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Art therapy training for the social workers of Sharana

To train Sharana’s social workers involved in the shelter program to address and work with children by using Art Therapy technique. In its shelter program, Sharana is working for the children who are physically, mentally and emotionally affected. Rehabilitation is very important for children who underwent traumatic situations in their life. It is important to address the deep root emotional issues of the children and heal them. Art Therapy will certainly play a crucial role in reaching out to many of Sharana’s beneficiaries as well as the Social workers.
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8 social workers
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The volunteer will work mostly along with Manuel, Sharana’s social worker who is responsible of the Night Shelter and current Art Therapy activities. Manuel is an Indian national. He completed a Diploma in Computer Science and was professionally trained as continental cook. However, after some time, Manuel moved to volunteer work with Non Profit Organization. He has a 5 year work experience with children emotionally affected. He has undergone professional training on Child Trafficking, Child abuse, Art Therapy and child sexual abuse and prevention. He is an open dedicated and smart man who speaks English fluently. The training will help Manuel to improve his Art Therapy practice and to introduce this practice to other social workers. The other social workers will also take part in the training sessions. All of them are in contact with the beneficiaries on a daily or regular basis: Vetrivelan : A senior Social worker who oversees all the projects of Sharana John Peter : In-charge of the Sponsorship Programme Ravi Anand : Works in the Sponsorship programme Anbazagan: In-charge of the vocational training for boys who are school drop outs. Amla : Responsible for the girls programme Idaymani : Responsible for the drop in centre, outreach and mobile library Vadivu: Responsible for the drop in centre and early childhood programme They all work on a regular basis with the children benefiting from Sharana’s projects.All the Social workers have a fairly good spoken English capacity and are between 25 to 45 years old. All of them have been trained to work with children having difficulties. Most of them have degrees in social work, some have more advanced degrees than others. Their levels of experience are also different.0
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Sharana was established in July 2000 by Rajkala Partha, a Chennai-trained social worker with a post graduate degree in Rural Development from Madras Christian College. It is meant to address the educational needs of children in Pondicherry and its surrounding villages. Meanwhile a group of volunteers in France created Sharana France, an independent but closely allied organization. Sharana is a social and development organization acting for neglected socio-economically disadvantaged children. It is devoted to the caring of younger siblings and helps families to increase their income through employment. The main objectives of the organization are: - To help children obtain their rights to education, by supporting their families who then do not need to make their children work. That, in turn, means - To support them to resume their formal education. Via individual sponsorship and collective sponsorship programs, needy children receive a financial support for tuition, books, backpacks, school supplies, healthcare, and homework help. - To support parents to earn livelihoods, so they can in turn support their children’s right to pursue a formal education. - To address childcare, medical, nutritional, emotional, economic, and other needs, as well as creating spaces where communities can gather to attend the issues that concern them. In January 2003 Sharana opened its first Community building housing, a Crèche, a dispensary and a meeting room in Angalakuppam which is located about 15 kms from Pondichery, an agricultural and mono-caste village, to free older siblings from the responsibilities of childcare and enable them to return to school. Meanwhile families received a sponsorship to be able to send older siblings to school. By February 2011, on a one hectare field in Aranganur (20kms from the town off the route to Cuddalore), Sharana launched another project and erected a large building housing a Crèche, a Carpentry Training Center, a Spirulina farm, a vegetable garden and a banana plantation. In January 2012 the Kalki Welfare society, a non-profit organization, started in 2008, merged with Sharana. Kalki was especially working for street children (school drop-outs, working children, HIV-positive children and orphans) in and around Pondicherry. The aim is to provide protection, education, shelter, health services and recreation to vulnerable children of Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu. Kalki’s Shelter program was started in the year 2009, for children who need protection and safety. The families, who live on the street, don’t have enough income to run their family and parents are often addicted to alcohol. The homeless children are facing different problems like dropping out from school, abuse, neglect, physical harassment, especially girls are most vulnerable to abuse and early marriage. The Shelter is now called Sharana Night Shelter. To help these children, it is providing safety, protection and re-habilitation to these children. 46 staff members work for Sharana in the central office on Lally Tollendal street, at the drop-in center in Pondichery, at the night shelter in Morattandy and at the rural centers in Angalakuppam and Aranganur. There are 9 qualified Social workers, 9 animators, 10 field assistants, 8 teachers, 2 administrative staff and 8 caretakers. There are also volunteers who assist beneficiaries or specific projects and day-to-day activities. In total, approximately 1300 families are receiving sponsorship assistance from Sharana in 19 Main Areas with 64 sub areas in and around Pondicherry.
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The volunteers will be picked up by Sharana’s car and driver and transferred in Pondicherry’s Guest House. (2 hours and a half time)
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Madras [Meenambakkam]
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The volunteer will sleep in a Guest house in Pondicherry or in Auroville according to Sharana’s driver and car availability for daily transfer to the place of intervention. The accommodation will -offer attached bath room and toilet, -fan, -night & day watch man, -filtered water.
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The Shelter is in a large property between Pondy town and Auroville, in Morattandy. Spaces available at the shelter include a large open porch area and a large room which can be organized as needed for the instructor. Similar spaces are available at the Aranganur resource center, which may be an even better location for working with social workers as it is in the midst of agricultural land and other Sharana projects. Meals would be possible in both locations, but easier to organize at Aranganur. Note books, color paint, pencils, papers will be available for the volunteer. Sharana can supply the material. If a mission requires a different type of material the volunteer will have the possibility to bring some more specialized equipment or supplies with the help of Planète Urgence. .
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