21February 2018, Chouparan (Hazaribag): A workshop upon Protection of Child Rights with village health workers or Sahiyas was organized as an activity of the project of Childline1098 with support of Childline India Foundation, Mumbai under aegis of Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. The workshop was held at Community Health Centre, Chouparan and inaugurated by Dr. Yogendra Singh (Medical Officer) with Messrs Prabhu Nath Sharma (Treasurer & Programme Director, NBJK), Chandra Kumar (City Coordinator), Rupesh Kumar (Collab. Representative), Rahul Sheetal and Taleshwar Ram (Samadhan) and senior Sahiyas.
Dr. Yogendra Singh applauded the programme of Childline 1098 and said that our children have right to be healthy. Sahiya Didis can monitor village children to provide them support in time, he said and assured for full cooperation to the causes of children. Mr. Prabhu Nath Sharma has stressed upon the need of safe childhood for a humane society and expressed his sincere concern over violation of child rights, specially the right to their protection. Mr. Chandra Kumar has briefed about Adoption Law for the people lack own children but willing to adopt any orphan child while Mr. Rupesh shared about Childline activities in Hazaribag during last year. There were total 347 cases we intervened within the period with highest 46% cases of abuse, he revealed. Mr. Rahul Sheetal presented main features of POCSO Act, Child Welfare Police Officer at police stations and other systemic changes to help any child in need of protection.
During the workshop, an animation film Komal was shown to the participants that drawn their attention to child abusers and defence strategy for children. Mr. Narayan Rajak (Childline Team, Chouparan) cautioned for child marriage in villages and reminded about responsibility of Mukhiya and PRI members to check such incidents. Mr. Brij Nandan Singh (Block Coordinator, Lok Samiti) has anchored dais and the workshop was concluded after vote of thanks by Mr. Birendra Kumar Sinha (Team Leader-Childline, NBJK).
20 February 2018, Chouparan (Hazaribag): LokNayak JayPrakash Eye Hospital, Bahera Ashram (Chouparan) has organized one-day training for village health workers or Sahiyas upon Early Eye Care under the programme of Netra Basant for Jharkhand Rural Eye Health project with support of Sightsavers, Kolkata.
The training camp was inaugurated by Mr. Karunanidhi (District Programme Manager, Hazaribag & Chatra), Mr. Jageshwar Sharma (Block Programme Manager), Mr. Ravi Ranjan, Mr. Ganpati Kumar and others at Community Health Centre, Chouparan. Mr. Karunanidhi was the resource person for this training who provided important tips to detect low vision and cataract among people particularly old aged persons at their early stages. He said that Sahiyas can be instrumental for identification of eye patients in villages if provided adequate training and simple instruments. He demonstrated about the Vision Chart and it’s application to detect eye problems at home even and to consult any eye hospital for further treatment. Such complications shouldn’t be overlooked and need immediate medical intervention to protect one’s vision, he pointed out.
There were 182 Sahiyas from villages of Chouparan block who participated in this early eye care training and shown interest in their capacity building to support needy people uncared usually. Messrs Polak Paik, Vinod Swarnkaar, Savita Devi, Nisha Devi, Manju Devi and many others have contributed to the event.
14 February 2018, Ormanjhi (Ranchi): NBJK has launched a Mass Awareness Campaign for People with Disabilities across 80 villages of Ormanjhi block in Ranchi district. This is being supported by VSO India Trust, Delhi and named as Viklang Jan Jagrukta Rath Yatra.
The campaign over Rath (a MUV car) covered with posters upon Disability issues became a centre of attraction for rural community now. This is in progress from 29th January with a 9 members team including one campaign coordinator, a mobilizer and a group of folk artists. The Rath visits 2 villages each day after prior information dissemination by the mobilizer. The campaign team identifies Children or People with Disabilities, make people aware of rights & entitlements for CwDs/PwDs, ask for the services/schemes they avail or denied and distribute issue based ICE materials like booklet, posters, handbill etc. among villagers. This is a campaign towards demand creation and access for the services made for any person with disability. The folk artists present campaign’s theme before villagers beautifully in their own dialect with song & music-drama and sensitize them to be responsive.
The Viklang Jan Jagrukta Rath Yatra has covered 25 villages till today and total 217 CwDs/PwDs of OBC/SC/ST/Muslim communities have been identified during this period, Md. Nayeem (Campaign Coordinator) has informed from the field. He said that these people are in need of disability certificate, pension, assistive devices (wheel chair, tricycle, hearing aid, crutch, calliper, CP chair, artificial limb), old aged pension, skill development training, sewing machine, medical treatment, education etc. and we mention such detail in the data sheet.
The VJJRY has passed through villages like Chakla, Kurum, Tirla, Bundu, Madhukama, Ganeshpur of Chakla, Chutupalu, Chandra, Jaidiha, Barwe and other panchayats of Ormanjhi block. Mr. Teerath Nath Mahto (Mobilizer) and cultural team led by Mr. Devdhari Karmali establish perfect rapport with villagers and motivate them to be a part of the change. The yatra will continue up to 20th March 2018.
12 February 2018, Amrit Nagar (Hazaribag): Assistive devices for children with disabilities were distributed among 28 such identified children under PwDs Rights programme with support of AVI-BLF, UK. The programme is being implemented by NBJK in Hazaribag, Koderma, Giridih, Nawada and Gaya districts of Jharkhand-Bihar. These recipient children have come from different villages of Hazaribag, Gaya and Giridih districts with their parents or carers.
There were 19 callipers, 13 CP chairs, 02 artificial limbs (leg), 01 spinal support and 02 cockup splints for them and an expert has provided individual fitting and demonstration of the process before their parents. All these children belong to poor families and they were in dire need of assistive devices.
On this occassion, Mrs. Sujata Prasad (Programme Manager) has counselled the guardians and explained about effectiveness of these aids & appliances as ease for difficult lives because of disability. These devices result more positively for children due to their tenderness, she said.
Mr. Annu Kumar (District Coordinator), Mr. Sujeet Mishra (Block Coordinator) and Ms Shahjehan Khatoon (Field Worker) have played important role in organizing the distribution camp. Its noteworthy that earlier an assessment camp was arranged for the same children on 30th December 2017 at Hazaribag.
09 February 2018, Khunti: Under the joint mission project of “Lakhpati Kisan Smart Village” by Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra & CInI-Tata Trusts, Murhu Nari Shakti Kisan Producer Company Limited has organised an Annual Mega Women Convension at Kunjala Ground, Khunti. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Manish Ranjan (IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Khunti) as the chief guest accompanied by Mr. Girija Satish (President, NBJK), Dr. Rajni Sinku (District Animal Husbandry Officer), Mr. Shiv Shankar (Consultant, MGNEREGA State Cell), Ms. Pallavi Kumari (JSLPS Programme Coordinator), Mrs. Dayamani Nag (Secretary, MNSKPC Ltd.) and Prof. (Dr.) S. K. Singh (Ex Dean, Birsa Agriculture University) for lamp lighting ceremony.
The Deputy Commissioner has applauded various efforts for women empowerment and rural development under the project and shared about Government schemes. Also he asked about progress of PM Ujjwala Yojna for LPG connection, toilet construction in villages and conveyed his best wishes for the producer company led by women. Mr. Girija Satish has explained about NBJK-CInI’s initiatve for inclusive development in Khunti through women oriented activities and their impact with formation of a producer company also. A lot of relevant information upon animal husbandry, MGNEREGA and other livelihood options was shared by concerned Government officials. Prof. (Dr.) S. K. Singh has shared useful tips and his experience upon pig rearing. The tribal women have presented folk songs, dance and theme based plays to promote sanitation.
This mega women convention was participated by about 2000 women from 220 SHGs from many villages like Binda, Bichna, Kudapurti, Digdi, Gutuhatu etc. There are 2800 producer families under umbrella of MNSKPC Limited who rear pigs, produce lac and cultivate cash crops. The company will include additional 3000 shareholders and aims to be associated with production, marketing and financial institutions more systematically. The convention was concluded with the message for promotion of women’s stake in development.
07 February 2018, Maangarh (Chouparan, Hazaribag): NBJK run Amoli Apurva High School has observed its 22nd Foundation Day with enthusiasm. The function began at school premises and Mr. Dayanand Singh (Principal) has inaugurated this with ceremonial light. He said that discipline among teachers-students has helped us to continue with grace and it should be maintained without any compromise. The principal has appealed school children to participate in extra-curricular activities for their personality development. Also he briefed about the academic achievements of AAHS and described it as a place to promote girls’ education too in villages.
Also annual sports & cultural activities took place on this occasion and students have participated in friendly matches of cricket, kabaddi and events like chair race, maths race, 200 metres race. These children have presented dance, eloquence and theme based plays as Save Daughter-Educate Daughter and Illiterate Leader in Hindi. Mr. Shacheendra Pandey (teacher) has recited poems.
Mr. Birendra Kumar Sinha (Manager, NBJK Head Office, Bahera) has appreciated Amoli Apurva High School for long term contribution to the society and mentioned about good academic results in spite of limited resources. Many PRI members, community people, parents and teachers like Messrs Pravin Chandravanshee, Suresh Prasad, Bhuvaneshwar Sahu, Ram Lakhan Pandey, Kam Dev Rana, Bhawan Kumar, Navneet Kumar, Sunita Tirky, Chandan Kumar, Rajesh Kumar, Ravindra Paswan, Sunaina Devi, Ram Nath Ram, Uma Shankar Prasad have graced the function.
31 January 2018, Hazaribag: Family Counselling Centre has invited it’s Sub-Committee members in the quarterly meeting held in the premises of Women’s Police Station, Hazaribag. The meeting was presided by Mrs. Swarnlata Kujur (Police Inspectress) and Mrs. Meera Gupta (Counsellor, FCC) has placed the action report followed after last meeting and shared a compliance of the suggestions by honourable members.
Mrs. Gupta has pointed out that women SHGs are being consulted in the enquiry process for any case, we ensure support from PRI members & prominent people for reconciliation process and in the cases of love affair, consent of parents/guardians of both the parties have become manadatory for any action now. Within the period of November’17 to January’18, there are 34 cases registered at FCC, she reported and explained about their nature as Wife-Husband Dispute (14), Alcoholism & Violence (09), Couples’ Dispute with Old-Aged In-Laws (06), Second Marriage by Husband (02), Land Dispute (01), Neighbourhood Dispute (01) along with the Dispute with Father & Brothers (01). We could be able to settle 13 cases out of these and remaining 21 cases are in the process of resolution, Mrs. Meera Gupta has briefed before the Sub-Committee members.
During the meeting, Mr. Satish Girija (Secretary, NBJK) has suggested for villagers’ team based enquiry to any case and Ms Veena Sethi (Advocate) has advised for awareness meeting with school/college students to deal with premature love affairs. District police representative Mrs. Swarnlata Kujur has assured that the police will support in investigation or reconciliation of the cases and expect for better coordination with FCC.
It was decided unanimously that next meeting will take place in the campus of Women’s Police Station, Hazaribag. The other members/representatives present in the meeting were Mrs. Emeltina Ekka (In-Charge, Women Police Station), Mrs. Neela Pushpa Tigga (ASI), Mrs. Sushila (ASI), Mr. Tulsi Dubey (Advocate), Mr. Arvind Jha (Advocate), Sister Anny Thomas (Holy Cross SSC), Mrs. Usha Devi (Anupam Mahila Chetna Samiti), Mr. Chandan Kumar (Stri Shakti), Mr. Hadi Khan (Mufassil PS), Mrs. Sharda Devi (Social Worker), Dr. Hiralal Saha (Surgeon & Social Worker) and Mr. Sanjay Kumar (Counsellor, FCC).
31 January 2018, Hazaribag: 50 youth trainees of 8th batch from Skill for Life project have completed their two months residential training in the trades of Basic Computer Applications (BCA), General Duty Assistant (GDA) and Mobile Phone Repair. The project is being supported by Swades Foundation & HSBC, Mumbai.
On this occasion, Mr. Satish Girija (Secretary, NBJK) has distributed course completion certificates and toolkit/resource material among the trainees. In his brief address, Mr. Satish Girija has touched many relevant issues like workplace solution and security for the trainees, particularly girls to be placed as GDA in nursing homes or hospitals. He requested the youths to stay in touch with NBJK for at least next 6 months for tracking purpose also. These short-term courses are designed to get entry level jobs only and one needs to enhance his or her ability despite placement, he said. Mr. Prabhu Nath Sharma (Treasurer-NBJK & Programme Coordinator) has conveyed best wishes for all pass-out youths and suggested them to follow good behaviour with patience at their work place. We must flourish our relationship and please keep us informed about your career development and we will be happy to support you always, he assured the youths.
There were 50 trainees (BCA-13, GDA-30, Mobile Repair-07) who received certificates and 37 have got placement opportunities on the day. Mr. Kirti Rawat (Placement Officer) has informed that total 418 youths have been trained under Skill for Life with 70% placement ratio. He said that most of the youths belong to Mobile Repair trade are self-employed and generating employment for others while BCA skilled youths work as data operators at various Government departments, NGOs and corporate enterprises, likewise GDA course has enabled village girls to work with nursing homes & hospitals. Our trainees are working successfully at Hazaribag, Ramgarh, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Durgapur, Gaya, Koderma and other places, he added.
26 January 2018, Hazaribag: 69th Republic Day of the nation was observed gracefully at NBJK coordination office and Mr Girija Satish (President, NBJK) has hoisted the national flag. He conveyed his best wishes to all staffs, trainees, community people on this occasion and appealed them to bridge the gap of social discriminations. He said that we must shun liquor to make our families more equal and violence free. As the citizens of India, we are bound to perform some duties also for our nation, Mr. Girija Satish has reminded.
Mr. Satish Girija (Secretary, NBJK) has mentioned the Republic Day as an opportunity to revive our national life and said that NBJK stands as an awakening centre to visualize new India. We worked towards women empowerment through the programmes of girls’ education, SHGs, reproductive health, Family Counselling Centre while our interventions as skill development training for youths, eye care, rights of PwDs, Lok Samiti have enabled thousands of people to make their lives better, Mr. Satish Girija added. Mr. Prabhu Nath Sharma (Treasurer, NBJK) has termed the day as resolution day also and asked the youths to channelize their energy in right direction. He said that all great leaders have treasured honesty and integrity in their hearts and reached their goals absolutely.
Also a tableau upon the activities of Child Centred Community Development programme (with support of Plan India) at Churchu block has participated in the Republic Day celebration by District administration. This depicted about basic expectations of our school children. This shown a model school with attractive class-room, interesting teaching-learning materials, sanitation & health checkup facilities. NBJK tableau was widely appreciated by the spectators. Republic Day was celebrated at all branch offices and schools run by NBJK.
07 January 2018, Dumka: 125th birth anniversary of late Mrs. Janki Devi Bajaj was celebrated with community eye care service by LokNayak JayPrakash Eye hospital. Padma Vibhushana Mrs. Bajaj was wife of Late Mr. Jamnalal Bajaj, a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi and herself worked with Sant Vinoba on Bhoodan movement.
On this pious occasion, LNJPEH has organized Eye screening camp at village-Bada Dumariya under Masalia block of Dumka district. A day before, the hospital team has started publicity campaign in the area, announced for eye camp and made people aware about the event. The screening camp was inaugurated by local Mukhiya and 47 people (21 females, 26 males) went under eye check up by the doctors. There were 30 people ((12 females, 18 males) identified with cataract. On 8th, all these have met eye surgery at the hospital to remove cataract. On 9th January, a simple closing ceremony was organized at LNJPEH with invitees like Mr. Abhijit Kashyap (Branch Manager-Bajaj Finance, Dumka), Mr. Deepak Kumar (Asst. Branch Manager-Bajaj Finance, Dumka) and Mr. Mukesh Kumar (Bajaj Automobiles, Dumka).
On behalf of NBJK, Mr. Anand Abhinav (Programme Director) greeted the guests and briefed about the life of late Janki Devi Bajaj. She will be remembered time and again due to her spirit of social activism and simplicity, Mr. Abhinav remarked. Mr. Abhijit Kashyap appreciated NBJK and LNJPEH for community eye care, a major step towards healthy society. Both of them have distributed medicine and spectacle kitbags among cataract operated patients. Mr. Samir Kumar Bera (Branch Manager, NBJK-Dumka) has delivered vote of thanks and Mr. Sudarshan Pandey (Senior Staff-NBJK, Dumka) anchored the dais. Dr. Mohan Lal (Ophthalmologist), Mr. Aniban Panda, Mr. Himanshu Kumar and Mr. Sita Ram Yadav were present during the celebration.