During this journey, Ehsaas has reached out to around 3000 children by safely restoring them to families, shelters, rendering nutrition, health, vocational training,dedication services or, provided support to families in crisis, The changes in the lives of children cannot be expressed with mere numbers, rather these are experiences that words cannot express. Our success is not how many children we reached out to but what change we brought to their life. Success is just a milestone, one after other. Yes, the challenges are countless, as they have always been, but nothing can deter us from our mission to bring a smile and childhood back to every child that we come across.
1. The unabated efforts of Ehsaas have moulded Lucknow’s Charbagh Railway Station into India’s first Child Friendly Railway Station. This was the outcome of the Railway Children Surveillance and Protection Mechanism (RCPSM) created by Ehsaas. This program has created a risk free environment for children on the Railway platforms.
Police which was a key abuser has adopted child friendly procedures. The model joins hands with all the stakeholders, especially the government agencies/departments and the Civil Society to create an environment that ensures protection of all the children from abuse and exploitation. This model is considered a ‘Best Practice’ and worth replication on other stations with minimum investment as it helps identify core reasons and source areas for preventive intervention by The Ministry of Women and Child Development.
2. Gharonda : This self supported children home has been providing shelter to children in difficult circumstances since 2005. Here children could get an exposure of formal school education, health, nutrition, recreation, vocational training and all round personality development in an environment of love and care. So that they could be transformed into the responsible citizens of our nation.
3.Building Association of Street Children (2003 – 2004) – In this initiative street children could be educated, trained and organized into an association in Lucknow. This was supported by Action Aid.
4. Pahal – 500 Street Children got an insight into the issue of reproductive and sexual health in the counselling sessions which were held for them.
5. Ehsaas conducted many surveys and studies on street children. Survey of Child Labourers in Hazardous occupations in Lucknow and Raibareilly was one such survey conducted by Ehsaas.
6. Ehsaas ran two schools for child labourers in Lucknow from 2005 to2006. So, children could get regular schooling and this way Ehsaas could contribute in the implementation of National Child Labour Protection scheme.
7. In the year 2005, under HIV/AIDS awareness program for street and working children, children could be oriented on this issue and they were able to know the methods of preventing themselves from this deadly disease. This initiative was supported by UNICEF.
8. Hope Caravan: Through this program, the number of street and working children could be estimated in the city of Lucknow.
9. UDAY: Because of this initiative the street and working children could be mainstreamed in Lucknow city. Ehsaas could contribute by enriching the environment for their learning and participation. This initiative was supported by Action Aid in 2006.
10. Mission Protection: Through this program a effective advocacy was done for a Child Protective Environment in Uttar Pradesh.
11. Arushi – The condition of 2 institutions in Lucknow was improved under Juvenile Justice Act. All 650 home care staff was trained on psycho social care, child rights and JJ act. This initiative was supported by UNODC and Department of Women and Child Development from 2008 to 2009.
12. Ehsaas has developed a Rehabilitation Support Mechanism. This mechanism is a family strengthening model to reunify the children with their families and assured their retention. The program could make a visible change in the condition of reunified children in 5 districts of Uttar Pradesh i.e. Moradabad, Raibareilly, Sultanpur, Barabanki and Bahraich where it is getting implemented. The children have started leading an abuse and exploitation free life.
13. Ehsaas has established a Child Rights Resource Centre. This is a Centre to develop a constructive environment for children’s rights by creating a training and information hub and congregating evidence for advocacy through research and documentation.
14. Ehsaas has been able to influence the protection scenario of children in the State of Uttar Pradesh. Its General Secretary became a member of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights of Uttar Pradesh
15. The General Secretary of Ehsaas Mrs. Shachi Singh is the Convenor of State level NGO Consortium on Child Protection in Uttar Pradesh named ‘Children First’. The capacity of the workers of more than 50 organisations in 70 districts could be built under this consortium.
16. The General Secretary of Ehsaas Mrs. Shachi Singh has contributed by writing many National and State level reports. She was the Consultant for Alternate CRC Report of Uttar Pradesh to the UN Child Rights Committee.
17. On August 14, 2013, the Ambassador of United States in India Ms. Nancy Powell visited the Drop – In – Centre of Ehsaas. She deeply appreciated the work and spirit of Ehsaas directed towards the betterment of the lives of children.
18.The Vocational Unit of Ehsaas which makes hand made paper products and organises training for various group is supporting several children every year. The Unit got a boost when Ehsaas put up a stall in the United States Embassy AWA Mela at New Delhi to showcase its work and products. The Embassy sponsored its stall.
19. Ehsaas got applauded at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Expert Consultation on November 1, 2011. Here, work of Ehsaas was mentioned in a presentation made by the Railway Children (India).
20. Ehsaas got mention in the Sub – Committee Report (November 07 – March 08) of Review of Operations of Observation and Children’s Home of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
21. On November 20, 2008 which is celebrated as Universal Child Rights Day, U.P.’s First Children’s Parliament was held at UP Legislative Assembly at Lucknow. History was created as 70 children from different parts of U.P. participated in this Parliament. On this occasion the children could present a Manifesto in the Parliament and appealed that they should be granted the rights they deserve.
22.Ehsaas’s General Secretary Mrs. Shachi Singh was honoured with The Amazing Indian Award in the year 2012.
23.Mrs. Shachi Singh was felicitated with The HT Woman of the Year -1st Runner Up Award by the Hindustan Times Group in 2013 for her contribution in the field of Child welfare.