Apply to Join

Women's Community Centre : Kolkata Initiatives

by Centre for Health and Social Justice
Women's Community Centre : Kolkata Initiatives
Women's Community Centre : Kolkata Initiatives
Women's Community Centre : Kolkata Initiatives
Women's Community Centre : Kolkata Initiatives
Women's Community Centre : Kolkata Initiatives
Women's Community Centre : Kolkata Initiatives
Women's Community Centre : Kolkata Initiatives
Women's Community Centre : Kolkata Initiatives
Women's Community Centre : Kolkata Initiatives
Women's Community Centre : Kolkata Initiatives

Project Title: Women’s Community Center – Kolkata Initiatives


Project Summary: This project has helped established 5 Women's Community Centers (WCC) which serves women in slums of Kolkata, India. These WCCs have a) Seniors Day Care b) Activity centre for Adolescent girls and provide c) Meeting space for women's groups. The growing populations of elderly women face a life of neglect and loneliness. Adolescent girls have few opportunities beyond the cycle of hardship, discrimination and violence. This project is trying to create both hope and opportunities for women of different ages.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge? Women over the age of 60 come to the Seniors’ Day Care Center and build community with other senior women. Kolkata Initiatives supports work with women and girls across different age groups – elderly women, adult women and adolescent girls.

Explain how the project has reached expected outcomes or goals with the funds raised

There are a total of 5 centers in 4 slums, namely, Shahid Smriti, Jhorobasti, Panchanantola, and K.P Roy Lane (Kheyali Sangha), this particular center is new and has been opened in this quarter. 4 Seniors’ Day Care Centre has 30 participants, the 5th one in K.P. Roy Lane has a total of 20 participants as it’s a new center. There are 2 centers in Shahid Smriti. In the past 3 months there have been a total of 127 sessions at the Seniors’ Day Care Centers and 3242 packets of nutritional support have been distributed. 3 Health clinics and 1 medical camp were conducted. Health clinics are primarily focused to check the health status of the women who visit the day care centre. In those said health clinics two to three doctors from different discipline check the women to screen their health related conditions. In the medical camp 10-12 doctors come and screen the people from entire community as the medical camp is open for the entire community.

Four (4) meetings of women, mainly domestic workers, were held in the community centers. In those meetings discussion were held about the social security provided by the Government. The women also discussed about the history and background of International Domestic Worker’s day and it’s importance which is on 16th of June. Issues related to wage and Minimum Wage for the domestic workers were also discussed.

There were 8 Aikido sessions with adolescent girls. Aikido is a Japanese martial art.

Along with this 2 advisory committee meetings have been held, one in Shahid Smriti and the other one in Jhorobasti.  The advisory committee in Jhorobasti has been formed in this quarter and the members of the advisory committee were from among the existing women’s group, members from local club and representative from Slum development committee. The advisory committee met once and discussed about the services provided through the day care centre for the elderly. They also shared their opinion about it’s improvement.

Potential Long-Term Impact: Enable elderly women to overcome feelings and situations of loneliness and isolation. The camp has also helped in bringing awareness in their household.  Adolescent girls develop self – confidence and self-esteem and are able to make decisions about their future, and the Aikido sessions develop self protection skill. Women’s solidarity is strengthened, they are getting aware of their legal rights and they are able to demand their rights.

Case Study:  Jaimala, she is 68 years old, she has been staying in Shahid Smriti for since the start of the colony which was almost 41 years now, she has 4 sons and 1 daughter, all of them are married and she lives with her children. Jaimala used to sell vegetables on a small van but due to her age she couldn’t continue her work and started to run a small tea- shop in her colony. The plot that she lives in now was allotted to her husband; he passed away 5 years ago, now she is the owner of the land.

Jaimala had developed a tumor under her right ear, when she visited the center she was asked to do a doctors checkup, she later went to a homeopathy doctor near her colony; it did not help and the tumor continued to grow. When the health camp was conducted the doctors did a through checkup and referred to a Government hospital in the city, as she was old and alone she was not capable of going to the doctor, on the 2nd health camp she was referred again and she finally went to a hospital with her neighbor and she has now gone through a surgery and now she is well and healthy and her reports are good, she is coming for her last checkup in the next health Clinic.  

Project Title: Women’s Community Centre – Kolkata Initiatives

Project Summary:This project will help establish 5 Women's Community Centres (WCC) to serve women in slums of Kolkata, India. These WCCs will have a) Seniors Day Care b) Activity centre for Adolescent girls and provide c) Meeting space for women's groups. A growing population of elderly women faces a life of neglect and loneliness. Adolescent girls have few opportunities beyond the cycle of hardship, discrimination and violence. This project will create both hope and opportunities for women of different ages.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge? Women over the age of 60 come to the Seniors’ Day Care Centre and build community with other senior women. Kolkata Initiatives supports work with women and girls across different age groups – elderly women, adult women and adolescent girls.

Explain how the project has reached expected outcomes or goals with the funds raised

There are 4 centres in 3 slums, namely, Shahid Smriti, Jhorobasti and Panchanantola. Each Seniors’ Day Care Centre has 30 participants. There are 2 centres in Shahid Smriti. In the past 3 months there have been a total of 120 sessions at the Seniors’ Day Care Centres and 2,338 packets of nutritional support have been distributed. Six health clinics and 1 medical camp were conducted.

Thirteen (13) meetings of women, mainly domestic workers, were held in the community centres.

There were 8 Aikido sessions with adolescent girls. Aikido is a Japanese martial art.

Potential Long-Term Impact: Enable elderly women to overcome feelings and situations of loneliness and isolation. Adolescent girls develop self – confidence and self-esteem and are able to make decisions about their future. Women’s solidarity is strengthened and they are able to demand their rights.

Primary Photo and Photo Gallery

Case Study:Padma Mondol is 70 years old. She has lived in Shahid Smriti for nearly 40 years. Her husband was allotted a plot of land and they built their home - a three room shack with plastic, mats and a tiled roof. Padma used to work as a domestic worker but has not been working regularly for 20 years because of ill health. Her husband lives with her but has hardly ever contributed financially to running the household. They rent out one of their rooms and this meagre rent is their only income.

 

She has been coming to the Community Centre for 20 months now. “I love chatting with my friends here and playing games. This helps me relax and forget my troubles for a while,” says Padma. The snack offered at the Centre is also a big help. The doctors’ visits at the Centre and medicines for hypertension have given her some relief.

 

 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Centre for Health and Social Justice

Location: New-Delhi - India
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Deepak Balan
New-Delhi, India

Important Notice about Projects in India

We are currently expecting delays in getting funds to this project due to new regulatory requirements that impact GlobalGiving's ability to disburse to organizations in India. GlobalGiving is working hard to address the issue. Donations to this project will be disbursed as quickly as possible.

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.