- ASAI India is committed to the responsibilities towards the society. ASA India, independently and also jointly with partnering institution intervenes to bring qualitative improvement for the underprivileged.
- These interventions are not limited to its clients but the whole community benefits.
- Activities:Initially the scheme was pilot run at Panchla, Gangadharpur, a village in the Howrah District.
- ASA India strategized operating this scheme in the spirit of co-operation, the scheme being run by the beneficiaries. Hand-hold support where ever needed was provided by ASA India. The scheme was titled “Swayam” a Sanskrit word meaning “by ourselves”.
- ASA India helped the women form women’s committees through democratic processes.
- All interventions were organised by this committee with ASA India providing support where ever required.
- Since the community at Gangadharpur are involved in embroidery as livelihood, working in conditions of minimum light, eye problem is a major issue in the area.
- An Eye Camp was organised by the committee with the support of ASA India, Lions International provided the equipment and services of doctor.
- Approximately 900 poor villagers were checked in three eye-camps on a single day.
- Around 350 were identified with power requirements.
Cataract cases identified were 70 individuals
- Lions International provided free spectacles to 350 individuals, the committee members organised the distribution with support from ASA India.
- The 70 cataract cases identified were offered free operations facilities, only 20 initially availed this facility. Others, seeing the success are now agreeable to undergo this procedure.
Diabetes Detection camp
- A Diabetes detection camp was organised at Gangadharpur in association with Lions International.
- Around 800 attended this camp for diabetic check-up.
Women’s Health Check-up
- Health Check-up camp for women was organised in association with Lions International.
- Around 400 women attended.
- Women here due to poverty do not use disposable sanitary napkins and are prone to infections and other gynecological problem as a result.
- Free sanitary napkins were distributed to all women during this camp.
Distribution of free books and stationary to poor children:
- ASA India organised distribution of free books, stationary and drawing materials to children from poor families. Lions International has provided the materials for the purpose.
- Around 950 children benefitted from the schemes.
The area is faced with erratic electric power supply. ASAI India identified girl children from poor families and with moderate to good academic records from class 6 to 10. Solar powered lamps (Dilight) were gifted to 20 such students.
Plans to cover more such children to encourage continued education to girl child and improvement in their academic results.
Sanitation and Hygiene:
Open defecation is a major problem as the hoses of poor do not have toilets. This is a major health and hygiene problem.
ASAI India together with Lions International has identified Nine such houses as its initial plans to build proper toilets. The cost has been be divided between the beneficiary (25%) and Lions International (75%). More such families will be covered under the scheme in future.
- ASA India, with the success of the innovative program at Gangadharpur, is poised to replicate such program at other branches. ASA India is also in discussion with other partners to further scale-up the Micofinance ++ activities to benefit the underserved and poor.
The programs will be run by the community for the benefit of the community with ASA providing the linkages and handhold support
Building Future Leaders for the Social Sector:
- ASAI India plays a responsible role in building future Leaders through its knowledge sharing and training programs.
- Summer training programs organised for MBA students from reputed Business Schools.
- Besides classroom training, field exposure to students.
- ASAI India plays a responsible role in educating the youth of the society.
- A coaching class is organized for students who are academically good but are financially deprived.
- Around 45 students are attending the coaching class where girls are dominating by 60%.
- We are providing coaching from classes VI – IX for all subjects.
- Thus creating an educated society.