Our Programmes

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR GIRLS IN RURAL AREAS

This project was supported by SOS ENFANTS ABANDONNE’S, Belgium. Due to the concurrent drought conditions existing in this area. Majority of the families discontinue their children from schools so that they can send them to labour work. Usually the girl children att end upto Primary (Class – V, or say till the age of 10-11 years) or utmost Upper Primary school (Class – VII, say till the age of 12-13 years).

Therefore, Chaitanya Kala Bharathi proposed this programme to support their girl children to influence these group of communities and give them the helping hand to come out of it, and continue sending their children to school without discontinuing them.

As a part of the project appraisal Mr. Raviprakash Shrivastava, from Mumbai visited the organization for pre-project evaluation in the beginning and found it as one of the needy programmes.

Study Material like Mathematics Question Bank, Physics Question Bank, Biology Question Bank, and other materials like School Bags, Geometry Boxes, were supplied to the students.

The Project is implemented in 3 mandals of Kurnool District.

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Bandi Atmakur Mandal – 7 High School - 150 girl children
Nandyal Rural Mandal 1 High School 40 girl children
Sanjamala Mandal – 1 High Schools - 50 girl children
School bag - 200 girl students
Writing pad & Geometry box - 238 girl students
Study material for X Class - 238 girl students
A set of 6 note books - 238 girl students
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Awareness Generation meetings

1) on the importance of Girl Child education and schooling and Right to Education Act (REA): In each school, these meetings are organized with the students and the Members of School Management Committees (SMCs) – which includes the Gram Surpanch (The Village Elected Head), Ward Members (Elected Representatives of each ward in the village), Panchayath Secretaries, and Parent Representatives. The need for girl child education and information about Right Education Act and various provisions in the Act were explained to them.

2) Meetings on Behavioural Change and Communication sessions were conducted to the girl students between the age group of 10 to 15 years on Behavioural Change Communication for self protection and dignity of living. The major topics included were related to

2). Meetings on Behavioural Change and Communication sessions were conducted to the girl students between the age group of 10 to 15 years on Behavioural Change Communication for self protection and dignity of living.

The major topics included were related to

(i) Changes that come in the psychology as the children grow – its impact on their own, physical and mental growth in the life;

(ii) Changes that come among the youth during the adolescent period – the physical changes, the bodily changes, the impact of changes and how the outside society look at them, and how best they can deal with such situations;

(iii) Communication skills which need to be polished or modified during the conversations with the others – with specific reference to the young age people (of both the sexes). This included clarity in sharing the thoughts and expressions; Body Language etc.

(iv) Emotional Intelligence is another very important topic explained to the girl children while dealing with the persons or the communities during the adolescent period of life

(v) Attitudinal aspects like being positive all the time, and to keep away the negative feelings and negative and pessimistic thoughts out of the mind, so that they gain mental strength to face the world and to find solutions for any issues that they come across. This helps them to seek social support in the case of any unfavourable conditions;

(vi) Decision Making in life and seeking advises from the parents; and well wishers; thus leading to Self-efficacy in life.

The achievement is very encouraging. Out of the 238 students who were supplied with the study material, a total of 233 students have passed in their final examination. This is a great achievement for our efforts with the support of the SOS ENFANTS ABANDONNE’S, Belgium.

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PROVIDING SAFE DRINKING WATER IN RURAL SCARCITY AREAS FOR DALITS AND TRIBALS

This project is supported by Global Compassion Inc., USA. This project is aimed at creating awareness among the communities on Safe Drinking Water in Rural Scarcity for Daliths and Tribal Communities. This project is executed in (i) Kanalapalli and (ii) Krishnapuram villages of Gospad Mandal in Kurnool District.

The activities under this project included:

Community Mobilization Meetings: The communities are educated about the water scarcity, proper utilization of water resources, water contamination, prevention of water contamination, storing of water etc. They were also educated about proper utilization of water without wasting both at the community level as well as at the domestic levels.

Drilling and installing of 2 bore wells: One bore each was newly dug in Kanapalli and Krishnapuram villages of Gospad Mandal.

Repairing of Old Bore Well: An old bore well which were not in used as there is no yield of water was rejuvenated in Parnapalli village of Bandi Atmakur mandal. This bore was mechanically failure, and due to sinking of the bore, it was not yielding water. This bore was taken up for repair. The bore was redug from where it was sunk, and once the water yield was started, a hand bore was fitted to make it usable by the communities. This bore was dug with the support of Vlaams International Centrum, Belgium in the 2008. But it got failed over a period of time, and now it has once again been brought into usage.

Construction of U Platform and soak pit: All the borewells were provided with a platform to ensure that the area is clean. Adjacent to this, a soak pit also constructed to ensure that the run-off water is sunk into the ground again. At each structure plaque stone was installed displaying the name of the supporting agency (Donor Name, and Country were displayed). In addition to this, the organization has conducted Awareness & Caretaker trainings for two days with regard to maintenance of the bore wells, attending to minor repairs, proper usage of water, ensuring clean and green surrounding around the drinking water bore well.

A total of 150 Dalith families in both villages are benefited through this project.

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YOUTH RIGHTS TO PARTICIPATE AND PROTECTION FROM HIV/AIDS

The project titled “YOUTH RIGHTS TO PARTICIPATE AND PROTECTION FROM HIV/AIDS” was supported by The Mercury Phoenix Trust, U.K, and implemented by Chaitanya Kala Bharathi, Nandyal, in 16 educational institutions, viz., schools, colleges, and Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) in Kurnool District.

The objective of the project was to educate the youth on

(i) Rights of Target Young People to Protect themselves against HIV/AIDS and STDS;

(ii) To have access to Youth Friendly Services; and

(iii) To Contribute to the National Goal of reducing the increasing trends of prevalence of HIV and incidence.

As a part of this programme the organization has initiated various activities like cultural shows; awareness meetings in 10 degree and technical colleges targeting about 2000 teenagers from around 20 Grampanchayath falling in 4 mandals of the district.

These participants were explained about various aspects of HIV/AIDS and its spread. The preventive aspects, and information related to other STD and in association with the prevalence of TB among the HIV/AIDS patients was explained. The participants were also explained about the process of testing for diagnosis of HIV / AIDS, and the process of counseling etc.

Focused attention was paid to educate them with regard to the trauma faced by these patients, and the process of approaching them, and counseling them so that their morale is boosted.

Literature on HIV/AIDS with full details was prepared in local Telugu language with the support of persons working in the health department, i.e., doctors and other literary specialists.

Adequate number of Pamphlets, Booklets and Posters have been printed and kept ready for distribution during the campaign.

Professional cultural teams have been identified for performing cultural shows in the planned venues. The theme of the project is explained to them. The practiced the theme and prepared skits, songs and mono actions for the same

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Internationally, 8th March is celebrated as the Women’s Day. On this occasion, CKB also the eve of International Women’s Day in Nandyal Urban Area on 8th March 2019.

The main resource persons to the programme organized on this occasion were, Mrs. Sreedevi, Advocate, Mrs. Rani Prameela, M.B.B.S., D.G.O., and Mrs. Leelavathi, State Secretary, B.C. Welfare.

During the 3-day celebrations, Sports and Games were conducted for the women from the Self Help Groups and other women volunteers. The participation was very warm and they all showed the spirit of competition to prove their talents in various event. The judges have selected best 3 in each event.

During the meeting organized on the eve of International Women’s Day, the resource persons called on the women members to take lead role in fighting for their rights. Mrs. Sreedevi explained about various problems faced by the women, not only in India but all over the globe. She shared a few cases related to the women who have married the NRIs and how they have become the victims of negligence and physical and mental harassment. She made them to realize that they should not trust all what they hear about the men while getting themselves married or getting their young girls get married to an NRI.

In her speech Mrs. Rani Prameela explained about the Birth Rights, Rights of the women to decided about their motherhood etc. She explained that the women should take care of their personal health and also should guide their children, particularly the girls in the house, in this regard.

Mrs. Leelavathi called on the women to be strong to face any social or economical problems confronted by their family, and to seek support from different government departments to make their life and their family life better and fruitful. She explained about various government schemes assigned for the welfare of the women.

Prizes to the winners of the sports and games events were distributed during the concluding ceremony of the programme.

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WATER & SANITATION AWARENESS PROGRAM

Safe drinking water and proper sanitation are the common minimum needs of the people to have better living conditions. However, in the rural areas, there are poor sanitary conditions which are the main causes for several diseases.

Similarly, there is severe problem in accessing water, and its proper usage. It is a common scene in the rural areas that the water vicinities are kept unclean, and there will be lot of insanitation around the water sources, which are basically the Bore wells, and public taps installed at certain locations in each area.

Therefore, CKB has taken up these issues as a part of its focus to educate the communities about the need for clean and neat sanitary conditions. They were educated about the importance of keeping the surroundings clean. The problems with unclean environmental conditions, spread of diseases, water borne diseases etc. was explained to them during these camps.



DISTRIBUTION OF BLANKETS & EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL TO AFFECTED CHILDREN OF HIV/AIDS

For the past several years, CKB is working with the poorest of the poor families in Adoni area. There are several children in this area, who are parentless or single parent children, who are either infected or affected with HIV / AIDS. As a result, they are suffering from trauma.

As a part of extending support to these families, during the year under reporting, the organganization has supplied Educational material to 27 children who are affected with HIV/AIDS issue. Similarly, Blankets were also distributed to these children and their families.

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BLANKETS TO ELDERLY (55 Members) UNDER INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

As a part of taking care of the Senior citizens, CKB has distributed Blankets to 55 senior citizens in Adoni rural area. Most of these beneficiaries are from the Basivini families who are treated as the social property by tradition. They face pitiable suffering as ‘unwed mothers’. They are not taken care by anyone in the society during the fag end of their life.

Hence, on the eve of International Human Rights Day, the 10th December 2018, the organization has visited the houses of these Basivini’s and organized a meeting with them to educate that their children should be taken proper care by sending them to schools and colleges, and not to push them into the same traditional following of ‘Basivini’. During this meeting 55 identified elderly members from these families were provided with Blankets, so that they can have a better sleep during the winter season, and also protect themselves from the cold weather.

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GIRLS ADVOCACY AND ADOLESCENT GIRLS EMPOWERMENT WEEK CELEBRATIONS.

This programme is conducted in 10 schools in Gospad and Sirivella mandals of Kurnool District. As a part of this programme, the organization has conducted school level meetings. The problems that the adolescent girl face are basically related to innocence of the growing age. They will be in a stage where they could not understand the real world around them, which is not as colourful as they see.

As a part of this programme, the organization has explained them about issues related to adolescent age, personal hygiene, menstrual hygiene, lifeskills management, understanding the society in the way it is existing.

Information on eve teasing, sexual harassment, mental harassment, domestic violence etc., was also shared with them. The issue of human trafficking, with specific refence to the girls in the rural and tribal areas were explained to them. Care and concern when they encounter with unknown persons, dealing in situations when they are alone, or while travelling alone in autos etc., was explained to them.

Information related to seeking police protection, and reporting any case of insecurity or any eve teasing incidents, Women Police, Sakhi Centres, She Teams etc., were explained to them.

LEGAL AWARENESS PROGRAM FOR RURAL WOMEN ON THEIR RIGHTS AND ATROCITIES AGAINST WOMEN

The increase in the number of atrocities on women is a concern for all those who are the supporters of Humanity. Due to lack of proper understanding about constitutional rights that the women have got, and also for reasons of not having proper guidance to approach the legal supporters to seek protection and moral support too.

Keeping in view of the above, CKB conducted 2 Legal awareness Camps for the rural women during which their Rights, and how to protect themselves against any violation of Rights were explained. Information related to Domestic Violence Act, Nirbhaya Act etc., were discussed with them with procedural details about seeking support from the police and judiciary. Information related Sakhi Centes, Family Counseling Centres etc., was also explained to them.

Information on eve teasing, sexual harassment, mental harassment, domestic violence etc., was also shared with them. The issue of human trafficking, with specific refence to the girls in the rural and tribal areas were explained to them. Care and concern when they encounter with unknown persons, dealing in situations when they are alone, or while travelling alone in autos etc., was explained to them.

Information related to seeking police protection, and reporting any case of insecurity or any eve teasing incidents, Women Police, Sakhi Centres, She Teams etc., were explained to them.

ANTI-TOBACCO CONTROL PROGRAM & ANTI-TOBACCO DAY

As a part of promoting tobacco free society, the organization conducted Anti-Tobacco Day on 31st May 2018. This programme was conducted in 5 villages in Bandi Atmakur and Mahanandi Mandals. During these camps, CKB organized small group meetings with the communities to educate them about the harmful effects of Tobacco products. The common way of using Tobacco in this area is in the form of smoking, chewing tobacco and use of snuff.

During the meetings we have explained them about the direct and indirect effects of active and passive smoking. The tobacco users are advised to come out of this habit, and they were also advised to take the support of psychiatrists and consultants to come out of the addiction of tobacco.