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  Project Name


Holistic Empowerment of Tribal Women through Group Development Initiatives






Women Empowerment






West Bengal

  Budget Approved


$ 18641


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Venkata Krishnan
Subhrajit Bhattacharya
Subhasree Basu











For the proposed program on ‘Holistic Empowerment of Tribal Women through Group Development Initiatives’ AID Philadelphia chapter plans to work in close collaboration with one of our program partners on the ground, Mohammed Bazar Backward Classes Development Society (MBBCDS), a non-profit, non-political, non-governmental, secular organization in West Bengal. AID has been working with MBBCDS on the education of tribal children through establishment of child growth centres. AID volunteers monitor the proper execution and progress of project through regular site visits and teleconference calls with the project coordinator at ground. AID volunteer, Subhasree Basu visited the project in January 2009 to monitor various NGO activities in general and activities related to the project on “Education of Tribal Children” in specific. Subhasree’s gave a talk at an AID meeting about her experiences of visiting MBBCDS showing photos and videos from her visit, and web-links to those are available in appendix. In addition, web-links to the project related documents (report on a site visit performed prior to the initiation of the project, project proposal, budget and minutes of the recent teleconference call on the project status) are available also provided in the appendix for your perusal.
Future project visit is under planning by another AID volunteer, Subhrajit Bhattarcharya, in August 2009 to monitor the ongoing project and learn about other initiatives of MBBCDS, where AID can potentially have a successful partnership. AID believes in and supports the holistic approaches adopted by MBBCDS in solving the issues related to education, health, women’s issues etc. AID is very positive about its partnership with MBBCDS and NGO’s efforts towards various development programs for tribal communities of the area. The dedication and professionalism of the NGO’s secretary, Mrs. Ayesha Khatun and other staff members towards the programs are also noteworthy. MBBCDS has been operating in the area of proposed program since 1999 and AID has known MBBCDS since 2007.
In this regard, AID would like to submit the program ‘Holistic Empowerment of Tribal Women through Group Development Initiatives’ to Dining for Women (DFW) for possible consideration towards funding it. The funding support from DFW will be a great help towards successful achievement the below mentioned goals of the program, thereby improving status of women in the tribal communities of West Bengal, India in various spheres of life. If DFW decides to fund the program, AID would ensure timely and periodic updates on the progress of the program from the partnering NGO in India.
The Mohammed Bazar block of the Birbhum district in West Bengal State, India consists of 35 villages that have been declared economically backward by the Government of India. This region is shown in the map below. About 50% of the tribal village populations are women and they are poorest of the poor. The proposed program will cater to 16 out of those 35 villages.





MBBCDS is a close partner of AID and the only NGO working in the MBBCDS district. MBBCDS has successfully undertaken the child growth center project with AID Philadelphia from 2009-2010. This project is on women empowerment.





The overall objective of the program is to directly empower 1000 tribal women living in 16 villages in the Mohammed Bazar block of Birbhum district in West Bengal, India by adopting a holistic approach through group development initiatives. The specific aims of the program are listed below, • Provide vocational training (e.g. tailoring, hand-embroidery) for income generation • Formation, strengthening and capacity building of women self-help groups • Tackle the problem of mal-nutrition in women by nutrition garden initiative • Address problems of feminine hygiene using low cost sanitary napkin • Awareness generation and campaigns on various issues related to women • Provide psychological counseling to women to get out of domestic abuse problems • Provide legal support to victims of violence against women The different components of the program also benefit about 3000 tribal women indirectly (awareness generation, psychological counseling, legal support etc.) in addition to the directly empowering 1000 tribal women mentioned above.



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