Empowering the rural women & equipping them with skills
The target group is the disadvantaged and discriminated women and children.
Women’s self help groups
About 65 SHGs are promoted by Holy Cross CRHP, Hanur and the women are socio-economically empowered through credit savings, trainings in leadership, agriculture, Panchayat Raj, rural entrepreneurship etc. They are formed into a federation which enables them to be self reliant.
Right to health, right to food programmes
Women are made to be aware of their fundamental rights and are helped to demand their legitimate rights from the Govt. They are helped by the staff at Holy Cross CRHP, Hanur. The women are also taught how to use the Right to information Act and collect information about Govt. health services and Govt. programmes undertaken in their villages.
Community colleges for women
Through skills trainings and job placements the rural women are empowered.
Children’s Parliaments – initiated by Holy Cross CRHP in remote villages aim at building the leadership potentials of rural children and enable them to improve the deplorable situations in the village through the children’s activities.
They try to improve village sanitation, school campus, reduce school dropout rates etc. Health Action Forums in the schools encourage the children to start and maintain kitchen gardens in the houses, in the vacant lands, in school campus etc. and improve the quality of mid day meals and reduce the corruption in the programme. They bring out hand written magazines and spread health messages in the community. We have started this successful programme also in Andhra Pradesh, North Karnataka and Orissa where our sisters live and work with the poor.
Satvidya IREC, Prakash Palya
The centre works in collaboration with National Child Labour Eradication Programme of Govt. of India and Govt. of Karnataka and has contributed to reducing the out-of-school children’s number considerably. Their overall development is aimed at in this unique school.