Hygiene Kits for Anganwadi Mothers and Children
To stay healthy, one has to practice good hygiene habits. In fact, good personal hygiene is important for both health…read more
Anganwadi Centers Supported
Youth Employment Trained
Individuals Served with Healthcare Support
Umesh and Renukamma, a migrant couple from Manthralaya, with five children and no education or livelihood options lived in a tiny make-shift tent in Rachenahalli, Bengaluru. To be able to afford basics necessities like food, their children were sent to pick-up rags and beg. The UWBe and Ashalaya Trust teams came across the children during a baseline survey. We visited their parents to motivate them to send the children to an anganwadi, instead of sending them out to beg. The parents agreed after a few visits and enrolled them at Rachenahalli Anganwadi. The children took a while to adjust to the new environment but today happiness knows no bounds for little Iresh, Geetha, and Hindu, who get nutritious food, get to play and study new things everyday. Umesh and Renukamma couldn’t be happier, as their other children too enjoy the benefits. We’re proud of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) program which enables such benefits for our children.
Ratnamma, who is in her 50’s, wanted to do something on her own. She had the passion to begin something but needed some support. She got in touch with GASS representatives and agreed to join SHG in Ellapura village. She attended regular meetings since inception and started saving Rs. 200 every month. Meanwhile, GASS provided Rs. 10,000 as a seed fund to start her own canteen.
She created a small space beside her house to put up the canteen. As the village is near the industries of Doddaballapura, people working in those industries frequent or live in her village. Therefore she felt a canteen would be good business option. Thus, with the help of GASS and by using her savings, she set up a nice canteen providing meals to the workers. Her commitment and dedication brought her the fruits. Now she has a net sale of about Rs. 2,000 a day.
She is happy that she is able to do something on her own. EDP sessions given by GASS have also helped her gain confidence. Now she is ready to guide other young women of the village to start income generation activities.
46 year old Noorjaan is suffering from diabetes and was finding it difficult to avail medical services closer to home. Not only did she have to travel long distances to a private hospital for regular check-ups, she had to pay lot of money for each one. Thus, she would exhaust all her savings for her medical expenses.
But now things have changed. “This Mobile Health Clinic has brought quality health care to our doorstep. The service is very good and it has saved both my time and money. I have gotten a lot of relief from this initiative. It has become a lifeline for our villages”, says Noorjaan.
Hanumathrayappa is 65 years old and lives in Allapanhalli village. As the village is in the vicinity of a garbage dumping area, it has seen very little economic and real-estate development in recent times. People have to travel a long distance to access primary health care from the government and they have to shell out a lot of money for travelling alone.
“There are some private clinics, but they charge more money hence the people of Allapanhalli were left with few choices for healthcare”, says Hanumanthrayappa.
He retold his story of how his left leg was injured in an accident and how he was treated in a Mobile Health Clinic (MHC) with proper first-aid and medication. He was thankful to the entire team of the MHC and praised their work in the villages. He wishes that the service is continued.