WINTER VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME
The organising team arrived in village Soda on 8th December 2014. The volunteers joined on the 10th of December. There were 4 members from the organising team in all who divided the management for two halves of the programme. The volunteers numbered to 15. The focus of the work this time was on the pension surveys, governance sessions and fun sessions with the children who had examinations. The programme officially concluded on 19th December 2014.
The first two days were spent by the organising team getting the list of pensioners, understanding its functioning and the local jargon, the geographics of the village and meeting the Anganwadi workers.
A survey was carried out in the village to find the state of government pensions in the village.
The main purpose of the village wide survey was to assist the Anganwadis in their work. The survey also gave the team important information regarding the state of ration cards and other identity cards, the assets owned by the villagers, their access to basic necessities of life and the work that had been done by MGNREGA. This data is going to prove particularly useful to Ms. Chhavi Rajawat (the ex-Sarpanch of the village) and her team in assisting the villagers and matching the data they already have with ours.
The form used for the same can be found here. The data compiled (150 respondents that was finally used in analysis) divided into different hamlets can be found here.
Please mail us incase you require the survey data, it will only be given on request.
|Data||Area Covered||Number of Households Surveyed|
|10 December 2014||Ramjipura Dhaani, Banjaroon ki Dhaani, Maaliyon ki Dhaani||30 households|
|11 December 2014||Ramjipura Dhaani, Banjaroon ki Dhaani, Daagdiyon ki Dhaani||30 households|
|12 December 2014||Ramjipura Dhaani , Nayakon ka Tila and Dagdiyon ki Dhaani||60 households|
|13 December 201||Bagdiyon ki Dhaani , Main Soda Area||46 household|
|15 December 2014||Gopalpura, Srinagar, Main Soda Area||77 households|
|16 December 2014||Main Soda Area||20 households|
The session on governance aimed at making the people aware of their rights and responsibilities. It also acted as a common platform to bring forth their problems and general requirements. The volunteers screened an episode of Satyamev Jayate titled ‘Kings Everyday’. This helped initiate a discussion on the role of the government and how in turn the people need to play an active role in the effective functioning of the government, on the same lines they were explained the concept of Direct and Indirect Taxes and the Right to Information Act and the procedure for filing an RTI.
This was followed by a separate session with the women and adolescent girls wherein they were asked about and explained menstruation, what they use during menstruation, manner of disposal and the problems related to the same. The women were also asked if they were open to the idea of making bio-degradable sanitary napkins, which the Sarpanch plans to introduce in the village.
You can find our Report on Governance Session here.
SESSIONS WITH CHILDREN
Since the children had their examinations scheduled at the time of the Winter Program, our plan entailed to engage them in fun and interactive activities, with particular focus on art and craft for children of classes 6th to 9th; one hour every evening:
Apart from these planned fun and interactive sessions with the children, the need was also felt for the volunteers to assist the children in preparing for their exams.
The volunteers took a day off and visited Jaipur on the 14th of December.
They had also prepared 11 sets of posters for the schools in Soda on ‘good touch bad touch.’
Most part of 18th went in the preparation of a street play on pensions which was performed on the 19th in the main soda area, Ganeshpura and Ramjipura prior to the screening of the movie ‘Swades’ for the entire village.
In addition to the above, the volunteers who had set out to do a governance session on the 18th in the main soda area, met only women and carried out a session on menstruation (including assessing the viability of the recyclable napkins) with them.
The volunteers also assisted the Sarpanch to resolve a land dispute on the same day – both on site and off site at the police station. This wasn’t a part of the official programme structure but definitely an experience that a few team members had regarding the governance and politics in rural India.
No matter how much we structure in advance, there always unplanned activities that happen that form an integral part of the entire experience of living in a village!