Reflecting voices from grassroots… Vol 22 | Jan, Feb and Mar 2017

State-level workshop on Research Methodology for grassroots NGOs of Karnataka

Grassroots Research And Advocacy Movement (GRAAM) had organized a two-day workshop for 30 NGOs working in different areas of development, such as health, education, child rights, sustainable agriculture and environmental protection, livelihood, etc. These 30 NGOs represented 30 different districts of Karnataka and hence contributed towards understanding the local issues, contextual factors and identify the need of research in these different areas.
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Articles by GRAAM team members
Reclaiming Mahatma Gandhi: Adhering the public voice against alcoholism
– By Shravan G
I stood guard gazing at the camera of a regional news channel as the protesters stormed into the office of deputy commissioner – Excise, Mysuru.
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Housewife to resource for the community – an inspiring transformation
– By Madhusudhan
Recently in a village of Hattikeri Gram Panchayat, a woman who would have been otherwise devastated and pushed to brink of acute poverty, has been able to make a decent living for herself and her children. Thanks to the Karnataka State Rural Livelihood Mission- Sanjeevini and Master Book Keeper (MBK), in her Gram Panchayat Level Federation. The MBK not only helped her to come out of the shock of demise of her husband, but also helped her utilize her skills in an entrepreneurial activity.
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Introduction to Sugamya Shiksha – a comprehensive education program towards school development and Sandhya Shale.
– By Usha R
Sugamya Shiksha is a comprehensive program towards school development. The project aims at strengthening public education system by complementing resources to ensure comprehensive learning and development of children.
The program focuses on the children coming from diversified landscape of cultural and socio-economic context, create an environment to harness the child’s creative nature and to construct knowledge out of their experience.
‘Sandhya Shale’ is one among 9 projects under Sugamya Shiksha program and this program is developed with an aim of creating an extended platform at school to facilitate effective learning which is not limited to the syllabus, but which would motivate the children to pursue education with a clear dream and aspiration in life.
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1) GRAAM presents papers at Indian Social Science Congress – continued.
In the previous newsletter, we shared our first topic: “The status of human development tribals in Kodagu and its institutional linkages”.
In this newsletter, we share with you the following topics:
“Developing a public policy for people’s well being – from the grassroots perspective.”
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>> The Influence Of Formative Assessment on Identifying Local Health Needs of Reproductive And Child Health. By Dr. Archana Basavaraju, Sham N Kashyap, Basavaraju Rajashekharamurthy
Reproductive and child health is an important period for the child, especially during the first 1,000 days from the date of conception. However, the period of adolescence for a woman plays a major role for better health in her future. To understand the nuances of behavior, practices and social norms related to adolescent girls and reproductive period..
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2) From ‘unit based to need-based’ – GRAAM’s Advocacy impacts
Government of Karnataka, Department of Health has issued a Government Order dated October 1, 2016, to procure drugs based on the ‘need’ and not as per PHC basis. A fixed quota of the drug supply was allocated to PHCs earlier, irrespective of the population it caters.
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1) A ramp for the future
Groped, manhandled and humiliated while travelling in Indian trains, 25-year-old Virali Modi spoke out last month against being treated as a “piece of luggage” because she is in a wheelchair. Now, people are starting to listen.
Activist and budding actress Virali Modi’s petition has finally got the Indian Railways moving to become disabled-friendly.
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2) India’s Disabled Will Get Access to Rs. 855 Crore Under Union Budget 2017
The increase in budgetary allocation doesn’t seem to translate into equivalent increase in action and infrastructure on the ground. The government needs to increase its budgetary allocation along with maintaining decent utilization in order to make a dent.
For the last one year, it has been projected that the government is pursuing the social welfare agenda for the differently-abled on a mission mode. From the ‘Accessible India Campaign’ – in which the government set an ambitious target of making a large number of government buildings, railway stations and international airports fully accessible – to the change of nomenclature from ‘viklang’ to ‘divyang’, there were talks galore on the welfare of the differently-abled.
This analysis undertakes an in-depth study into the budgetary allocations made for the various schemes run by the Department of Welfare of Persons with Disabilities.
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3) Come April differently-abled may get equal opportunity to work
Come April and private companies along with government ministries and departments will need to answer a series of questions pertaining to rights of persons with disabilities.
How many differently-abled employees do you have? Have you identified specific jobs suitable for certain types of disabilities? Do you provide them assistive devices including computers? Do they have accessible toilets and lifts? These are some of the questions that will have to be answered.
Every private company, institution and government department will have to frame an equal opportunity policy specifying how it is employing differently-abled persons and providing a proper work environment to them.
This has been made mandatory under the rules framed to operationalise the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act, which was passed by Parliament in December 2016.
The equal opportunity policy will have a list of jobs identified for persons with disabilities, the manner of selection of persons with disabilities for various posts, facilities such as special leave, residential accommodation or transfers, and appointment of a trained person to handle recruitment of differently-abled persons.
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CSR News Digest
In response to the requests from CSR professionals’ fraternity, GRAAM has launched CSR News Digest. Through this digest, GRAAM brings the latest and relevant news and information across India to the CSR professionals in an easy to read summary form. We have received a feedback that the digest is helping the professionals in performing their roles better.
GRAAM will also be sharing the latest trends and best practices from other countries as well to keep the CSR professionals updated
The CSR News Digest is available on the web page: http://www.graam.org.in/csr/ under CSR News Digest section
NABFINS CSR Project: Women Empowerment through value added fingermillet based products:
With a goal to build the social capital of women in Jaganakote, H.D. Kote taluk, a training and method demonstration program regarding the preparation of value added finger millet based products (like ragi malt, hurihittu, chakli, papad, sandige and composite flour mix) was imparted to the tribal women of Prakruthi Food Products.
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Stars in her eyes: Dreams in her soul
Rakshita is just 10 years old, but she’s dreaming big. Her twinkling eyes shine with her dreams. “All my sisters are nurses. I too want to become one,” she says. Her grandmother explains that Rakshita‘s cousins are nurses and the uniforms they wear have always fascinated her. “She too wants to grow up and become like them one day. She imitates them at home.”
Rakshita is also a good student in school and works hard to get good results.
She is part of the Sandhya Shale (evening school), project of Sugamya Shiksha and is joyfully learning mathematical tables. She says that being good at maths is very important because when she deals with patients when she grows up, she’ll have to know how to make bills for their treatment, etc. She’s very happy with the extra support she gets with her lessons at Sandhya Shale. “Our Akka (the Sandhya Shale facilitator) helps us to understand difficult problems in mathematics and other subjects,” she says.
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