Phulora is a program designed for the overall development of underprivileged adolescent girls who are school drop-outs.The primary goal of this initiative is to provide life skills education for adolescent girls and young women. This is a six-months course including Vocational education and guidance for enterpreunership.

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 roles.

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 marriages.

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.

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