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Major Projects on Women & Child Development


Swayamsiddha Project - Previously known as Indira Mahila Yojana, the Project was implemented in Asthawan block of Nalanda district with the support of Women Development Corporation, Bihar between 2004-05 and 2009-10.

102 women Self Help Groups (against the target of 100), having 1141 members, were formed and nurtured in 48 villages of the block. About 90% of SHG members belonged to SC/BPL category. In later part of the project period, reorientation of SHGs, formation and capacity building of clusters and formation of cooperative of SHG members were done.


Behaviour Change Communication Project – The project was implemented in Asthawan Block area under the guidance of UNICEF Bihar with financial support from WDC Bihar. Activities were conducted to inform, educate and motivate community members, especially women to change their generally followed behaviour on breast feeding, complete child immunization, hand-washing & sanitation, girl child education and HIV/AIDS. SHG members formed under Swayamsiddha Project were main work force/change agents for the project. The project successfully completed in 2009-10.  


Crèche Centres, Koderma (Jharkhand) under Rajiv Gandhi National Crèche Scheme – Five crèche centres were run in Koderma Block.  The centres were run with the help of Jharkhand State Social Welfare Board, Ranchi. The Centre provided day care, dietary support, general health check ups and pre-school education to 25 zero to six year old children in each centre. The scheme was implemented for three years, from 2007-08 to 2009-10.   


School for SC Girl children – OMAXE Foundation, New Delhi sponsored a non-formal school for SC girl children in Mehandinagar village of Nalanda District. Advocacy and motivational activities were conducted in SC dominated panchayats for parents/guardians to send their girl children to the school. 208 SC girls were given education in the school and mainstreamed in regular schools. Advocacy with local administration was done which resulted in opening of a anganwadi Kendra and a primary school in the village.


Condensed Course for Women – Bihar State Social Welfare Board under Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi sponsored a project of bridge education for adult women in Nalanda District. Purpose of the project was to provide bridge education to those girls/women (above 15 years) who did not go to school or dropped out after initial schooling. 120 girls/women in three panchayats of Biharsharif Sadar Blocks were identified and provided education from 2002-03 to 2005-06.


Kauahakini Project - Sponsored by OMAXE Foundation, New Delhi; the project was conducted ‘to generate awareness and sensitize SC people for education and prepare an environment conducive for promotion of female literacy. The Project activity included sensitization and rapport building in villages for girl child education, survey on status of girl education in SC villages, screening of a specially made documentary film, ‘Kauahakani’ and gathering feedback on impact of the film for DC girl child education. Shantidoot implemented the project in eight districts of




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