32 year old Namita Sahoo (Name changed) from Tanarad, Ganjam with two sisters, a brother and mother; who worked as a daily waged laborer to manage her household after Narmada’s father expired. However Narmada’s circumstances and her disability never broke her will to move ahead. Aaina discovered her during its survey and came in her aid by helping her in getting loan from SHG through Rusikulya Gramya Bank to open a shop in Bhanjanagar with support from her mother. In 2015, Aaina with support of Rajeev Gandhi Foundation also bought her a side wheeled scooter for her daily conveyance. She now earns about 10,000 -15,000 rupees a month.
The project is working with more than 500 girls in rural Ganjam, Kandhamal & Dhenkanal district of Odisha. Flagged off in April officially the project is into the baseline data collection now.
All these areas are showing high child marriage incidents specifically early marriage. Nearly 50 villages are under the coverage of the project area. The community organisers are mobilising the adolescent girls into the groups and presently there are 50 groups formed in each of the villages. The age group varies from 10-19 and the meetings of the girls are taking place once a week.
Girls have been talked about the gender discrmination and gender based violence and being girls how important it is to udnerstajd the gender based violence. Detailed discussion on child marriage, it's cause, preevention and addressing the issue got discussed among the girls.
Girls have taken oath not to get marry before they attain 18 years of age which is illegal and also extend support to toe other girls those are forced into marriage.
because of the general election of the State much work could not have been done. We have been discussing with the Sports star of Odisha to become Ambassador of the program and motivate the girls to join the sports club that is getting promoted in the villages.
Post election the devastating cyclone Fani also put the work on hold for the time being. The young girls have volunteered for the cyclone affected area fir cleaning and serving .
May 13, 2019
Learning against the disaster!
By Sneha Mishra - Project Leader
Fani affected School building
Odisha was hit by deadly Cyclone Fani leaving a devastated coast line. Though our centre and children are safe but massive infrastructure damage has almost halt the life!
We are running without electricity for last nine dyas even being in the capital city of Odisha so you can imagine the condition in rural areas. The impact is so vivacious that last three months programs in the centre is overshadowd by the impact of Cycylone!
The children were prepared for appearing the annual exam in the school and 3 children got promoted to next level of Schooling from lower primary to upper primary. two more new children with deaf-blindess joined the state learning centre. One of the teacher received a trainig on Inclusive education supported by British Council for women and joined back the centre after four months.
The festival of Color Holi got celebrated among children and parents with much enthusiasm and energy. There were two parent training got organised on home based management in this quarter.