Working with women and young girls
In March 2007, we bid adieu to our young friends and their families in Kachchi colony. We had been with them, worked with them and shared their weal and woe for over a year, but we had to move out.
The Delhi Government under its programme of Mission Convergence had rationalised the area that was to be covered under each GRC.
So we moved to Jasola village, Abu Fazal and its neighbouring areas. The current GRC also includes the area under the Madanpur Khadar village.
Our team of Bobby, Suresh, Sher Bahadur, Yasmeen, Kriti, Rakhi, Neeraj, Farheen, Meeta Bhandari (Information Officer), Manju Sharma, and Anand Singh (Community Mobilizer), ably led by Anju Jain (GRC Manager, JMC) operate from the centre located in Jasola village. From morning to evening, the centre resonates with the excitement of learning. Vocational training classes are run by Neeraj and Farheen for young girls and women keen to become expert tailors and beauticians. Yasmeen using the PCL module teaches different batches to read and write along with lessons on rights of women.
Renu Batra, the young nutritionist, comes in every month and along with Anju and Sanjay (coordinator JMC), plans the nutrition camps to its last detail. Women and children flock to these camps to learn simple recipes made out of local food materials, taking back with them the knowledge on nutrition specific to different age groups.
The community mobilization team of Suresh, Bobby, Sher Bahadur, Kriti and Rakhi span out into the large community building rapport with the families, mobilizing them for the monthly health and nutrition camps and informing them of the various schemes available under the SSS. They also assist individuals to fill in their forms and direct them on the next steps. They are working at building self-help groups so that women can be organized and truly empowered on all fronts.
Objectives of GRC
* To evolve a strategic programme for sustainable empowerment of women in the field of health, literacy, legal awareness and skill development.
* Greater convergence of women welfare programmes and activities of government and other agencies.
* Single window information and facilitation centre for the community women to provide them wider exposure to the services available and better placement opportunities.