Beneficiaries of this program are
mainly adolescent girls and young women in the age group of 14
to 24 years, especially those who have dropped out of school.
They are given trainings on life skills, vocational skills and
personality development at the Phulora community centers in
order to make them economically independent and self-reliant,
and also to make them aware of the need to unshackle social
and cultural bindings forcing them to fit into stereotypical
Phulora follows a three pronged
approach. It has been designed as a two to six months course
where beneficiaries are given vocational training, life skill
education and personality development sessions. Vocational
training includes tailoring, beautician training, making paper
bags, mobile pouches, mirror bags, greeting cards, gift boxes,
jewelry, zardozdi work, bandhni printing, etc.This course has
also been custom made into a 15 days crash course for school
going girls of the 8th, 9th and 10th grades.
This program was started in different localities of the
Bibwewadi area in 2002. And since then, a direct impact of
this intervention has been a reducing number of girls dropping
out of school every year and also a reducing number of early
Under Life skill and Personality
Development Sessions, hobby skills like rangoli designing,
henna designing, embroidery, knitting, crochet, warli
painting, cold ceramics, decorative flowers, lamp painting,
cooking, etc are taught. Lectures and sessions on overall
personality development, awareness generation, sex education,
significance of dietary nutrition, common non-communicable
diseases, waste management, etc are also covered. Besides
this, information about postal and banking saving schemes,
making and managing monthly home budget, are also given.
Educational visits to post offices, banks, police stations,
museums are also done.