Relief Camps, Cyclone Fani - June, 2019

Cyclone Fani has had a devastating effect on several of the coastal villages and Parinaama has made a small contribution in its own way to the communities. Parinaama Development Foundation, in conjunction with Sri Chaitanya Institute for Vaishnavic Culture, Bhubaneswar supported two relief camps in Puri district. The focus was on the poorest and remote areas where other relief materials have not reached. The distribution of tarpaulin shelter and solar lamps were found to be significant emergency needs requested by the community. The program was conducted in the first week of June, 2019.

Digital Literacy Programs for Master Book-Keepers – 2018 & 2019

Parinaama has conducted consecutive sessions of computer literacy programs for the Master Book-Keepers of the Odisha Livelihood Mission, Sonepur. The programs enabled the SHG women to learn the basics of bookkeeping on computer including Excel and Tally basic. The programs have assisted more than 60 women in maintaining their accounts and thereby ensuring the success of the initiatives.

Rural Living and Learning Experience - 2017 & 2018

Parinaama Development Foundation hosted the students pursuing Master of Business Administration (MBA), Xavier School of Rural Management(XSRM), Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB) through the Rural Living andLearning Experience (RLLE), primarily focuses on garnering practical experiencesto add to the already existing set of ideas, and break certain beliefs in order forthem to build new ones. The students had a 45 days’ engagement, and requires astudent to utilise their stay in observing and comprehending the location takingvarious parameters into consideration.

The student engagement program aims to foster a sense of lasting social responsibility and inspire students to merge business skills and social impact. Through the program, we make the student community aware about the opportunities in the development sector.

We helped mobilized several SHG’s for raising awareness on financial empowerment, earnings through sustainable livelihoods in our community mobilization meetings, while hosting students and researchers. This student assignment on skill building through conversations is something that we have been doing over the last five years through open space technology. We have had scores of meetings with hundreds of women covering the villages, gram panchayats, and hamlets repeatedly, thereby generating a dialogue and rapport building with the community.

The students profiled several villages in Balangir and Sonepur to have a deeper understanding. To achieve the target of exploring the village locations through various lenses, they made use of various methodologies while collecting data like observation, interviews, surveys, and participatory rural appraisal (PRA).

Programs for Elderly and Widows - 2017 & 2018

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Parinaama has been working relentlessly for the welfare of the elderly in the catchment areas of our microenterprises. Our focus is in the Eastern region and it is observed that there are large numbers of widows in the area, who live below the poverty line. There is an undercurrent of neglect and abject poverty, even as families struggle to make ends meet. We have organized a series of health camps, dental camps, and other support for widows throughout the year. We are grateful to all the supporters of the programs.

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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