Dasna & Nearby areas
Balwadis for Children
Balwadis for children in the age group 3 to 6 years have been set up in each project village to ensure that children are mainstreamed by the end of the year.
Currently a total of 6 balwadis with around 200 children are running across the four project villages. Till date, a total of 400 Children have been mainstreamed in village schools.
Adult Literacy centre
The ALC provides an opportunity for adult women to attain basic literacy. The ALC centres were started in year 2013; these centres are running in four villages. So far they have successfully imparting literacy to 100 community women.
- Infra-structural Support in the community:-
This component aims at strengthening and improving the infrastructure in the communities particularly in existing schools where the community children study. This component covers only the government schools which are otherwise found neglected and lacking in basic infrastructural facilities for children.
- Health and Sanitation:
This activity is to ensure that that people have an access to quality medical consultation so that they do not fall prey to local quacks or ‘self acclaimed’ doctors.
The Diagnostic and Referral services are provided in each project village. Health camps are periodically organised so that local people can consult qualified medical practitioners for their ailments and health concerns.
These camps cater to men, women and children and have the provision for giving away the correct medicines for an ailment as well as nutritional supplements in the form of Iron, Calcium and vitamin tablets. Each village gets one health camp every month. Till date, a total of 16000 people have benefitted under the health intervention.
Empowering the Community:
Awareness talks are held once in a month in each project village to empower the local communities with information and knowledge on issues such as health, hygiene, safe drinking water, nutrition, common ailments etc.
The main focus of the awareness talks has been prevention of major ailments. It is to empower the community people to understand and learn as to How they can prevent themselves from preventable diseases and lead a good quality of life.
Sanitation Drives in the community: – Clean home and clean surroundings are crucial for the health of an individual. Sanitation drives (Safai Abhiyan) are conducted periodically in each village. The drives are conducted in partnership with local schools, PRIs and the community.
This component aims at skilling the local people particularly the women and young community girls to facilitate them make a livelihood out of it. Apart from skill development, building and strengthening of Self Help Groups that promotes entrepreneurship among the members on a sustainable basis are also promoted. The training in SHG formation and functioning is an integral part of this component.
A Sarthak Centre has been created in each of the project villages where SHG women meet and discuss the agenda along with learning new skills. We have 200 women in 15 Self Health Groups in project villages. The individual members save Rs 100 per month as a contribution to the group. Till date, a total of Rs 2,82,200 has been saved by the SHGs and inter-loaning has been continuing on mutually decided lines. Out of the 15 groups, 5 groups have been linked to local government banks. Each member of the bank linked group maintains her personal Pass Book where the transactions of inter-loaning are regularly documented.
The SHG women are provided training in different skills such as stitching, handicrafts and paper bags making, wax and Gel Candle making, Potli bag making and artificial Jewellery making.
Marketing linkages are crucial for the groups engaged in production of specific products. The SHG women keep experimenting in establishing marketing linkages in and outside the village community. Besides marketing the products in local market, women showcase and sell the products in multinational corporate companies during Diwali and Christmas every year. The money earned through products sale is diverted back into the SHG with a part being taken by women as a profit margin.