In India, the information on Health related issues is not imparted on school or community level. Young people between the ages of 10-24 years continue to face the challenge of early marriage, early pregnancy, poor life skills, sexual exploitation, morbidity related to risky behaviour, poor nutrition as well as poor access to reproductive and sexual health information and services. There is lack on the consciousness of Anti Natal Care among the Communities. Thus, to address these issues LAKSHYA makes Reproductive and Sexual Health related information Such as information on Safe Sex, Sexually Transmitted diseases like HIV etc., to socially disadvantaged adolescents and Community people and the need of Anti Natal Care among different communities.
The overall aim of this program is to improve nutrition, reproductive and sexual health status of adolescents and young people in the state of Bihar-India, as well as to empower the women of the community for Safe Pregnancy, Safe delivery and Safe Motherhood. This programme is designed to improve awareness level health and nutrition status of school - non school going adolescent (10-19 years) girls and to make information related to nutrition and reproductive and sexual health and to mobilise the communities on the need of Pre and Post Natal Care of Women and Children.
The need of pure water is felt in everyday's life. In today's world though water is a renewable resource present, it is difficult to find pure water for drinking purpose. In the search of water the women of several remote areas wander to faraway places. The wells are dry, the rivers are contaminated with different pollutants which results in various health problems. Thus it becomes important to aware the communities and young generation about the importance of water and tells them the difference between contaminated and pure water.
We work on the issue of water through two different ways - Arsenic Mitigation and awareness of Importance of Water:
Arsenic is an element in the environment that can be found naturally in the rocks and soil, water, air, and in plants and animals. It is also released from the pesticide used in farming and industrial waste. Arsenic is known to cause cancer and serious Health hazards. In Bihar, around the belt of Ganges, the water is contaminated by arsenic to an extent that the people residing there are suffering from major Health problems. In its effort to bring a change in the lives of the people through arsenic mitigation, LAKSHYA took up the area of work as Buxar and Samastipur:
In these areas LAKSHYA has taken up the work of making people aware about the ill effects of Arsenic through:
a: Organizing village level meetings to share information about arsenic contamination of groundwater.
b: Community Mobilisation on Sanitation, Swajaldhara and formation of VWSC (Village Water Sanitation Committee). so as to create community groups to deal with arsenic related problems.
c: Teachers' orientation workshop, Nukkad Natak, lectures in school against the ill effects of Arsenic.
Providing mitigation solutions
Water sample collection, community water test campaign, provisioning of arsenic water filters, training on water testing and formation of water committees.
Protecting and maintaining 15 open wells in four villages of Buxar District and 25 wells and one rain-water harvesting system in Samastipur district.
Importance of water:
Water is one of the most important renewable resources in our lives, but some of the people disregard its importance in day to day life.
To bring a standstill to the wastage of water we held different programs in the schools. We made the children sensitive about the wastage of water
and told them how water wastage could lead us towards no water in the future. We held rallies with children on the importance of water where slogans like
"Without water, No tomorrow" were attractions for the society people and spread the message of the importance of water in the society.
Vocational skill development did not start in the Indian context as an optional for the Indians but a requisite.
It became an important tool for the marginalised population of the country for income generation. LAKSHYA recognizing the same started
vocational training with the adolescent girls in the year 2011. An ulterior motive behind giving training to girls was also that they help
income generation in the family and hence, are not considered as a burden in the society. Vocational Training was started as economic
Empowerment and social empowerment program which catalyses the emergence of impoverished communities from the inter-generational cycle of poverty.
It has been proven in many international development studies that girls and women are often the most effective agents of change within communities.
Thus, for the same the training was imparted to the girls of Lahthi (A special kind of Bangle) making, Mehandi training, stitching training, soft toy making etc.
The Vocational training program also acts as a platform where girls discuss their day to day problems and concerns. It has helped the girls to stand up and rise against the evils of the society, together as a group.
Our objective behind starting Vocational Training is:
a. To empower trainees in various social, psychological, moral, educational and occupational aspects in order to become active members in the nation building process.
b. To discuss the personal, social or educational problems encountered by the trainees in their day to day lives and work towards finding appropriate solutions which enable them to prosper.
c. To break the power relations present in the society through empowering the Backward Strata of the society.
d. To empower the marginalised community specially women and adolescent girls with vocational skills to become economically empowered.
e. The economic empowerment through Vocational skill will henceforth bring social recognition of the individual from these marginalised communities.