: Child Right Programme on Children’s Day
Sanjay Nagar is situated in the locality of Jogeshwari East, Mumbai. People, who belonged to Nomadic Tribes (Vaidu Samaj) of Solapur district migrated to Mumbai, resided in this place since 1975. Among these migrants, majority of them were from Barshi, Solapur district. Since they were members of Vaidu Samaj community, they extracted medicines from plants. Later, these herbal medicines were sold to the masses. As soon as some of them migrated to Mumbai, they shifted their focus from medicine to tin repairing, as a part of their development. Thus, they started mending and repairing tin baskets and buckets for their livelihood.
175 family members of this community resided in Sanjay Nagar. When YUVA decided for rehabilitation of these residents, in 1984/85; they got to know that none of them were educated. So YUVA initiated an upliftment progamme for these downtrodden people in the area of education. YUVA provided educational aid for the first generation of these migrants in 1990.
This video was captured on camera during one of the initiative by YUVA to spread the message of education. These kids participated in a programme where plays and games were conducted. They were encouraged to sing rhymes which promoted the message of education and hygiene. Importance of cleanliness was also the highlight of this programme. These songs encouraged those kids, who yet didn’t enroll in school, by telling them how important and fun school is! One such recitation:
Zhunju Munju pahat jaali,
purvela laali aali,
jivacha mitranu mula mulinna shaaleta geon chalala...
Through plays, these kids also highlighted the issues faced by them in their own residence such as alcoholism. They emphasized the effects of alcoholism, and also drew attention on alcohol abuse. They also stressed on the psychological aspect of kids who are born to alcoholic fathers and accentuated the need for a better life and living standard.
Govindi Gudilu was the first girl to graduate from this colony from commerce. Her younger sister Durga Mallu Gudilu represented India at the World Social Forum in Brazil, 2011. YUVA promised and delivered a better life.