Ongoing Projects

Women’s empowerment

GBS has been implementing number of activities for empowering the rural women of backward castes and classes with focus on awareness and education, protection of human rights, prevention of violence against women and girls and making them economically self reliance etc.

It mobilizes the poor rural women to form Self Help Groups (SHG) and motivate them to make small savings and deposit in the Bank accounts opened in the name of their groups. Ten to 15 women form such a group, elect a president, treasurer and secretary unanimously. Also they decide several other things i.e. amount of saving to be collected every month, date of depositing in the Bank, rate of interest to be charged from the members receiving the loan from the group, penalty to be charged on late repayment of loan, date of meeting of the group etc. The SHG can apply for a loan from the local Banks after 6 months for their household needs and invest in some income generating activities.

GBS has formed 200 hundred SHG so far and a project of forming other 250 SHG with support from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

GBS raise awareness among the women members of SHG on their rights, reproductive and sexual health and rights, prevention of HIV/AIDS and other STDs/RTIs etc. It has helped in improving the quality of life of the women extensively.

Children's Development

Education and skill development for adolescent girls of backward castes,Supported by Global fund for Children.

 

Challenges

Child marriages, extreme poverty and not allowing the girls to go to schools are still a big challenge in many of the villages in Rajasthan. People prefer to send their daughters to feed the cattle instead of sending them to Schools. The girls are married in their early childhood mostly in the age of 10-14. In such a situation they are deprived of not only education, but lost the joyful childhood.

GBS initiated a project with support from the Global Fund for Children to make a breakthrough in this context which brought a drastic change in the situation in the target area. Project was implemented in 4 most backward villages - Gaonli, Kolyana, Ghoreth and Jogiyon ki dhaani in the remote of block Jamwaramgarh in district Jaipur.

Outcomes;

  1. Training to 50 women trainers and volunteers.
  2. Non formal education to 350 girls on the pattern of 'half-half education'.
  3. Awareness on reproductive and sexual health, women's rights and HIV/AIDS through camps, focused group discussions, Peace Tiles events and using IEC materials.
  4. Vocational training to 150 girls on carpet weaving and embroidery.

Characteristics of the project

  1. It was first ever project of its kind GBS implemented in the most backward villages of the area.
  2. The project was exclusively for the girls, who were generally neglected or placed on the last priority.
  3. It involved the girls of most backward castes (marginalized in the global terminology).
  4. The project successfully raised awareness among the girls on the issues like reproductive and sexual health, HIV/AIDS and STDs etc. which are highly tabooed and not allowed to be discussed with the adolescent girls in the target area.
  5. The project created a very supportive and enabling environment in the target area for girls’ education.
  6. It began an attitudinal change among the parents of the girls who not only allowed their daughters to get enrolled in the project activities, but were happy that their daughters became able to earn some money through the training provided to them and supporting financially their family.

 

Environment

Environmental regeneration by forestation and reviving the traditional water structures in the arid zone of Rajasthan, India Supported by the Mitsui & Co. Following are the key activities of the project to be implemented during a 3 years period (2 years activities have already been accomplished successfully):

  1. Formation of a Project Implementation and Monitoring Committee (PIMC) involving all the key stakeholders of the local target villages in order to take care of proper implementation and monitoring of the project activities.
  2. Recruitment and training 7 project staff personnel to implement the project activities.
  3. Training to 40 youth volunteers of the area and women members of SHG on relevant environmental issues and project activities.
  4. Conducting a baseline and project end survey in 20 target villages to get bench mark and project end data and evaluate the outcomes and achievements of the project.
  5. Raising awareness on various environmental issues among 2,000 community people including women and youth to disseminate the message among 40,000 people of the area.
  6. Construction and revival of 6 rain water harvesting structures including check dams and village ponds.
  7. Stabilizing 30 sand dunes and sandy slopes by planting shrubs and bushes in the contours, furrows and bench terraces erected over them.
  8. Plugging 50 deep gullies by erecting mud cum trench walls mulched with grasses and shrubs and bushes.
  9. Planting 100,000 trees of fuel, fodder and fruits species in the project area.

 

Prevention of HIV/ AIDS

 

Reducing the risk of HIV infection among the migrants, Supported by the Mercury Phoenix Trust, U.K. A project is being implemented to prevent infection from HIV/AIDS and STDs among the migrant populations of rural areas in district Jaipur with support from the Mercury Phoenix Trust, UK.

Following were the key achievements of the project implemented during the year 2010-11:

  • Awareness and education was raised on HIV/AIDS and other STDs among 20,000 people including migrating youth, their spouse, family members and other community people in 10 villages of district Jaipur through community meetings, rallies, drawing and painting competitions, Focused Group Discussions, peer education and puppet shows etc.
  • 2.One hundred VDRL tests were carried out among the target youth. Of them 35 were found infected from STDs including 2 from HIV. They were provided with pre and post testing counseling. The youth those who tested positive were between 27 and 35 years of age and migrating to Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Kuwait, Dubai and Masqat.
  • 3.Twelve thousand good quality condoms were distributed among the youth of the area through their peers and volunteers. Almost 72% of them were used according to the follow up made by the project staff. It indicates the behavior change and adopting safe sex practice among the young generation.