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  • Collaboration with NGO
  • Collaboration Status

Sathi started collaborating with NGOs in 2002 mainly with three objectives. First objective is to expand the reach to platform children in other geographical locations, secondly to reach a large number of platform children by sharing resources and using local resources and by not duplicating services and thirdly to spread awareness amongst NGOs on the concept of home placement. The scope of the program implemented through collaboration includes the components of out reach, shelter related services, home placement, follow up of home placement and alternative home placement.

Since 2002 Sathi have collaborated with 35 NGOs in 9 states. Of the 35 NGOs, the organizations working effectively are 4, Reasonable Performance 17 and completely closed 14.

Our collaborations are based on following principles:

  1. Any help to a needy child done in whatever way, any scale should be respected.
  2. Rehabilitation can never be perfect you can always find false, we should not find false unless of very serious nature.
  3. We should not imagine what is perfect need of the child and compare the services offer with a perfect instate assets the assistants offer within the constrain of the NGO offering it.
  4. If we collaborated with an NGO the credit of good work should go to that NGO, the media should focus on that NGO.  We should duck the publicity.
  5. Never get caught in to small issues of money or procedure. Always take responsibility of self, settle the issues and move on.
  6. When you discontinue, never hold other responsible. Treat inability and discontinue.

Major achievements of collaboration
Home placements: Sathi’s idea to collaborate with organizations and subsequently to expand the coverage of railway stations has increased family reunification of the children steadily.  In the year 2006-07, 71% of total home placements were through collaborations. 67% of home placements in 2007-08 and 31% of home placements in 2008-09 was achieved through collaboration with NGOs.

Total home placements through collaborating NGOs

Year

Total Home Placements

No.of children home placed  by collaboration with NGO

2006-07

4068

2895 (71%)

2007-08

3764

2555 (67%)

2008-09

4432

948 (21%)

Total

12264

6398 (52%)

 

 

Home orientation camps for repeated run away and substance abuse children:    With the support of partner NGOs we could organize 34 camps in last three years enrolling 784 children. 616 (79%) children were home placed after the camp. Barriers like restrictions of CWCs, enquires of civil society and NGOs, and difficulties to get suitable place to run camps were over come in many places because of collaborating NGOs. Joint efforts of Sathi and Prayas could persuade the CWCs and other concerned people which led to organizing seven camps at a stretch in north India in two years by obtaining permission from the CWC.  Experience sharing of children and emotional outburst of parents in the camp closing ceremonies made NGOs and government authorities realize the attachment and affection of children towards the parents and vise versa.  This realization has popularized the concept of home orientation camps as well as home placement.

Capacity building program for the staff of collaborating NGOs 19 training programs were organized this year on topics like Counseling, JJ Act, Out reach, quality of home placement, Psychosocial care of children in difficult situation, accountability and transparency in organizations, meditation, substance use among children and its management, managerial effectiveness, spoken English, communication, behavioral issues of children and intervention etc.  Around 50 staff from partner NGOs benefited from these training programs.

Sharing of infrastructure and easy monitoring: Collaboration with NGOs will also fetch sharing of resource for the rehabilitation of the children.  Utilize of shelters of Ashraya, Secunderabad; Prayas, Delhi etc. are examples of such sharing. Collaborations also reduce the expenditure on reunification. Direct intervention cost Sathi nearly Rs. 3000/- per child where as whereas in collaboration Sathi’s expenditure reduces to Rs. 1500/-. There are many sensitive issues to handle in the implementation of the project. The collaboration with NGOs facilitates easy monitoring of such issues and out come of the project.  Importantly such collaborations helped few NGOs to continue the project by raising funds and passion to work with the children.

Issues in collaborations:
But these partnerships were not given us free hands to strengthen all our activities. Some times communications gaps and laps in other managerial functions attributed to low performances. Some of the areas of concern are as follows:

  • Issues arising from the fact that its is Sathi that is in another NGO’s location
  • Apprehensions that Sathi is coming to ‘teach’ the NGO
  • Though the field staff of the NGO are interested, there is less involvement at the level of directors- implications of this is that decisions made jointly may not always be followed up by the collaborating NGO
  • NGOs have several programs and home placement become one among them. So the focus and priority to home placement is very less as desired.
  • Sathi, where it succeeded in collaboration was ineffectual to take forward the home placement programs in large scale.

Collaboration in 2008-09:
In the year 2008-09 we had collaborated with six NGOs in 7 locations. More focus was given to collaborate with CWCs and started working with 10 CWCs in 5 states.

Continuation and completion of collaborations as on March 09

Continuation of collaboration
from March 08

Collaborations come to
an end in 2008-09

Possible collaborations
in 2009-10

Prayas, New Delhi

Prayas, New Delhi

Ashraya, Hyderabad

Prayas, Patna

Prayas, Patna

Grasim, Tirupati

Ehsaas, Lucknow

Ehsaas, Lucknow

SBT, Delhi

HCHW, Hyderabad

HCHW, Hyderabad

Lok Vikas, Manmad

Ashraya, Hyderabad

Janaspandana, Arsikere

Grasim, Tirupati

Janaspandana, Arsikere

  • The agreement of collaboration with Prayas in Delhi was till September 2008. Both organizations were decided to work on future course of action after September. But some how such a discussion did not happen and the collaboration came to an end. In Patna, Sathi and Prayas worked together till December 08 and could not take the project forward.
  • Sathi had short tem collaboration with Ehsaas, Luck now. Ehsaas, have been working for the rescue and rehabilitation of children found in the railway station and its premises. However, we felt that family reunification of runaway children is not much in focus in their intervention model. Sathi, therefore, first conducted a baseline survey in collaboration with Ehsaas in Feb 08, to assess how many fresh runaway children are arriving at this station. Once the need for a proactive home placement intervention was established (about 9 new children per day were landing up here), we agreed on helping Ehsaas in helping greater number of children return home. A staff from Sathi was then deputed with Ehsaas exclusively for home placement work, from June ’08 to Aug 08.

After 3 months, a discussion was held with Ehsaas on the work impact. It was decided that Ehsaas will rework its outreach and counseling strategies for children in their contact and is no longer in need of staff help from Sathi. Sathi is now focusing on helping the addicted and long duration children at this station, through camps, and for children staying in Government shelter home.

  • Collaboration with HCHW had started in 2006. HCHW shared their shelter and provided food and medical support. This collaboration has stopped in December 2008 because HCHW seemed to have concentrated on other activities related to the issues of children. Subsequently Sathi started using the shelter of Aashraya.
  • We had 2 years of collaboration with Janaspandana, Arsikere. Both the organization decided to discontinue the collaboration in March 09 due to less number of children on railway station.

Statistics of home placements of children through collaborations

Particulars

Prayas, Delhi Prayas Patna Eshasa, HCHW,  HYD GRASAM AASHRAYA Janaspandan

Total

Total number of children contacted

1283

313

56

332

406

106

87

2583

Total No. of children brought to shelter

1091

154

42

187

273

51

74

1872

Total No. of children Home placed

    1. Parents through
    1. Staff through
  1. By Self

412

119

20

122

172

38

65

948 (51%)

306

61

19

89

132

35

58

700

106

55

01

29

15

00

05

211

00

3

00

04

25

03

02

37

No. of children referred to C.W.C

623

07

00

00

00

00

04

634 (34%)

No. of children referred to other NGO.

07

08

00

47

06

01

00

69

No. of children referred to camp

00

17

00

20

20

00

02

59

No. of children walkout from shelter

73

09

20

12

74

09

03

200

No. of children staying at shelter
( End of the month)

16

10

02

09

30

18

00

85

SATHI – BANGALORE

Status of the Collaborated NGOs with SATHI

SATHI collaborated with 35 organizations, of which 2 NGOs are functioning at Very High, 2 NGOs in High, 10 NGOs in medium level, 10 NGOs at low level, 9 NGOs have stopped working and two NGOs the collaboration could not be proceed.

Very High functioning – helping 30- 40 children per month; High functioning – 25-30 children; medium 10-20 and low less than 10 children per month.

Sl.no. Name of the NGO

Year of Collaboration

Place

Current Status in the Year- 2010 Effectiveness in Functioning

1

Saathi-Mumbai

2003-04

Mumbai Central

Working

Very High

2

SEED

2004-05

Kolkotta

Working

Medium

3

Action Aid – Kota

2003-04

Kota

Working

Medium

4

Bal-Prafulta

2004-05

CST-Mumbai

Working

Low

5

Sadac

2004-05

Daund

Working

Low

6

PASS

2004-05

Renugutna-AP

Stopped

7

Chaitanya

2004-05

Guntakal

Stopped

8

SPARC

2004-05

Mumbai

Working

Low

9

Margadarshi

2004-05

Wadi/Solapur

Working

Low

10

Jeevodaya

2004-05

Itarsi

Working

Medium

11

Bosco (for camps)

2004-05

Bangalore

Working

Low

12

Margodaya

2004-05

Hubli

Tried collaborating but could not continue the work

13

Prayas

2005-06

New Delhi

Working

Medium

14

SBT

2005-06

Old Delhi

Working

High

15

Aarambh

2005-07

Bhopal

Working

Low

16

Project Concern of India

2006-07

H. Nizamuddin

Working

Low

17

Janaitha

2006-07

Raichur

Stopped

18

Baachpan

2006-07

Bhopal

Working

Medium

19

Muksan

2006-07

Itarsi

Working

low

20

Bala-Tejassu

2006-07

Vizag

Working

Medium

21

Bala-Tejassu

2006-07

Gudur

Working

Low

22

Bala-Tejassu

2006-07

Warangal

Stopped

23

Bala-Tejassu

2006-07

Tenali

Working

Medium

24

HCHW

2006-07

Hyd

Stopped

25

Praspara

2006-07

Yeshwantpur

Stopped

26

Ashraya

2006-07

Hyd

Working

High

27

GRASIM

2006-07

Tirupathi

Working

Very High

28

Sambhav Foundation

2006-07

CST-Mumbai

Working

Medium

29

Lok Vikas

2006-07

Nashik

Stopped

30

Chetana

2007-08

Agra

Working

Medium

31

Janaspandana

2007-08

Arsikere

Stopped

32

Subash Chandra Society

2007-08

Kanpur

Tried to collaborate but could not continue

33

BECC

2007-08

Mumbai

Working

Medium

34

Ehasas

2007-08

Lucknow

Working

Low

35

Prayas

2007-08

Patna

Stopped

Observations and Learning’s from Collaborations with NGOs:

    1. Large scale :-  The collaboration of work led to expansion in nine states and family reunification of 13038 children.  In the year 2006-07 and 2007-08, the amount of children home placed was 71% and 67% and SATHI contribution was 29% and 33%.  This was made possible by working together and through mutual understanding among the staffs of both the organization.

Year

Total Home Placement

# of children Home placed  by Collab NGO

Collaboration with No. of NGOs

2006-07

4068

2895  (71%)

21

2007-08

3891

2607  (67%)

19

2008-09

5079

1574  (31%)

04

Total

13038

7076  (54 %)

 

    1. Promote the Concept of Home Placement: – One of the most advantages is bringing a churning issues on the table about the feasibility of home placement issues.  Lot many had queries about the successful of home placement, SATHI backup with huge experience had helped in convincing them.  Lastly it became nation wide issue about the home placement of platform /street children.  But there is change in the trend that more approaches of the organizations/CWC is de-institutionalize of the children and prior lies in locating the family of the children.
    2. With less cost family reunification:-   The another outcome is with less cost large number of home placement.  The SATHI direct intervention cost take place is Rs. 2500/- whereas the NGO cost Rs. 1500/-
    3. Easy monitoring :-  The collaboration with NGOs facilitates easy monitoring the project because for SATHI from distance it is difficult to monitor and working with child is a very sensitive issue which need to handle delicately.
    4. Infra structure:- Collaboration with NGOs will also fetch sharing of resource for the rehabilitation of the children.  Set-up of our own infra structure involve cost and time.  For instance, utilize the shelter facility of collaboration organization for accommodating the children.
    5. Experience /Learning  on collaboration :-It was very pleasant and joy to work with NGOs.  This was a new field to SATHI, the success/failure is secondary but understanding the approaches of the NGOs, the activities, NGO strategic thrust areas, how do the NGOs perceive about the problems of run away/separated children etc.  The questions / issues arouse from the collaboration NGOs on the family reunification for us to think and work on it. All this led to have a model of Collaboration.
    6. Sensitizing the Issue of Rescue and Home Placement:-  Sensitizing the collaboration NGOs about the significance of home placement is a strategic thrust area to SATHI..  The work in collaboration with NGOs has brought about a change in terms of scope to work for larger number of children.   NGOs were home placing the children even before collaboration with SATHI.  But the number of children helped was much smaller.  After collaboration with SATHI they have become more proactive in rescuing a large number of children and home placing them.
    7. Sustain of the Project:- The collaboration we had with small/medium and big organizations.  Few of the NGOs after the end of the collaboration managed to continue the project by raising funds and passion to work with the children.  Whereas in case of other organization, after withdraw of the collaboration they could not sustain no more.