1 Fellowship Program:
The program taken up every consecutive year since the beginning is to call out and train a cadre of informed field workers interested in development work. The focus here has been to expose women’s empowerment as an ingrained aspect in all intervention. All the trainees have been from site specific rural region and have gone back to the roots to carry on with their mission.
So far 13th batches of fellowship are completed and more than 100 young men and women continued their work in the field of development.
2 Empowering Rural Women Through SHGS:
This activity is intended to organize women through the SHG to focus on economic and social betterment in a gradual manner. The achievement have been steadfast and now more than 5000 women members are enjoying the benefits of the SHGs created for monetary control over their cumulative financial savings amounting to incremental increase in their savings.
Women entrepreneurs are developed from this initiative. Dairy, Tailoring, Contract Farming are such entrepreneurial activities started by SHG members.
3 Panchayat Sakhi Program:
This program aims at improving leadership and builds capacities of women elected into Gram Panchayats. With 50% reservation for women in Local-Self government, large numbers of women are involved in grass root governance and decision-making. Thus the program helps the elected women to understand their role as an elected member. The program also help women in resolving the challenges faced while discharging their duties.
4 Rehabilitation of the suicide affected farmers families in Vidarbha:
Since 2008 Prakriti is working for the rehabilitation of the suicide affected farmers families in Akola and Amravati districts. Taking care of Health, education and reviving the agriculture is our main intervention with these families.
- Vanamala is a widow from Borgaon village with three children. Her husband committed suicide in the year 2012. After the husband’s death, Vanmala was left with children, small thatched house without electricity and debt burden. Prakriti helped Vanmala’s children to continue their education, helped her in finding a job at Cotton Ginning, provided support in times of disputes in the family.
- Rupa is a young widow aged 23 years and a five year old son. She now stays with her widow mother and a deaf sister. Her only asset is a piece of land which her husband owned. Rupa wants this land which is in possession of her in laws. The in laws do not want Rupa but want their grandson and have said No to give land to Rupa. Finding job for Rupa, helping her to sought legal aid to get her share of land is the help offered by Prakriti .
- Prabha from Amravati district attempted to suicide twice due to financial crisis at home and alcoholic husband. She was treated for her suicidal thoughts. Shbubham is a young farmer and he too attempted suicide by drinking pesticide. He too was provided counseling to help in overcoming suicidal thoughts.
Depression and suicidal thoughts are most commonly seen in the agrarian community. Through our mental health program, Prakriti address these aspects
5 Addressing violence against women:
Domestic violence, sexual abuse, dowry harassment, forced marriage, marital disaccord are the most common cases that come for counseling and redressal at Prakriti. Collaboration with two police station, and One Stop crisis center-locally referred as Bharosa Center and outreach in the community are the strategies adopted to work on the issue of Violence against women. Each year more than hundred cases are dealt by Prakriti.
6 Empowerment Of Single Women:
By single women we mean widow, divorcee, unmarried and separated women. Since single women have specific entitlement issues, which are often neglected both at family level and at community level, Prakriti decided to look in to the concerns of single women. Property entitlements, status in the family, coverage under schemes of social benefit are some of the concerns of single women taken up by Prakriti. This program is carried in Nagpur, Maharashtra and Balaghat Madhya Pradesh