SDG Goal 3: Understanding Prerana’s interventions towards ensuring health and well-being of its beneficiaries
As we move towards the end of the Sustainable Development Campaign, we share the experiences of team members across all our programs. We aim to understand how their programs contribute to Goal 3, and Prerana’s interventions in the field of health, hygiene and reproductive and sexual wellness.
Pre-Trial Legal Investigative Processes involving Child Victims of Sexual Offences – How can they be less violative and more child-friendly?
As per the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences ACT (POCSOA) Rules2020, the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) can appoint a Support Person to render assistance to the child through the process of investigation & trial. Over the last few years, as per appointment given by the CWCs, Prerana has played the role of a Support Person in cases of sexual violence against children.
SDG Goal 2- Understanding Prerana’s interventions in ensuring access to nutritional food and ration relief
Ms. Mugdha Dandekar had joined Prerana as a Project Coordinator in 2006, and has been a part of our team for over 15 years. She is currently the Program Head of Night Care Center and monitors our three NCCs at Kamathipura, Falkland Road and Vashi Turbe. She also coordinates with donors, is involved in documentation along with monitoring and evaluation.
Ms. Prachi Naik joined Prerana in 2006 and has been a part of our team for almost 15 years now. She is the Project Manager of our Institutional Placement Program and closely works with children in need of care and protection. She coordinates with various stakeholders for admission of children in need of care and protection in Children’s Homes, prepares social investigation reports, individual care plans and conducts follow-ups to ensure their holistic development.
In this blog, Prerana’s social worker and counsellor share their experience of working with children who are exploring their gender identities. Children from the LGBTQ community who are a part of the Juvenile Justice system might face oppression within a system that is expected to support and protect them. Hence, it is crucial for stakeholders to be aware of systemic challenges while being sensitive to the needs of the children.
I have been a part of Prerana team since 2016, as a Project Manager in Sanmaan. I primarily work with the children found begging in the streets enabling them to enjoy their right to wellbeing and dignity and break the intergenerational cycle of backwardness and begging in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
Ms. Kashina Kareem has been associated with Prerana for more than 5 and a half years. She is currently working under the anti trafficking center, heading the post rescue operations project. Among other things at Prerana, she works with a team that provides on field support to both state and non state stakeholders working with victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking.
I have been a part of Prerana team since 2017, as a Project Coordinator in the Institutional Placement Program. I primarily work with the women in the red-light areas of Kamathipura and Falkland Road, and their children. It took me some time to understand the women, the children, their needs and problems and Prerana’s intervention. Observing during interactions with the women while attending meetings and in-house trainings and conducting outreach visits gave me an opportunity to enrich my knowledge and understand the work better.
SDG Goal 8- Understanding Prerana’s interventions towards establishing a safer and more inclusive society
Dr. Pravin Patkar co-founded Prerana in the year 1986, along with Priti Patkar. He also founded Asia’s first Anti-Human Trafficking resource center in the year 1999, supported by the US Government. He has also served as an expert on several national and international agencies working in the anti-human trafficking sector. Aside from his commendable work in the anti-trafficking sector, Dr. Patkar is an academic and has been in the teaching profession for over forty years.