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.
We conduct various interactive sessions with the mothers to help them understand the importance of sensitive communication with children, and how can one practice it effectively. During an interaction with our counselor Ms. Shruti Chatterjee, she shared how we can communicate effectively with children in various situations, and make the child feel comforted.
Ms. Shruti Chatterjee joined Prerana as a Counsellor in 2020. She works with children who avail services of Prerana’s Night Care Centre, children who have been placed in Child Care Institutions as children in need of care and protection and with children at Naunihal, a Children’s Home for girls managed by Prerana. She also works with parents and other caregivers, both at the individual level and as a group.
Working with children in Child Care Institutions involves multiple aspects. Psychological counselling being one of them, involves addressing the child’s needs and discussing these needs with the child’s caseworker. A counselor has to work together with the child, and other significant people in the child’s life to make the casework effective. The following case study aims to provide an insight towards the challenges that a child could face in the CCI and how the self-esteem of the child could be affected by the environmental as well as innate factors.
When working on the rehabilitation of victims of trauma, recognizing and validating the victim’s emotions is crucial. Sangeeta’s case highlights that an essential part of rehabilitation after any distress is recognizing the emotion behind it.
On 31st May, we conducted a Twitter Chat on “Addressing Mental Health Amidst COVID-19”, with partners who work in the field of child rights and mental well-being.
Varalika’s story highlights that when it came to processing trauma, time may not always prove to be a healer. Some triggers could still lead to a trauma response irrespective of the passage of time.
The importance of capacity-building training is often talked about but there is limited discussion on the impact of the training. Our social worker shares her experience of working with stakeholders on capacity building.