Project Impact on children and their participation.
Yearly assessments, reviews, reflection, study and analysis express the impact on children, their families and the society that they live in. For almost a decade, Jeevanjyothi of Presentation Society Goa has enabled families, communities and villages across 12 talukas of Goa to work towards empowerment and protection of children. By being a link between the orphans, vulnerable ones specially girls and the donors, the NGO has ensured over 600 children to have opportunities that can enable them to light up their future because of our increasing number of individual and institutional donors from within Goa and outside .In addition the unwavering commitment of the staff and its Volunteers also suggest such impact could not have been possible without them.
By and large, children have become aware of their rights besides gaining knowledge of their responsibilities and duties. They are able to attain a degree of recognition and acceptance among adult stakeholders, within and outside their community. By discovering their participatory potential and utilising the opportunities made available to them, they acquire self-esteem; feel more empowered and valued by their families and peers. When children are organized, they have been able to comprehend the significance and the power of collective action.
Children’s participation interventions have initiated a reflective process for the community to know that children are not mere dependents and certainly not a burden on their families and even the community. Children are slowly but gradually being accepted as capable of contributing to developmental and social needs of a community. They are being recognised as visible and potential agents of change who can make a difference where adults may fail.
The Organisation and networks themselves are growing in the process of engagement with children. Their vision and mission is becoming clearer as their community development interventions are becoming child centric. There is commitment to child-centred participatory approaches among an increasing number of staff and development workers. Pursuing children’s participation has meant new questions are being asked at every stage which has ensured a distinct growth curve for the organisation.