Winds of change: Naina Solanki carves her own success story

Nainaben Jayendra Solanki (38), a resident of Piplaj village, Naswadi. As part of the social fabric, she works from daybreak until sundown and often beyond. In spite of assisting in family-owned farming, she never received her due recognition. The abysmal land ownership stems from the fact that land titles in our society are almost always in the man’s name. Women in the agricultural household are often identified as cultivators as the patriarchal norms oppose inheritance to women, leaving them unable to access the benefits and rights of agricultural land.
As a mother of two kids and part of extended joint family, Nainaben invests in long hours in agricultural work. Tapping the pulse of the undercurrent, like any other rural woman, she had also faced discrimination based on gender inequality.
For the last three years, Nainaben has been an active member of the Mahila Kisan Shashaktikaran Pariyojana. She has actively participated in capacity building sessions such as training on Organic Farming and other Agricultural practices, Cattle Care. She was part of the training session on the Processing Unit supported by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). The program supports grassroot stakeholder members to nurture community institutions comprising entirely of women from the community and managed by them. Market linkage support for understanding the product, place, price, promotion of the market to both internal and external stakeholders is an important part of the sessions.
Gradually, she has implemented the learnings on the ground in Instant Meal Mix and organic spices verticals under the name of Krushak Mahila Khet Utpadk Producer Company Limited. She is also the Pramukh of five self-help groups and keeps a tab on the finance of these groups. “It is not easy for the Self-help groups to get a loan from the bank. I did a lot of running around for loan approval,” she quipped.
Nainaben also informs that in the month of September, under her leadership, 42 packets of Chilli powder and 62 packets of Turmeric powder, net weight of each packet was 100 gms were sold. The cost per unit of chilli powder and Turmeric is Rs 17 and Rs. 16 respectively. She also shared that organic farming techniques has helped to escalate her family ’s farming annual revenue by a considerable amount.

Project Paripurna

Mobile library plays important role in child’s cognitive skills development


11-year-old Hari Om hails from Sirisiya village in Bihar. His family relocated to Nandesari, Gujarat in their quest to find employment in the industrial area like any other migrant family. The movement of people also means the movement of languages from their original geographic locations to new locations and new language ecologies. As a second-generation migrant, the response to the new language is quicker amongst the children. Quality of stimulation in the family environment is crucial for a child’s cognitive development, besides the significant role of the available resources and family dynamics.

At a tender age, Hari Om lost his father and his mother runs tailoring services to make both ends meet. For an adolescent, the ability to listen to, comprehend and tell stories has a facilitative effect on cognitive processes and personal development. Majority of the migrant families’ face-first language loss. In the process of integration, the pressure to adapt to the community language leads to complex situations amongst children.

The transitional development of Hari Om’s receptivity to learning is evident. According to storyteller Meena Macwana, “Initially Hari Om was distracted and always continued with his gamut of activities during the session. Post 4-5 sessions, his inclination to get involved in the storyline was visible. He participated fully without the fear of being judged or ridiculed. Gradually, he picked up the local language and started participating in the story reading sessions. His anecdotes from his daily life in the family ecosystem helped us in understanding his mental environment”.

In an extended family of six members, Hari Om at times is bound to stay back alone at home while the members are away for their routine work. The sense of fear has been bred deeper than reality. Blessed with extraordinary origami skills, Hari Om added wings to his paper boat while the majority of the children in the session were only struggling to get their boat design right. He aspires to fly through the Akash Ganga or galaxy to experience the sparkling stars. “I am afraid that if the earth is round, we all may die. There will be no stable space to live,” he added.

Such examples of his art interpretations open doors to explore the psychological fabric of the adolescent.  “As the child listens to a story being told, he is also keenly focused on forming mental pictures and scaffolding his learning, connecting the dots of prior knowledge, experience in school and at home, and his reasoning. We as storytellers and point person try to apprise and counsel the families about the artistic interpretations and anecdotes of their wards,” she added.

Project Vivek Vidya

Asha Worker: Breaking All Stereotypes

Premilaben Damor from Panchmahudi, Bhiloda. In 2007 she joined as an ASHA worker, she has faced many ups and downs as an ASHA worker in her village but still she did not lose hope and continued working as an ASHA worker. She has proved, that humanity and compassion still prevails, irrespective of the gender or any other social barriers.

Project ASHA Training

National Level Rating Chess tournament

Aniket Patni student of Sankul School and Resource Center won 1 st price in under 17 chess competition at Chennai Fide Rating National Level Chess Tournament for visually impaired . The tournament was  organized by Tamilnadu Braille Chess Association from 27 th Dec to 31 st Dec2019. Aniket played total 9 rounds in which he won by 5.5 points with highest rating. Total 180 visually impaired from all over India participated in which 100 were rated player from India. Now after winning this tournament Aniket has open the doors for him to play international level tournaments.

Samaj Suraksha Sankul

Naki Rabari writes her future with CCCH course

Hailing from Anjar Bhuj, Gujarat, Naki Rabari completed her graduation from GMN Nursing College in Lakhond Bhuj in 2017. She joined the Certificate Course for Community Health run by Deepak Foundation.

Despite being a mother of a10-month-old baby, Naki decided to pursue the course. Her grit and confidence never stopped her from completing the course. She was facing family-related problems when she had to miss a few classes. She gradually covered the course with the help of her batchmates and teaching faculty. On completion of the course, she is posted at the Community Health Office in Anjar taluka. She is the first woman from her village who took the plunge of enrolling in six months course, leaving behind her infant child with her parents.

Certificate Course for Community Health (CCCH)

11-year tobacco addict’s road to recovery successful

11-year-old Sameer Rathodiya (name changed), native of Por village, Vadodara district has been addicted to tobacco chewing ever since he was 5-year-old.  A student of class 5, lives Navinanagri slums where major percent of the population are daily wagers. Mahesh started chewing Tobacco when he was 5-year-old. Deepak foundation works in collaboration with Godrej (Cartiny) in this area for women empowerment and child life skill development. The Foundation conducts awareness and counselling sessions for adolescents and young adults for their development, education health, nutrition, hygiene (WASH), environment issues, life-skills and various career options. Through Deepak Foundation’s intervention, counselling of more than 70 children between the age group 10 to 18 years. Now Sameer regularly attends these sessions and with Foundation’s constant intervention, he has abandoned the habit of chewing tobacco.

Project De-Addiction

Toddler receives critical cardiac care

Five-year-old Anita(name changed) was diagnosed with heart murmur during one of the health checkup camps conducted by Deepak foundation in Balwadi in Pune, Maharashtra. Deepak Foundation extended support and financial assistance to the parents. The doctor counselled her mother for referral visit to Budhrani Hospital. Post diagnosis tests, two holes in the heart was confirmed. Budhrani Hospital Trust waived off the costs Rs 4.5 lakh under various government schemes and private aids. When she was admitted to the hospital for surgery, the pre-operative angiography revealed the critical condition of the patient. As a result of post-surgery complications, Anushka developed kidney infection. With constant follow up and counselling from Foundation’s staff, Anita is recovering.

Project: Pune Balwadi

Project: Mobile Library
Yuvraj Bhagat

Yuvraj Bhagat, 10 years old boy, lives in Landhar village, 6 km away from Roha block. He lives in a joint family and his father is a tailor, while his mother earns daily wage by working as a farmer. Yuvraj was an introvert and did not participate in any activity. His grasping power and comprehension was also low. One of our team counsellors tried to learn more about his behaviour from his parents and school teachers. His low reading level was attributed to his disinterest in school and his short attention span.

In story telling sessions, the counsellor decided to pay special attention on Yuvraj. For his self-development, the counsellor focused on his pronunciation and writing skills. To tackle his lack of interest, the counsellor engaged him in learning activities with the help of audio-visual aids. Gradually, Yuvraj started participating in drama and drawing. To increase his participation in drama, the counsellor gave him a few dialogues. Yuvraj’s parents are happy to witness the positive change in his behaviour and the all over development of Yuvraj.

Project: Mobile Library

Project: Home Health Aide
Urvashi Panchal

20-year-old Urvashi Panchal hails from a poor socio-economic background. Her father works in a hardware shop and her mother is a housewife. Urvashi’s dream was to have a respectable job in a hospital or clinic setting. However, due to lack of confidence and knowledge of nursing she was unable to clear job interviews.
Urvashi learnt about the HHA course from an ASHA worker in her village. She was keen to join

the course and her parents supported this decision of hers. Having enrolled in the course, she learnt about basic patient care techniques and services such as measuring blood pressure, blood sugar, moving and lifting patient, nasal feeding etc. During the course, she was given practical exposure through visit to various hospitals and also an internship. HHA course aided in her overall personality development by helping her learn basics of English and making her digitally literate.
After successfully completing the course, she interned with Uday clinic in Vadodara and is now employed there with a monthly income of Rs. 8,000/-. Through this course, Urvashi has attained the job of her dreams and is not only capable of supporting her family financially but has also found a new sense of self.

Project: Home Health Aide