"Second Earners"


The 24th of December 2008, Friends For Care arranged a medical health check up camp for the children and the elders as well. The doctors conducted the check up. Also a small talk on cleanliness and hygiene and good habits was taken by few medical interns. It was nice to see children listening to the interns. The effect of the program was such that the children themselves came with "Being Clean all time" promises and came neatly and tidily dressed in the events that followed.

Along with the health check up, we arranged a small talk with the people of the slum wherein around 20 ladies and gents actively participated and expressed their views. They discussed issues like low income, drop outs of young children from school, gutkha eating habits among parents etc. It was notable to see women taking interest in learning english and coming forward to become "Second Earners" for their families.

In order to help them, generate income for their homes, the volunteers of Friends For Care distributed samples of mobile covers to the ladies of the slum. The volunteers taught the ladies to stitch the mobile covers. Almost 100 mobile covers were made by the ladies of the slum. The material for making the mobile covers was distributed by volunteers of Friends For Care. The volunteers ensured the sale of mobile covers in their peer groups and the income generated was given on basis of number of covers made by each lady in the village. This way volunteers tried to motivate the ladies to become a second hand in income generation for their families.

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