The organization proposes to inculcate technological aptitude in the form of imparting the art of using Social Media to the tribal women of backward areas of the Northern India with the purpose of amplifying their voices thus helping their stories to reach out to the entire world by training them to master over the skills of social media and technology. They will be taught to operate computers first, then internet services followed by multimedia Mobile phones.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
Our target group is the tribal women of backward regions of North India i.e. Rajasthan. They are the most under represented group on online, directly proportional to the level of literacy in this region, the status of tribal women with respect to computers or internet familiarity lags far behind. Most of them wouldn't have seen a computer live. This explains how backward their status is and how desperately they need to be uplifted & linked to technology. Moreover, these women face a number of social limitations when it comes to their education & academic careers.
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
Mr.Ravi Kumar, Director, GOFAN STUDIO
Mr.Surjeet Sinha, CEO, APS Pvt.Ltd.
Contact no. 91-8955512816
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
1. Women will draft text documents narrating their stories & experiences on social media
2. We will provide them with HD pictures & video inputs which will supplement to their creativity
3. At the completion of training an output of documentaries shall be generated which would be based on the lives of these women trainees, their efforts put in throughout the process of gaining knowledge and the results they produced
4. These output shall be linked to the organization’s website & social media related to rising voices & our organisation
5.The cost of the 5 documentaries shall be incurred by the organization solely
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.
We have strong links with GOFAN Studio, which has decades of experience in making of video films related to tribal art and culture. Moreover our experience with of working with the department of Women empowerment, Govt. of India had been a successful one for the reason that KISHORI SABLA YOJANA & SWAWLAMBAN YOJANA we trained women for self employment & they engaged themselves successfully to various trades. Further under NAVJEEVAN SCHEME with Social Justice Department Govt. of Rajasthan, INDIA we assisted 450 to quit illegal distillation of liquor & resort to better livelihood opportunities through different vocation training
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
The organization proposes to train 12 participants to master the skill of using social media for the upliftment of themselves as well as the women of the entire world facing similar circumstances. They will trained to work on computer, social media on mobile phones through GPRS Connectivity
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
The Technology we propose to use shall be the electronic media. This would repair us to make use of computers, mobile phones, internet & GPRS technology as well as Videography equipments and editing tools. We will seek the cooperation of GOFAN Studio who is among the top providers of videography services. The costs incurred in this regard shall be borne by the organization.
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
The training program is proposed to be conducted at the APS Pvt. ltd institute. The institute is already a famous computer training center which has all the necessary provision required for the training. Moreover. It shall be ensured that trainees shall be women in order to facilitate easier interaction
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?
We identify our self with our target population. The primary factor that makes us the most appropriate organization to implement this project is that our organization has been working since last 7 years with tribal population and further we have a good work experience concerning project relating to the welfare & upliftment of tribal women
The staffs in our organization through don’t directly belong to the tribal origin but have been interacting with them for a very long time. This explains how deep an understanding we have of the tribal culture. It shall be throughout the project ensured that women deal with women this would remove many barriers like communication barrier & social limitations
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
This project is itself a challenge in tribal areas with respect our target population. It has already been pointed out that tribal women face no. of limitations an account of their gender as well as traditions & customs of their tribes. Women in general especially girls are strictly prohibited and forbidden to leap out of their houses and communities. It would be a highly painstaking activity for the organization to pursue these women and their families to allow them to join this training program. Another challenge in this regard would be scarce means of conveyance for women in our target areas. At this stage we propose to provide traveling allowances. Yet to avoid further loop-holes we propose to make special provisions for women who face restrictions from their families in this regard.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
The level of success in the project proposed shall be evaluated by means of social media connectivity achieved by the trainers. In clearer terms this would mean the extent of population our trainees would explain their stories to. We would assess the number of persons who read each of their stories published online with the help of social media. Our success will also be further indicated by more women of tribal origin approaching us for the aforesaid training.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
Timeline: (with respect to May 7, 2014)
Project initiation: May 12, 2014
May 12 to May 15- Identification of local tribal leaders and representatives
May 16 to May 21 – interacting with them & videography partners seeking their co-operation, actual project initiation & set up.
May 21 to May 31 – Identification, selection and registration of project participants and hiring of female trainer.
June 1 to June 30 – Training program At APS pvt limited Institute plus counseling for these women to boost their morale. This would inspire others to their community. During this period women would prepare the aforesaid project output
July 2 – Submission of prepared outputs by trainees
July 5 to July 12 – Editing & enhancing the submitted outputs and simultaneously creating rest of the already mentioned outputs with the trainees to be uploaded at social media websites & the organization’s website
July 31- feedback session of trainees and their families
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
Conducting of training – $850
Traveling allowance to Participants- $300
Mobile phones – $600
Videography, Photography & Mobilization-$350
3G SIM, Internet Connections & Value Added Tax- $250
Coordinator Expenses- $120
Additional expenses exceeding the specified budget shall be incurred by the organisation
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
The rising voice could help us by providing us a global link to reach to the entire world. We would seek your co-operation in dissemination our documentaries world wide.
Raj. Integrated Development Society