Rapid Assessment Survey (RAS)
In collaboration with YaR Netwok (Young at Risk Forum) and Don Bosco Research Centre, Mumbai, Don Bosco Veedu Society is conducting a rapid assessment survey to find the number of street children in Trivandrum. The area covered in the survey consists of 100 wards under the Corporation of Trivandrum city. The survey is carried out in collaboration with the Social Justice Department of the Government of Kerala. Two ICDS – anganwadi workers from each ward of the corporation were selected to conduct the survey. 184 anganwadi workers participated in the training programme conducted by us on 28th of August 2013
The survey consists of ward wise head counting of street children and interview of three street children from every ward of the corporation. The aim of the survey is to provide information to NGOs, the State Governments, and other stakeholders for planning and implementing a well-coordinated program to meet street children’s needs and respect their basic rights. It also is an opportunity to evaluate the impact of our work for street children since 1991. A survey was conducted by Don Bosco Veedu society in 1994 to determine the number of street children and it was found that there were over 2000 children in the city. Identifying areas where there are street children is also in view of rescuing and protecting them. Our aim is to create a street children free Trivandrum with on the spot intervention to rescue and rehabilitate any child who reaches the streets of Trivandrum.
The survey is being carried out and we hope to finish the same and begin the tabulation and publishing work by 20th of this month.