Sathiya - KidsRights
“Let’s work hard until we reach our goal!”
Name

Sathiya

Country of origin
India
Current country
India
Age
22
Theme:
Loves: Reading

Sathiya has thought about his environment and the problems it faces since he was very young. This is why he joined a youth network. Together they fight for the environment. He knows a lot about it and has already organized a few campaigns and events.

He likes to share his experiences and to discuss problems with the environment and their solution.

His dream is to pass on a clean environment to future generations.

Highlights

Environment
Kids4SDGs
What is the problem?  Maxwell notices that few people around him know what the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are. The SDGs have been drawn up by the United Nations with the aim to bring an end to poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. The SDGs are meant to make the world nicer, fairer and cleaner. In Maxwell’s community, education is qualitatively poor and little attention is being paid to the environment. He wants to do something about this and therefore he is taking action. What is Maxwell’s solution? With his project Kids4SDGs, Maxwell wants to focus on the improvement of knowledge about the SDGs among children between the age of 6 and 19 years old. He is aiming at education and environment. In this way he wants to motivate children to take action on these two themes. Maxwell will start with giving weekly information sessions about SDGs (aimed at environment and education) at two schools in his neighbourhood. He will, amongst other subjects, talk about how one can become a changemaker and how important it is to stand up for your own community. During these sessions the students will also learn writing and presentation skills. After that they will plant trees with the participants to make the world a greener place. At the same time a social media campaign will be launched to send his message to a wider audience. What is the goal?  The aim is to encourage children to become changemakers for the two SDG themes: education and environment or other themes which the children are interested in.  “ The world is ours, if we don’t do everything in our power to make it a better place, we would have failed not only ourselves but future generations as well.” – Maxwell How will Maxwell work?  Maxwell will arrange with two schools where the weekly information sessions can take place. He will draw up the content of the information sessions and he will make sure that this will be carried out correctly by his team. He will also be in charge of the social media campaign. W ho does Maxwell need?   ·       Maxwell is working with two different organizations. Colleagues from both organizations will help him with his project. ·       His 20 young volunteers who are helping by giving the information sessions. ·       KidsRights to connect him with other changemakers globally. What does Maxwell need?   ·       Ideas, successes and challenges from other changemakers.
Child labor
Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA)
Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) is KidsRights’ project partner in India. Since 1980 BBA has been fighting the most serious forms of child labour in India. They have been doing this in various ways, from direct rescue missions and information campaigns to changes in national legislation. Through education and poverty reduction they are striving for a future without child labour and child trafficking. BBA was founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner of 2014 Kailash Satyarthi.
Sexual reproduction health
Ballah's Pad4Progress training & campaign
What is the problem? In Liberia menstruation is a big problem for many women and girls. People see it as something negative, while it should be seen as normal. Many girls don’t attend school while on their period. There is also a lack of clean and private toilets, which makes it difficult for girls to freshen up. Another problem is the prohibitive prices of sanitary pads and tampons. Women look for cheaper alternatives but these are often unsanitary and increase the chance of infections. Girls don’t know much about menstruation because of the taboo surrounding it. Ballah wants girls and women to know how to take care of themselves during their menstruation, so they can keep attending school. What is Ballah’s solution? Ballah’s project is called Pad4Progress (P4P). P4P trains women and girls and seeks to raise awareness about menstruation. The training is aimed at girls and young women aged 12 to 24. They are taught about menstruation and how to make affordable sanitary pads at home. An online campaign is aimed at raising awareness about menstruation. The goal is to teach people about menstruation, and so remove its negative image. He will also try to reach the Liberian government, in the hopes of making sanitary pads more affordable. What is his goal?  Ballah hopes to reach 8.000 people with his online campaign and gather 100 participants through his training. He will have accomplished his goal once every girl has access to free sanitary pads and no girl has to miss school because of her period. How does Ballah work?  Ballah is project lead at P4P. His responsibilities are scheduling, finding a location for the training and seeking professionals who are prepared to assist with the training. He will also create the content for the online campaign, which will primarily be about: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR); Ways to make sanitary pads cheaper; Teaching sex education (including education about menstruation) at schools; Clean toilets at schools and other public places. His project team will visit schools in his city to recruit participants for the training. The online campaign will use different forms of social media to reach at least 10.000 online followers. Who does Ballah need?   His Rights Holders Network (RHN) team. Read more about RHN  Professionals and experts who can assist with the training His P4P team, consisting of 15 youths, and supported by youths from his RHN team, schools, and other kid’s rights organizations. Participants for the training What does Ballah need?   Facebook, Instagram en YouTube for the online campaign Flyers Stickers A location for the training A laptop for his presentation Transportation for the trainers Snacks for the participants
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