Apeksha Homoeo Society (AHS) that was established in 1980 as a grassroots NGO in Teosa block of Maharashtra’s Amravati district has grown from a small team of dedicated social activists to a large group of professionals with multi-dimensional skills. It has now spread its glorious network in the entire district of Amravati and some pockets of Akola, Washim and Wardha districts of Maharashtra. Apeksha Homoeo Society works mainly with the vulnerable and downtrodden children who are deprived of their rights in the society. The socio-economic conditions of these children have been beneficial for some sections of the society who have taken undue advantage of their situation. They work as labourers in hotels, houses and in hazardous environment. AHS strongly believes in child participation i.e. children’s right to participate in making decisions that affect their lives. The activities for promotion of child participation have enabled socio-economically deprived children from the project areas of AHS to have access to education and economic opportunities to lead a progressive life.AHS strives for the implementation of basic principles for emancipation of child labor such as:•All children must attend full time formal day school•All labour in any form is hazardous and harmful for the child’s growth•Total abolition of child labour•Any justification perpetuating the existence of child labor is censurable•Every child should be given quality education•Any child out of school is a child labour•Every child should be given its rightsAHS has closely observed the social and economic changes, which children can bring in the society if they are facilitated properly and adequately. There are examples where children’s groups have taken initiatives to solve the issues that adults have shown reluctance to address. AHS addresses issues related to the education of children such as access to schools; quality education; enrolment and retention of children; relevance of education to their lives; high drop out rate especially amongst girls and advocacy. AHS has raised various advocacy issues and initiated activities at the village block and state level to ensure child right to education and protection. The organization has identified these issues and discussed them with the government officials and elected members so that the government introduced schemes may be properly implemented.The organization has implemented the following strategies:•Creating awareness and mobilizing public opinion and support for policy changes•Involving media and adopting campaigning strategies to highlight children’s issues•Lobbying with MLAs and MPs•Filing PILs in the High CourtAHS has a well-developed resource centre situated at Gurukunj-Mozari. The six-months bridge course for dropout children is conducted in its premises. After the completion of the course, the children are then mainstreamed in full day formal schools. Since its inception, AHS responded to malnutrition affecting the children of ‘Korku’ tribal people by providing curative healthcare through the use of homoeopathic medicines, nutritional services and immunization in collaboration with government agencies. Under the child nutrition programme, all children below three years old were covered. The general body is the apex of AHS consisting of 12 members. The general body meets two times a year and the executive body consisting of 9 members holds its meetings four times in a year. The overall day-to-day activities lie with the Executive Director, Dr Madhukar N Gumble. Contact:Dr Madhukar N. Gumble, Executive Director Apeksha Homoeo Society Gurukunj-Ashram, Mozari Taluka Teosa, District Amravati– 444 902 (Maharashtra, India)Phone no: 0721 – 224240/224100/224087 Email: email@example.comHow to reach: Teosa is located at a distance of 40 km from Amravati. After reaching Amravati, one can reach Teosa by a State Transport bus.By air: Nagpur is the nearest airport at a distance of 155 km.By rail: Nagpur is the terminus of the branch line of Central Railway on Mumbai-Kolkata main line. Amravati is well connected to other parts of the country by a wide rail network.By road: State Transport buses connect Amravati with other parts of Maharashtra through a wide network of roads.... ...
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