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4. Woman Care

In love extend yourself to others, A hand to hold and A heart to understand.



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 the 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.

Launched under Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care Programme, 'Woman Care' aims at uplifting women by providing them proper educational facilities, medical facilities and undertaking activities to make them self-reliant.


PROJECTS


1Shrimad Rajchandra Safe Motherhood
Programme

Many of the women admitted to SRH for deliveries...

  • are in the age group of 18-20 years
  • weigh only 35~40 kg
  • are severely anaemic, with Haemoglobin levels of 6~8 grams (instead of the normal 11~12 grams)
  • are brought to the hospital in an emergency state with serious complications

Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital provides an excellent facility for less privileged expectant mothers to be able to deliver in a clean and safe environment. To ensure safe motherhood, SRH has highly qualified gynaecologists in attendance, 24 hours a day. In December 2006, SRH enrolled in Gujarat Government's Chiranjeevi Scheme. Pregnant women registered under this Scheme can deliver in a hospital free of charge. This Scheme is in place to encourage women to deliver in a proper hospital rather than risking delivery at home.


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2Shrimad Rajchandra Health Education
Programme for Adolescent Girls

Specialised health education is imparted to less privileged adolescent girls. Relevant subjects such as pregnancy, childbirth, childcare, immunisation, nutrition, balanced diet, hygiene, healthy cooking practices are covered with the help of PowerPoint presentations, posters, street plays, and garbas. These programmes make a big difference for these girls, as they are potential mothers of the future.



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3Shrimad Rajchandra Women Empowerment
Programme

This project involves providing training and employment opportunities for women from less privileged sections of society. The philosophy behind this project is to identify simple but effective activities which can be taught to them, which they can use to sustain themselves. Through this project, they have acquired training in production of food products and incense sticks. The product range will be expanded in due course of time, but one thing shall remain – the prefix “Raj” with every item that they produce- symbolising that all noble and great activities start with our Sadguru’s name, Shrimad Rajchandraji. The food products carry the divine name of `Raj Amrut’ and incense sticks, the name `Raj Saurabh’. The greatest good these projects will do for the rural women folk is to provide them with an opportunity to embark on a journey of social acceptance and be in a position to chart out a course for their lives. Since its launch, the Mahila Gruha Udyog project has already made significant strides in making several women self reliant.

A new infrastructure facility has been developed for the Mahila Gruha Udyog project in order to provide rural women better opportunities for their entrepreneurial activities. A fully equipped shed with a kitchen area for the Raj Amrut products and a special work and storage area for the Raj Kruti and Raj Saurabh products have been built, providing the necessary support for further expansion of these projects.

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4Shrimad Rajchandra Widow Welfare Programme

Many underprivileged young widows with 2-3 small children are not able to earn even daily wages, as they have to look after their children. There are elderly widows too, with no means of livelihood. Such widows, with no source of income or family support, are identified and provided with essential supplies like flour, rice, pulses, sugar, oil, jaggery etc. These supplies are delivered to them at their respective villages.



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5Shrimad Rajchandra Higher Education Resource (HER)

While women living in major cities have benefited from the information revolution, economic growth and opportunities of the past decade, lives of most women in rural India have hardly undergone any change. Here they are faced with early marriage, and are burdened with household duties and used for inexpensive labour. Due to lack of education, these women's voices are silenced. In fact, they can do wonders if they are provided the right opportunity for completing their education, as they already possess basic indigenous knowledge, skills and potential. To provide a good incentive for the family to educate their girl child and discourage marriage before 18 years of age, financial support is provided to rural girls pursuing higher studies. This initiative is aimed at enabling girls to pursue their dreams of being self-dependent and in turn, lead a life of dignity. Under this project, rural girls pursuing higher studies such as B. Com, Primary Teachers Certificate Course, Mechanical Engineering and Pharmacy were provided with financial support.

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6Shrimad Rajchandra Sowing for Energy, Empowerment & Development (SEED)

Low nutrition level is a challenge in rural 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 health and well-being of their families.

Shrimad Rajchandra SEED Programme trains women to cultivate organic kitchen gardens in their home backyards to improve family nutrition levels and to supplement livelihood through sale of surplus output. They are trained in organic methods, satvik cooking practices and supported with seed kits to improve the intake of nutrients.

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7Shrimad Rajchandra Financial Literacy & Opportunities for Women (FLOW)

A woman plays a pivotal role in her family and her upliftment is the cornerstone for development of society. Women in rural areas are subject to high poverty, low education and 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.

Shrimad Rajchandra FLOW Programme aims to provide rural women, in and around Dharampur, with training in financial literacy through campaigns, workshops, seminars etc. on aspects of financial management like smart savings, wise spending, minimising debt and matured borrowings. It will educate women about the available banking and government financial and insurance services. This initiative is undertaken with SEWA’s (Self-Employed Women's Association of India) The Indian School of Microfinance for Women.

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