The Self Employed Women’s Assocation (SEWA) started the Hamare Bachche (“Our Children”) Program aimed at rehabilitating children who lost one or both parents in the riots and placing them back in school to finish their education. Children between the ages of 3-18 years are enrolled in Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools.
Ethan and Maha are supporting the Hamare Bachche program in Ahmedabad City by sponsoring three students with the resources they need to complete their education. This will allow them to achieve self-reliance and seek more prosperous opportunities for their families. Join Ethan and Maha, and partner with Ahmedabad by providing child victims of the 2002 riots with the opportunity to advance to high school and beyond.
This program covers the costs of education for the Hamare Bachche children, in addition to:
-Trauma Assessment and Counseling
-School fees and supplies
-Room and Board (if necessary)
-Health Care Services
-Childcare Services for Younger Children
-Vocational Guidance and Trainings
-Extra-curricular Activities and Field Trips
-Organizing special programs like Summer Camps, Workshops, and picnics
-Exam Preparation and Tutoring
The psychological trauma faced by the children requires special care and attention, as many of the children witnessed the death of one or both parents in the brutality of the communal riots. The violence and its aftermath greatly disrupted the lives of entire communities; families who lost their sole breadwinner struggled to make ends meet and children who lost both parents were placed in orphanages or with distant relatives. As a result, children were left out of school and unable to pay for their education costs.
Each Hamare Bachche child is assigned to at least one SEWA coordinator who counsels and supports the child and his or her family. SEWA teams who work specifically on the Hamare Bachche program visit the children at school every week. The team meets teachers and principals, and gets the report of the child’s progress.
Regular meetings with parents and guardians on are held to monitor the children's well-being and education. Teachers are instructed to deal with these children with the utmost care and patience. The team members also tutor needy students and coordinate with teachers regularly, especially during the exam periods, to inspire confidence and improve academic performance.