WORD has implemented Project Blooming Buds from the year 2007 with the funding support of Terre des Hommes, Netherlands. In the last phase from October 2011- March 2015, the project focused on the children abuse and exploitation issues in poultry, power loom and brick kilns in Namakkal District with the core strategies on prevention, protection and prosecution.
A day learning centre was established in Pottirettipatti to cater to the educational needs of the school drop outs and unschooled children in brick chamber families. This centre runs when the migrated families work at the chamber. Apart from this 12 Alternative Learning Centres and 8 Retention study centres were also established under this project. Life Skills Education and Child Rights Education program were taught for the children.
A residential school ( home for children) is being run by WORD in Namakkal under this project. A total of 28 children studies in our home, have been placed at Mathagondappalli Model School (MMS), a CBSE School based at Mathadondappalli next to Hosur in Thally Road to pursue higher studies. This short stay residential Home also serves as the care and protection to the exploited children and in exploitative situations (Child Marriages, Child Labour, Wayward Children, Children in broken families) referred by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Child Line, Anti-human trafficking Police wing of Namakkal District for short period of time. Till May 2015, 72 rescued children from various exploitations have been provided shelter from our short stay residential home referred by CWC, Namakkal.
With the training support of the Department of psychiatric social work of National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore the staff have been trained to bring out the issues of mental health problems with the children in difficult circumstances and to address the issues with various participatory techniques. Access here for the mental health training report.
To effectively carry out this program, close co-ordination was established with the Integrated Child Protection Unit- Namakkal District, Childline-Namakkal, District Administration, National Child Labour Program- NCLP and Community based groups.
A vocational training institute offers training in tailoring with embroidery and computer trade at present. This vocational training institute aims to provide earning skills besides learning skills. A tailoring unit has also established in Pallipalayam. Considering the importance of socio-economic development, the socially and economically deprived families are being given micro revolving fund assistance to initiate various income generation activities.
WORD has also undertaken an activity to assess the District Situational assessment to carry out the child protection issues in Namakkal District with the support of Integrated Child Protection Scheme.
1. Community Play Mela
2. Life Skills Education
3. Impact Evaluation.
4. End Term Review Learnings
WORD has been appointed as a member in the 'District Advisory Board on Child Protection' in Namakkal District under the chairmanship of the District Collector, Namakkal District.