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  • The Bombay mothers and children's welfare society THE RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AT RAJGURUNAGAR, PUNE DISTRICT
  • Contents:  Introduction  The Reproductive Child Health Program  The Modified Reproductive Child Health Program  Novel Activities of the RCH program  Other Activities of the Organization  Empowerment of Women  Association with TCS  The teachers Club  More on sanitation, health, and hygiene  The Adult Literacy Program (ALP)  Conclusion  Future Plans  Acknowledgements
  • Introduction o Charitable trust established in 1919 o Functions via donations provided by both public and private trusts -the Shahani Trust, the Dorabji Tata Trust, the Mahalaxmi Temple Trust, and the Shri Sidhivinayak Mandir Trust. o The organization has received 1.5 crores in donations o All donations accepted are project specific o Four major sectors of operation o 1) Health in both city and rural areas o 2) Child Care o 3) Education o 4) Comprehensive Rural Development Support System. o Over the years the Trust has been involved in several activities in both urban and rural areas of Maharashtra.
  • The Rural Development Project  In 2004 we initiated the Rural Development Project  Based in taluka Rajgurunagar of Pune district  Brought to 29 villages (now 33) around our charitable Rajgurunagar Hospital  The program stemmed from the Reproductive Child Health (RCH) program of the government of India, which caters to mothers and children.  .
  • The Modified Reproductive Child Health Program o The modified program included the following new objectives:  Long-term family planning  Targeting all age groups, not just one strata of the village population  Improvement in areas of health and hygiene  Inclusion of vocational training  Improvement of schools  Environmental protection and improvement activities
  • Novel Activities of the Modified RCH Program  Informative audio-visual shows to school children - Health and Hygiene - Historically relevant and Fun - Stories from the Isop and the Panchatantra  Circulating libraries with twenty-five books each  Donation of volleyballs and nets as well as carom boards to all schools for recreational purposes  Regular health check-ups and vaccinations  Development of cordial relationships between the students, parents, and teachers  Encouraged schools to build playgrounds
  • Extension of the RCH program: other activities of the program  Eligible Couples Program - Informs young mothers and fathers about: - Importance family planning - Use of birth control - AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) - Use of informative films to spread awareness of such matters  The De-worming Program - Part of the regular health checkups - Distributed 7000 de-worming tablets free of cost to all school children and the neighboring villages
  • Extension of the RCH program cont’d: other activities of the program  Special training for adolescent girls - Focus is on changes that occur during puberty - Informative discussions with mothers and daughters - Utilizing audio-visual shows  Vocational Training - Sewing and Tailoring classes -Have benefited 1500 women in these areas so that they could acquire new skills and start a business of their own.
  • Extension of the RCH program cont’d: other activities of the program o Horticultural classes - very effective in informing the villagers about the means of increasing and improving their yield o Introduction to Composting
  • Empowerment of Women  Partivartaks - they are Volunteers/Liaisons - Responsible for 15 to 20 households - Promoting active leadership roles, improvement of self- confidence, & independence  Dai Training program - Primary medical care in the villages in case of emergencies - 80 girls have completed the training and are working in villages and nearby hospitals.  Several women have begun their own tailoring business  Self-cultivation for rural girls - Learning of Rangoli & Mehendi, and participation in various drawing and essay writing competitions
  • Empowerment of women  We have set up consciousness raising groups  Women in each community discuss their problems, concerns, joys and fears  A group of fewer than 20 women sits in a circle  In so doing, women share common experiences, learn from each other, the community is brought closer together, and women feel empowered
  • Association with TCS  Our collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has provided a optimistic outlook for the whole program.  A computer lab equipped with 25 computers was donated by TCS for rural students. Thus far 800 students have passed the official MSCIT exam.  In order for students to best benefit from these computers, we trained 250 teachers from the various schools in the most up-to-date computer skills.  Since English and computers usually go hand-in-hand, we offered, with the help of TCS, English speaking classes for 40 teachers.
  • The Teachers’ Club  A Teachers’ Club was started to help spread awareness the best way possible: directly by the villagers, to the villagers  It brings various villages together so that they can actively discuss the crucial development of their futures.  The teachers club satisfied the interest of 80 housewives from Rajgurunagar who were looking to get involved. After three months of training, these women became volunteers for the organization.  A group of 25 volunteers are actively involved in conducting activities at schools; they coordinate drawing camps and also assess the English speaking and computing classes.
  • Sanitation, Health, Hygiene  The government of Maharashtra has recently begun an innovative contest where a village that has constructed a certain number of toilets gets a sizable cash prize.  We think this is a good program and have spread awareness to the villages on these issues. So far 4 villages have met the 100% sanitation requirement, and many others are following in their path.  We have collaborated with HDFC bank, which has now begun to provide loans for the village sanitation program. This way, the goal has become far more realistic.  We also give lectures in the village schools; we describe the importance of basic sanitation.
  • The adult literacy program  Adult literacy program in 11 villages. TCS has been kind enough to provide CDs in audio-visual format, which are more interactive. The villagers themselves have been trained in the programs and have now taken on the responsibility of conducting them independently.  We are also inaugurating 7 resource centers, each equipped with 2 computers, sewing machines, 60 CD’s, and a library.  Three villagers have already been trained for the operation of computers and will conduct programs every day for different age groups. We will shortly start an internet awareness program in these centers as well.
  • Achievements:  1500 ladies trained in complete tailoring.  95 girls trained as ‘Dai’.15 in training now.  280 girls trained in Tailoring, Computers, Rangoli Mehendi and English speaking from vacation batch. (This will be a regular feature now, continuing in all vacations.)  1435 boys from schools trained in basic computers.  350 students completed certificate exam of Maharashtra Govt.  250 graduates hold good jobs due to computer training  50 housewives are trained in computers. *They now earn in non-farming seasons.*
  • Sanitation Programme  4 Villages completed sanitation programme.  Were awarded Nirmal gram prize by President of India.  2 villages have completed 95 % work in sanitation  Several villages have taken loans from HDFC bank to complete sanitation program.  Innovative method for loan – no mortgage, no surety, no Guarantee; small savings Groups.  Constant motivation and continuing education through posters and audio visual shows.
  • De-worming  7000 students receive anti-helminthes tablets, free of charge, every year.  Initiative has shown remarkable change in health.  Increased attendance in school.  Reduced medical expenses.
  • BANANA PLANTATION  Planted 7500 banana trees so far.  At first one plant in each house; now two.  Tissue culture plants -guaranteed yield, pest resistant.  Each tree yields 800 BANANAS IN ONE YEAR  Good healthy supportive NUTRITION, which is especially important for Rural children.  Also will augment family income -they can sell the surplus fruit as they wish
  • Small Savings Group Leaders Training Programme
  • Banana Plant Distribution
  • A maturing banana tree
  • A GIANT banana tree!!
  • Micro-Financing Education  We provide support for education up to Rs 1000/  No interest if returned in 3 months.  Has helped 200 Students to complete their computer education.  Facilitation of larger loans through banks.
  • School Beautification  Started in 39 schools from 15 August 2007  We hoped it will impact positively: -School environment and surroundings -Creativity -Pride in school and self -Academic performance -Camaraderie among peers
  • Impact of Rural Development Program  250 English teachers from entire Taluka are eager to take English speaking classes.  10 surrounding villages are pressing upon our organization to initiate the programme in their villages; we hope to do so.  Initiative has shown we care and given villagers hope, and therefore the necessary boost to pursue their dreams.  Small saving groups have become advisors to villagers for improving income.  Micro-financing possibilities have been facilitated.  Widely spread awareness of various critical health issues.  Proactive mitigation of health problems in villages.  We have shown an innovative way to reform the RCH program.  Will we spark a similar interest in others? We certainly hope so!
  • Future Plans:  Although the organization has come a long way there still remains room for improvement. Some of the future plans of the organization include:  Planting of one more banana plant in each home (and perhaps more) in August 2008.  Building of Science labs for standard 8th, 9th, and 10th children at the center.  Continued training of a batch of 250 teachers in English as the demand keeps rising, and  Hobby Home for children Age 7-10 to improve and develop flight of imagination
  • How You Can Participate:  One village can be developed over a period of 2 years.  All the above mentioned activities will be conducted.  2 trained workers from village will conduct the programme.  Supervised by our staff.  We can do this all at very affordable cost. ONLY RS 350,000/ Three lakh fifty thousand/year/village
  • Impact an area of your choice:  Support a Patient Rs 2500-10000.  Fix someone’s Vision Rs 2500.  De-worming Programme Rs 45000(7500kids)  Support Child Education Rs 2500/yr.  Computer Education Rs 2500/child  Bicycle for a Student Rs 2500.  Library in School (39) Rs 12000.  Science Laboratory (7) Rs 70000.  Beautify a School Rs 7500.  Sports and activities Rs 7500  Banana plants (2/house) Rs 60.  Vermiculture unit/house Rs 4000  Horticulture training Rs 4000/person  Fruit bearing trees (5/house) Rs 1000/per house
  • Impact an area of your choice:  Tailoring training Rs 1000.  Rangoli mehendi classes Rs 7500/pm  Sewing machine for women Rs 3500.  Plant 5 useful trees per house Rs 500  Construction of toilet Rs 8000. Summer activities for rural girls  Computer education Rs 25000/pm  English speaking classes Rs 25000/pm  Tailoring classes Rs 25000/pm  Rangoli,Mehendi,ceramic Rs 25000/pm
  • Conclusion:  The rural development project is a multi-faceted and innovative program.  It has grown and has already fulfilled almost all of its initial objectives.  The program has also been very remarkably successful in motivating the villagers to make a change in their lives and their respective villages by taking responsibility and initiative for several activities started by the organization.  Perceptible change in one’s mindset is the true development. development.  Our Goal: Bestow upon villagers the Knowledge, Knowledge, Skills, Well- Skills, Well-being and Confidence to pursue their dreams.
  • Thank you for your attention!
  • Bombay Mothers and Children Welfare Society Rural Development Project
  • Science olympaid  250 rural students appeared for science Olympiad exam.  HIGHEST NO OF STUDENTS APPEARING FROM ANY ONE CENTER IN MAHARASHTRA.  87% result. And 30%scoring more than 85% marks