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……


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