Humara Bachpan primarily focuses on childhood ( 0-18 years). Programmes and interventions are geared towards addressing the issues of children living in urban poverty.
Early childhood is a critical phase of development. During this stage, children are highly influenced by the environment and the people that surround them. A child forms 700 neural connections every second in the first few years which forms the foundation upon which all learning, behavior and health depends in later years.
Young children are affected by all aspects of city life, be it housing, water, sanitation, healthcare, recreational spaces and transport. Humara Bachpan’s early childhood program focuses on improving the living conditions of children in urban poverty through inclusion of child friendly components in the urban renewal policies and schemes of the government. It primarily focuses on nine components which includes Housing, Water, Sanitation, Power, Early Childhood Care and Education, Public Space, Transportation, Soil and Air.
Young & Adolescent Children
Social change happens when the primary stakeholders find a platform to raise their issues and their voices are heard. Tapping the leadership potential of children from childhood provides the children with opportunities to lead in their communities and society. Humara Bachpan believes that the qualities and potential to become a leader are present in all children and it needs to be cultivated. Our work with children (7 – 18 years) involves building agency of children through various empowering and capacity building processes. Humara Bachpan Leadership programme aims to create and develop child leaders all across the country; a leader who is informed and possesses qualities of courage, integrity, creativity, foresight and confidence. The role of Humara Bachpan lies in building such leadership qualities and skills in children and mentor them.
Humara Bachpan aims at creating empowered children who would possess the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude to understand and raise their voices at different levels, to come out with plausible solutions and bring about change.
The leadership programme is based on three important pillars
Mobilisation: The first step in the process is formation of child clubs. The concept of child clubs looks at how we can create an environment for children growing up in urban poverty to address their issues. It is a space where children learn to be analytical, confident and inculcate problem solving skills. It helps children to develop a sense of competency as a group and also enhances the solidarity within the group. Children come together at neighbourhood, clusters of neighbourhoods, city and national level.