INDIA EAST MISSIONARY RESPONSES

Sustainable Community Development of HO Tribals in Duburi, Odisha

The sustainable community development activities for the HO Tribals were being carried out consistently and the people benefited directly and indirectly through various sustainable programs. The different activities conducted throughout the year were: revitalizing and strengthening of Self Help Groups (SHG) and formation of new groups; regular family visits in the villages; gathering women in groups; sharing of experiences; awareness programs on health and hygiene; training programmes followed by action plans, especially  to empower the women in fighting against injustice in order to get their rights; group discussions; awareness program on negative effects of alcohol through films and video clips, banners, charts and lectures.

Education of Children from Kandhamal , Odisha

At present we have 22 girl children of whom 20 are in Jharsuguda provincial house and two of them are kept in another hostel. The children have now grown physically, mentally and psychologically.  

A sister in-charge attend to their needs and overall growth and a lady teacher helps the children to do their homework and perform well in their studies. A team of three members looks after every need of each child. The children are taught discipline and cleanliness.  

They are doing their schooling from St.Arnold’s Convent School which is run by us. The school provides ample opportunities for their overall development of the person. Their performance in the school is outstanding and is appreciated by their teachers in the school. They truly make difference in the school. They are also showing tremendous progress in different activities over the years. Their parents too are extremely happy that they are getting this opportunity.

Sustainable Community Health in Gomardih, Odisha

The Arnoldus Health Centre attends to the needs of the poor tribals especially the women and children who are the most affected people. The main activities conducted during the year are:

Training for ANC (Antenatal Care) and PNC (Postnatal Care) mothers

The training is conducted in three places. The antenatal care was given, last year for a total of 19 mothers, the postnatal care for 12  mothers and more 40 other mothers were attended the program. The topic dealt with Minor Disorder of pregnancy, diet, required rest and sleep, exercise, importance of ANC visits, safe delivery, breast feeding, Care of the babies and immunization.

School Health Education Camps and Health Check up

School health checkups were done in three schools. The topic dealt with were Personal Hygiene, Environmental Hygiene, First Aid and description about menstrual cycle for girls. Health check was done and Medicines were provided according to their health problems.

Adolescent girls training on facts of life, safe motherhood, HIV/AIDS, trafficking / migration

Qualified and experienced person was invited to give talk. They were made to understand the topics clearly with the help of video clips and group discussions.  

Training on preparation of homemade horlicks and distribution

Training on IGA - Tailoring and embroidery

Training on Herbal Medicines

Awareness Program on Malaria, Water Borne and Communicable Diseases

Malnutrition Screening Health Education Sessions

Workshop on Reproductive Child Health

Sustainable Development through Education & Empowerment of Domestic Workers in Bhubaneswar

The slums in Bhubaneswar city, just like any other slums in India faces similar problems like poor living conditions, poor civic facilities, fear of displacement, irregular work and the worst of it is insufficient income. It becomes worse when it comes to the domestic workers as their work is not regulated and does not come under any of the Government welfare schemes. This is the main reason that they are unable to send their children to better schools and to provide better education. But they try their best to educate the children with whatever income they earn.

Main activities:

Tuition for domestic workers children: – 48 children are given help for remedial classes conducted by the private teachers. The animator does supervise the attendance of the children and inquire about their study from the teachers. This class has helped them to understand their lessons better and score better marks in the examination.

Cultural competition:-Cultural competitions were conducted in two slums. It included singing, dancing and elocution. 62 children participated in the competition.

Quiz competition:-The purpose of the quiz competition was to widen their general knowledge and increase a competitive spirit in them. 36 children from 3 slums participated in the competition.

Programs for Domestic Workers

Leadership Training: – The training was mainly to create awareness about the formation of a Union for Domestic Workers, the role and the responsibility of the leaders and the need to strengthen the group.

Group Strengthening:-The domestic workers are being formed into groups of ten and have regular monthly meetings. At present there are 74 groups comprising of 860 members.

International Domestic workers day Celebration: – 16th of June being International Domestic Workers Day we organized a gathering of domestic workers in Bhubaneswar city. 248 domestic workers attended this program.

Empowerment of Domestic Workers in 20 Slums of Rourkela, Odisha

This project includes 205 members registered in the Union for the domestic workers called ‘GHAROI SHRAMIK SANGH’ and beneficiates 2500 people. The project main objectives are:

  • To empower the domestic workers to get their rights and live with dignity and respect.
  • To network with the other domestic workers’ forum, India.
  • To stand for the rights and to pressurize the government to bring sound policies.
  • To bring awareness to the employers the real life struggles of the domestic workers and their dues through the publication in the media and releasing of the programs in the Television
  • To bring unity and understanding between the domestic workers and the employers
  • To enable the domestic workers to bring out their hidden leadership qualities and make them as resourceful persons

Programs conducted:

  • Observation of International Human Rights Day on December 10th, : 60 domestic workers learnt about the importance of the day and various women related laws that promote human dignity and equality.
  • Observation of International Women’s Day on March 8th : 140 domestic workers participated in different games and won prizes for their excellent performances. They realized the blessings of being born as woman through different talks by the resource persons.
  • Observation of International Domestic Workers’ Day on June 16th : 180 domestic workers observed the Day during which the Deputy Labour Commissioner explained about the Central and State Government planned programs and schemes.
  • Adult Literacy program: 40 domestic workers learnt to sign their names, able to read and write the basics. They feel proud of themselves to be literate.
  • Networking; Discussion with the Government officials such as ADM (Additional District Magistrate), DLC (Deputy Labour Commissioner, Sub-Collector, DLO (District Labour Officer), Lawyers and like-minded agencies to tap and to avail the Government facilities.
  • Area Leaders’ Meetings: 120 leaders from different areas learnt to give their feedback and suggest ways that help them to be united and stand for one common cause.
  • Trainings and workshops: The Union members were given opportunities to attend various meetings at local, district, state and national level meetings on different topics related to them. This helped them to know the different groups, interact with them and put pressure on the Government for sound policies.
  • Family Counseling: Family Counseling helped the families with problems to be re- united and live in peace and happiness. They are guided to live a moral and dignified life.
  • Educational support: 2 girls belonging to the economically backward were supported financially to continue their further education.
  • Medical Assistance: 4 patients who were critically ill and found difficult to meet the medical expenses were partially helped with financial assistance and got recovered from their sickness.
  • Government facilities availed:  40 labourers received labour card, renewed and applied to get finance for purchasing of working and safely tools, 7 children of the labourers applied for financial help for education, 11 labourers’ names were corrected with court affidavit and received new labour card, 3 old age pension availed, 2 birth certificate, 2 voter Id issued, and 28 domestic workers were helped  with applications to apply for ration card.
  • Programs published in the media: The programs were published in various news papers and released in the local channels which brought awareness to many

Community Health & HIV/AIDS Awareness Programs in 15 villages - Duburi, Odisha

This project organize the selection of five volunteers in each village, given training to them and accompaniment to help them to give health support and orientation to the people in their villages.