Ashraya (Aug 2016- Jul 2020)

Ashraya meaning 'abode' is an Emergency Receiving Facility (ERF) for girl children subjected to abuse and exploitation, especially from ten to fifteen years of age, or vulnerable to such situations. The ERF was established in September 2016 with support from World Childhood Foundation. It has a capacity of ten residents at a time. Besides providing food and shelter, the residents receive services from a holistic approach entailing psychosocial counseling, medical care, education, legal aid and recreation among others.

Kumudini believes that girl children are abused mostly due to dysfunctional family, weak family/community protection mechanism, instability in the family and poverty. It is also realized that the initial days after abuse are crucial as these children are in utmost need of psychosocial counseling, care and protection. But, it is also essential to start thinking about her reintegration, either back to the family or elsewhere, wherever she is safe and protected. Thus, Kumudini conducts family counseling as well as risk assessment in order to find out the next best place for the child. Under the purview of this project,

Kumudini is strengthening its coordination with different government bodies such as Central Child Welfare Board (CCWB), District Child Welfare Board (DCWB), Women and Children Service Centre (WCSC), One-Stop Crisis Management Centre (OCMC) and the court. Similarly, it is working towards forming an informal network of care-givers from different organizations by providing platform to orient them and discuss on different issues such as positive discipline, nutrition, basics of psychosocial counseling etc.

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