W.I.S.H Network

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Project: W.I.S.H Network
WISH Network is located in Cuttack, Odisha and offers residential vocational training, scholarships, medical aid, legal aid, and other social services to women from rural districts.

Odisha, India

Medical Aid & Volunteer Hospital Services  : Grassroots India provides medical aid and social services to young women in need of OB-GYN care. Many of our patients are pregnant women having difficulty with deliveries. We also aid WISH family members with life-threatening illnesses. In addition, we operate a meals-on-wheels program for patients in need at the state hospital and terminal patients at home. Our team of senior WISH members often stay at the hospital and advocate for patients who cannot care for themselves and have no family members.

Women's Health Awareness Workshops  : Women's Health courses are offered daily at Hariharananda Vocational Training Center as part of the WISH residential program. We also conduct regular awareness workshops in the villages, and produce informative publications for distribution. The workshops are conducted in village schools and community centers, with interactive and informative sessions. The women's health program is also part of our Nursing curriculum and has a social service unit.

Women's Rights Awareness & Legal Aid  : Daily leadership classes on women and child rights are held at the Hariharananda Vocational Training Center. Awareness camps are also organized in rural villages. The WISH (Women's Independent Self-Help) Network is growing into a large web of support and resources for thousands of women throughout Odisha. A team of more than 30 lawyers offer free services for women who are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Grassroots India offers housing, food, emergency medical services, mental health counselling, and transportation free of charge. Publications are also produced for distribution.

Emergency Relief  : Odisha occasionally has natural disasters that destroy homes, crops, and water supplies. Rural women, children and livestock suffer the most. Grassroots India provides temporary housing, food, and medical aid to those who are in need. Emergency Relief is also given during women's OB-GYN medical emergencies and women's rights cases.

Literacy  : Grassroots India provides textbooks and scholarships for under-privileged youth who are trying to complete high school and under-graduate degrees.Daily literacy classes are held at the Hariharananda Vocational Training Center as part of the residential WISH program.

Outreach Programs  : Grassroots India travels to rural villages to conduct awareness workshops in women's health and women's rights. In this photo young women discuss their concerns with manager Prajna Mohanty on a visit to Kendrapara District.

Hariharananda Vocational Training Center  : The Hariharananda Vocational Training Center in Cuttack, Odisha offers free residential scholarships to under-privileged young girls from rural Odisha. The center provides daily courses in tailoring,nursing, computer fundamentals, literacy, life skills, women's health and women's rights. The vocational training center also hosts special workshops and guest speakers throughout the year. Social services include medical aid, legal aid, counseling, emergency relief and job placement. The Hariharananda Vocational Training Center is a hub for the WISH (Women's Independent Self-Help) Network, and an oasis for those who are truly in need of assistance. Self-empowerment, self-sufficiency and service to others is the core philosophy.

Small Business - our WISH Shop : Grassroots India endeavors to train young girls to build self-confidence and self-sufficiency through hands-on experience in small business, sales and marketing. The WISH Shop, located at Hariharananda Vocational Training Center is run by the WISH girls and provides services and products produced at the center. Girls learn bookkeeping and customer service.

Exhibitions : State and Federal exhibitions provide a great opportunity for the WISH Network to showcase the products they make at the Hariharananda Vocational Training Center. Exhibitions are the most efficient way for women's self-help groups to market products and build community support. Proceeds from the vocational training center sales help to support our project.