Secretary's Message

Secretary's Message

Crest fallen with the unexpected passing away of Dr. Meera Banik our beloved ex President … End of an era…!! Life is either a great adventure or nothing… quoted the great Hellen Keller!
The news of passing away of our ex-president Dr. Meera Banik came as a shock and disbelief especially after her great presence and lively countenance in the Executive Committee meeting held just two days before. We are left crest fallen and speechless. We all at Aaina miss you so much madam… the emptiness still continues! It’s a personal loss to me as I lost a great teacher, guide, friend and motherly figure!! I join with my colleagues and esteemed members in praying God to rest the great soul in Peace!!
Taking up the issues of women workers in informal sector is the other work in the area of women’s empowerment carried on in the last year. Thanks to SEWA & ILO for the trust bestowed on us for the community intervention through the impact assessment project. It is a great experience getting into the issues of women workers in informal sector with a focus on domestic workers. Nalini Nayak from SEWA needs a special mention for her continuous and relentless input to the project and giving it a shape.

The regular project of Inclusive WASH and CBR along with “We Care” took a momentum in the current year with additional component and also in terms of professional intervention. While the Inclusive WASH project supported by Water Aid India provided an opportunity to promote inclusion in WASH sector the other two projects that focuses more on disability also included WASH as an intervention agenda.

The project supported by DFID- PACS came to an end with a huge learning of the problems in the intervention area and the impact through our intervention. Thanks to Mr Ranjan Panda and team for taking up the systematic evaluation of the project and coming up with the achievements and challenges. The four years project helped us to reach out to 60500 families creating awareness on Govt schemes and benefits. 12420 families were directly part of the inclusive development agenda linking with govt schemes through MGNREGA, IAY, NRLM etc. Nearly 720 children those were out of school and non initiators were admitted in Schools including 217 children with disabilities. Children were also part of the School management Committee (SMC) and nearly 117 children took part including 14 children with disabilities in SMC.

Kallola-2 got declared in the month of March 2016 with additional component of Junior Kallola having children for film making and partnership extended to CII and we look forward to it with its new incarnation.

I take this opportunity to thank all the esteemed members, colleagues, support agencies, donors and friends those have been associated with us directly or indirectly to make things happen. I look forward to all of your support in coming years…
Mrs. Sneha Mishra
Secretary, aaina