YWCA of Bangalore City
The Association has it’s community initiatives in the following areas in various locations:
4 Day Care Centres are being run by us, 3 in the Slums and 1 in Arathi.
Tavare at Rajendranagar
Champa at L.R. Nagar
Mallige at K.S Garden
Abraham Learning Centre at Arathi
The initiative after conducting survey at the respective slums help the mothers to take up part time jobs as the pre-school children are taken care at the Centres. Also the older siblings are sent to school.
There are about 25 children in the age group of 3-5 years in the Centres functioning in the slums and 60 in Abraham Learning Centre. Wholesome well being/growth of the children are taken care of by providing them milk, porridge, fruit and midday meal. Regular health checkups conducted and guidance towards medical care of all the children is rendered by Dr. Shanti. Children identified with severe medical problems are referred to specialists. Children are taught alphabets, numbers, singing, dancing and also are engaged in activities like drawing, painting, sports etc.
They are provided with 2 sets of uniforms and medical cards. Mothers’ saving scheme is continued in all the centres. The management contributes to the savings done by the mothers.
A Drop-in-Centre for school drop-outs/children who never went to school:
A Drop-in-Centre called Susamaya with 30 children on roll. The children are in the age group of 8-14 years. They come to the centre by 2 p.m. and stay upto 5:30 p.m. Location: Lakshman Rao Nagar slum, Near National Games Village.
It aims to provide children education and learning opportunities in an atmosphere that would help them get back to main stream and take up job oriented trainings at appropriate ages.
Arts and Crafts sessions, indoor and outdoor games, recreational activities, health check-ups are some of the regular activities conducted at this centre.
Some of the school going children who come after school are assisted to do their homework. This year 8 children who were keen to continue studies were helped to get enrolled in nearby government schools. 11 children were referred to children homes run by BOSCO, APSA and REDS. These children are encouraged to continue studies and learn skills like carpentry and tailoring.
Computer Vidyashale :
1.A school for Computer classes called Computer Vidyashale. There are about 40 students (young girls/women) in the centre. Some of them are college drop-outs while some others are pursuing studies in the evenings/through correspondence. Classes are conducted in two batches. It’s a six month course where – Basic Computers, Internet and Tally Software are being taught. We also conduct classes in communication, conversation & Business English and Life skills training. Job placement is also done if required. This school is run in collaboration with APSA, an NGO in Bangalore.
2. Another Computer school recently started at Mission Road. There are 9 students in a batch. The girls are college students from economically challenged background. It’s a six month course where – Basic Computers and Internet are being taught. We also conduct classes in communication, conversation & Business English. Job Placement is also done if required.
1.A Day Care Centre for Elderly women called RANGOLI. There are about 25 elderly women who come in the morning hours every day. Some of the activities for the elderly women conducted are: Non-formal education; identification of Alphabets (Adult Literacy); colouring to improve motor skills, sometime of interaction with one another; understanding headlines from the news papers, etc. The women are taught to be engaged in paper bag making activity and foot mats out of waste cloth. Due to our continued effort and persuasion old age pension cards were provided to 14 elderly women by the government.
2. The same centre is being used to run as a Tailoring unit in the afternoons for the young women from the neighbouring slums. About 20 young women are doing a 6 months course in tailoring, embroidery & saree fall stitching, picot and tassel fixing. This Centre is located in Rajendra Nagar slum, near National Games Village, Koramangala.
Kannada Lower Primary School - Kader Sherrif Garden slum, off Lalbagh Road.
The Kannada Lower Primary School is managed by the Association for about 40 years now. There are about 40 children on roll. Classes upto standard V are being conducted. There are two teachers and a helper headed by a Head-Mistress.
Our other programmes include:
- Education Sponsorship of 58 children ranging from UKG to PUC 2ND Year/professional courses. 4 of these children are supported for their education and stay in a Boarding Home.
- Free Counselling for Women and Children with emotional problems.
- Crisis and shelter for Women in distress.
All our projects are run free of cost and open to all, regardless of caste, religion etc.
In addition to all this, the YWCA manages two working women’s hostels. The Association also holds programmes –issue based, helps women to address various social and economic issues, community health programs and camps, and evolve strategies to meet the changing needs of women.
Our efforts to develop projects with school-girls and young women in colleges are on so that our young membership will increase.
YWCA of Madras conducted a free camp on spreading awareness on breast cancer for the community women and made them aware of the causes, symptoms, and the available treatment of the disease. 40 women participated in this camp and this helped them in clearing all their doubts, myths about the disease.
One of the major initiatives taken by the YWCA was to raise the whole question of peace in Palestine. A movie-‘Lemon Tree’ was screened at the YWCA of Madras as initiatives like these would help in sensitizing people about the whole question of peace in Palestine and to end the ongoing struggle.
Keeping our environment clean- Awareness programmes on how to keep environment clean were conducted by the YWCA of Tuticorin as they went into the communities and displayed slogans of keeping the environment clean by sticking posters and banners in the village.
YWCA of Coimbatore has been focusing on young women’s issues for many years and this year they organized an awareness camp on ‘Issues during adolescence’ in the month of January 2011 and various issues such as changes in their body and knowing more about hygiene and health were discussed.
The Ekta Programme was conducted by the YWCA of Bombay, which was the culmination of the Eco Friendly Week observed by YWCA from 17th to 22nd January 2011. The week had discussions on rain water harvesting and it was a platform for all the members to share their views and implement new ideas on how to save water. A competition was also conducted for the study centre children where they made puppets from old cardboards and waste bottles.
With the increase in HIV AIDS cases in India, a lot of awareness has to be spread and YWCA has to take the lead in sensitizing people and YWCA of Mangalore has taken the role of a counselor to one of the HIV positive patients. They have extended full support to a woman and a child in fighting the disease.
One of the most creative ways to talk about issues is through street plays and shows and YWCA of Berhampur did a small street play on HIV and AIDS in one of the small villages near Pallur in the month of December 2010.they also distributed leaflets which they collected from the health department which explained the myths and facts about the disease.
Lobbying for change- members of YWCA of Calicut organized a joint protest against the Sowmya incident and they also had a signature campaign in February 2011. Sowmya , a young girl was raped and killed while she was travelling from Kochi (Kerala), this created a lot of anger among the people as the level of safety for women was questioned by the people as she was travelling in the ladies compartment. The signature campaign as well as the protest forced the Kerala government to look into the question of safety for women.
Media - During the Week Without violence in November 2010, a press release was published in all the local newspapers wherein demand was put for firm action to be taken by the judiciary and the State Government if and where an incident of Child abuse, rape, molestation of any form of violence is reported. Because of this, a lot of cases were reported and a level of awareness among the people was also created.
YWCA of Dehradun organized a unique training programme for senior citizens in the month of December 2010 for starting their own self help group by making dusters, sweet boxes, chalk making, etc. This enabled them earn as well as save some money and they also helped them open a bank account.
YWCA of Ranchi observed AIDS Day in the month of December 2010 where they organized an awareness programme on AIDS with the hostel residents and they also distributed posters on AIDS during the programme.
YWCA of Jabalpur conducted a health and hygiene camp for ‘Anganwadi’ school children in Sethi nagar and regular sessions on health are being conducted for the children as well as for their mothers.
YWCA of Thodupuzha went into the interiors of Idduki district which was affected by major landslides and they gave counseling to the families affected by the disaster in the month of December 2010.
YYWCA of Thrissur has been very closely working for the HIV positive patients by giving them counseling and also giving educating the HIV positive children.
Being a Neighbour to the earth- The YWCA of Thrissur installed a bio-gas plant near the hostel kitchen wherein the waste is utilized to produce gas which is directly used in the kitchen.
YWCA of Kayamkulam did an awareness class on global warming, the importance of energy conservation and all the members have agreed to create a vermin compost in their homes.