Tuberculosis Awareness Programme

Although there is more awareness about Tuberculosis (TB), its causes and treatment compared to before, there is need provide information on a regular basis as even now, it is associated with stigma, neglect and lack of timely diagnosis and treatment.  Vidyanikethan, which has partnered with Government on various health programmes is implementing a project related to health and education services on TB in Thally Block, Tamil Nadu, and in four talukas of Bangalore Urban, Bangalore District.

Vidyanikethan is associated with the Regional UNIT of CHAI, Catholic Health Association of Karnataka for the state of Karnataka to undertake activities in Bangalore City. The project is being implemented in Kadirenahalli, Kengeri, Guttahalli, Banashankari, and Bilekahalli.The project is being guided by overall national strategy for TB control and WHO Stop TB Strategy.

The guiding principles of the project are:

  • Universal access to quality TB care and control services including DR-TB
  • Community participation and ownership
  • Sustainability of interventions

Producer Organization Promoting Institution (POPI)

Producer Organization Promoting Institution (POPI) at Krishnagiri Dist, Tamil Nadu.

Evangelical Social Action Forum from Kerala is supporting the Producer Organization Promoting Institution or POPI Project at Krishna Dist, Tamil Nadu & Ramanagar Dist, Karnataka project in order to mobilize farmers and form FIG (Farmers Income Group). Till date about (  ) Farmers Income Groups have been formed, with about 2500 members.

Sanitation programme and water supply repairs, supported by MOOG Motions Controls Pvt Ltd.

Sanitation programme and water supply repairs in Hebbagoddi & Maragondanahalli Government schools , Electronic City, Bangalore supported by (MOOG Motions Controls Pvt Ltd. Bangalore, through CAF-India

In this project, supported by CAF India and MOOG Motions Controls Pvt Ltd, Vidyanikethan worked with 3 Government schools in Hebbagoddi and Maragondanahalli in order to improve their sanitation facilities and water supply infrastructure. The names of the schools are Government Model Middle School Hebbagodi, Government Primary School Hebbagodi and Govt. Model Middle school Maragondanahally. The project is benefitting almost 900 students and more than 20 teachers. Activities included borewell repair and renovation of existing toilets, overhead tank maintenance and water supply, construction of toilets etc. Several Desk cum bench were given to the class room, thus upgrading the academic infrastructure as well. Emphasis on participatory and involvement among the students, SDMC, SSA, teacher and HM on maintaining the toilets,  furniture’s at the school for children.

Toilets were renovated for girls & boys, & teachers; they are having privacy for using toilets 22 teachers and 840 children are benefited.

 

 

Digital and knowledge enabled infrastructure for Education (DKIE) supported by Microsoft

Digital and knowledge enabled infrastructure for Education (DKIE) in 4 Govt schools supported by Microsoft

Since, April 2016, with support from Microsoft, Vidyanikethan is implementing the project Digital and knowledge enabled infrastructure for Education (DKIE) in 4 Government schools in Jaraganhalli, Harinagar, Avalahalli and Chunchaghatta in Bangalore South. While the first year (2016-2017) was related to assessment and installing of the equipment, the second year (2017-2018 – on-going) is that of maintenance and addressing any gaps of the first year.  In these above mentioned schools, Vidyanikethan successfully initiated the following activities in a comprehensive manner

  • Equipping the schools with smart classrooms
  • Starting a library by giving books as well as book shelves, reading table and chair,
  • Installing a computer lab
  • Providing science kits
  • Infrastructure upgradation – Projector, Internet connection, UPS, printer and furniture

Summary of impact in the existing four Government schools

  •  Smart class: In this age of digital learning, schools need to integrate the concept of smart class in their rooms. Through this project, the four schools of the project in the first phase (2016-2018) installed smart classrooms which increased the effectiveness of the teaching and learning in many ways. The students were able to learn from the new medium of smart class room in addition to the regular teaching. The teachers, who were trained to use the equipment, are now regularly teaching through the smart class equipment. The schools are benefitting from the advantage of the smart class such as repeated usage, and use of visual medium.

  • Library services and infrastructure: The habit of reading is very important in the overall development of the students. Keeping this in mind, Vidyanikethan initiated and upgraded the library and related infrastructure in the four Government schools. It provided not just different types of books, but ensured the safe keeping of the books by giving covered book racks, reading tables and chairs.
  • Computer lab: The students were enthusiastic to use computers and learn about many subjects through them. The students, who were mostly from the low income group, got the opportunity to learn computer operations and maintenance. Although many Government schools have computer labs, there are issues related to maintenance, proper usage and operations, electricity supply, and proper computer accessories. This project ensured that the computer lab was set up in a professional manner, taking into account all the items required for proper usage and maintenance. The staff and the students were also oriented on proper maintenance of the computer lab. As a result, the students are regularly using the computers in a proper manner and regularly to enrich their knowledge and enhance their academic skills.
  • Science kits: The schools were provided key instruments or gadgets that are very important for not only understanding science at different levels but also in experimenting. These included microscopes, binoculars, crystals, minerals, different types of rocks, magnets and solar lens. Using these, the children experimented and learnt about cells, and distances and perspectives. Magnets helped them understand the principles of attraction of iron metals and repelling of non-iron metals. The different types of rocks, crystals and minerals helped them to understand the natural rock and granite formations that exists in the earth.
  • Infrastructure upgradation (Projector, internet connection, UPS, printers and furniture): Infrastructure facilities such as internet connection, UPS, printers, furniture and projector are essential for the proper functioning and maintenance of computer labs, library, smart classrooms and comfort of the children. By providing these, the project was able to ensure proper usage and benefit of the learning systems.

About 1026 children are benefiting from the above mentioned facilities and materials in all the four government schools.

 

Construction of toilets, drinking water area supported by YUVA

Construction of toilets, drinking water area and wash area in 4 Government schools, supported by YUVA Unstoppable, in Bangalore North and South

Basic good sanitation conditions, improved hygiene practices, safe drinking water sources and adequate water for washing can prevent water related diseases, other illnesses, and death, especially in children. In order to improve the sanitation conditions in selected Government schools, Vidyanikethan is implementing a project titled Sanitation for Education. Supported by Yuva Unstoppable through CAF, Vidyanikethan identified a few state government of Karnataka run schools that are in dire need of better toilet, urinals and wash room facilities.

As per the project requirement, in the first year of the project,(2015-2016) Vidyanikethan worked extensively in the schools where its work included assessment of the conditions of the toilets, wash area, re-designing, construction and renovation. This work was very critical as the toilets were dysfunctional and the water supply was not regular, if not nil in some schools.

In this year, (2016-2017), the project entered yet another important phase. The work done as per the construction and renovation needed to be maintained in order for the children to benefit. Accordingly, the school students continued to be sensitized about proper usage of toilets and hand practices.

Sanitation for Education

Sanitation for Education – Construction and maintenance of Toilets for 11 Government schools Bangalore North & South zone, supported by Microsoft through CAF

Construction & Maintenance of Sanitation work supported by Microsoft through CAF (11 Government schools, Bangalore North and South)

Through CAF, Microsoft has been supporting the sanitation programme in 11 Government schools since (    ). In the first year of the project, (   )Vidyanikethan worked extensively in the schools where its work included assessment of the conditions of the toilets, wash area, re-designing, construction and renovation. This work was very critical as the toilets were dysfunctional and the water supply was not regular, if not nil in some schools.

In this year (   ) that is in the second year of project implementation, the project entered yet another important phase. The work done as per the construction and renovation needs to be maintained in order for the children to benefit. Accordingly, the school students continued to be sensitized about proper usage of toilets and hand practices. Various cleaning materials were given to maintain hygiene and cleanliness. These included disinfectant cleaning fluids, brooms, wipe cloths etc.  The project is happy to note that the regular sensitization has led to the proper usage of the wash area, toilet facilities and surrounding areas. In some of the schools, a cleaner has been appointed to maintain the facilities. In some schools, however, the authorities are asking for salary for a cleaner for the project.

At present, 2000 or 200 children in all the 11 schools are benefitting from these toilets. The toilets are especially very useful for girls. Many of the students have also expressed that the sanitary conditions have improved significantly.  Minor repairs were conducted in this year as well, as part of the upkeep or maintenance activities. These included replacing a broken door, cleaning any minor blockage in the drainage etc.

Strenghtening Education programmes, Supported by RBEI

Strenghtening Education programmes in 6 Government Schools, Magadi Road Bangalore,  supported by BOSCH

Since 2015-2016, RBEI (Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions), has been supporting Vidyanikethan to improve the quality of education and teaching in 6 Government Schools. The Government schools are: GHPS Chennenahalli, GLPS Jettipalya, GLPS Gidadapalaya GLPS Chenadasipalya, GLPS Pedanapalya and GLPS Yelachaguppe.. The primary goal of the project is to improve teaching and learning in 1st to 7th grades in these Government schools by upgrading the learning experience of the children through different innovative methods. During 2015-2016(    ), while in 2016-2017, (    )

  • The BOSCH volunteers conducted a drawing & quiz competition event on 19th Nov, 2016 at Chennenahalli school. 36 children from all 6 schools participated in this event. Most of the children come from a background where they cannot access or enjoy extra- curricular activities. During this activity, the volunteers interacted with the children, engaged them in drawing, and distributed chocolates and gifts. They awarded trophies to the winners.
  • Sports meet held on 4th Feb, 2017 at Chennanahalli school ground, Tavarekere cluster, Magadi Road all 6 schools children participated in the sports supported by RBEI- BOSCH
  • Volunteers from Agastya Foundation and Magic Bus regularly visited the schools and organized experiments related to science and conducted games for the children respectively. (More information to be add)

Overall summary of impact

English: Regular English classes have improved the understanding of the language and gradually, their proficiency in the language is improving. The children are speaking and writing in English with much more confidence.

Computers: Till date,16 Computers have been installed in the 6 Government schools. The children have been taught the basics of computer operations and hardware as well. Learning computers has bought much enthusiasm among the students, as it has opened their world to new subjects and issues.  They are also using the systems with care.

Skills Development training programmes at Sarjapur

Background

The majority of the beneficiaries of Vidyanikethan are of special relevance is the fact that all the beneficiaries are women. The socio-economic background of the beneficiaries is such that most of them belong to the informal sector working class. However, there is a gradual shift in the mind-set of the present generation, where there is emphasis for economic self-reliance through sustainable livelihoods and for continued education for the children.

 Project Objective :

  • To provide opportunities for inclusive development for women that will benefit at an individual level, family level and the social level
  • To provide opportunities to women to supplement their family income through training in income friendly skills

Target Group / No. of Beneficiaries :

Women & Adolescents from low income families for 50 beneficiaries training for 6 months. 

Summary of the project :

Vidyanikethan makes efforts to provide gender friendly and income friendly trainings for the communities it works for, and particularly for women. As part of this effort, it is constantly identifying those courses which will be both interesting for women and also support them in earning.

Vocational Skills Training Programs for the economically disadvantaged women to empower them for the livelihood opportunities. As part of our regular activities in rural areas we coordinate with the destitute women and poor adolescent girls for the conducting of basic tailoring courses for their livelihoods. As per their desire we have conducted tailoring courses for them in Mugulur Village, Sarjapur, Anekal Taluk of Bangalore District, Karnataka.

Skills Development training programmes for women at Jaraganahalli, Bangalore

Vidyanikethan takes pride in the skills development training programme that is being supported by Accenture and CAF. This is the fifth year of conducting tailoring & Embioderdary classes for adolescent girls and women from neighboring areas. So far 580 women are trained in different Multi crafts courses.  The objectives of the programme are

  • To provide opportunities for inclusive development for women that will benefit at an individual level, family level and the social level
  • To provide opportunities to women to supplement their family income through training in income friendly skills
  • To promote gender well-being and personal wellness through sessions on life-skills, rights and health, among other issues.

Overall impact of the tailoring course

  • Participants have learnt the basics of tailoring but also about as market friendly garments with adequate theoretical and practical classes.
  • The participants got a good idea and practice to tailor cloth based products or utility items such as cloth wallets, aprons, purses.
  • Most participants are benefitting financially as they are saving money by stitching their own garments
  • Many ladies have started taking orders for blouses
  • A few ladies have got job placement in garment factories as companies give preference to ladies with tailoring skills

Overall impact of the Spoken English course/ computer training course

Margasusi Home

Margasusi Home ( Rights of Children of FSWs through Prevention, Protection, Provision and participation)

Located in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, Margasusi Home is one of the oldest and long running project of Vidyanikethan. Over the years, it has evolved based on the project specifications, but its core service relates to children of female sex workers (FSW) and very vulnerable families. At present, Margasusi Home provides children of FSW an opportunity to transform their lives in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.

Services at Margasusi Home

Children of FSWs, girls in particular, and those living in very difficult circumstances are identified and provided residential facilities at Margasusi Home. Once the girl is admitted here, the staff makes efforts to enroll them in the Government school. The girl also gets nutritionally balanced food, living facilities, health care, post school coaching and counseling support. Prior to coming to Margasusi Home, the children of FSWs had undergone different forms of abuse, including sexually abuse, in their homes. Many a girl’s marriage had been fixed, while still she was under age.  In this scenario, Margasusi Home provides the children with the much needed safety from an environment of exploitation and deprivation. It ensures adequate nutrition, access to education, post school coaching, health care and an atmosphere where the children rebuild their lives in a positive manner. It is also supporting their FSW mothers to improve their lives in different ways.

Impact

  • Sense of emotional and physical wellbeing among the children leading to better disposition, ability to focus on their studies
  • Children are active and less prone to renal and malnutrition related diseases.
  • The weight and development indices are appropriate in most children.
  • Better immunity and resistance to seasonal diseases, faster recovery in case of any disease.
  • Interest in sports and extra-curricular activities has improved.
  • Adequate food and proper nutrition has made it possible for the hostel authorities to cope with the demanding conditions of menstruation among the young girls.

Each batch that passes out of Margasusi Home, after completing their 10th, is opening a new chapter not only for themselves but also for the future generations, as never will the girls undergo the type of suffering that their FSWs mother did. Margasusi children home, in Hosur, Tamil Nadu is being supported in infrastructure from Luk India, Food and Education from Jana Foundation and part support as part of consortium under SRHR (Sexual Rights Health Rights) project.

Highlights of activities during 2016-2017

  • 12 girls were rescued during this year. These girls had suffered from different forms of abuse during the year. Most of them are admitted into the hostel.
  • Support from Luk India: The culmination of almost a year of hard work from Luk India culminated in a grand function on19 th February 2016 when the top brass of not just Luk India but also the parent Sheafler group officials rededicated the renovated hostel to the children. An investment of about Rs. 15 lakhs has gone in to the renovation. Almost the entire infrastructure and the basic amenities were upgraded. Right from the flooring to the wall painting, bathrooms and toilets, storage areas, kitchen equipment, cooking and wash areas, electric wiring, fixtures and furniture, bunker beds for the children with proper bed linen, etc most have being replaced. The children have been introduced to a new way of living for the very first time. A large TV is mounted on the wall showing cartoons as the children have their meals in the dining room. During 2016-2017, Luk India constructed the first floor of the hostel. This will help to have a separate counseling room for the children, in addition to other facilities.
  • Support from Janalakshmi Financial Services (Jana Foundation): Jana Foundation’s support has not only improved the life of children on a day to day basis but opened the door to a whole new way of life. Areas of support by Jana Foundation include:
  • Measles-Rubella vaccine drive: This project period saw significant activities related to the health, infrastructure and protection of the children. The children were given the measles- Rubella injections as part of the drive by the Central Government.
  • SHG (self help group) meetings for parents of children are going on regularly. The parents are being motivated to save money for the future of the children.
  • Conducting sessions on POSH (prevention of Sexual harassment) for First Step Baby Wear.

Other companies and individuals who have supported Margasusi Home include:

  • Air Wicks that supported in the digging of the borewell at the hostel.
  • XIME (Xavier Institute Of Management) donated Rs. 1 lakh towards the hostel.