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4. Woman Care

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A woman plays a pivotal role in her family, and society at large, and their upliftment is the cornerstone for any significant development of society. But discrimination is rife in rural Indian society. A girl is deprived of schooling and literacy for no other reason than that she is a female. Underprivileged women of India are subjected to high vulnerabilities, poverty, low education and poor health. Struggling to combine low-paid work, with care for the home, they often have to cope with frequent pregnancies and child mortality. They are likely to have little or no say in their families.

'Woman Care' aims to uplift the status of women across villages by providing adequate medical facilities, opportunities for education and undertaking activities to make them self-reliant.


PROJECTS


1Shrimad Rajchandra Safe Motherhood
Programme

Shrimad Rajchandra Safe Motherhood Programme is an opportunity for less-privileged expectant mothers to deliver in a clean and safe environment.

India accounts for the largest number of maternal deaths in the world, and many of these can be prevented if women give birth in well-equipped hospitals such as Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital (SRH). Many of the women who come to SRH for deliveries are very young (18-20 years) and often under-weight. In addition, many women are severely anaemic and are brought to the hospital in a critical condition with serious complications.

Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital provides an excellent facility to ensure safe deliveries, as the mothers and infants are given round-the-clock care with constant supervision of qualified gynaecologists. Awareness drives are also organised, through which expectant mothers are provided with medical check-ups, counselling, and mineral and vitamin tablets.


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2Shrimad Rajchandra Health Education
Programme for Adolescent Girls

Shrimad Rajchandra Health Education Programme for Adolescent Girls makes the girl child aware – from a young age - of adolescent issues and health-related topics, focusing on reproductive health, empowering them to cultivate healthy habits, prevent disease and reduce risky behaviour.

Through health education and instruction, students learn skills that empower them to make healthy choices for the rest of their lives. By teaching adolescent girls about pregnancy, child birth, child care, immunisation, nutrition, hygiene and healthy cooking practices, this initiative strengthens the community by dispelling wrong beliefs and societal stigmas. These health lessons are not only informative – they are fun and interactive. Lessons are presented with the help of PowerPoint presentations, posters, street plays and traditional folk dances.



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3Shrimad Rajchandra Higher Education Resource (HER)

Shrimad Rajchandra Higher Education Resource (HER) provides financial support to rural girls pursuing higher studies in fields such as pharmacy, nursing, engineering etc. This initiative enables girls to pursue their dreams of being self-dependent and leading a life of dignity. Under this project, financial support is provided to girls from rural areas who wish to pursue higher studies.

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4Shrimad Rajchandra Women Empowerment
Programme

Shrimad Rajchandra Women Empowerment Programme empowers rural women with sustainable living. The women produce snacks, decorative articles and handmade products that are sold under the ‘Raj Amrut’, ‘Raj Kruti’ and ‘Raj Saurabh’ labels.

Raj Amrut: A range of food products prepared by rural women and pure ghee prepared from the excess milk of cows at Shrimad Rajchandra Jivamaitridham.

Raj Saurabh: Various aromatic products like dhoop, incense sticks, potpourri prepared by rural women, add a devotional aroma to your homes and offices.

Raj Kruti: Beautiful hand-painted products by rural artisans and craftsmen in traditional Warli art.

Shrimad Rajchandra Mahila Gruha Udyog was launched under the Shrimad Rajchandra Women Empowerment Programme to empower rural women by providing them with employment opportunities leading to social acceptance and financial independence. It has made significant strides in making many women self-reliant. In order to provide a boost to their aspirations and support the rapid growth of this project, their workplace has been expanded to include an enhanced kitchen area and a work and storage area.



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5Shrimad Rajchandra Sowing for Energy, Empowerment & Development (SEED) Programme

Low levels of nutrition is a major challenge in the rural women population, which results in hidden hunger, malnutrition and anaemia; leading to physical weakness, poor immunity, sickness and even death. It is important for rural women to take steps for the good health and well-being of their families.

Shrimad Rajchandra Sowing for Energy, Empowerment and Development (SEED) Programme improves family nutrition levels and supplements livelihood through cultivation of organic kitchen gardens. Using seed kits, women are trained in organic methods, satvik cooking practices and support to improve the intake of nutrients.

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6Shrimad Rajchandra Financial Literacy & Opportunities for Women (FLOW) Programme

A woman plays a pivotal role in her family and her upliftment is the cornerstone for the development of the society. Less privileged women in India are subjected to high poverty, low education and poor health. Women in rural areas are denied opportunities and rights due to their financial dependency. For rural households, the pattern of finance involves day-to-day earning and spending and borrowing at high-interest rates for health issues, social events, emergencies etc., driving families into debt traps. It is important for rural women to have a financial vision and take steps for the good health and well-being of their families.

Shrimad Rajchandra Financial Literacy and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) Programme imparts financial literacy to rural women on aspects of financial management through campaigns, workshops and seminars on subjects like smart savings, wise spending, minimising debt and matured borrowings. Women are also educated about the available banking and government financial and insurance services. This initiative has been undertaken with SEWA’s (Self-Employed Women's Association of India) The Indian School of Microfinance for Women.

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7Shrimad Rajchandra Widow Welfare Programme

Shrimad Rajchandra Widow Welfare Programme serves widows who have lost their financial and moral support after the death of their husbands. Many of these women have not been formally educated, so it would be a struggle to make enough money to feed their children. Essential supplies like flour, rice, pulses, sugar, oil, and jaggery are delivered at their doorstep. This initiative helps in sustaining their families as well.



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