AID, 2006 TO GOODWILL SOCIAL WORK CENTRE, MADURAI, INDIA | Introducing Goodwill Social Work Centre,Madurai,India-Inviting Partnership Initiative! | Scoop.it
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Goodwill Social Work Centre is an Indian Non-governmental organisation registered as a Society/Charity under the Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act 27 of 1975, Government of Tamilnadu {India} and Foreign Contribution (Regulations) Act 1976, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in order to be eligible to receive donations from International funding organisations, Corporares,individual donors and philanthropists. Our Society's Registration number is: 112/1981 and our FCRA number is 075940124. It is duly registered under section 12-A {b} of the Income Tax Act 1961.

Please visit us on the web at : http://www.goodwillsocialworkcentre.org, and watch our video on youtube at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhkVeoo5mQE .

Since its inception our organisation has been working in the areas of children's rights, children’s rights through artwork, Children’s environmental health rights, humanitarian aid, Intensive family preservation of dysfunctional families, Youth and women development, non-formal employment training for youth, community technology services, environment education and action, social research,, NGO capacity building and networking and NGO consultancy. GOODWILL is highly professional in its approach and its methods are underpinned by a strong academic research ethos. Highly impressed by the professionalism in GOODWILL’s governance and management of programmes,the Global Links Initiative(www.glinet.org) ,a registered company and a charity in the United Kingdom has entered into a partnership agreement with GOODWILL on 6th October 2007 to work together to provide services and capacity building programmes for GLI Networkers in Tamilnadu,India.


Goodwill social work centre has been declared as one of the four winners of “Panda IT Aid”, Panda Software International, Spain(http://www.pandasoftware.com). The other organisations are Save the Children (with a pan-European project),Spain, Fundación Braille (Uruguay) and Paideia (Paraguay).These four winning projects were selected from 15 finalists through a vote held among all the employees of the Panda Group across 56 countries. In a previous phase, the selection committee had selected the fifteen finalist initiatives from the more than 130 projects presented in this first edition of Panda IT Aid. GOODWILL has received a cash award and Panda Software solutions for the Community Technology centres created in Madurai,India


The Panda IT Aid award 2006 has been given to Goodwill social work centre for setting up Community Technology Centres for children and young women in low and middle income families in and around Madurai, India. The aim of the project is to create Community Technology centres in Madurai, India, to teach women and children in low to middle income families about new information technologies. It aims to train young women and children, so that they can be incorporated in the labor market in local organizations or even set up new businesses and computer centres

 

The award has been given to GOODWILL for setting up Community Technology Centres for children and young women in low and middle income families in and around Madurai, India. The aim of the project is to create Community Technology centres in Madurai, India, to teach women and children in low to middle income families about new information technologies. It aims to train young women and children, so that they can be incorporated in the labor market in local organizations or even set up new businesses and computer centres.


During the period 2006-2012 as many as 3000 children and young women and men have benefitted from the digital training programmes. The Centre has established three  Community Technology centres in three locations within the project areas catering to the needs of many poor and disadvantaged rural children and young women in Madurai East and West village Panchayat union blocks,Madurai,Tamilnadu,South India. 


You can view our web album containing the photos on CTC activities at http://picasaweb.google.com/chrisdangswc/GOODWILLPANDAITAIDPROJECT2006


This is a multi-stakeholder partnership involving three actors namely business, nonprofit and government. The business partnership is offered by Panda Software through the award of grants, monitoring and evaluation of the project while the govt partnership is provided by Jan Shikshan Sansthan{Madurai},Ministry of Human resources development, Government of India through accreditation and certification of the digital learning courses, performance management and award of certificates to successful candidates. Nonprofit partnership involves GOODWILL’s role in project implementation, performance management, reporting and documentation.

 

In recognition of our achievements in providing digital opportunities for children and young adults in low and moderate income communities through our Community Technology Centres, supported by Panda Software International(Panda Security)Spain, the INFOSYS BPO Limited,(www.infosys.com/bpo),a global IT company,Bangalore,India has selected our organisation for the donation of 10 computer systems under the CSR-computer donation program 2010.


The computers donated by INFOSYS BPO Ltd have been added to our Community Technology Centres located in three places within our project area,which are being used by children and youth under our 'Non-formal Employment Training project'.It is indeed a feather in GOODWILL's cap! We are really proud of this achievement!

 

We invite you to view our web album containing photographs of the donated computers and the use of computers by children and young adults at our various Community Technology centres in and around Madurai,Tamilnadi,India at: http://picasaweb.google.com/chrisdangswc/GoodwillSocialWorkCentreReceivesDonationOfComputersFromINFOSYSBPOLimitedBangaloreIndia?feat=directlink

 

BECOME A PARTNER OF THIS INNOVATIVE PROJECT:


The Centre is looking for grant help from potential funders,corporates,and funding organisations for setting up five more Community Technology Centres for the poor children and  young women and men in low and middle income Indian communities in and around Madurai and its neighbouring villages,Tamilnadu,South India.

 

I invite you to be a project partner of the Goodwill Social Work Centre and seek your valuable financial assistance for establishing Community Technology Centres for the children and young adults in villages and backward areas in Madurai, India.Your funds will be utilized for basic infrastructure requirements such as computer systems and accessories, internet connection, furniture, rent, electricity, books and computer learning materials, salary to staff etc. I invite you to join us in this innovative project and partner with us.

 

 

Dr.J.Christopher Daniel,M.A.,Ph.D
Executive Director
Goodwill social work centre
No:5,South street Extension
Singarayar colony
Madurai-625002
India
http://about.me/dr.christopherdaniel
Email:chriskan@satyam.net.in
Website: http://www.goodwillsocialworkcentre.org
Telephone:+91 0452 2531175



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GoodwillSWC's winners of World water day International post contest for children 2008 organised by Nature's Voice-Our Choice,USA

GoodwillSWC's winners of World water day International post contest for children 2008 organised by Nature's Voice-Our Choice,USA | Introducing Goodwill Social Work Centre,Madurai,India-Inviting Partnership Initiative! | Scoop.it
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Dr.Christopher Daniel(in the picture),Executive Director,Goodwill Social Work Centre,Madurai,India sharing a moment of joy with the international poster contest winners of World water day International post contest for children 2008 organised by Nature's Voice-Our Choice,USA and also winners selected at the local poster contest conducted by the Goodwill Social work Centre.The award distribution event was held on Saturday,21st June 2008 at the Goodwill Social work Centre.The event was attended by our winners and their parents.

Goodwill Social work centre, Madurai,India conducted a series of Poster contests for school children on the theme 'WHAT WATER MEANS IN MY LIFE' on 8th March 2008 to celebrate the International Water Day, which falls on 22nd March every year. This is part of the 'Children's Rights through artwork project' being supported by ART VENTURE, Singapore. 366 children in the age group of four to 17 years from 47 schools participated. Of which, Goodwill Social Work Centre had sent as many as 200 posters to Nature’s Voice-Our Choice, USA, which organised the international poster contest in April 2008.At the international level, as many as 800 students from 12 countries participated, and 13 award winning posters were selected including the five posters from Madurai,India.

 

Congratulations to our five International poster contest winners! Please view the photos of our winners at the Award Distribution function held on Saturday,21st June 2008 at the Goodwill social work centre at:

 

https://plus.google.com/photos/105970981309755050824/albums/5214367890029913489

 



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Promoting Children's rights through artwork project-GoodwillSWC,India

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'Use of(TME,UK) Technology to bring knowledge and hope to the poorest of the people' through audio-visual lessons on basic health and life skills in Madurai,India

Disseminating health information to the poorerst of the people by the Goodwill Social Work Centre through the use of DVD lessons developed by Thare Machi Education,U.K in and around Madurai,Tamilnadu,India

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Goodwill Social Work Centre,Madurai,India has been organising capacity building programmes for children ,youth and women covered under our 'Non-formal employment training supported by Global Links Initiative,United Kingdom on the theme 'Use of Technology to bring knowledge and hope to the poorest of the people' through audio-visual lessons on basic health and life skills subjects developed by Thare Machi Education,United Kingdom.TME has donated a DVD player and a set of 27 interactive DVD lessons in Tamil and English languages to the Goodwill Social Work Centre, which are being used to disseminate health information to our beneficiaries in our various project units. The extent of participation of children and women in the interactive training sessions and the response has been phenomenal.

I invite you to watch our slide slow presentation of the above project at :

https://picasaweb.google.com/105970981309755050824/ThareMachiEducationUKDVDLessonsForChildrenWomenInGLIGSWCPartnershipProject?noredirect=1#slideshow/5778994547101233826

 

Our organisation has been involved in taking up NGO capacity building initiative for NGO administrators and executives,Developmental professionals,School teachers and college professors and various civil society groups in the state of Tamilnadu,India since 2006.Goodwill Social Work Centre will be pleased to work in partnership you in taking up organisational capacity development/building programmes in this region.



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Green Maven - The Green Search Engine - Goodwill Social Work Centre

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Children’s Environmental Health Rights Centre in Madurai, Tamilnadu, India

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Introduction: Protection of environment has posed not only a major challenge but also a social and moral responsibility in the present society. In recent times, the subject of environment has interested the general public and caught the attention and enthusiasm of children in particular. The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992) adopted by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development affirms that children are an indispensable component in achieving sustainable development. In addition, one chapter in Agenda 21 is solely devoted to children and youth in sustainable development and portrays the special role that they can play in this process, while other chapters recognize the conditions of extreme poverty in which children live and the perpetual state of hunger the many suffer as a consequence of environment degradation. Environmental threats to child health can broadly be divided into “traditional” hazards, stemming largely from a lack of development, and “modern” hazards, arising essentially from unsustainable patterns of development. The quality of the environment and the care a child receives from parents and family members exerts a powerful influence on his or her physical and mental development processes. Obviously enough, there is an increasing evidence in support of the crucial role that children can and must play in environmental protection through their participation and also developing of appropriate mechanisms that protect the children’s rights to a decent environment. The term environment refers to circumstances surrounding children, especially the combinations of external physical conditions, which affect and influence the growth, development and survival of children and the complex of social conditions affecting the nature of children and the community in which they live. The UN Convention on the rights of child (1989) proclaims the following child rights relating to environment to be protected and promoted by the State parties. Article: 6-Right to life, Article: 12-Right to express views, Article: 13-Freedom of expression, including freedom to seek, receive and impart information, Article: 15-Freedom of association, perhaps in relation to formation of environmental groups, Article: 16- Privacy, Article: 17-Access to information including national and international sources, especially material aimed at promotion of the child’s physical and mental health, Article: 24- Right of the child to the enjoyment of highest attainable standard of health, Article: 27-Right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child’s development, Article: 28 & 29 -Education, Article: 31-Right of the child to rest and leisure and to engage in play and recreational activities. From the environmental perspective, the UN Convention on the rights of the child emphasizes four important principles namely 1.All children, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic and social background, disabilities, and irrespective of where they live, have the right to a healthy and supportive physical environment (Article: 2) 2.All actions and decisions concerning the physical environment shall be made and assessed with the best interests of the child and generations to come (Article: 3), 3.All children have the right to adequate environmental conditions for good health and social, intellectual and emotional development(Article.6),which focuses on the fact that a general understanding of environmental preconditions are necessary for realizing children’s rights and knowledge about and respect for the natural environment is an integral part of the development of every child and 4.All children have the right to express their views on all issues that affect them, which implies that children’s views on their dwelling, their school and their near environment shall be respected.(Article:12) In principle 19 of the Stockholm Declaration of the Human Environment (1973), it was emphasized `Education in environmental matters, for the younger generation as well as adults, giving due consideration to the underprivileged, is essential in order to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals; enterprises and communities in this full human dimension’. Further, it recognized that the world’s youth have vital role to play in environment protection more than twenty years ago and expressed the same in Principle 19. It emphasizes that child, who will inherit the earth, must receive it, and in turn pass it on, in a state no worse than received. To achieve this, Children’s environmental health rights education and training is highlighted as vital in this process.By sensitizing the young minds to environmental problems-natural and man made, education and communication can assist, in keeping the demands within environmentally sustained limits and thus improve the quality of life for all. Children’s environmental health rights education is a continuous learning process based on respect for all life. It affirms values and actions, which ultimately promote the transformation and construction of society. It fosters ecologically sound and equitable societies that live together in interdependence and diversity. It requires individual and collective responsibility at the local, national and planetary level. It attempts to bring about change in the quality of life and a greater consciousness of personal conduct, as well as harmony among the human being and between them and other forms of life. Most importantly, it greens the young minds in a globalizing world to think and act locally and globally in a fast changing world. Child health rights and issues in India: It is reported in India Together,India,Sunday,02,November 2008(www.indiatogether.org) ‘The health of our children in India continues to be a matter of grave concern, especially in the wake of growing privatisation of health services, and their increasing inaccessibility for the poor. This is a particularly serious situation as environmental degradation and pollution lead to a further deterioration in children's health. The working conditions that many children are forced to suffer worsens matters. Children in India suffer from malnutrition or die of starvation and preventable diseases. According to UNAIDS there are 170,000 children infected by HIV/AIDS in India. Children affected by the virus-whether children of victims or those who are infected themselves-- live on the fringes of society, ostracised by people they call their own, unloved and uncared for, even as our government continues to squabble over numbers of affected people. Even juvenile diabetes is reported to be taking on pandemic proportions’. Children like any other children of the world who live in villages and backward areas in and around Madurai, Tamilnadu, India need a decent, secure, affordable home which is fundamental to the realization of children’s rights. The quality of housing affects girls’ and boys’ health and overall environment. Their health and survival depends as much on healthy environments as on health services. In fact, these children are particularly affected by health related problems which are related to water and sanitation and they are susceptible to diarrhoeal diseases, intestinal worms and various eye and skin ailments. Inadequate living environments namely environmental chaos, stress and parenting, poor housing, absence of safe informal public gathering places, lack of easy access to opportunities for safe play, absence of constructive opportunities for young people, repeated exposure to violence in hazardous in rural and semi- urban environment etc impact the quality of life of children. It is found that children who live in rural and backward areas have heightened vulnerability to a variety of exposures as a consequence of their developmental, behavioural and physiological characteristics. They receive greater exposures per unit of body weight than adults because – for their size – they eat more food, drink more liquids, and breathe more air than adults. Depending on their age, children's ability to metabolize, detoxify and excrete many toxicants is different from that of adults. Exposures at critical periods of development can result in irreversible damage to the growing nervous system, affect emerging behaviour patterns, cause immune dysfunction and have serious reproductive effects.Children's behaviour often places them at higher risk than adults to certain environmental hazards, because of their exploratory behaviour, frequent hand-to-mouth activity, and proximity to the ground - all of which result in greater contact with sources of contamination. The Goodwill social work centre has been taking up various programmes aimed the physical, social, educational and spiritual development of children and young people who are in the 7-18 years of age. Our experiences have shown that though these activities and services which are being offered to boys and girls who hail from villages and urban slums areas have impacted the quality of their life to an appreciable extent and the extent of their participation in the programmes is found to be fairly high, the need for promoting the education of these children about the importance of physical environment and sensitizing them to the environmental health rights and their participation in decisions that affect their lives is of paramount importance. Knowing the importance of information dissemination in promoting the environmental health rights among children and providing opportunity for them to effectively participate in practice - based learning experiences, the Goodwill social work centre proposes to launch a CHILDREN’S ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RIGHTS’ centre to cater to the needs of children and young people in and around Madurai, Tamilnadu, South India and backward areas in and around Madurai, Tamilnadu, South India. The proposed Centre will provide education and training on children’s rights and environment, research on issues concerning environmental health rights, takes up advocacy, undertakes capacity building, work in partnership with local and international organizations, work with media and press and act a resources centre for children, youth, teachers and parents”. It aims to build harmonious relationship between the environment and children and young people. Our work will Centre on promoting greater access to justice and guarantee human rights for children who are victims of environmental degradation. The proposed Centre will be set up in line with the following guiding principles: 1.All children have the right to clean air, safe food and drinking water, and consumer and commercial products free of environmental health and safety threats; 2.All children have the right to healthy homes, healthy child care facilities, healthy schools and healthy communities; 3.All children and adults have the right to know about proven and potential hazards to their environmental health and safety. Our centre will organise all programmes with a view to protecting the above rights and to acting with precaution on decisions that could affect children's health. Our experiences in promoting environmental health rights among children: The Goodwill social work centre has had wide previous professional and experience in undertaking rights based environment education and communication projects for rural children and youth in ten villages in the Narikudi village panchayat block, Kamarajar district, Tamilnadu, South India under the aegis of the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada.(1994-1995),which was replicated in Therkutheru Villages, Madurai East Village panchayat union block, Madurai district, Tamilnadu, South India, funded by US based DuPont South Asia Limited, Madurai under Safety Health and Environment (SHE) award(1996-1998). The following strategies included.1. Setting up Children’s Environmental Rights Centre. 2. Designing a curriculum on Environmental Education. 3. Focus on environmental rights education & Training. 4 Training for village male and female Animators. 5. Enrolment of children (Girls and Boys) 6. Pre-assessment survey. 7. Time frame for Environmental rights sessions and media interventions. 8. Program implementation .9 Post evaluations. The environmental health rights program components comprised 1.rigth based education and training 2. Participatory training 3. Field study and exposure visits 4.Media interventions (Traditional and modern methods of communication applications). The above projects have indicated the following recommendations. 1. Being an innovative intervention action program for the children in villages, the responses and the level of participation of all children in the program were more encouraging and invigorating at every stage. In addition to the surveyed respondents, more children showed enthusiasm to participate in the program. Obviously enough, there is a imperative need for organizing similar programmes for children in the rural areas in villages in India and other developing countries, which will certainly benefit them for the present and the future 2. Longitudinal studies on media interventions in environmental rights education program for children are highly recommended for greater impact on them. Such programmes undertaken for children on a fairly longer period will certainly prove to be productively useful and meaningful to them. 3. It is highly recommended that this action research may be replicated and implemented in every village in the rural areas. There is a need to focus on future research in this direction. Further, specially designed environmental rights education may be organized for urban children particularly in slums and backward areas. 4. Studies on environmental health for rural children and children’s rights and sustainable development, combining research as a major intervention in these programmes could be attempted. 5. In line with the methods design adopted in the present research, studies on girls and young women’s participation in environmental rights and communication in villages in suggested. 6. Communication application in promoting environmental rights among children should be promoted and a variety of media could be used in making the program truly effective and enriching for the children. 7. It is essential that school teachers, informal youth leaders and volunteers in villages should be sensitized to the environmental rights of children and trained on communication applications for promoting environment related rights among the school and non-school children. 8.Most importantly, greening the young minds of children through promoting digital opportunities to have access to on line communication and information on environmental issues and threats affecting their lives and their environmental rights and needs in villages in India is an urgent need for the present and future generation. GOODWILL's children give water Voice at the International art contests 2008 and 2009 organised by Nature's Voice-Our Choice,USA It is a delight  to see our GOODWILL's winning children from Madurai,India at the International art contests,2008 and 2009 organised by the Nature's voice-Our Choice,USA   posted in its  Youtube video titled “Students Give Water a Voice” at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE-j6kLE_9k . Eight of our children have won the international poster contests in their efforts to promote the right to water at the global level. As a result, we plan to create a RAIN CENTRE in Madurai, which will organise capacity building programmes on the right to water and the right to environment,advocacy, resource sharing and networking among children and local communities. Need for a Children's environmental health rights centre: * In general, children in rural and semi urban India lack the basic information on the environment and environment related children's rights. * Children lack the opportunities to learn and explore their environment physically and intellectually * Children are easy to reach and indispensable component in achieving sustainable development * Accessing children to environment health rights will protect them from dangers and risks * It is a social facility enjoyed by the children in villages and backward areas * Environmental health rights based education and networking will attract children's attention and co-operation Objectives of the Project: 1. Inculcating knowledge in children in rural and backward areas the ecological traditions of the local community and to develop a sense of ecological wisdom among them in villages as to the means of conserving natural resources. 2. Creating participatory training for children to learn about the principles of children’s rights in the environment, explore their environmental rights and identify their environmental needs and issues. 3. Providing education to children about the importance of physical environment and sensitize them to the environmental health rights. 4. Promoting children’s access to environmental media to arouse natural curiosity and develop a thirst for new knowledge in the area of environment. 5. Exchanging information and fostering constructive dialogue on environmental child rights with local and international NGOs involved in the promotion and protection of children’s rights 6. Preparing children to share environment information with others on a child-to-child and child-to-community. Expected outcomes: Children will be sensitized to environmental issues and provided with an opportunity to participate in media intervention campaigns, participatory training and field exposure programmes. They will empowered with information of the environment and will be ‘environmentally concerned’ about the health rights and the need to protect and promote their rights. They will be empowered to identify potential environmental risks and solutions. They will have greater opportunities to have access to Internet based ecology and environment information. Pre-assessment and post assessment surveys to measure the level of knowledge and attitudes among the children will assess the success of the project. Qualitative assessment of the participation of children in various participatory training programmes and activities will also serve an indicator for defining success of the project. Assistance to children and their parents who are victims of environmental degradation. Parents, teachers and local community based civil society organizations in the project areas will be empowered through Education, training and awareness building in human rights for children and environmental health rights. I invite you to become a partner of this rights based programming for children and youth in promoting environmental health rights among children and youth in India. Prof.Dr.J.Christopher Daniel,Ph.D Executive Director Goodwill social work centre No:5,South street Extension Singarayar colony Madurai,India chriskan@satyam.net.in Website: http://www.goodwillsocialworkcentre.org
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Snapshots of our Chances for children Madurai project-A holistic programme to give children in need a chance to grow and development. — at Madurai,Tamilnadu,India

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GLI [UK]-GOODWILL [INDIA] PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE- Non-formal Employment Training Project for Children and Youth,Madurai,Tamilnadu,India

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Goodwill Social Work Centre,Madurai,India has been taking up a Non-formal employment training for children and youth project in partnership with the Global Links Initiative,United Kingdom with the fund from the legacy from late Mr.Robin Rowland,Founder and Chairman,GLI,UK. The programme components include 1.Preparing children and youth for non-employment training in vocational trades namely a)Computer Training programmes, b)Sewing and Embroidery (Dress making and designing) c)Zurdhosi(Needle craftwork)2. Providing life enrichment education 3.Family support services to children and youth in dysfunctional families. Our grateful acknowledgements to GLI, U.K for the generous financial support so graciously being extended to our organisation and for giving us a legacy from late Mr.Robin Rowland,Founder and Chairman,GLI,UK for the project.With a grateful heart we remember late Mr.Robin Rowland with gratitude for his greatness and kindness so graciously extended to our organisation. I invite you to watch our album at :

 

https://plus.google.com/photos/105970981309755050824/albums/5487653883330229009?banner=pwa

 

You may please check out URL : http://www.glinet.eu/news/wp-content/uploads/GLI-GSWC-Report-2013.pdf , to read the full text of our report.


If you wish to financially support our project you are most welcome! Become a partner of Goodwill Social Work Centre and support our cause!


Thank you very much.


Dr.J.Christopher Daniel,M.A.,Ph.D
Executive Director
Goodwill social work centre
No:5,South street Extension
Singarayar colony
Madurai-625002
India
http://about.me/dr.christopherdaniel
Email:chriskan@satyam.net.in
Website: http://www.goodwillsocialworkcentre.org
Telephone:+91 0452 2531175



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UnltdWorld(UK)Global Impact BRIC Award 2009 for Dr.J.Christopher Daniel,Executive Director,Goodwill social work centre,India

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Dr.J.Christopher Daniel,Ph.D.,Executive Director,Goodwill social work centre won the UnltdWorld(UK) Global Impact BRIC(Business, Resources, Insight and Community) award 2009. It is indeed  a great honour and a rare privilege for him to have been nominated  for the UnltdWorld  Global Impact Award 2009 and to have won the most prestigious award for social entreprenuership.

 

It is a delight to see Mrs. Libby Brayshaw,Executive Director,Global Links Initiative,United Kingdom, our GLI(UK) partner and a great friend of my organisation who was an invitee to UnltdWorld’s 1st Birthday Party held on Tuesday 5th May 2009 at Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct,London was so gracious enough to collect  the award on his behalf. 


You may please view the video of the UnltdWorld award distribution to all the winners at the web link :http://www.vimeo.com/4510544. You can see Libby Brayshaw receiving the trophy from Ms.Nicola Jones,UnltdWorld,UK and offering her comments about Dr.Christopher Daniel.

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Children give water a Chance through education, the arts and the media project in and around Madurai, Tamilnadu,India-Support our Cause

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I.Introducing Goodwill Social Work Centre:

Goodwill Social Work Centre is a registered Indian Non-governmental organisation registered as a Society under the Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act 27 of 1975, Government of Tamilnadu {India}, Foreign Contributions (Regulations) Act 1976, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. It is duly registered under section 12-A {b} of the Income Tax Act 1961.Our Society's Registration number is: 112/1981 and our FCRA number is:075940124. Our organisation's website is: http://www.goodwillsocialworkcentre.org

The term ‘Goodwill social work’ is a philosophy, a practice mode and an approach, which is preventative, rehabilitative and developmental in perspective and based on the principles of scientific humanism in line with the professional social work model. It combines social philanthropy, professional social work and social development.

‘Goodwill social work’ is inclusive where children, youth, men and women participate in the social and economic life of their communities. It attempts to treat the symptoms through social protection, remove as far as possible the barriers to better social outcomes and tackle the root causes through social investment. It is committed to a particular set of professional values of social work including respect for worth and dignity of every person, the client's right to self-determination, confidentiality, advocacy and social action that promotes social justice, which are reflected in the word 'GOODWILL' as shown below:

G stands for goodness in all we do for the community
O stands for overflowing with love, compassion, and peace
O stands for outpouring care for others, especially
children, youth and their families
D stands for dutifulness in helping others to help themselves
W stands for willingness to serve the poor and downtrodden
I stands for integrating professionalism in social work practice
L stands for linking itself to serve locally and globally
L stands for lighting up the face of the less fortunate and the
unfortunate

Our organisation 'Goodwill social work Centre' is named after the 'Goodwill Social work model’ in line with the above philosophy.

 

Since its inception our organisation has been working in the areas of children's rights, children’s rights through artwork, Children’s environmental health rights, humanitarian aid, Intensive family preservation of dysfunctional families, Youth and women development, on-formal employment training for youth, community technology services, environment education and action, social research,, NGO capacity building and networking and NGO consultancy. GOODWILL is highly professional in its approach and its methods are underpinned by a strong academic research ethos. Highly impressed by the professionalism in GOODWILL’s governance and management of programmes,the Global Links Initiative(www.glinet.org) ,a registered company and a charity in the United Kingdom has entered into a partnership agreement with GOODWILL on 6th October 2007 to work together to provide services and capacity building programmes for GLI Networkers in Tamilnadu,India.



II.Our experiences in promoting water rights among children and local communities in Tamilnadu,India

 

“Goodwill Social Work Centre's children give water a voice to promote the right to water in International poster contests organised by

Nature's Voice-Our Choice ,USA,2008- 2009”

The Goodwill Social Work Centre has been organising ‘Children give water a chance through education,the arts and the media project’ among school children in rural and urban areas in Tamilnadu,India since 2008.

 

Our organisation is able to take up children's rights through artwork supported by ART VENTURE,Singapore through children's rights education,the arts and the media. A phenomenal achievement is that five students from our children's rights through artwork programme were selected as winners at the international poster contest 2008 on theme 'What Water Means in my Life' organised by the Nature's Voice-Our Choice,USA. The following web album links may be viewed to see our five International poster contest winners and our winners at the preliminary poster contests held in Madurai,Tamilnadu,India

 

http://picasaweb.google.com/chrisdangswc/ChildrenSRightsThroughArtworkProjectPosterContest8thMarch2008#

 

http://picasaweb.google.com/chrisdangswc/GOODWILLSChildrenWinAt2008WorldWaterDayInternationalPosterContestOrganisedByNVOCUSA#

 

Three of our children from Madurai,India (out of six non US international students) under our 'Children's rights through artwork project' supported by ART VENTURE,Singapore have been declared as International poster contest winners at the 2nd annual International Poster Contest 2009 sponsored by Nature's Voice-Our Choice,USA.

 

As part of our art training programme for children we conducted a series of poster contests on the themes 'Water and Culture" and 'right to environment' for school children from 15th February 2009 to 10th March 2009 in and around Madurai,Tamilnadu,India.Of 2440 posters made by children, 966 posters were selected for submission to the Nature's Voice-Our choice,USA for the 2009 World water Day International Poster contest.It is a proud moment for GOODWILL to make known that three children under the Children's rights through artwork project have been selected as international poster contest winners.

 

Of 3000 children from 8 different countries and throughout the United States participated in the 2nd annual International Poster Contest 2009 sponsored by Nature's Voice-Our Choice ,USA. Of 12 children were selected as International poster contest winners 3 children are from Goodwill Social work Centre,Madurai,India. Our Three winners and their winning posters can be viewed at our web album link:

http://picasaweb.google.com/chrisdangswc/GOODWILLSChildrenWinAtThe2ndWorldWaterDayInternationalPosterContest2009NVOCUSA#

 

Our winning children at the International poster contests,2008 and 2009 organised by the Nature's voice-Our Choice,USA can be seen in the Youtube video titled “Students Give Water a Voice” at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE-j6kLE_9k .

 

The Children's rights through artwork is a unique project which is aimed empowering children in the age group of 7-17 with information on their rights,developing skills in them in arts and learning to combine arts with the study on their rights and inspiring them to discover their unique talents through a variety of hands-on workshops in arts and crafts and folk arts. These children put their creative energy into their artistic expression. They show a high level of creativity in their artwork and a inner-connective knowledge and awareness of child rights issues and concern which affect them and children worldwide.

 

Goodwill social Work Centre believes that the art painting,murals,art models they make and the learning of children rights through folk arts will make an impact on children and inspire them to become more proactive in the protection and promotion of children's rights including water rights,which is an adult obligation .

 

In appreciation of the initiative taken by the Goodwill Social Work Centre in promoting the right to water among children in and around Madurai,Tamilnadu,India, Mrs.Brandy Lelluo,Executive Director,Nature’s Voice-Our Choice,USA has given us an endorsement as follows ‘We have been working with Dr.J.Christopher Daniel,Ph.D.,Executive Director,Goodwill Social Work Centre,Madurai,India since 2008 and have witnessed his extraordinary dedication to the children and families involved in the Goodwill Social Work Center's activities. He helped over 3000 children from Madurai and the surrounding areas enter our 'Students Give Water a Voice' International Art Competition; teaching students about expressing the need for protecting water resources in their communities. He encourages children to use their talents and the result is incredible artwork with a visual impact that is undeniable. Over the last 3 years, 9 students from his organization have won prizes through this competition. He also organized very personal awards ceremonies for the students and their families to honor their hard work and instill a sense of pride and hope. He also fosters belief and confidence in children - that they hold the solutions to our future challenges. His perseverance in a difficult work area is remarkable and we are honored to work with him. He is an example of the humanity we should all strive to emulate’.



III.Justification for organising ' Children giving water a chance project among children project:

 

Water is life. In India, issues relating to water have become so complicated and confusing that some say no government can change things and we must expect continuing deterioration. Indian laws on water are inadequate; water-basin planning and regulation are practically non-existent. The pricing of water is far below cost in almost every use; but the poor have little access to enough good water for life and livelihood. Ground-water levels in India have declined enormously in cities as well as rural areas and yet there is no ground-water regulation while agricultural procurement prices encourage changes in cropping patterns to more water intensity. There is no regulation of water, or of private supplies by tankers. In rural India, women and children walk miles to collect water. In urban India, the water quality in slums is poor. An important reason for high-school drop-out rates is the collection of water by children.

 

Water for life means delivering clean water, removing waste water and providing sanitation. Without these tasks being adequately performed, people and especially children fall ill (with diarrhoea among other diseases), and die. In 2004, of 60 million deaths worldwide, 10.6 million were of children below five years. The principal cause was poor water and sanitation. Developing countries had 5 billion cases of diarrhoea in children below age five each year, of which 1.8 million died. This is more than the deaths from tuberculosis or malaria. In India, 450,000 died from diarrhoea, avoidable if they had access to better water and sanitation. Even a small improvement in water and sanitation (for example, open latrines versus pit-latrines, not even flush-latrines) has a significant impact on reducing these deaths. An important reason for girls not going to or dropping out of school is lack of privacy in sanitation and a lack of water even if a toilet exists. Pollution of water supply by public urinals and defecation is common.

 

The United Nations Development Project published the first Human Development Index in its Human Development Report of 1990 points out that in the world today, 1.1 billion are without access to safe water and 2.6 billion people have no access to sanitation. Almost all those affected are among the poorest in their societies. There will be 800 million without access to water and 431 million without sanitation. India is on track to halve the numbers without access to safe water, but not so for sanitation.

 

Children pay the highest price for an unhygienic world where over 1 billion people struggle without safe water and a staggering one in three lacks even a basic toilet. Ordinary diarrhoea sickens more children under five than any other illness, killing 4,500 children every day (the second highest single cause of child deaths) and pushing many times that number to the very brink of survival. Major social needs such as education are closely linked to safe water and hygiene. Waterborne diseases sap children’s energy and ability to learn. “Waterborne illness kills a child every fifteen seconds and underlies much of the world’s disease and malnutrition,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said in New York. “Solutions to the world water crisis must ensure that children survive, thrive, learn and live in dignity”.

 

The realization of the right to water as a ‘human right’ to be promoted and protected and sensitization of children and civic action groups in general to the problems of environmental health is still generally low on the agendas in developing India. The human right to water is indispensable for leading a life in human dignity. The human right to water entitles everyone to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic uses. An adequate amount of safe water is necessary to prevent death from dehydration, to reduce the risk of water-related disease and to provide for consumption, cooking, personal and domestic hygienic requirements.

 

Article 11, paragraph 1, of the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,2002 specifies a number of rights emanating from, and indispensable for, the realization of the right to an adequate standard of living “including adequate food, clothing and housing”. The use of the word “including” indicates that this catalogue of rights was not intended to be exhaustive. The right to water clearly falls within the category of guarantees essential for securing an adequate standard of living, particularly since it is one of the most fundamental conditions for survival. The right to water is also inextricably related to the right to the highest attainable standard of health (art. 12 of the Covenant)i and the rights to adequate housing and adequate food (art. 11).Article 12 of the above covenant proclaims the need to promote environmental hygiene, as an aspect of the right to health, which encompasses taking steps on a non-discriminatory basis to prevent threats to health from unsafe and toxic water conditions. For example, States parties should ensure that natural water resources are protected from contamination by harmful substances and pathogenic microbes.

 

The right to water has been recognised in a wide range of international standards including treaties, declarations and other standards. The need to respect the right to water and to promote a public ethos of ‘water right-First’ should be an obligation of civil society groups and the civil society groups cannot shun this social and ethical responsibility. People from all walks of life in India should be made aware of right to water as a human right and their adult responsibility in protecting and promoting this right.

 

Knowing the urgent need for initiating an action plan for creating awareness and dissemination on the ‘right to water’ among children in rural and urban areas in India, the Goodwill social work centre has been undertaking 'Children give water a Chance project for children and local communities as a capacity building, training, advocacy and resource sharing and information network in and around Madurai,Tamilnadu India, keeping in view the following objectives:

 

II. Objectives of the project:

 

To provide a conceptual understanding and awareness of the ‘right to water’ as a human right for children as proclaimed in various United Nations international treaties, declarations and other standards .

To arouse social consciousness among children,teachers,parents and local communities on their role-responsibilities in the promotion and protection of the right to water.

To build competencies among children and local civil societies as to the application of various intervention strategies at the grassroots level among those individuals and groups who have been traditionally facing difficulties in exercising the right to water.

To design and develop communication materials in local language and to apply media interventions in the capacity building programmes.

To network with agencies involved in water rights campaigning and action programs at the local, national and international levels.

 

III. Profile of activities:

 

Capacity building and training sessions for children,teachers and parents

Designing and developing communication materials and media interventions in education and awareness training programmes

Public awareness campaigns on right to water (Marches, Street meetings, street plays, human rights chains, rallies, commemoration Day etc.,

Networking with local and international organisations

Advocacy work in the water and sanitation

Documentation and Reporting

 

IV.Beneficiaries of the project:

 

The beneficiaries include children who are in the age group of 3-18,school teachers,parents,community based civil society groups in rural and urban areas.

 

V.Programme methodology

 

a.Water rights education and training Centre:

 

The Goodwill social work centre has been taking various initiatives concerning child rights promotion and campaigning through rights based education,art training and media intervention in Madurai city, Tamilnadu, India.


A course syllabus for the capacity building and training programmes on the Right to water for children has been prepared in English and in local language, which contains the units of lesson, methodologies used and learning expectations of the participants. The syllabus covers major units of lesson namely 1.What is right to water? 2. Right to water as a human right 3.Environmental health rights with a focus on water, hygiene and sanitation 4.Water pollution and water borne diseases 5.The Right to water in International Human Rights Law 6. Human rights based approach to development 7.Basis water requirements 8.UN Covenants and conventions guaranteeing right to water and sanitation 9.National Legislations on the Right to water 10. Communication applications for promoting water rights 11. Role of advocacy in the promotion and protection of right to water 12.Role of civil societies in water advocacy work 13.State parties obligations and Obligations of actors other than state parties etc.

 

Themes and sub themes covered under the curriculum will also focus on the following issues

 

Water, sanitation and waste

• Water sources in the school compound and the community

• Water transport, storage and handling at home and in school

• Waste materials, including human excreta and rubbish at home, in the

school compound and in the community

• Water quality and purification

 

2. Personal and food hygiene

 

• Personal hygiene • Nutrition - Food hygiene, eating patterns, water availability 

 

3. Water and sanitation-related diseases that have an impact on health

 

• Diarrhea

• Skin, eye diseases, dental problems

• Worm and lice infestation

• Area specific diseases, e.g. related to arsenic and fluoride pollution

• Malaria, Jaundice, Chikungunya etc

 

 

4.Facilities for water, sanitation and hygiene within schools, households
and the community

 

• Basic knowledge about environmental hygiene at home, in school and in the

community • Defecation practices at home, in school and in the community • Operation and maintenance of household and school facilities • Technical and managerial aspects of facilities at home and in school



The methodologies include lecture sessions, group discussions, poster exhibitions, seminars, debates, puppet shows, participatory learning exercises and games etc. In addition, various informational materials will be prepared for circulation to the civic action groups. Both community based and centre based education and training sessions will be conducted for the target groups. Before the start of each capacity building and training a water Rights survey will be undertaken to study the knowledge and understanding of the participants. A post evaluation study will be conducted at the end of each programme.

 

 

b.Promoting water rights through artwork:

 

As part of our Children's rights through artwork project Goodwill social work centre has formed 'Children's rights through artwork groups' of girls and boys who are in the 5-17 years of age with a view to building a holistic understanding the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child and various children's rights and the issues which affect children,combing arts with a study of the UN convention on the rights of children as a way to promote children’s understanding of their legal status in society and developing art skills, improve self confidence and enhance creative and enjoyment in the arts and to know of their rights to childhood. Through the formation of artwork groups a social awareness is created among the children and local communities as well concerning various rights based issues namely poverty,education,food and nutrition, health and shelter ,peace,discrimination,disability,child labour,armed conflicts, sexual exploitation, environment,violence against children,media,children in conflict with law. As part of our initiatives in promoting environmental health rights we have taken up water rights promotion campaigning in villages and urban areas in our various project locations.

 

Children are trained in various forms of arts namely water colouring,painting,pencil sketching, oil on canvas Painting,miniature painting, cartooning and computer graphics,pottery painting,portrait and figure drawing ,floor painting – rangoli and kollam,crayons and oil pastel work,modern painting,clay modeling,glass painting,Tanjore painting,pencil drawing, pot painting and embossed painting, folk arts and dances,which are used to portray and convey messages relating to children's rights to survival,protection,development and participation that are enshrined in the UN Convention of the rights of the child. Children learn of the various issues and concerns which affect them through their active participation in the artwork.The most celebrated forms of folk arts used in the training include Kuravan- kurathi Aattam(Gypsy dance), Bharathanatyam(classical dance), Karagaattam(with a brass vessel on head), Peacock dance,Dummy Horse Dance dance,Dummy Bull dance, kavadiattam,kollattam(using two batons), Puppetry, Oyilaattam (Ribbon dance), folk songs etc. In point of fact, the art painting and folk art media serve as power tools to promote and propagate the rights of children among the children and local communities. Children in these artwork groups not only get themselves empowered but also sensitise other children to their rights and needs and also adults as to their responsibility in protecting and promoting the ethos of 'Children First' through their artwork.

 

c. Media interventions

 

The media become an important strategy in sensitizing the participants as to the right to water. Both traditional and modern methods of communication are being used in all education and awareness building programmes. The Centre proposes to organize seminars, discussions, poster exhibitions, competitions, rallies, fellowship programmes focusing on various issues and concern concerned with right to water.

 

With a view to awakening public consciousness about the right to water and issues and concerns realating to water, sanitation and waste, it is proposed to initiative efforts to send ‘ACTION ALERT’ to NGOs, Schools and parents, local governmental organisations, elected representatives of the parliament and legislative assembly, places of worship, workplaces, newspapers, magazines on a regular basis. The media of Action Alert will include posters, post card, leaflet and tracts, post cards, newsletters letters and memoranda.Exchanging information through Electronic and non-electronic networking with agencies involved in the promotion and protection of the right to water at the national, regional and international level is an important project activity, which our centre will undertake. It will generate and disseminate information about relevant issues at the local level through Internet, Newsletter, child rights bulletin, leaflets, booklets etc.


The programme modules will include the following: 1.Basic information:Children will find out the basics of water as a child right .It will introduce vast and complex subject concerning water related issues affecting children namely food,nutrition and health,water and sanitation etc in an accessible manner and provide statistics and basic facts and figures. This will stimulate interest and curiosity among the children and promote an emotional response by using the information and visual media to portray the situations concerning environmental health. 3. The image: Building profiles of children who are victims of water borne diseases and issues concerning children on the basis of several images. This will personalise various issues and heighten the emotional awareness of problems of children and young people and instill a sense of responsibility for children,parents,teachers and local communities in the image and introduce the question of how change is brought about the society in which they live. 3.Art for development:Children will learn of the right to water as a child's right art training programmes 4.Folk dances and Songs : These traditional media will influence the children and the local communities for behavioural change within themselves become a way of promoting and protecting the right to safe water and to take sustainable measures to safe guard themselves from waterborne diseases . 5.Role-play: Acting out the roles of children,parents,and civil society groups in protecting and promoting the right to water and as promoters of water rights 6.Creative writing: Creating stories on the theme and them flesh it out and using it to write a story about water and environment at the micro and macro levels. This will develop literary and communication skills in local language and in English among children and provide a means to express their innermost feelings on water and environment related issues. 7.Interview and survey: Conducting surveys and interviews about the water related problems and issues affecting children and local communities. This will support the community integration aspect and stimulate wider interest. 8. Debates and Dialogues: Conducting debates and dialogues for children,parents/families and communities on issues relating to water,food,nutrition,health,environment etc. 9.Drama: Developing and performing theatre arts for children with a view to stimulating dramatic expression on various issues relating to water rights . It will provide an outlet for them to express themselves in articulate and meaningful way and build a strong platform for community integration and awareness about various problems related to water 10.Media Press,Radio and Television:Developing contacts with the media to bring public attention to the rights of the child 11.Community integration: Stimulating the interest and external communities which will include NGOs and civil society groups in particular. This will raise awareness about environmental health rights and among the external communities and make them involve in such a way as to further provoke attention and interest in the project and in the issues affecting children and young people.

 

VI.Project Delivery process

 

The Project delivery process is divided into four phases namely I. Initiating II.Planning III.Executing IV.Controlling and V.Closing.

 

In phase I, the Executive Director –cum- Project Leader in consultation with the Board will design a logical framework which will set the goals,purpose,outputs and activities relating to the proposed project to be implemented in the project areas. The Board will discuss the measurable indicators, means of verification and important assumptions to identify the external factors necessary to sustain the objectives, purpose, outputs and activities. The roles and responsibilities of project staff will be delineated.

 

In II phase, a delivery project plan with a detailed work schedule including purpose of the project, objectives and deliverables to objectives, scope control, approach to be adopted, Time line, Stakeholder roles and responsibilities (children, teachers, parents and project staff), communication plan to keep the stakeholders informed of the project status, project budget, risk plan, assumptions and success criteria will be developed. The Executive holder and Project Leader will hold a series of discussions with the Project Co-ordinator, field project offers and professional Artists as to the need to follow and administer the delivery project plan. A work schedule detailing the Milestone/deliverable area, project tasks/Action Items, work assigned to, planned start date and end date, actual start and end date will be prepared which will have to be followed by project staff .

 

In III phase, the project will be launched and it will put to use all the tools and mechanisms developed. The project activities namely children’s rights and peace education, art educational courses and workshops, arts participatory exercises and art events etc will be undertaken by our project staff for the target population. The project will start to work on the task listed in the delivery project plan. Daily/weekly reports on the activities will be prepared and feed back sessions for the project staff and the children in groups will be held, which will be organized by the Project Coordinator who will be assisted by the field project staff including artists.

 

In Controlling phase- IV, the Project staff will monitor the project and communicate its status to the all the participants. A project status report will be designed and administered to check any cautionary or critical issues which can have an impact of the project plan and issues.

 

Phase –V will make a post mortem review which will done by the Executive Director –cum-Project Leader and also all the project staff in terms of goals, objectives,deliverables,work schedule, success criteria(were they met, partially met, missed).Based on the lesson learned from this review, next steps will be taken by all for furthering the project activities for the second and third year.

 

The project will use of documentation of events which will involve recording information about various kinds of intervention relating to children’s rights relating to water and environment. The Project holder and project staff will be documentors who will collect data on and analyze each art event/programme. The documentation will contain some text but the most important part is the information presented in non-textual documents namely, photographs, art murals, models, art exhibits, video recording of events, slide shows etc.

 

VII.Indicators and Evaluation:

 

The evaluation of the project undertaken by the Goodwill Social Work Centre will include outcome evaluation to assess the extent to which the water rights education and training through artwork programme achieve its outcome-oriented objectives .This evaluation will examine the programme processes and activities undertaken for children as to the level of knowledge about their rights and how they able to combine with the study of the UN convention on the rights of the child through their participation in arts programming.Goodwill Social Work Centre will also use process/implementation evaluation to assess the extent to which the arts programme operations/activities conform to the design of the project. Further, the project will use impact evaluation to assess the net effect of the programme relating to children's right to water, children’s arts education and arts participation. Both qualitative and quantitative ways of measuring in terms of the project goal, objectives,outputs and activities will be done. All information will be properly documented and presented in the form of study reports.

 

The project will use of documentation of events which will involve recording information about various kinds of intervention used in this project. The Project holder and project staff will be documentors who will collect data on and analyze each art event/programme. The documentation will contain some text but the most important part is the information presented in non-textual documents namely, photographs, art murals, models, art exhibits, video recording of events, slide shows etc.Some documents will be made available to the public through local print media and Goodwill’s website and networking website on the internet as web publishing. GOODWILL will keep written journals to chart the arts programming organized for the children.

 

VIII.Expected outcomes:

 

Children will be sensitized to water rights and issues and diseases related to water and provided with an opportunity to participate in media intervention campaigns, participatory training and field exposure programmes. They will be empowered with information of the right to water and will be ‘environmentally concerned’ about the water rights and the need to protect and promote their rights. They will be empowered to identify potential environmental risks and solutions. They will have greater opportunities to have access to Internet based ecology and environment information. Pre-assessment and post assessment surveys to measure the level of knowledge and attitudes among the children will assess the success of the project. Qualitative assessment of the participation of children in various participatory training programmes and activities will also serve an indicator for defining success of the project. Assistance to children and their parents who are victims of drinking unsafe water and unhealthy environment. Parents, teachers and local community based civil society organizations in the project areas will be empowered through Education, training and awareness building in human rights for children and environmental health rights.

 

We invite you to become a partner of our project and offer your fund support.Donate liberally to promote the right to water among children in India!

 

Thank you for your time and kind attention! 

 

 

Project holder:

 

Dr.J.Christopher Daniel,M.A.,Ph.D
Executive Director
Goodwill social work centre
No:5,South Street Extension
Singarayar colony
Madurai,India
Email: chriskan@satyam.net.in
Website: http://www.goodwillsocialworkcentre.org
Phone:+91 0452 2531175

 























 

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