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COVID-19 Crisis Response
Improving standard of life and economic welfare of people living in rural areas
October 19, 2020
Program- Integrated Program for Welfare of Women and Children (IPWWC).
It has been over 1 year since the program was launched, and we are happy to observed several positive outcomes. The number of Children has increased from 10 to 45, and now we are satisfied to provide them 3 complete meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Apart from engaging the womenfolk in gardening activities, they were trained to make bamboo brooms with a little investment from our side to start off the business. The Women who previously earned their livelihood through various unfair means are now self sufficient with dignity and pride. They make and sell 100-200 bamboo brooms daily.
We are fortunate enough that our non formal education center has been enlisted as Special Training Centre under National Child Labour Project (NCLP), Kamrup(M).
3 new areas- Dharbam, 2no Robingaon and Paschim Killing of Khetri, Kamrup district has been also included in our flagship program IPWWC and initially we are implementing our Child nutrition program, Garden Cultivation and Management, Life Skills and Self employability training in these 3 schools. As a part of our curriculum we are engaging the staff and students in the process of garden cultivation and management inside the school campus.
We are happy to announce that that these 3 schools of Dharbam, 2no Robingaon and Paschim Killing are also enlisted as Special Training Centre under National Child Labour Project (NCLP), Kamrup(M)
schools of Dharbam, 2no Robingaon and Paschim Killing of Khetri respectively. Daily nutritious breakfast and lunch are being provided to the Children.
- Archana Borthakur, Founder
The ‘Garden cultivation and management program’ under Priyobondhu’s flagship program IPWWC (Integrated program for welfare of Women and Children), is intended to engage the Children as well as the Women in the process of environmental education by helping them to learn to produce their own source of food for improving their diet and health by cultivation vegetables, fruits and flowers and raise interest on importance of cultivation.
Archana says- '' We are investing on school children because educating school children on environmental education is advantageous, as it will reach more recipients with minimal resources. Children are generally eager to learn and disseminate positive behavioral change in the community too. Children also play key roles in their household related to environment, and steer change in their families and the society. These children will be the parents of the future generation who will pass on cultivation knowledge and practice to their homes and communities that they have learnt in their own childhood.
Through gardening Children will learn to get involved in hands-on learning agricultural practices and cultivation. In due course they will feel more connected to nature and learn to respect nature. Keeping in view of the present environmental issues, Children must be taught to take the responsibility of the environment.
The School garden concept is a way of generating behavioral change and influencing decision making for sustainability. It can shape the future if the resources and energy are dedicated to the cause in the right way.
The program is functional in our 4 centres at Guwahati Narengi, Khetri Dharbam, Khetri Paschim Killing and Khetri 2 no. Robingaon.''
Liberating Women and bringing smiles to the faces of deprived Children
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The situation of food security and livelihood is very grim and needs serious attention. We are on the ground and can see the plight of the daily wage labours, vendors, small business owners, drivers, technicians, professionals etc.. The scene is very disturbing. We again urge one and all to help people to fight hunger, who may be your next door neighbor. It's a time of crisis resulting major concern for the people losing livelihood and who are dependent on daily wage resulting severe food crisis onset.
In response to the second wave crisis that has struck lives and livelihood of people, Priyobondhu started distributing dry ration, basic essentials, cooked food supplies to deal hunger from individual families and communities to fraternities started 2nd year pandemic crisis response from 27 April, 2021.
The basic package contained Rice-25kgs, Dal-6 kgs, Sugar-3kgs, M.Oil-1ltr, Potato-5kgs, Onion-5kgs, Soyabean-1kg, Peas-2kgs, Tea-250gm, Wheat-3kgs, Amulspray-1/2 kg, Biscuit-2pkts, Soap-2pcs, Sanitary Napkin-2pkts,
Priyobondhu is on the ground to deal hunger by providing groceries and other basic essentials to pandemic affected people during lock down.
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