AIF celebrated World Health Day on 7th April 2005 at Thakurganj referral hospital. The topics of discussion were AIDS and adolescent sexual and reproductive health programme.Mr. Sudhanshu Kumar BDO Thakurganj, Mr.S.P Saha the chief medical officer of the hospital spoke on the occasion.Mr.Navin Yadav the town panchayat member also presented his views.
The H/A and PEs of AIF, staff of the hospital and members of local community were present in large numbers. The natak mandli performed plays on girls' health and AIDS awareness on the occasion.
Azad India Foundation organized series of community meetings at villages Damalbari, Powakali, Pothia, Thakurganj and Chattergach regarding rural schools. A large number of local people including panchayat members, village elders and other important members attended the meetings and gave their suggestions. It was decided that Azad India foundation would begin formal as well as nonformal education for the children with the help of the village committees. The local educated youth would be employed as teachers.
Azad India Foundation distributed National Open School Level-A certificates to its first batch of 35 successful students at a programme organized at village Powakhali.Mrs.Yuman Hussain Executive Director AIF and Dr.Md Jawaid Ex-Minister Government of Bihar gave the certificates to the children.
Azad India Foundation organized a function at the premises of Azad Public School to distribute certificates to successful children and students who completed various courses run by the Foundation.Mr.S.K Poddar, Shrimati Suniti Chakravarti and Mr.Sanjay Upadyay SDLR Kishanganj were the special guests who graced the occasion. About 15 girls of Rasulganj nonformal education centre received certificates in stitching and tailoring from Mrs.Suniti Chakrabarti.r6 children of Rasulganj nonformal received National Open School certificates at the hands of Mr.Sanjay Upadhaya.12 Young boys and girls got certificates in basic computer course from Mr.S.K Poddar.Prof.Umesh Nandan Sinha senior journalist was also present on the occasion.Mrs.Yuman Hussain gave vote of thanks.
On the occasion of International Literacy Day Azad India Foundation organized a function at villages Baragariya and Puranderpur (Block Pothia) to give away National Open School Level-A Certificates to successful children and girls belonging to various villages. It was attended by large number of people including the panchayat members. It was followed by performances on the health issues by AIF's nukkad natak mandli.
14- 15th October
Azad India Foundation organized two -days training for local natak mandli at Azad Public School.Mr Rajesh Kumar and Mr Manoj Kumar from Kaifi Azami IPTA group Patna gave the training to 5 members of the troupe.Then the natak mandli performed at few places in Kishanganj on various social issues like AIDS awareness and mother and child care.
AIDS Awareness Day
Azad India Foundation celebrated AIDS awareness day at its various NFE centres in 15 villages under Project Sanjivini.On the occasion nukkad nataks was performed and girls and women participated in various programmes.
Ms Tinku Khanna,Ms Janki and Mr Kalam from Aapne Aap Women International an NGO working in Calcutta and Forbesganj visited OBE centres at Kharna and Bharagariya.The children welcomed them with a song and displayed their learning skills. They were impressed with the progress of the children especially the girls.
Azad India Foundation hosted Mr Alvise Fabretto a volunteer from Italy at Azad Public School. He participated in various activities of foundation including teaching at Azad Public School.
Azad India Foundation celebrated Republic Day at all its NFE centres.A special function was organized at Moidunpur NFE centre where girls presented a small cultural programme.Mrs Sayeeda Banu Chairperson,Mrs Yuman Hussain Executive Director, Mr Pervez Raza Project Coordinator,Mr Alvise Fabretto Volunteer from Italy and important people from the locality were present on the occasion.
Sports Day was celebrated at Nonformal centre of Peer Pokhar and Kharna where 60 children participated from the two villages. They presented a small cultural programme.The winners were given prizes by Mrs Yuman Hussain and Mr Alvise Fabretto.
Azad India Foundation helped women of Mohammadiya SHG Powakhali establishing linkages with an aggarbatti factory at Sonapur.They were given raw material as first installment. Women displayed their skills at aggarbati making to the Chairperson Mrs Sayeeda Banu and Executive Director Yuman Hussain.
28th Jan- 2nd February
Azad India Foundation organized training under Project Sanjivini for its 15 health animators and peer educators working in villages of Thakurganj and Pothia.Mr Ziauddin from Prerana Delhi was the resource person who provided the training in most innovative ways to the staff.
A puppet show on consequences of early marriage was performed by Mr Shahid and Mr Akil at the premises of Azad Public School.It was well -attended by the people.
Azad India Foundation's nukkad team performed at the Mela organized by SSB(Seema Suraksha Bal) at Powakhali grounds. They performed nataks on AIDS awareness and consequences of early marriage and child birth.
Azad India Foundation organized health camp at village Birnabari .Dr K Chaudhari from Thakurganj saw many patients from the neighbouring villages.Mr Pervez Raza project coordinator,Mr Kaiser field worker and Ms Deepali Dey supervisor were present on the occasion.
Azad India Foundation organized one day refresher training in teaching methods for the 22 teachers of its 7 OBE (NOS) centres.The training was conducted by Mr Shamim Anwar who is a TLC trainer.He explained many innovative techniques for teaching young children.
23rd to 25th March
Azad India Foundation organized film shows 'Meena ki Kahani' at its various nonformal education centres for the benefit of girl students and women.
A health camp was organized by Azad India Foundation at Moidunpur ward no-1 block Kishanganj.Dr Vijayshree Jain (Gynae) and Dr Md Jawaid saw many patients which included women,girls and young children.
Azad India Foundation organized poster and drawing exhibition at the premises of Azad Public School where colorful drawings made by rural girls were put up for the general public. The drawings depicted the role and status of girl child in the villages. Some of the drawings were on health issues.
Capacity Building Initiatives of Azad India Foundation
AIF organized five days residential training programme at the premises of Azad Public School in the month of January (28-1st Feb).It was conducted by Mr.Ziauddin a resource person invited from Prerana New-Delhi. The total number of participants were 19 including the programme staff and HA/HM.
The training was participatory in approach with interaction between trainer and the participants. The trainer divided the participants in three -four groups and the exercises were all group activities. The discussions were held between various groups.
Simple games were devised for those participants who were shy and unresponsive. The other techniques followed were mind mapping, question and answer sessions, short lectures and information which participants wrote down. The main issues covered were :
Puberty and reproductive health including various changes in the body.
Understanding Reproductive system of males and females.
Reproductive health care for adolescent females.
Information about RTIs/STIs and women.
Gender roles and Adolescent sexuality
Importance of ARSH in the community.
Contraceptive and safe sex.
Values and Attitudes towards sexuality.
Family planning need and importance.
Role of health workers and ARSH.
Marriage, parenthood and partnership
The training was participatory in nature with more emphasis on group activities. It helped those HM/HAs who were new in clarifying their concepts. The group exercises, the simple language and games helped the participants in gaining confidence.
Training of the Local Natak Mandli on ARSH issues
Azad India Foundation organized two -days(14- 15th October) training for local natak mandli at Azad Public School.Mr Rajesh Kumar and Mr Manoj Kumar from Kaifi Azami IPTA group Patna gave the training to 5 members of the troupe. One the first day they prepared a play titled 'Sahi Khabar' in which the story line addressed the following issues of early marriage, early pregnancy and its consequences, relationship between husband and wife and disparities between boy and girl.
On the second day the participants prepared the play titled 'Jeevan ka Sawal'which dealt with the issues of STI /RTIs and AIDS and their prevention. The main emphasis was on maintaining personal hygiene both for the boys and girls. They prepared songs in Surjapuri language and later the plays were performed at Rasulganj NFE centre and Caltex Chowk Kishanganj.
The local natak mandli was again send to Mahila Vikas Samiti Nawada for 10 days training (25 Jan-5Feb). The training was conducted by resource persons from NECTOR in which five member team participated. The main aim focus was on the techniques of the communication strategy with a thrust on Nukkad Nataks, Forum Theaters and Puppetry. The team was exposed to the techniques of script writing and message building.
Training of Literacy and Rural school teachers
Azad India Foundation organized one day refresher training (20 March) in teaching methods for the 22 teachers of its 7 OBE (NOS) centres.The training was conducted by Mr Shamim Anwar who is a TLC trainer. He explained many innovative techniques for teaching young children.
The training was done at Azad Public School vill: Chattargach premises. Workshops and Trainings attended by team of Azad India Foundation First Community meeting of Solution Exchange for India's Maternal and Child Health Practitioners - The Visioning Workshop organized by WHO India at New Delhi: Attended by Mrs Yuman Hussain Executive Director.
Life Skill Training program for the coordinators organized by Vatasalya under Project ARSH at Lucknow : Attended by Mr Pervez Raza Project Coordinator.
State level workshop on Girl and Women Trafficking organized by Bhoomika Vihar Katihar: Attended by Field Supervisor Mr Kaiser Alam at Patna.
Workshop on training of Trainers on HIV/AIDS organized by Society for Working Life and WWHI New Delhi at Suraj Kund Faridabad: Attended by Mrs Yuman Hussain Executive Director.Azad India Foundation was selected to organize state level workshop for trainers at Patna.