Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellows Visit, 2017

Parinaama Development Foundation hosted the Asia Pacific Leadership Program GIST Fellows from East West Center, Hawaii, USA in March 2017. The research study visit entailed 8 days of immersion in the field in Western Odisha region, interacting with the trainees and women workers at the micro enterprises, weavers and other key linkages established within the region for value addition of the garments. Several business contacts were initiated on behalf of the organization and introduction to a number of valuable clients. The team also took the opportunity to visit the government hospitals, key flagship programs led by district administration, visited several villages to explore the lifestyle, livelihoods, health issues, food and culture.

NABARD MEDP 2016

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A ten day Micro Enterprise Development Program was conducted for the Self Help Groups in December 2016 by Parinaama, sponsored by NABARD Bhubaneshwar. The program provided refresher training on garment design and production and also useful tips on formation of a micro enterprise and financial linkages with banks. The program presented an opportunity for the women to interact directly with the bank officials in the district and learn of the credit facilities available. Mr. TK Sahu DDM, NABARD Balangir, and Mr. NK Pradhan from SBI Business branch, Balangir were present at the program and all participants received certificates from NABARD. The outcome of this program was establishment of one micro enterprise through one self-help group with self-financing and establishment support through Parinaama Development Foundation.

Health camps in Western Odisha

A series of health camps were coordinated by Parinaama in partnership with PHDRDF New Delhi, in conjunction with PGCIL and HLL. About 400 men, women and children benefited in each location from the camps. Free medicines, tests and free medical advice on a range of common ailments were provided. Three districts were covered namely Angul, Koraput and Balangir in Odisha. Senior PGCIL staff inaugurated the camps at all locations.

Orientation on PKMVY

The tailoring program for women is one of our first initiatives, which began in Odisha. An orientation program for all participants was held in January 2014 and January 2015 in Sonepur and Balangir districts respectively. The programs were undertaken with the leadership of the SHG women themselves and team leader. Mr. Chandan Mishra addressed the participants briefing them about the training program and possibilities of linking with financial institutions, in the future for self-employment.

Anaemia awareness program

In conjunction with Sri Chaitanya Institute of Vaishnavic Culture, Bhubaneshwar, and cooperation of district health administration (CDMO offices), we conducted an anemia awareness program in March 2016. This was targeted specifically for beneficiaries of our training programs and their peers from the villages. Free IFA tablets were distributed along with awareness program on anemia conducted in both the districts of Sonepur and Balangir. The program presented an opportunity to the women, to interact face to face with the medical personnel and clarify several myths and misconceptions regarding a range of reproductive health problems. The representatives from the district medical and health department from both the districts graced the occasion.

Mushroom training program

Parinaama partners with like-minded stakeholders for skill development, in order to maximize and harness the potential of rural youth. In January 2016, Parinaama collaborated with SBI Rural Self Employment Training Initiative, Balangir to carry out mushroom farming training. About 40 participants benefited from the training program and were issued participation and completion certificates by SBI RSETI.

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Inauguration of micro-enterprise cluster

Sustainable livelihoods for women is a key area of our interventions. One of the first significant efforts in this direction has been setting up of two sewing micro enterprises in the Western Odisha region. The microenterprise was inaugurated by the honorable Member of Parliament, Mr. Kalikesh N. Singh Deo, Balangir Constituency on February 24, 2014, at Sonepur in the presence of other people's representatives and community. The microenterprises present a multi-stakeholder partnership with Topworth Foundation for Social Development, district administration, and local civil society organizations, with Parinaama being the long-term program implementing agency.

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