Community development

Given the unstable and often violent backgrounds our children come from, and their parents’ fluctuating incomes, it is imperative for Parikrma to address issues that a child faces at home, to prevent them from hampering a child’s development. Our Community Development Services (CDS) manage this aspect of the Parikrma Model. The CDS team is manned by social workers with strong grassroots experience. They enjoy a rapport with families and are often the first point of contact. CDS workers form a bridge between the school and the family, constantly collaborating with teachers on solving problems stemming from the community.

What started as a small initiative today has transpired into a hugely successful programme – creating an ecosystem that provides subsistence to support entire communities. Today, Parikrma children from families previously considered ‘unbankable’ have the right to choose a better way of life.

The Transformation so far...

Adult Literacy Programme 989 Families
Skill Enhancement  
Cooking Course 42 Mothers
Beautician Course 74 Mothers
House Keeping Course 223 Mothers
Tailoring Course 151 Mothers
Mothers managing their own finance 146
Self-help Group Savings 66,67,550 /-
Counselling for Families  
Family Issues Resolved 72 Families
Single Parents 24 Families
Alcohol Deaddiction Interventions 37 Families
Fathers who attended Deaddiction Programme 26 Fathers
Mothers who started their own business 113
Parents moved from Daily Wages to Permanent Jobs 288
Girls going to College 83
Number of girls working 41
Number of mothers who took stand in their communities 36

Our CDS team

Activities that figure routinely on the CDS calendar are:

– Health checkups: Yearly general checkups, dental screening and interventions, eye testing, immunization, blood grouping, de-worming and administering multi-vitamin supplements.

– Adult literacy programs in the mothers’ local language.

– Skill development programs for mothers – like housekeeping, tailoring, and English coaching classes.

– Counselling for domestic violence, alcoholism, and health issues.

With over 75% of households having increased their incomes, they have now earned the right to chose a better way of life. They have found a way to break out of poverty through increased income generation, breaking old practices with better family planning and marriage choices.  They are active on social issues and are thinking differently about superstition, abuse, and many other things. The change is here – evident and legitimate.