HBT’s Leadership Program is designed to empower children, youth and women living in poverty to understand and address issues of their living conditions through adequate training on building their knowledge, skills, behaviour and attitude. This leadership development program aims at building agencies of children, women and youth through various empowering and capacity building processes. The children, youth and women leaders act as catalysts to bring about real changes by being involved in the civic – governance process.
The leadership program is based on three important pillars; knowledge, skills and attitude.
Under the leadership program, the first step is mobilizing children, youth and women in slums and forming groups that are organized and managed by the members themselves. By exercising their rights to participation, the targeted populations can portray their demands before the appropriate authorities.
- Child club meetings and Inter – slum meetings
- Cluster and City level federation of child leaders
- Trainings on urban policies and schemes to child leaders to develop their knowledge
- Trainings on communication, negotiation and problem – solving skills
- Workshops with women leaders on women’s political and economic empowerment
- Observation of 16 days activism for elimination of violence against women and girls
- Legal awareness workshop with women and adolescent girls in slums
- 650 child leaders created at cluster and city level
- Child leaders trained on communication, negotiation, analytical and problem-solving skills. Inter personal skills of child leaders developed
- Children’s participation in national and international conferences sharing their views on role and participation of children in urban governance and city development
- 15000 women and 2000 youth leaders created in 187 slums who are actively involved in the developmental activities in their respective communities
17 Years old Sradhanjali from OUAT Farm gate slum of Bhubaneswar, has shown outstanding leadership skills as a child leader. Sradhanjali joined HumaraBachpan in 2014 and motivated 35 children from her community to form a child club in their slum.
The surroundings in which she lived was typical of any slum with issues like unavailability of clean drinking water, lack of toilet facilities and practice of open defecation. There were no drainage facilities and the whole area was dumped with household garbage and waste products. There were no streetlights and hardly any space for children to play. With the formation of child club, the children under the leadership of Sradhanjali identified and prioritized the issues and presented those to the local authorities through Charter of Demands. Significant changes were brought about in her slum such as building of community toilets, repairing of non- functional tube wells, installation of streetlights and community dustbins.
Due to her outstanding leadership skills, Sradhanjali was selected to participate in the “Children and Youth Assembly” of World Urban Forum conference at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2018. She has also been selected for the HumaraBachpan Fellowship and is currently pursuing Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Centurion University of Technology and Management. She is also one of the Trustees of HumaraBachpan Trust.
Jyoti Prava Nayak
The story of 27 years old Jyoti from Kedarpalli slum is truly inspirational. Hailing from a Dalit community belonging to a family of manual scavengers, Jyoti fought all odds to become the first girl child to complete matriculation from her community. The basic needs of books, clothes or participation in school competitions was far from her reach due to their low financial status and being the fifth and youngest child it was extremely difficult for her. After completion of her matriculation she gave up studies to look for a job so that she would be able to lend a helping hand to her mother in managing the family. She did not want to end up working as domestic help like the women from her family and was determined to do something in which she could give back to the society.
She got associated with an organisation that was looking for girls with matriculation for surveys and there was no looking back thereafter. Meanwhile she completed her intermediate and was the inspiration for her own elder siblings to complete education. She supported her siblings in their education despite facing a lot of criticism from the society on how she was managing the livelihood of her family being a girl. Despite all odds she continued with her job. She got associated with HBT and became a peer leader. She has motivated girl children from her community to complete education and stand on their own feet. She has received self – defence training and encourages other girls on the importance of training. She was spotted by the Founder of HBT during one of her visits to her slum. Impressed with Jyoti’s leadership skills, she offered Jyoti to join HBT as a community mobiliser. She has also been nominated as the “Best Community Mobilizer” by HBT.