CHILDREN'S PROGRAM AANGAN

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Aangan, Rozan’s oldest program, works on the emotional health of children and youth with a particular focus on child sexual abuse (CSA).

Aangan is an Urdu word that means ‘courtyard’, and as such, represents a secure and safe place for children to play. The programme started its work with children and mothers in an effort to raise awareness on child sexual abuse. However, keeping in view the strictly-tabooed nature of the subject as well as a need to address the issue of child sexual abuse with a more holistic and empowering framework for children and youth, Aangan now addresses the issue of child sexual abuse within the overall context of emotional health.

Aangan also works as a resource center on child sexual abuse. It carries out its activities by raising awareness in communities on the issue and building the capacity of concerned institutions like schools, hospitals and other NGO’s on the subject.

How Aangan works

Awareness-raising:

Aangan raises awareness on child sexual abuse, child body protection, children’s emotional health, and life skills by conducting orientations or seminars with community groups and schools.

Aangan also organizes public campaigns to raise awareness on the subject. It has run a series of Campaigns, the most recent being the “Stop CSA” Campaign which involved over 5000 adults.

Life Skills Education

Aangan works with schools on life skills education. It helps schools build an environment which values the emotional development of children. Aangan is currently working with community-based schools and educational institutions of different socio-economic backgrounds like SLS, EMS, SOS Village around Islamabad-Rawalpindi. Life skills cover the following topics:

  • Feelings
  • Anger management/Conflict Resolution
  • Sadness
  • Self-esteem/Self-acceptance
  • Gender
  • Tolerance
  • Body Protection
  • Communication Skills

Capacity-building:

Aangan also builds capacity of concerned stakeholders on the issues around CSA.

Aangan trains CBOs and NGOs to work on the issue of child sexual abuse in their respective communities. Aangan has also enhanced the capacity of concerned institutions such as hospitals and schools for addressing the issue at institutional level.

Aangan has established Child Protection Committees (CPCs) in 4 peri-urban areas in Rawalpindi (Rehmatabad, Dhok Munshi, Quaidabad, Bangash Colony). These committees involve community members who work on a voluntary basis and have taken on the responsibilities of conducting awareness-raising sessions on child sexual abuse with adults and handling cases of child sexual abuse arising from within their respective communities.

Research

In an effort to increase knowledge and evidence to support the work of Aangan, the programme also conducts small scale studies and secondary data analysis from time to time. In 2002, for example, an the programme analysed two hundred letters received by survivors, highlighting the important dynamics of child sexual abuse, such as the age of the child at the time of abuse, its forms, frequency of abuse, therelationship of the child to the abuser, etc. . Another study in 2010, explored the knowledge and practices of doctors on child sexual abuse.

Past Highlights:

  • Aangan conducted awarness raising campaign to launch the animation on life skills titled “Khud aagahi ka safar Tinkoo Tina kay Sath” and reached to 5000 children and adults
  • Aangan completed its “Stop Child Sexual Abuse” campaign successfully with 5000 participants.
  • Aangan has also developed three cartoon animations, “Tinkoo Tina I, II and III” to raise awareness on child sexual abuse among parents and children.

Publications:

  • ‘It’s my body with Tinkoo and Tina’. A book on body protection for ages 8 to 12 years. (Available in Urdu, English, Pashto and Sindhi).
  • ‘Keeping our children safe’. A guide for parents (Available in English and Urdu).
  • ‘Tahaffuz hamara haq hai’. A booklet for 12-18 year olds on body protection
  • ‘Teacher’s training module on life skills education’. (Available in English and Urdu).
  • ‘The Bitter Truth: Analysis of 200 letters from victims and survivor of child sexual abuse’. (Available in English ).
  • ‘Umeed e Nau’. A report on Rehmatabad community project on child protection. (Available in Urdu).
  • ‘Aao mil kar kaam karein Tinkoo Tina kay sath’. An activity workbook for 8-12year olds on life skills. (Available in Urdu).
  • ‘Child Sexual Abuse: Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices amongst doctors in Rawalpindi Islamabad’. A Research Report (Available in English and Urdu).
  • Snakes & Lader with Tinkoo & Tina. A game on communication and social skills for 8-12 year old children and adolescents.

Animation CDs:

  • “Apni hifazat ki baat Tinkoo Tina kay Sath”

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A short animation on body protection for 8- 12 year olds

  • “Khud aagahi ka safar Tinkoo Tina kay Sath”

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A short animation on life skills for 8- 12 year olds.

  • “Khamoshi ko torain Tinkoo Tina kay Sath”

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A short animation on child sexual abuse for 12- 18 year olds