Centre for Women’s Development and Research Education to Empower 500 Women and Adolescent Girls Update- November 2014
We have been continuing our activities among women and adolescent girls.
Education and income generation programme for women: The important thing happened is the 20 women who had initiated the vermi-compost making unit had collected the vermin-compost from their units. They are all very happy about that. Each women could able to get 5-10 kilograms of vermin-compost. This compost was distributed free among other women in their villages and nearby villages to motivate other women to involve in vermin-compost making. Another thing happened was 10 beekeeping units was distributed among women and 4 could able to maintain it and collect honey. All these are giving hope for the women and us. Now in the women’s meetings we are discussing the possibilities of initiating a producers company so that they can market their products and also provide support for women involved in kitchen gardens. The women have made plans to visit some producers company, but the nearst successful companies are in Kerala State, so they have postponed the visit for future. Now women want to expand their kitchen gardens so that they can produce more and sell to raise their income. We are also looking for some market agencies in Chennai to help us in this regard. We have organized regular village level women’s meeting during this period particularly to discuss about the producers company and the registration process. 20-25 women participated in these village meetings and we have organized these meetings in 21 villages. During this period we have also participated in the Joy of Giving event to raise funds. We have set up stalls in a IT(Information Technology) company complex. There we could able sell the handmade soaps made by rural women.
Computer skill training and life skill training for adolescent girls: We are continuing the computer skill training and weekend life skill trainings for adolescent girls. During this period an intern Ms.Bavana from Chirist University organized career guidance and spoken English classes for adolescent girls. 48 girls participated in these programmes. We have also started using Educational DVDs particularly for 10th and 12th Standard students. We found it very useful because in rural areas it is difficult to get tutors in Maths, English for high school students. We wish to strengthen this programme. In the weekend life skill education programme 200 girls participated. As mentioned in our earlier reports now all the girls are continuing their education. Rarely girls discontinue their education after puberty. Their mothers understand the importance of education. It is really encouraging for us because earlier we used to run non-formal education centres for school dropout children now we have closed all the centres because all the children are going to schools.
Centre for Women’s Development and ResearchLife Skill and Sexuality Education for 1000 Girls (14480)Update- August 2014
This is an important period for us and India, parliament election results were announced and a new BJP party government was formed, after a long time a single with majority had come, people voted for change and stability. Board examination results for class 10th andn 12th were announced and all the girls who are members of ‘Snehidhi’ adolescent girls association appeared for the examination passed. Pavithra from Othiryur village scored 1053 for 1200, second highest marks in her school. During Tsunami rehabilitation work between 2005 and 2008 we were running 14 non-formal education centres for drop our children we have closed all these centres because all the children particularly girl children are going to school, we are very happy about that. Ms.Neeharika Tummala, a representative from GlobalGiving visited the villages where we work on 4th July 2014 and interacted with adolescent girls and women.. It was encouraging for us. Computer skill Training for girls:We have been providing computer skill training for adolescent girls. During this period 90 girls learned basic computer skills. 10 girls were also enrolled in the online retail management course of Brisccaar,, Canada. Mr.V.Shankar founder of Brisccaar visited the computer skill training centre during this priod and interacted with the students. Using DVD we have started providing supplementary education support for 10th to 12th standard students. 35 girls benefitted from this programme.Lifeskill, sexuality education training for adolescents: We have organized weekend workshops on life skill and sexuality education training for adolescent girls and boys. 82 girls 24 boys attended these trainings. With the increasing number of rapes in India and media coverage plus the increase in teenage pregnancy makes parents worried and now they are supporting the sexuality education programme. This is really encouraging for us. Since it is holidays for the adolescents we have organized 10 days community development programmes and 10 days street plays and folk arts programme. 48 girls benefitted from this programme. We have also organized one day meeting on career guidance for 10th and 12 standard students to help them choose their future courses or employment. 68 girls and 40 boys participated in this meeting.
Ms.R.Pavithra is a member of ‘Snehidhi’ adolescent girls association. She had completed her higher secondary course with high marks she scored 1053 out of 1200, she is the school second in higher secondary marks. In their family there are 4 girls, Pavaithra is the 3rd daughter. Her 2 elder sisters are married, her younger sister is studying in 11th standard. Her father is a agricultural worker. Her mother is sick so not going for work. Pavithra along with her mother created a kitchen garden. Actually their parents want to marry off Pavithra, but she refused saying she wants to study further. Now she is joined in B.Tech agricultural engineering course at Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Trichy. This is the only Engineering college offering agricultural engineering course, rarely women go for this course. Pavithra may be because of her involvement in Snehidhi and creating kitchen garden opt for agricultural engineering course. Pavithra’s parents were opposing her decision because the college is 200 kilometers away from her village. But Pavithra with our staffs help could able to convince her parents. She said ‘It is my dream to help my village with my education, I thought I will also end up as a computer engineer, the exposure to bio-farming and kitchen garden helped me to choose agricultural engineering’.
Centre for Women’s Development and ResearchEducation to Empower 500 Women and Adolescent Girls Update- August 2014Last three months is an important period for us and India, a new BJP party government was formed, after a long time a single with majority had come, people voted for change and stability. We have to wait and see how it is going to affect poor people. In Tamilnadu the ruling party AIADMK had won 37 seats out of 39 seats. It is also summer holidays, examinations results for adolescent girls, all these happenings kept us busy during the last 3 months. All the girls who are part of ‘Snehidhi’ adolescent girls association have passed their examinations, particularly those appeared for their 10th standard and 12th standard board examinations. Ms.Neeharika Tummala, a representative from GlobalGiving visited the villages where we work on 4th July 2014. It was encouraging for us. Ms.Neha GlobalGiving visits our villageComputer skill training and life skill training for adolescent girls: During this period we got 4 computers from CTS-Cognizant Technology Solutions and that helped us to continue our computer skill training, earlier because most of the computers were out of order we could not provide computer skill training. During this period 32 girls were given computer skill training, out of that 6 girls were also completed the online retails management course provided by Brisscc. We are also happy that all the girls have passed their examinations and continuing their education, no drop outs. Parents particularly mothers were very happy about that, this year 5 girls have applied for colleges, that is far away from their villages. We have been also continuing our life skill and sexuality education follow up weekend trainings. 120 girls and 30 boys participated in these programmes. Since it is holidays for the adolescents we have organized 10 days community development programmes and 10 days street plays and folk arts programme. 48 girls benefitted from this programme. We have also organized 2 days bio-farming methods for adolescent girls and 24 girls participated in this programme. Adolescent girls meetingEducation and income generation programme for women: We are regularly organizing village level meetings and training for women. In the rural area the kitchen garden programme become popular and women are actively involved in that. Nearly 500 families have kitchen gardens in our working villages. Now we are discussing the possibilities of increasing the area and yield so that they can sell their produce to earn some income. For that we are also discussing about forming a Producers company with women as shareholders. In collaboration with Madras Christian College, Bio-technology department we have organized 2 days vermin-composte making training and 80 women participated in that programme. Out of that 20 women were given help to set up the vermin-compost units, once the compost is produced they can sell it in the market, actually Madras Christian College is willing to buy back. We are also continuing our dress making training for women 20 women benefitted from this programme. Our handmade soap unit is also picking up, we could able to sell the soaps to the villagers, even though we are making any profit, marketing it in the local market gives us hope to increase the production and market it. 5 women will benefit from this programme. Ms.Sareswathidevi in her kitchen gardenSareswathidevi is a single woman, Widow. She is 48 years old, she is from Karnataka state and married and came to her husband’s home in Othiyur village, Tamilnadu. Her husband died in an accident, 8 years ago. She has 2 daughters and 2 sons. After the death of her husband she was sent out of her husband’s home and her husband’s brother took all the family property. Her elder son had completed his higher secondary school and going for some odd jobs, the youngest son is studying in 9th standard. Her elder daughter is studying 1st year B.B.A, her younger daughter is studying in 11th standard, both of them ‘Snehidhi’ members and also received some financial support like Rs.1000 per year for their studies. Sareswathidevi is an active member of our local level single women’s group ‘Maithri’. She borrowed Rs.2000 to buy some hens, after attending the kitchen garden training she also created a kitchen garden. She could able to provide good education to her children