Prem Seva Mahila Mandal (PSMM) works in areas of livelihood, maternal and infant health, child health and nutrition, prevention of violence against women and children. PSMM believes that investing in women's health is essential to building viable communities.
Their initiatives in each area are as follows:
Child Health and Nutrition: The organization works to reduce malnutrition among children of migrant labourers, rag pickers and adivasi (tribal) populations. Children at risk are identified and provided with a nutritious Midday meal. Supplementary powder for children up to three years of age is also provided. PSMM has partnered with Bombay City Red Cross Mobile School initiative which addresses malnutrition in children. This has benefitted around 500 boys and girls so far.
Education: PSMM has been working to provide education by generating awareness, encouraging children to attend school, initiate innovative school programs like door to door schools for those children who have never attended school and mobile school bus. It works with other NGOs, Government and policy makers to provide resources for the overall growth and development of children.
Women Empowerment: PSMM offers practical guidance, supports women in distress, trains women to help other women in their community, helps them to save financially and focuses on the needs of adolescent girls. They conduct regular medical check-ups for women especially in areas of gynaecology, family planning, and hygiene during menstruation. These are conducted for parents as well as tribal population of Shahapur Taluka. They also teach women from adjoining areas a variety of skills that would make them employable like basics of teaching, tailoring, beautician skills and English-speaking skills. Women are taught to produce sanitary napkins as an income-generating activity as well as to improve the menstrual health of women at risk in rural and adivasi areas.
Livelihood Program: PSMM works with villagers and empowers local population to lead a dignified life through environmental development, sustainable agriculture, education, natural resource conservation, etc. It supports women in obtaining micro credit, trains them in legal education, and creates awareness about their rights, and need for elimination of open defecation.