Vedanta to implement ‘Advika’ program through Nand Ghars
LANJIGARH, FEB 5
The Lanjigarh Unit of Vedanta Limited has joined hands with the Women & Child Development Department of the Odisha government for implementation of the recently launched ‘Advika’ programme, in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts through its Nand Ghars, located in these locations. This program has been designed with the objective to reduce risks and vulnerability of all adolescent girls in the age group of 10-19 years and making them self-reliant, empowered and sustainable by renewing commitments towards adolescent girls.
Vedanta, through its implementing agency, Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT), has started supporting the competent and skilled team of anganwadi workers in their endeavour to execute the project in both the districts.
The Nand Ghars, equipped with modern infrastructure and efficient human resource, are extending support in the implementation of the ‘Advika’ programme through community mobilization and knowledge sharing by organizing door-to-door visits, quizzes and feedback sessions.
Vedanta aims at covering around 1,000 adolescent girls in both Kalahandi and Rayagada by reaching out to them with the unique tools designed to attain the objectives of the program.
Informing about Vedanta’s association with this initiative, Rakesh Mohan, Chief Operating Officer, Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh said, “Vedanta Lanjigarh has always given priority towards empowering the community members. We have moved a step further in this direction by joining hands with the Women and Child Development Department for implementation of this unique project for the adolescent girls, who form a very important part of the population that surrounds our activity.” These tools include the 12-month calendar with various sessions on adolescent sexual &reproductive health, nutrition, safety and wellbeing, rights and entitlements, gender-based violence, financial literacy, marriage and relationship; a package of short films with the awareness messages and ‘Kishori Card’, which records the body mass index (BMI), haemoglobin level and sessions of training undertaken by the respective beneficiaries.
Informing about Vedanta’s association with this initiative, Rakesh Mohan, Chief Operating Officer, Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh said, “Vedanta Lanjigarh has always given priority towards empowering the community members with adequate knowledge and timely information that can change their life and lifestyle. We have moved a step further in this direction by joining hands with the Ministry of Women and Child Development for the implementation of this unique project for the adolescent girls, who form a very important part of the population that surrounds our activity. The program ‘Advika’, having a very apt tagline ‘Every girl is unique’ would definitely enhance the life skills of girls and pave the way to live a more dignified life.”