PEARL Project, Soundatti, Belgaum District, Karnataka

Towards realizing its core objective to mobilize communities, women in particular, facilitate the development and empowerment of rural communities, Vidyanikethan is implementing the PEARL project (People's Empowerment to Access Right To Livelihood) in 11 villages at SaundattiTaluk, Belgaum District, Karnataka. Special focus is on Scheduled Castes/Scheduled tribes and Devadasis (temple courtesans) . PEARL project is being supported by IGSSS with the primary objective to reduce poverty in the project working area by providing opportunities for sustainable livelihoods to 1000 socially and economically marginalized families living across 11 villages
(1) Formation of functional, dynamic and community based people's organisations supporting the rights based approach for livelihood enhancement
(2) Ensure Food Security through increased access and opportunities of Govt programs, & integration of local adaptation and coping mechanism in the context of climate change
(3) Promotion of forums, networks, sharing, innovative models for lobbying and advocacy on the issues related to dignified and sustainable livelihood opportunities
Impact of the interventions
. Broadened the perspective of the women
Changed their perception about their own role
Started taking interest in the overall village administration
Learnt about the various State and the Central Government schemes designed especially for BPL families and low income groups.
Understood the importance of sanghas
Improved practices related to child nurturing care, gender care, pre and post natal care, and new born baby care, protection from seasonal diseases.
Monitoring the functioning of mid day meals and PDS due to which their activities became more regular.