SMART did a pilot program with the district police department and in consultation with the Superintendent of Police (SP),Mewat. We ran a radio based help line and complaint registering service for the local police. The program was aimed at reaching out to the women and other vulnerable groups in society, who found it difficult to go to the police station or were afraid of harassment, if they registered complaints.
SMART, with support from Women without Borders, Austria, organized a 6 months computer training program for over 250 women and girls in Mumbai. The target group was the families of the police inspectors and constables. The low salaries and living conditions of the police force in Mumbai inspired this training program. The effort was to provide skills that would help the women to get jobs and contribute to the family income. The daughters and mothers attended the course together.
SMART undertook the total sanitation campaign in Mewat with support from the Department of Rural Development, Haryana. The project involved creating awareness among the community members to construct toilets and bring about a marked improvement in their lifestyles. SMART hosted poster competitions, mobilized students to participate in rallies, wall writing and radio programs. Promotional advertisements were produced in the local dialect and support was provided to those who agreed to construct toilets.
Mewat Police has decided to take help of Radio Mewat, a community radio station based in Mewat to register complaints with SP office. Mewat’s SSP Pankaj Nain will be answering these queries through a weekly radio programme.
Archana Kapoor, Director of Radio Mewat recalls her stint with documentary film-making and how she went on to set up community radio station in considerably backward region of Mewat.
What strikes you as you listen to the journey of Radio Mewat, a community radio station based in Mewat in rural Haryana, is that you cannot talk of the radio without talking about the people who are its daily listeners and partners in many ways. In February…. (Read more)