Dasra Girl Power Award Organization Summaries


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A big "Thank you" to all the applicants for the Dasra Girl Power Awards, we have selected 17 finalists with impactful and innovative interventions working with adolescent girls in these three areas – Health, Education and Life Skills. These organizations will join us for a workshop between the 1-4th of February, where they will pitch to a jury panel and three organizations will be selected as recipients for the 30 lakh prize money. The winning organizations will be announced at the Dasra Philanthropy Week.

More information on the Dasra Girls Power Awards can be found http://www.dasraphilanthropyweek.org/girl-power.html

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  1. 1. Dasra Girl Power Awards Organization Summaries Aaina Represented by: Sneha Mishra AAINA, a voluntary organisation, has been working extensively in the state of Odisha since the past 15 years with rural and tribal population, professionals, administrative agencies, government officials and legislators. AAINA works to empower persons with disabilities, as well as women and children, through workshops, campaigns, capacity building programs and formation of self-help, children and adolescent girls groups. Ashish Gram Rachna Trust (AGRT), Pachod/ The Institute of Health Management Pachod (IHMP) Represented by: Dr. Ashok Dyalchand The Institute of Health Management Pachod (IHMP), based in Maharashtra, strives for the health and development of communities through grassroots programmes, training, and policy advocacy. The Institute aims at the holistic development of the individual, family and community and is deeply committed to the upliftment of marginalised groups. It engages with married and unmarried adolescents in the areas of healthcare and life-skills education. Association for Voluntary Action (Bachpan Bachao Andolan) Represented by: Rakesh Senger & Daljeet Singh Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) was one of the first organizations in India that initiated direct action-oriented interventions to eliminate all forms exploitation of children, especially child labor and child trafficking. Its preventative model, Child Friendly Village, has been implemented in 356 villages since 2001, impacting approximately 400,000 people and ensuring that all children till 14 years have access to free and quality education. BBA engages with the children, administration and local governance bodies to improve school infrastructure. Bal Sansar Sanstha Represented by: Priyamvada Singh & Mahendra Sharma Bal Sansar Sanstha works to create an equitable society where everyone gets an opportunity to realize one’s fullest potential in life, with no discrimination based on gender, religion, caste, creed, social, cultural and economic status. It informs, enables and empowers communities to demand, access and exercise their rights to live their life with respect and dignity. Its interventions for the empowerment of adolescents are critical to reduce their health risks and improve the overall quality of their lives. Since inception, the team has impacted over 6,000 adolescents directly and 10,000 indirectly. Bella Health Care Represented by: Colette Smith & Mandeep Kaur Bella Health is an NGO in India that aims to empower women to increase their ability to make informed family planning and reproductive health choices. Bella Health Care provides health care services that address maternal, child and reproductive health and enhance the health and quality of the life of the women, girls and adolescents in our target areas. The organization has been able to directly impact over 8500 adolescent girls through its reproductive health education and health services programs. 1 1
  2. 2. Dasra Girl Power Awards Organization Summaries Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society (CECOEDECON) Represented by: Vibhuti Joshi & Kavita Mishra CECOEDECON, an organization based in Rajasthan, takes a Rights-Based Approach to development, treating the deprived not simply as economically disadvantaged, but also perceiving and understanding how their rights and entitlements are curtailed at manifold levels. Presently, CECOEDECON is working with adolescent girls to ensure their overall development, through providing bridge courses, vocational, and nonformal life-skills education to out-of-school girls. CULP - Centre for Unfolding Learning Potentials Represented by: Om Prakash Kulhari and Dr. M.S. Rathore Based in Jaipur, CULP has been working for over a decade to create a positive environment among rural communities towards girl child education. CULP provides out-of-school adolescent girls access to education, and to date, has impacted more than 1 lakh adolescent girls in 4 districts in Rajasthan. Developmental Association for Human Advancement Represented by: Jitendra Chaturvedi & Khajanchi Lal Yadav DEHAT works to educate, protect and empower under privileged children, especially from tribal and oppressed communities, in over 700 villages in Uttar Pradesh. For adolescent girls, DEHAT provides education services, delivers health and nutrition programs, and forms adolescent groups to create awareness on various issues. Since inception, DEHAT has impacted over 4500 girls through the Rural Education program and over 82,000 girls through multiple programs catering to adolescent girls(10-14 years of age). Ibtada Represented by: Rajesh Singhi & Panini Bhatt Started in 1997, Ibtada strengthens communities, especially women, in order to reduce social and economic poverty and inequality. Ibtada works in the Mewat region, which is characterized by low education levels and poor status of women and girls. Ibtada works on providing education to girls in the region, both through direct services such as setting up Taleemshalas, and community based interventions that work on strengthening government schools. 2 2
  3. 3. Dasra Girl Power Awards Organization Summaries Integrated Development Center for Advancement reforms and Educational (INDCARE) Trust Represented by: Ankita Pant and Reeva Sood INDCARE Trust was established in 1989 to promote capability development and empower the underprivileged, especially women, to improve their living environment and livelihoods. The organization has been successfully working in different parts of the country, focused largely on the urban slums of Delhi, with the goal of improving living conditions and quality of life of the urban and rural poor that live below the poverty line (BPL). Lok Swasthya Sewa Trust Represented by: Susan Thomas and Mirai Chatterjee Lok Swasthya Sewa Trust implements a range of health related interventions for poor self-employed women and their families in Gujarat. Its interventions include providing health education and awareness and primary health care services through an integrated approach, through a network of grassroots-level health workers who go door-to-door to meet the needs of its self-employed beneficiaries. Lok Swasthya Sewa Trust is a sister organization of SEWA. Mentor Together Represented by: Arundhuti Gupta & Namrata Baruah Mentor Together provides girls facing risk and adversity enduring, fun and empowering one-to-one mentoring relationships, with committed volunteer professionals, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. Their mentees are in the age group of 14-18 years and are identified through partnerships with Government or NGO-run homes and schools. Using structured activities , volunteer mentors have delivered 30000+ hours of mentoring in English, Life Skills, Career & Academic planning, and Community Leadership to 450 disadvantaged youth. PROTSAHAN India Foundation Represented by: Sonal Kapoor & Geetika Mrig Protsahan India Foundation uses design thinking and art innovation to transform lives of street and slum children facing abuse and vulnerability with a focus on empowering adolescent young girls to break the extreme cycle of poverty. Protsahan focuses on creative education for children and their subsequent mainstreaming through sustainable livelihoods through Art. It uses the creativity of design, art, cinema, technology and digital stories to impact and empower underprivileged children to mainstream them and their communities inclusively on issues like Child Marriage, Gender Violence, Nutrition, Education and Livelihoods. 3 3
  4. 4. Dasra Girl Power Awards Organization Summaries Sharda Mahila Vikas Society Represented by: Dr. Shobha Shah & Ranjan Atodariya Sharda Mahila Vikas Society (SMVS) was established with the objective of empowering women to achieve their potential through economic and skill building activities. This philosophy came from SMVS’ parent organization – SEWA Rural, which is part of the renowned national SEWA network. The Adolescent Girls Program started as a natural transition from SMVS’ activities focused on women. The program aims to provide adolescent girls with appropriate knowledge on reproductive health, sexual harassment, anemia, personal and menstrual hygiene, and addictive substances like tobacco. Thoughtshop Foundation Represented by: Revati Banerjee Thoughtshop Foundation comprises professionals dedicated to creating new and effective ways of dealing with social issues, with the aim to educate, motivate and empower for social change since 1992. Thoughtshop develops innovative behaviour change communication tools for various social issues including adolescent reproductive health, gender equity, child rights, and water and sanitation, and trains youth to become effective peer educators using such tools. Vacha Charitable Trust Represented by: Medhavinee Namjoshi Vacha Trust works to create a society without exploitation, oppression or discrimination against women, girls or any other section of society. Vacha’s mission is to focus on issues of girls and women from disadvantaged sections of society through educational and empowerment programs, resource creation, training and networking. For adolescents, Vacha works towards increasing the participation of adolescent girls in civic life by imparting relevant life skills to them and ensuring their continuation of education till class 12. The team also facilitates discussions for girls to speak up about issues and concerns focused mainly towards education, health and safety. Since inception, the team has impacted over 7,139 adolescents directly. VOICE 4 Girls Represented by: Averil Spencer & Amrita Randhawa VOICE conducts activity-based camps to build leadership, critical thinking and problem solving skills in marginalized adolescent girls by imparting English speaking and life skills, and communicating critical knowledge about their rights. Its flagship program Her VOICE features 90 hours of curriculum that focus on topics such as health and hygiene, safety and career planning. It has reached out to 4,375 girls through the VOICE camps since 2011, working with government school and low income private schools. 4 4