DISHAA En route to a better world… Quarterly newsletter by ASWAS, Department of Social Work, Amritapuri campus, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham July-September Volume 2, Issue 3 Content Editorial The fruitful activities of the Social Editorial Work department during the past three months are presented here. The “field Social Research @ work news” covers extensive reports on Amrita the agencies where S3 MSW students were posted for their block field work. Picasso MSW Winnie Johnson highlights the "Love can accomplish sensitivity of “Kudamkulam” in anything and everything: cure diseases, heal wounded hearts, PICASSO MSW. Nisanth beautifully Fieldwork news transform human minds." presents the salient findings of his -Amma My Experience as a research study on water shed budding Social worker management. Br. Vivek also discusses his research on the impact of “Amala Bharatam campaign” initiated Agency news --- by MAM. Ms. Veena Suresh talks on her experience as a “budding MHAT social worker”. “Educational Package for Kadar Children” is Activities of reviewed by Lekshmi Vimala. Other major activities that needs a Department of special mentioning are the initiation of the “Leadership training Social work programme for CPS members” by the Social Work department in Book review association with Coconut Development Board, Government of India Upcoming and the street play workshop for the occasion of IDDRR by State conference/ Disaster Management Agency, Government of Kerala. workshops -Chief Editor Note: Views expressed by the students and other contributors are not necessarily the official view of the Department of Social Work, Amrita University or Mata Amritanandamayi Math.
Dishaa Vol 2, issue 3 Page No. 2Social Work Research @ Amrita Picasso MSW Winnie Johnson (S1 MSW) A study on the extent of participation and benefits derived by participant farmers of the watershed development programmeCandidate: Nisanth M (2010-2012 batch)Guide: Mr. VS Kochukrishna KurupABSTRACT The primary aim of the researchstudy was to study the participation and benefitsderived by the farmers of the watershed developmentprogram in the Sooranad area. The study was limitedto a sample of 60 respondents. Agricultural activities are important because Kudamkulam!!!almost 70% of the people depend on agriculture fortheir livelihood. By its very nature, watershed Regarding the extent of participation of the farmersmanagement must integrate and address both water in the watershed development programme, it wasand the related land resources. Watershed found that majority of the respondents had mediummanagement is a specialized area which concentrates participation. Majority of the respondents werenot only on soil and water conservation but also other middle aged, 53% of the respondents studied up toland based activities associated with agriculture. primary school, 93% of the respondents belong toThere are essentially three significant areas of nuclear family, 67% of the respondents moderatelywatershed management programme (a) To establish contacted Agricultural Assistants. Majority of theaccountable and transparent procedures for managing respondents (73%) expressed that benefit such asland and water resources. (b) Enhanced service help to check soil and its erosion, assistance inprovision and(c) To give access of marginal land ground water recharge etc increase the infiltrationholding and landless farmers for better irrigational rate of water thus increasing the cropping intensity and yield.facilities. Watershed management is an interactive Regarding the suggestions for betterprocess that integrates decision making regarding the implementation of the watershed developmentuses and modifications of lands and water within a programme, majority of the respondents expressedwatershed. This process provides a chance for the their need of financial assistance for the maintenance of the watershed practices. They alsoagricultural farmers to balance the environmental recommended the provision of bank loans at afactors in a proper way. The actions may affect the lesser interest rate. They also recommended thatlong term sustainability of these resources. The more area should be covered under this programmeguiding principles of this process are partnerships, and that they need more technical information/geographical focus and adequate uses of water guidance from the concerned department’sresources within the natural boundaries. extension field functionaries.
Dishaa Vol 2, issue 3 Page No. 3 A Case Study of the Impact of ABC (Amala Bharatham Campaign) organized by Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) By Br.Vivek (Dept. Of Social Work, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham)Amala Bharatham Campaign – ABC It is acampaign aimed at cleaning India’s public placesand national highways. Through this cleanlinessdrive, MAM hopes to raise social awareness ofhumanity’s debt to our beautiful earth and nature.Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) launched thisproject on her 57th Birthday celebrations on 27thSep 2010. Amma said that the MAM is ready to takeup the responsibility of constructing toilets andinstalling trash cans in government schools and This is a study conducted among thealong roads all over India if it has the support and Participants at Alappad Panchayat in Kollamco-operation of State Governments and other district. It tries to follow three importantorganizations. Amma asks that all of us take a vow research questions, firstly it attempt to assessto clean our surroundings. Amma believes that if the the reach of ABC program in society.people, Government and other organizations work Secondly it examines the hygiene of thetogether, this sacred endeavour will certainly bear community after the program. Thirdly it triesfruit. This study analyses the impact of ABC (Amala to examine the level of involvement of peopleBharatham Campaign) organized by Mata to the project. The study was conducted in aAmritanandamayi Math in Alappad Community. thin ethnographic framework. The study focused on the individual participants from whom the researcher collected the data. The researcher used both interview schedule and observation checklist to collect the data from 20 participants.. Prior to their exposure to the Amala Bharatham Campaign, the villagers in the area had little awareness of the concept of sorting rubbish and refraining from depositing waste on the road-side and walkways.
Dishaa Vol 2, issue 3 Page No. 4 Therefore, my conclusion is that the ABC is a highly successful resource for communities such as the Alappad Panchayat, and that it had a profound positive effect on the participants and the community as a whole. ABC is a program in which the community of Alappad Panchayat effectively took part, by actively sorting waste as well as increasing their awareness of the need of waste management in a community. Waste is a serious issue in the community because the geographical area of Alappad is enclosed byParticipants in this study were educated in proper water on three sides and land area is limited,procedures to sort through rubbish separating thus emphasising the need to keep rubbishrecyclable items from non-recyclable, organic etc to piles to a minimum. Waste management is ofcreate compost from food and organic waste, and to utmost importance to reduce public rubbishproperly dispose of the various categories of accumulation, promote cleanliness and to haverubbish. Involvement in the ABC impacted the a clean environment.entire community by raising awareness and (photos courtesy: http://www.amritapuri.org/)enthusiasm in cleaning up their community. Thebenefits of this involvement reach out to other areasof the villagers’ lives, such as sanitation andreducing the proliferation of disease-causingmicroorganisms that spread through unhygienicpractices including spitting and urinating in public.
Dishaa Vol 2, issue 3 DISHAA Page No. 3 En route to a better world… Field work newsThe field work news of this issue consists of the field placement reports of the S3 MSW students trainees,Department of Social Work, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Content National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) Editorial By Anitha S, Dhanya.S.T, Lekshmi Vimala , Nandana .S & Seethu Arun Social Research @ National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Amrita Sciences (NIMHANS) is a multidisciplinary institute for patient care and academics in the field of mental Picasso MSW health and also neuro sciences. It is focused on imparting knowledge and establishing training Fieldwork news facilities in the field of mental health. The institute The trainees were able to visit the Sakalwara a number of as a has My Experiencedepartments functioning under it, budding Social including the department of psychiatric social work. centre and attend the medical camp conducted worker at Anekkal and were also able to understand The trainees were place for a period of 1 month (10th September Study of the th October 2012) in the the importance of outreach programmes. The A Case 2012 to 10 institute, during which they were able to see the Impact of ABC trainees were able to understand more about workings of Bharathamdays for a unit) in detail. The (Amala 6 units ( 5 the different techniques and approaches used Campaign) by the professionals. The trainees participated units were-Adult psychiatry unit 5, Community organized by MAM psychiatry, Family psychiatry, Child and Adolescent in the case discussions done by Mphil Agency news --- services, Rehabilitation and De addiction. students. The trainees visited NCWB MHAT (NIMHANS Centre for Well Being) and The trainees could understand the functioning and Activities of activities done at different units. The trainees were attended the World Mental Health Programme Department of organized at NCWB. ableSocial work learn how the cases were being to see and handled by the psychiatric social worker of the The trainees were able to inculcate a bit of the Book review essence of professionalism. The trainees could different units at the OPD (Out Patient Department). TheUpcoming trainees visited the Social Service complex and see and learn how the scholars balanced their conference/ the officials. The trainees could interacted with professional and personal life. The trainees workshops were also able to improve their attend the different department programmes conducted on every Thursday at 3.30 pm and was communication skills and confidence. The able to understand how the theories were put into trainees could also understand more about practice and the practical issues that are associated psychiatric settings and their functioning. The with it. The trainees visited the in patients at the trainees were able to develop their observation ward and were able to understand their conditions skills. more clearly.
Dishaa Vol 2, issue 3 Page No. 4The trainees understood that a social worker was required to have adequate knowledge about the differentGovernment programmes for the welfare of the people. The trainees could also recognize the significant roleplayed by a psychiatric social worker in a mental health setting. Kerala Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) By Arun B.R, & Vishnu Raj Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) is a unique programme run by the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) under the Department of Revenue and Disaster transport facilities for the people residing at the Management, Government of Kerala. This programme Periyar river banks were inadequate. There was is been operated through 6 gram panchayats (Vandi a need to construct more bridges, improve the Periyar, Upputhara, Ealapara, Kanchiyar, electrification process and increase the Ayyappankovil and Kumili) in between the community consciousness. The fire and rescue Mullaperiyar dam and Idukki dam at Idukki district. services need to be strengthened. The major The programme is put into action through several issues observed included lack of proper phases and presently it has entered into its fourth infrastructure, proper warning systems and phase. Training programme is conducted with the improper implementation of the Government joined collaboration of the Indian Institute of rules and regulations. There was also a lack of Emergency Medical Services (IIEMS), Kottayam. The adequate number of sub centers and primary programme is mainly divided into four task forces-(1) health centers. The capacity building Alert/ Early Warning(2) Search and Rescue(3) programmes need to be strengthened. The Evacuation and(4) First Aid. trainees observed that the public works done in the area lacked coordination. The community The major activities included-conducting a group members were unaware about the different discussion of community members for collecting the programmes organised by the Government for timeline of the disasters and its management activities, their benefit and there was an acute shortage of organising disaster management class for the funds in order to facilitate the working of the community members, participating in the training programmes. The trainees were able to programme for community members about first- aid understand more about organising and ,community sensitization programmes, organising the coordinating programmes and also to increase training sessions, interacting with the emergency their social interaction skills. response team members and participating in the GP- DMC (Grama Panchayath Disaster Management Committee) meeting. The trainees could observe that the rehabilitation and
Dishaa Vol 2, issue 3 Page No. 5 Keystone Foundation By Aswathy Ashok, Prageesh E.P, Sandhya .S The social work trainees did their onemonth block placement at Keystone foundation inKothagiri, Ooty. The organization is working inthe Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve area and has been organization. This study or report isworking with indigenous people in the field of expected to benefit the Keystone Foundationconservation, livelihoods, people and culture, in all its working spheres and for the betterenvironmental governance and enterprise over the functioning of the organization. All theselast decades. Keystone has put forward various eco will in turn benefit the tribal people, as theydevelopment initiatives. It helps to build the local are the final beneficiaries of the innovativemarkets for the items produced by the tribal ideas put forward by Keystone Foundation.people. It also provides sustainable livelihood It was a great opportunity for the social workoptions for the people. Interventions in the field of trainee to interact closely with the tribalapiculture, non-timber forest products, water people especially the Irula community. Theresources and enterprise development are being social work trainee could get a clear pictureimplemented through village institutions. Keystone about the farming practices and sociobelieves in local indigenous knowledge, it is a economic status of the Pillur people. Thenatural zone of ideas, people, creativity and livelihood of the people depended onrenewable energy. agriculture. Traditionally they were huntersThe social work trainees were placed in the Pillur and gatherers but now they had adapted toregion, one of the important field stations of the agricultural practices. In the past, theyorganization. The social work trainees were cultivated millets but now they have turnedassigned with two tasks:- to the cultivation of bananas. Their 1. To study the socio economic status of the livelihood also depends on the collection of people in the Pillur region. Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP) like 2. To study the farming practices followed by honey, spices, amla etc. They didn’t have the farmers in the Pillur region. primary education and also human animal conflict was a major threat to the farmers. ItThe social work trainee had to visit 19 villages in was actually a good experience to stay withthe Pillur region in order to collect the details the tribal people and to understand their liferegarding the socio economic status and farming and culture.practices of the people through a survey. Aftercollecting the data, the data was entered in Excelsheets and after tabbing and coding, the data wasanalysed and it was represented in the bar and piediagrams in the final presentation at the
Butterflies By Arathy Aravind, Fathima H & Shilpa VR “Butterflies” is an organization which focuses on the vulnerable children. Butterflies believe in non- institutionalized approach for the protection and rehabilitation of the street and working children. The trainees did their field work at different places (Nissamudeen darga and INA market) andContent attended the adobe youth programme.The trainees visited the mobile health van and also attended health corporative as a volunteer. The other activities included slum visits, night out programmes,• Add a highlight substance abuse awareness campaign and cultural programmes. The trainees were also able to or your point of volunteer in the sports day programme and could visit the child line and interact with the children. interest here. The trainees could also attend the activities of a balsabha, understand the functioning of the children• Add a highlight development khasana and also visit the MERC (Mobile Education Research Centre).The trainees or your point of interest here. were also able to present reviews on topics related to children and current affairs.• Add a highlight Theyour point of or trainees got a clear understanding about the problems and challenges that are experienced in the interest here. field. The trainees could visit the slums and observe the people’s life style and understand the value of education for children and what were the difficulties faced by the implementing agencies. Though the climate and the lack of knowledge of the native tongue proved to be a hindrance, the trainees were able to make a positive use of the situation. The trainees were also able to know the actual meaning of observation and effective communication. The trainees were also able to build on theIndividual professional skills that are required by a social worker.Highlights: Inside Story 2 Inside Story 3 Inside Story 4 Inside Story 5 Building and Enabling Disaster Resilience of Coastal Community (BEDROC) Last Story 6 By Ammu Asok , Mekha .M.S & Reeba Lincoln BEDROC is the successor to the NGO Coordination and Resource Centre (NCRC), for post-tsunami response in Nagapattanam district, Tamil Nadu. BEDROC has a broader mandate of building up long- term resilience of the vulnerable coastal communities and ensuring equitable and sustainable post-tsunami rehabilitation. BEDROC mainly focuses on strengthening traditional livelihoods as means to reducing vulnerability. Activities of the Social Work trainees aimed to understand the different social security mechanisms that are provided by the Tamil Nadu Government.
Dishaa Vol 2, issue 3 Page No. 7A project named “Knowledge Management Networking and Co-ordination as a tool to enhancing disasterresilience” is implemented through the VRCs. The Government mainly provided this scheme forstrengthening the livelihood opportunities of the people who are vulnerable. The schemes include 1)IndiraGandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAP)for old age persons of 60years or more belonging tothe BPL category, in spite of having a male legal heir above 18yrs of age 2) Indira Gandhi NationalDisability Pension Scheme(IGN-DPS) for persons between 18 to 59yearsof age belonging to BPL categoryhaving at least 80% of severe or multiple disabilities 3) Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme(IGN-WPS) for women between 40 to 59 years belonging to the BPL category. The Social Work traineesvisited different panchayats for collecting the data regarding the level of awareness about the programmes,main issues affecting the community and the coping capacities of the victims of tsunami. Nagapattanam is atheatre of Disasters (tsunami, drought, cyclone, and flood). The people of the region are highly vulnerableand most of them were the victims of tsunami. The main problems faced by Nagapattanam includes lack ofadequate medical facilities, illiteracy, difficulties of transportation, lack of drinking water etc. Anotherproblem is the scarcity of pure drinking water. Through the survey it was understood that people who wereeligible did not get the services while those who did not satisfy the criteria received them. The lack ofawareness about the pension schemes was a problem faced by all panchayats.The Shola TrustBy Nisha Lijesh & Deepak SThe social work trainees were placed at The Shola Trust,Gudalur Taluk of Tamil Nadu for their onemonth block placement. The key goal of the Shola Trust is to ensure that the vital wildernesses of thecommunity survive the onslaught of monocultures and expanding cities. The Shola Trust’s bio char andlantana projects are other excellent examples of community conservation that could easily be replicatedaround the country. The trainee conducted 20 field visits, 2 surveys and 2 focus group discussions duringthis period.The social work trainees conducted a study on the topic of ‘The reasons for failure of the lantana unit atChembakkolli and success of the lantana furniture unit at Moyar’.The objective of the study included the assessment of the socio economic background of the workers atthe lantana unit, main source of income and suggestions of the individuals for the improvement of theirwork conditions.
Dishaa Vol 2, issue 3 Page No. 8The social work trainees identified some major reasons which were responsible for the difference in thefunctioning of the lantana furniture making program in the villages of Moyar and Chempankolli. The climatein the region has a pivotal role in the fate of the program as low rain fall and less humidity is good topreserve the lantana sticks. In Chempakolli, the content of humidity is very high, limited infrastructure suchas a cement floor and a shed etc fastened the decline of the unit. Agriculture in the region is negativelyaffected after less rainfall and this made many dependants on other livelihood options such as lantanafurniture making for earning their daily bread.In Chembakolli, the forest land is more suitable for cultivation and since the economy in the region is not atall dependant on the tourism market, the banning of the field in the area caused no harm to their economy.The geographical features of Moyar is much influential as the plain terrain makes the collection of lantana aneasy task.Availability of water from the line pipe for the boiling process and good transportation facilities forcollecting raw materials etc are major factors behind the success. The villagers in Chempankolli has lots ofdifficulties in collecting the lantana and the water, as they have to cross the trenches and the difficult terrainfor it. Compared to Chembakolli the people in Moyar are less educated and in need of more training courses. VRC Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre By Amrutha A, Preethy & Vishnu SSocial work trainees completed the one month block members were organised during the Worldfield work from 10th September, 2012 to 10th October, Alzheimer’s Day(21st September) and the World2012 at V.R.C. Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre, Mental Health Day(10th October).A class was givenVettom in Malappuram as part of the curriculum. The on the importance of family support to the familyhospital was set up in the year 2002 under The Mental members of the people with mental illnesses. TheHealth act as psychiatric hospital to provide good trainee also started a study on the prevalence ofquality treatment to the mentally ill. The 200 bedded problems among children. A magazine namedpsychiatric institution is situated in a serene “Mayilpeeli” which was an anthology of works byenvironment with more than 18000 registered individuals with mental illnesses was released. Apatients,an average of 75 out patients per day and booklet on alcohol consumption was prepared andspecialties like General Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry, distributed among the outpatients and their relatives.Geriatric Psychiatry, De-addiction Psychiatry, Field visits were organised to understand more aboutCommunity Psychiatry, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, the patient’s illness condition and medication. CaseClinical Psychology, Department of Social Work, studies, group works, group activities, groupOccupational therapy, OCD Clinic, Sex Clinic and discussions and psycho-education were organized forFamily Clinic. the people with mental illness.The social worker trainees were placed in each wards The trainees could understand the importance offor a period of 5 to 6 days and several activities were psycho-education. Most of the problems are mainlyconducted in the agency. Special programmes due to the lack of awareness. Both the patients as wellincluding chart presentations, brochure distribution, as family members should be educated on theawareness classes to the out patients and their family importance of taking medications. Without knowing the internal problems of an individual, it is difficult to solve the problem.
Dishaa Vol 2, issue 3 Page No. 9So, conducting MSE and taking Case history is essential.Different departments are providing various services to theout patients. Family support is a type of non-pharmacotherapy and is very effective. Team work is veryimportant. A multidisciplinary team is present to tackle themental health conditions. Individual counseling sessions aredone by psychiatric social workers to address the issues ofthe patients. The patients are also given occupationaltherapies on a daily basis. It was understood that apsychiatric social worker should be a good listener andmotivator. The importance of developing observation skillswas also recognized by the trainees. PEEJAYS By Sukanya & Anoop P Joseph As a part of the curriculum, the Department of Social work, Amritapuri campus placed the trainees at Peejays, Cochin. Peejays is a pioneer in the field of health and provides unique care for outpatients for both psychiatry and neurology under one roof. It works as a team consisting of senior neurologists, senior psychiatrists, general physician and a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, psychiatric social workers, special educators, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and other rehabilitation professionals. It emphasise on adult and adolescent services, developmental disorders in children, ASD and school mental health. Through this one month field work trainees got the opportunity to observe how the intake sessions are taken for the parents of a child with learning disabilities. Trainees also got knowledge as to how counseling is provided to the parents regarding how to handle the child, strategies to follow while teaching them, the limitations of the child etc. Occupational therapy sessions were also helpful to the autistic child to tackle their obstacles. The exposure got from the speech and language therapy sessions were also informative. Trainees also got the opportunity to diagnose some cases of mood disorders. The trainees were able to understand the aspects to be kept in mind while giving awareness to the teachers and parents in order to better handle children in class room and home. This field work also helped to increase the confidence of the trainees and also generated more interest to work in the field.
Dishaa Vol 2, issue 3 Page No. 10 UNNATI-Organization for Development Education By Karthika Baburaj & Ruby Unnati-Organization for DevelopmentEducation is a voluntary organization registeredunder the Societies Registration Act (1860) in1990. Unnati has completed 21 years ofproviding educational support in Gujarat and 12years in Rajasthan. “Unnati work on a missionto promote social inclusion and democraticgovernance so that the vulnerable section of oursociety, particularly the dalits, tribal, women andperson with disabilities are empowered to affected area. The activities conducted were basedeffectively and decisively participate in on the theme of disaster risk reduction. The activitiesmainstream development and the decision included role play, posture presentation, drawingmaking process.” This aim is accomplished competition, essay competition, elocution, footthrough providing strategic issue based support march etc. The trainees also had interactive sessionsto development initiatives by undertaking with school authorities, sarpanch and thecollaborative research, public education, stakeholders and also was involved in theadvocacy, direct field level mobilization and documentation work of the campaign. The traineesimplementation with multiple stakeholder could also assist in the pre-campaign preparationparticipation. Unnati works at the grassroots guidelines, need assessment school safety parameterslevel to policy level environment for ensuring and the school safety quiz.the basic rights of the citizens. Presently all the The trainees took advantage of theactivities are organized around three thematic opportunity to explore more in the field to expandareas: 1) Social Inclusion and Empowerment, 2) perspectives, visit many villages and observe the preCivic Leadership, Social Accountability and and post conditions of the earthquake affected area,Governance, 3) Social Determinants of Disaster to meet more people and to improve the professionalRisk Reduction. skills. The trainees were also able to gain more Social work trainees were assigned the knowledge on housing and school safety, how toproject “Campaign on Housing Safety and conduct a campaign (its different phases), how toSchool Safety regarding DRR(Disaster Risk identify the structural and non-structuralReducation) in Bhachau, Kutch district”. The vulnerabilities of both schools and houses and howtrainees visited around twenty villages and many to cope up or build their capacity against variousschools and observed the pre and post conditions hazards and safety measures which will help toof the earthquake minimize the risk of a disaster.
Coorg Organization in Rural Development(CORD) By Vishnu K Santhosh & Rashmi PCCORD is a secular and a political voluntary the Panchayath President and Vice President .Theorganization that works for the poor and social work trainees could also visit Soolebhavi andunderprivileged of the society for their Sajjalli panchayats and the social welfare office atemancipation and empowerment, for a holistic Madikkery.The trainees also went to the Districtdevelopment of people irrespective of caste, Commissioner Office and met the I.T.D.P (P.C.O)creed, colour or gender consideration. Started in The trainees saw that the people were mostlya small area comprising only five villages, alcoholic.The cultural programmes organized byCORD today caters to the developmental them has shifted focus from entertainment to just anrequirements of over 80 villages in 3 taluks in occasion to drink.They have ration cards and voterstwo districts. The target groups are- the ID cards and also get proper ration. Theindigenous/tribal population of these districts Government provides nutritious food to thewho are extremely displaced and alienated. dalits, janukuruba tribes. There are no proper housingwomen and children who are experiencing facilities or sanitation. There is also a scarcity ofongoing severe socio-economic and socio- fresh water. The Tribes collect number of medicinalcultural oppression and discrimination. plants .The Government also provide free educationThe social work trainees visited Banawara and accommodation to the tribes. The schoolPanchayath to see the Jenukuruba tribe.The functions accordingly but there were a number oftrainee also visited Malambi and Aloor children who did not go to school.Siddapura. At Malambi the trainees visited the The trainees were able to understand the lifestyle ofAshram School.The trainee stayed at the tribal the tribes. The trainees also came to know about thehaadi in Avarugundha . The trainees visited the workings of Government offices and were also ableSiddapura panchayath office and interacted with to organize cultural programmes for the tribals. Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) By Geethu M LalDubai Civil Defence (DCD) is functioning under Ministry of Interior, Government of Dubai, UAE.DCD has a vital role in Dubai, especially in the field of industrial and commercial safety and securityand assists in rescue missions, restoring life in disastrous situations to normal. Social work trainee wasassigned to work in “Emergency Crisis Management and Major Incident Planning Project” structuredby Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.As part of the block placement, the trainee got the opportunity to visit the various departments such asOperation, Risk Assessment, Hazardous Material, Safety & Prevention, and Smart Systems. DCDimplanted the methods of vehicle tracking system, one of the important initiatives to promote safe andsecure transportation and helps to act immediately in the crisis. Thousands of buildings can beelectronically monitored simultaneously through the network called “The Direct Alarm System”. Safetymonitoring initiatives by developing technology ,that can detect the onset of fires at its early stage isapplied to all the buildings across Dubai. The Direct Alarm System enables to address all four phases(Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery) of Disaster Emergency ManagementResearch was done on the topic “Recommendation of Early Warning System for Earthquakes inDubai”.
According to the United Nations, sea level changes can result in devastating tsunami in the Middle East ifa severe earthquake occurs. Promoting appropriate measures will equip the community and reduce theimpact of the various disasters. The DCD felicitates for the co-ordination of the emergency services, localauthorities and gives support during emergency. The detailed plans for appropriate measures and actionsin advance will reduce the likelihood of errors resulting from decisions being taken in the course of crisis.The DCD construct guidelines, awareness, policies and activities to protect and save the lives andproperties of the residents. My Experience as a budding Social Worker Content • Add a highlight or your point of By Veena Suresh (2010-2012 batch(Amrita Ettimadi campus)) interest here. • Add a highlight The profession of social work will create or your point of When others think of how to make money we different here. experience in different individuals. In my interest think about how to make the poor people self case I can tell you that I joined for MSW without • Add a sufficient. When they read news about social having highlight about it. I did not know about the any idea or your point of injustice we think of the solutions to stop such scope ofhere. interest social work, the area of work and the issues. When others see a disabled person and subjects that are involved in the curriculum. I had feel sad about their condition we think of associated the course with social service. It was different ways to provide support to him. We only after joining that I came to know that social will visit forests, stay with tribal people, and work is completely different from social service. study about their culture and be one among Social work is helping the person to help Individual them but others will enjoy the beauty of the themselves- in other words “Better to Teach Fishing Highlights: forest and leave the place. A social work than Give Fish”. Inside Story 2 student improves his/her skills in Since I did my under graduation in BCA, I communication, listening, problem solving, had to face a lot3of criticism when I chose MSW, as Inside Story decision making etc during the two years of the everyone expected me to join for the Masters in Inside Story 4 course. This course helps to change our Computer Applications (MCA). But now I can feel Inside Story 5 perception of the world and how we see things the difference 6 that MSW has made in my Last Story for the better. We will thus be able to lead a personality and behavior. Let me share some full life by practicing the qualities of empathy, difference between a social work student and a love, humanity, compassion and patience. As student of any other stream. When others deal with our beloved Amma says “We cannot change computers, machines and accounts we deal with situations in life but we can change the attitude human hearts. When others show sympathy towards towards them “. I am sure that the social work a beggar in the street we social workers will have curriculum will change your attitude and this empathy towards him. When we are aware about will help you to lead a good life that is of the prevalence of HIV, Cancer, Diabetes etc others benefit to the society and the nation as a whole. might not even know the basics of these diseases. When they go for pleasure trips in metro cities we will find pleasure in visiting the slums and finding out the situation of the people living in that area.
Agency news Mental Health Action Trust (MHAT) By Parvathy V and Prasanth P (S3 MSW)MHAT (Mental Heath Action Trust) is aregistered Charitable Trust with its headquartersat the Institute of Palliative Medicine, MedicalCollege at Calicut, Kerala. The major aim is toprovide free community based mental healthContentcare to economically backward people and to• Add a all thesupport highlight activities connected with this Each case is taken up by a volunteer who then or your point of has to assure proper rehabilitation and review ofendeavor. The institute has been functioning interest here.under the clinical leadership of Dr. Manoj the patient that is assigned to them. They are• Add aKumar highlight Malappuram, Wayanad and at each given a checklist of the symptoms of their or your point ofKozhikode districts of Kerala for the past three interest here. allotted patient so that they can keep track ofyears. This programme had been initially under the patient and consult the doctor in case of any• Add a highlightthe aegis of of Mehac Foundation but it was or your point the symptoms of relapse. Volunteers form the backtaken over by the Mental Health Action Trust on interest here. bone of the agency.1st of January 2011. MHAT is a non- profit MHAT has its own blog and an e-newsletter toorganization that provides free, comprehensive, spread information about its working. Atcommunity-based, volunteer-led and cost- present, MHAT is hosting the Post Graduateeffective mental health care to the poor people of Programme for M. A. Social Work in Mentalthe locality that is served, including the Health under Tata Institute of Social SciencesIndividualhomelessHighlights:and wandering mentally ill. MHAT (TISS) and the Banyan Academy of Leadershipaims to provide long term management facilities in Mental Health (BALM) along with some of Inside Story 2for chronic mental disorders through a system of the leading national and international experts in Inside Story 3 the field of mental health.community-owned and managed care. It alsoaims to Story Inside promote the monitoring and consultation 4 Inside Story 5activities to avoid relapses. Mental Health Action TrustThe agency collaborates with over 30 pain and Last Story 6 Institute of Palliative Medicinepalliative care clinics in Calicut, Wayanad and Medical College,CalicutMalappuram. Each clinic has identified their Kerala,india,673008own list of patients from their locality and the Phone:+91 9745111005;+91 8089997007patients are screened by the MHAT team toidentify their economic background. General enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr Manoj Kumar: email@example.com (Reference: www.mhatkerala.org/)
Book review Educational package for Pre-Primary Kadar children By Lekshmi Vimala (S3 MSW) Western Ghats hornbill foundation is an organization that concerns itself with the protection and conservation of the natural resources andEducational package rainforests and also the preservation of the land rights of the Kadar tribefor Pre-Primary Kadar living in and around the area of Western Ghats. Kadars are the inhabitantschildren of the rainforests of the Western Ghats. At present, only a limited number of them remain due to the building of dams leading to their frequent Authors: evacuation and displacement. Amitha Bachan, Shajan M. P, Educating the tribes about their rights and duties is one of the aspects that Fasila P. K and the organization is concerned with. It was observed that the number of Anitha K. T dropouts among the children of the tribe was high and this negatively contributed to the efforts that were initiated with a view of educating them. Illustrations: The Kadar tribe has their own dialect and they are brought up in harmony Ali Akbar, Vishnu P. V. and with nature and its constituents. When they are introduced to the outside Individual C. S. Anish world, they find it difficult to mesh. Highlights: Year: 2011 2 Inside Story It was in this regard that the organization in collaboration with the Inside Story 3 Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) of the Athirappilly Publication: panchayat has introduced an educational package for the use in the Inside Story 4 Paschimakhatta anganwadis in the area, that integrates the regular teaching methods with vezhambal foundation, Inside Story 5 the tribal language and customs. The project was conceptualized in LastAranyak, 6 Story Mathilakam-680685, 2011.The pack consists of two theme based books (‘Ente veedu’ and Thrissur,Kerala,India ‘Kaadu ente naadu’) with a work book called ‘Nammude prakrithiyil ninulla padanam’. The pack also make use of cards and floor puzzles to impart knowledge to the kadar children.
Dishaa Vol 2, issue 3 Page No. 17 The book ‘Ente veedu’ is a guide to the common items and activities in a household while ‘Kaadu ente veedu’ integrates the names of the common flora and fauna of the region. The puzzle that is included tries to generate awareness about hornbill which are an endangered species found in the tropical areas of Africa and Asia. The educational pack was developed by Mr.Amitha Bachan, Mr.Shajan M. P, Ms.Fasila P. K and Ms.Anitha K T of the Hornbill foundation. At present, the pack has been introduced to 22 Anganwadis of the panchayat and 300 of these kits have already been distributed. The books consist of illustrations that are in keeping with the social and cultural background of the tribal children and also words in Kadar language with their Malayalam and English translations. The initiative while addressing the issue of dropouts and facilitation of education among the Kadar children also focuses on the rights of the minorities. Kadar tribe is fast disappearing and the need to protect their language, culture and ethnic uniqueness is crucial at the moment. (courtesy: The Hindu July 19,2012) Activities of Department of Social Work (July – September, 2012) 9th Aug, 2012Observed International Day of World’s Indigenous PeopleThe Department of Social Work observed the World Indigenous Dayon August 9, 2012. As part of this, the students organized variouspresentations and short movies related to the culture and protection ofthe indigenous communities in the country. The students were dividedinto five groups and presentations were made on “The internationalDay of Worlds Indigenous People,” “Indigenous people of India- asociological profile’, “Indigenous communities of Kerala”, “TheScheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition ofForest Rights) Act”, “Introduction of an NGO – Survival International”.Discussions were conducted on the presented topics.
13th Aug, 2012Induction programme and Essentials in Professional SocialWork session to 2012-2014 batchThe Department of Social work organized a workshop for thenew MSW batch to highlight the primary aims & objectives ofSocial Work profession through games, activities, charts anddiscussions. The objective of the programme was to emphasizeand highlight the importance of team work, effectivecommunication, healthy study habits & time management. Theother topics of discussions were the concept of socialresponsibility, effective stress management, the relevance ofsocial support in stressful situations and concept of empathy. 14th Aug, 2012Invited talk by Adv. Kaloor Kailas Nath and Mr Sreekanthlal(alumni, school counselor)The Department of Social Work and ASWAS organized aninvited talk on 14th August, 2012 at Amritapuri Campus.Advocate Kaloor Kailas Nath, leading lawyer in Kollam andKottarakkara Bar was the chief guest of the occasion. Havingmore than 9 years of experience in the legal field, he hadspecialized in criminal and family issue cases. He discussedRIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005 and DOMESTICVIOLENCE ACT, 2005 followed by interaction session withMSW students.Mr. Sreekanth lal, alumni of Dept. of Social Work currentlyworking as School Counsellor, Mes Indian School, Doha sharedhis experience with the first and second year MSW students of14th August, 2012. 5th Sept, 2012Teachers’ day and Freshers’ day CelebrationsWarm welcome was given by the seniors to the newcomers.Teacher’s day was observed on the same occasion.
Dishaa Vol 2, issue 3 Page No. 19 6-8th Sept, 2012Inauguration of Leadership Training Programme forCoconut Producers Society (CPSs)The Department of Social Work and Coconut DevelopmentBoard (Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India) organizedLeadership Training Programme for Coconut Producers Society(CPSs) and the programme got inaugurated at Amrita VishwaVidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kollam. The function wasinaugurated by Dr. C O Hemalatha, Principle AgriculturalOfficer, Kollam by lighting the lamp. Br. Bijukumar,Chairperson, CIR, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mr. JayanathR, Technical Officer, Coconut Development Board, Cochin, DrRenjith R Pillai, Head of the Department of Social Work,Amritapuri Sri. Rajeev M M, Vice chairperson, Department ofSocial Work Amritapuri, were present on the occasion andaddressed the gathering. There were about 25 farmers attendingthe programme on the very first day. 16th Sept, 2012ASWAS Annual report 2011 – 2012The Department of Social work and ASWAS together presentedthe “ASWAS Annual report 2011 – 2012” followed by theselection of New Governing General Body member. 22nd Sept, 2012Participation in RendezvousSocial work trainees of first year MSW participated in“Rendezvous” at Vimala College, Thrissur- and participated inseveral programs including exhibition, poster presentation, streetplay, extempore. 27th Sept, 2012.Stall on Sustainable developmentDepartment of Social Work organized a stall as a part of the 59thbirthday celebrations of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (AMMA) atAmrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus. The mainattractions were exhibits on sustainable development, glimpses onKoodamkulam issue and interventions taken up during theTsunami of Dec 2004.
Dishaa Vol 2, issue 3 Page No. 20Upcoming Conferences / WorkshopsDecember 201210th : Governance and Sustainable Development:Building Commerce and Communities Coimbatore,India12th : Multi National Enterprises and SustainableDevelopment (MESD) 2012 New Delhi, India 12th: Social protection perspectives and policies Sept 28-30thKuttikkanam, India Training workshop on street play as a part of IDDR programme of Kerala State15th: 3rd International conference on public policy Disaster Management departmentand social sciences (icops2012) Bandar Melaka,Malaysia Selected Social work trainees of first and th15 : The 2012 Conference on Anthropology and second year MSW participated in the trainingSustainability in Asia Bangkok, Thailand session on street play for awareness generation on disaster risk reduction by Kerala22nd: 2012 International Conference on Sociality and State Disaster Management Department. TheHumanities - ICOSH 2012 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia programme was conducted as a part of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.29th: 2012 International Conference on Humanity,Culture and Society - ICHCS 2012 Hong Kong, China Dr. Renjith R. Pillai Assistant Professor & Chief Editor Staff Editors: Mr. Rajeev MM Mr. V S Kochukrishna Kurup Mr. Ranjith Kavumkara Student Editors: Ms. Parvathy V Ms. Lekshmi Vimala Ms. Jasmin Pereira Design and Layout: Ms. Parvathy V Printed and published by: Chair person, Department of Social Work. (For private circulation only) Feel free to mail your suggestions and ideas to the editor’s desk: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Follow us: http://dishaaspeaks.wordpress.com