A. Eye-care campaign : A massive Eye care campaign has been started in proud partnership with the World Health Organization's Vision 2020 program. The major focus of this flagship program is to significantly decrease the cases of Presbiopia in the state of Odisha, where as many as 60 vision entrepreneurs have been trained and sent across the state to spread awareness and assistance to those in need. In total the vision entrepreneurs have distributed more than 6,000 reading glasses to those in need and a further 3,000 glasses have been distributed at as many as 8 eye care camps held in and around the state capital of Bhubaneswar.
B. Girls not brides : Being supporting partner to the organization like ‘Girls not Brides’, we were active throughout the year in spreading the awareness regarding the most important issues related to the adolescent girls in India i.e., Child Marriage. We have also published various articles, reports, data regarding child marriage issues from across the world on our social media websites with an intention to give the issue a wider reach and keep up with the fight against this social evil of child marriage. We feel proud of our work continuous efforts to put the issue in the forefront of public platform with the use of our Social Media strategies.
C. Partnership with Odisha Construction Board to prevent Child Labour at construction sites : We are the Knowledge Partners to ‘Construction and Other Workers Welfare Board, Government of Odisha’. We are also working on formulating the plan to start Migration Information Centers at places which are the sources of migration, wherein we are planning to impart knowledge regarding legal rights to migrant workers so that they can legally protect themselves during the transit and also in destination state where they are heading to, for their construction related jobs. At these Information Centers, the rights and protection of children of the migrant workers is given the utmost seriousness.
In collaboration with the Board, we are also engaging with the Real Estate bodies in the state, to seek their commitment in fulfilling their legal mandate of not employing child labour in the construction sites, and to declare construction site as child labour free zones. We are also urging them to develop few non-negotiable to protect the best interest of workers and families including children working in construction sites.
D. Seminar on “Ease of Doing Business –Perspectives of Odisha” : Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Kochi and Kalinga Kusum Foundation (KKF), Bhubaneswar had joined hands together and organized a seminar on "Ease of Doing Business -Perspectives from Odisha” on 23rd February 2016, in Hotel Swosti Grand, Bhubaneswar. There were nearly 130 participants from different backgrounds which included senior policy makers, planners, representatives from the industry & industry associations, new entrepreneurs, professors and management students.
The objective of the seminar was to increase the ability of the state to conduct business for a better economic and financial development of the state by doing rigorous discussion on various facets of business and to create a conducive business climate in the state of Odisha.
Various states have also joined the efforts of the central government in the true spirit of co-operative federalism for attracting investment, boost economic growth and generating employment opportunities for its citizens. Followed by this there is one more seminar on the same topic in Kochi, Kerala on 11th and 12th March, 2016 and our advisor Mr. Sujeet Kumar attended it, and shared about the business climate of Odisha and regarding Financial & Taxation policies of Odisha.
E. GuideStar India Workshop : A training programme was conducted by GuideStar, India, which supports for a transparency mechanism in Social Sector. The programme was conducted in CYSD, Bhubaneswar on 5th February, 2016 where more than 120 partners who have registered in GuideStar, India participated. There the participants were taught how to register themselves in GuideStar, India, through which an open data base for NGOs, Trust or foundation will be available on the website which can be accessible by all.
As there is very less interaction between the civil society and district administration, improper policy for the civil society, lack of evidences of our work and achievements, lack of transparency, in- effective mechanism, and due to non- collective agenda, we are far from the social progress. So the data bank is highly essential and NGO award programmes & fairs are equally in need to maintain the transparency and accountability within us.
F. International women’s day celebration by NAWO – “Pledging for parity”: On the Occasion of International Women’s Day 2016, National Alliance of Women along with the women’s organization of the State, had organized a two day “State level women leadership summit 2016” on 8th and 9th of March, 2015 at Adivasi Padia in Bhubaneswar. There was a gathering of more than 500 tribal, Dalit, youth and women leaders representing all the 30 districts of Odisha.
Theme for international women’s day 2016 as declared by the United Nations was “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8th March was to reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective achievement of the new Sustainable Development Goals.
The two days programme was included felicitation to women achievers, experience sharing, plenary discussions and cultural programme different contemporary women’s issues. A memorandum submitted to the government of Odisha based on the women’s right. Kalinga Kusum is proud to have participated in the event as part of the National Alliance of Women.
G. World Human Rights Day Celebration : On 10th December, 2015 organizations working on women rights and violence, from all over Odisha gathered in Ekamra Haat, Exhibition Ground, Bhubaneswar, to observe World Human Rights Day. This programme was organized by NAWO, as a part of One Billion Rising Campaign. The Chief Guest and Speaker for the day was the well known Feminist Activist and Social scientist Ms. Kamla Bhasin. She talked about development, domestic and sexual violence, education, gender parity, and the role of media. Heart-rending drama, poetry, lyrical play based on Child Labour, Child Abuse, Child Marriage, Child Education, Women rights, Violence on Women, Abuse on Women, Male Dominated Society were performed. Kalinga Kusum Foundation is proud to be a part of this campaign.
H. World Human Rights Day Celebration : One of our staff member attended Solar Entrepreneur Training programme organized by SELCO Incubation centre, Bangalore in association with Onergy Solar and Centurion University centre for Renewable Energy and Environment at Centurion University, Jatani, for upcoming solar entrepreneurs from the various districts of Odisha.
The basic purpose of the training was to impart the entrepreneur with technical knowledge related to solar as well as entrepreneurial skills through class room training and on field exposure. Upon the completion of training process, the entrepreneurs will be able to develop a business plan through a collaborative approach of academic support to qualitatively improve the plan, and to provide a comprehensive analysis of the business opportunity with guidance from the Centre management, SELCO.
Kalinga Kusum Foundation's mission is the socio-economic and legal empowerment of those living on the edges of society, with a special focus on children, women and tribal.