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Women Forum IMHO. S.Sujanthy Rajaram, MD. What is it?. Formed by women who volunteers to be part of the IMHO group Goals: Encourage minority women in USA, Canada and around the world to help the women and children in need Empower the women and children around the world

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women forum imho

Women ForumIMHO

S.Sujanthy Rajaram, MD

what is it
What is it?
  • Formed by women who volunteers to be part of the IMHO group
  • Goals: Encourage minority women in USA, Canada and around the world to help the women and children in need
  • Empower the women and children around the world
  • Give them better opportunities, standard of living, education and communication skills needed to survive
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Goal
  • Give them HOPE
  • In war zones and refugee camps they feel helpless and hopeless
  • Women who are blessed with education, wealth and better living could help empower the disempowered
  • Give them hope and give them a voice which can be heard
how did it get started
How did it get started?
  • We had our first meeting in New Jersey.
  • 45 women participated
  • Came up with valuable suggestions and plans
  • Formed a committee
  • Eagerly waiting to expand the forum
  • And be part of IMHO women’s group
partnership
Partnership
  • Women forum is supported by the partnership of Operation USA.
  • Op. USA is a charitable organization based in LA, works in most parts of the world including Sri lanka.
  • Op. USA, South Asian director, will stay in the women forum as advisor
  • Op. USA will match all the funds collected by Women forum
some work women could do
Some work women could do…..
  • Adopt an Internally displaced camp
  • Adopt Sri lankan refugee camps in South India
  • Reach out to women in the camps, counseling, education, employment
  • Writing letters to children, Let our children communicate with the children camps
  • Raising awareness in the community
  • Involve children & youths to help the one in need
some work women could do1
Some work women could do…..
  • Networking with other women’s group and NGO’s
  • Fund raising
  • Letter writing campaigns to UN and other human rights organization
  • Arrange meetings in many places to get more women involved
  • Make this as a global effort to help
suggestions
Suggestions?
  • Our 1st group meeting involved 3 small discussion groups came out with many good suggestions
  • We encourage any positive ideas and suggestions and involvement
  • Involve College students and children to get started
center for women s development and rehabilitation cwdr
Center for Women’s development and Rehabilitation (CWDR)

Founded in 1991 by socially conscious women in Jaffna

In 1995, with massive exodus from Jaffna, moved to Kilinotchi

Registered as an NGO in Srilanka with social services department in 1995

Supported by government and NGO’s

Made significant change in more than 2500 women and children’s lives in 2003

cwdr mission
CWDR - Mission
  • In Srilanka women & children suffered disproportionately
  • Deprived socially, economically, Physically & Psychologically
  • CWDR – To provide urgent humanitarian relief & long term rehabilitation to women & children
  • Mission is to help those:

Directly & indirectly affected by war

Social and economic inequalities

Natural disasters

Behavioral violence

mission of cwdr imho women forum
Mission of CWDR & IMHO women forum
  • Help women & children to live with a sense of

Hope

Self-respect

Self-reliance

  • Diverse village-based activities
  • Get help from NGO’s and government
  • Identify & provide assistance to W&C
  • Enable them to participate in community development
mission of cwdr imho women forum1
Mission of CWDR & IMHO women forum
  • Assistance to women who lost the family’s main provider through

Income generation strategies

Loans

  • Established village based saving systems
  • Social awareness programs

- Child care

- Hygiene

- Education

mission of cwdr
Mission of CWDR
  • Resolving & counseling social problems, Family violence
  • Locating & assisting destitute women & providing refugee care, self-employment skills
  • Literacy programs
  • Evening classes for school drop outs
  • Nutrition programs for children & pregnant
  • Skills for small business & craft projects
  • Variety of training programs

- Physical &psychological health

- Developing sense of responsibility

- Leadership skills

- Employment skills

cwdr branches in north east srilanka
CWDR branches in North & East Srilanka
  • Jaffna
  • Kilinotchi
  • Mullaitheevu
  • Vavuniya
  • Trincomalee
  • Batticalo
imho women forum
IMHO Women Forum
  • Could sponsor many of CWDR’s projects and help expand their projects
  • Monthly need is 10,000 US $ to run the projects
  • One woman contribute 10$ per month and get total of 1000 women involved this target could be achieved.
  • 1 $ per day will feed 3 meals per person!
other ngo s helped cwdr
Other NGO’s helped CWDR
  • Oxfarm
  • UNDP
  • BAJ
  • TRO
  • FORUT
  • UNICEF
  • ICRC
  • UNHCR
district projects kilinotchi
District projects: Kilinotchi
  • Income generation- poultry rearing, small business, tailoring
  • Sewing machines
  • Financial assistance to continue with jobs of their choice, raise living standards & save for future
  • Sex discrimination awareness programs
  • Women’s right awareness project
  • Building new wells in schools, households
district projects
District projects
  • Social awareness & skills training – Batticalo

Vavuniya:

  • Education
  • Data collection
  • Saving scehemes
  • Cottage Industry
  • Skills training
district projects1
District projects

Mullaithiveu:

  • Savings scheme
  • Elders education
  • Income generation
  • Nutrition
  • Water & sanitation
district projects2
District projects

Mannar District

  • Social awareness
  • Reconstruction & Income generation
  • Individual help

Jaffna district

  • Income generation
  • Data collection
specific projects welfare centers
Specific projects- Welfare Centers
  • Vettri Manai – A home for the mentally challenged

Medical attention

Councelling

Social activities

  • Niraimathy Illam – Full moon home – For women born mentally impaired

Speech therapy

Councelling

Education

specific projects welfare centers1
Specific projects- Welfare Centers
  • Malar Cholai- Flower Orchard – Refuge for young mothers ( partners disappeared or killed) & children

Education

Awareness of hygiene, nutrition and child care

Vocational training

Self employment- poultry, gardening

Enhancing awareness and changes in societal attitudes

toward single mothers

Traces partners

specific projects welfare centers2
Specific projects- Welfare Centers
  • Mary Illam- Mary’s home – refugee for young women aged 17 and above

- Locate families

- Training in farming

- Vocational training

- Education

- Councelling

specific projects welfare centers3
Specific projects- Welfare Centers

Senthalir Illam – Tender sprout home: home for destitute children

  • Attendance at regular school
  • Education
  • Nutrition
  • Nursery school
  • Extra curricular activities
  • English classes
  • Adopt a child program – Donors could adopt a child and contribute
employment opportunities
Employment opportunities
  • Uthayatharakai – Rising star

Regional service centers

papadam factory

Shop

Coir factory

Mechanic workshop

Grinding mill\Snacks factory

vocational training
Vocational Training
  • Computer training
  • Cattle & poultry rearing
  • Battik workshop
  • Food technology course
  • Vocational fabric design & dying course
  • Leadership & communication training
  • Project managers training
monthly expenses
Monthly Expenses

Vettri Manai – A home for the mentally challenged

  • Food & clothing - 450,000 Rs
  • Medical facilities - 150,000 Rs
  • Staff salary - 296,000 Rs
  • Fuel - 96,000 Rs
  • Building & maintenance - 85,000 Rs
  • Total - 1,077,000 Rs

About 10,000 US D per month

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Staff Organisation Chart

Centre for Women’s Development and Rehabilitation

CWDR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CWDR Advisory Committee

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

PROJECT DIRECTOR

(planning and development)

WELFARE CENTRES DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR FOR MANUFACTURING (Uthayatharakai)

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Administrative Officer

Centre Managers

Factory Operation Managers

District Directors( 7 districts)

Administrators

Administrative Staff

Factory Workers

Care Givers

Divisional Coordinators(40 districts)

Instructors

Communications Officers

International Communications

Head Office Accountant

Field Officers

District Instructors

District Communications Officers

Village Groups

District Accountants

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Operations Organisation Chart

Centre for Women’s Development and Rehabilitation

PLANNING & IMPLEMENTATION

DEVELOPMENT SECTION

WELFARE SECTION

VOCATIONAL SECTION

( UTHAYATHARAHAI)

TEACHING SECTION

CoirIndustries

Instruction for ProjectDevelopment

Vocational Training

Instruction for Management Law

Locating Finance

Districts

Sector

Monitoring & Evaluation

PappadamIndustries

Division

Vetri Manai

Individuals

Family

Village

Identifying Problems & Decision Making

Oil ManufactureIndustries

Niraimathy Illam

Vegetable Farm

Individual Assistance

Loans &Housing

Village Awareness

Farm

Senthallir Illam

FoodClothingMedicalEducationEncouragement

AnimalHusbandry

Government &

Non-Governmental

Organizations

ElukaiWorkshop

Mary Illam

Education Centers

Malar Cholai

SewingCentres

Projecting Advisory

Guidance & Advice

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Operations Organisation Chart

Centre for Women’s Development and Rehabilitation

PLANNING & IMPLEMENTATION

DEVELOPMENT SECTION

WELFARE SECTION

VOCATIONAL SECTION

( UTHAYATHARAHAI)

TEACHING SECTION

CoirIndustries

Instruction for ProjectDevelopment

Vocational Training

Instruction for Management Law

Locating Finance

Districts

Sector

Monitoring & Evaluation

PappadamIndustries

Division

Vetri Manai

Individuals

Family

Village

Identifying Problems & Decision Making

Oil ManufactureIndustries

Niraimathy Illam

Vegetable Farm

Individual Assistance

Loans &Housing

Village Awareness

Farm

Senthallir Illam

FoodClothingMedicalEducationEncouragement

AnimalHusbandry

Government &

Non-Governmental

Organizations

ElukaiWorkshop

Mary Illam

Education Centers

Malar Cholai

SewingCentres

Projecting Advisory

Guidance & Advice