Ashoka

Emperor Asoka is known as Piyadasi (in Pali) or Priyadarshi (in Sanskrit) meaning “He who regards everyone with affection". All his inscriptions have the imperial touch and show compassionate loving. He addressed his people as his "children".

 
FHSM Calendar

Visit the FHSM Calendar for the year 2011-2012 for the activities, events and schedule of FHSM.

PROGRAMS

Social Transformation & Peace Building

Prevention of School Discontinuation among vulnerable sections

FHSM is working for the uplift of under privileged sections of the society. FHSM has identified areas such as education, health, and economic development to be the most significant areas required sufficient support and focus. FHSM has organized a study in Kolli hills for determining the status of girl child education and the need for condense course, and also explore feasibility of development projects under Government assistance, and international funding. The pilot study was for 5 days which included meeting with Government officials education department, PHC (primary health clinic), panchayat union office, SHGs, ICDS workers, Mid-day meal scheme workers, and also visiting villages, attending Gramsabha in selurnadupanchayat which consists of selurkaspa, and other stakeholders. FHSM plays a leading role in bringing community participation and implement projects on condensed courses so that tribal girls/women of Kolli Hills will complete their grade X and empower themselves educationally which creates path for economic and social empowerment.

Program on School Dropout prevention among girls - Awareness on Girl Child Education & Literacy Campaign

In today’s world girl children, in particular, represent an extremely vulnerable group in many of Indian societies. Girl child are not able to access education because of various reasons. One of the key obstacles to greater educational opportunity for girls is the continued prevalence of the view that the proper place for girls is in the home, and that educating them is a waste of effort. Thus, boys continue to outnumber girls both at the primary and upper primary levels of education, with gender disparity higher at the upper primary stage. To improve girl’s access to education, we need to spread awareness on girl child education. A step has been taken by FHSM volunteers to change the attitudes and beliefs of the masses that discriminate against women and girls and to promote girls education. One day workshop on girl child education and literacy campaign was organized on 12th August 2011.

Dalit Rights Initiative and Peace-Building

Poverty inhibits demand and assertion of basic and fundamental rights. Eradication of poverty has thus become vital for Rights promotion. Chronic & acute poverty, illiteracy, caste division in ripe, and an insidious political system and policies have together rendered to mutilate and annihilate the dalit communities of Tamil Nadu. Exploitation of dalit and onslaught on their basic rights has become a common thing. FHSM is the lead partner and legal holder for AMMAN (Academy for Mediation and Motivation for Advancement of the Needy), a network of 142 Dalit headed NGOs working for Dalit rights and development, spread over 32 districts of Tamil Nadu. The Major aim and activities of the networks and the movement are to liberate the dalits from suppression and exploitation, and enable them have a life of social dignity through awareness and education, and organizing them for demanding their rights through training, campaign, and advocacy.

Rights of Women and effective participation

In Indian Constitution, there are provisions for equal rights for all citizens irrespective of their social and economic status. However such provisions exist only in pen and paper for millions of economically and socially disadvantage people in India especially SC’s, ST’s and Women. In India women are in much worst position than men not only in terms of sex ratio, literacy rate, work force participation, life expectancy, but also in terms of their assess to power structure which controls and guides the development programs of a society. Since access to political opportunities and participation in political decision making process are important components of capability and autonomy, discrimination in this respect leads to wastage of women’s talent and efficiency which are necessary for all around development of the country. Women need to be involved in decision making process in order to bring their demands in the national agenda. FHSM campaigns for the empowerment of women through effective participation in panchayats addressing the rights of women from weaker sections, and the constitutional safeguards.

Anti-Child Labor Campaign & child rights

The 2001 Census estimated that there were 12.6 million working children in India – 6.8 million boys and 5.8 million girls. Agriculture, manufacturing, and household are the sectors in which girls’ out-number boys. Child labor is also more prevalent in rural areas than urban areas. Poverty is being considered as one of the most contributing factors to the high incidence of child labor in India where parents have no other choice to send their children to work and view child as productive assets. Also our country has poor enforcement of law prohibiting the child labor. A program on “Awareness on Child Labor” was organized in the slums of Kondanda Nagar, Chromepet, Chennai on 7th June 2009 to provide awareness on education and campaign against child labor. The program covered 113 children from the slum community.

Program on Girl Child Education and prevention of child marriage

In India, child marriage usually refers to the practice in which a young child, usually a girl below the age of fifteen, is married to an adult man or a boy. According to a 2006 Indian government survey, around 45 percent of Indian girls are married before the legal age of 18 and almost 30 percent of boys are married before they reach the legal age of 21. Given the size of India’s population, these figures represent a problem of global proportions: according to UNICEF, 40 percent of all child marriages worldwide occur in India. Bringing an end to child marriage is a formidable challenge because even parents who understand its negative impact on their daughters may find it hard to resist economic and societal pressures and traditions. For this reason a one day program was organized for parents and elders on girl child education and prevention of child marriage on 26th January 2012. Recognizing the child marriage as one of major social problem a step has been taken by our organization which includes sensitization, together with initiatives to reduce poverty and provide genuine development opportunities for girl children.

The rate of school dropouts among the tribal girls in Kolli Hills was alarmingly high when compared to other scheduled tribes in Tamil Nadu. A number of reasons have been identified for the tribal girls dropping out. While early marriage was one of the main reasons, their full time involvement in economic activities and performing domestic chores also prevented them from attending classes.

Leadership Training For Youth

Youth Leadership Training Program, or YLTP, is an intensive residential program which gives an immersion in stress and trauma relief techniques of breathing, meditation and yoga and prepares youth to teach those techniques back to the community. A focus on leadership, teamwork and communication skills creates a solidly bonded team of volunteers with an emphasis on service that gives back to communities in need. FHSM has very good volunteers support for undertaking programs pertaining to youth development. A youth development program expands their ability to live a happy, fulfilling and useful life. It breaks the boundaries of what they thought they were capable of, increasing their personal power, energy and focus, as well as leadership, teamwork and communication skills.

It challenges to learn and embody the art of living, discover one’s potential and be the change one wish to see. Tapping their inner wisdom, youth become a model of inner strength, joy and caring for the world. All this is nurtured in our FHSM training program by a deep connection with a loving and accepting team who dedicate themselves to the challenging and ultimately fulfilling work of personal growth and service. Youth can change the world through their storming knowledge. Youth is another world. If they think, they can make the new world. Our organization has conducted various leadership training programme for youth. The total number of youth who attended our program was 25 who represented from Nagore and Vadaranyam villages of Nagapattinam district.

FHSM News
Wed, 16th Jan @ Chennai
FHSM meets with Walter Hahn from the German Dalit solidarity platform DSiD to discuss potential cooperation.
 
Gallery

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