Skills Training for 250 Tsunami-Affected Women

by Center for Women's Development and Research
Sep 5, 2006

Update Report 6th August 2006

Centre for Women's Development and Research

Skill Training for 250 Tsunami Affected Women

Updates Report August 2006

Nearly twenty months have gone after the devastating Tsunami disaster. Except for the affected people Tsunami disaster become a distant past for the world because disaster both natural and manmade has recurring often. For us it is a new experience and we have learned a lot from this experience we are also happy that we are part of the community rebuilding process with the support of GlobalGiving. If we take the numbers we can confidently say we have archived our objectives. That is providing skill training for 250 Tsunami affected women and providing vocational skill training for 150 adolescent girls. Being an organization involved in women’s development trying to create a gender justice community we are not only concerned about the number but also process of empowering women. In that regards we have still miles to go. One thing we wish to mention is we have been working in these villages even prior to Tsunami disaster involved in educating and empowering women. Tsunami rehabilitation work definitely helped women from fishing communities to come out; form their own groups to involve in community rebuilding process and in that they have definitely played an important role. In our earlier reports we have mentioned about the income generation skill trainings we provided like thatch roof making, coconut coir making, paper bag making, vermin compost making, Mushroom growing, palm leaf product making, soap making, incense stick making, nursery raising, screen printing. More than 250 women participated in these trainings, these trainings also helped as a psychosocial counseling, it build their confidence and helped them to earn some income in that difficult situations. But these shot term trainings are not enough for them to become real entrepreneurs, so we are continuing our meetings and trainings with the women. We are also trying to give new trainings related to sea and fishing like growing seaweeds, rearing crabs in captivity.

Details of Trainings provided for Tsunami affected women: S.No Training No.of women Training No. Women Continuing Average monthly Income Rupees 1 Thatch roof weaving 25 25 1000 2 Coir making 25 25 1000 3 Food processing (juice making) 25 Seasonal 4 Vermi compost making 25 - 5 Palm leaf product making 25 - 6 Nursery raising 25 20 Seasonal 1500 7 Tailoring 40 10 1500 8 Paper product making 25 5 1500 9 Screen printing 15 3 Employed 1500 10 Mushroom growing 15 - 11 Shoe making 10 10 Employed 2000 12 Incense stick and candle making 25 - 13 Masala making 10 - 15 Soap making 15 - - 14 Entrepreneurship skill training for fish vendors and women doing business in beach 200 - 1000 15 Seaweed, crab and prawns growing 20 Training Just completed 16 Disaster preparedness training 50 1 US $ = Rupees 45

Woman learning to grow seaweed

Most of the non-traditional trades like food processing ( juice and masala making), paper product making, screen printing, soap making, incense stick and candle making needs more capital and marketing so they could not continue their business. Most of the old women went back to fish vending once fishing was started, but definitely our trainings helped them to improve their business. Educated women from fishing community don’t want to go for fish vending, so we wish to continue the training and also help them by providing more capital and marketing support. We have sent 3 girls to 6 months dress making training in NIFT-National Institute of Fashion Technology. Last month we have started a dress-making unit employing these three women that also serves as a training center. In the rural area we are building a training center, the center is build using eco-friendly construction method that is we are using stabilized mud blocks instead of burnt bricks. We have also trained 10 women in mud block making. The center will be finished by September end, there we will be training adolescent girls in Computer skills, and dress making. In that center we can provide income generation training for 25 women every month.

Woman learning to make stabilized mud blocks After 20 months of involvement now we know what is relevant for the women and what would work there, so based on our learning from our experience in the coming months we would like to strengthen the livelihood sources of Tsunami affected women. Based on that we have changed our budget and plan of action, What we are planning to do is build two model solar fish drying units to make dry fish, start two village information centers, two vermin-compost making units, paper and paper product making unit, Mushroom farm, provide further training on seaweed, crab growing for women, provide further training on palm leaf product making. All these activities would help 250 women earn regular monthly income of Rs.1500- 2000 ( US$33-44)


Organization: Centre for Women’ s Development and Research Project Title: Skill Training for 250 Tsunami Affected Women

Budget Date: 14th August 2006

Exchange Rate: $1 USD = Rupees 45

Activity 1: Setting up new business model units- Solar fish drying unit, Village information centre, vermi-compost making, handmade paper and paper product making, seaweed growing. No. Item Unit cost (local currency) Unit cost (USD) Quantity Community/ org. contribution (USD) Requested amount (USD) 1 Solar driers 50 Kg Capacity 2,00,000 4,444 2 888 8,000 2 Village information centre equipments- Computer, printer, digital cameras 80,000 1,777 2 554 3,000 3 Vermi-compost making Construction of cement tanks 25,000 555 2 110 1,000 4 Handmade paper and paper product making 3,00,000 6,666 1 666 6,000 5 Seaweed growing equipments 6,000 133 10 330 1,000 I Activity 1 total 2,548 19,000

Activity 2:Income generation training program for women No. Item Daily rate (local currency) Daily rate (USD) Number of Days Community/ org. contribution (USD) Requested amount (USD) 6 Income generation program trainings for 250 women 300 6.6 3 950 4,000 7 Training program on managing village information centers for 10 women 500 11 10 100 1,000 8 Women and development training program 300 6.6 3 950 4,000 9 Traveling expenses 500 11 150 150 1,500 10 Administration 300 11 250 250 2,500 II Activity 2 total 2,400 13,000 Activity 3: Furniture and equipments for training centre No. Item Unit Cost (local currency) Unit Cost (USD) Quantity Community/ org. contribution (USD) Requested amount (USD) 11 Tables and chairs 5,000 111 5 55 500 12 13 14 15 III Activity 3 total 55 500 Final Project Request from Global Giving:

No. Community/ org. contribution (USD) Requested amount (USD) I Activity 1 total 2,548 19,000 II Activity 2 total 2,400 13,000 III Activity 3 total 55 500 Sub-total 5,003 32,500 Final Total (includes 10% Global Giving Fee) 32,750


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Center for Women's Development and Research

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
K. R. Renuka
Director, C.W.D.R
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India

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