Association for Social and Health Advancement (ASHA) works to improve the socio-economic and health status of disadvantaged communities in rural and urban areas by carrying out capacity building interventions in the socio-economic and health sectors. ASHA undertakes long-term development projects for women and children in tribal and minority dominated areas of West Bengal.
Their main programs are:
Women Empowerment: ASHA works with household based informal women beedi workers across 40 villages in Murshidabad district to improve their quality of life and social position. At sub divisional level, Beedi Workers Alliances, with around 1,100 members, are currently functioning to assert their rights and improve their living and working conditions. Through Asha’s intervention, 1,522 women have received different benefits under Beedi Worker Welfare Fund (BWWF), 600 women have got access to health services free of cost and 802 children of women beedi workers have received education scholarship under the BWWF in FY15. There has also been a marked reduction in child marriage rates.
SABLA Scheme training: As directed by the Directorate of Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal, ASHA provided training to adolescent girls across 68 Gram Panchayats of Malda district on adolescent reproductive and sexual health, nutrition, life-skill education and roles and responsibilities of adolescent girls. 4,525 girls benefitted from the training in FY15.
Community Health Project: ASHA implements community health projects in 8 districts of West Bengal to build capacity of 18 NGOs for improving their understanding on primary health care and designing & implementing sustainable interventions based on local specific health needs. These project improve management practices among most of the partner NGOs and increase their skills to undertake situational assessment and baseline data collection.
Community Development: ASHA assists Praxair India in carrying out their CSR activities in Paradeep, Orissa. The company’s financial aid enabled to strengthen the infrastructure of Nimdih Primary School and also distribute school bags to the enrolled students. Arrangements are made for computer learning, drinking water, and sanitation facilities with a separate toilet and urinal for girls, all of which has helped in enhancing attraction of the children and their parents for school attendance.
Income Rs59 lac
Expense Rs70 lac
Source : Audit Report 2015
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