Founder's Note

Founder HBT - Dharitri PatnaikIt has been an eventful year for us in Humara Bachpan Trust(HBT). We deepened our work with women and children through new partnerships and strength our previous work.

We continue to work in partnership with Railway Children India & Childline India Foundation on child protection in Bhubaneswar Railway Station in identifying, counseling and helping runaway and trafficked children. The leanings from this programme are helping us understand the huge issues in child protection.

Empowering women with tools and knowledge will enable them to become economically independent and contribute to household income and family welfare. This will result in sustainable livelihood and increase women’s participation in household decisions and in the workforce. India witnessed a decline in women’s participation in the workforce for various reasons. Inadequate skills and child care support are primary reasons for women to drop out of the workforce. Through the Special Project of Prime Minister Kaushal Vikash Yojna (PMKVY) of National Skill Development Corporation, we made forays into skill development. We trained 1500 women in various job roles from the slums of Bhubaneswar. We incorporated our core area of work on early childhood development by having crèches in the training centers for the trainees.

While working with children and communities in urban neighbourhoods, we realised the neglected area of urban planning for disaster. Continuous urban floods hampered the daily lives and destroyed the livelihood and houses of the communities we work with. This led us to develop a methodology to address this issue by conducting Community Resilient Analysis and Action Plan (CRAA) in the slums of Bhubaneswar city. The plans have been shared with relevant authorities to take into cognizance the suggestions of people while preparing the city plans for addressing the issues.

Our work in partnership with Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited and UNFPA with adolescent girls and boys in making Bhubaneswar a Socially Smart City has taught us key lessons in working with adolescent boys and girls. We are trying to take forward these learnings to other cities where we work.

In early 2018, we started our work in rural areas with women farmers. Starting it in Puri district of Odisha, we have mobilised women and trained them in mushroom cultivation. We envisage our rural enterprise and development work with women to emerge as a flagship programme.

Nine children from slums of Bhubaneswar and Mumbai were sponsored by HBT with scholarships from Centurion University and got admission in undergraduate and diploma courses. This is part of our work to create pathways for our child leaders.

Thank you for your continues support.

Founder & Executive Chairman

Dharitri Patnaik