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
Centre for Women’s Development and ResearchLife Skill and Sexuality Education for 1000 Girls (14480)Update- May 2014The focus during the last 3 months was more on supplementary education support for adolescent girls because it was annual examinations time. Due to parliament elections the examinations were conducted early, so the girls had lesser time for preparing for the annual examinations. But in spite of that the girls were actively participated in organizing and celebrating International Women’s day in their living areas. We started using internet and DVDs to provide supplementary education and employability to skill for adolescent girls. It is great advantage for the girls.
Computer skill Training for girlsWe have received support from Cognizant Technologies company to buy 4 new computers and that helped us to provide computer skill training and supplementary education support for girls. We are also continuing our weekend lifeskill and sexuality education workshops. During this period 85 girls learned computer skills from our two recreational learning centres. 60 adolescent girls attended the weekend workshops. After the examinations we have also organized career guidance workshop for girls studying in 10th and 12th standard. During this period we were contacted by BRISC International Canada, an international organization pioneering in online education As a pilot project 5 adolescent girls of 18 years old were trained in retail salesmanship training and they were also given certificates. We will be expanding this project further by including more girls. The course is in English so initially girls faced some problem, but slowly they adopted to it, it also helped them to learn English. During this year we have organized lifeskill and sexuality education programmes in 3 schools and nearly 400 girls, 100 boy and 30 teachers benefitted from this programme.
After the school final examinations we have organised 10 days community development programme for adolescent girls. They learned leadership skills, folk dance and songs, community issues particularly the health issues of children. 54 adolescent girls both from the slums and villages participated in this programme.
Lifeskill, sexuality education training
We have organised local level mothers meeting in our working area to explain G2G-Girls to Graduates programme, that is supporting girls from 9th standard and above to complete their education up to Graduate level. We have discussed about the finances involved and suggested for a savings and credit programme exclusively for girl children’s education support. Most of the mothers were supporting the idea. We are also planning to create corpus fund to run the G2G-Girls to Graduate programme.
Centre for Women’s Development and Research Education to Empower 500 Women and Adolescent Girls Update- May 2014Last 3 months is an important period for us and the people. For adolescent girls it is annual examination time, for people it is parliamentary elections time. All these kept us very busy during the last 3 months. We have also received support from Cognizant Discover to buy 4 new computers for our computer skill training. So we could able to give computer skill trainings for adolescent girls during this summer holidays. Computer skill Training for adolescent gilrsLife skill and sexuality education for adolescents: Since it was examination time most of the time was spent on providing supplementary education for adolescent girls, particularly 10th and 12th standard students. We have also started using the computers and DVDs to educate them particularly for Mathematics and Science subjects. It is really encouraging for us because one of the problem we always face in rural areas is not getting the resource people to conduct these classes and DVDs were of great support for girls. 54 adolescent girls benefitted from this programme. We also have been continuing our life skill and sexuality education for adolescent girls and boys. These programmes are organized during weekends. Nearly 140 girls and 45 boys participated in these progrmmes. We have also organized Lifeskill and sexuality education classes in 2 schools and nearly 300 girls and boys benefitted from this programme. In addition to that we have also organized 2 days training on Kitchen garden raising for adolescent girls. 48 adolescent girls participated in this programme. Many of them also crated kitchen gardens in their homes or helped their mothers in maintaining the kitchen gardens. Some of the girls who are aged 18 years are going to vote for the first time, so we have oriented a one day programme on Voting elections and parliament system 60 girls participated in this programme. As a trail In collaboration with BRISC international, a Canada based online training organization we have provided Retail salesmanship online training for 5 girls and they successfully completed it and certificates were distributed to them. In Future we want to expand this programme to other girls and boys. Kitchen garden training Girls with online course CertificatesEducation and income generation programme for women: During this period the focus of meetings and trainings were the parliament elections that was held during 24th April 2014. From the discussions and meetings the women’s group had collected all the demands of them and it was printed as a booklet and was given to the party candidates when they visited the villages for vote canvassing. Women told the candidates that if they vote only if they promise to fulfill their demands. Some of the demands were: - To support women’s reservation bill in the parliament - To create detailed action-plan to implement laws to end violence against women, and allocate enough funds for its implementation.- To provide reservations for single women in all women’s development schemes.- To create policies for the development of single women. - To ensure dignified, remunerative employment for women, pay equal pay for equal work, provide crèches, toilet, and drinking water facilities.- To provide free quality education for all children upto the age of 18 years.It was rich learning experience for the women and for us. Vermi-composte making training In addition to that we have also organize 2 oneday training programme on Bio-kitchen gardening, they also learned vermin-compost making and bee keeping. 62 women participated in those programmes. We are also continuing our tailoring and dress making trainings, 24 women participated in these trainings.