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GOAT HERDERS / DUCK REARERS
In most villages in south India, children are used to
graze goats and rear ducks, while parents look for work during the
day. These children are left on their own throughout the day and are
easily led into bad habits. There is a high prevalence of teen
marriages and early pregnancy. Most of these children have never
been to a school or received any form of education.
A gudugudupandi or a
soothsayer, is all of 12 years. He wears a bright yellow head-dress,
red shirt over a white dhoti and a dozen chains of rudrakasha beads
of various sizes - as also amulets and occult aids like animal tooth
and a rattle. His forehead is smeared with vermilion and ash. He
carries a four-inch-long palm scroll, bound by thread, which he
opens out and offers to read your future.
It is common for soothsayers to induct children into the business at
a tender age instead of making them go to school. The families feel
that people pay more if children are sent for soothsaying.
Suicide rate is high among child sooth Sayers.
CHILDREN WORKING IN BRICKLINS
Children are used
extensively in the Bricklins of South India as they are considered
to be more effective due to their small size. This is a seasonal
industry that recruits children during peak summer. Exploitation is
high as children are forced to work hard for long hours in the hot
CHILDREN FROM BROKEN HOMES IN
Children in urban slums
with a single parent or guardian are usually forced to drop out of
school and find jobs. Most of these children end up as domestic
helpers, rag pickers, helpers in mechanic shops or sometimes even
beggars. Disease and mal nutrition is prevalent and the involvement
in crime is high.
MIGRANT CHILDREN PROGRAM
Shabnam Resources works closely with
Ind US Child Labour Programme,
International Labour Organisation and the Tamil Nadu government in
the rescue and rehabilitation of children used as labourers in and
around Chennai. Shabnam sets up Transitional Educational Centers
for children of migrant workers to help the children get a feel
of mainstream education before they are formally inducted into a
regular school. Since most of the children have never been to a
school the teachers face a daunting task in getting the kids to sit
in class for a length of time. Cash incentives are given to
encourage them to attend the classes regularly. The Transitional
School admits children between 4 and 14 years. After 2 years they
are helped to get admission into a government run school where they
will receive formal education. Parents of these children are helped
to get permanent work with the help of the collectorate. Since many
of the migrant workers hail from North India, the need for hindi
speaking teachers is great.
We operate a Foster Care center for children from
broken home situations in Chennai city.
The center offers after school care that includes education
following the play way method and a nutritious snack. On weekends
the children are treated to a sumptuous mid day meal, snacks and
innovative activities that enrich their young minds. They are often
taken on field trips where they are taught valuable lessons on a
first hand basis.
The children are taught principles of cleanliness, awareness on
substance abuse, moral studies etc. Most of the children become
moral ambassadors positively impacting their environment and homes.
Shabnam's foster care center currently operates out of a rented
This photo has a long story behind it. It
was found in a random study in our state that out of 1000 elderly
people, 737 are uncared for or abused. Now imagine the status of 20
million elderly. Yes we do have strong laws and a few care centers. But
most of the elderly are forced to take employment for food and clothing
and shelter and they sometimes face the wrath of uncaring, drunken sons
or daughters who try to exploit them. Many times the elders starve for
lack of food and are forced to discontinue their medication. We are
planning to introduce a cheap fashion jewellery unit, where the elderly
can just sit and do small work for couple of hours and have a decent
lunch. The proceeds of the sale of these less priced jewellery would go
towards this cause. We are also planning to hire the best designer for
these jewelery who has special training from Italy. What we need is a
small capital to run the unit. If anybody wishes to donate, your
donations are tax deductible. The bright side of the story in the photo
is somebody invited our elders, providing them with good clothing which
they are attired in and some gifts and food for the wedding of their
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You may send in your donations by cheque or Demand
Draft favouring 'Shabnam Resources' to Shabnam Resources, (REGD. Charitable Non Profit Trust)
Old # 5 New #13 , Buddha Street,
Rangarajapuram Chennai 600 024
Phone: +91 44 2472 1379
When you send a gift to Shabnam you are making an investment in the
lives of needy children and we take that very seriously. We stand
accountable before you and God to honor that investment.
will provide one nutritious meal for a child for a week.
Rs.2000.00 - a sumptuous meal of pulao rice, chicken/rich vegetable
curry, vegetable raitha and dessert for 30 children.
sumptuous meal of pulao rice, chicken/rich vegetable curry, vegetable raitha and
dessert for 30 children on Saturday and Sunday.
provides an education kit for a child. Includes shoes, note books,
pencils, pens, crayons and a bag.
provides a bedding kit for a child or elderly person.
TUPA GREETING CARDS
One of the self sustaining initiatives of Shabam Resources is the
promotion of hand painted/crafted cards designed and created by our
own children. Aptly named TUPA (The underpriveleged angels) a box of 10
TUPA cards may be purchased for
Rs.500 plus shipping & handling. Greet your loved ones with a
Shabnam card and provide a safe environment for an abused child.
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