Saksham - Project Components
I: Providing opportunities for vocational training through a scholarship programme
Through the project, UWM promotes vocational training courses (animation, graphic designing, fashion technology, beautician courses, etc.) to women who demonstrate talent and commitment towards them. The program will select 20 women through aptitude tests, recommendations and interviews and provide financial support of INR 15,000/- to each of them so that they can pursue the course of their choice. The scholarship amount will be used for course fees and required stationery.
II: Adventure camp for personal safety training and stress release techniques
Most of the women from underprivileged groups regularly face harassment, including physical, mental, sexual, etc. UWM will organize a personal safety cum stress release camp for a group of women who are identified as vulnerable or have been victims of harassment. This camp will help to build their capacity for survival and to create network/support groups for necessary assistance.
III: Health enquiry, referral and health maintenance
UWM will also focus on providing support for women's health through multiple interventions including awareness training, health camps, referrals and provision of sanitation and hygiene material for daily use.
Awareness training sessions will include multiple methods like group training sessions, one-to-one discussions, etc. and focus on key aspects of preventive health, such as personal hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, menstrual health, etc. The women will also receive basic health screening by professional gynaecologists, free of cost voluntary blood testing for Complete Blood Count, diabetes screening and anthropometric measurements.
Women with medical issues will be referred to nearby public health clinics for further evaluation and will be accompanied by project staff to ensure treatment compliance. UWM will also provide the shelter home with monthly health and hygiene supplies, including cleaning solutions, sanitary napkins, personal hygiene products, etc. The aim is to promote personal hygiene practices to reduce the occurrence of infectious diseases.