Health Awareness and Livelihoods, Kiran Society, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
In April 2014 we embarked on a four-year programme with the Kiran Society which aims to reduce poverty and hunger and to improve the health of mothers and an estimated 9,000 children under the age of five in 50 targeted villages in Varanasi and Mizrapur districts of Uttar Pradesh state.
The project’s 26 strong team of community-based workers have set up 40 new women-led self help groups and strengthened existing ones so that women can become agents of change and to alleviate the deep poverty which lies at the root of poor health and disability in rural India.
Health awareness is being raised through training for local health workers, anganwadi
(village based nursery workers), and post and ante natal workers. Kiran Society’s well-established and good quality rehabilitation services will assist up to 1,000 disabled children and young people, and the whole community will benefit from increased disability awareness. Read more about Kiran Society.
Main Photo: Livelihoods coordinator Vishnu conducts an accounts training session for self help group members