Area of Program & Achievements

Our Program

IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVERNMENT FUNDED PROJECTS

Training for making Sanitary Napkins (by hand-made machines) with entrepreneurship and soft skills training to the tribal women and girls of district Barwani:

Continuing with the implementation of this 3-year project awarded by Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology, New Delhi, to provide training for the production of sanitary napkins with entrepreneurship and soft skills training to tribal women of block Sendhwa of District Barwani.

Achievements of the project:

  • 1. During the project period – September 2012 through March 2016, total of 240 tribal women (in batches of 20 each – 12 batches of 3-month duration per batch ) have been trained for making sanitary napkins with entrepreneurship development
  • 2. Prior to this training program, more than 95% women of block Sendhwa of district Barwani were using dirty clothes, paper, leaves etc., during their menstruation period, but now after 3 years of rigorous efforts made by PECSS, more than 50% women of this area have not only started using sanitary napkins but have also fully understood the advantages and positive health impact of the same;
  • 3. Awareness development about the women-specific diseases and clearing of traditional blind faiths about the same. The awareness included – scientific reasons for menstruation period and how it happens; maintaining sanitation and personal hygiene during this period and its positive impact over the health; precautionary steps during menstruation period; nutritious meals etc. These awareness programs were addressed by renowned subject-specialists, like Dr. Shalini Saxena; Dr. Atul Saurabh; Dr. Sandhan and Dr. Pradhan;
  • 4. Linkage of beneficiaries with sustainable self-employment with additional monthly income of family in the range of Rs.5000-6000;
  • 5. This entire 3-year program was extremely successful and its success spreads to far and distant places like Chhatisgarh, Rajasthan and other districts of Madhya Pradesh. Impressed with this success, PECSS was invited by National Institute of Technology, Jaipur for providing technical support to its beneficiaries in the districts of Jaipur, Pilani and Udaipur. Similarly, Chhatisgarh Council of Science & Technology (CGCOST), Raipur, also invited us to provide training to the tribal beneficiaries of districts Dantewara, Bastar and Sukma. Training programs in both these States have also been completed successfully;
  • 6. Impressed with the success of this program, some renowned national institutes, like National Institute of Technology, Jaipur and BITS of Pilani have placed their orders for supply of sanitary napkins;
  • PECSS takes this opportunity to express its sincere thanks to M.P. Council of Science & Technology (MPCOST) for the effective monitoring of entire project activities and extended their valuable guidance from time to time for understanding the problems of tribal women and in not only solving their major health issue but also to provide them with a sustainable source of livelihood.

During the last 13 years of its existence, our Society has made par excellence achievements in the fields Social, Cultural, Educational and other pro-poor beneficial activities, spread over in 22 districts of Madhya Pradesh. Our target beneficiaries, under various self-employment activities, remain Tribal communities, Weavers, Leprosy affected persons and Bhopal Gas victims, and have made excellent achievements in bringing about qualitative improvements in the economic and social status of these beneficiaries.


To know more About Our Program:

    The highlights of our successful programs covering various sections of society are as under:

  • 1. Sanitary Napkins Production Training & Entrepreneurship Development Programmes in Barwani and Bhopal;
  • 2. Skilled and employable Vocational trainings in various trades;
  • 3. Employable Vocational trainings to school dropout tribal youths in Barwani;
  • 4. Socio-economic rehabilitation of leprosy affected persons;
  • 5. HIV prevention and health awareness Programmes;
  • 6. Environment Protection and awareness Programmes;
  • 7. Protection and promotion of traditional Indian culture;
  • 8. SHGs formation and Capacity building programmes;
  • 9. Other Activities.

 

Other Activities:

    In addition to above highlighted achievements, our other activities included:

  • Promoting adult literacy and Sensitization against child labour;
  • Welfare of SC/ST/OBC communities;
  • Women literacy and empowerment program;
  • Capacity building of functionaries of Panchayati Raj Institutions

Sanitary Napkins Production Training & Entrepreneurship Development Programmes

Women health is a very sensitive issue especially in remote and tribal areas, there are no awareness over health, hygiene and Sanitation. Even most of the women living in these areas are using old and dirty cloth, paper, leaves etc during their menstruation period in a most unhygienic manner causing various ailments to them. Therefore, our organization decided to work on that crucial issue with needy societies as details following: sanitary napkins production (by handmade machines) with entrepreneurship training to tribal women of Barwani under DST Project:

Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology, New Delhi, awarded a 3-year project to provide training for the production of sanitary napkins with entrepreneurship and soft skills training to tribal women of district Badwani, the brief details of our activities are as under:

    Objective:

  • i) To explain the beneficiaries that usage of Sanitary Napkin is extremely beneficial for the health of women and keeps the body hygienically safe.
  • ii) To provide employable and skilled vocational training for the production of Sanitary Napkins (through handmade machines) to the women of tribal BPL families;
  • iii) To prepare the beneficiaries as successful entrepreneurs for the production and sale of sanitary napkins.
  • iv) To provide entrepreneurship development training, soft skill training, malnutrition and raise other women related issues apart from sanitary napkins training.

    Activities:

    Our activities to achieve the objectives included:
  • Mobilization of beneficiaries;
  • Technical skill training;
  • Training on Entrepreneurship (EDP);
  • Generation of awareness on Health & Hygiene;
  • Exposure visit to successful ventures;
  • Participation in trade fairs to promote their products;

    Achievements:

  • Out of total 80 beneficiaries trained during the year under report, 72 of them (90%) have already established their respective units and started making and selling sanitary napkins.
  • The total household income of the beneficiaries has been increased to Rs.6,000 p.m. an increase of about 40-50% over their earlier income, while working for about 5 hours per day in their respective homes;
  • During the period under report, more than 5000 women, including adolescent girls, have been made as regular consumers for sanitary napkins.

    Success story:

  • Impressed with the successful efforts, the District Collector of Barwani had allotted 4000 sq. ft. of land for the construction of a Production Centre for Sanitary Napkins by the tribal beneficiaries;
  • District Panchayat, Barwani, placed an order for supply of 3000 packets (8 pieces per packet) of sanitary napkins per month to 1500 Aaganwadis operating in the district.
  • In the face of constant efforts made by PECSS, the District Administration is in the process of allotting one shop in favor of beneficiaries in the main market of block Sendhwa to facilitate the beneficiaries for selling their product.
  • Looking at the quality of home-made sanitary napkins by our beneficiaries at comparatively cheaper rates, the market preference has been tilted towards these home-made sanitary napkins as against their earlier preference of branded ones. This has resulted in increased and regular demand of such home-made sanitary napkins being made by our beneficiaries.

    Apart from above PECSS also provided Sanitary Napkins training with the Support of various departments as following:

  • 1) PECSS, in association with and support of M.P. Council for Science & Technology, Bhopal, have successfully provided 6 months training for making sanitary napkins, to two groups of 20 women beneficiaries, belonging to tribal communities of two remote villages in Barwani during 2011-12.
  • 2) Encouraged by the success of our efforts, PECSS, with the support of M.P. CON, Bhopal, had organized another 10-day training on sanitary napkins for 40 women of BPL families, belonging to Scheduled caste and tribes, in the district of Mandla. PECSS have also arranged its market linkage with Zila Panchayat, and as such, their product is presently being sold under the brand name of "Mitva Sanitary Napkins" through Zila Panchayat, Mandla.
  • 3) With the support of M.P. Council for Science & Technology, PECSS also have successfully provided 10-day training for making sanitary napkins, to a group of 20 women beneficiaries, belonging to Scheduled caste communities of Bhopal in 2007-2008.
  • 4) During the year 2006-2007, with the support and cooperation of (a) MART, (b) Mahila Vitta Avam Vikas Nigam, and (c) Gas Relief Department, we have provided vocational trainings to 300 women gas victims, in 15 batches of 20 each, for making and marketing sanitary napkins.

    These trainings under Sanitary Napkins' included:

  • Meaning and purpose of Sanitary Napkins;
  • Entrepreneurship Technical and administrative skill;
  • Market linkages;
  • Financial linkages Banking procedures etc;
  • Details of machinery required;
  • Process involved in making Sanitary Napkins;

    In addition to aforesaid aspects of skill and EDP development, we have also organized awareness programs for the beneficiaries, such as:

  • Malnutrition;
  • Gender equality;
  • Protection and prevention against HIV/AIDS;
  • Protective measures for any type of violence against women;
  • Other issues of social importance

Skilled and employable vocational trainings:

A. MES Vocational Training Programme in Barwani: As registered Vocational Training Provider (VTP) Registration No. 2340002 by M.P. Council for Vocational, Educational and Training for running MES courses in district BARWANI - under the scheme of Ministry of Labour, Government of India, we have provided skilled and employable vocational training to more than 200 unemployed youths of BPL families in district Barwani in various employable trades like:-

    These trainings under �Sanitary Napkins' included:

  • Computer fundamental, MS Office & Internet;
  • Basic of beautician;
  • Garment Making;
  • Desktop Publishing (Page-maker, Corel Draw, Photoshop);
  • Spoken English.

Apart from skilled trainings in respective trades, the training also covered the following aspects of entrepreneurship:

    These trainings under �Sanitary Napkins' included:

  • i) Backward and forward linkages;
  • ii) Tools and machinery;
  • iii) Disciplined approach;
  • iv) Behavioral change and life skills;
  • v) Financial linkages;
  • vi) Marketing techniques

Achievements:

beneficiaries have already been successfully tested and certificates have been issued by the competent authorities. Beneficiaries, who have been issued the certificates for respective trades, have been successfully placed either as self employed or on wage employment and are presently earning in the range of Rs.8000-10,000 per month.

    B. Training to manufacture and market "Donas":

  • PECSS, in association with and support of District Panchayat, Badwani, we have provided one month's entrepreneurship and vocational training in October 2010, to 100 women beneficiaries of tribal families, for making and marketing of Donas. After the completion of training, we have also facilitated the beneficiaries by providing a Dona Making Machine for setting up their production units for Donas. As a result of this training, all the 100 women beneficiaries of tribal communities have started working on this trade and are presently earning in the range of Rs.150 to 200 per day (Rs.4500-6000 per month). Our efforts were commended by the District Collector, Badwani, for strengthening the economic base of poor tribal communities and to enable them to lead an improved quality of life.
  • PECSS, in association with and support of M.P. Council of Science & Technology, Bhopal, we have provided one month vocational training for making and marketing of Donas, in the month of December 2010, to a group of 50 Leprosy affected beneficiaries of Hamukhedi and Dewas Gate Leper Colonies of district Ujjain. With the support of MPCST, we have also distributed one Dona making machine to each of the beneficiary and at present each of the beneficiaries is earning about Rs.150-200 per day (Rs.4500-6000 per month), and living a respectable social life.
  • In addition with, during 2012, with the support of Zila Panchayat Bhopal, we have provided 15 days vocational training for making and marketing of Donas, to a group of 15 Leprosy affected beneficiaries

    C. Mushrooms - production and marketing:Vocational training for production and marketing of Mushrooms was provided to beneficiaries under following programmes:

  • District Dewas - A total of 120 beneficiaries belonging to BPL families in the district of Dewas, were provided this training and 100% of them were linked to various marketing points and all of them are making their livelihood out of this trade.
  • District Chhindwara - 50 beneficiaries of BPL families in the district of Chhindwara were provided training on Mushroom production and all of them were linked to marketing points. It has been reported that about 80% of the beneficiaries are today earning their livelihood out of this trade.
  • District Ratlam - With the support of MAPCOST, 15 days training was provided to 60 beneficiaries, on the production and marketing of Mushrooms.

    D. Employable Skill development Trainings under SJSRY Program of DUDA and DRDA:

  • I. Under SJSRY Program, we have organized various employable and skilled vocational training programs for tribal women of block Sendhwa, district Badwani, as per following:
  • o Beautician & Hair cutting - 25 beneficiaires
  • o Stitching and Knitting - 40 beneficiaries
  • o Bakery and Fast Food training - 65 beneficiaries
  • II.With the Support of District Urban Development Authority (DUDA), Ratlam, we have provided various vocational training during 2010-11 as per following:
  • a. Mushroom Cultivation Training in Dhamnod - 40 beneficiaires
  • b. Computer Training in Jawra- 40 beneficiaries
  • c. Silver Ornaments training in Ratlam - 65 beneficiaries
  • III. With the Support of District Urban Development Authority (DUDA), Tikamgarh, we have provided various vocational training during 2010-11 as per following:
  • a. Mobile repairing in block Palera - 50 beneficiaires
  • b. Computer Training in block Orchcha- 50 beneficiaries
  • c. Handicraft training in block Tikamgarh- 50 beneficiaries
  • d. Jute items training in block Prathvipur- 50 beneficiaries
  • e. Bamboo craft training in block Jatara- 50 beneficiaries
  • f. Zari-Zardozi training in block Palera- 50 beneficiaries
  • iv) Behavioral change and life skills;
  • v) Financial linkages;
  • vi) Marketing techniques

    E. Promoting Organic farming:

  • It is a well known fact that the State of Madhya Pradesh is covered with wide range of forests and hence it is essential to execute and implement organic farming/bio-technique system to get better yields of agro products. The availability of biomass in the state are in plenty like composting green manuring, biogas slurry and organic farming techniques including Vermi compost, fisheries, portly farming etc. Therefore, during the year under report, the experts of PECSS have trained more than 165 farmers, women farmers and Self Help Groups in the districts of Ramtila in Mandla, Alwasa in Indore and Ratibad - Nilbad in Bhopal of Madhya Pradesh on this aspect of farming

Socio-Economic Rehabilitation of Leprosy affected persons:

Our Society is making its constant all-out efforts for the integrated socio-economic development of leprosy affected persons in the State of Madhya Pradesh, with the cooperation of Sasakava India Leprosy Foundation (SILF) of New Delhi. The main problem facing these persons is that even after being cured from this disease, they remain away from the mainstream of society and are rather forced to lead an isolated and neglected life in the society, which is a main stumbling block in their socio-economic development. .

As a mentor, our Society along with SILF, is approaching leprosy affected persons, living in various districts of Madhya Pradesh, and making in-depth assessment studies in terms of their problems, existing skills and capacities, as well as their experiences, and based on such assessments, we identify the self-employment opportunities, as per their respective skills. Thereafter, they are grouped into Self-Help Groups of identical interests and provide them with employable vocational training for starting their income generating trade. Our team members are continuously extending necessary hand-holding support to ensure their successful functioning to earn their livelihood.

Achievements

- Consequent upon the joint untiring efforts of PECSS and SILF, coupled with positive attitude of leprosy affected beneficiaries, as many as 21 Self Help Groups, consisting of about more than 230 such beneficiary with more than 850 colony members, are successfully functioning in the districts of Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Khandwa, Barwani, Mandsour, Ratlam, Sehore, and Katni (having major concentration of leprosy affected persons in Madhya Pradesh), and are engaged in respective income generating trades, such as:
  • - Making and selling of Silver Ghungroos; - Sale of Sarees; - Organic farming; - Zari-Zardauzi work; - Centering business; - Animal husbandry; - Dona making; - Agriculture farming; - Electrician business; - Cutlery business; - Catering business; - Cosmetic business; - Handloom weaving.
  • All these beneficiaries are earning in the range of Rs.4000-8000 per month and are leading an economically independent and socially respectable life. We are not stopping at their economic development, but are making our further efforts to ensure other essential facilities for them � such as, allotment of pucca houses, provision of electricity and safe drinking water as well as other basic amenities of life. In this direction, we are in constant touch with respective Government and non-government agencies and hope to succeed in our efforts. It is our earnest endeavour to bring all leprosy affected persons within the mainstream of society and lead a socio-economic respectable life. With planned approach and necessary cooperation we hope to achieve this objective within the course of next few years.

    Employable vocational training to School Dropout Youths:

    Our Society has been awarded in 2014 a project by the Functional Vocational Training & Research Society (FVTRS) of Banglore (Karnataka), to provide employable and skilled vocational training to 220 school dropout unemployed youths in tribal dominated block Sendhwa of district Barwani. Accordingly, we have made an extensive survey of the target block Sendhwa and identified 220 unemployed school dropout youths in the age group of 18 to 35 years, and after identifying the trades as per their respective skills and interest, they are being trained as successful entrepreneurs in their respective trades, so that they are able to earn their livelihood. Under this project, the training is being provided for the following trades:
    1. Computer Fundamental, MS Office and DTP (40 beneficiaries)
    2. Security Guard (60 beneficiaries)
    3. Garment making (60 beneficiaries)
    4. Beautician (60 beneficiaries)

    PECSS, in association with and support of FVTRS Bangalore also provided the project for 100 school dropout youths in 2011-12 to provide employable and skilled vocational training to 100 school dropout unemployed youths in tribal dominated block Sendhwa of district Barwani. Under that project, the training is being provided for the following trades:
    1. Making and Marketing of Sanitary Napkins
    2. Electrician and House wiring work
    3. Security Guards
    The highlight of these programs are that right from the commencement of their training efforts are afoot to settle these beneficiaries into either wage-employment or self-employment, so that 100% of these beneficiaries start earning their livelihood immediately upon completion of their training.

    Development of weavers in district Tikamgarh (Block Niwari):

    During 2010-13, under the Integrated Hand-Weavers Development Scheme of Ministry of Textile, Government of India, we were awarded a project for development of a cluster of 300 weavers in block Niwari of district Tikamgarh (Madhya Pradesh). The training and cluster development programme also covered the following aspects for the success of this clust:

    • Skilled training on techniques of weaving
    • Direct purchases of their products
    • marketing efforts like Buyer-Seller Meet & Weavers-Traders Meet
    • Organizing exhibitions to display weavers' products
    • Financial linkages for weavers
    • Exposure visit and awareness programs for weavers
    • Continuous qualitative improvement

    Our ultimate objective is to make our target weavers as successful independent entrepreneurs in their traditional trade and to ensure that the need for migration to other places in search of jobs is totally eliminated.

    HIV prevention and health awareness Programmes;

    Implementation of Target Intervention (T.I.) Project for Injective Drug Users (IDUs):PECSS has been awarded a work order by Madhya Pradesh State Aids Control Society (MPSAC), Bhopal, (under National Aids Control Organization - NACO), for implementation of its Target Intervention Project for the High Risk Group of Injective Drug Users (IDUs) in the district of Hoshangabad (Madhya Pradesh), as per following details:

    • Target district: Hoshangabad
    • Target High Risk Group: Injective Drug Users (IDUs)
    • Target beneficiaries: 250 IDUs, 250 MSM

    Objective
    The major objective of the project is to ensure prevention and care against the infection of HIV/AIDS amongst the Injective Drug Users (IDUs), considered to be one of the High Risk Groups for this dreaded infection.
    Accordingly our activities during the year under report, for achieving this objective included:

    • Identification and listing of target groups beneficiaries
    • One-to-one meetings with target beneficiaries
    • DIC meetings
    • Medical check-up and Testing of beneficiaries
    • Counseling of target beneficiaries
    • Supply of condoms, needles and syringes to respective target groups
    • Setting up Condom boxes at vantage points

    Achievements

    Through our successful counseling with target beneficiaries, we have succeeded in motivating the respective beneficiaries for usage of condoms for their own safety and health. Beneficiaries have now started opting for their regular medical check-up and consequent treatment, if so required. Encouraged with the recognition provided to our achievements, we shall continue to put-in our best efforts in achieving the objectives of this project of extreme social importance in the years to come.

    Environment Protection and awareness Programmes

    We are committed to develop awareness amongst people for the protection of environment, which has now acquired a global dimension. In all the districts under our present intervention, we organize a special program on environment. In addition to such awareness programs, our Society, with the support of organizations like MPCOST and EPCO is organizing various programs aimed at:

    • Creating awareness to making soak pit for conservation of rain water;
    • Construction of Soak pit in remote tribal village khedi in Barwani;
    • Scientific treatment of waste material;
    • Promoting of Bio-technology;
    • Containing environmental changes;
    • Exposure visit and awareness programs for weavers
    • Importance of Safe drinking water;
    • Training on solid waste management;
    • Plantation of trees and dangers of depleting forestry;
    • Awareness on advantages of increased plantations;
    • Organizing various awareness programmes on Narmada Jyanti;
    • Other pro-environment issues

    Our efforts have started bearing fruits and slowly people are becoming aware about the importance to protect their environment, and consequently plantation activities are on the increase in our intervening districts.

    Protection and Promotion of Traditional Indian Culture:

    One of the main objectives of our Society is to ensure the protection and promotion of age-old traditional tribal culture of tribal dominated districts of Barwani, Mandla and Chhindwara. For achieving this objective, every year our Society organizes State-level competitive events of Folk Songs and Folk Dances in the districts of Barwani, Mandla and Chhindwara to promote their cultural heritage. Our efforts are to promote tribal youths to present different facts of their cultural heritage so that this dying art gets revived and achieve its old glory at National level.