FFC Delhi - Textures of Life

We at FFC Delhi have been regularly visiting the government colony near Lady Irwin College. We have been organizing small games and activity sessions for the kids of the locality. These activities have proved effective for the rapport formation. It is very important that the members of locality get to know us well.
On 21st June we arranged for teaching various types of textures to the kids. All the materials were arranged by the members. It was amazing to see the level of enthusiasm amongst the children. Many of them who did not participate earlier were involved. A session in Texture making provided a chance not only for children to learn but also the volunteers got an opportunity to present their creativity.

In this session a resident of the colony approached us in regard to adult education. She was eager to know if we could have something planed for the women there. I believe we may welcome any suggestions for the adult education. In the end I would like to say that we may be able to change the small part of the society in our own special way.

KEEP CARING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FFC Delhi's Puppet Theatre

We FFCians organized a puppet show on 24th February in Govt. quarters, near Lady Irwin College in Delhi.

A puppet is a figure or doll made to look like a person or an animal. Puppets are controlled by people. Some puppets fit over the hand or a finger. Others have strings or rods that are moved from above or below. Puppets are one of popular audio-visual aids since time immemorial.
Some reasons for using puppets are:
1. Firstly, the audience gets attracted whenever the audio is supported by live images.
2. Secondly, audience can relate better with characters and so this is an effective way of delivering social message, which goes straight in to their memory.
3. Thirdly, stories can always be worked out according to the community setting so basically this type of a communication aid would never fade. It’s a one time investment and very cost effective technique.
4. Fourthly, its the best way to seek active participation at the end by just asking what they picked up from the story.

So on 24th Feb we went to the govt. quarters and organized everything. We were able to collect over 25 children and 6-7 ladies.

Our story was based on a schoolboy who eats out every time and due to his habit he falls sick one day and then when he was taken to the doctor she explained that he had contaminated water and food.
Type Of Puppets: We used hand glove puppets and the puppets, which were made by the girls.
We had four girls who did the playback part.

1. Impart education regarding sanitary practices.
2. Safety of water and importance of drinking clean water.
3. Personal hygiene.

Audience Response:
At the end we asked them lot of questions and we got many responses:
1. Most of them said that we learned that we shouldn’t use water without boiling.
2. Some of them mentioned that they should cut their nails short.(though we never showed that in the show but they interpreted it !)

Reflections: By and large it was a success and now we can use those puppets again in different situations according to the storyline.
1. Since we weren’t able to get a good backdrop for our puppets in the community we used a 'charpai' in a vertical position but that led to somewhat reduced sound and volume effects.
2. We weren’t able to attract the attention of some children (though very few) who were fugitive all throughout.

FFC Pune - Awareness Campaign

In continuation of our efforts for the betterment of the quality of life of the slum dwellers in Upper Indira Nagar, Pune we visited the slum again on 11th February,2007. This time we had prepared the material like charts and talks based on our experiences from the previous visit.

Last time it was observed that many among the slum dwellers were addicted to Gutka, so this time we went in with posters regarding ill effects of Gutka. We explained the consequences of Gutka to the residents of the slum ,the youth in the slum were the focus of this. Through the various posters regarding Mouth cancer we warned the youth about the consequences of the continuous addiction to Gutka. They promised us that they will give a sincere try to give it up.

We also once again carried posters regarding cleanliness .This time we stressed on them taking the initiative to clean up their slum and not depend on others for the same. The prevalent attitude was that of avoiding cleaning by giving the excuse that they will start once the others start .We explained to them that everyone needs to act together to clean up the slum and maintain it that way because the ultimate beneficiaries or the ultimate losers will be they themselves.
Also the women from all over the slum assembled at the Aganwadi where they were informed about the importance of cleanliness especially since it’s, they who take the responsibility of cleanliness. They were also told through various examples and stories the importance of improving their lives by taking the initiative because they are the ones who can bring about a positive change in the life of their family and if a family improves it has cascading effort as in other families try to emulate these families and thus a transformation can be brought about.

Various other problems were discussed by the slum dwellers with us and we noted those down, so that we could look at what we can do towards the resolution of these issues.
Few the issues were:-
- Alcoholism (Many of them actually wanted to quit drinking but dint know how)
- Training the women for cottage industry and providing raw material for the same
- Lack of awareness about various government schemes with regards to education , various govt. schemes
- Lack of money to continue with higher future education.

Overall it was a very useful and good experience ….
We look forward to doing something concrete about the resolution of their issues…….
Suggestion, Opinions and criticism as always are welcome……


FFC Pune - Cleanliness Campaign

Keeping in mind the one of the aim of FFC, “Qualitative development in the life of the underprivileged”, FFC Pune undertook its first activities in one of the slums in Upper Indira Nagar, Pune with the intention of improving the plight of the people in the slums. For starters we first of all we visited the slum and surveyed it in a general manner .During the survey we found that the slum was very unclean with garbage lying accumulated over long periods of time littered lying all over the slum , this lead to very unhygienic conditions within the slum .So we decided to conduct a Cleanliness drive. So on the 28th of January, 20 of us FFC'ians along with a sir from PICT College visited the slum with posters regarding cleanliness and its importance and the consequences of lack of cleanliness .We put up these posters which were mainly in Hindi at many places in the slum. We also lectured them on the ways and means to maintain cleanliness and its importance from the health perspective, Mundada Sir also guided the slum dwellers regarding the same. We also had a good interactive session with the slum dwellers about the various problems that they are faced with and also to understand their thoughts also on how the situation could be improved for all living there. To sum up , it was a good interaction for startups !!And we now hope to take this further for which suggestions are welcome!!

FFC Delhi -Visit to Anganwadi

The Integrated Child Development Sevices Programme aims at providing services to pre-school children in an integrated manner so as to ensure proper growth and development of children in rural, tribal and slum areas. ICDS is a centrally sponsored scheme.

- To improve the nutritional and health status of children in the age group of 0 to 6 years.
- To lay the foundations for proper psychological, physical and social development of the child. - To reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school drop-out.
- To achieve effective coordination of policy and implementation amongst the various departments to promote child development.
- To enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutritional needs of the child through proper nutrition and health education
Aanganwadi is a focal point of delivering ICDS services to the beneficiaries.

<-Aanganwadi workers collected for their weekly submission of records...
In Jan ,2007 FFC delhi organised a visit to aanganwadi to study various components of ICDS,how they are dealt with in a community setting.
Area selected: Pilinji Village(Located in kotla,South-ex)
Aanganwadis Visited: Two
Components seen: Supplementary nutrition(Distribution and routine menu chart)
Growth Charting
Volunteers were introduced to the AWW (aanganwadi worker) and the helper.
They also had a brief session with the Supervisor(who looks upon 30 aanganwadis of Kotla region)