Though India is a developing country but women, especially from rural milieu, get limited opportunities to progress and establish themselves as individual identities. The NGO Swayam Shikshan Prayog , SSP stands apart because along with aiding in disaster management, it empowers women by giving them centre stage to design the management program, encouraging their involvement and building leadership qualities in them.
Swayam Shikshan Prayog was initiated after the colossal earthquake in Maharashtra in 1993. Its strategies have since been used as a basis for the development of a disaster and reconstruction management model throughout the whole country and overseas. Today it ranges in 2000 villages in 4 states – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and Bihar. Focusing on women’s involvement and management in disaster refurbishment, SSP devised and implemented large-scale substructure and advancement programs. It then extended its program to include sanitation, water and preventive health services in 7 districts in Maharashtra. The women grids of SSP have now expanded their efforts through 6 other disaster prone states in India by consorting with local governments. Since 2012, the latest initiative of SSP is wPOWER which has joined forces with the private and government sector to introduce rural women to the business of clean energy in Bihar and Maharashtra.
Swayam Shikshan Prayog has been working for over two decades, it has collaborated with various organizations such as government organizations, non-profit organizations and funding institutions. SSP aims at empowering women as leaders and entrepreneurs and for this it has started various programs like Sakhi Social Enterprise Network (SSEN), Sakhi Unique Rural Enterprise (SURE), Sakhi Samudaya Kosh (SSK), and Sakhi Arogya Samudaya Trust (SAST). One can contact SSP through their e-mail id or by directly talking to them.
SSP believes in development of women by giving them the role of change makers in society which in turn would enable a healthy living environment in the community.
MASH Project , an initiative to empower social change makers, salutes and supports SSP’s aims and endeavors.
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Written by – Tanvi
Researched by- Shreeya Bhutani