EVENTS-2016  
     
     
21st December 2016

At the close of 2017, The Assam Tribune published UTSAH Founder Miguel Das Queah’s thoughts on child rights. The Assam Tribune is a local English daily that has the highest circulation in Assam
     
     
     
19th November 2016

The United Nations' (UN) Universal Children's Day, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day, which also works towards improving children's welfare. On 19th of November 2016, Universal Childrens Day was celebrated in Guwahati. UTSAH and several other organization participated in a Walkathon(from Pan Bazar to Dighalipukhuri) lead by Matri(a children’s organization). 100 children from the UTSAH Child Protection Center of Hafiznagar No2 slum area participated in the event. The walkathon was flagged off by noted Assamese actor Kapil Bora.
     
     
     
16th November 2016

UTSAH’s Founder Miguel Das Queah conducted a training on "Situational analysis of Children in Conflict with Law(CCL) and Children in Difficult Circumstances (CIDC) in Assam" for a training session for Case Workers and Counsellor(Department of Social Welfare, Government of Assam) and MIND India. In the training session, Miguel Das Queah provided statistical analysis of children living in Difficult circumstances like children living in slum areas, children living in hill areas, internally displaced children affected by flood and conflict, street children, children with HIV, orphan children(living in Child Care Institutions) etc.
     
     
15th November 2016

UTSAH’s Founder Miguel Das Queah spoke on the importance of children’s rights at the Rotary Club Guwahati. In his address Miguel Das Queah touched upon the history of the Child Rights movement internationally and nationally. He urged upon all the civil society members to collectively stand for the rights of children and make Assam into a child-friendly State.
     
     
     
     
     
14th November 2016

Sparsh, a school for children in Zoo Road, organized a special event for the children of the UTSAH Child Protection Center on Children’s Day 2016. This effort was guided by the schools commitment towards fulfilling their duties towards marginalized children. 20 children from UTSAH were invited to perform songs and share their stories with the children of Sparsh. This team was led by UTSAH’s Executive Member Ms. Rashmi Tiwari. A special lunch was prepared for the children.
     
 
     
     
14th November 2016

On National Children’s Day, UTSAH launched a social media campaign to raise awareness around the issues of children’s right. Several “information bearing” creatives were launched on UTSAH’s Official page on Facebook and Twitter. The campaign was well accepted by the public and had recorded more than 10,000 views. Also, UTSAH Interns organized a drawing and poetry competition at the Hafiznagar No2 Child Protection Center Bamunimaidam with more than 100 children participating in the event.
     
 
9th November 2016

As a girl from Assam, fbb Femina Miss India 2016 Priyadarshini Chatterjee has devoted herself to the cause of Child Sexual Abuse and have been associated with UTSAH for some time now. Founded in March 3011, UTSAH (Universal Team for Social Action & Help) is a prominent Non Government Organisation, working on Child Rights and Protection in the state of Assam, India.

UTSAH"s current mission is to create safer spaces that ensure survival and protection, and fosters development of children who are in need of care and protection. In 2015, UTSAH launched a center for support for survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. Several cases are referred to this center, where UTSAH provides legal support to children belonging to weaker sections of the society.
     
     
   
28th October 2016

Team from Concept Education distributes Books and Stationaries for the "UTSAH-Concept Community based Child Protection and Education Center" in Fancy Bazar Gate No 3&4, Guwahati, Assam. Concept Education fully sponsors the Center.
     
 
     
     
16th October 2016

UTSAH, in association with Concept Educations launched the Child Protection & Education Programme under which children dwelling in the slums will be provided free basic education. Ashutosh Agnihotri, Commissioner & Secretary, Transport Department, and MD, Smart City Project, Government of Assam, was the chief guest at the programme. Child Protection & Education Programme is an informal study centre where children like school dropouts, child labourers and those who have been through substance abuse will be provided basic education. Classes will be held five days a week for two hours daily and basic subjects like English, Mathematics, Assamese, Science, Poetry, etc., will be taught. Two teachers have been specially appointed for the centre. Apart from the regular classes, the centre also has a lot of extra-curricular activities planned for these children. Talking about UTSAH’s association with Concept, Miguel Das Queah, founder chairperson, UTSAH, said that the collaborative endeavour with Concept Educations would ensure quality education to the marginalised slum area children. Briefing about the initiative, Gautam Saha, director, Concept Educations, said that the initiative was part of its similar endeavours and having UTSAH as a partner gave it more credibility, “as they have been dealing with these children for a considerable period of time due to which we believe this programme will be helpful in changing the lives of these children.”
     
     
     
14th October 2016

In an attempt to ensure prompt action on the part of the Assam police in cases of Child Sexual Abuse(CSA), UTSAH Founder Miguel Das Queah visited the Assam Director General of Police(DGP) Mr. Mukesh Sahai, IPS along with Miss India Priyadarshini Chatterjee. During the interaction with the DGP, Mr. Das Queah raised issues of police-station level apathy while dealing with cases of child sexual abuse and urged him to organize more training sessions for the Police-station level field officers on Child Rights, Juvenile Justice and Protection of Children from Sexual Offence. The DGP assured co-operation in upgrading the police system vis-à-vis cases of sexual abuse in Assam.
     
     
     
11th October 2016

UTSAH organized a social media awareness campaign on the International Day of the Girl Child . "The International Day of the Girl Child" promotes girls’ rights and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys. In a country like India, where gender specific vulnerabilities like marriage, foeticide, infanticide, genital mutilation, procuration, trafficking and sexual abuse are huge; this day calls for reinforcing our stand to protect every child in our country. UTSAH believes that only with the protection of each of girl children can we attain the Sustainable Development Goals. The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”, is a call for action for increased investment in collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data. The online campaign had 3000 views.
     
     
     
6th October 2016

Miss India World 2016, Priyadarshini Chatterjee conducts a session on Child Sexual Abuse(CSA) with children of the Hafiznagar No2 slum area in Guwahati, under the guidance of UTSAh Founder Miguel Das Queah. Priyadarshini has taken up the responsibility of fighting against Child Sexual Abuse(CSA) in Assam and is currently involved with the UTSAH Child Protection Agency, in Guwahati, to spread awareness about CSA and to assist child survivors to achieve justice. Where no one wishes to speak about this dark crucial issue, Priyadarshini has taken a progressive stand to bring CSA issues to the forefront in Assam. Approximately 1500 cases of Child Sexual Abuse(CSA) have been pending in the courts of Assam. Most of the affected are children from low income communities.
     
 
     
     
2nd October 2016

Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated in the UTSAH Hafiznagar No2 Child Protection Programme and the UTSAH Fancy Bazar Gate No 3 & 4 Child Protection Programme. Teachers Jaya Das Chowdhury and Assistant Teacher Rahima Begum conducted various activists at both the centers. 120 children from Hafiznagar No2 and 80 children from the Fancy Bazar Gate No 3 & 4 slum areas paid their tributes to the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. Painting competitions were organized and children of the both the centers were informed about the life and contribution of the Father of the Nation.

     
     
     
27th September 2016

Miss India World 2016 Ms. Priyadarshini Chatterjee re-visits the UTSAH Child Protection Center at the Hafiznagar No2 Slum Area. Ms. Chatterjee conducts a second-round day-long awareness session on Child Sexual Abuse(CSA) with children. She covered relevant sessions on the good and the bad touch and informed children about ways of responding to possible cases of sexual abuse. Founder Chairperson Miguel Queah educated the children on identifying signs of abuse and about the response systems available for support. 120 children from the community attended the programme.

     
     
     
27th September 2016

Founder Chairperson of UTSAH Mr. Miguel Queah conducts training on Child Protection Law and sensitization on Violence against Children for a group of community women from rural Assam covering the Districts of Nagaon, Sivasagar, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Kokrajhar and Golaghat. This session was organized by Mind India in collaboration with Northeast Network Assam.
     
     
     
26th September 2016

Miss International Finalist Miss Rewati Chetri from Assam visited the UTSAH Hafiznagar No2 Child Protection Programme. Ms. Chetri interacted with the children of community and touch upon crucial topics like education, domestic violence, healthcare and sexual abuse among the children.
     
     
     
22nd-23rd September 2016

Founder Chairperson of UTSAH Mr. Miguel Queah moderates the session of the ”Regional Consultation on Adolescence and Child Rights in Assam” organized by NESPYM in collaboration UNICEF. Mr. Queah made a detailed presentation on Violence against children in Assam and initiated a discussion on the role of Legal Services Authority and Childline in providing necessary support in redressal of grievance for survivors of crime. He also made a presentation on the Juvenile Justice(Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015. Debasmita Ghosh from Human Rights Law Network(HRLN) Assam and Nirmal Deka from Childline Guwahati also participated in this particular consultative segment. The Programme was organized at Bosco Reach Out, Guwahati.
     
     
     
4th September 2016

Pinkathon visited the UTSAH-Universal Team for Social Action and Help Child Protection Center at Hafiznagar Phase-2 and facilitated a menstrual health and wellness session. Gynaecologist Dr. Nahid Farzin sensitised the adolescent girls and women on me menstrual health and hygiene including information on proper use of sanitary napkins, disposal methods, etc. After the awareness programme, Tandramoni Kumar conducted an aerobics dance session with the adolescent girls and women. UTSAH Chairperson I/c Shankardev Chowdhury attended the event.
     
 
19th-20th August 2016

UTSAH Interns from University of Birmingham organized a two day tennins tournament at the Guwahati Racquets and Billiards club Guwahati. This tournament was organized to collect funds while raising awareness about child labour in Guwahati City. Around 50 players participated in the programme. Noted Assamese Singer Nahid Afreen and English Singer Joshua Queah performed at the function as Guest artists. Member of R & B Club, Gymkhana Club, Guwahati Club and India Club joined as participants. State Level Tennis Players alos participated in the tournament.
     
     
     
15th August 2016

UTSAH Children from the Hafiznagar No2 Child Protection Programme participate at the Independence Day celebrations organized by the Assam State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights(ASCPCR) at its office in Six Mile. Chairperson of the Commission Ms. Runumi Gogoi hoisted the tri colour in the presence of Hon’ble member of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights Mr. Priyank Kanoongo, Member of the ASCPCR Mr. Gopal Sharma and the UNICEF Assam Team. Ms. Gogoi spoke about the importance of Child Rights and distributed child friendly information material among the children. The UTSAH Children sang the Assamese Satte anthem and two songs by Lakshminath Bezbaruah at the function.
     
     
     
12th August 2016

UTSAH officially collaborates with Pinkathon for their Guwahati event as "Support Partners". Pinkathon is India's Biggest women’s run is an initiative of the United Sisters Foundation founded by actor Milind Soman and organised by Maximus Mice and Media Solutions Pvt Ltd. It was created with the specific purpose of getting more and more women to adopt a fitter lifestyle for themselves and their families, and to highlight the need for increased awareness about Breast cancer and other issues that put women’s lives at risk. The Pinkathon Guwahti 2016 was launched at The Guwahati Address Hotel in Zoo Road. Milind Soman(Actor), Mitra Phukar(Writer), Garima Garg(Designer), Amrita Baruva Sawyan(Owner, Guwahati address), Tayabun Nisha(Sportswoman), Pahi(Radio Jockey) and Miguel Das Queah(Founder, UTSAH) were invited guests for the launch of the programme.
     
 
     
     
9th August 2016

Led by UTSAH Founder Chairperson Miguel Queah, UTSAH Interns from University of Birmingham meet the Director General of Police Mr. Mukesh Sahay. Mr. Sahay informed the team about the Police structure in Assam and the procedures of the police with regards to children. He also assured Police support to UTSAH while dealing with cases under to POCSO, ITPA and the JJ Act.
     
     
     
7th August 2016

Miss India World Ms. Priyadarshini Chatterjee collaborates with UTSAH for a sustained campaign against Child Sexual Abuse(CSA) in Assam. Ms. Chatterjee visits the Hafiznagar No2 Slum Child Protection Programme and interacts with children of the community. After taking training sessions from UTSAH, she also conducts an informal session of Child Sexual Abuse in an attempt to create an awareness around the subject amongst children.
     
     
     
2nd-3rd August 2016

Megha Kashyap Programme Manager of UTSAH represent the Organization at the Asia Level Workshop on Legislative Policy Advocacy on Children engaged in domestic work and gender based violence organized by Global March against Child Labour & Bachpan Bachao Andolan in New Delhi. Ms. Kashyap apprised the consultative group about the concerns of children in the State with regards to issues like trafficking and sexual abuse.
     
     
     
13th of July 2016

UTSAH Team & Children meet The Hon'ble Member Of Parliament, India Smt. Bijoya Chakraborty. She represents the Gauhati Constituency in the Indian Parliament. Ms. Chakravarty help a long interaction with the children, touching upon varied subjects like education, health and protection. Founder of UTSAH Mr. Miguel Queah apprised the Member of the Parliament about the status of children living in the Guwahati slums. Ms. Chakravarty expressed her desire to visit UTSAH’s Child Protection Programme in the Hafiznagar No2 Slum area, Bamunimaidam.
     
     
     
12th of June 2016

As a part of the weeklong Information and Communication Campaign to mark the World Day Against Child Labour on 12th of June,2016, UTSAH with support from Electic Northeast, organized a Poster Campaign across Guwahati city. The Communication Poster had a “SAY NO TO CHILD LABOUR” text. A total of 78 establishments comprising of Banks, Private Corporate Houses, Restaurants, Cafeterias, Fitness Centres, Police Stations, PSUs, Schools, Colleges etc were covered in this part of the campaign. 100 “SAY NO TO CHILD LABOUR” stickers were also distrusted at Traffic points with the assistance from Traffic Police Guwahati.
     
     
     
21st of MAy 2016

Baxter Healthcare.Corporate Social Responsibility Baxter Healthcare Pvt.Limited, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR), donates Slates, Pencils and Toffees to the UTSAH Child Protection Center.Hafiznagar No2. Slum Area. Bamunimaidam.Guwahati. Staff from Baxter interacted with children on various issues like education, and health and hygiene. Baxter assists healthcare professionals and their patients with treatment of complex medical conditions.
     
 
     
 
     
     
14th of MAY 2016

UTSAH organized a Paediatric Health Assessment at UTSAH Fancy Bazar Gate 3&4 Child Protection Programme in collaboration with Assam Engineering College, Social Service League (under National Service Scheme) & Government Ayurvedic College and Hospital Guwahati. 200 children were assessed under this programme. Time: 9 AM
     
     
5th-6th May 2016

UTSAH children from the Hafiznagar No2 slum area Child Protection Programme participated in the consultation organized by UNICEF in collaboration with Snehalaya at the Parish Center Don Bosco Guwahati. The theme of this consultation centered around the importance of an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals among children from vulnerable communities. UTSAH Programme Co-coordinator Ms. Ankita Hazarika led the team of children from UTSAH, for this consultation.
     
     
     
7th of April 2016

UTSAH celebrated its fifth anniversary at a hugely attended event(300 guests) at Vivanta by Taj in Guwahati on Wednesday. Shri. PB Acharya, Governor of Assam, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said “In today’s world, most youngsters aim at making money only. In this context, the initiative of Miguel Das Queah to work selflessly for the rights of children is both unique and laudable.” Acharya also exhorted the people of the North East to realise their hidden strengths and come out to strengthen India in every way possible. “The Five Year Journey Magazine - a compilation of UTSAH’s work on children’s rights in Assam” was launched on the occasion in which His Excellency the Governor, Assam Commission for Protection of Child Rights Hon’ble Chairperson Runumi Gogoi, Unicef Chief of Fied Dr. Tushar Rane and Filmfare Award winning Assamese film stars Kopil Bora and Zerifa Wahid were also present. This Year book was sponsored by TopCem Guwahati Assam. It may be mentioned that Dalmia Cement, TopCem, Vivanta by Taj, and UNICEF, among others, supported the event.
     
     
     
17th of March 2016

Noted Indian Industrialist Mr. Ratan Naval Tata writes to UTSAH, congratulating the organization on the completion of its 5 years.
     
     
     
8th of March 2016

Rahima Begum (extreme left), a resident & teacher of UTSAH Hafiznagar No 2 Child Protection Programme was featured on a Women's Day Show on 8 March hosted by Florence Handique on Doordarshan Northeast, alongside prominent women achievers from Assam India. Rahima, a victim of child marriage herself, has been working tirelessly as a teacher at the UTSAH & Smile Foundation India Education Programme at the Hafiznagar No2 UTSAH Slum Area Child Protection Center for the last 5 years. She has been single handedly instrumental in mainstreaming more than 100 child labourers into government schools.
     
     
     
2nd of March 2016

Winner of Miss India Eastern Zone Rajkanya Barua conduct a socially responsible activity with the children of the Hafiznagar No2 slum area Child Protection Center children. She interacted with the children on various issues covering education, health and nutrition. She also distributed 50 notebooks and stationary to the children.
     
     
     
28th of FEBruary 2016

UTSAH Founder Chairperson Miguel Queah organized a mass community gathering to promote rights of children living in the informal settlements of Guwahati. 250 children from Fancy Bazar joined the programme. Mr. Queah spoke about the importance of empowerment of children. He urged the children to go to the Child Welfare Committee or call up 1098 if they are subject to any form of difficulty.
     
     
     
 
    
         
 
   
   
       
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