Since its inception Project Nanhi Kali has adopted a holistic approach towards educating girls across the country. Over the years, efforts are being made to not only improve learning levels in government schools but also work towards reducing the dropout rates in schools.
Issues like poor financial resources, anemia, confusion arising due to biological changes in woman’s body and securing low marks in exams have been identified as leading causes of dropouts among adolescents.
To minimize the expenses incurred on books and stationary, kits are distributed to Nanhi Kalis on a regular basis, wherein books, pencils, uniforms along with sanitary pads are distributed.
To address the health issues, counseling sessions are conducted in collaboration with government officials and social workers. Over the years the sessions have emerged as a powerful tool to combat commonly occurring health disorders in Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh. An essential component of the counseling session is to spread awareness about the usage of iron and folic acid supplements among parents and adolescents. Information related to the right dosage of medicines, benefits of medication and availability of doctor etc is given by our team in collaboration with the government officials. Another concern addressed in these sessions is the usage of sanitary pads, provided in the kits distributed by theNanhi Kali project.
In addition to counseling sessions, community and change agent meetings are held on regular basis. The community meetings offer a ground to discuss the problems persisting within the community and arriving at a convergent solution.
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