The Full Gospel Trust of India, in partnership with the government of NCR of Delhi has been running the Gender Resource Centre–Suvidha Kendra, also popular as Stree Shakti-Suvidha Kendra (Women power Convinience Centre) at the North West District of Delhi. It is the human interface between the community and the government of Delhi and facilitate outreaches of Government's welfare programmes to each vulnerable citizen of Delhi. It's goal is to make Delhi an equitable and just society where all its members are equal partners in its growth story. This project has been running since September, 2010 and from the Karan Vihar in the North West district of Delhi. The goals of our GRC-SK are a) To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, b) Achieve universal elementary education, c) Promote gender equality and empower women, d) Reduce child mortality, e) Improve maternal health, f) Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria & other diseases, g) Ensure environmental sustainability, h) Strengthen Bhagidari (Partnership) and i) Improve public safety.
The intervention programme to be implemented by our GRC-SKs aims at the social inclusion focusing on vulnerable women and those sections of urban poor who have been left out of the purview of existing welfare system either because of the lack of knowledge about welfare entitlement or because they could not prove their right to it for lack of documentary proof. The matrix of identification of such vulnerable as evolved by Mission Convergence is based on three filters: a) place of residence, b) social vulnerability and c) occupational vulnerability. The target population of our GRC-SK are the families residing in notified and non-notified slums, Jhuggi Jhopari (JJ) clusters, resettlement colonies and rural areas or any other area as per the list of Delhi Government. Our GRC-SK, like others have been empowered for interventions in the entire family and community set-up including children, adolescents, youth, senior citizens, disabled, etc, as well as women who receive focused attention under our GRC component. Special emphasis is laid on the most vulnerable population like the homeless, families headed by women and children, families involved in trades such as - rag pickers, rickshaw-pullers, beggars, porters, casual labourers, sex workers etc.
The role of our GRC-SK is aimed at directly covering intervention through Health, Nutrition, Non-Formal Education, Vocational Training, formation of Self Help Groups, Nutrition awareness, etc. In addition it will facilitate in generating awareness and establishing linkages with other Government programmes and schemes.The main categories of vulnerable the GRC-SKs focuses on providing services are a) Poorest of the poor, b) Homeless and the precariously housed, c) Elderly, d) Woman headed households, e) Child headed households, f) Persons with disabilities (mental/physical), g) Diseased, h) Orphans/single unprotected children, i) SC/ST and minority groups, and j) Extremely vulnerable categories, for example vulnerable women such as Single ladies, Widows, Deserted, Abused, Disabled, Diseased (HIV infected, suffering from debilitating illness)
The Full Gospel Trust has a powerful influence in shaping the mindset of the community. The community level interventions thus have been so designed as to harness the full potential of our GRC-SK in shaping the development agenda at the community level. Realizing that no development is possible if the women in the community remain neglected, a woman-centric focus and attempts to reach out to the family through women approaches have been adopted. The key focus area for our GRCs thus is holistic community development with a) Social empowerment of women through counseling, camps and awareness generation, b) Employability through vocational training and skills development,. c) Economic and social empowerment through promotion and strengthening of self-help groups and micro credit and micro finance access, d) Health awareness & health services, e) Nutrition awareness, f) Functional literacy through non-formal education, g) Legal awareness, counseling and aid, h) Rights awareness and political empowerment, i) Advocacy, j) Dissemination of information about facilities, services and resources available at GRC-SK, and k) Facilitating access to welfare entitlements and development programmes of the Government of NCR of Delhi which are meant for weaker sections.
Our Gender Resource Centre-Suvidha Kendra act as facilitators and reach out to the community through their various activities. These include; Vocational Training and Skill Development: This is intrinsic to the GRC-SK activities for promoting better livelihood by imparting skills to women that could lead to gainful and sustainable employment. Economic empowerment of women would lead to social empowerment. Under this programme two vocational trades are being carried out and these are; a) Cutting and Tailoring Training that started in the month of January. 2011. There are 56 learners who are getting free training through two batches, the course duration are six months and this course is affiliated through Jana Sikhsha Sansthan and b) Beauty Culture and Health. This trade also started in the month of January, 2011. There are 50 learners who are getting free training through two batches, the course duration are six months and this course is also affiliated through Jana Sikhsha Sansthan. Health Services - The activities undertaken by our GRC-SK under the Health Component are as follows: A - OPD Clinics are conducted twice in a month by a registered medical practitioner. From 1st Septembe 2010 to 31st March 2011 we have been able to conduct eight (8) OPDs, B) Six health camps have been held in this reporting fiscal year at Balbir Vihar, Karan Vihar and Aman Vihar in NW Delhi
Nutrition Camps :
Since a large number of women suffer from a number of nutritional deficiencies, our GRC-SK took up in-depth intervention for a select population for nutrition supplement. We targeted women with our special focus on pregnant women, lactating mothers, adolescent girls and elderly women to get to them the benefits of better nutrition. In this period we have been able to conduct 6 nutrition camps in Karan Vihar, Balbir Vihar, Aman Vihar, and Pratap Vihar areas.
Legal Awareness & Counselling:
Legal awareness and Legal counseling have been one of the key areas of empowering women. Under this activity we have carried out a) Legal Awareness Camps and from 1st September 2010 to 31st March 2011, there have been 16 Legal awarenesss camps that have been organized in Balbir Vihar, Karan Vihar, Aman Vihar, Dhruv Enclave, Baljit Vihar, and the GRC-SK office.Apart from this we have been able to carry out b) Legal Counselling for hundreds of person with the hired services of a professional legal practitioner. We have been successful in curbing the child trafficking in this area by keeping the community members informed, filing of FIRs and RTIs and also by seeking the help and partnership of DLSA (Delhi Legal Service Authority). This is a milestone.
In our efforts to make the women literate, we have been able to carry out; a) Adult Literacy – Under this programme many women are getting free education at present, b) Remedial classes – In this programme girl children are getting free education, and c) Drop out classes – in this programme many children are getting free education
Subidha Kendras (Facilitation centres) : In our GRC, we have also been able to provide facilities for the vulnerable women and those sections of urban poor who have been left out of the purview of existing welfare system either because of the lack of knowledge about welfare entitlement or because they could not prove their right to it for lack of documentary proof. To such we have been providing the knowledge of various government schemes and also been distributing the forms they need to fill in to avail such facilities. Our Help Desk in the project have been directing them to the places they should go to submit the form and avail the facilities. We also follow on the status of all such cases.
Generally we have been enabling people to get the welfare schemes of the 9 government departments, namely the Social Welfare Department, Women and Child Development Department, Health Department, Education Department, Urban Development Department, SC/ST/OBC/Minorities Welfare Department, Labour Department, and Food & Civil Supply Department. Each month we have a meeting with the district commissioner at Kanjhawala, Delhi to discuss the status of people availing various schemes and the hurdles they face and how we can sort it out for them. This enables us to ensure delivery of government schemes to the deserving and the vulnerable ones in our target areas. Thus, through this project, the organization has been reaching out to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable group members, chiefly women in partnership with the Project Manangement Unit of the Government of NCR of Delhi, India.
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