Vanaja, a slum resident from Banglaore, lost her husband recently. She had three children to take care of and had no stable source of income. As a part of our interventions, we created Woman Self-Help Groups in the area and she joined in. She learnt tailoring skills and is now able to earn a living by making blouses and cloth bags.
Vanaja is one of the the many lives we touched during the integrated development program we ran in Bangalore slums.
We ran a comprehensive program touching three primary sectors:
We adopted 30 government schools influencing more than 7000 children. These schools now have better student attendance and enhanced parent participation in children’s education which has led to better learning outcomes.
10 vocational training centers have been started with courses in Computer Basics, Spoken English, Tailoring, Yoga and Meditation. A special vocational training program for women – Samruddhi – has been initiated. Owing to this many people have been able to augment incomes and start earning.
We partnered with Becton Dickinson to run a special door-to-door diagnostic program for Blood Pressure and Diabetes through which we reached out to over 6000 slum residents. There was a general improvement in lifestyle amongst all participants and adherence to treatment went up to 68% from 50%.
“I also learnt yoga and Pranayama which make me healthy and happy, and no longer dull as before.” - Vanaja smiles as she recounts her experiences.
30 Government Slum schools (7000+ children) adopted
1496 students who were not able to read/write in Kannada became literate through Utthana (special classes)
Average attendance of students has improved by 10%
More than 250 students have rejoined school
Parents participation in their child’s education has gone up by 10-30% across schools
Medical camps conducted in 6 schools covering around 1700 children
Environmental awareness campaigns in 11 schools involving more than 1000 students
A sports event was organized, in which 450 slum children participated
Samruddhi – A Women Empowerment Project
Trainings for both soft skills and human values for women conducted
Sri Sri Academy of Vocational Education
10 Slum Vocational Training Centers for the youth have benefitted more than 3500 youth across Bangalore
2 centers have already been adopted by Reliance and Sumeru Software
BD-Diabetes Screening & Treatment Intervention Project
Door-to-door diagnostic and awareness program conducted for 6000 people in 4 slums namely Ashwatha Nagar, Nagamma Nagar, Vinny Colony and Mariyappana Palya
256 people diagnosed for diabetes and lifestyle changes suggested
Increase in the adherence to the treatment from 50% to 68%
Percentage of the people with normal range haemoglobin (HbA1c) increased from 46% to 58%
Improvement with high BP patients - Mean Systolic BP dropped from 148 mm Hg to 134 mm Hg and Diastolic BP from 88 mm Hg to 79 mm Hg
“Before madam Sarita (Yuvacharya from AOL) came, we used to argue and fight in class every day she taught us how to stay calm and concentrate better with meditation. We also learned how to be nice to one another. There are no more fights in the class now. We laugh and enjoy class every day.” - Yashoda, 12yrs old, Student, Sriramapura Govt. Girls H.P.S
Through our community outreach program for youth (YLTP) we engaged with the youth in these slums. We identified and trained over 200 youth leaders who would go to every house to ensure that the children go to school and engage with their parents. From amongst the same team, we identified an inspired team and trained them to run door-to-door health diagnostics.
As the team built community linkages while conducting interventions in one sector it became a lot easier for them to initiate interventions across other sectors.
We would like to expand our efforts in the slums of Bangalore to reach out to more people.