Empowerment of Women and Child Development

Women Empowerment Approach

• Self help groups
• Augmented learning
• Community forums
• Sustainable energy resources
• Sustainable and viable micro-enterprises
• Enterprising and vocational activities in cohesive groups
• Skill building and training
• Changing mindset for family development
• Infant care
• Self sustaining and learning for betterment
• International women’s day

Child Development Approach

• Early childhood and parental care
• Primary education
• Quality aspect in education
• Malnutrition among deprived children
• Education for all children
• Free from child labor and drudgery
• Adolescent girls
• Out of school children
• Focus on deprived children
• Disabled and challenged children special care and inclusive education
• Life skills training
• Computer literacy
• Concentrating on child growth through Physical Health, Well-Being, and Movement Skills, constant Learning, numerical abilities and general knowledge, communication, Language and Literacy.
• Nation day and international day

In terms of national investment, almost 40 to 50 per cent of the National Plan outlay is on construction. The industry contributes to 20 per cent of the GDP. The booming construction industry and real estate market provides a sharp contrast to the plight of the workforce involved in construction. The working and living conditions of rural migrants absorbed by the construction industry have traditionally been severely exploitative. The lives of young children are inextricably tied up with the condition of their parents' lives, particularly with their working mothers, who are mostly young and are unable to pay attention to their children due to work. In Uttar Pradesh, the construction workers migrate from their native states of Jharkhand and Bihar and come to the project sites where construction work is under progress. Both male and female generally work at sites and the infant children are left to their pathetic conditions without proper care and education at the same construction sites. While the labourers migrate, their children also migrate with them. The children at the tender age of 0-14 years, neither see any school nor any books or copies. Mostly these children play with construction material like sand, cement, bricks or iron sticks. The infants being the innocent sometimes swallow the sand or mud and fell ill also.
To check this apathy of children, a proper day care centre scheme is being run by the Board for Welfare of Construction Workers, Department of Labour, GoUP. The scheme provides a day care service where these children stay while their family is at work. Among these day care centres named as Mobile Creches, the children are being provided with quality education, nutritious food and regular health checkups. In the same line of action Ganga Sansthan has established 10 day care centres in coordination with U.P. Construction Labourers Welfare Board at Kanpur Dehat district. The centers are established at Anand Bhatta, Asuvapur, Atwa, Bansal Bhatta, Haldharpur, Jallapur, Jarelapur, Mancha, Raigawan and Viroha villages. These centers are providing day care services to more than 275 beneficiaries along with the nutrition and educational facilities.

Schoool Children Education Protection Project

The project, assisted by NIPCCD, New Delhi is based on motivating dropout students back to school education. Students who are generally dropped out of school education due to poverty, child labour, improper health, unhygienic conditions and lack of awareness among their guardians are covered with the objectives :-

  • To bring the dropout students back to school.
  • To retain the number of enrollment in the schools by the year end.
  • To maintain the number of enrolment from one class to the next class.
  • To help the community break out the vicious circle of poverty by allowing their ward to become educated.
  • To establish education value among the guardians

The implementation of the project ‘school child education protection project in the slums of old lucknow city’ was based on motivational activities/events which were organized in the schools and sensitization of teachers, guardians and other stakeholders was done. During the project, the community was under taken into the survey to trace the children who are sitting at their home, working as child labourers, are sick due to unhygienic and unsanitary conditions and whose parents are not so aware that they take a value of school education and send their wards to school. These children were contacted house to house and the students along with their guardians were motivated from time to time towards importance of education. To create the enthusiasm for the same, 29 motivational events as Cultural Programme, Film Show, Rally, Drawing/Painting Competition, Story/Essay Writing Competition, Poem/slogan Writing Competition and Quiz Competition were organized in the 17 schools with information to guardians and drop out students. Through these events it was tried to evolve the value of education among the existing school students as well as those dropouts who are taken back to school from the communities. The strategy generated value of education among dropout students and families as well. The programme motivated 269 students back to their schools who were dropped out due to several reasons. The programme also aimed at developing the capacities of the students of slum schools. Some of which could now do better drawing, writing poems/stories and acting. The programme has created among them a great zeal and enthusiasm for these kind of competitions. Earlier the govt. schools were unnoticed in respect to these kind of activities. Now the schools have realized that the children have great potential there and may compete as much as the students of other private schools. On the other hand the activities have benefitted to the weakest section of the community as the children who study in these schools come from the labourers, rickshaw pullers or sweeper like families. These have directly got benefitted by the programme.

Master Kalim s/o Anis Ahmed who was dropped out of the school Barora Husain Badi Primary School and did the zardozi work earlier has again become a regular student of the class 1 due to Ganga Organization efforts.

Master Akil, s/o Anis Ahmad, r/o Sona Bhatta, Balaganj was dropped out of education due to weak financial position has been readmitted to Primary School Baraura and now is studying properly due to Ganga Organization Efforts

Swabhimaan Programme for educating school dropout women

Swabhiman is a six year program that aims to empower girls who have dropped out of school at any point between class 5 and 9 by providing the support required for them to return to school and complete their secondary education. The philosophy of Swabhiman comes from the belief that educating a girl is educating a future family. Educated women are better able to manage their families and take a more meaningful part in their community. The team works with drop-out girls not only to educate them but also to build leadership, critical thinking, right questioning and problem solving skills so that they can be the leaders with the potential to transform their communities. Providing quality education is only one aspect of Swabhiman. The girls also receive Vocational Training - mainly computer literacy and stitching; and Life Skills Training. Sports and educational Exposure Visits also form significant parts of the programme. During the year of 2014-15, Ganga is educating 50 School Dropout girls at Khetaura village, Mahmoodabad Block of Sitapur District under the programme.

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana Scheme Survey with Vijaya Bank

Life security of the poor, labourers and vulnerable people has always remained a big concern. The Pradhan Mantri jan Dhan Yojana has eased this concern of a common man by providing life risk cover upto Rs. One Lakh. Ganga team has surveyed women from urban slum localities under Shanker Purva Ward of Lucknow city. After surveying almost 2500 families, the team has made people aware of the scheme benefits and motivated them to come forward and avail the benefits of the same.

Condensed Course of Education

At Gonda District, the Scheme of Condensed Courses of Education was initiated by CSWB in 1958 to cater to the needs of adult girls or women who could not join mainstream education system or were school dropouts. The scheme aims to provide educational opportunities to girls or women above the age of 15 years along with additional inputs of skill development / vocational training. Under the scheme, Ganga team has identified and selected 25 women from Belsar Block of Gonda District for providing them education along with the vocational training as first batch. After a survey of vulnerable and marginalized women members from the community, the women have been given the education upto Junior High School level and have also been provided vocational training of tailoring. They have come up to earn for themselves and become self dependent. The programme also has installed confidence among adult women through education and made them able citizens.

Awareness Generation Programme for Rural Poor Women

In Gonda District, Ganga Sansthan has implemented Centrally Sponsored Awareness Generation Project programme with the aim of creating awareness in the community on issues relating to the status, rights and problems of women. With the main objectives to identify the needs of rural and poor women, to increase their active participation in decision making both in the family and community on development issues including atrocities on women and children, the scheme was implemented in the Belsar Block of Gonda district. Under the objectives of increasing awareness amongst women on a set of selected topics like Female Foeticide, Status of women in present scenario, Women and law, Women and health, Community health and hygiene, Women, technology and environment, Women and the State Government, Religion, culture and women, Women and economy, Women and social action, Panchayats and Gram Sabhas, National integration and communal harmony and Legal literacy 100 Women from Damodarpurva village, Umraopurva, Baghaiya and Sripalpurva of Gonda district have been oriented in a ten days campaign mode in each village May-June-July months of the year. The results of these orientation programmes have been very positive where women are uniting and raising their voices against violence social exclusion, their legal rights and a life with dignity. Rural women awareness programme has also helped them for participating in income generating activities as envelope making, chikankari and tailoring.

Self Help Group Formation and Bank Linkage Programme

From 1ST March 2011 at Lucknow district Under the NABARD funded initiative, Ganga has united 750 women into Self Help Groups at Sarojini Nagar Block of Lucknow district starting from April 2011. There are 51 Self help groups formed under Ganga Mahila Vikas Pariyojana from Dadupur, Chandrawal, Bhatgaon, Kishanpur Kaudiya, Gulab Kheda, Ram Chaura, Garhi, Chunoti, Dariyapur, Bibipur, Memora, Bijnor, Latif Nagar, Piparsand, Khandedev, Kuroni and Narayanpur villages. Out of these groups 44 groups have got their bank accounts opened and linked credit with bank. The SHGs have become united and are raising their voices for the ration to be made available with equality. Some of the members have vowed to force the male members quitting the habit of drinking. The groups are involved into the work of tailoring, sewing-cutting and candle making. The groups have collected huge funds and through the savings, they are earning loans and credit and are becoming empowered in terms of economic and social background.

International Women's Day

In coordination with CBCI CARD, Ganga organized women’s day programme focusing female feticide issue in Chunoti village, Lucknow district along with 107 SHG group members. On the occasion, the issue of female feticide was raised and SHG members were sensitized for curbing the menace of female feticide. The women were made aware of the decreasing number of girl child in urban as well as rural areas of the various districts of state. The availability of Ultrasound centers has been adding to this social problem and the day is not far when the ratio among male and female would reach to a disastrous position and there females would be missing from the society and boys would remain unmarried. This may be a setback for Indian society and could not be overcome. Hence the issue was raised on the occasion.

Event- Awareness Generation Programme for rural poor women

In recent months, with an assistance of State Social Welfare Board, Uttar Pradesh; Ganga organized an Awareness Generation Programme for rural poor women at Balamau village of Hardoi district. In the programme 42 beneficiaries were identified from the village after a survey. Through the programme, Ganga team identified the needs of rural poors women and evolved the ways to meet these needs as uniting them in groups and ensuring their active participation in developmental activities, Orient them in such a manner that they could place themselves between the society and become an important part of the same Capacitate them as if they may unite and organize themselves against the agony and distress The Key person of the programme Ms. Neera Bajpayee and Ms. Varsha undergone eight days rigorous training organized by the Welfare Board.

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