(Sarada Integrated Rural Development Project)
'Can you better the condition of your women? Then there will be hope for well-being'.

'They (Indian women) have many and grave problems, but none that are not to be solved by that magic word "education".
-Swami Vivekananda.

The Project being inaugurated by Sri Bhaskar Sen, Chairman & Managing Director, United Bank of India on 16.12.2010

A. Target Group: poor, handicapped and distressed women.

B. Area of operation: Slum areas of Baranagar and nearby localities.

C. Principle of Operation: 'women must be put in a position to solve their own problems in their own way. No one can or ought to do this for them. And our Indian women are as capable of doing it as any in the world', following this dictum of Swami Vivekananda, women, the key players in the families, should be given freedom to deal with their own problems. Committed women devotees and volunteers have been chosen for undergoing this programme.

D. Aim: Fostering the all-round welfare and advancement of rural women through economic empowerment, educational empowerment and creating health awareness among them.

Sri Bhaskar Sen, Chairman & Managing Director, United Bank of India delivering the inaugural speech in presence of other senior officials of the Bank and Swami Vamanananda, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar.

E. Key Issues:

I. Economic Empowerment:

1. Training in Skill: To give training on micro-industries, like weaving, knitting, tailoring, embroidery, basket making, incense making etc. Marketing outlet for the products also should be arranged for.
2. Micro-credit Facilities: Providing small business loans to women who have undergone skills training is very efficacious. It has been a great success in Bangladesh.
3. Formation of Self-help Groups: A women gains tremendous strength when she gets the support of a group of women. Women need guidance in forming such groups and organizing their activities.

II. Educational Empowerment:

1. Literacy: The bare ability to read and write can bring about a radical change in a women's outlook and in her effectiveness as a social functionary. When women are educated, whole families benefit, and these benefits have ripple effects on future generations.
3. Non-formal education: Women who can read and write are to be given non-formal education through Multimedia and Interactive Mass Education to make them more effective members of society.

III. Health Awareness:

1. Malnutrition: A large number of rural women, specially lactating mothers, suffer from nutritional deficiencies. They need to be supplied with nutritious food or nutritive food supplements such as purak-ahar (soya bean, groundnut, oil, bajra, besan and molasses), milk, vitamin and mineral supplements.
2. Reproductive Health Education: Reproductive health problems, including maternal mortality and morbidity, represent a major-but preventive-cause of death and disability foe women developing country like India. So women should be educated in this regard.
3. Hygiene: Most rural women need proper understanding of the means of maintain their own health and that of their children, personal hygiene, sanitation, importance of safe drinking water, etc.

Teachers Sarada Palli Vikas Prakalpa
Smt. Rekha Samanta
Smt. Bulbul Dasgupta
Smt. Nabanita Paul Bhowmick
Smt. Mahamaya Samanta Sen
Smt. Rita Mukherjee
Smt. Paromita Paul
Smt. Manika Ghosh
Smt. Subhra Ghosh (Aya)
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