DEEPS is a VO promotes developmental activities in an inaccessible areas in Dharmapuri dt, situated in north western part of Tamil Nadu and south in India.It is drought prone in nature,70%depends on rain fed cultivation. Due to social in security and Migration 40% leads to social problems ,child marriages are an alarming issue of the Dt. having 47% higher than the National average 45% state average 40%.In order to minimise and control the incidences,it has been planned to promote Adolescent girl journalist in rural area to empower young girls by using medium of web blog and social networking.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
In Pennagaram Block of Dharmapuri Dt. TN , India.
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
It aims to work with adolescent girls ,due to in secure social system the parents are forced to arrange marriage itself a violation on the rights of a girl child. In this situation girls who have completed Hr.sec.edu ,the Govt.of TamilNadu distributes free laptop but the girls are underrepresented to the technology will be identified.To make use of the device and generate an awareness on child marriages.The young girls will be trained as a rural journalist ,in turn they will play the role on ..
1. create a stories on victims of child marriages , cultural rituals & practices and myths & believes etc will be uploaded in to the created blog and posted in social networking .
2. stories posted in the blog will be shared with their peer girls empower them to say no to marriage before 18 yrs.
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
DEEPS is addressing social issues by networking NGOs in the state every one competent on different topics the following members will be extended support for the project implementation.
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Mr. Pradeep Roy and Concept Computer Centre in Dharmapuri.
and Concept Computer Centre in Dharmapuri.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
The project aims to sensitize various stakeholders on this issue and disseminate the message to others who are at risk age group.
In this reference, the village young girl journalist will collect all sorts of information , stories on victims , Cultural rituals of young girls and practices , myths and believes will be created and posted in to blog.
Secondly, the posted stories will be shared with their peer members in the respective villages towards empower them to say no marriage before 18 yrs.
thirdly, the professional journalist will be assisted them to equip skills on create story etc and the created story will be sent to electronic and print media for an advocacy campaign that to generate opinion on girl child friendly policy need.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
DEEPS have developed a base with various project intervention and promoted SHGs( Women Self Help Groups) farmers Association, Youth sangam, Triabl federation and Elected women representatives federation in Pennagaram Block of Dharmapuri district . the members of the social institutions will extend support for the success of the project.
Microgrant partnership will strengthen the existing activities towards enhancing technological intervention among the community . The young journalist will play a role to share the stories created by the trained participants and others who posted in the blog thus sensitize the issue among the parents of the girl children .
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
Pennagaram block has 33 village panchayats in each panchayat one girl will be identified as a journalist for the project and who has laptop , stays in the village will be selected as participant. And also from different communities Scheduled caste, Scheduled Tribes and Most backward class children will be selected.
The existing social institution promoted by DEEPS will extend support for the implementation of the project.
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
Internet technology will be used , since no village has such facilities , installing internet accessibility to the participants they in turn will disseminate the news , stories to the community .
The participants are underrepresented to technologies it aims to equip skill on ..
1. Computer literacy.
2. Internet literacy.
3. Create Stories and other collections
4.Approach with peer group and other CBOs.
5.Linkage with professional journalists in the district.
For few topics DEEPS having its competent personnel ( Create Stories and documentation , Approach with CBOs)
computer literacy and internet literacy concept computer centre will be used who has more than 25 system.
Journalist will be invited to share their experiences and collection on news related to the issue.
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
The workshop will be held at DEEPS and for practical exposure the participants will be taken to Dharmapuri which is the nearby city .
DEEPS having a training centre accomodate 40 members with all required infrastructure facilities such as..
1. Audio System
2. Digital Camera
4. Digital Video camera
5. Three computers with wi-fi facilities with USB modem.
All those thing will be used for the training the participants.
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
DEEPS has different projects and established a reputation with the community and Govt.
In fact, addressing the child marriage issue is a complex one and can not be resolved with in the sort period of time , need few more years to work on follow up and monitoring the project activities to bring out an impact in the long run.
It has a plan that once the training was over , in order to encourage the participants and to continue the commitment with the community , it is felt to extend support for incidental expenses like, travel, stationary and hono for co or of the project . If Microgrant extend support for one year the second year resource will be mobilised by DEEPS based on the impact / model established by the Micro grant project support.
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
The specific challenges expect to face ..
1. The trained journalist should commit themselves for the cause continuously.
2. Knowledge gained should replicate with other members in the community.
3. A new technology – Internet accessibility should not create an adverse impact such as ( Eloping, new Boy friends , unwanted friends etc )
But it can be resolved , hence it assumes the drawbacks but the development can be visible in the long run.
In order to mitigate the above challenges it is felt to have a continuous follow up for two years by appoint a co or to monitor and stimulate the journalist to engage in the development process.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
The following indicators can be visible ..
1. No. trained no. engaged in the process and created stories and uploaded in to blogs.
2. No. visited blog and posted views and disseminated by the regional and global community .
3. No. shared shared stories and other events to the CBOs and peer group by using internet as medium.
4. No. girls stopped marriages before 18 yrs.by themselves .
5. parents are the major stakeholder in preventing child marriages , no. sensitized and postponed marriage of their daughter.
6. Replication of the project.
by the above indicators the project can be evaluated. in fact, a new intervention , believe that the project will be a successful model to replicate .
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
The project can be completed in six month period of time :
1st Month identification of potential member .
2nd month organise training materials and resource team .
3rd month Conduct training for 5 days install internet data card to all the participants and sent documentation report to Micro grant .
4th , 5th and 6th month continuous visit to motivate them get in to the process .
Submission of project completion report along with financial report.
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
S.No Particulars Unit Total Amount in USD
1. Training Materials to participants 33 memx 3 $ 99.00
2. Training Centre 5daysx50 $ 250.00
3. Resource Team 5 memx 20 $ 100.00
4. Travel to participants 5daysx33memx2 $ 330.00
5. Lunch and refreshments 5daysx33memx3 $ 495.00
6. Organising Expenses 100.00
7. Stationaries and communication 50.00
8. Documentation & Report 100.00
9. Internet Data Card Purchase 33×25 $ 825.00
10. Co ordination 3monthx 50 $ 150.00
Grant requested USD 2499/
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
it is felt to have a follow up and monitoring services for at least one year period. In this regard it expects grant for Honorarium to co or and travel and stationaries and other incidental cost for Journalists.
DEEPS ( Development Education and Environment Protection Society)