The highlights of the various activities and achievements of The Full Gospel Trust of India during this fiscal year had been in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and now the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It has been able to achieve good success in its efforts and those are enlisted as below.
FIGHTING POVERTY AND EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH MICROCREDIT PROGRAMMES
The Full Gospel Trust adopted a strategy to fight poverty by engaging and empowering women from the community. When a woman is empowered and is in control of the economy of the family, she can ensure good education and health of the children. She can ensure there is food for each one in time.
Thus through its People Empowerment Project, the Full Gospel Trust got engaged in fighting poverty. The main aim of the project has been to empower 5000 women and their families through engaging them in Self Help Groups. More than 250 Self Help Groups were thus formed under the project and they have been synchronized with income generation programs. Under the project small loans are given to members of the groups especially the most deserving ones. The loans are thereafter repaid with low rate of interest in installments. This has been instrumental in uplifting their social and economic conditions and pull them out of the poverty situation. This project is operational in the slums and resettlement colonies of Delhi and a host of villages in the district of Aligarh in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.
Formation of Self help groups (SHGs) in Delhi and U.P
SHG groups are formed under the project to encourage the saving habits amongst women. In a SHG 15 – 19 members are enrolled where they save a particular amount every month. In the time of need they can take a loan from that saving or they can jointly run a small business as a group. The member are encouraged to save 100/- or 200/-Rupees every month in their own groups. This helps the women in inculcating the habit of saving. From the groups they can take loan and start a new business. Presently there are 2265 members, 127 groups and six federations under the project in Delhi. The groups are connecting with various nationalize banks and availing loan for their own groups to start and strengthen their businesses. The TFG Trust has also made 100 groups that comprises of a total numbers of nearly 2500 women with one federation in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh and tied up with NABARD and Arya Bhat Cooperative bank The success of loan return is almost 100 percent in both places. It is approaching and engaging more women in SHG groups. During this reporting period more than 600 loans have been sanctioned amounting to a sum of Rs.40 lakh. TFG Trust is committed to bring these benefits to the millions in our country.
Income generation and Vocational Skills
One of the aims of the project is to provide women with income generation skills through impartation of various trainings so that they themselves can start some small business and make themselves and their families financially strong. The TFG Trust organizes various Income Generation skill Trainings such as candle making, phenol making, washing powder, Vaseline making training, beauty culture, cutting and tailoring Nutrition food making training and, etc. under the project. The trainings have benefited almost all members of the groups. After successful trainings they are encouraged to avail loans from their groups or banks or financing institutions and thus come out of their poverty net. Inter loaning with in the groups and various federations are encouraged. The project has enhanced their confidence so that they can make various products and sell it in the market. Whatever profit they earn it is shared among themselves. These types of small entrepreneurs and their products are registered under the name “Samarth”. It is yielding good profit for the women in the programmes.
Legal Awareness of women and their groups Linkages with Banks and Financial Institutions
Apart from fiscal engagements, women are provided with opportunities to be functional literate through Adult Education classes, attend various legal awareness camps whereby they are made aware of their rights and how to use them and not be abused. They are also provided with skills to maintain their books of accounts and use computer for the same. They are taken to various other NGOs where they meet other women and learn from them about empowerment and entrepreneur skills.
Women Safety, security and legal empowerment
The Full Gospel Trust of India is committed for the empowerment, safety and security of girl children and women in Delhi and else where. Since last 5 years through its “Save Women – Save Delhi” programme, the TFG Trust has been bringing in awareness amongst women, and girls about their legal rights and how and where to exercise the same. It has been able to develop a response mechanism that evokes promptness in addressing the issue of safety and security of women and girls in schools and communities and in partnership with the Women cells, Mahila Mandals, Delhi Police, Child welfare Councils, Central and State Council of Women. It has also developed a strong network of NGOs working for the same cause in the target area.
During the past years the Full Gospel Trust of India has been able to connect with Delhi Legal Service Authority and solved 2192 cases of abuse and domestic violence. It has conducted 1173family workshops, provided one to one counseling to more than 3800 persons in distress and trauma, formed many a support groups, mobilized mahila panchayats in the slums of Delhi and been able to carry out 120 programmes in self defence training in various government and private schools that has benefited more than 8700 school girls and and girls from different communities and all these girls have been awarded a certificate by Delhi Police on completion of their trainings.
The role of TFG Trust of India as a voice for the voiceless, rallying for the victims of various forms of abuse and rape, creating awareness in communities and amongst men, a training unit for the girls in self defense and awarding them a certificate on completion of the training in partnership with Delhi Police is much appreciated by the masses and communities. In the days to come it is committed to make “ DELHI – A SAFE CITY FOR GIRLS”.
Gender resource center Stree Shakti Suvidhakendra (GRC- SK)
This is a unique project that TFG trust is implementing in partnership with the government of NCR of Delhi under the MISSION CONVERGENCE. This is a single window approach to make the whole welfare program of the government of NCT of Delhi available to the most vulnerable and the poor women living in the North West district of the Delhi in India. This project aims at empowering women and consolidating women power. The journey of women’s empowerment starts from the individuals to the family, from there to the community then to society and finally to the nation. Individuals and families are the major challenge as they are the nucleus of the family, community, society and nation. In GRC we believe that an empowered and enlightened woman will ensure that her family benefits from her. The Woman Empowerment Component of this programme is aimed at holistic development of the marginalized vulnerable women through interventions in the areas including Literacy, Health and Livelihood. Under a well structured programme, the GRCs provide Non-Formal Education, Vocational Training and Skill Development, Health and Nutrition through camps and clinics and are also instilling virtues of thrift and micro credit through formation of Self-Help Groups (SHGs). The SHGs play a much wider role ranging from that of community peer groups to pressure groups.
Various programmes organized by GRC
Vocational training center: The project goes in pursuance of its motto “enabling self reliance.” It targets towards the underprivileged women from different slums of Delhi. The vocational training center is developed by keeping abreast with the latest market where the students are given training on different vocational trainings. The women are given training on tailoring, beauty culture and other different packages, so that they can become self independent and can run their own business of tailoring institute or a boutique or a beauty parlor. A total of 72 students have been trained in tailoring and around 75 students have been trained in beautician course during the reporting period.
Help Desk: Through this help desk people are told about the various schemes that the government of NCR of Delhi has to offer, such as old age pension scheme, widow pension scheme, education loan etc. If the people have any queries regarding the schemes the help desk respond to their question.
Legal awareness program: Legal camps are organized by the project in order to spread awareness among the people about their legal rights. More than 60 personal and 39 family cases have been solved during the reporting period. Regular camps on Legal Issues are held in order to spread awareness among the people in the community. The project works closely with the Delhi Legal Service Authority or DLSA in Rohini Court complex, Delhi.
Health Checkups and health camps: Regular health camps are organized in order to create a healthy lifestyle among the community. Around 6 health Camps have been organized in various areas of community. The health camps were organized to provide health services on HIV, eye, dental and cancer. Health Check ups by qualified doctors are held on weekly basis and medicines are distributed free of cost to all who come for check uup. Camps were organized so that the people stay safe and healthy. In one such recent health camp at Badli TFG Trust also organized a comprehensive health information dissemination programme, to impart health education and sensitize communities on various preventive and promotive health care issues including Sanitation and Hygiene, one of the major trouble areas in this part of the country.
Nutritional camp: Various nutritional camps were organized to sensitize the community about nutrition and mal nourishment related issues. Nearly 12 nutritional camps were organized in order to spread awareness among the people of the community so that the people can lead a healthy and hygienic life. Information regarding micronutrients, such as good locally available sources of food and the symptoms of micronutrient diseases, were given to the people attending the camps.
Women’s day celebration: International Women’s Day was celebrated on the 7th of March at a Community Hall Sector 5. The programme was a great success. Around 1500 women participated in the programme. Project beneficiaries performed dance and drama. Women and other beneficiaries shared their experiences with the audience. Many distinguished guests participated in the programme including the officials of GRC project. The National Director of the TFG Trust, Dr. Rev. Abraham Sahu, in his speech encouraged women to come forward and join the mission of development initiated by the trust. He appreciated their efforts to become self dependent with the support of Trust.
Access to Education for all
The trust is working consistently towards ensuring primary education for all and reduce the increasing rate of dropouts between the age group of 6-14 year in India. There are some unavoidable barriers that come across the development category of these children; it becomes difficult for their parents to provide education to their children who have to undergo a lot of financial crisis and also some of the economic and social barriers. The organization is helping the parents and families under going such difficulty through various programmes that support the children and the drop outs, especially girl children by providing formal as well as non formal education. Following are the activities mentioned below undertaken by the trust.
TFG Trust has been working on this innovative project since 10 years with an aims to provide formal education to all the children, mandatory under the RTE Act of our country. The Trust has two formal Symbiosis International Schools in Gujarat and UP. The schools provide free education to the rural children who are deprived of quality education. Apart from the formal schooling pattern, teachers try to teach the children through play way method so that the children take interest in studies. It really makes the organization feel great in order to support such children who are neglected. Both the schools are government recognized and are well accepted among people.
Symbiosis International School, Tuna Village, Kuchh, Gujrat
The Symbiosis International School, Tuna, Gujarat was started in the year 2003 after the relief and rehabilitation work was undertaken by the Trust following the massive Gujrat Earthquake. The school came up as a result of the villagers for quality education for their children in this rural part of Gujrat. The school has classes up to 8th standard. It has made giant leaps in all spheres of education in the past. Today it is on its path of progress. The school has a small but yet a very committed and sincere faculty that shoulders the huge responsibility of imparting quality education to each child. The school provides various platforms for the children so that their hidden talents are exposed and they are equipped to face the challenges of the future that the nation holds for them. Apart from their regular studies, they are encouraged to participate in various competitions, keep the environment clean, maintain personal hygiene, etc. During the financial 2015-16 year 45 new students admitted in the school.
Symbiosis International School Akrabad, Aligarh
Another symbiosis international School was started in the year 2010 in Akrabad Village of Aligarh district in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. This too has made great gains in the field of education. This School has been recognized by the state government up to 5th standard. This year the number of student in the school is 149. All students of class V have passed there examination. The school is progressing well and soon it will start more classes. The school students up to standard 5th are getting regular scholarship from the government through the Gram Panchayat. The rural children are showing great results and one day it is our desire that they will be the pride of their village and the nation of India. The school has a piece of land that is set aside for the building and the construction will soon begin to benefit the students of the region. The children in the school are on their path to progress.
Non Formal Education, Pre Schooling for children
Free and compulsory elementary education is a constitutional commitment and is a fundamental right of children in India. Despite all around improvement in school education, there is a significant number of out of school, never enrolled and dropped out children. Thousands of students do not have any access to primary and upper primary schooling educational facilities. In view of large number of out of school children and un-served habitations, concerted efforts have been made by the TFG Trust across communities in the form of non-formal education. During this year a total number of 265 children have been enrolled in non formal education programme in Delhi itself. More needs to be done.
Extra Coaching Classes
TFG Trust takes extra efforts to assist and encourage hundreds of students hailing from the government schools of Delhi, UP and Gujarat and Bengal to improve their scholastic skill, especially those who are weak in studies and weak in subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, etc. TFG Trust runs various coaching centers that help the children in subjects which they have difficulty. These students had been finding it hard to pay their tuition fees; they are identified and enrolled in coaching classes through our pre schooling and extra coaching programs. TFG Trust appoints good and experienced teachers to help them in their studies after school hours and with extra coaching classes. Hundreds of these poor and needy students are now improving in their studies and getting good marks in their classes.
Drop out Classes and Open Schooling System
TFG Trust also takes initiative for those children who have left their studies, due to financial problem. These children are somehow allured to employment and are engaged in child labour at the tender age to supplement their family income. The TFG Trust identifies these children and brings them back to education system by providing all necessary support. The project is working towards the upliftment of such children, by getting them readmitted in the school. Study centers are opened in the communities to help such children. More emphasis is given on girls who are drop outs and are interested in studies. They are enrolled in the study centre and continue their studies. The children have been able to score good marks in the board examinations.
Adult literacy Program
TFG Trust works for those adults who are uneducated and can not study due to some unavoidable reason. The project is working on the development and education for such adults, men and women who need educational help. These classes are basically for those women who are interested in studying but are not able to study due to some hurdles in their life this also helps them in their empowerment. Our basic aim is to support the women in every field so that they can be self sufficient and can take care of their family. This year we have conducted Adult Education classes for over 6500 women and made them functional literate.
The Full Gospel Trust besides giving stress on secular education also gives importance to education that is related to IT like computer education for children as well as women of self-help group members. The organization aims towards the holistic development of both women and children. TFG Trust is running various computer centers in different areas like Suraj Park, Badli, Bhalaswa, Naglidary and Madhu Vihar. TFG Trust is looking forward to make the children and women computer literate in all the areas of operation of TFG Trust.
Water, Sanitation and focus on wash
The TFGTI has undertaken efforts to provide safe and potable drinking water in areas that is suffering due to lack of proper supply of drinking water from this reporting year. It has begun its operation from Nepal and during the reporting fiscal year, two water purifier system have been installed in Kathmandu, Nepal and it is supplying regular clean, potable drinking water to thousands on a day to day basis. One is installed in a Church and another in the Police Station. It is our desire to continue with the same programme in the next fiscal year at India and to begin with in Bengal and Orissa and Jharkhand. From there the operation will multiply and grow.
Health and HIV/AIDS Awareness Programmes
The Full Gospel Trust works hand in hand with the government to ensure Health for All. One of the main objectives of the organization is to provide health support towards a healthy society. Health camps and seminars are organized regularly. Awareness programmes are organized in the community to educate them about adopting best health practices to lead a healthy life. Health checkups are also conducted and medicines are distributed freely to the patients who can not afford to pay the same. The Health Programme of TFG Trust as follows:
Child Survival Programme (CSP)
TFG Trust is running child survival program for pregnant mothers and their 0-3 years old children to address the IMR in the region. CSP was started on 1st of April’08. This is a home based program. The project is serving the mother and children of Suraj Park Samaypur Badli and near by Slum areas. The CSP focuses on the four fold area of development for mother and child e.g. physical, cognitive, Spiritual and Socio-emotional. There are nearly 60 MCU’s (Mother Child Units) enrolled in the project. The project carries regular health checkups for the MCUs and during health checkup the MCUs share their personal problems with the doctor and the doctors provide solution to their problems. Regular height and weight even B.P checkup for the new born children is carried out.
Reproductive health care for girls and women
RCH approach defined as “People have the ability to reproduce and regulate their fertility”; in this programme, women are able to go through pregnancy and child birth safely. The outcome of pregnancy is successful in terms of maternal and infant survival and well being.” Through this programme the women are assisted to lead a healthy life so that they and their baby stay healthy and live long. Pregnant and married women are given training on how a mother can stay healthy by eating healthy and nutritious food which is good for both mother and child.. Special focus is given on adolescent girls through this programme, who need to be given proper education on sexual life, so that in future they do not face any problem. Various health talks are conducted by doctors and experts to give them knowledge on various health aspects. A special attention is given to their vaccinations etc.
Awareness & intervention on HIV / AIDS
According to more recent National AIDS Control Organisation data, India has demonstrated an overall reduction of 57 percent in estimated annual new HIV infections (among adult population) from 0.274 million in 2000 to 0.116 million in 2011, and the estimated number of people living with HIV was 2.08 million in 2011. TFG trust is working on the creation of awareness on HIV/AIDS so that the people of Delhi stay safe and protected from HIV. The project is helping in controlling the spread of this epidemic. The awareness programme is organized through Radio Broadcasting, street plays, literatures and Rallies. The project is implemented in North West Delhi Region. The main focus is given on the teenagers who most vulnerable and become a victim of this disease. TFG Trust also organizes health talks and street plays in the schools and other Govt. and private institution on a regular basis.
Health checkups and camps
Regular health camps are organized by the TFG Trust in the community to address the health needs of deprived community people. Health checkups are conducted which includes dental care and eye checkups. The main emphasis is given to children from the community. After health checkups, medicines are provided to patients and children. Tonics are also provided to them to improve their health. The health camps are organized in the community so that community people and children can lead a healthy life.
T.B. awareness program
TB or Tuberculosis is no longer a disease affecting only the poor. It thrives on deprived/distorted lifestyle and on the offshoots of the so-called newer arena of development that the country witnesses today. In India, as many as 3.3 million people are suffering from one or the other type of TB and that annually 276,000 lives are lost due to tuberculosis. As many as 9.4 million cases of TB are detected worldwide every year. India accounts for more than one-fifth of the same at about 1.98 million. Two to three per cent of the newly detected cases are also found to be drug-resistant and when the patients abandon the course of treatment mid-way, this proportion of non-resistant cases rises to the range of 14 – 17%. However, the World Health Organisation informs that one-third population of the world or about 2,000 million people carry the Mycobacterium tuberculosis, defined as Latent TB. If the people have a strong resistance to disease, these bacteria remain dormant and do not manifest as infection of TB. Keeping this situation in view, T.B. awareness programs are organized in a regular manner in our target areas. Trainings are conducted for community members. They were educated about how to be safe and protect oneself from this illness. They were taught various ways and method of precautions. Awareness on T.B is also organized regularly during health camps and health talks. Affected or infected people are referred to the nearest DOT centres or clinics.
PTL AIDS project
The PTL project supports the children of the family that are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The project is taking care of around 35 boys and girls. The children of the project are orphan or semi orphan. Since there is no one to take care of them, these affected children are provided various support and assistance in areas of food, education, personal counselling etc. They are provided with school uniforms and stationeries from the project. The social workers visit the children twice a week and spend some quality time with them. They keep track of the children development both in the field of education, career development as well as health. Families who are not financially sound are given groceries like pulses, oil, rice, flour and sugar etc. They are also provided financial support to buy vegetables so that the children get proper food and do not stay malnutrition. The project carefully observes that no children have to stay hungry or left uncared for.
Networking and Advocacy
TFG Trust of India works hand in hand with other GOs/NGOs and work in a planned and effective way for the development of community and the country as a whole. The TFG Trust enjoys a very healthy relationship with the local GO and NGOs and also International NGOs and world bodies. This year it has worked together and by connecting with 15 local and national NGOs on matters of national concerns. TFG Trust has always stood for the voiceless, the oppressed and weaker section of the community. The TFG Trust plays the role of advocates to support the cause of women, children and issues that affects the lives and working of people in general. The Mahila Panchayat is a step in this regard.
Relief and Rehabilitation
In national emergencies, be it natural or man made calamities,we assist the victims with emergency needs Prominent among them had been the Gujrat Earthquake, Tsunami, Floods in Orissa and Bihar and Kashmir, and Kashmir earthquake. But during this reporting period, the organisation got involved with the slum dwellers of Mumbai. When a sudden fire broke out, 900 people lost their shanties and we were the first one to supply immediate relief, food items and other essential items to nearly 1600 victims and their families. We distributed food to them for over a month and supplied house construction materials aswell. As a result all these victims stand rehabilitated today and are back to their normal life once again. Leadership Training Institute.
TFG Trust runs various Institutes with a mission to equip, mobilize and mentor future leaders for India We have few leadership training programme are going on where nearly 50 youngsters are engaged in shaping their lives and the future of our nation.
The Full Gospel Trust has assisted the victims of all major disasters in India over last 8 years. We have participated in Gujarat earthquake, Tsunami, Kashmir earthquake and floods in Bihar and Orissa. We are also working on disaster mitigation steps – especially in Bihar and Orissa.