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Aapki Police Aapki Baat

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.

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Powering Employability: Computer and Confidence Building Courses

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.

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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.

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Galli Galli Sim Sim

This was an exciting project in partnership with Sesame India, who are a branch of the Sesame Street USA. Radio Mewat broadcast over 90 episodes of the series titled Galli Galli Sim Sim, which is targeted towards children in the age group of 3 to 10, and their parents. This is an extremely popular program all over the world and also involves a community segment that is recorded in advance or is taken live.

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Powering Democracy

With assistance and support from the Haryana Institute of Rural Development, Department of Rural Development Haryana, a campaign was launched in Mewat to strengthen the Panchayati Raj Institution.

The objective of the project was to enhance participation of women in the process of Panchayats; motivate and mobilize people to participate in local development; provide information about their roles and responsibilities; strengthen capability for participatory local development; strengthen institutional capabilities of local decision-makers for their varied and demanding tasks;

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Shri Ashok Yadav, IAS, DG Agriculture, visited Radio Mewat

February 28, 2012 Shri Ashok Yadav, IAS, DG Agriculture, visited Radio Mewat on February 28, 2012. Radio Mewat broadcast his interview live and received a very positive feedback from the listeners. Farmers came to Radio Mewat office for an informal interaction and discussed their problems with Shri Yadav. He also became a member of Radio Mewat and advised the Agriculture department to interact regularly with Radio Mewat team and keep them posted on all the new schemes. Mr Yadav was very appreciative of the efforts of Radio Mewat to reach out to the community, He was deeply impressed by the hardwork of the reporters and anchors and promised to provide content and financial support to Radio Mewat

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Two waves in the same tune

28 February 2012 The teams of Radio Mewat and Gurgaon Ki Awaaz met in Mewat to devise a plan for producing innovative programmes collaboratively, and also to establish themselves as a strong and sustainable CR station in the region.

Mewat: Gurgaon ki Awaaz team visited Radio Mewat campus on 24 February, 2012. This visit provided an opportunity to the members of both the Community Radio Stations to interact with each other.

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Radio Mewat launches website, celebrates World Radio Day

Radio Mewat celebrated World Radio Day with much zest and enthusiasm. This day was proclaimed by UNESCO to commemorate the role of radio in societal transformation, betterment of people’s lives and highlighting the issues of underprivileged sections of society.

Radio Mewat organised this event with assistance from the local Shikrawa Panchayat. Ms. Hazra Begum, District Council Chairman; Ms. Mohammadi, District Council Membe and Mr. Hakim Ajmal Khan, a well-known writer who has been awarded with the Governor’s Medal graced the occasion. The Mirasis of Mewat, the traditional folk singers from Shikrawa presented a beautiful welcome song.
Hazra Begum, District Council Chairman launched Radio Mewat’s website- www.radiomewat.org. This online platform aims to connect to the global audience to disseminate information about various issues concerning Mewat.

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Radio Mewat launches a membership drive

February 2, 2012 In an innovative initiative, Radio Mewat launched the Radio Mewat Mitra’ (Friends of Radio Mewat) campaign from from February 1st. Aimed at reaching out to the people of this backward region, the only community radio station in Mewat provided badges with the Radio Mewat logo at a nominal fee of Rs 5 for individuals, Rs 25 for families, Rs 100 for panchayats and government bodies and Rs 50 for Self Help Groups and NGOs.

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Bhattashalas (Alternative Innovative Education centers at Brick Kilns)

Education is an important tool for empowering communities. It helps provide opportunities and choices. However, a number of children do not get an opportunity to go to school and remain labeled as “out of school children”. Especially if we take the case of migrant labour, their children never get mainstreamed into proper schools and neither do they get the time and opportunity to study when they travel with their parents in search of jobs.

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