Centre for Women’s Development and ResearchLife Skill and Sexuality Education for 1000 Girls (14480)Update- November 2014Last 3 months we were mostly involved in creating profiles of adolescent girls for our G2G-Girls to Graduates Programme. The idea is we wish to support 1000 girls to become graduates. This would not only help them get good employment but also postpone their marriage to the age to 21 years. We have also continued our computer skill and lifeskill and sexuality education programme. G2G-Girls to Graduates: To select the deserving girls our staff members started collecting profiles of adolescent girls studying in 9th to 12th standard. We have collected 300 profiles and started computerizing it. Most of these girls are daughters of women headed families and daughters of domestic workers. We would support these girls by providing supplementary education support to score good marks and continue their education up the university undergraduate level. We have organized village and slum level meetings of mothers to explain our ideas. We have also organized an orientation programme for adolescent girls. 143 girls participated in 3 one day orientation programme. Computer skill training: We are continuing our computer skill training programme. During this period 43 girls benefitted from this programme. 6 girls have started the online retail management course, but in the meantime our landlord of the computer training centre had requested to vacate the building because they want to build flats there. So we have shifted the training centre to our office premises. We made contacts with the local browsing centres and the girls are now continuing their online course there and we are paying the cost of the browsing center. We also had conducted 2 one day trainings on life skill and sexuality education for 50 girls. Lifeskill, sexuality education training for adolescents: We have organized weekend workshops on life skill and sexuality education training for adolescent girls and 54 girls participated in these programmes. It was festival time ‘Diwali’ festival, ‘Snehidhi’ adolescent girls association members celebrated it in the centre. An intern from Christ university organized life skill workshops and also aptitude tests to help them understand what they want to do? To help them choose career of their choice. Girl children enjoyed it because there was lot of games and creative activities in these workshops. The intern along with our staff also visited corporates to get sponsors to support our G2G programme. Even though we could not find any sponsors immediately, it is good experience for us. As part of joy of giving week, from Ajuba a software company visited our organization and distributed learning materials to adolescent girls. Snehidhi members also performed a dance in a NGO meeting, it was really encouraging for them.
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’.