Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Thrusday Meetings

The proposed meeting on the 4th of October ( Thursday) will be in the premises of CLR ( Center for learning resources) at 2 pm.

Each of the groups developing material for the 4 priority thrust areas will be presenting their observations for 15 minutes each, rest of the time shall be used for discussions.

It is requested that all of the members get in touch with the rest and ensure maximum participation.


Friday, September 21, 2007

Change of Meeting date

Dear All,
This is to inform you that the Fund raising and fund management committee meeting has been postpone from 21/09/07 to 24/09/07 at 10:00 in the morning at Asha-Kiran's office, Kindly take note of this.

Manish Shroff

Thursday, September 20, 2007

observations on working group - Waiting for comments

Working group members who are going to be meeting/talking to heads of
member organisations: In our meeting regarding structure yesterday,
the following role for the convener organasation was envisaged. You
could discuss this with the org. heads you meet. I have checked out
with George (tdh) that it is entirely feasible and legal, especially
so if the funding is Indian. If we get even 5 orgs on board, we are
set for 10 years!
The convener organiasation puts up ARC as a two year project under its
advocacy activities. The concept, proposal and budget will be written
for them by ARC EC and also the funding will be found by ARC. They
need not worry about finding it, just putting it up. When approved,
the org will open a separate account for the project. The project will
have in it a full time administrative-cum-documentation person, who
will be located in the org, along with her/his computer and cell
phone, for the two years, and will handle all accounting and admin
matters, documentation, organising events if any, etc. The convenor's
work will be substantially reduced as there will be four or five other
people sharing it, about which more later.
The organisation can report on the ARC programmes as part of its work
in its own annual report, as long as it is made clear that the work
done was by network members, not the org alone. ARC will of course
prepare its own comprehensive report.
The rest of the proposed structure will be presented to the GB at the
meeting on Oct.4, along with the other group reports. This particular
thing I am sending you early is to help you to discuss this
possibility with org heads.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Survey of child rag pickers being organised by KKPKP


All member Organisations,

Action for Rights of Child, Pune

Dear All,

Greetings from KKPKP

This letter is in continuation with the discussion we had about about KKPKP’s Child labour Campaign with the ARC coordinator and convenor.

As you are aware KKPKP has been engaged in organizing waste collectors of Pune City. We have total membership of 6200 in KKPKP. The members of KKPKP had taken an oath several years ago to their children to school and not to pick waste. Since then we have seen drastic reduction in child labour in waste picking industry. KKPKP was also involved with other groups in India to ban child labour in waste collecting. The law considers Waste collecting as a hazardous industry and not suitable for children to work in this situation.

Unfortunately we still see children collecting waste, although the number is much smaller. We estimate around 200 children compared to thousands of children a decade ago.

We are conducting a three day survey and doing a month long intensive Campaign to identify all the child labourers in waste industry in Pune city and provide them with alternatives.

We have three-pronged approach to do this rapid survey/Campaign:

1.A three day city wide survey once in the morning and once late afternoon with the participation of student and citizen’s volunteers

2.An intensive campaign with Scrap Dealers to participating to end child labour in waste industry

3.A hotline that will be taking calls from citizens who will call us if they find child labours in waste picking industry.

If some of the member organisations could participate in the three day intensive survey that would be very helpful. We can also the further details of the campaign in the next scheduled meeting of ARC.

I would be happy to answer any questions you may have and please feel to call me for any more information you may need.

In Solidarity.

Shabana Diler



Monday, September 17, 2007

List of the Thrust areas identified in the workshop and the teams formed to look into them

Thrust area

1: - Developing a framework for child rights

2: - Developing structural mechanisms to strengthen

3: - Fund raising and fund management

3: - Establishing relations between members and ARC as a members body

5: - Process documentation of ARC

6: - To work with external systems

7: - Developing communication material for ARC

7: - Increased focus on child participation

Teams Prepaed to look into the above mentioned areas

Area 1: - Shabana, Sonal, Ingrid, Rashmi

Area 2: - Mini, Audry, Anjali, Ujjwala, Manish, Nirmala

Area 3: - Shashi, Manish, Joan, Smitha, Tania, Nirmala

Area 3: - Anjali, Ruma, Ujjwala, Raju, Prakash, Jyotika

Area 5:- Ingrid, Manish

Area 6: - Nirmala, Anjali, Mini

Area 7: - Manish, Shashi, Tania, Smitha

Area: - 7 Jyothi, Audrey

  • Please do note that the Team leaders ( They are the people in BOLD) shall be presenting an action plan on the 4th of october 2007

    Wednesday, September 12, 2007

    ARC Restructuring meeting

    A workshop to help in restructuring ARC was conducted on the 12th September 2007. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Rajshree Mathani. Some of the important conclusion of the workshop were

    1: - Formation of a working group: - The working group consisting of five members was formed to look into various fund management options, the working committee was also entrusted with the job of designing a questionnaire and collecting feedback from all of the member organisations. Findings of the working group would enable ARC in taking important decisions on fund management, location / role of convener & level of participation of the organisation which is taking the responsibility of hosting ARC.

    The working committee would also give a complete report on how various heads of organisations feel about taking on the financial management of ARC and the committee shall also be recommending the best future action.

    2: - 7 important area were identified and members of ARC have volunteered to be a part of various processes. These areas have been prioritised and it has been mutually agreed that a working document which can be adopted by the forum with complete consent of all of the members shall be prepared in a time span of six months.

    A first draft - Action plan shall be presented by team leaders for each of the thrust areas on the 4th of october.