Village Ways Charitable Trust

The Village Ways tourism enterprises bring important economic and social benefits to the communities, but there are many other needs in these remote places that tourism cannot meet. This is why the Village Ways Charitable Trust, an extended arm of Village Ways, led by a Managing Trustee and a Trustee team to oversee the larger social issues, was founded. The Trust has been working on women’s health issues from 2008 and has partnered with BSR, Ann Inc Taylor and Good Earth to undertake important public health initiatives.

Back in 2008, Village Ways Charitable Trust opened the Supi Community Centre, generously funded by Good Earth and Inntravel, and other individual philanthropists. The Supi Community Centre has become a venue for an ongoing series of public health initiatives, as well as a training centre and workplace for women working on specialist crafts.

Over the years, with Business for Social Responsibility as technical partner, a HERnetwork Project focused on personal hygiene, nutrition and menstrual hygiene for women empowerment has been undertaken. By establishing a team of Master Trainers, Peer Health Educators and health committee members from within the villages, critical health needs including personal health and hygiene, nutrition and menstrual hygiene were identified and three rounds of peer health education delivered to the communities. To ensure sustainability, local women were involved from the start, trained to deliver the interventions back in their own villages. Educational materials were designed to be simple, pictorial and easy to understand. With the positive conclusion of this project, the Trust has proceeded with its next project, Tulsi Telehealth Care. This curative health care project aims to make primary health care accessible to remote marginalized communities via telehealth. For more details on the Trust and its public health initiatives, Click here

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