The Village Ways Charitable Trust is making excellent progress with its work in the Indian Himalayas, in a project which aims to tackle long-standing issues around women's health and education. The Supi Community Centre is steadily being built, and will be a place for visiting health professionals as well as providing a base for women to work on textiles and other crafts.
Even as the Centre is being constructed, important work has been undertaken for the past few months, and we were delighted to receive a report about our volunteer Peer Health Educators, who are now recognised by all in their community by their green sleeveless jackets and their selfless hard work! A small rally was recently held to create awareness of their first critical health need topic: nutrition. Teaching materials are tailored to local needs, and the trainers are available to explain and encourage. The outreach programme connects each PHE with 10 family members covering a minimum of 300 families, which is a simple, direct way to get important health messages directly to those who need them. The PHEs are monitoring and recording their work in diaries so the Trust can collate the data later.
More volunteers have come forward to join the movement since the rally.
The project seems to be driven by the women of Supi which is truly wonderful.
The project is in partnership with the BSR HER+ project, and Ann Inc, and we are also very grateful for the financial support of our UK travel partner Inntravel in the funding of the new building.