Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Women's Day Celebration

International Women's Day is celebrates the world over, every year on the eight day of March. It celebrates womanhood and pays tribute to the indomitable spirit of women across the globe.

Its root lies in the early 1900s when oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change.

The basic unit of society is a woman. As woman makes a family, family makes a home and hoe make a society. So, one should never think that a society would come into existence without the contribution of women. A good healthy society doesn't automatically emerge on its own and stands firm. It need to be emerged and for its emergence women play a pivotal role.



Women down the ages were not given their due respects yet they went on without complaints. Women since time immemorial had powers to bring a change. Women fought with all odds to emerge as a winner.

Women now are more empowered and aware of their rights and the society has accepted their stand. The society is changing and paving way for the growth of the women. The changes can be seen in the fields of education, healthcare, equality and job opportunity. The new decade has seen a marked change in attitude towards women at large. Though, women have made strides in every field like politics, space exploration.

Even today, women in rural India are deprived of their rights. Various social taboos are present in the society. They are illiterates. They face hardships in their day-to-day life. As ‘invisible workers’ they contribute a lot to household activities as well as other outer activities,instead they are dominated by their spouses in all the aspects. They face problems in every sphere of their lives. It is necessary to create awareness and enlighten them.

On behalf of Rehab India Foundation, International women’s day was celebrated in Holagunda village with National Women’s Front Holagunda regional committee. The programme was inaugurated by NWF Andhra Pradesh State General Secretary Mrs. Thahirunnissa. She enlightened the gathering on the importance of women empowerment in our modern society and also described the importance of women education in this contemporary society.

Rehab India Foundation’s South zone Field Officer Mr.MuhammedYasir, Holagunda Islamic School principal Mrs. Asma Parveen, Holagunda PHC Head Nurse Mrs.Aruna, Holagunda MPTC Mrs. Hafiza Tabassum, and Rehab India Foundation’s Holagunda village coordinator, Mr. Abdul Hameed were also present in the programme. Total 264 ladies attended the programme. The programme we concluded with distribution of sweets.

The social fabric has acquired completely new dimensions. The women are considered less powerful and important than men yet situation is not entirely bleak. Thanks to the efforts of government, NGOs, social welfare organizations and many such institutions, there has been a drastic improvement. Many private corporate bodies have also taken a keen interest in improving the economic status of women and the results are extremely encouraging. Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru had once said, “You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women”. How true! We completely subscribe to this belief and steps are on its way to further improve the condition of rural women in India.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Special Visit to Bansibari VDP

Rehab India Foundation crew visited Bansibari village in Katihar district of Bihar on 10.11.2014. Mr. Afsel Chandrankandy - General Secretary, Mr. Safiullah -Community development Project Coordinator, Mr. Syed Anwar, MCJ Coordinator, Mr. Arif Project Coordinator, Mr. Sanaullah - Community development in-charge, Bihar, Mr. Vasim - State Incharge, Popular Front, and Mr. Mehaboob-Jharkhand State President, Popular Front visited the Bansibari Rehab Tuition centre. The students of the Tuition Centre gladly welcomed the team members with welcome songs.

Students’ cultural programme was organized. The students of Rehab Tuition centre actively participated in the event by quoting Hadeeth, singing Rhymes and Patriotic songs. Mr. Arif Khan – Project coordinator, interpreted the various activities and projects of Rehab India Foundation which has been completed successfully and the forthcoming projects which will be accomplished soon in the near future. 

Mr. Afsel Chandrankandy – General Secretary, delivered an inspirational speech to motivate the children. He said that, the Tuition centre is just a supplementary educational assistance to the children and is not a replacement for schooling. 

Village Committee meet was held following the cultural event in the Rehab Tuition centre. The meet was attended by the Rehab community centre’s committee members, Self Help Group members.

In the Committee meet, the savings and future plans of the SHG’s were reviewed and scrutinized. Mr. Afsel Chandrankandy – General Secretary, emphasized the importance on savings, which is the prerequisite for investment. He also focused regarding the SHG’s micro finance, interest free loans etc given by Rehab India Foundation to uplift the impoverished and marginal sector people to improve their standard of living. He highlighted how MSW students of Rehab India Foundation are working effectively on field and assisting the members of SHGs’. 

The programme was concluded with Vote of thanks by Mr. Arif Khan – Project coordinator. He mentioned that the people who require interest free loan can approach the person in-charge with a request letter. He thanked all the members present for their support. 

Bansibari Primary School was visited by Mr. Afsel Chandrankandy, Mr. Safiullah, Mr. Anwar, and Mr. Arif. The grievance regarding access to Pre-matric scholarship to minorities was enquired. Headmistress of the school Smt. Barthija affirmed that the school will take necessary steps to make the scholarship available to the minority students.

On talking with a teacher of the school Mrs. Sasi Prabha, she said, there are around 300 children in the locality but very few students has been enrolled in the school. Amongst the 20 children most of them are attending the school only for the mid day meal. After which they are been called back by their parents to rear cattle and do other works. Discussions were made to solve this problem. Mr. Afsel Chandrankandy insisted the teachers and members’ in-charge to organize and conduct PTA meetings and bring awareness among the parents regarding the importance of education for their children. He also said that, schools are not just to feed the stomachs, but to feed the brains of the children.

The Headmistress and Teachers appreciated the performance of the Rehab Tuition centre students on how they have improved and performing well.

Community Center Inauguration in Manipur

Rehab India Foundation hails inauguration of newly constructed Community centre at Purum Pangal Tabi of Manipur on 29.10.2014 at 11.30 Forenoon with ribbon cutting ceremony. It’s serves as a multi-purpose community centre. Pradhan of Uyumpok village panchayat Mrs. Echal Leima inaugurated the community centre with cutting ribbon. Mrs. Echal Leima was the esteemed Chief Guest. Mr. M.V Maqbool (State Executive Member, Popular Front of India) and Mr. Md. Arif Khan (Project coordinator North Zone, Rehab India Foundation) were the Guests of Honor with other members present.

The Chief Guest presented a speech highlighting the necessity and importance of education. He further said that education is the key to bring about changes and development. Education is essential for everyone. It is the level of education that helps people earn respect and recognition. It is indispensable part of life both personally and socially.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by more than 100 villagers including women and children. 2 teachers have been appointed after interviewing. 40 students so far have enrolled in the Rehab Community Centre. The classes will be commenced from the first week of November 2014 from Kindergarten till Fifth grade.

The importance of education is undeniable for every single person. It doesn’t goes without saying that education has a positive effect on human life. All people need to study. Only with the advent of education can people gain knowledge and enlarge their view over the world.

Education plays such a rudimentary role on our society that we cannot even imagine a life without it. It is a determined element for the civilization of human society. It helps us develop healthy surroundings and also generates an advance community.

We work toward providing appropriate learning opportunities to the rural populace who do not otherwise have access to education and helping the underprivileged children in attaining their right to knowledge and quality education. This community centre is established with the belief to improve the quality of life of the destitute people, community infrastructure in a tangible and sustainable way.

Vision Screening Campaign in Assam

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care. Access to health care and equitable distribution of health services are the fundamental requirements. Many backward and remote areas in our country lack basic health care infrastructure limiting access to health services at present. A large number of people in rural areas are unable to seek medical help due to variety of economic and social problems. “The groundwork of all happiness is good health”. Basic health care and health assurance seem to be a distant dream for underprivileged people. Eyesight is one of the most important and valued senses we have. Eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone regardless of age or physical health.

625 million people around the world are avoidably vision impaired or blind because they don’t have access to eye care. At some point in our life need of vision correction is necessary. The simple fact is that by around 45 years old, every person in the world begins to experience the need for vision correction as their eyes naturally age.

Acknowledging the road to provide necessary eye care, Rehab India Foundation joined hands with Fakoruddin Ali Ahamed Hospital organized Free Vision Screening campaign in the Rehab Model Village, Bongaigaon of Assam on 14.10.2014. Dr. (Mr) Banerjee, Eye Specialist, examined the patients and provided his excellent service. More than 60 villagers got their eyes examined and were advices on post check-up surgery. The beneficiaries of the Camp are now eligible for free surgeries in Fakoruddin Ali Ahamed Hospital situated in Barpeta, Assam.

The programme was successfully coordinated by Mr. Sadagar Ali, Field Officer, MSW Final year student of Rehab India Foundation.

Needless to say, this was indeed a great opportunity for the underprivileged in our area of operations, which forms part of our Social Upliftment Programme.

This initiative of the Rehab India Foundation go a long way in enhancing out-reach of medical services to the remotest areas. We, the team of Rehab India Foundation, stand to achieve our goal. Empowering people throughout the backward and rural region to reach out and improve their standard of living with our best possible services and support. We take pride in that.

Loan Distribution in Delhi

“There is no tool for development more effective than empowerment”. Empowerment enables the people of our community to increase control over their lives and shape their life for better. The most distressing feature of our social system is that we have at present, great disparities in incomes and lifestyles. On one hand we have millionaires and billionaires. On the other hand, we have teeming millions who cannot make both ends meet and a weak economic condition.

The people from the rural areas are moving to urban areas with the expectations that they can find their sustenance. But, their anticipation and reality are not same.

Understanding the problems faced by the destitute people Rehab India Foundation is providing them Interest free loan. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” is a famous Chinese proverb with which the significance of self-employment and self empowerment can well be perceived.

On 29.10.2014, Loan Distribution ceremony was held by Rehab India Foundation, in the Head Office Rehab situated in Delhi, organized by Mr. Nur Alam, Field Officer. Mr. Rasheed Akhwan (SDPI National Committee Member) and Mr. Ansaar (Delhi State President, Popular Front) were invited as Chief Guest. A total amount of Rs. 65,000/- was disbursed among 6 beneficiaries. A beneficiary was given a Cycle Rickshaw.

Mr. Syed Anwar (MCJ COORDINATOR, RIF), Mr. Rahoof (Finance Manager, RIF) Mr. Md Azam Tahir (Account Assistant, RIF) Mr Jiaul and Mr Kamal uddin were present during the ceremony.

Previously, they were not able to cope up with the world. As they are illiterates they were not able to find occupation which can enable them to earn enough for themselves and for their families; they were not able to end the hunger of their children. They were leading a marginal and miserable life. They were economically weak. With this aid, we tackled the root cause of poverty so that they will be able to support themselves and their families.

Our country can hold head up high only when there is full employment and good standard of living. Rehab India Foundation is working towards strengthening the livelihoods of poor and marginal groups and developing a sustainable environment by empowering them.

These interest free loans are given to the deserving people of underprivileged society. Instead of worrying about getting a job and low salary, with this they are able to support themselves and their families.

We single out the most deserving people and help them to start up their own business with which they can earn a living through their own labor and small business. They can be self reliant and can support their family economically. They organize to build their own strength and meet challenges.

We work to bring changes in the lives of underprivileged people. These initiatives of the Rehab India Foundation go a long way in enhancing the lives of people in rural areas. We, the team of Rehab India Foundation, stand to achieve our goal of promoting development and sustainable livelihoods empowering people throughout the backward and rural region to reach out and improve their standard of living with our best possible services and support.

Rural Library Inauguration in Assam

“The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page”. The concept of Rehab Rural Library started as a scintilla from the request from few poor village students. The students requested Rehab to help them with subject guides, dictionaries, etc. This enthusiasm and eagerness of the children prompted the Rehab team-Assam to start the Rehab Rural Library.

A library is a treasure-house of knowledge. It helps a good deal in spreading knowledge and education. A well-stocked library is an asset.

There was no Library in the vicinity of 20 kms surrounding the village. To guide and support the children, Rehab decided to establish a library, for which, the students of various schools and colleges were requested to contribute the books during the Book Donation Campaign held from 10th January 2014 to 31st January 2014. Almost 90 percent of the books were collected in this Book Donation Campaign. 340 books which cost around 21,371/- rupees were collected.

After a course of one month for the mobilization of the collected books, Rehab inaugurated The Rehab Rural Library successfully on 29th September 2014, in the Model Village – Hapachara Gram Panchayat – Bongaigoan District, Assam. Mr.Idres Ali – Principal, Zakir Hussain Public High School, Bijini, Chirang District, was the esteemed Chief Guest of the day. Md.Hussain, Social worker, Chatipur, Chirang district, Mr. Soudagar, In-charge-officer, 26 and 46 numbers of boys and girls, and few of the villagers were present in the event.

The programme started with the inauguration of the Rehab Rural Library followed by the speech of the Chief Guest in the Community Centre. Mr. Idres, the chief guest, in his speech stressed the importance of education for the poor students in the rural villages. He also said that, Library in the villages will contribute enormously in the educational development.

We, Rehab India Foundation would like to extend our heartiest thanks for the gesture shown by the Management, Principal, Staff and Students of the following schools and colleges for their active participation and contribution, in the educational development of the poor children.

i. Bara Nagar College –Sorhag – Borpeta District,

ii. Manikpur Anchalik College – Bongaigoan District,

iii. Bijini College – Chirang District,

iv. North Bongaigoan Higher Secondary – Bongaigoan,

v. Veer Jara Mahavidhyala – Bongaigoan,

vi. Hindi Higher Secondary School – Bongaigoan,

We also appreciate our team members Mr. Gaju Rahman, Ex-Assistant Project Manager, Mr. Juber Ahmed- II year MSW, Mr. Mustfijur- II year MSW, Mr. Abdul Salam-Teacher and Mr. Shahbuddin -Driver for their efficient and impressive participation in the Book Bonation Campaign.

The unity, empathy, serving mind and generous heart of the student and people of Assam to satisfy the poor children’s need was prevalent. Rehab India Foundation joining hands with the students, was able to establish a Rural Library triumphantly. This Rehab Rural Library will hold an immense part in the educational development and embellishment of the poor students’ life.

TB Awareness Program in Rehab Model Village

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Everywhere a person looks, and everywhere a person’s eye can see, there are people struggling with so many diseases. Tuberculosis is one among them. In order to provide social and psychological support and the necessary knowledge and information about the disease, Rehab India Foundation organized Tuberculosis Awareness Campaign. Tuberculosis is more common than we may actually think. About one-third of the world’s population is currently infected with Tuberculosis, with one new infection occurring every second.

India has approximately two to three million people infected by Tuberculosis and was the highest TB burden country with World Health Organization (WHO) statistics for 2011. Tuberculosis remains one of the largest on India's health and wellness scale and is the biggest health issue that lies around India.

26 October 2014, Tuberculosis Awareness Campaign was coordinated by Mr. Sadagar, Field Officer & MSW Final year student of Rehab in the Model Village of Assam. The campaign was conducted by Dr. (Mr) H. Sarkar (D.T.O) and Dr. (Mr) Bishwajit Roy (S.T.S) from Bongaigaon Civil Hospital, Bongaigaon of Assam.

The main objective of the awareness campaign was to advert to this public health problem and provide the public with the necessary information and knowledge about tuberculosis. The Doctors also explained the rural folks of diagnosing the diseases earlier so that it can be treated soon and can be halted from spreading further.

Even though our government is taking all the efficient steps to prevent the diseases and improve the health care of the people, all the schemes and strategies introduced by the government is not reaching the people living in the remotest areas of our country.

Rehab India Foundation empowers people throughout the backward and rural region to reach out and improve their standard of living with our best possible services and support. We work to make it easier for poor people to get access to and use healthcare services when they need them. Rehab India Foundation takes forward approaches to ensure that the destitute people in the rural areas lead safe and healthy life.