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Empower SHGs: Women & PeoplewithDisabilities

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Empower SHGs: Women & PeoplewithDisabilities

Thank you so much for your generous contribution towards Aaina project. In our community based organization, empowerment of Self Help Group members has become one of the prime needs for sustainability.

Recently rural women under Aaina’s project area have been trained on goat rearing . One of the successful stories is of Saraswati Nayak of Belapunji village, Bhanjanagar district. She was living under poor circumstances both economically and socially. She is from Schedule Caste (perceived as low caste) community as well. Both husband and wife were daily laborers and barely managed to run the family. They have no land and depend upon share crops.

In June 2018 Mr. Tukuna, from Aaina met Saraswati at Block Coordinator meet. At the meet he discussed regarding SEWA (Self Emplyed Women’s Association) union and she was motivated to become the member. Afterwards she convinced other vulnerable women in her village to become SEWA member as well.

In August Mr. Tukuna, Aaina field staff  discussed with SEWA members regarding goat rearing. Initially Saraswati denied taking the initiative due to her poor economic condition. Later with support of her husband she agreed and borrowed Rs 10,000 from SHG and relatives. She bought 4 goats with prior consultation from Aaina staff. Aaina field staff provided her the technical support regarding medication and feeding required for healthy goat rearing. In October one goat gave birth to 2 kids which was very good news for the family because after 6 month they will sell this goat and pay back the loan and also use the profit for the education of their child. Saraswati explains that she appreciates Aaina staffs’ efforts. Through proper training and advice she now knows rearing goat in a healthy manner which will help her in the long run.

Aaina now needs to strengthen SHGs of women established and also motivate women to work as a group instead of individually. Right now training on goat rearing has been an infidel training but Aaina plans to create a group of the women who will work as a single unit for more effective results. Aaina shall need funds to organize trainings in to provide technical skills, market knowledge and demand along with linkage with the market. The trainings have to be on regular bases with proper monitoring and evaluation. All this will require at least 3000 Dollars/year.

As such we kindly request you to continue your genuine and valuable support. Please also make your dear friends aware of the same.Every donation matters and we count on you as our trusted partner.

Thanks so much

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Your support through valuable donations has helped us to carry on with our regular activities of academic help to children with disabilities as well as in conducting special events for children  leaving positive  impact on them and  their parents.

Aaina celebrated Helen Keller Day on June 27, 2018 with children with disabilities visiting center and their parents. The objective was not to make it just a onetime event but to be inspired by the contribution of the amous personality Helen Keller towards the deaf blind communities. Moreover,  create awareness regarding the rights of people with disabilities.

A human chain of 30 children in front of a popular Mall in the city was organized spreading the message of ability and rights. Games were organized such as passing the ball and singing songs. Snacks and soft drinks were prepared for the guests. It was also a time for the parents of the children with disabilities to reflect on there relationship with Aaina and what their views about their children’s progress.

One of the mother’s stated, “for me, the fact that my child is having good time with his friends is enough. He used to be at home most of the time. Now he is going out, learning things in a better way. This makes me very happy. I do not want him to be left out and remain dependent after we pass away”. The staff of center and Aaina office were also present to  celebrate and exchange words of joy and concerns of the parents and children if any”.

It has been your contant support that encourages us to provide need based help to the children and conduct programs that may inspire them in the long run. Please continue the hand holding and also share the project with your dear friends.

Once again thanks for contributing towards a positive change.

children getting support in friendly enviornment
children getting support in friendly enviornment

Aaina is operating 2 school based bridge centers at Nilachakra Nagar Primary School and Chandrasekharpur primary School in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, for children with disabilities. These Bridge Centers are a step towards need based extra academic support for children with disabilities enrolled in government school. The course involves-

  • Understanding the present  level of educational achievement and the academic gap of children to create an environment for  inclusive education
  • To provide necessary academic support to fill the identified  gap to match with curriculum

After detailed survey and data collection 15 children have been identified and are being provided extra academic support and friendly environment by special educators and volunteers  once a week. The teachers of the school have been very cooperative in the process. At times they even call students from home to be a part of the bridge course.  

Children with Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Hearing and Speech impairment, and Autism are being supported through bridge course currently. Special educators visiting the bridge center have observed specific learning limitations among the children. For example the children studying in standard III may write alphabets from  A to Z when asked to do so. but most of them do not know what the letter means. Children with hearing impairment do not know the sound an alphabet produces.

The efforts have been initiated and the process has just begun. There is strong shortage of funds to scale up and replicate the process at other schools! The objective is to cover at least 60 children in 1 year but only 15 children have been covered so far and they too need to be visited more frequently. We strongly request you to fund the project and support children with disabilities retain academic education.  

Thanks so much!!! Be generous in sharing the link with your friends and take the great work forward.  


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Location: Bhubaneswar, Orissa - India
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Project Leader:
Geetika Chandra
Bhubaneswar, Orissa India
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