Women Empowerment Programme

Women Empowerment Programme (WEP) - Capacity Building Training And Review Cum Planning Meeting

The 1st Capacity Building Training and Half Yearly Review cum Planning Meeting for the year 2019 was organized at KROSS, Bengaluru from 16th to 18th July 2019. The 14 DSSSs were represented by their respective WEP Coordinators along with 27 animators. The three days program was facilitated by KROSS Director - Fr. Sebastian Fernandes, Chief Coordinator - Sr. Zita D’Souza, Programme Coordinator/Trainer - Mr. Sebastian Souza, Programme Manager - Mr. Clement and Programme Officer - Mr.Varghese.

Sr. Zita D’souza welcomed the participants and the KROSS Team. In his opening address, the Director-KROSS said it is seen from the field level review meetings that the DSSSs staff have made every effort to implement the program as per the Goal, Objectives and the Action Plan prepared. Therefore, the participants must utilize the opportunity in this Review Meeting to be attentive, participate actively which will help in cross-learning.

To strengthen and make the Women Empowerment Programme more effective, it was planned that the implementation would be taken up on a Rights Based Approach through networking, advocacy and lobby. On the first day (16.07.19), the Coordinators presented through PPT one issue that each DSSS had taken up, the process involved right from identification of the problem to resolving it. This process was discussed threadbare and finally decided that the following steps should be ensured to resolve the issue:

Identification of problem
Discussing the problem in SHGs, GRFs, TLFs and DLFs
Drafting the application and taking signatures of the people
Submitting the application to the authorities concerned
Follow up of the application until action is taken
Reporting the result

Ms Deepa Rose & Team from Evidence Action addressed the field staff on “Deworming” and said that deworming helps children to combat malnutrition as ‘Albendazole’ tablet helps to get rid of worms, allowing the children to better absorb nutrients. Hence they requested the field staff to create awareness in the field and motivate the parents to deworm their children.

As decided earlier, each DSSS would be creating two model Grama Panchayaths and to make this a reality, each DSSS discussed in their own groups, the issues that they would be taking up and fixed criteria on the basis of which the Grama Panchayath could be named as Model Grama Panchayath.

On the 17th and 18th the DSSSs presented the half yearly progress reports (January to June 2019), trainings conducted and activities organized under each of the three objectives of the program with photos and means of verification. Based on the presentation, each DSSS was given guidance for effective implementation of the project. The Action Plan for July to December 2019 was presented by the 14 Coordinators which was scrutinized and suggestions provided on how to keep up the timeline. The Review Meeting concluded with a brief evaluation of the three days program.

The three days program was moderated by Ms Sudhamani, JVSSS-Mandya, Ms Pusphalatha, BMSSS-Bengaluru and Ms Subha, DKRDS-Belthangady. The vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Stanly Feranandes, Sampada-Udupi.