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Training of adolescents on gender and sexuality
The orientation of adolescents on gender and sexuality is proposed in the month of February 2016
Child Healthcare Project
Neha is back to school!

Hello, my name is Neha Kashyap. I am 10 years old and I study in class 2nd. I have an elder sister named Roli who is 18 years old. I have a younger brother Vishal (8 years) and a younger sister named Anamika who is 4 years old. My mother Geeta Kashyap (39 years) is a domestic help. She is also a member of the domestic workers organization facilitated by Vigyan Foundation and ActionAid. My father Santosh (42 years) used to work as a rickshaw puller but last year he fell so ill that he could work no further. He was infected with Tuberculosis.


Actionaid and Vigyan Foundation staff helped him to get treatment from the near-by DOTS centre. A series of awareness meetings were also held in my neighbourhood on causes and prevention of Tuberculosis. 7 other people with TB were identified and linked with the DOTS centre. Gradually my father recovered but he decided to change his occupation as rickshaw pulling is a strenuous work.


I and my younger brother had to quit our school as our family income almost became nil due my father’s illness. Till that time, he was the sole bread earner for our family and mother was a housewife. Being illiterate, she had no other avenue to earn except domestic work. Soon, my mother, my elder sister started working as domestic helps. I too sometimes accompanied my mother to work. I was really depressed. All I wanted was to go to school.


My father was jobless. My mother and sister were putting their best efforts to sustain our family. Again Vigyan and ActionAid came to our rescue and my father was introduced to some masons registered with Dihari Mazdoor Sangathan. He did internship under Puna Ram Sahu, a mason for a few months and learnt the skill. Now he has started working as an independent mason himself.


I and my brother were re-admitted to school and expenses for our fees and stationary were borne by Vigyan Foundation and ActionAid. Like me, 19 children were supported like this and they all are in school now.


Neha jubilantly says, “I was shattered when I had to drop out. I had to clean utensils to support my family. I am so thankful that I can now continue my studies. One day I will earn decently and not let my mother work.”

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