Kupwara Visit Report on 19th September
On 19th August, 2015 with Miss Salima Bhat I made a visit to Basera-e-Tabassum Home at Kupwara. We board a local sumo and reached around 11:30am. We first went to Women Development Centre of Borderless World Foundation at Kupwara. After introduction I went to saw the centre wherein girls imparted training by BWF in different skills used to work in different sections like in one section girls were making bed sheets by using fabric paint. In other section computer embroidery was put on Kashmiri Pheran Moreover tailoring section is also there and laminating/ Xerox section is also going to open, the construction for that was going on. I was delighted to see one section wherein girls were making sanitary napkins and they have already designed a plan for its marketing which is a huge and different thing to be happen by any women empowerment centre in Kashmir but there is only the need of packing stuff because of which some girls were ideal as the packing material for sanitary napkins is not available in valley, so BWF have to arrange it from outside state.
The broader aim of BWF behind this WDC centre is just to make girl’s self-dependent and self- reliable. After that an assessment of work was taken from all the girls. The girls briefly stated what they had done in one month and what they have to do in coming month. As the WDC Centre has started working from few months before. So, it’s still in its developmental phase.
I along with Miss Salima then went to see the B-e-T Home. As the gate of the home opened we were greeted with smiling faces of children, waving from window panes and received the warm welcome from all staff members. As it was already late so without wasting any time I gathered around the kids asked for their names and introduced myself, gave them my phone number for any personal assistance and tried to listen to their issues if any. They expressed the need of arranging tuitions at home. After that I interacted with the manager of the Home, Miss Rifat, assigned her to make monthly reports, draft activity chart of the month, monthly medical report submission online/offline. At the end it was a great day, wished all the best to all children as the visit was not fully planned therefore, there is a need to make more such visits for proper assessment of overall functioning.
- Packing material for sanitary napkins should be made available as soon as possible.
- Availability of Tuitions at Homes for children.
- Proper report maintenance by manager.