Balmela was graced by the District collector of Kwardha - Mr Bansod and his wife with other district officials.
To provide life skills training – (a module specially developed that includes legal literacy, information on rights and schemes, information on menstrual hygiene as well general information on health and sanitation) to1500 adolescent girls / women from the target area.
We work in ten schools from target area once a week holding sessions with girls between the ages of 12 to 14 years on menstrual hygiene, understanding their bodies, sexual health, basic legal literacy etc.
Samerth also runs community based campaigns on rights and information on various schemes in all the five area. Once a week a kiosk would stand in the most populated area (like bus stand, weekly market place, community gardens etc.) with various forms of schemes available as well as two counselors who will provide guidance on legal issues. The barefoot lawyers of that area will also participate in this process and the aim is to make this weekly event in each area a community platform for issues faced by the community.
We work towards enforcing the Right to Education (RtE) Act that was enacted in 2009 in schools in the area and empower the School Managment Committees, parents and train them and the teachers.
We have successfully reached out directly to 1248 Adolescent girls, 133 in the community and 1115 in 11 schools in the area. We used audio-visual presentations to speak to them. The slides shown pertain to the topics of menstrual hygiene ( correct usage of cloth and sanitary napkins), hand washing, physical abuse, the difference between good touch and bad touch the importance of education, the disastrous results of early marriage and pregnancy at a tender age, nutrition, the spread of HIV and the RTE anthem. The conversation that followed resulted in breaking down myths such as non-consumption of certain kinds of foods during menstruation, the impurity associated as a result of this biological process. A lot of girls confided in us that they pay more attention to hygiene now than earlier. Such was the impact of the training that few girls from this training then expressed the wish to join our paralegal training and they were subsequently inducted.
Dropout girls: We had identified 132 dropout girls in the area and the follow-up has revealed that 70.5% have been creatively occupied and10% have joined mainstream education.