Saturday, October 3, 2009

Graduation Ceremony of Trainees of Extension Centers

Graduation Ceremony of 51 Trainees of Extension Centers of Barli Development Institute for Rural Women held in Village Govindpur near Kanker in Chatisgarh
On 19 September Director and Manager of Barli Development Institute traveled to Kanker in Chatisgarh for the graduation ceremony of 51 trainees of the 3 Extension Centres held in Panchyat Bhavan, village Govindpur near Kanker in the State of Chatisgarh.

Graduation Ceremony at Govindpur

Arriving at Govindpur Extension Centre on the morning of 19th September 2009 they were warmly welcomed by the trainees and the staff of the Extension centers and taken inside the training centre and shown around and were heartening to see the training centre and the spirit and enthusiasm of all the trainees and the staff who were busy preparing for the graduation ceremony of three batches of more than 50 trainees who had just completed their training programme conducted in 3 different villages in Kanker district. It was also observed that they used village common centre (venue ) and had most of the furniture and tents from village level local neighbouring institutions rather than renting for the function. This increases the level of community participation and sense of ownership.
Mr. Avinash Champawat IAS, Collector of their district Kanker was the chief Guest of the graduation ceremony (His wife Mrs. Neha Champawat is IPS officer posted as Superintendent Police in Dhamtari, the neighboring district of Kanker.)
Just as he arrived he got very interested to know more about the parabolic solar cooker that was displayed at the venue and spent quite sometime with Jimmy McGilligan, the manager of the Institute who told the collector that Barli Institute, among all main components of its programmes, is also committed to promotion of solar energy in communities of its trainees. He was then shown around the training centre by the trainers and he interacted with the trainees.
Soon the graduation ceremony started and many of the graduates shared very interesting stories of changes that the training has brought in them .The collector presented the certificates to all the graduates and in his address he encouraged the trainees to be fearless and that he was extremely happy to be there to see the progress that they have all made as a result of grassroots based community development programme through these women who are also sharing their learning with their communities.
He also commended the role of Barli NGO as the Government cannot do all the development. He also assured all the women of all his help and he will be happy to collaborate with Barli Institute in any of its activities in future.
Ms Lata Yadav the training in welcomed all the guests and gave an introduction of the extension centers and explained the word Barli with its literal meaning of the Bhilali word as Central Pillar that holds the house and the Institute considers women as the Barli of a family and the society.
The director of the Institute congratulated all the graduates for successful completion of their course and wished each one of them to return to their villages to become Barlis share all the knowledge, skills and experience in a way that they may establish love, unity and peace along with prosperity and specially educate the children and make sure to have violence free society as a result there will be no conflict, no naxalism. She also encouraged them to go to the authorities and utilize all the government schemes.
The manager of the Institute also expressed his happiness over the progress made by these centers and he wished to live to see them growing from strength to strength. Mrs. Manna Sharma shared her experience of how she went to Indore from Tripura and undertook training and now moved to serve the women in this area.
Some of the outgoing trainees like Ramtu Mandawi, Padmani Gajbala shared their experiences of learning about health, importance of being good human being, children’s education, and HIV AIDS and they were also happy that they have learnt cutting and Tailoring. Another local trainer Ms Maheshwari also expressed her sense of achievement of becoming a trainer after taking training at one of the extension centers earlier.
Vote of thanks was given by another trainee turned trainer Ishwari Devi.

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Parents Visit August 2009

On 28 to 30 August 2009 Parents of the Young Rural Women taking Training at Barli Development Institute for Rural Women visit their Daughters.

A parents meeting was organized at Barli Development Institute for Rural Women from 28- 30h August 2009. This has now been a practice for about 18 years in that approximately half way through the 6 month training programme, the parents and guardians of the trainees/students are invited to the Institute for 3 day meeting to witness the work of the Institute.
107 members of families of the trainees came from 30 different villages of Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Bihar. they were all warmly welcomed by all the staff. On 29th the Director Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan introduced all the members of staff to the parents and their respective roles in training the young women. Many of the parents and family members and the trainees also introduce themselves and spoke about the training the young women receive at the Institute.

They were extremely overwhelmed to see their daughters involved in gardening and vegetable growing, cleaning, making the food with the solar cookers, reading and writing and learning many other skills like cutting and tailoring.
Maliki Kharat’s father Mr. Badadu kharat said that, “I am so happy to see my daughter able to read and write and now also speaks Hindi.”
Bunny Dawar mother Mrs. Gurli Dawar said, “we could never imagine that our daughter can learn to read and write and she will be an inspiration for many more girls who would like to come and get training from this institute.”
Babita’s father was impressed to see his daughter chanting a prayer in Hindi so nicely, just after 3 months when she came she was illiterate.
Nanti’s brother pointed out that he appreciates the love, unity and harmony among all the trainees.
Pooja’s father Sham said, “When my daughter was at home she was illiterate now she can read and write and at the Institute she has also learnt home remedies for the various diseases.”
Madhi’s father Ramesh said, “My daughter learnt the use of tailoring machine and many good things, I am happy to see the change and improvement.”
Sangita’s father Silad from Alirajpur said, “The atmosphere here is very nice my daughter has learnt to read a book in the class in three months. She was fortunate to come here. Geeta’s mother Meera said “my daughter came here just to learn cutting and tailoring but it’s amazing to see her learning so many things and above all her personal behavior has improved.
Brother of Artti Taroly Mr. Antar Singh from Badwani said that in villages people don’t think about their daughters but seeing this institute I can say really women are being empowered.
Neetu’s father from Bihar said, “I came here not just to see my daughter but also to visit the Institute. The environment in the Institute is very nice. Happy to see that the girls are given such good education, they can make a better future.” Urmila’s brother Chandra Sahu shared “After coming here I am really happy that she is learning and doing her best its all because of the love and care she gets from the staffs here.”
Indra said, “A women should be educated and literate because mother is the first teacher for her child. If she is literate she can easily take care of her family she can also take decision about how many babies she needs to have.”
Neetu said, “In Institute we learn unity, service, consultation, co-operation, health and development and we can by this be helpful to our families and the community.”

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