Odisha: Children from slum community focused on toilet and Open defecation free issues at Berhampur city

Wall Magazine “AAME KAHUCHHU AAMA KATHA” 15th edition published
Children’s voice hardly heard, published in public forums and they even don’t get a chance to speak their feelings and what they think. And their participation is very limited in their communities and cities because they are invisible to the society, community and above all to the government. Article 17 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) acknowledges the important function performed by the mass media and encourages media organisations to disseminate information of social and cultural benefit to the child and to develop appropriate guidelines for ‘the protection of children from information and material injurious to their well-being’.
Children and child clubs are in the process of learning and sharing their views and opinions through variety of reporting actions like writing small poems, tiny essays, drawings, testimonies, pictures of their slums and funny things. This brings a lot of interest among the children and they are truly enthusiastic to do this repeatedly in their neighbourhood. Today the child club members demonstrated their potential expression skills through sticking their tiny writing pieces in public walls in 7 selected slums in Berhampur city. In this edition child club members decided to focus on sanitation issues like open defecation and public toilet situations. Community leaders and children inaugurated these pieces in their respective slums with a gathering of slum communities. The wall magazine is named as “Amma Kahuchhu Aama Katha” published at Ambapua Bauri Street, Gramdevati Bauri Street, Lanjipali Goudabandh Street, Raghupati Nagar canal huda street, Jagannath Nagar and KhodasingI New Bauri street. The magazine has been publishing once in each month in all focused slums.
It is noted that, Youth for Social Development (YSD) has been working with more than 2000 children in 30 slums in Berhampur city since 2012. YSD is able to form 27 child clubs and a city level children’s federation. Children are engaged in doing variety of activities in their neighbourhood. City level children’s federation members have been discussing about their slum level issues and physical environment from time to time.
Child club members such as Bala Das, Smruti Sahu, Suraj Das, Rinky Patra, Suprava Das, Banita Das, Sadhu Das Amit Kumar Das, Pabitra Sahu and Nandini Sethi took actively participation and from YSD Abhiram Kanhar and Chandan Sahu facilitate child federation members to make wall magazine for all.

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