Vihigaon, April 2016:
Whenever we face any problem, we think about its solution, But sometimes that solution ushers in a ‘positive change’ and converts it into ‘progress’, not just for an individual but also for the community around. This kind of success route was travelled by two young tribal women. Health issues are very common in tribal areas. To deal with these issues, basic care is very important. With a resolve to overcome this problem, two young women from Vihigaon, Near Kasara, found the Solution via their Education.
Vrinda Nirgude had completed her graduation in Arts (B.A.) and Kaushalya Kavte had completed her HSC in arts stream. Both of them belong to poor families and live in an environment where education is not collectively considered as a basic need. But to take care of health of the villagers by learning about patient care and various health related equipments these two girls successfully completed their Diploma in Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery(ANM).
Diploma in ANM is recognised by the Indian Nursing Council. An Auxiliary nurse midwife is considered to be a grass-root level health worker in the health organization pyramid and mostly the first contact between the community and the health services.
Vrinda and Kaushalya both were engaged with Vivekanand Seva Mandal’s Zep Educational Assistance Program under which both of them completed one year Patient Assistanceship in 2012-13 at Vaatsalya trust, Bhandup. Later they completed two years Diploma course in Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery at Igatpuri Nursing College, Igatpuri. VSM organised a small felicitation event in 2015, after their first year of Diploma, as a token of appreciation and encouragement for their resolve. Kaushalya and Vrinda overcame all the hurdles like poverty, unfriendly educational environment and travelling problems to complete the Diploma with flying colours by scoring 83% and 82% respectively in 2016.
Under Zep Educational Assistance program VSM partners with students by providing books and guides for students in 8th-10thstd, sponsoring 80% of their fees along with books and traveling allowance for students studying beyond 10thstd and offering regular support and monitoring to all of them. One of the guiding quotes by Swami Vivekananda on rural education, is: “All the wealth of the world cannot help one little Indian village if the people are not taught to help themselves. Our work should be mainly educational, both moral and intellectual”. VSM strives to align its rural educational efforts in this direction. Young women like Vrinda and Kaushalya inspire us to carry this work further. They pave the way for social progress through self-empowerment and their contribution to community development