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“ A Beneficiary of Heeals Sanitation, Safe Drinking Water and Girl Child Education Awareness Campaign”

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HEEALS Documentary Film " The Curse " on Menstrual Hygiene Taboo and its effects on Girls Health and education .

 

 

 

HEEALS Documentary Film " The Curse " on Menstrual Hygiene Taboo and its effects on Girls Health and education .

 

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Success Stories

July 1, 2014

Story of Madhu “ A Beneficiary of Heeals’s Sanitation, Safe Drinking Water and Girl Child Education Awareness Project”

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Name   : -   Madhu 

Age       :-  10+ 

Area     :- New Delhi NCR Region

 

Heeals Team first met her in April, during the workshop organized at a school in Mullahera Village , Gurgaon( Haryana, India)  to know how education is affecting from bad Sanitation facilities & unsafe drinking water and what are the ways through which they can combat the diseases and issues arising from low awareness regarding menstrual hygiene , sanitation and safe drinking water .

During this workshop our  team member  Chinu ,came in contact with Madhu ,Her attendance was constantly decreasing, she told our team member that she frequently fall sick and by which she is unable to attend classes , most of time she is suffered from the diseases like Gastroenteritis , Diarrhoea, Food Poisoning  etc which caused due to unsafe water and bad sanitation facilities and she is  also entering  in her puberty age which further  aggravated her problem.  

After interacting with Madhu we came to know that lack of awareness towards sanitation, menstrual hygiene and safe drinking water is creating major problem in that area, then we started workshop to create awareness regarding this major issue. We told them ways of obtaining safe drinking water, how to keep your environment and surroundings clean & hygienic, we also told them to follow good hygiene practices both at school & at home.

After our numerous visits in her school ,we have observed that Madhu has become regular in her classes by defeating her frequent illness from diseases which previously increased her absenteeism in school and thereby effecting her education & career.

To know actual results ,we have spoken to Madhu’s Teacher and got good response from them as well , Now She is Regular in her school classes, and performing well in studies .

Heeals Team again spoke to Madhu in Month of December 2012 , and now she is very happy ,become more confident and don’t feel hesitant in speaking on such Issues  because she is able to concentrate more on her studies rather then on sickness, she also told us that she is now following these good practices on regular basis and keep informing her parents , siblings , friends and neighbours about its benefits .

 

Now Madhu has also become the Sanitation supervisor in her school , who monitors the good sanitation & safe drinking water facilities in the school premises.

Following are the Methods used by us in creating awareness for the same:-

  • IEC Tools- banners, posters, interactive games, various techniques regarding proper hand wash.
  • One to One session with student and our female colleague
  • ICT Tools-: SMS messaging to their  parents, Used sanitation  films for children viewing , Sanitation to Interact.

We are constantly working toward making more and more girls aware about Education , Sanitation and ways of obtaining Safe drinking water , with your benevolent support we can move across states and boundaries to target more and more girls and families to make there lives more healthier and happier.

Wants to Be a Part of the work Heeals is doing , Wants to contribute , DO IT NOW !!!!

E: communications@heeals.org

 

Campaign to provide water sanitation and menstrual hygiene awareness to Indian girls and children

August 1, 2013

Campaign to provide water sanitation and menstrual hygiene awareness to Indian girls and children

HEEALS needs support to deliver its innovative WASH campaign to 33,111 girls and children in 5 States of India over a 3 month-period. The cost of the campaign is minimal in comparison to the impact it could have but HEEALS still needs to reach its fundraising target of $6,200 to make it a reality.

The need for a campaign

India is the open defecation capital of the world with 638 million people defecating in the open. People have more mobile phones and easier access to banks than toilets. 

66 % of girls’ schools do not have functioning girl toilets in India resulting in a drop out rate of more than 40% of girls after finishing year 5. Around 23 % Girls drop out of school every year in India due to lack of menstrual hygiene facilities including toilets or adequate disposal units for sanitary pads. 

Around 1,000 children die every day in India because of diarrhoea. This figure equals the number of children dying due to Aids, measles and malaria combined. More than half of the Indian population do not wash their hands after defecation, making respiratory and gastrointestinal infections major killers among children and adults alike. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Girls and women are the major victims of these issues, suffering health problems, economic disparity, sexual violence, harassment and much more.

 

What we want to do

We plan to create awareness amongst the masses about sanitation, menstrual hygiene, toilets and unsafe drinking water, and its effect on girls’ education and health.

We particularly want to target those living in rural areas, urban slums, refugee camps and orphanages. Alongside the awareness campaign, we also want to ensure that communities are equipped to tackle these issues, by providing toilets in the areas most at risk, and by providing things such as water purification tablets, water tanks, soap and sanitary napkins.

How we work

We use a behaviour change process approach involving four steps:

  • WASH games (specifically designed games relating to sanitation and hygiene)
  • Process demonstration  (demonstration of hand washing process and of organising sanitary pads at home)
  • Super WASH drama
  • Facilitation of supplies such as soaps, sanitary pads and hand WASH stations

 

All the funds generated from this campaign go directly to the implementation of the project to provide awareness and basic necessities to schools, orphanages and refugee camps.

About HEEALS

 HEEALS is a non-profit organisation registered under the Indian Government societies act 21 of 1860. It is a  vibrant civil society organisation which aims to safeguard health, environment, education and livelihood to promote the sustainable development of society. Based in Gurgaon Delhi NCR, we comprise a group of six individuals working semi-voluntarily to improve the sanitation and hygiene conditions of girls and children in general, in India.

"Educating a Girl About Sanitation and Hygiene is Educating and Making The Whole Nation Healthy"

Visit our website: www.heeals.org to find out more about our work, our innovative communication tools, for information on how to donate to our campaign or to find out about other ways in which you can help.

 

 

For Online Volunteering

July 31, 2013

Online Volunteering

Many people in all regions of the world have the skills, knowledge, experiences, and ideas to strengthen the capacities of development organizations. If you would like to be an online volunteer with us, you could do a variety of things in the comfort of your home or office.

Your Checklist

  • Do you have regular access to the Internet?
  • Are you comfortable working on your own?
  • Are you self-motivated
  • Are you comfortable working with people who might be from totally different backgrounds and different sets of values than your own?
  • Are you able to communicate openly and honestly?

 

You can perform following activities to actively volunteer with us as Overseas Social Envoy as per your specified time and schedule : 

  • You can start and become admin of our overseas social envoy Facebook page ( still in starting process ) 
  • You can create buzz about HEEALS work on social media such as Facebook , Twitter , Tumblr , Google Plus , etc.
  • You can spread words about our fundraising campaign in and around different groups and individuals 
  • Start interacting with people on twitter and other social media channels as a HEEALS member 
  • We are running a Heeals Volunteer Engagement Program where we call volunteers/Interns and GapYear Students from overseas to volunteer in our projects in India, you can acts a single point of information for this project and can help us getting volunteers from Your country or Continent .
You can help us collaborate with Universities , colleges to get more volunteers and students .

There are various other activities and things you can do and perform with HEEALS.

 

We will provide you with following training and support to become our trained Heeals Overseas Social Envoy :- 

  • Social Media Training about all the channels and different techniques to attract people 
  • Training about marketing online and offline 
  • HEEALS Project brief and working procedure
  • Non Profit Group Functioning and ways of working 
  • Non Profit Group Management , Marketing and operation techniques
  • Volunteering Management 
All the training will be provided by our dedicated staff over the Skype with supporting documents for you to read .

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July 17, 2013

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Download Our Documentary Film on "Role Of Sanitation in Girl Child Education" from Vimeo : http://vimeo.com/58771979

Download Our Hand Wash Rhyme : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdrZj-ulsXw

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For Volunteers

May 31, 2013

A long-term Volunteer experience is greatly different from a structured study abroad program.

HEEALS is a growing organization which offers volunteers and interns the unique ability & mechanism to have a truly significant role in organizational and program development. The variety of activities at Heeals is available for volunteers to cater students as well as professionals, where they incorporate a healthy mix of community development, team building and Goal management tasks.

During a volunteer program, you become deeply involved with local community, immersed in a new culture and a different way of life. Learning to make independent decisions without the comfort of falling back on your usual support network, which help in empowering, building strong leadership skills.  On their return, many volunteer find themselves more mature and independent, they no longer take what they have for granted, now that they have gained a new outlook on life. Which bring actual & personal growth.

A volunteer can affords great experience in lessons of, empathy, and interpersonal conflict resolution. Learning how to debate cultural differences is a positive lesson in tolerance, compassion and appreciating different perspectives. Your experience brings change in your perception and brings a different way of thinking.

   As a non-profit organization, Heeals strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another irrespective of religion, caste, creed, gender and class, providing services to communities and building cross-cultural understanding. People from all walk of life lives altogether in peace & harmony.

 


 
Volunteers come to understand the host environment on a deeper level, including the values and identity of the culture and how they differ from Western perspectives. Volunteering benefit local communities and the environments in which they live. You'll become part of the local community and have the kind of authentic cultural experiences You'll meet new friends that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Living at Heeals lets volunteers from around the world not only work together, but spend time exploring Diverse Indian Culture, Family System, Cultural Values , Heritage and Tradition as a whole , each state has a distinct flavour, while still allowing volunteers to experience Incredible India.

Heeals offers an affordable volunteer opportunity.                                                        

Heeals works with local and international volunteers/ interns, and always welcomes continued support. Whether you have six months or just a few hours or a week, Heeals has a wide range of project opportunities. We have placements for university interns and professionals, but also for those who would like the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience in grass-root non-profit work.

One basic requirement for a volunteer and intern is that either he or she speaks or write  English ,

Spanish ,French , Russian or Hindi. We look for people, who have a keen interest in community

development, good team worker, show good initiative, are open-minded and willing to work in

a new and challenging environment.

 

Core Activities for Volunteers

  • Organizing Events, Campaigns, Road Show
  • Making documentary movies along with Indian Bollywood director as a guide
  • Pamphlet & Brochure Making
  • Writing press releases, newsletters and other PR materials
  • Teaching Street Children across India
  • Teach elementary spoken English
  • Ideation and Knowledge Management
  • Implementing awareness project in the targeted areas through the use of ICT and IEC tools
  • Teaching orphan children in Leh-Ladakh and creating awareness for Sanitation and Education
  • Doing photography and making pictorial reports on various subjects related to project 

 

Download our Registration Form Here   Or  Apply Online 

Being a Non Profit Organization and Working on Tight budget we do ask for One time Registration Fees of US $ 196  from our volunteers , all of this fees goes to project to help thousands of Women,Girls and Children , where volunteers implement the same and the fees is used in Water Sanitation Hygiene and Girl Education Project . We are also ready to provide accommodation to our volunteers in HEEALS office guest house at very nominal cost . Interested volunteers who wants to opt for the same can contact us to book the room.

Learn Handwashing and Hygiene Practices Through Games and Multimedia

May 16, 2013

Water Sanitation Hygiene and Girl Education Project

Learn Handwashing and Hygiene Practices

Through

Games and Multimedia

 Behaviour of children towards Unhygienic practice, have a significant impact on child’s academic performance. Majority of children are not properly taught healthy sanitation& personal hygiene habits , like washing hands with soap regularly ,wash hand before and after eating ,bathing daily etc.

Hand washing with soap, particularly after contact with excreta, can reduce diarrhoeal diseases by over 40 per cent and respiratory infections by 30 per cent. Hand washing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive way to ward off these deadly diseases and can save our self and Children from death and huge medical bills and problems, but still 47% after defecation , 62 % people before eating food and 30 % people before preparing food do not wash their hands with soap in India.

More than 300 million women and girls in India do not have access to safe menstrual hygiene products, endangering their health, curtailing their education and putting their livelihoods at risk. Around 23 % Girls drop out of school every year in India due to lack of menstrual hygiene knowledge and no toilet facility for pads disposal in their schools. Taboos associated with Menstrual Hygiene, make their life worse during periods, they are ostracized from the community and barred from doing many works at home and outside. As per WSSCC during one of their surveys they found out that around 90 percent girls they interviewed didn’t know what a menstrual period was before they had their first one.

Only a aware citizen can create a healthy and prosperous society, keeping in mind these words we developed a 4 stage strategy through which we can create awareness among school children and Girls. We developed a behaviour change process approach with interactive communication to create a impact on behaviour of students and girls toward healthy practices. We divided our approach into four steps, Games, Multimedia, Method Demonstration and Facilitation which will lead to create a aware student toward these issues. To spread the message we are targeting Schools and Self Help Groups in Urban Slums and Rural areas.

 

Road to WASH Awareness

To create a aware army of students towards Handwash Sanitation and Menstrual Hygiene , we have initiated our awareness campaign from March 2013 specifically targeting three form of schools  Economically Backward Schools , School Run by NGO’s and Government Schools  and also Self Help Groups and Women Training Centers in Villages and Urban Slum areas .

Apart from schools and SHG’s we also targeted to reach out to Orphanage homes , Panchayat and Block Level Commitees to create awareness among those children and women who either dropped out fo school , do not attend schools and the one who do not go SHG’s , Women training centres etc.

We have targeted to aware 1,00,000 Women and Children by February 2014 about following  :

  • Handwash and Personal Hygiene
  • Menstrual Hygiene & Method to obtain Sanitary Pad
  • Toilet use
  • Open defecation
  • Methods of obtaining safe drinking water.

Road to WASH Awareness is going to take us to five different states of India , we are not only going to make our targeted population aware in these areas , but we are also going to do a comparative study about Handwashing and Menstrual Hygiene in these five different georgraphic locations situated in different terrains , different cultures etc. It will also help us to study the beahviour aspects towards above mentioned issues and how these factors differ in different areas. Travelling to these areas not only will help us to spread the awareness but will also help us to conclude a strategy and theory as what would be more alternative methods we can use through out the places crossing boundaries and culture.

WASH Road Travelled So Far ……..

We started our journey in March 2013 from Ghaziabad , Uttar Pradesh , We have spread the awareness regarding Handwash and Menstrual Hygiene using various innovative and interesting activities to explain the importance of hygiene practices. For explaining the importance of hand wash and menstrual hygiene, we have designed four games for the children. We called them "WASH Games". We organized workshops in the schools where all the targeted children took part in these games. They also saw cartoon films to understand why they need to keep their hand clean. The multimedia techniques and interactive games were specially designed to help children easily memories the information.

A Behaviour change can only be done if we are able to get into the imagination of the children and can get a entry into their minds , to create that passage and to interact with them more specifically we have created our own super hero to who we call as “ SuperWash ” . We created a drama play by the title  “ SuperWash and Five Demons” in which the students played the characters of different diseases as demons and one of them played SuperWash , it helped children to interact with the activities by them self and they are able to learn more easily .We have done this drama in all all the schools , students of class 7th to 10th participated in these dramas.

To break the taboo related to menstrual hygiene, we have segmented the girls as per age of 10 to 14 years and aware them about the different facts related to Menstrual Hygiene . We used interactive tools such as Flip Chart , Documentary Films to convey our message , our women team also demonstrated how to obtain sanitary pads and what precautions they have to bear while handling sanitary pads , proeper way of washing , drying it outside in proper sunlight etc. Team also counseled around 210 girl student resolved their queries and apprehensions related to menstruation making them aware about the importance of menstrual hygiene. HEEALS also distributed sanitary napkins amongst the girl students.

 

Following number of schools and students we reached out to in April , to create a more striking impact in the mind of children , we also distributed Sanitary Pads to Girl Students:

 

We are able to reach out to our following number of beneficiaries due to generous support of our Awareness campaign Donors

 

Schools Reached in April :  6

Total Students Reached : 1200

Girl Students Reached ( 10 to 14 year age ) :  360

Sanitary Pad Distributed : 220

 

Be one of them, support the children, girl student and women in India, they need your support to lead a healthy and happy life.

 

 

 

 

 

We need You to be a Partner in our Endeavor to create a Aware society towards Water Sanitation and Menstrual Hygiene 

 Come be a Part of this Journey

For Gap Year

March 11, 2013

Do Extraordinary Thing During Your Gap Year!

 

During your Gap year do something a bit more constructive with your time. This will hone your skills, learn a language, immerse in another culture, build long lasting bonds, and provide vital services to a local community. Your gap year is a chance, how you can utilize your existing skills in excellent practice. Your time, energy and skills can be of huge benefit to the needy people. In just a few weeks or months, you will learn more about the world and yourself than you ever thought possible.

What You Can Do 

 

  • Planning ,Coordination , Conceptualization to Implementation of the project
  • Implementing awareness project in the targeted areas through the use of ICT and IEC tools
  • Implementing and planning whole Survey Process with Heeals Team
  • Making documentary movies along with Indian Bollywood director as a guide
  • Doing photography and making pictorial reports on various subjects related to project
  • Doing secondary and primary research
  • Writing press releases and content related to project for reports
  • Idealization and Knowledge Management
  • Pamphlet and Brochure Designing
  • Teaching elementary English , Science and other subjects to Girl and street children in Project Areas
  • Designing a prototype for elementary Science and English school education book with relation to Girl Hygiene , Sanitation and Water 

Being a Non Profit Organization and Working on Tight budget we do ask for One time Registration Fees of US $ 196  from our volunteers , all of this fees goes to project to help thousands of Women,Girls and Children , where volunteers implement the same and the fees is used in Water Sanitation Hygiene and Girl Education Project . We are also ready to provide accommodation to our volunteers in HEEALS office guest house at very nominal cost . Interested volunteers who wants to opt for the same can contact us to book the room.

Download our Registration Form Here   Or  Apply Online

 

For Internships

March 11, 2013

Internship at HEEALS

We are actively working in Sanitation , Water and Girl Education Awareness Project where we are creating awareness among the rural and urban slums in various parts of India. We are creating awareness through various models of communication such as ICT and IEC tools and using more interactive methods such as Drama , Documentary film making , photography reports , shows and events.

We wants Interns to work with us on this project , We need a Mutlitasker with a ability to adapt according to challenging environment with minimal resources available. He/She need to be a go getter and self starter and ability to Initiate tasks on own. He or she would be working with Heeals team in conceptualization, formalization to implementation of the project. He/She would be involved in surveys , organizing campaigns , doing events , workshops from planning to implementation along with Heeals Team . Need to work along with Heeals team , but also need to have ability to handle the project on his or her own whenever required and should be able to plan and implement the activities accordingly :

Following activities a Intern need to perform :-

 

  • Planning ,Coordination , Conceptualization to Implementation of the project
  • Implementing awareness project in the targeted areas through the use of ICT and IEC tools
  • Implementing and planning whole Survey Process with Heeals Team
  • Making documentary movies along with Indian Bollywood director as a guide
  • Doing photography and making pictorial reports on various subjects related to project
  • Doing secondary and primary research
  • Writing press releases and content related to project for reports
  • Idealization and Knowledge Management
  • Pamphlet and Brochure Designing
  • Teaching elementary English , Science and other subjects to Girl and street children in Project Areas
  • Designing a prototype for elementary Science and English school education book with relation to Girl Hygiene , Sanitation and Water 

 

Requirement :

One basic requirement for a volunteer and intern is that either he or she speaks or write English ,Spanish ,French , Russian or Hindi. We look for people, who have a keen interest in community development, good team worker, show good initiative, are open-minded and willing to work in a new and challenging environment.

Interns are free to pick any area of there expertise from above given tasks and duties or they can also work on all the above tasks and duties if they want. He/She can also pick a topic of there studies and if they wants to do any other different tasks from the one highlighted above can also perform and do as per the go ahead from Heeals Management.

We can not provide any Stipend to the students as we are young Non For Profit Organization , run by a groups of young professional with a common goal of community development and works on a tight budget ,but as a Intern a student can learn a lot while working with us as they are not only involved in the Implementation project on there own but they will also participate in the conceptualization , formalization and implementation process of the organization , where they can acts a primary resource for the organization giving advices,ideas and ways of implementing them, and can learn all the functions and processes involved in running of an organization effectively first hand.

 Being a Non Profit Organization and Working on Tight budget we do ask for One time Registration Fees of US $ 196  from our volunteers , all of this fees goes to project to help thousands of Women,Girls and Children , where volunteers implement the same and the fees is used in Water Sanitation Hygiene and Girl Education Project . We are also ready to provide accommodation to our volunteers in HEEALS office guest house at very nominal cost . Interested volunteers who wants to opt for the same can contact us to book the room.

Download our Registration Form Here   Or  Apply Online 

 

Our Projects

January 6, 2013

Water Sanitation Hygiene & Girl Education Project

"It's Our Fundamental Right To Have Safe Drinking Water & Sanitation" 

The most precious thing in the world known to Mankind is Water without water there is no life, no human being. Safe Drinking water and sanitation are one of the two upmost needs of the Human Beings.

Unsafe drinking water and Sanitation facilities can lead to deadly disease which can severely affect the community and can have dreaded effects on their offspring.

India is the open defecation capital of the world where 638 million are defecating in the Open over 50 % of the population. 66 % Girl Schools don’t have functioning girl toilets in India.  Around 23 % Girls drop out of school every year in India due to lack of menstrual hygiene affecting the Girl Education Badly. Around 53% of Children in Age Group of 5-14 Do Not Wash their Hands after defecating. Every day 1000 children dies in India due to Diarrhea and other water borne diseases Diarrhea kills more children in India then Aids , Malaria and Measles Combined .

To minimize these issues, and making Women, Girl Child, Families and Community more aware Sanitation facilities in schools & communities, Menstrual and Personal Hygiene, methods of obtaining Safe Drinking Water, improve Water Supplies, and to promote Safe Hygiene Practice we started “Water Sanitation Hygiene & Girl Education Awareness Project” Project. It’s a pilot project of our organization which we are implementing in Uttar Pradesh Delhi NCR Region, Himachal Pradesh, Leh and Rajasthan.

We are a research based organization which is implementing the above said project through a three tier model which is actively used to provide Sanitation, Water & Hygiene Sustainable and Aware Society. 

 HEEALS Three Tier RAF Model                        


 

Children Informal Education Project

"Who opens a door for education close the doors of Poverty,Hunger & Prison"

In India Children living in streets, construction sites and slums accounts for major share of the children who are deprived of basic elementary education. 
According to a survey done in the past by Indian government stated that half of the education deprived children comes from these sectors.

In India million of unskilled porters, bricklayers and other low-caste labourers have left their native villages to escape extreme rural poverty and to find a job in big cities. These migrant workers are spread across the country and travel from one area of work to another along with their families. They live in temporary settlements, sometimes provided by the construction company, for the duration of the construction project and then move to another site.

Apart from being deprived of the education, the children also remain deprived of safe drinking water; clean sanitation facilities and ways of obtain hygiene practices. They remain unaware from many government schemes about education, food, safe drinking water, health, sanitation etc.
We identified these problems and issues to bring life of the children into the mainstream of society. We are working towards in Creating a knowledge society. 

We are working on to create a Interactive model of education , where we  teach children by increasing interactive learning , play and study method among the teachers volunteers and children. We encourage a more inclusive model of education where teachers, volunteers can taught children in small groups by play and learn method; we have included the following innovative learning methods to teach children:  

  • Animated Teaching Videos
  • Audio : Learning through stories and plays
  • Street Plays and shows
  • Games and role play activities 

We are constantly working on to achieve the following for a bright and educated street and migrated laborer children:

  • Children with ability to read and write
  • Physical , Mental and social development of children and their families
  • Livelihood development
  • Fundamental rights aware community 
  • Able to avail there social service schemes from government 

Green Earth Project To Promote & Protect Environment

"Save Future By Planting a Tree"

Our primary concern is to conserve the country’s natural resources, including lakes, rivers, forest, trees and ensuring prevention and abetment of pollution.

Our objectives are Prevention and control of pollution, a forestation and regeneration of degraded areas and Protection of the environment .Forest are renewable resource and contribute substantially to economic development .They play a major role in enhancing the quality of environment

 

We are working on to achieve the following tasks to protect and safe our environment:                                   

  • To promote environmental awareness among all section of society
  • To spread environment education especially in non formal system.
  • To promote environment education through existing education institution.
  •  Encourage NGO, media, community and other concerned organization for promoting awareness about environmental issue among the people at all levels.
  • To mobilize peoples participation for preservation and conservation of environment.
  • Encourage people to plant a tree in there locality.
  • We encourage people to use recycled paper.
  • We teach Children who are living in construction areas and unauthorized colonies how to make Recycle papers and its Uses and they can also make their livelihood by selling them into the markets.

 

Behaviour Change Towards Sanitation and Education Through Art & Drama

December 6, 2012
India is the open defecation capital of the world, where people  have more mobile phones then toilets, having easy access to banks as compared to toilets . Open defecation is a big concern and a big issue to be addressed which still is not that touched upon  subject among the community. As people here do not wants to talk about this issue. People in many part of the villages here make there homes without the toilets as they don’t see any use of it even if they have money to build it , instead of this they go out and defecate in the open , without knowing the ill effects and consequences of it on their health and environment.

With the main objective of creating awareness among the community about the importance of education, open defecation and clean water, HEEALS, a non-profit organization, has collaborated with  students from the Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), University Of London, to use Applied Theatre as an unconventional and proactive tool to increase awareness among school children in villages and urban slums in Gurgaon and the Delhi NCR region. The CSSD students, ,managed to successfully implement the effectiveness of using dramatization to communicate important messages across in a fun, imaginative and expressive way to develop the students’ understandings on the subject matter. The potency of applied theatre was reflected in that its method was inclusive and its purpose went beyond language barriers. 
The Drama Campaign lasted for Nine weeks in different schools in and around Delhi and NCR Region culminating the Drama series in Kaushambi Convent School Bhowapur Village (Ghaziabad) on 23rd of November 2012  and with a drawing competition with the theme of Clean City with Clean Drinking Water on 30th November 2012  .In each school, children participated in hour-long drama sessions which resulted in an interactive play being performed in front of children’s parents, school, staff and children. The plays were performed on the topics on ‘Motivational Play to Decrease School Drop-outs’, ‘Girl Child Education’, ‘Hygiene Practices’, ‘Toilet Use, Stop Open Defecation and  Encouraging Girl Toilets ‘and ‘The Importance of Water Conservation’. 

Through drama conventions such as tableaux (freeze-frames) and role-play, the children were able to better grasp the ideas of the topics through emotionally investigating elements of the subject areas. Pictures and keywords were used as stimuli to trigger knowledge, thought and action in the children, where they could then share their opinions, and work together in creating the final story for the piece. In encouraging girl child education and role of sanitation, all the girls were able to come up with a script that described why education and sanitation was important to them. In addition, the children were also equipped with per formative skills such as improvisation, characterization and voice projection.
Using applied theatre has not only helped to raise awareness on the different topics but has also proven to be an excellent platform to show the effectiveness of using drama as a medium to capture what the children really felt towards the topics, and what they have learnt from it. The Drama Campaign has also incorporated other interactive forms to educate children about Sanitation issues such as poster-making and class-decoration competitions with the theme of ‘Sanitation and Drinking Water’ to garner the interests of all the children from the school.

In using art and applied theatre, HEEALS has managed to innovatively and productively inform, impart and educate children from the schools.

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