CAPACITY BUILDING:> INTERVENTIONS
CAPACITY BUILDING ON CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENT ISSUES IS OUR KEY STRENGTH.
Over the past 3 decades, ECOMWEL has addressed varied issues pertaining to disability, economic sustenance, rural-urban poverty and lack of access to health care. It has developed an expertise in building capacities of NGOs through training’s, workshops, documentation, and campaigns adopting principles of equity, justice, and non-discrimination.
1. TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS – Social Work Students Training
ECOMWEL offers learning opportunities and professional guidance to the Post Graduate Students of Social Work of city colleges to enhance their field practice based learning. It recognizes the specific needs of students and has evolved a framework for training. The components of the framework included perspective building, skill enhancement and value affirmation. Social work students from different educational institutions are trained through field work practice.Perspectives on homelessness, sustainable agriculture, community health are sharpened during the field work process. Skills of documenting various issues, community mobilization, training, organizing need based programme were part of the field based training. ECOMWEL trains the social work students in two major areas – perspective building and skill sets strengthening. Social work students from different educational institutions are trained through field work practice. Perspectives on homelessness, sustainable agriculture, community health are sharpened during the field work process. Skills of documenting various issues, community mobilization, training, organizing need based programme were part of the field based training.
2. DOCUMENTATION & INFORMATION SHARING
ECOMWEL’s documentation aims at Sustaining and broad the NGOs development Initiatives. It also bridges the information gap for the grassroots development organisations that feel handicapped in the absence of critical knowledge. One of the intervention strategies of ECOMWEL is to collect, simplify and disseminate information to NGOs on various legislation’s, policies and programs, which directly and indirectly influence the marginalised groups. Realizing the incredible outreach and the impact of the audio – visual media, ECOMWEL is engaged in expanding its knowledge base by collecting, creating and presenting information and analysis on critical issues confronting marginalized through audio – visual media with the purpose of enhancing awareness.
ECOMWEL produces and shares resource materials- Booklets, audio materials, video documentation, posters, village resource kit on specific development issues for a range of constituencies both literate and neo literate.
2.2 AUDIO MATERIALS
Value Based Agriculture
Collective Farming jingles1
Collective Farming jingles2
2.3 VIDEO MATERIALS
3.1 Campaigning – RTE
Right to Education (RTE) – Every child in the age group of 6-14 years will be provided 8 years of elementary education in an age appropriate classroom in the vicinity of his/her neighbourhood. The RTE Campaign is launched to create awareness on the Right to Free and compulsory Education Act
3.2 CAMPAIGNING HOMELESS
Mapping of the locations for Info poster campaign were facilitated through the outreach worker. The location points included Public Toilets, Bus stop, Railway stations, places of worship, Amma Unavagam, Police stations, Tea shops. Based on the mapping Shelter information posters were pasted and community volunteers were identified.
Flyers Distribution -In important public places more than 10000 Flyers with shelter information were distributed.
Night surveys – In order to locate the homeless people 31 night surveys were facilitated. However the night survey did not help any women to get into the shelter.
Auto awareness campaign – To create awareness among the general public on Homelessness, and the information about the Ecomwel shelter auto awareness campaign was facilitated. In the reporting period 500 autos were targeted and stickers were pasted on the autos.
Social Awareness Campaign – To enlarge the visibility and support for the shelter and to create awareness on homelessness social awareness campaigns were facilitated.
Signature Campaign – as part of the World Homeless day a public awareness campaign was organised in Mogappair with the support of other NGOS. During the process a signature campaign was organised with a focus to build solidarity among general public for the cause of homeless women.
School Children Awareness Programme– Awareness programmes were organised in Mogappair schools with a focus on Homelessness.
3.3 ONE BILLION RAISING CAMPAIGN
The ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE Global campaign is a recognition that we cannot end violence against women without ending all intersecting forms of oppression and injustice: poverty, the plunder of the environment and patriarchy.
ECOMWEL organised One Billion Rising Kolam Campaign among urban poor with an aim of rising for Justice. 37 urban poor women who were victims of domestic violence from Tiruvallur Nagar, Perungudi, Chennai participated in the Kolam Campaign. The Kolam Campaign created awareness on the Violence against Women and enabled women to Resist and Rise saying Zero tolerance to Violence.
In continuation to the Kolam campaign, women were engaged in a “Villakku Pooja” Prayer of Light”. Many women with children participated in the prayer. The prayer of light is a symbolic expression of culture which connects with God. Women with lamps lit started their journey from one street of the community and proceeded nearly walking for 1 km to the temple to offer collective prayer to God to end violence on women. A prayer appeal was read and the pooja concluded. This expression of campaign is also to involve religious institutions to Say No to Violence.
3.4 VALUE BASED AGRICULTURE CAMPAIGN
Value based agriculture promotion is a campaign launched by ECOMWEL to strengthen the concept of sustainable agriculture deeply rooted through the values of sharing, harmonious living, protection of natural resources.
Select partners were given Orientation.
Introductory session set a tone towards understanding the need for sustainable Agriculture Promotion. A socio -gramming exercise was facilitated to assess the perspective, skill strengths of organic farming training and value positions and practice of the participants.
Value based agriculture was facilitated which strengthened the perspective of the participants. Value based agriculture focuses on food security, breaking gender discriminations in the field of agriculture, promoting values of respect towards agriculture and strengthening the concept of “Culture”.
Goal – To integrate the value based agriculture as part of the educational curriculum through lobbying and advocacy.
Objectives – To motivate and involve rural students to practice Value based Agriculture, to share information, Knowledge on Natural Farming, to develop a model farm within the school premises to affirm the promotion of the value based agriculture concept. This goal setting enlarged the scope for shared understanding and effective partnership.
An input session was facilitated to strengthen the perspective and skills of the partner organisations especially towards soil conservation through mulching process, bio pesticide preparation, seed collection, preservation and sharing.
Partners were guided through a visualization exercise of developing a model farm in a school with the support of students and teachers. The model farm to be embedded with values of promoting natural farming. This visualization exercise reiterated the need for a planned intervention.
An input session on need for documentation was facilitated in order to achieve the goal. Documentation to include photo as well as written.
The concept of value based Agriculture and has enabled the partners to draw out a road map.