Venue: DISHA RCDSSS, Ajmer
October 04, 2017 – Day 1:
The second phase of SAKHI – (Strengthening Adolescents’ Knowledge, Women’s Rights, Health and Income) project rolled out in October 2017. Accordingly an induction program on orientation and planning of project implementation was organized for the Coordinators and Animators of 12 DSSS. The workshop was envisioned, designed and organized by UKSVK. The objectives of the induction program were as follow:-
• To induct the field coordinator and staff regarding the fundamentals of project SAKHI i.e. aim , objectives and activities under each objectives
• To achieve a major part of the learning through team participation in a challenging atmosphere.
• To share the activities and budgets.
The induction program started with a prayer after which Fr. Jerish George, Director RCDSSS-Ajmer welcomed the participants and wished for a fruitful deliberation of the meeting. Thereafter Fr. Antony Fernandes, Executive Director, UKSVK welcomed all the participants and after a brief introduction, sharedof his experienceon the induction training, training objective and its importance.
Fr. Antonythen urged the participants to share the survey details ofthe target groups of their respective dioceses. Then all were asked to submit the duly signed survey details to UKSVK for record.
Once the coordinators submitted the survey details, Mr. Abhay Singh, Resource Person took over the session. Briefing further, he elaborated the project/specific objective, proposed activitiesand proposed budget. Thereafter hedetailedeach objective, type of target group involved, their numbersand the desired outcome of the objective. The coordinators too shared their experiences, learning and challenges encountered in the earlier phase.
There was some uncertainty among the participants regards the activity “Swastha Kishori Pratiyogita”. The coordinators found this activity repetitive and urged this activity be dropped. After much discussion it was decided that this activity will be replaced with POU (Point of Use). Explaining on POU theresource person shared that POUgives a basic understanding of water characteristics and pathogens, treatment processes, and the regulations that govern water quality.It was decided that UKSVK will provide the necessary study material to each DSSS partners.
Once the activities got finalized, quarterly action plans and a monthly plan both tentative were developed and the participants were instructed to finalize and present the same next day. Thus we came to the end of the first day.
October 05, 2017 – Day 2:
The second day of the training started with a prayer. Thereafter the participants were invited to present the plan. Before presenting any plan a few queries were raised with regards to the quarterly plan. Many proposed to revisit the activity as per the action plan. As suggested Mr. Lince revisited all the activities thus enabling the participants to have a wider understanding of the project activities and their implementation. Thus the quarterly and monthly plans were prepared.
Speaking on the reporting format, it was decided that UKSVK will share the monthly and quarterly reporting format (qualitative & quantitative). Thus we came to the end of two days induction training with a vote of thanks by Mr. Rajeev.
Sr. Jossy Kurian (Coordinator)
UKSVK – Agra
Venue: JeevandharaSamajKalyanSanstha (JSKS), Dausa
The SAKHI program which started two months back is scaling up in cooperation with the community members. The community is getting attentive to the project objective and activities. Transact walk, community meetings with stakeholders, behavior change communication activities etc. are helping the project staff to get acquainted with the community. Adolescent girls are enthralled to be a part of the program, but not all of them are at ease, some are still reluctant to be part of the program.
During the process of implementation, various qualms and challenges emerged, thus it become essential to reorganize a planning session for the project staff, especially the animators. Accordingly, a planning session was organized at JSKS in which 36 (1- Coordinator & 2- Animators) participated. The objectives of the session were as follow:-
• To educate the participants regarding the fundamentals of project SAKHI i.e. aim, objectives and activities under each objective.
• Budget allocation
• Expected outcome of the project and its impact.
The day started with the welcoming of Mr. Lewis Abhay Singh, Resource Person for the training. After a brief introduction, the resource person shared the agenda of the meeting. The first session was on the monthly and quarterly reporting format which were shared and explained in brief. It was ensured that monthly report will strictly speak of the quantitative data and concerned pictures will be sent in a separate folder. The monthly report should be submitted to UKSVK by 5th of every month.
The quarterly reporting format will be a detailed report depicting both quantitative and qualitative data. The participants were instructed to pen the detailed process, outcome, pictures, case study and way forward. The quarterly report should be submitted to UKSVK by 7thafter the end of each Quarter (7th January/ 7th April /7th July/ 7th October).
Then the project objective and activities were shared and the participants were asked to share their consensus if any on the project activity. Sr. Lavina shared that in this quarter for vocational course (tailoring & embroidery) they managed to get only 20 girls. On this the resource person said that theremaining 20 can be identified from other villages, but one needs to ensure that entire course is covered within the stipulated time.
Sharing on BCC activities, Fr. Antony said that BCC activity is an interactive process of any intervention with individuals, communities and/or societies to develop communication strategies to promote positive behaviors. He ensured that all should complete their nukkadnataks/puppet shows as per the theme discussed: – adolescent health, education, leadership quality and importance of vocational training. Ms. Rajni from Lucknow shared that they have incorporated domestic violence too. Fr. Antony said that such issues should not take priority over the theme selected, which should be on priority. Mr. Manohar Lal Saini, from Meerut shared that they have done nukkad natak as per the decided themes. Sr. Lavina further shared that the script for nukkad natak should be shared, as they are finding it difficult to find a theme for street plays. It was ensured that UKSVK will share the script.
Speaking on pictures, the resource person shared that pictures play an important role; they speak the moment, grab the reader’s attention better than a block of text and may lead to more people reading the report. All participants were instructed to take appropriate pictures and label them accordingly.
Thereafter Fr. Antony shared on the budget and urged all coordinators to maintain the sequence and budget head as mentioned in the expenditure format. The coordinators should make certain that the accountants are not changing the budget heads.
Besides the induction meeting a half day session on Nutrition and Healthy Cooking was organized. Ms. Abha Singh, Consultant for UNICEF from Jaipur was the resource person. Speaking on Nutrition she shared, Adolescence is a significant period for physical growth. Nutrition being an important determinant of physical growth of adolescents is an important area that needs attention.
She further shared that Inadequate nutritional intake during adolescence can have serious consequences throughout the reproductive years and beyond. Poor nutrition during adolescence can impair the work capacity and productivity of adolescent boys and girls in their later years.
She insisted that the adolescents and their families must make use of local available resources for nutritional supply like green leafy vegetables, seasonal vegetables and fruits, gram and cereals, jaggery etc.
Speaking on Nutrition Anemia she said that adolescent girls are more prone to Anemia. Anemia is caused due to inadequate iron intake, frequent dieting or restricted eating, meal skipping etc. Increased anemia may cause impaired cognitive functioning, decreased work capacity etc. Anemia can be managed through proper diet and iron supplementation. Increase the intake of green leafy vegetables and fruits. Anemia is treated by giving iron and folic acid tablets on a daily basis for 2-3 months after haemoglobin levels have returned to normal.
BMI (Body Mass Index)
Body mass index is a tool used to calculate the body mass of an individual and then categorise them as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on that value. According to the value counselling sessions can be organised.
Speaking on healthy cooking, Ms. Abha shared that for cooking use of oil should be minimum, white salt should be used during cooking only, extra white salt should not be taken , rather black salt can be taken or used in salads. She also shared that noon meal should have one milk product, protein rich food should be consumed in the morning or afternoon only.
Though the session was very interesting and informative due to time constraint the session had to be closed. It was decided to organise the nutrition session again for a day or two in which detailed explanation will be done.
DAKSH (reviving self-capacity of women leaders)
Project Launching cum Orientation Meeting
December 10, 2018
DAKSH (reviving self-capacity of women leaders) is a new capacity building program rolled out by UKSVK in collaboration with Manos Unidas. The project aims on re-capacitating 20 women leaders from each diocese of Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Rajasthan. The present program is a two year program wherein six diocese, namely, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Ajmer, Dausa and Bijnor are in the first phase, the remaining diocese Agra, Allahabad, Jhansi, Varanasi, Bareilly and Banswara are in the 2nd phase.
Accordingly an orientationprogram on project implementation was organized for the directors and coordinators of 06 DSSS. The workshop was envisioned, designed and organized by UKSVK. The objectives of the induction program were as follow:-
– To induct the partners regarding the fundamentals of project DAKSH i.e. aim, objectives and activities under each objectives.
– To achieve a major part of the learning through team participation in a challenging atmosphere.
– To share the activities and budgets.
The orientation program began with a prayer after which Fr. Antony Fernandes, Executive Director, UKSVK welcomed all the participants and after a brief introduction, shared on the project objective and its importance.
Project Objective: Building self-capacity of women leaders through improving their functional literacy related with banks, financial institutions and existing government schemes and services.
Then Fr. Antony briefed that local partners i.e. Diocese will be responsible to select beneficiaries for the proposed project.The beneficiaries must be selected through community participation and own the project. The following is the selection criteria of women leaders:
– Women who are associated with the diocesan partner throughout different women empowerment projects.
– Women members are practicing learnings of previous projects and involved in community mobilization activities.
– Women must be educated at least class 8th.
– Ready to work with team.
– Advocacy and lobbying skills with local govt. officials and service providers.
– Willing to learn and disseminate the learning’s.
Fr. Antony shared that the selected women leaders will be part of all three training programs. Change in beneficiaries will not be accepted. After each training these leader’swill provide handholding support to the community/women members in application and follow up of different schemes and services run by various government departments and financial institutions.
Thereafter the partners were briefed on the project activities as follows:-
– Training of women leader’s on social protection schemes and services (old age, widow, differently abled and palanhar schemes etc.): The objective of this training will be to capacitate on social protection schemes and services like old age pension, widow pension, differently abled pension/benefits, palanhar schemes etc. They will be sensitized on type of schemes, its benefits, how & whom to apply, how to follow up and how they can motivate other community members to take benefits of concerned schemes.
– Training of women leaders on livelihood and skill development based services for different Income Generation Activities: The objective of this training is to capacitate on livelihood and skill development based services so that they and other community members can start different income generation activities at their level.
– Training of women leader’s on services of banks and other financial institutions: The objective of this training is to capacitate on functioning of banks and otherfinancial institutions.
It was briefed that the aforesaid capacity building programs will be organized once in every quarter at each diocese. It was emphasized that each dioceses need to have a person in charge with whom UKSVK team will have timely communication on the project activities. The person in-charge will be working with the women leaders to ensure timely dissemination of project activities.
Fr. Antony, Executive Director of UKSVK congratulated all the participants’ for their attentive presences as well as appreciated their efforts for coming forward for the project which is based on empowering women capability.