Given the unstable and often violent backgrounds our children come from, and their parents’ fluctuating incomes, it is imperative for Parikrma to address issues that a child faces at home, to prevent them hampering a child’s development. Our Community Development Services (CDS) manage this aspect of the Parikrma Model. The CDS team is manned by social workers with strong grassroots experience. They enjoy a rapport with families and are often the first point of contact. CDS workers form a bridge between the school and the family, constantly collaborating with teachers on solving problems stemming from the community.
What started as a small initiative today has transpired into a hugely successful programme – creating an ecosystem that provides subsistence to support entire communities. Today, Parikrma children from families, previously considered ‘unbankable’, have the right to choose a better way of life.
The Transformation: (as of July 2016)
Number of bank accounts opened: 709
Number of self-help groups: 141, with savings of about Rs. 3,90,600
Number of mothers who have picked up new skills: 365
Mothers moved from daily wage to permanent jobs: 70
Women who have taken a stand on social issues in the community: 19
Number of alcoholic fathers counselled: 196
Number of fathers with an increased 10% income: 190
Activities that figure routinely on the CDS calendar are:
Health checkups: Yearly general checkups, dental screening and interventions, eye testing, immunization, blood grouping, de-worming and administering multi-vitamin supplements.
Adult literacy programs in the mothers’ local language.
Skill development programs for mothers – like housekeeping, tailoring, and English coaching classes.
Counselling for domestic violence, alcoholism, and health issues.
With over 75% of household having increased their incomes, they have now earned the right to chose better way of life. They have found a way to break out of poverty through increased income generation, breaking old practices with better family planning and marriage choices. They are active on social issues and are thinking differently about superstition, abuse and many other things. The change is here – evident and legitimate.
Parikrma Centre For Learning
C/o Saraswathi Memorial Trust
35, Ashoka Pillar Road,
1st Block, Jayanagar
Bangalore - 560 011