Various online workshops were organised by Sightsavers in collaboration with Jeevika, MNREGA, Saksham, UDID etc where State Disability Commissioner was actively involved. Several training and e-meetings were also conducted to orient DPG/DPO Leaders on Rights and Entitlements for PwDs and different Schemes & Facilities for the PwDs in Bihar. Bihar elections have also been announced and thus advocacy measures are taking forward our road towards Accessible Elections.
- Sightsavers in association with Samerth Charitable trust have supported the Raipur district administration by providing their regular services in COVID-19 call centres and control room.
- Self Help Groups supported by Sightsavers obtained a contract from the district administration to run a restaurant named Saksham Gadkalewa (a place for Chhattisgarhi food) in Mahasamund.
- Sightsavers’ beneficiary, Janki from Jabalpur district won Madhya Pradesh Government’s prestigious sports “Vikram Award” for her outstanding performance in Judo.
- Sightsavers’ beneficiary, Pratima from Jabalpur, MP participated in Sightsavers National Disability working Group meeting.
- This quarter, about forty-five new Self Help Groups supported by Sightsavers have been formed in Gajapati, Ganjam and Rayagada.
- Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) supported by Sightsavers were able to get the following suggestions incorporated by The Election Commission of India:
- Voter IDs of person with dissability will be made accessible to Persons with severe visual impairment and blindness
- The physical information provided to the visually impaired during the election campaign will be braille enabled
- Visually impaired will be allowed to cast vote through postal order which was earlier applicable only government employees
- Amidst the pandemic, women with disabilities supported by Sightsavers have been providing masks to those in need. With support from the government of Rajasthan, they are running three food canteens in the city of Chittaurgarh.
- Members of Disabled People’s Organisations supported by Sightsavers organised POSHAN month in Sultanpur. The activities in POSHAN month focussed on Social Behavioural Change and Communication (SBCC).
- MoU between Sightsavers India and West Bengal State Rural Livelihood Mission was renewed and extended for another year in the month of July till June 2021. Along with the extension of time, another 5 new blocks were included in the MoU where Sightsavers will play a technical support role in strengthening persons with disabilities.