Bal Mahila Kalyan
Bal Mahila Kalyan
(BMK) founded in 1990, a non-governmental organisation, was registered
under the Societies Act 1860 vide number 293dt 8-8-1991, FCRA act 1976 no 03130001
dated 17-12-1993 and also under the Income Tax Act under Section 12A and 80G. No
CIT/BGP/Tech/1222-25 & 1226-31 has its office at Vikash Ashram, Officers Colony,
Mirchaibari, Katihar, Bihar, India. BMK also owns about 3 acres of land at Dandkhora
Block in Katihar District. More than a dozen full-time and more than three dozen
part-time staff under the direct guidance of Smt. Anila Kumari, Secretary BMK, carry
out its activitie.
The organization has acted as a catalyst to improve the socio-economic
status of women in villages. It started off with forming “Self Help Groups” (SHG)
to empower women economically. It was not an easy path. Initially when the women
were asked to save money together as a group they were scared that all their money
would be lost. The banks refused to open accounts for them. But middle aged women
like Smt. Soghra Khatoon, Smt. Farida Khatoon, and Smt. Raqibun etc were enthused
and finally they could open an account at the Kosi Kshetriya Gramin Bank. Various
enterprises were taken up – manufacturing of jute handicrafts, for which training
was imparted by us in our headquarters, manufacture of plastic toys, poultry farming
etc. Ready buyers were found in the local markets. Bank loans were repaid in time;
the bank had found a new segment of honest customers. Soon other banks followed
e. g. State Bank of India, Central Bank of India etc. Some of these groups were
designated as ideal e.g. Mahila Sakti Abhilasa, Nari Pragati, Anmol Mahila Jagran
etc. They influenced other women in nearby villages to form new SHG’s. This new
found economic freedom enhanced the status of these women in the eyes of the men
in their families and mohalla and they became self confident. Women are now respected
by men and their voice counts while making a decision which was not the case earlier.
BMK has till now been able to initiate the formation of more than five hundred SHG’s.
regarding the importance of immunisation of pregnant mothers and children and the
5 Cleans during labour is woefully inadequate in this high BPL family rate area.
Unemployment rate is high and country liquor the common solace. Steps to increase
awareness by taking the village dais into confidence and arranging non formal education
for the age group 5 – 10 years has yielded some results. Adolescents have been provided
a forum to discuss their problems by way of Chetna Club-25, Rural Youth Club-20
and Career Clubs-24. They have been educated about Sexual and Reproductive Health
in weekly sessions by our health motivator. Yuva Suchna Kendra’s have been opened
in 6 Panchayat areas in their respective Panchayat Bhavans from wherethe youth may
obtain guidance on a variety of issues ranging from where medicines for Tuberculosis
and precaution of HIV/AIDS, other health issues could be obtained to career opportunities.
In our YIC we provide the tools of indoor and outdoor games, magazine related to
health. Our organizations have developed 30 male + 30 female peer educators at block
level. They aware the community about the precaution and impact of different diseases.
Some of our works are:-
- 1. BMK had organized life skill session at community level.
- 2. BMK had also organized Nukkad Natak, Roll Play, Audio Visuals for the eradication of
female infanticide, female feticide, HIV/AIDS etc.
- 3. It had organized Poster Drawing competition, quiz in school and college level
and healthy baby show.
- 4. We go through birth attendant at each corner of our villages to provided health
guide line for mother & child
- 5. BMK had organized common birth day celebration for proper health care like a cleanness,
balance diet, education etc.
- 6. In this celebration we invite guardian with their children and local PRI members,
Stakeholder for upliftment of the health level of the community.
- 7. We have also developed a package like rural cooking class in which our experts give
tips to the adolescent about balance diet and the causes of mal nutrition
- 8. We also aware the community through the wall writing, pumplets, hording, media etc.
- 9. We have also adopted Award and prize system for small achievement to win confidence
of community and parents
- 10. BMK is also organizing tournaments at block level from which we select the talented
youth and provide different opportunities district and state levels.
- 11.We have also developed a new dynamic idea “Professional use of Rural Talent” is
the abstract of past experiences to accelerate very – very high growth rate of success
towards “PURNA SWARAJ” – Social Research and Analytical monitoring evaluation.
Bal Mahila Kalyan in a short span of about a dozen odd years has been able to establish
itself as a credible organisation with capable and dedicated staff in Katihar. The
District Administration supports its efforts and has included them in their activities
e.g. Sam Vikas, PHED, Child Labour, juvenile justice board etc. It has worked in
cooperation with numerous national and international agencies. Bal Mahila Kalyan
will continue to work for the socio-economic upliftment of women, adolescents and
children at the grass root level. It hopes to see to the eradication of imbalances
including disparities in health care in our society in the shortest possible time.