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  • 1.The Bombay mothers and children's welfare society THE RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT ATRAJGURUNAGAR, PUNE DISTRICT

2. 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 3. Introductiono 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. 4. 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. . 5. The Modified Reproductive Child HealthProgramo 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 6. Novel Activities of the ModifiedRCH 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 7. 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 schoolchildren and the neighboring villages 8. Extension of the RCH program contd: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 couldacquire new skills and start a business of their own. 9. Extension of the RCH program contd: other activities of the programo Horticultural classes- very effective in informing the villagers about the means of increasing and improving their yieldo Introduction to Composting 10. Empowerment of Women Partivartaks - they are Volunteers/Liaisons - Responsible for 15 to 20households - 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 11. 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 12. 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. 13. 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. 14. 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. 15. 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 CDs, 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. 16. 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.* 17. 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. 18. 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. 19. 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 20. Small Savings Group Leaders Training Programme 21. Banana Plant Distribution 22. A maturing banana tree 23. A GIANT banana tree!! 24. 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. 25. School Beautification Started in 39 schools from 15 August 2007 We hoped it will impact positively: -School environment and surroundings -Creativity -Pride inschool and self -Academicperformance -Camaraderie among peers 26. 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! 27. 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