Counsel and Network: Improving Mental Health of the Street Children

Counsel and Network: Improving Mental Health of the Street Children

Bangladesh
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Through proper counseling to their rights and existing opportunities, and building up a Network (that will work for their wellbeing) the apparently mental retarded street children can bring in the main stream of the society. This can show light and inspire them to become worthy citizen in future.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Street children in Bangladesh are overlooked by the policy makers whereas they are engaged in 49 different types of hazardous occupations such as garbage sorting (in bare hand), etc. which has life risk because they sort clinical wastes too. A portion of them are addicted and vulnerable to STDs and HIV/AIDS. On the contrary, usually they do not visit the clinics or government hospitals where they can get primary health care free of cost during their illnesses due to poverty, ignorance and shyness. The present socio-economic conditions make them mentally retarded even not to explore their rights and the opportunities around them. Thus, they make themselves an untouchable class in the society.
About You
Organization:
Unnayan Uddog
Section 1: About You
First Name

Rathindranath

Last Name

Pal

Country
Section 2: About Your Organization
Organization Name

Unnayan Uddog

Organization Phone

+88-02-8128463

Organization Address

2/G Shyamoli, Road 1, Dhaka 1207

Organization Country
Your idea
Country your work focuses on
Innovation
What makes your idea unique?

The fact reveals that the street children in Bangladesh come to the cities with their parents in search of work. They come from extreme poverty ridden rural families and a significant portion of them are abandoned. More than 73% of street children are victims of physical and mental abuse (particularly girl children) and suffering from various degrees of malnutrition. Therefore, improving the mental health through Counsel and Network approach might be considered as an effective and unique model. By ensuring their proper physical and mental growth we can turn them into effective human resources.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

Impact
What impact have you had?

The lessoned learned will impact positively on the government policy makers and different other stakeholders who occasionally implement development programs for this target group.

Actions

The following are the actions/steps:
a. Identify, contact and select the street children - The target group children will be identified from the city streets to find the right ones.

b. Bring in the office and organized them into groups for counseling – After selecting they will bring in the office and organized into groups (25 in each) to counsel in a proper way.

c. Prepare a module for counseling – A right based module will be prepared to counsel the children. Child psychological issues will be considered to wake up their mental development during the preparation of the module. and

d. Develop a network (including a charter) – After completion of counseling a network will be developed including the children. This network will be run through fixed rules and regulations (prepared jointly by the TG children and the NGO) by the children themselves under the supervision of the NGO, Unnayan Uddog.

Results

The measurable expected results are:

(a) The number of street children brought under the program – A total of 1000 street children will bring under the program.

(b) The number of children got counseling support on rights and mental health – 1000 street children will get extra vigor and strength, moral and physical support by the society.

(c) A network of the street children developed – This network will work to oversee the wellbeing of them.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

1st year

In the 1st year proper selection, counseling and building up the network are the key issues.

2nd year

In the 2nd year, close monitoring is important whether the network is running through depending on the Charter. It is also important to develop a fund to run the network. It may come from the contribution (may be very small) of the children or from the donors.

3rd year

In the 3rd year, follow up the activities of the network and make necessary revisions in the Charter (if necessary) to obtain the interest of the street children and the expansion of the network activities to accommodate the new children is important.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

The following are the issues those may prevent the project being a success:

a. Wrong selection of the target group;
b. Lack of proper counseling;
c. Lack of preparing a good Charter.
d. Lack of monitoring.

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

In what country?
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

Unnayan Uddog

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

It implements government’s development programs time to time on fixed terms and conditions. So the success of the idea would not bring any difficulties.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

The three actions are:

a. Selection of right target group;
b. Counseling and building up network; and
c. Arrangement of funds.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

During the implementation of a project titled ‘Child Labor Program’ for the street children with the funding support of the ILO, I observed that these children keeps themselves eliminate from the society and only counseling support can help them. On the other hand, scattered counseling can not bring any demonstrative effects. I had a very defining moment that leads me to develop the idea. Once I saw a minor street child (and his parent) is hesitating to go to a government hospital where he could get primary health care support free of cost. When I asked about their hesitation the parent replied me whether they treat a street child.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Rathindranath Pal is the social innovator of this idea. He works as Executive Director of a national charity namely Unnayan Uddog (Literary meaning development initiative). He has more than 20 years of experience in managing various types of development programs. Some of his idea has drawn attention of the policy makers and the donor community.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Web Search (e.g., Google or Yahoo)

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