Thrissur: SOS Childrens' Village -Thrissur has launched a project "Arogyajeevanam" as part of its preventive community Programme of Family Strengthening Programme at Pananchery Panchayat. This is a NABARD funded project and the implementation partner is Kerala Agriculture University. The main objective of the project is to enhance the knowledge of scientific farming and employability of the caregivers and to enhance the ensuring income generation opportunities of sustainable livelihood to disadvantaged caregivers. Besides that the NGO aims to improve the health of the children of these families by providing them with nutritious and non - toxic vegetables and to increase their interest in cultivation of vegetables in their home premises.
Through this project will provide assistance to 200 families who are members of the FS Programme in Panancherry Panchayath. The beneficiaries are 200 vulnerable families from Kolayanakuzhi, Vadakkumpadam, Chirakkunnu, Chorakkunnu, Thekkekulam, Murikkumpara and tribal clusters Maniyankinar, Thamaravellachal, Poovanchira in the panchayath.
Reshma Sajeesh, Member of 16th ward of Panancgery Panchayath inaugurated the 'Arogya Jeevanam' project at Kolayanakuzhi Anganwadi. Dr A. Latha, Head of the Agriculture Research Station at Mannuthy said. “The growbags, vegetable seedlings and organic manure will be provided to 100 families who do not have land to cultivate. Another 100 families especially in the tribal area those who have cultivable land will be provided quality seeds, assistance for preparing land for cultivation, and also will be provided organic manure. The Agriculture Research Station will provide scientific training and follow-up assistance to both groups.”
Then Agriculture Research Station distributed vegetable seedlings, grow bags, and organic manure among FSP beneficiaries. Mr.Rajiv MR, Co-Worker-FSP, delivered the welcome speech and Simi Babu, Animator, give a vote of thanks. After that, the ARS field assistant Shinil gave a demonstration on how to fill grow bags in a scientific way and also have been given training on how to control pests scientifically. As many as 30 caregivers participated in this training session.
About SOS Programmes
SOS Children's Villages of India, reaches out to over 6,500 once parentless or abandoned children in 32 SOS Children's Villages across India. Each children’s village has 12-15 family homes, with every home consisting of 10 children on an average along with an SOS Mother. All-round development including education, nutrition, health and psychological development is taken care of till the children are settled in their lives.
FSP, a preventive community intervention programme, covers over 17,000 children at 32 locations across India. Designed to prevent children from losing parental care or from being abandoned, this programme runs in slums and rural areas, within a 30km radius of an SOS Children's Village. The beneficiaries of this programme are children of the most vulnerable lot i.e. children of widows, single women, and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. Spanning 3 to 5 years, the programme aims to enable families to move out of the vicious cycle of poverty towards greater dignity and self-reliance by ensuring the education of children and income-generating capacity development of the caregivers.
Taking a child rights-based approach this programme attempts to assist and empower parents or caregivers in taking care of children in their natural families and communities. In the process, it strengthens not only the families and their children whose upliftment it basically aims at, but also creates a vibrant network within the community that will last much longer and become sustainable in caring for the vulnerable families for a very long period.
FAMILY STRENGTHENING PROGRAMME (FSP)
The Family Strengthening Programme in Thrissur was initiated with the aim of providing support to vulnerable families for their survival. Their work through this programme is aimed to strengthen such families through their capacity building in order to attain self-reliance.
At present, the Family Strengthening Programme in Thrissur renders support to 449 beneficiaries under its care. People coming from these families were exposed to the concept of Self-Help Groups and were educated about the importance of the same. Various training workshops are also organized by SOS for these families in order to help them to develop a skill set that would help them to earn income like cattle rearing, goat rearing, cultivation of crops etc.