FAMILY STRENGTHENING PROGRAMME

Drish Shoes Ltd. is committed to the cause of enhancing the livelihood of the weaker sections of society by making such families self-reliant by building up their capacity to earn.

Between the period October 2013- September 2014, Drish Shoes has been successful in preventing 36 children from losing adequate parental care and ensuring education and health provisions by making their families self- reliant by building their capacity and enhancing means of livelihood. The beneficiary incomes have increased ranging from 80% to 150% on an average. Our ultimate goal is to make the beneficiaries self-reliant by the end of December 2015 .

We owe our tremendous gratitude to the organization SOS Children’s Villages of India without who’s constant support we would not have been able to achieve this social goal. Today, we stand proud of having been able to take care of 36 children of Balmiki and their care givers, by enabling them, through education, nutrition and health care and supporting these caregivers by empowering them by enhancing their capacity to earn via training, thereby increasing their income.

Key Highlights

  • All the children were successfully promoted to the next class.
  • Family Development Plan was prepared for all the families.
  • As per the Family Development Plan prepared by SOS India a vocational course on beauty was organized for Ms. Puja Rani, after which she has has started to work in a parlor thereby enhancing her family income.
  • With the efforts of SOS India and financial support of Drish another family (Mrs. Karamjeet Kaur) became self- reliant during this period and has now exited the programme.

EDUCATION

Academics:School fees/admission fees/book charges of children were deposited to school authorities for those children who are studying in private schools. Educational material like stationery, notebooks, school bags etc were provided to all the supported children.

School Visits: Monthly school visits were made in order to ensure regularity of the children in school. During the period various parent /teacher meetings were facilitated. Post the meeting with the teachers, the counselor of SOS India, discussed the feedback of every child with their mothers and suggested ways to work on the feedbacks given by the teachers.

ACTIVITIES ORGANIZED IN THE SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN

Group Discussion/ Counseling: Numerous group discussions on importance of education, motivation for better academic performance etc. were organized for children at frequent intervals. This has further enhanced the interest of the children in education.


INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD

CHILD RIGHTS WORKSHOP

Vocational Course: Several vocational courses were organized on a frequent basis such as workshops for stitching and sewing, beauty work shops etc. Such vocational training has helped many individuals to get employed as beauty parlour staff, tailoring staff etc.

HEALTH

Health Check-up/ Camps: Many such camps were organized for all children and their care givers. A team of ENT, General Physician, Pediatrician, Gyne, Ortho was invited for these camps. Medical tests for HB, Blood & Sugar was done for care givers & children.

Workshops on health and hygiene: Several workshops were conducted for the caregivers and children and they were made aware of the benefits of hygiene. Each family was provided with a bottle of harpic and was taught as to how to use it. Medical insurance was done for all the beneficiaries. HB count of all the children improved as compared to last year.


MEDICAL CAMP IN PROGRESS

CHILD RIGHTS WORKSHOP

Medical Support:Need based medical support was provided to all the children. There were many cases of seasonal flu during the year and at all times help was extended to the patients.

Nutritional Support: Nutritional support was provided to all the supported children as per required calorie intake and healthy diet through Self Help Group. The children were provided with iron tablets on a regular basis.

SELF HELP GROUP

Every SHG has a unique name which gives them a unique identification. The supported caregivers of Balmiki Colony are part of Pawan SHG. Every month 2 meetings were organized for the SHG. During the meeting various topics covered were Child Rights, HIV Aids, Yoga and Meditation. Workshop on “Awareness of Government Scheme” was organized for the caregivers in which caregivers were informed of the various government schemes and how the caregivers can use these schemes to their advantage. For example, Pradhanmantri Jandhan Yojana is a scheme under which children above 10 years can open up a bank account Bank of India.


SELF HELP GROUP MEETING IN PROGRESS

AWARENESS OF HIV AIDS

CELEBRATION OF FAMILY DAY

CAPACITY BUILDING/ TRAINING/ FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE LIVELIHOOD ENHANCEMENT11

Several training programs were organized for care givers and grown up girls, such as the stitching training program, shop keeping, pigs rearing,etc. Within this reporting period, all care givers income increased income ranging from 80% to 150%. One of the caregivers with her hard work and perseverance increased her income 5 times and currently earns Rs. 10000 per month and now has exited the program. As per the Family Development Plan prepared by SOS India various livelihood activities include petty shop, cloth selling, vegetable selling, pigs rearing tea stall etc.

LIVELIHOOD OF CARE GIVERS

INCOME ENHANCEMENT OF THE SUPPORTED BENEFICIARIES
OCTOBER 2013- SEPTEMBER 2014

SUCCESS STORY

Karamjeet and Karam Singh lived a life of hardships, barely meeting their ends catering to three children and older grandparents in the house. Struck by a weak economic condition and the need to educate their children and provide them with good health, the family enrolled into the Family Strengthening Programme.Soon after, their children were enrolled into a school and caregiver, Karamjeet, was made a part of a Self Help Group. Prior to this, Karam Singh never used to work and thereby, could not support his family’s financial needs.

Under the Family Strengthening Programme, Karamjeet was encouraged and supported for animal husbandry (piggery, in particular) and by 2013, she purchased more pigs and earned more income by selling them.

Today, Karamjeet leads an independent life, supporting her family, her children’s education, health and well-being. Today, the family is thriving on its own.

With SOS Family Strengthening Programme, we, at Drish are determined to help thousands of such families to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty and move towards greater dignity in life.