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 Amo Vidyalaya adds diversity and value to its products through Candle Making
 From State to National award winners!!! The documentaries showcased at We Care Film Fest 2011 wins the hearts of much wider audience at a much higher level.
 Odisha's 20 most deserving to receive motorized tricycle as aaina joins hands with RGF.
 Sixteen villagers at G.Udaygiri in unity get a job through MGNREGA
 Mr Sasank Kumar Padhi, State Program Manager SCBRB shares his views
 ODPN Campaign for PwDs OF Sikhya Sahayak
 ‘Count Us In’- a campaign for inclusion of PWDs in Census 2011.
 International Women’s Day 2011
 Accessibility Workshop Jan 2011
 We Can State Assembly
 Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2011
 Aaina takes another major step, “Towards Inclusion”as it gets involved in PACS project in Odisha
 Ms. Kasia Pilat, Program Officer Human Dignity Foundation Ireland paid visit to aaina head office on March 14, 2012.
 EC Members Welcome Hilde Marbus Program Officer CORDAID, Netherland March 20 -21
 We Can National Change Maker`s Assembly 2012
 aaina participates in International Women’s Day 2012
 REPORT OF STATE LEVEL ODPN CONVENTION 28th & 29th March 2012
 Staff at Kamakhyanagar gear up to expand their skills and their work parameters in physiotherapy
 Physically abused, economically underprivileged, and socially outcast female of Ganjam finds away to independence and dignity
 Visitors to aaina
 Street play and art competition on world day against child labour became two major mediums to create awareness about child labor.
 Amo Vidyalaya takes a step towards sustainability
 Awareness campaign on women trafficking 2nd december 2012 of jajnaseni
 WE CAN forum shall keep the spirit of WE CAN campaign alive
 District Level Child Rights Week Celebration by PACS
 Ms. Lalita Missal aaina’s new President shares her thoughts
 Twenty Motorized Vehicles Distributed to People with Disability through Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
 Julie Grant, VSO Volunteer says Goodbye and Shares her Experience
 Fun, Games and Interactions make a way for capacity building training and the selection of new federation members from Children’s Club
 The WECAN fervor continues as we all celebrate 6th State Change Makers Assembly
 Padmini Sahoo from Kamakhyanagar renowned in International Women’s Day for her awarding initiatives
 International Women’s Day celebrated with enthusiasm, energy and a purpose as always.
 Health Camp for women at Amovidayalaya reveals their specific health issues
 Aswini’s situation improves as he comes across a Wall Writing outilining facilities for the PWDs put up by aaina’s PACS staff
 Mr. P.K. Rath Board Member aaina shares his experience of “GIVING BACK – NGO INDIA 2013” event
 In Appreciation and Inclusion of PWDs aaina Felicitates Award Winning Filmmakers for the Second Time!
 aaina Completes 36 Physical Verification of PWDs for the Distribution of Motorized Vehicles
 Capacity Building Training of Women PRI members
 aaina takes the responsibility of menstrual hygiene management of adolescent girls in three blocks of Ganjam district with the support of Water Aid.
 Ms. Sneha Mishra {secretary aaina) awarded for her social contributions.
 aaina coordinates Inclusive education workshop for private school teachers
 aaina took initiative to organize State level consultancy on Draft of CBR Mission
 aaina’s response to cyclone Phailin
 aaina celebrates JOY OF GIVING WEEK
 Breaking the barriers
 Development of aaina’s project on better Menstrual Hygienic Management-MHM
 Updates of a project at at Kamakhyanagar- a self sustained project of aaina
 We Care Film Fest III-Celebrating Diversity 2nd and 3rd October 2013, Institute of Engineers, Bhubaneswar
 District Level Child Rights Week
 International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women
 Menstrual Health Management of Adolescent Girls and Women.
 Observation of International Day For Persons with Disability
 Distribution of Motorised Vehicle to PWDs
 Response to Phailin
 Celebrating aaina’s 15 years
 Report On Lok Sangathan Utsav, Odisha
 Durga – rides with pride
 aaina participated in a four day Workshop on Menstrual Hygiene organised by Dasra; Geetika from aaina shares her experience
 Felicitation Ceremony at TCS on 14th March 2014.
 Water for all!
 Celebrating Raja- with a difference
 Humanitarian Response
 International Labour Day
 Woman Headed SHG sets an Example
 aaina joins hands with Unicef to end violence against children through Visual Media
 We Care Film Fest – Rising and Shining
 Gift an Apple Campaign- A 100 Kg Big Success!!!
 Wish Tree fulfills the Wishes of more than 50 children
 Banita Pujari brings changes in her life and work
 Aaina becomes a successful permanent partner of Global Giving
 Barrier free environment, participation by all and limitless creativity add meaning to the Child Rights Convention.
 Poultry and Fishing: A sustainable alternative for Phailin affected in Ganjam
 Beneficiaries of Ananya Project experience an eventful quarter
 Inclusion and Equality of People With Disabilities gets reinforced as aaina celebrates International Day for people with disabilities
 Few Good bites from Kamakhyanagar
 Screening of Short Movies for Kallola organised on January 21, 2015
 U.S. Consul and the team pay visit to aaina
 aaina and CSR
 Congratulations Jyoshna !!!
 “Kallola” Award Ceremony
 aaina to facilitate “Work in Freedom”
 Ms. Jyoshna Sahoo, Shares it all..
 LSIP (Large Scale Interactive Process)
 Oriya We Care Film Makers Shine as always
 Celebrating Rajo in Significance to Menstruation Hygiene Management
 Pramita MSW student from Beharmpur University shares her experience as an intern at aaina.
 Wishes of 58 children with disability met as aaina partners with Bharti Infratel during Dan Utsav
 An Apple a Day, Made it Way!
 WASH activities take lead at Ananya project of aaina
 Deaf-blind children get home based trainings to improve their functional capabilities and independence
 aaina gears up with community to create awareness on women’s labor rights and safe migration
 We shall Miss you Meera Ma’am
 Convention on Trafficking of Women with disabilities
 School Management Committee members from Kandhamal including children with disability participate in National SMC Convention in Delhi
 Distribution of requisite materials meets developmental needs of under privileged and children with disability
 Puppet show on safe migration touches hearts of the community
 Artist Ready.. Cameral Rolling… Action! -School Children set to make a short film on Child Rights.
 Aaina Embraces Inclusion through Sign Language at Raahgiri
 Towards Inclusion Project of Aaina officially completed.
 Deafblind children set to have Individual Home Based Plan
 Project of creating Open Defecation Free Society in full Swing
 Capacitating Women Domestic workers as Aaina celebrates Domestic Workers Day on June 16.
 A Roar on Menstrual Hygiene Day breaks the silence
 Food Processing Training using locally grown fruits to women union members at G Udayagiri
 Celebrating Helen Keller’s Day at Raahgiri platform
 Inclusive Education project of Aaina makes Aaina a Superstar at Global Giving
 Resource Center in Bhanjanagar for deaf blind Children gives them exposure to learn and grow.
 Wish Tree during “Joy of Giving”
 Gift an apple campaign adding nutrition and Taste in the mid day meals of children
 Exposure visit to SEWA, Ahmadabad
 A 2 day training for care givers of Deafblind children
 An Outing for deafblind children develops their sensory skills
 Aaina selected as one of the 20 NGOs in India for online fundraising
 We Care Film Fest 6th Edition
 Heartily thanks to Global Giving UK for their support
 Creating awareness and building platform on International Migrant Workers’ Day
 Construction of Incinerators- a vital step taken for Menstrual Hygiene Management
 Sweety towards independent living through Sign Language and Physiotherapy!
 Child Rights Week Celebrated.
 Deaf blind children visit an Amusement park
 Aaina’s project selected as Project of the Month by Global Giving
 Aaina participates in Fellowship on Zero tolerance of sexual assault against girls and women in Odisha
 Wall paintings on Health and Hygiene create awareness in communities of Ganjam
 Pinky finds her way towards freedom
 Seven children including 2 children with Cerebral Palsy join mainstream school
 
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aaina celebrates Global Menstrual Hygiene Day- May 28, 2015

More than 250 people gathered at Swosti Premium to celebrate Global Menstrual Hygiene day organized by aaina with the support of Water Aid, UNICEF, NAWO, NHM, SWSM & Gram Vani. With an objective of bringing the issue at a wider scale with a bigger impact, aaina organized MHM day for the 2nd time. Authorities from SWSM, Water aid, UNICEF, WRC, WCD , and Medical professionals were invited as esteemed guests. As the focus this year was to target service providers to take the issue of menstrual hygiene forward, Asha workers and Angan Wadi workers were the majority. Others included adolescent girls from rural schools, workers from Kishori Balika Mandal, WSHG members, Gender coordinator from SSA, IEC coordinator of DWSM.
Ms. Bisakha Bhanja, Water Aid, discussed menstruation as a natural and biological phenomenon that needed to be discussed openly. She believed that shame and silence had to be broken in order to take any step towards menstrual hygiene. Roles of gender coordinator, teachers, Asha workers, Angan Wadi workers as first line coordinators was stressed who needed to communicate about menstruation with girls and mothers.
Ms. Sneha Mishra, secretary aaina, discussed the study results of “Viability of producing low cost sanitary napkins with special focus on girls and women with disability.” Subsidization of sanitary napkins by government, maintenance of quality, accessibility of information on menstruation, availability of information in Braille and audio format and breaking of taboos were few of the vital points brought forward. As far as production units were concerned, the scalability of sanitary napkins was discussed as important along with central marketing.
Authorities present discussed the importance of menstrual hygiene in schools and 20 days training to teachers on menstrual hygiene was advised. Dr. Dinabandhu Sahu explained menstruation as a biological process’s. Yumi Bae, UNICEF believed that social taboos during menstruation only enhances the trauma that many adolescent girls are already going though during menstruation. In terms of hygiene, she stressed on usability and feasibility of toilets when being constructed. She showed her willingness to partner when required for menstrual hygiene related initiatives.
Different workshops were organized to involve participants and improve their awareness on menstrual hygiene in an entertaining way. One workshop, involved screening of an animated movie Maitri on menstruation which showcased a classroom setting where Asha didi was talking with girls in a class room about menstruation, its process, physical and hormonal changes, nutrition intake to be followed with graphic pictures. The movie touched and clarified all the points that many school girls have in mind. A Q&A session was followed with audience to clarify further any doubts. In a workshop on MHM lab, Implementers and practitioners (CSO, adolescent girls) and Doctors talked about the biology of menstrual cycle and the various misconceptions regarding menstruation which helped in dispelling age old taboos. In the third workshop of Interactive games, Implementers and practitioners played a uniquely designed game of snakes and ladders. It was designed in such a manner that in different houses different myths and different facts about menstruation were stated. If you land on a myth the snake eats you up and if you land on a fact, the ladder takes you up.
Release of TV spots and intelligently made short promotional films addressing the concerns of MH held the attention of the audience. Esteemed guests present congratulated aaina and Water Aid to bring the issue to such a platform and organize a workshop on a subject that is a taboo.



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