It was an initiative to give solace to the women & girls in distress. Three qualified and experienced counselors provided round the clock counseling support over telephone. The free ‘Helpline’ service centre was established with the support and guidance of the Ministry of Women & Child Development, New Delhi.
1,500 small and marginal farmers of Vandanmedu Panchayat were organized and groomed to follow sustainable farming practices. The programme was supported by Karl Kubel Stiftung, Germany. Formation and strengthening of the target farmers in to 60 farmers groups, six clusters and a federation was done under the project to promote organic farming and cultivation of food crops.
With the support of Functional Vocational Training and Research Society (FVTRS), Bangalore. 160 youth belonging to backward communities were imparted skill training to enable them for self-employment. They were given training in 4-wheel driving, 3-wheel driving for women and garment making & embroidery.
With the support and guidance of NCRI, Hyderabad two youth sensitization programs were organized at St. Thomas College, Ranni on 18 September 2010 and St. Dominic’s College, Kanjirappally on 09 October 2010 to expose the youth to the problems of the rural sector in general and methods to understand these issues, approaches to the idea of community development and the ways to address them.
In order to promote self-employment among unemployed rural poor women and widows; 37 sewing machines were distributed with the support of Mr. Thomas Thelly, Switzerland. Skill training in appropriate trades, leadership training, micro credit & bank linkage, motivating to contest Panchayat elections, etc are also done in this regard.Efforts are made to support them for self employment.
The programme was started initially in two Panchayats with the support of ADD India and Basic Needs India. Identifying the cases of mental illness, directing them to regular medication, inclusion of Persons with Mental Illness and their caregivers into SHGs, etc were the main components of the programme. Later, the programme was included in the ongoing CBR programme supported by CBR Forum, Bangalore.