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
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