This is the fourth and last article in our series titled “You are our Hero”, for older children. Please download the article and share with your older kids as well as those from your neighborhood.
It has some guidelines for the children, on project planning and implementation of outreach.
Hi Girls and Boys,
This is the fourth and last article in our series. It is Part II of the last article on “Outreach by our Hero”. It offers some ideas for more outreach projects and guidelines for conduct of the project planning and implementation.
More project ideas
- Hold workshops for making soft toys to be distributed to children in need. E.g. Children need some play toys when they are hospitalized. Think of other places for distribution.
- Have workshops on book binding or other such ventures, for deserving candidates, whose families need to augment their income at home. Help them initially to get orders from shops, and so on. Take help of resource people whenever you need them.
- Hold demonstrations and talks on healthy eating habits in collaboration with colleges and NGOs dealing with that subject.
- Inaugurate a book club for older children, at a place of your choice. Enroll members. Discuss how you want to set it up. Members then spend time in the club discussing the book they have read. Let a resource person guide the discussions in small groups.
Suggested Guidelines on Project planning
- Have all the necessary permissions before you begin the project. Don’t forget to take permission from your parents.
- Identify like minded children to work with you.
- Identify parents and teachers who believe in your projects and want to see you through it. They should provide help, supervision and monitoring of your project.
- Hold regular discussions at convenient timings, to discuss about resources such as money, donations in kind, etc, and the different steps you must follow for your project.
- Someone should keep attendance, work done, and work to be done.
- In the beginning let the adults take the lead. You can be a trainee for sometime.
- Make a project plan with resource requirement and addresses where you can find them.
- Plan dates in advance for all kinds of working plans.
- Use leaflets for distribution after each workshop is completed. Knowledge is always a motivator to put suggestions into action.
- Use photos to demonstrate actual reality of a subject matter.
- After you plan the project, identify resource persons to conduct talks and conduct workshops.
- Let the Local/school authorities and NGOs take the lead in getting bulk resources and reaching products to deserving candidates after a workshop produces items such as soft toys or paper bags. But you should monitor if the consignment has reached the beneficiaries or not.
- When the project is over, send thank you notes to people who have helped in the completion of your project.
- At completion of project, take a call if you want to extend or close it.
- Make a project review report at the end and discuss with interested parties.
Make your own guidelines as you gain experience of working on projects.
Don’t give up no matter how long it takes. Be clear about your goals and jog along with persistence. If you take everyone along, the group members will all be motivated about the project implementation.
All the best Heroes