PROJECTS CURRENTLY SUPPORTED
Institution of Culture and Rural Development (I-CARD), Johrat, Assam, India
Status: Nearly 800 women can finally read and write! More will be empowered in 2020!
I-CARD is actively involved in the promotion and development of indigenous tribes, especially the Misings, in Assam; tribes that have never received any attention from the Indian government or policy makers. I-CARD trains the communities to develop through self-help using local resources, and also makes sure the traditions, culture, language, literature and identity are remembered and kept alive. It ensures a successful future for the community through powerful youth projects and carries out a holistic campaign to promote health awareness with support for women and children. FrauenPower funded I-CARD’s literacy program for women in 2019 where over 797 Mising tribal women were empowered. The women, for the first time in their lives, learnt how to read and write, in either Assamese or English. The weekly classes, conducted for an hour each day, over a one-year period, were carried out by Animators in the villages at “suitable times” so that they did not interfere with the daily work of women. In addition to literacy courses, advanced training for the development and empowerment of women was also carried out. These include sessions on women's rights, social justice, health care, family planning, maintaining the Mising culture, forming support groups, business development skills, girl education and so on. As this project was a great success, and the women participants requested further training, FrauenPower has decided to continue funding the literacy program in 2020.
Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation (KRMEF), Kathmandu, Nepal,
Status: Over 300 women health-checked 2019 and more will be in 2020!
KRMEF, an NGO, aims to create a healthy, sustainable environment that embodies environmentally friendly practices for the well-being of local communities in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. It also promotes health and well-being in the poorest communities by making sustainable changes through environmentally friendly programs. FrauenPower provided funds to KRMEF to conduct health camps for over 300 women in 2019, with the aim of improving women’s health and that of their communities. Doctors and nurses, many volunteers, from local hospital conducted full body health checkups on women and sometimes their children and other family members. It is hoped that by improving the health of (especially) women, the living standards of their families and their communities will also improve, a healthy lifestyle will be encouraged and there will be more awareness of their environment. FrauenPower is supporting 2 more health Camps for women in 2020, in partnership with KRMEF.
M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai, India,
Status: 30 women eco-preneurs graduated in 2019!
MSSRF is a non-profit foundation whose aim is to accelerate the use of modern science for sustainable agricultural and rural development. It focuses specifically on tribal and rural communities with an approach to the poor, women and nature. The foundation uses appropriate scientific and technological options to solve practical problems facing the rural population in agriculture and food security. FrauenPower has supported one of their projects that strengthens the skills and knowledge of tribal women in Kolli Hills, Tamil Nadu. In other words, for the women to become “eco-preneurs”. It was recognized that tribal women had limited access to training and the development, that they lacked market awareness, and were unable to use local plant genetic resources. The aim of this training program was to raise awareness of the conservation and sustainable use of local resources, to expand value-added training for the primary and secondary processing of locally available plant genetic resources, and to create financial connections for tribal women and markets for their products. This project aimed to empower women - especially those aged between 20 and 35 - and give them the opportunity to use their natural environment and available resources for a sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship. 30 tribal women were trained during 2 one-week training courses conducted in 2019.
The Zuri Initiative, Nairobi, Kenya,
Status: 30 women empowered in 2019 and 120 more to be in 2020!
The Zuri Initiative is a non-profit social enterprise that was founded in 2018 to support economically disadvantaged women in and around Nairobi (Kenya). Zuri's vision is to create a sustainable future in which women and communities are empowered socially and economically. The Initiative aims to empower women, promote entrepreneurship, alleviate poverty and transform communities with social capital. Zuri recruits and trains women with little or no schooling, from low-income communities, to become sales agents for natural hair care products that Zuri produces. Before women start selling the products, they undergo a three-month training program (known as ZIWEP - Zuri Initiative Women Empowerment Program) that addresses group structure issues and confidence building, sales and marketing, hair care and product ingredients, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, business planning, and so on. FrauenPower supports both the ZIWEP program, as well as Zuri's SoCCs (Social Capital Credits, concept developed by Asia Initiatives, www.asiainitiatives.org) Initiative. It is a virtual common currency for social welfare; a bottom-up initiative that gives communities the power and freedom to choose to participate in their success. Women earn SoCCs being doing social good, such as sending their girls to school, making sure their children attend sex education classes, by keeping their environment clean, going for health checkups, by volunteering, recycling, and so on. The women then redeem their earned SoCCs for school fees, books and uniforms for their children, hygiene items for themselves and their daughters, water drums for water storage, product security fees for the Zuri products, etc. FrauenPower financially supports the redeeming process of SoCCs. 30 women took part in the ZIWEP and SoCCs Programs in 2019 and 120 women are expected to be empowered in 2020.
Divya Jyoti Mahila Vikash (DJMV), Odisha, Indien,
Status: Production of the napkins will begin in March 2020
DJMV, an NGO, is committed to the improvement and development of neglected communities in Odisha, India. Its main focus is on empowering women, promoting livelihoods, organic farming, education and menstrual hygiene management. It works through community-based initiatives, active participation and awareness raising, mainly through women's self-help groups (SHGs, over 1250 women are served through SHGs). FrauenPower is financially supporting DJMV and 40 women from its SHGs to set up a production unit for hygiene articles (sanitary napkins). The coastal fishing communities in Odisha continue to consider menstrual blood to be impure and shameful, and women tend to neglect the importance of proper menstrual treatment. This leads to a number of infections. Another problem is that 70% of families cannot afford sanitary napkins (there are few cheaper options). Hopefully some women's lives will improve once the inexpensive napkins are available locally in the villages. In addition to the production of sanitary napkins, we are also training 200 girls on the subject of “Youth and sexual reproductive health and menstrual hygiene management”. The production of sanitary napkins should begin in March 2020.
Centre for Development (CfD), Ahmedabad, India,
Status: This project will begin in 2020
CfD was founded in 1996 to address the problem of child labour in the poorer areas of Ahmedabad. It started by providing formal education to poor children and deals with the rights and problems of vulnerable groups (girls, women, early marriage, violence, etc.) and seeks to strengthen the oppressed, exploited and disadvantaged communities (mostly women and girls). CfD’s has set up "Kadam Resource Center for Girls (KADAM)" where traumatized or neglected girls (mainly Muslims and daughters of single women who struggle for their survival) are helped with therapy sessions, training, literacy and educational programs and workshops (computer and self-defence classes, training to become health workers or beauticians, etc.). The Center also helps girls find employment, once they have completed their 10th Grade. FrauenPower is funding KADAM in 2020 and hopes to empower the 30 girls taking part in the program.