In last 22 years, Katha has reached out to 80,00,000 children to date. In 2001 we took the CHALLENGE 2010: No child will live in poverty! In 2010, family earnings in our slum areas steadily improved by the day indeed making the Challenge 2010 come true!
Achievements at a Glance
250,000 children have come into education through Katha. Of this, 85,000 children weaned away from labour or mainstreamed. 9,200 children have graduated from the Katha Lab School in the Govindpuri slum cluster. A study of 400 ‘graduates’ of Katha found that they earned, in 2008, a total of Rs. 45 million (An annual average of Rs. 100,000 per person).
Our community of children is a communITy! By 2009, The Katha InfoTech School had awarded 19,762 children. 317 shopkeepers from our community, 1,112 non-literate women as well as children and youths, of 5-50 years of age have received training in IT.
When women earn, children learn! 138,451 women have been trained to become stable breadwinners and social entrepreneurs, since 1990. A 2008 survey of 1,300 women showed that they earned in total, Rs. 4.2 million a month! Our 2010 survey shows 1,000 of them, in totality, earn about Rs. 7,500,000 per month!
Empowerment through Education
Better access to quality education and a gender sensitive education system is crucial to bring about social enablement. The majority of slum children of migrant families are first generation learners. Over the past twenty two years, Katha has developed and perfected a reading and story pedagogy suited to their needs and proven effective in achieving high performance, attendance and retention rates. Katha has also developed gender sensitive books and learning material for kids and stresses on girl education.
Active participation of young people in decision making to enable greater access to services and resources can only lead to personal authorization. This goal is achieved through mobilization of children and youth in the community and formation of self-help groups, comprising of youth, children and women for addressing issues with an impact on their quality of life and well-being. (Like better water supply and sanitation, and overall slum resurgence.) This is dependent upon capacity building of the groups to become an effective voice in higher levels of governance.
Enabling children and youth to utmost utilize the market opportunities created by globalization by achieving wage or self-employment in manufacturing and services. There exists a wide disparity between male and female wages/income, particularly in the bottom quintile. This discrepancy can be reduced through mobilization and organization of women into trade/service specific economic self-help groups. These SHG’s act as micro saving and finance units and enable their members to access credit from other financial institutions. Also, if the women could contribute to monthly income of the family, their children could go to school. Thus began Katha’s work for women’s economic empowerment and community revitalization through SHE square: Safe Water and Sanitation; Healthcare and Housing; Employment and Empowerment.