Awareness programs in Education, Health, and Formation of SHGs
The provision of educational opportunities for women has been an important part of the national endeavor in the field of education since India's Independence. Though these endeavors did yield significant results, gender disparity persists with uncompromising tenacity, more so in the rural areas and among the disadvantaged communities. This is not only a matter of national anxiety and concern but also a matter of national conscience. Total awareness programs launched on making efforts to: -
- Create an environment where women demand knowledge and information, empowering themselves to change their lives.
- Inculcate in women the confidence that change is possible, if women work collectively.
- Spread the message that education of women is a pre-condition for fighting against their oppression.
- Highlight the plight of the girl child and stress the need for Universalisation of elementary education as a way of addressing the issue.
Some of the significant ways in which the awareness programs have contributed to the promotion of female literacy and women's empowerment are as follows:-
HEIGHTENED SOCIAL AWARENESS
Awareness programs have heightened social awareness among women regarding the importance of education, both for themselves as well as for their children. Large numbers of women have been participating whole-heartedly in the literacy campaigns as learners and volunteers. Because of the campaign mode and creation of a positive environment for literacy, women receive a social sanction to participate in the literacy programs. As women came out of their homes and take part in the campaigns with great enthusiasm, they acquire a heightened sense of self-awareness and desire to gain knowledge of host of women's issues.
INCREASED SCHOOL ENROLMENT
The awareness program have also motivated and encouraged women learners to educate their children, particularly girls by enrolling them in formal schools. The confidence of the girls, as they perform drill or play football, is the result of the awareness among neo-literate parents that girls need to be educated and outgoing. The need to provide equal opportunity to both girls and boys has also had effect of generating greater demand for the quantity to both girls and boys has also had effect of generating greater demand for the quantity and quality of primary schooling.
INCREASE IN SELF-CONFIDENCE AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT
The literacy classes conducted under awareness programs have given women as opportunity to break the isolation which is socially structured into their lives, giving them a chance to meet other women and learn collectively- rather than learn singly as individuals. The newly acquired awareness has enhanced their ability to solve family problems and learn new skills. Women are communicating how they have started feeling more confident, how their articulation has improved, how they have become more discerning and how they have learnt to function autonomously.
GENDER EQUITY AND WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT Total awareness programs on education have provided illiterate adult women, who have been denied access to formal schooling, with a great opportunity for reading, writing, increasing awareness levels and skills training. Literacy campaigns have thus actively promoted gender equity and have sought to empower them as to decision making about themselves, their families and their communities. The impact of literacy on woman life has often been dramatic.
STATUS IN THE FAMILY
Awareness programs have played a significant role in improving the status of women within their own families. Whereas traditionally, women have little say in the family decision making, they, through participation in literacy programs, have begun to express their newly found self-belief in having say both within and without the family
Another area in which women's equality has shown a major improvement as a result of awareness programs in education is the area of enrolment of boys and girls in schools. As a result of higher participation of women in literacy campaigns, the gender gap in literacy levels is gradually getting reduced. Even more significant is the fact that disparity in enrolment of boys and girls in neo-literate households is much lowered compared to the non-literate householders.
WOMEN AS ENTREPRENEURS
Participation of women in awareness programs has opened several opportunities for neo-literate women to step out of the households and involve themselves in some enterprise or a new vocation.
HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS AND ACCESS TO CREDIT
In almost all the areas, the awareness programs on forming SHGs
Have gone beyond the transaction of mere awareness skills and have served to enhance knowledge and skills for better management of expenditure and improving earning capacities. In several areas, the women have begun to set aside their earnings not only in regular banks but also in specially and newly formed SHGs
HEALTH AND HYGIENE
Awareness programs on health in most areas have taken up health and hygiene issues as an integral component. The programs have helped to spread knowledge about health care and nutrition, thereby enabling mothers to keep their family in better health and to care better for their children. These campaigns have also disseminated information for creating awareness about problems of early marriage, spacing and small family norms.
Baba Bhagwan Dass Educational Society is established with the main object of charitable purposes for the benefit of public in general and not with any intention of profit. Its objects involve establishment of welfare centers for women, destitute under privileged and socio-economically week and backward community which include Schedule castes, Tribes and down-trodden people. One of the dominant objects of the organization is to maintain medical and health centers for rendering medical services and to channel humanitarian aid through all kinds of medical treatment as a means of furthering its purpose and object. The emerging role of the organization in relation to medical services poses various problems, as the existing unit cannot provide the requisite numbers of beds for patients or ailing persons exclusively for the women and children below 12 years. There is lack of modern equipment's, accessories or special devices for medical treatment and is hardly any laboratory equipped with computer based technology or equipment's in the field of pathology and bio-science. Thus the organization aims at achieving a long felt need for a comprehensive medical and health care center and hospital. The impact of this project will be put to use for the benefit of poor, destitute, backward and down-trodden classes of the society in rural & tribal areas of the schedule location exclusively for the women and children below 12 years of age within the district of Alwar, Bhwadi, Sohna Rewari and Gurgaon of Haryana and Rajasthan State. Both medical center and hospital under the scheme shall be established at the existing site covering diverse fields such as Pathology and Histopathology, X-Ray, EEG, MRI, CT-Scan, Ultrasonography, Echo-cardiography.
For long, need has been felt to provide healthcare facilities in a broader way to the poor, down trodden, dalits, whose access to medical facilities are limited owing to lack of healthcare infrastructure in the area.
CANCER AWARENESS, DETECTION & TREATMENT
Cancer is a dreaded disease. In recent years it has become a very common problem in India. For example, half a million new cases are recorded every year. There are 70 million cancer cases in the world out of which 7 million are detected in India. 125 cases pre-existing and new are recorded every day in various centers. The study and survey proposed will in particular to cover urban, urban rural and rural areas in and around the area. The survey is suggested under the headings, age, sex, diet, education, surroundings, habits and complaints in the age group of 35 to 60 years in particular will be carefully surveyed to look for incidence of cancer cervix. We have a target of 3000 - 5000 population yearly. It shall be an ongoing continuous process and Baba Bhagwan Dass Educational Society desires to participate in various other areas in various rural, semi-urban and urban areas.
Integrated vocational training cum income generation program for underprivileged women
The unit was set up in February 2004 to give employment
opportunities to adolescent girls through means of livelihood. This is the
age of self-discovery and self-development. The training were specially
organized for distressed and marginalized women and the children of the
underprivileged. The main trades taught are Knitting, Tailoring, Fabric, Tie
and Dye, Embroidery, Bakery and Catering.
- To develop human potential and create sustainability for the underprivileged women.
- To enhance knowledge and skills of the identified groups.
- To create awareness among the street children and the women regarding good health, education and nutrition, and also to provide related support services.
- To arrange vocational and technical training courses for the poor and distressed women and for vulnerable groups of women to enhance their skills and enable them to lead a subsistent life.
- To take necessary measures to generate income through micro-credit and allied programs by developing self-help groups.
- To improve upon their existing skills.
- To help them develop an independent way of living.
- To develop their confidence and potential.
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- The girls at the center have received work orders from neighboring areas.
- Products like night dresses, frocks and petticoats made by trainees are finding buyers on a regular basis.
- Behavioral problems have declined among the adolescent girls. They are more interested in training and cooperate with each other.
- The trainees now plan their own projects and define the logic framework of the work.
BBDES organized such vocational Trainings at Shahpur, Gunta and Mothuka Village
Our courses are:
2. Personality Development
3. Spoken English
4. Book Keeping & Accounting
5. Fashion Designing
6. Beauty Parlor
7. Soft Toys
11. Jewelry Making
13. Machine and Hand Embroidery
14. Candle and Incense making
15. Light & Classical Music
Our Programs in Rural Areas
- Animal Management
- Preparation of articles for festivals
- Money management etc.
- Personality Development
- Health and Legal Awareness
- Removal of blind beliefs
- Medical free check-up camps.
- Insurance etc.