Self-Employment for Girls and women to Fight Premature Marriage | Milaap
Self-Employment for Girls and women to Fight Premature Marriage
of Rs.10,00,000
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    Created by

    Satyabrata Barik
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    This fundraiser will benefit

    Needy And Poor People

    from Baripada, Odisha

Hi, Friends,
A huge section of girls and women in Odisha, especially those in tribal pockets, suffer unspeakable miseries due to premature marriage.

Ranging from health complications to patriarchal abuse and violence and desertions, their sufferings often go unreported. You can find half a dozen cases in every tribal village, wherein young women have become victims of torture, deception or desertion after their marriages have broken down. Some women are seen back in their parents' house with little kids to raise, hardly three to four years of such unplanned marriages. We need to  fight the causes that lead to such marriage.

Only awareness building or existence of prohibitory laws are not enough to deter these age-long practices. Pressures of poverty disturb the family cohesion. young girls leave homes for unfamiliar workplaces when parents fail to meet their needs. Some constructive measures to make them self-reliant in their own locality and proper education and guidance are the practical answers.

  • We will fight premature marriage
  • provide suitable skill for self-employment early in their adulthood
  • conduct citizen education for them
  • Help the deserted women a means to earn and stand up

SKIL TRAINING enablinging the girls and vulnerable women to earn a stable income.
Skills include tailoring/Computer/ goatery or any other viable trade)

    (citizen awareness lessons to beneficiaries and members of the communities)

With these objects –
◆ We will develop LEARNING KITS and gender sensitive modules 
◆ We'll build a team of BAREFOOT EDUCATORS from the community to sustain the process

◆ Outreach programme: (Mobile SAMBIDHAN PATHASHALA for school students, Citizen/voter awareness camps)

◆ Will gradually develop a training and RESOURCE CENTRE that will help expand the reach

District of Mayurbhanj in Odisha, where different tribes constitute 60% of the population. People generally earn their livelihoods from farming, forest produce gathering, wage labour, traditional crafts, animal rearing etc. I propose to work in two Blocks: Gopabandhu Nagar and Shamakhunta near Baripada town. Target group will comprise poor families belonging to Santals, Munda, Bhumij, Lodha and other communities such as weavers, bamboo craftsmen and dalits. Priority will be on helping the minor girls under some or other self-employment skill training programme to become self-reliant, and to stop child marriage which is rampant in the area and puts the young girls into unforeseen domestic troubles. The current pandemic, accompanied by closure of schools and shrunken sources of family earnings, has compounded the problems of adolescent girls, who either slip into child labour or are disposed off in ill-planned early marriage.

The estimate has been made with a perspective plan for two years during which I can have a solid base, and a team formed to continue the project.

The estimated total budget is:
INR 10,00,000/ (USD 14,000)
The break-up
Human Resource costs: INR 4,00,000/,
Programme Costs
~ Skill Training : INR 2,00,000 
(machinery, equipment, salary for Skill trainers)
~ Learning circle: INR 2,00,000/
~ Resource Development:INR 1,50,000/
– Contingency : INR 50,000/
(Travel, Communication, stationeries/

~ No. Of families (women self employed)- 50
~ No. Of participants in awareness programme- 2000 (villagers & students)
~ No. of Barefoot Educators (trained)- 20

~ A team of change makers built, an asset for future endeavors
~ A Base set up for a Learning Center with minimum equipment, on which a long-term project could be building
~ Possibly, a cooperative body of women organized for continuing income generating activities

I am Satyabrata Barik from Odisha, India. As a full-time social worker, I have served the poor people in Odisha, for 25 years; worked in the field of alternative education for tribal kids, to empower the poor and oppressed. Now at 60, I am still with the same spirit and passion as before to do something that would further the democratic goals of our country. But I don't have a stable source of income, let alone any financial support from any quarters to carry out my social mission. 

I left home as a fresh graduate in early 1980s to join an organisation, as an ordinary volunteer. As a testimony to my commitment and perseverance in the sector I have led organisations, both in Govt and NGO, visited Netherlands in connection with a literacy conference, and qualified to work temporarily with Teach for India.

As a full-time and dedicated social worker I always cherished a vision of a just and equal society. I still retain that vision and sense of social responsibility till date. The zeal to do something in response to certain irksome developments in the country is often irresistible.

My Past Work
I worked with tribal children and their communities in Odisha, to develop a responsive strategy in education, to organise villages for collective/co-operative action, to fight violence against women, alcoholism and superstitions and, to influence the opinion makers in favour of pro-people policies through various media of communication. Being an open-minded creative thinker and writer myself, my experiences have given me deeper insights into local as well as national issues, and sharpened my ability to ideate on long term solutions.

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