Under the Anti-Dowry Project, since 2009, 254 girls from very poor families received trainings, in ten batches, on (i) Tailoring, (ii) Cooking including Fast Foods, (iii) Raising Children, (iv) Basic Health Issues including Child-Marriage(v) Nursery (Kitchen Garden) and (vi) Defense against Eve-Teasing. Programs for creating awareness against ‘Dowry & Child-Marriage’ get special attentions. Following six months’ training, each of the 20 girls of each batch got a foot-driven sewing machine, a certificate and some cash to start her own business. We are regularly conducting follow-up on these girls. Each one has been doing well.
Among the 254 girls, 61got married during their training period. These were Dowry-Free marriages.
Each trained girl is now an earning member of her family. The trainings have given the girls visible self confidences and they are ready to face challenges. No doubt, these trainings are in right directions towards the emancipation of the girls from the most backward areas of our society. Parents of girls from very poor families are showing keen interests to train their daughters who cannot prosecute their studies in schools due to utter poverty.
Besides dowry-free marriages, the program is contributing towards poverty alleviation and women’s participation in the society.
Since the girls have so far shown interests in pursuing a career only in Tailoring and Embroidery, we dropped all other items of training from the Anti-Dowry Program and made it 4-month-long program in 2015. With effect from 2016, we are planning to add a few subjects in the Anti-Dowry Program to train the girls so that they may be qualified to work as Nurse’s Aid in hospitals and clinics. The duration of the program may be reverted to six months. There is a huge demand for paramedics like Nurse’s Aids and other paramedics in the country. The proposed Karmirhath-NABIC Hospital will also need Nurse’s Aids.
40 girls in 2 batches will be trained in 2016 from 2 centers – one at Karmirhath head quarters at Gaibandha and other at the nearby Upo-Zillas. Each batch of 20 girls will get training for 6 months. We need $14000 to support this project