This program is based on the evidence that literacy and education improves the health and social status of women and girls. The program addresses the special needs of adolescent girls and equips them with life skills for a better quality of life. The primary intervention is life skills course for adolescent girls with a special focus on out-of-school and working girls. The program also focuses on sexuality education, anemia prevention and improvement of the reproductive health of adolescent girls.
The capacity building component of the project envisages training program for groups with an aim to enhance their understanding the dynamics of group formation, group management, financial management and federation building and to build their capability to identify and analyze problems, to apply skills and resources to solve them in a sustainable manner. They are trained on development and poverty, PRA techniques and are especially sensitized to work with the poor. Some of the skill trainings are: Workshop on an induction & social mobilization processes; Experience sharing and skill development; Gender training needs assessment; Gender Sensitive CIF guidelines; TOT on social mobilization processes; Baseline, process monitoring and MIS, Audit training, Convergence with departments, Exposure visits and IG & Micro-finance sub projects.
Peer education enlists members of a specific group to effect behavior change among their peers. The success of the peer education program is to create an environment for improving the health conditions of their peers, who live in the same community. The PEs is from the same communities as the HRG. Each PE assists their clients by providing information, condoms, referring them to ORWs, and accompanying them to the STI clinic. Regular weekly meetings were held with the PEs to provide training, review performance, and orient them in the following areas: basic communication skills during interactions, Myths and misconceptions about sex and sexuality, STI/AIDS basics, condom demonstration DSACS and its associated units, such as TSU, organized two training programs to build the capacity of project staff, including MEA Cum Accountant and Project Managers.