5 Friends, 1 Mission – Preventing Child Marriage

A decade into the new millennium, and somewhere in the remote corners of the Satgawan Block in Koderma, Jharkhand, a group of five friends were getting ready to go for a wedding one summer morning. The mood was buoyant and the fun was yet to begin. They arranged for the presents for the bride and reached the venue at the village of Puthodih. But the bride was nowhere to be seen! When it was time for them to leave, upon their insisting, the mother of the groom arrived carrying the three year old bride in her arms. The little one had fallen asleep from the sheer exhaustion of the day’s proceedings.

READ MORE

Anganwadi – A Child’s First Step Towards A Healthy Start

This is the story of the three remote hamlets residing on the peripheries of the Bheembandh forests in the Haveli Kharagpur block of Munger, Bihar. These three villages of Motitarhi, Kenduatarhi and Doodhpaniya now sport one ICDS centre catering to 40 children, and two mini ICDS centres catering to 20 children in the age group of (3-6) years respectively (according to Government policy).The 40 children in the ICDS centre of Motitarhi will greet you with this song that is aimed to encourage parents to send their children (below 6 years of age) to the Anganwadis. This ICDS centre runs in the verandah of a rented hut.  The owner of the house has graciously agreed to even rent the kitchen for the AWC worker and Sevika to cook lunch for the children. All three of these ICDS centres have been functional for the past one and a half years. Today, between the three of them, they have been able to cover all the children in the three villages and the parents are now happy with the services children and pregnant mothers receive from the centres.

READ MORE