#SHS2018 program in Gudipadu Cheruvu Village #AndhraPradesh was led by AMMACHI Labs community organizer. The entire village has pledged to continue the 18 days clean-up drive till October 2, 2018. Villagers participated in the #ODF rally. .#swachhbha…
#SHS2018 program in Kalinagar village #WestBengal was led by AMMACHI Labs community organizer,#Aserve coordinator. A large number of villagers participated in the cleanup drive, awareness campaign and rally organized by our team. .#swachhbharat #MyClea…
#SHS2018 program in #Odisha was led by AMMACHI Labs community organizer,#Aserve coordinator and #Create tuition teacher. A large number of villagers participated in the cleanup drive and rally organized by our team. .#swachhbharat #MyCleanIndiahttps:/…
#SHS2018 program in Malgaon village, #Chattisgarh was led by AMMACHI Labs community organizer,#Aserve coordinator and #Create tuition teacher. A large number of villagers participated in the cleanup drive, awareness campaigns and rally organized by our…
In today’s fast-paced world, it is necessary to adapt to new technologies that will help us better prepare for the future, possibly even to survive. Prof. Gayathri Anand from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham conducted a two-day #Lego #robotics workshop for 45 children from 7 schools in Thalassery, Panoor, and Kannur town in Kannur district, Kerala. The aim of the workshop was to combine technology literacy using robotics with soft skills, such as creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Students were introduced to the basic concepts of programming and robotics through educational games and hands-on training with the Lego Mindstorms kit. The students learned to build, plan and program different kinds of robotic artifacts. They made different components in a robotic system to interact with each other to solve a variety of autonomous tasks. In the two days, they experienced a practical application of Mathematics and Science concepts to the physical world, thereby understanding and appreciating the physical constraints of a robot while operating in the real world. The final robotics challenge was a high energy stage performance starring robots. The workshop took place on September 7 & 8th and was a huge success.
Dr. Sidney Strauss, Professor (Emeritus), Branco Weiss Chair for Research in Child Development and Education, Tel Aviv University was at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and spent two weeks with the researchers, faculty and social work students from AMMACHI Labs, Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality and Master of Social Work, Amritapuri. During his visit, Dr. Strauss taught a course on Qualitative Research Methods: Content Analysis.
The course aims to help the young researchers to identify the mental models or psychological entities behind human behavior and also attempt to place these psychological entities in a cultural framework.
AMMACHI Labs’ team members attended the ‘LEGO Education Conference on Driving Innovation in India through STEM Education’ on 4th September 2018 at Chennai. This workshop was conducted in association with Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum & Edutech. Mukil MV and Sreekanth Chowdary Chalasani participated in the hands-on workshops on the integration of STEM education into the classroom and in an Introductory workshop for those new to robotics and masterclasses for experienced educators. They also got the opportunity to interact with Dr. Barbara Bratzel, an internationally recognized expert in robotics in Education, Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO)
Prof. Bhavani, UNESCO Chair in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, conducted a webinar on women’s empowerment and leadership to 30 European youth as part of AYUDH Europes’ Social Impact Leadership. The youth, from Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Spain, have been part of a 8-month training program, co-funded by the European Union, to develop their competences in leadership, mindfulness and project management. Over the course of the program, participants developed one project per country group to address topics such as Gender Equality, Human Rights, Education, Climate Action, Peace and Security and Intercultural Understanding. The webinar was held September 1-6 in Bilbao, Spain.
In her talk, Prof. Bhavani said: “To truly empower women to take leadership in their communities, we must first understand their vulnerabilities, needs and their unique roles in family and society. True leadership includes an attitude of respect for all, recognizing the fact that we are all are linked together like links on a chain. Only when we consider this holistic vision of leadership can we adequately empower women to live up to their full potential and realize their dreams.” Prof. Bhavani shared the work of AMMACHI Labs, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and the research under the UNESCO Chair that focuses on women’s empowerment.
She also discussed the barriers women face in leadership in society, and the role that men play in the progress of gender equality. Overall, it was an engaging learning experience for all participants.
#ayudheurope #socialimpactleadership #sil
Happy Teachers’ Day! Our children’s first teachers are their mothers. By building capacities through skills based learning, we are empowering women to strengthen their communities and pass on their knowledge. Here, Jyothi and her child in Byse, refer to a tablet-based course for instructions on toilet construction. We applaud all of our teachers and thank them with gratitude! #happyteachersday #teachersday
AMMACHI Labs conducted an extensive ‘Liquefied Petroleum Gas’ campaign yesterday at Golamba village in Madhya Pradesh. Our team is collaborating with the government in providing access to clean energy to these remote rural areas, with an aim to make th…
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, in collaboration with University of Groningen and the University of Maryland, conducted a Summer School on Research Methodology and ‘R’. This event was held at E-Learning Studio at the Amritapuri Campus. Facilitators of the session, Prof. Padma Rao Sahib and Mr. Sandeep Pillai conducted various sessions on the topic including Research and writing articles, Theory in research, and Introduction to Descriptive and Summary Statistics. Participants also had the opportunity to learn R with a few hands-on workshops. The Summer School took place over seven days from Aug 20 to 26th with researchers from AMMACHI Labs, the Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality.
Our Master of Social Work students jumped into action & assisted with humanitarian efforts for the #KeralaFlood victims on Munroe Island, Kerala. 👏🏽
Shanker Ramesh, Mechanical Design Engineer at AMMACHI Labs presented the paper titled “Design and Emotional Evaluation of Pepe Jr.: A cost-effective platform for HRI studies” at International Conference on Distributed Computing, VLSI, Electrical Circui…
Welcome to the new MSW students!https://www.facebook.com/10155873940368719
AMMACHI Labs at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has been busy preparing Amrita Vidyalayam School students for several international #robotics competitions. The Second Foundation’s most recent 21st Century skills training was through #AtalTinkeringLabs. Thi…
Inspiring talk on career development by Dr. Irna van der Molenhttps://www.facebook.com/1926986647322963
In Guntur district, addressing public grievances is the highest priority of district administration and they organize public interface programmes like “Mee Kosam” every Monday. Guntur has topped in Andhra Pradesh for citizen satisfaction, good governan…
The Stanford University’s 2018 FabLearn Global Excellence Practitioner Award has been awarded to Akshay Nagarajan of AMMACHI Labs, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, in recognition of his achievements and efforts to advance maker education and for his exempla…
AMMACHI Labs team reached Andhra Pradesh Tribal Education Primary Gurukul school last Wednesday to spread awareness about #hygiene,#cleanliness, and #sanitation. Our community organizer Anuradha and deployment team interacted with the students and did …
World Population Day, a United Nations’ initiative celebrated on the 11th of July every year. This day seeks to focus attention on the importance of spreading awareness about the exploding world population and the importance of reproductive health. This year the theme is “Family Planning is a Human Right”. In Malegaon village(Chattisgarh), our community organizer and assistant facilitator celebrated #WorldPopulationDay at primary health center with women from the village. Jamuna, a nurse spoke to them about #womenhealth and #familyplanning.
AMMACHI Labs’ #haptics, #maker and #virtualreality team members attended and presented five research papers at the 18th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (#ICALT2018), scheduled from Jul 9th(Mon) to Jul 13th(Fri) 2018 at …
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, meant to provide LPG connections to eight crores rural women by 2020. This ambitious Rs 8,000 crore scheme will partly be funded using the money saved from 1.13 crore cooking gas users voluntarily giving up their subsidies through PM’s ‘Give It Up’ initiative.
To organize #UjjwalaYojana campaign in Kodur village, AMMACHI Labs team met with the District Magistrate/Collector Dr. Vasam and District Supply Officer. The officer guided us to approach key personnel of oil companies and the very next day we could organize LPG Panchayat under Ujjwala Yojana at Kodur. Villagers enthusiastically approached to know more to avail the scheme. A detailed report was published in the well-circulated “Enadu” new paper on the 7th July, 2018. The news states that AMMACHI Labs an academic and research center at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in collaboration with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd has organized an awareness campaign.
Educating school children on basic #hygiene and #sanitation is very important as they are in a good position to drive change in their families and communities. In the rural villages in India, especially women and children, are being trained by AMMACHI Labs to improve their #health and #wellbeing. Specifically, the focus is on improving access to safe drinking water and hygiene practices in daily life. To tackle the problems caused by bad hygiene &sanitation and a lack of health awareness, AMMACHI Labs’ deployment team is training the village people to learn how to protect themselves.
In Malegaon village (Chattisgarh), AMMACHI Labs’ community organizer and assistant facilitator conducted an awareness session on the topic “spreading of disease”. Attendees were upper primary school children in the village school and they had a practical session on hand washing techniques too. Students were taught “how to use a handkerchief”. We also had an interactive session where we discussed “prevention and cure of diseases” and “health and hygiene.’
The core philosophy behind #CommunityDevelopment programme is the overall development of rural villages and people’s participation. In India, CDP was formulated to provide an administrative framework through which the government can reach to the district, tehsil/taluka and village level. In every district, a “Block Development Officer (BDO)” looks after the community development programs. AMMACHI Labs team initiated a community development program in Dewgain village, Jharkhand on 6 July 2018. Shri. Gauri Shankar Sharma, BDO, Smt. Aarti, President of Child Welfare committee, Shri. Bada, Agricultural officer, Panchayat Samiti Member and the government doctor from the village attended the program. Hundreds of villagers attended the program and listened to the informative classes on village development and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act).
In Haryana, AMMACHI Labs’ zonal coordinator, community organizer, and the village pradhan(village head) had a meeting with block development officer to identify the Below Poverty Line(#BPL) households in Kanti village. BPL is an economic benchmark used by the government of India to indicate economic disadvantage and to identify individuals and households in need of government assistance and aid. Our team in the village conducted a survey to identify the deserving applicants under the housing scheme for BPL families across the state. The BDO came to the village and appreciated our team’s effort and promised to allow the housing scheme funds for the selected BPL families.
#CO and the women self-help group in Kanti village led #AmalaBharatham campaign, the cleanliness drive launched by #MAM. The campaign was a huge success with immense participation from the village headman, villagers, #AmritaServe and four government sweepers & vehicles provided by the government officials.
#AadharCard is considered the most important identity card by the government of India. The Unique Identification Authority of India(#UIDAI) recognizes the importance of Aadhar card because it is an ample proof of the citizen’s identity and address. In …
In Kodur village, yesterday was filled with multiple activities from meeting with the government officials to life skill education with village kids and youth in the community. AMMACHI Labs team had a meeting with the block development officer(BDO) to pursue on the open defecation free (#ODF)status and also on building the remaining toilets in the community by the government. After meeting with the BDO the team approached the next higher authority who is the IEC & #SBM (Information,
Education and Communication & Swachh Bharat Mission) District Consultant. A team of officials then came to the village and after a long discussion, the Officer In-charge promised to build remaining toilets within 10 days and gave a commitment to get Kodur village certified as ODF by 15th July’18 at a village Gram Sabha-gathering.
Later we had a session with the village children and did an exercise on concentration/focused attention with them and explained the value of being ‘present’ at all times. The ‘Ideal Village’ activity was then done with a group of 10 young women folks, paired in a team of two. The computational thinking program was introduced to the women in the village and a workshop is being organized for the same. This workshop is part of the 2nd Foundation, a new education initiative by AMMACH Labs for teaching 21st-century skills to school children and young adults in rural India.
A station house officer (SHO) is the officer who holds the rank of inspector at the police station in India. Yesterday, AMMACHI Labs’ zonal coordinator, community organizer, facilitator and tailoring teacher went to invite the SHO to Kanti village in H…
AMMACHI Labs team met with Mr.Selvaraj, Project Director at the collectorate office. He looks into #skilldevelopment, #incomegeneration and other welfare schemes under the State Rural Livelihood Mission. In an hour-long meeting, he spoke about helping …
Sadivayal village updates: Yesterday, a group of community women did ‘Ideal Village’ exercise and presented their dream village with the most needed facilities and services they wish to have. This activity was followed by a group discussion on the ‘circle of control’. An awareness session on ‘Sanitation & Hygiene practices’ was organized at the nearby government primary school. Our women used videos on ‘handwashing’ and ‘proper ways to brush teeth’ to teach the students. School students were thrilled to take one set of the products at home to teach their siblings and other members on basic hygiene. Later on, AMMACHI Labs’ team met with Shri. Ruban Shankar Raj, Project Director, DRDA office who is heading Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihood Mission. In coming days, our team will be meeting with the Project Director, Skill Development to discuss the #incomegeneration activities for #SHG & Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana post course employment opportunities.
Shri. Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj, District Magistrate, Allahabad had a brief conversation with our women representatives from Sarai Nooruddin village. AMMACHI Labs’ community organizer, facilitator, self-help group members, and yoga teacher from #Amrita…
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”- Dan Millman
AMMACHI Labs’ new community organizer in Sadivayal village,
Tamil Nadu is undergoing training on UNDEF project activities. As part …
AMMACHI Labs’ community organizer in Guptapada village, Odisha conducted the #WaterTest along with the Village Development Committee constituted by #Amritaserve and the self-help group members. The result showed that the water stored in the house and t…
AMMACHI Labs deployment team and community organizer met with Shri. Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj, District Magistrate, Allahabad and Shri. Anil Kumar Tripathi, The District Panchayat Raj Officer, Sarai Nooruddin village. The officials accepted the letter …
Good news from Dr. Khera village! #AmalaBharatham campaign and the municipal corporation team visit at Dr. Khera village has been featured and reported in major regional newspapers(Hindustan Times, Dainik Jagaran, Navbharat Times and Amar Ujala) in Utt…
AMMACHI Labs team in participation with Dr.Indramani Tripathi, Commissioner, Lucknow Municipal Corporation and his team organized #AmalaBharatham campaign at Dr. Khera village in Uttar Pradesh. Later on, the commissioner did an inspection of the basic facilities in the village. As a result, Important instructions were given to village authorities and officers on issues like toilets, water tank, and road construction. Commissioner also had a meeting with AMMACHI Labs’ community organizer and #SHG women and attended the bhajan session with them. He has assigned our #CO to monitor the follow-up activities and developments at the village.
#empowerwomen #womenempowerment, #WECSDP #GenCen #undef #LifeSkills #RTB #MyCleanIndia #swacchbharat #Aserve
Jose James, senior researcher from AMMACHI Labs’ #haptics team is presently a research fellow at the University of Sannio as part of the Erasmus Mundus LEADER – Links in Europe and Asia for Engineering, Education,
Enterprise and Research fellowship programme. Jose recently attended the #IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements & Applications 2018 (#MeMeA2018) at University of Rome LA SAPIENZA, Italy. He presented a collaborative paper titled “Haptics Enhanced Interfaces for Remote control of Measurement Instrumentation” along with Prof. Pasquale Daponte, Prof. Sergio Rapuano, and Prof. Luca De Vito.
AMMACHI Lab’s #RuralTechnology team has designed and deployed a low-cost wearable assistive device for women in the rural villages (Dunda and Udalka) of Uttarakhand for assisting them to carry the conventionally used basket for carrying the load.
On 8th June 2018, AMMACHI Labs deployment team with the community organizer and sixty-five other participants from Dr. Khera village assembled at the training center to test the quality of #water from various sources in the village. Here are the pictur…
AMMACHI Labs’ Aadarsh Gaon is a cooperative board game that gives you an opportunity to Volunteer, collects Resources and solves Social problems to build your ideal community.https://www.facebook.com/2093989317339589
Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. This year it is India and the theme for the World Environment Day 2018 is #BeatPlasticPollution. Here are the picture updates from Nala village…
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The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is “Tobacco and heart disease.” The campaign will increase awareness of the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide. At Kalinagar village in West Bengal, our #ChangeAgents celebrated In…
AMMACHI Labs’ 2nd Foundation initiative focuses on imparting 21st-century skills to students through its innovative Robotics, Computational Thinking, Maker skills, and Social problem-solving workshops. As part of this initiative, AMMACHI labs recently …
We are happy to inform that L&T Construction Skills Training Institute, Jadcherla Mandal, Hyderabad have joined the other three #CSTI ( Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu), Pilkuwa (Uttar Pradesh), Serampore (Kolkata)) in training the bar bending skill set through the Bar Bending V2 Simulator developed by AMMACHI Labs.
Last week the AMMACHI Labs engineers successfully completed the commissioning of the simulator and also provided training to the trainers on how to train the bar bending skill through the BBV2 simulator. Balu Menon, Shanker Ramesh, Nidhin Sugunan, Deepu Ds, Sooraj K Babu, Akshay Nagarajan, Aswathi Pv, Gayathri Anand, Bhavani Chechi
Team members conduct first computerized vocational training deployment outside of India, in #Rwanda.https://www.facebook.com/10155490875703302
On 22nd May 2018, community organizer Anuradha from
Gudipaticheruvu village, Andhra Pradesh conducted Life Enrichment Education programs for the women and children in the village. Our tailoring students who are trained by #CO led different sessions on…
AMMACHI Labs hosted its first Digital Fabrication Workshop for researchers at the Amrita 2nd Foundation Makerspace. Participants got hands-on training on laser cutting and CNC Routing machines. The workshops were taught by the Makerspace team.
`National Technology Day’ is celebrated across India on May 11 to memorize the anniversary of Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test held on 11 May 1998. The official theme for this year is “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future.” On 11th May 2018, National Technology Day was celebrated at AMMACHI Labs’ Hadiabad Center in Bihar. Community Organizers, Health workers, #Aserve coordinator and facilitators along with 50 self-help group women participated in the tablet training program where more women from the village were invited to learn how to use a tablet.
In Kalinagar village, West Bengal our community organizer arranged an awareness session on Child marriage. On the day of the event, #CO decided to visit each house in the village to personally invite the women. While visiting one of the house CO had to…
Calling all social science researchers! Join us Aug 20-27, 2018 for a week-long summer intensive on social science research and methodology.https://www.facebook.com/10155662461343719
Teams of PhD Researchers and staff from AMMACHI Labs led transformative field immersion experiences for Master of Social Work students from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeethamhttps://www.facebook.com/10155412277458302
Every year, April 25 is celebrated as World Malaria Day. This year, the World Health Organisation has joined hands with its partner organizations in order to promote its theme of Ready to beat Malaria.
AMMACHI Labs’ trained community organizer Usha Sin…
The ASPIRE TTT Program 2016 (Andhra Pradesh Schools Program Innovation For Research & Excellence) is a train-the-trainer program that is …
Cultivating the Maker Mindset Imparting Skills that Forge Young Tinkerers The recent thrust to impart21st century skills in schools has created …
The master of social work students who visited Uttarakhand villages in the month of March conducted several activities including spoken English classes, career guidance, and financial literacy sessions for the village youth. Our deployment team members…
Women and children in Kanti village, Haryana celebrated #Earthday with support from AMMACHI Labs’ community organizer and facilitator. In this event, all villagers enthusiastically participated and took the pledge to keep their village polythene free a…
According to Earth Day Network, each year, earth day- April 22nd-marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. This year is dedicated to spreading awareness about plastic pollution. AMMACHI Labs community organizers a…
As a part of the joint study that AMMACHI Labs is engaged in with #NORRAG (of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies) and the REAL Center (Witwatersrand University, South Africa), Srividya Sheshadri traveled to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South…
Community Organizer Renu leading the #health awareness program in Malakpan village, Goa. Around thirty-five women attended the classes organized at the MLA office. Later on, village Sarpanch attended the certificate distribution ceremony and addressed …
AMMACHI Labs team in collaboration with Dr. Deebaja Rauta and his ten junior doctors conducted an awareness session for the villagers in Gupatapada, Odisha. Awareness sessions mainly focussed on #womenhealth, how to prevent cholera and Importance of pr…
Check out Prof. Bhavani’s insights as India’s UNESCO Chair in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment that appeared in the Indian Express:
AMMACHI Labs’ deployment team organized an awareness class on ‘health challenges faced by girls’ for the girl students in the government school, Uttarakhand. Students from 6th standard to 12th standard attended the classes. A female nurse from nearby g…
After years of continuous efforts in applying for the government mushroom cultivation training, today AMMACHI Labs 30 self-help group women from Dunda village, Uttarakhand successfully started their training facilitated by the government.
We are honored to be one of the finalists in this round. We take inspiration from seeing how our research & technology is able to uplift communities. Whether it’s using technology to train women in vocational skills, or using our research and development to alleviate the drudgery of manual labour through some of our innovations, we are pleased to witness how a humanitarian focus in our research has impacted people’s lives.
The Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality and AMMACHI Labs were invited to participate in UNESCO’s #MobileLearningWeek #MLW2018 in Paris, France. Srividya Sheshadri, Senior Researcher, represented both AMMACHI Labs and CWEGE and delivered a presentation entitled, “Transformative Pathways: Women’s Empowerment, Skill Development, and Digital Skills” at the Symposium themed “Closing Inequalities and Gender Divides.” She shared CWEGE and AMMACHI Labs’ approach to women’s empowerment and inclusive skill development through technology.
Mobile Learning Week is UNESCO’s flagship ICT in education conference. Mobile Learning Week 2018 was organized in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for ICT. Way to go Srividya!
The 2018 #WorldHealthDay was commemorated on April 7th with the theme “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere” and the slogan #HealthForAll. Throughout 2018, #UHC aims to inspire, motivate and guide UHC stakeholders to make commitments toward…
After the successful delivery of the Bar Bending simulators at Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Coimbatore, the Constructions Skills Training Institute at Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu and Pilkuwa, Uttar Pradesh, the training center at Serampore, Kolkata has now followed suit. A successful skill training program brings all employees to a higher level so they all have similar skills and knowledge and this simulator has had amazing results in training workers with precision and consistency.
Engineers from AMMACHI Labs have also commissioned the simulator at Kolkata and this would be the third L&T training center in India to provide training to bend rebars through the haptics based rebar bending simulator. The simulator is combined with a virtual environment and is capable of providing manual skill training and evaluation of the trainees. The first project on using #ICT for vocational education was born from the vision shared with AMMACHI Labs by our Chancellor and world-renowned humanitarian, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Amma. Read the full story with developer credits: bit.ly/2p22djA #vocational #education
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AMMACHI Labs’ “Women Empowerment: Community Sanitation through Democratic Participation” (WE: CSDP) project organized the “Train the Trainer” program at the training center in Haryana. Community organizers from various states participated in this eight days training camp.
The one week TTT program is packed to provide awareness classes, information and discussions on various government schemes (Sukanya Samridhi, Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojna, Ujwala Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna, Kisan Bima Yojna, Atal Pension Yojna), Life Enrichment Education classes, Legal literacy and Right based awareness (Child sexual abuse, Senior citizen act, Human trafficking, Domestic violence, Child marriage, FIR, SHG ), water testing and financial literacy. The classes were led by the participants and they also organized group discussions, poster presentation, and drama.
Village Sarpanch Shri. Mr. Devi Singh Debu inaugurated the closing ceremony and addressed our women trainees with an inspiring speech and gifted them presents as a token of appreciation. Apart from our deployment team, team members from #AServe also actively participated in the TTT program.
Ayyappan A. presented his paper at the 2018 IEEE’s 3rd International Conference for Convergence in Technology, Gateway Hotel Hinjawadi Pune. The paper titled “Design of Hybrid Powered Automated Compressed Stabilized Earth Block (CSEB) Machine” was also coauthored by Sekhar Milan, Vipina Valsan, Sreejith Kailas T, P Kanakasabapathy. Ayyappan is on the Haptics team at AMMACHI Lab that innovates technology solutions for rural issues. This paper focuses on the design for an eco-friendly brick making machine that uses solar energy to mix and create bricks. The machine could potentially alleviate the drudgery of manual brick making and could automate the process for laborers. AMMACHI Labs teaches women to build toilets in rural India, and such a design if ever manufactured, could potentially help rural women produce bricks locally for lower cost and without heavy manual labor. “I really enjoy the work here at AMMACHI Labs because it is a good balance of MTECH and Research, all for social good.”
#IEEE #I2CTD #Pune #haptics #womensempowerment
AMMACHI Labs’ community organizer Surekha participated in an exhibition with the ‘Jute Bags ‘and other products made by the self-help group women from our training center in Goa. #womenempowerment,
#WECSDP, #GenCen, #Cvet, #SHGhttps://www.facebook.co…
Harith J, final year Master of Social Works student from Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham presented his research paper on “Exploring Digital Tools for Participatory Rural Appraisal Activities” at the “International Conference on Transformation of Economy Through Digitalization Management Perspectives” (28, 29 March, 2018). The event was organised by Department of Commerce and Management of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, ASAS Kochi, Kerala. The main theme of this conference is “Transformation of economy through digitalisation management” and the aim of the conference is to share the insights of various stakeholders towards digitalisation and making of Digital India on the management perspective.
Harith co authored this paper with Sreeram Kongeseri, Balu Menon, Aswathi Pv and Prof. Rao R. Bhavani(Bhavani Chechi). This research work is expected to support the larger research initiative to create a toolkit for Vulnerability Mapping at the Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality.
Gainful Employment to AMMACHI Labs’ Sanitation Change Ambassadors!
Last September, our Allahabad village Sarai Nooruddin had achieved #ODF feat, with community’s participation. Around same time, we nominated 21 village youth for Government’s #CLTS (Community led total sanitation) training including our CO & Facilitator. Today all of them are employed and engaged in triggering behavioural change in other villages of the district through role pay, rally, presentations and series of other interventions during their field visit).
They get paid an avg. 6000-8000/month for 3-4 hours field visit, in addition to food and accommodation at site. While earning they can keep up with their studies/vocation also. Majority are girls and we are pleasantly surprised none dropped out and are actively involved. Earlier they did triggering exercise in and around the villages near the Ganges (during Kumbh Mela in Jan/Feb). Now this work seems for 6-7 months. It is heard, after this government plans to scale up by hiring them to capture data, analysis, making performance reports of villages/district. Since majority of these youth are our computer students, they stand a good chance.
AMMACHI Labs and social works students got the opportunity to be part of the 56th annual day celebrations of Muthakara school in Wayanadu, Kerala. It was a good platform for the children from vallaramkunnu village to display their singing and dancing…
Prof. Bhavani Chechi, Chris Kripasagar Coley and Karen Sneha Moawad participated at #CSW62: The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The priority theme this year was “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.”
Professor Bhavani was a featured panelist at the session: “Empowerment Through Democracy, Civil Society and Innovation,” a side event hosted by the UN Democracy Fund during the Session of the Commission on Status of Women. The interactive panel session showcased several UNDEF Projects from around the world which focus on women’s empowerment. Professor Bhavani’s talk: “Women as Champions of Sanitation and Innovative Vocational Education,” presented the successes of the Amrita’s Women’s Empowerment: Community Sanitation through Democratic Participation (#WE:CSDP) Project and highlighted our women’s empowerment interventions in rural villages in India. The team had several high level meetings with UN representatives and delegates. #sanichampion #womenempowerment, #ODFree
#WECSDP #GenCen #championsofchange
United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
AMMACHI Labs’ “Women Empowerment: Community Sanitation through Democratic Participation” (WE:CSDP) project #TTT candidates visited Guptapada Village in Odisha during women Day celebrations, after their successful visits of Aditya Birla Foundations. Our community organisers introduced themselves to the villagers and explained why they are here. Even though they had some language barriers (villagers speak Odiya language) the interaction with villagers turned out to be good for both Train The Trainer program students and village women. TTT students utilised the opportunity to interact with the village community, shared their experiences from the sessions and played a drama on alcoholism.
Students of this TTT program are definitely going to be our change agents in their respective villages and will be assisting their community in obtaining benefits from available government schemes.They are confident and determined. While attending Life Enrichment Education sessions they have learned more about social issues and shared their experiences. Trainees also learned to use water testing device. TTT program covered the topics like financial literacy(Weekly expense & Monthly planning on the basis of their income).
During the closing ceremony of the TTT program, our chief guest Ms. Manaswani Mishra, District Social Welfare Officer for Women & Child Development spoke about empowering women & inspiring change. Ms. Padma, District Social Welfare Coordinator, Ms. Mamata Das, Chief Branch Manager of SBI (an all women’s branch), Ms. Mausami , Principal, Amrita Vidyalayam were also part of the all women panel who addressed the function.
In Valaramkunnu village, Wayanad, Kerala, AMMACHI Labs team, Master of Social Work, Amritapuri students and faculty organised an awareness class, powerpoint presentation and a video session about #polio, its symptoms, and preventive measures . Meanw…
The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. On the occasion of World Water Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the importance of “Jal Shakti” and said that when people conserves water, cities, villages and farmers benefit tremendously.
#WorldWaterDay was celebrated in Hadiyabad village, Bihar with a huge turn out of people. Our community organiser and facilitator led a street play on ‘save water’ theme. In Kalinagar village, West Bengal villagers participated in a rally on conservation of water. #CO, facilitator and #SHG women used awareness videos and encouraged discussions about the importance of saving water. Social works students and AMMACHI Labs team members organized #Amalabharatham campaign and conducted a street play about water conservation.
AMMACHI Labs team along with researchers and social works students from Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality presenting their one month long camp activities, research and academic experiences from Juna Kattiwada village, Madhya Pradesh through short stories photos.
Click on the pictures to read the stories behind each photograph! Sooraj K Babu, Reshma Ramesh
On 18th march 2018, AMMACHI Labs and Social work students from our Center for Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality organized “Valaramkunnu Gramotsavam” at Valaramkunnu, a tribal village located at Wayanad district, Kerala. The program was organised for three tribal settlements namely Paniya colony, Kattupara nayakar colony and Kuruchur colony. Panchayat president P. Thangamani inaugurated the program and Panchayat member U.V Chacko did the welcome address.
AMMACHI Labs team members, faculty and students from CWE&GE are leading #skilldevelopment sessions and various awareness programs on #education, #sanitation, #alcoholism and #childmarriage among the tribal population in Valaramkunnu. Apart from this, students are also engaged in academic and research activities in the tribal community and the outcome is expected to bring significant findings and recommendations for overall development of the Valaramkunnu community. The one month long camp will conclude in the last week of March.
Illuminating Guptapada village in Odisha
It’s been over 11 days, our adopted village has no electric supply. It’s like dark days for them and life almost comes to standstill as soon sun sets, disrupting many of their daily activities. Children are not able to study properly in these exam days, the drinkable water supply stopped forcing them to intake from contaminated sources, and cannot charge phones.
We were told the previous week villagers had gone to electricity office and Panchayat to enquire the reason and were informed their transformer damaged (burnt) and that it will be rectified only when outstanding dues of all consumers are paid in full. Since it was a huge amount for each one, they were clueless on what to do.
We reached the village on 23rd Feb’18 and spoken to few #SHG women and found there were more issues and the electricity situation in the village had been highly erratic in the past too.
Women told there’s no proper metering system at many houses, bill does not come monthly, collection officer comes once in 4 months, few BPL family ends up paying INR 400 per month due to wrong meter reading (even if they have just two bulbs in a two room house).
Looking at the long standing problem, when we asked women to come to meet Sarpanch at Panchayath alongwith our #CO, few agreed. Upon calling Sarpanch, he quickly came to meet us at our center. According to him, 9 families out of 33 had no dues outstanding. So we requested it is not proper to cut electricity of the entire village. Our CO also mentioned the water issue and student’s difficulties due to lack of electricity.
On the third day, we along with our community organizer Urmila and AServe Coordinator Asith, went and met the area JE, of FEDCO (franchisee of governmentt electricity board). He showed us a huge bill per person in village accumulated for many months running upto 20k. We tried to reason with him how villagers will pay this and why didn’t it was a monthly effort etc.
Our next destination then was district divisional office, we met the head person Mr Manoj, by designation the AGM & Executive Engineer, CESU(Government Electricity Board). He heard the concerns and was of great assistance. He immediately called relevant offices and ordered installation of a new transformer with immediate effect. And connected our CO to that department. This divisional head also assured to reassess all outstanding and will apply waiver to possible extent.
Then we discussed strategies by which this overdue condition does not happen again. He called area collection officer and instructed for future and to solve the other hanging issues. He seeked help from us in recovering some marginal amount from villagers. He was impressed to hear that our community organizer will initiate it and will conduct awareness campaign at village for timely payment and in bringing problematic issues to notice. Our CO who spoke assertively at all offices, plans to conduct a ‘gram sabha’ (community meeting) where these officials will be invited. He also agreed to our suggestion that field officers must seek the opinion of villagers and both parties should collectively solve the issues.
Now electricity is back in Guptapada village!!!
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AMMACHI Labs initiated International women’s day celebrations in Juna Kathiwada village, MadhyaPradesh by honouring the most active change agents in the village. Our field staff Praveen Bhai spoke about their role in empowering women in the Village and different activities that they can pursue in future together. Later on our MSW students, who are there in the village, presented a play on domestic violence. In Kalinagar village, West Bengal, an awareness session on “Child marriage” (a major problem in the village) was conducted by our #CO and women #SHG members.
Community organizer, tailoring teacher, students and around 30 village women celebrated international women’s day in Kanti village, Haryana, by organising a rally on the theme “Save the girl.” In Sarai Nooruddin village, Allahabad, community organizer led the celebrations. MSW students organized classes on child marriage and skill development activities in Vallaramkunnu village, Kerala.
Women Leaders Inspire Future Generations on International Women’s Day.
On International Women’s Day our ten women #COs in #Odisha who are training at the #TTT train-the-trainer program shared their social empowerment experiences with the young boys girls enrolled for skill courses at Aditya Birla Group Skills Foundation A few days before, the central manager of the foundation was so impressed by the confidence of our women, that he requested our COs to share their expertise through an interactive, motivational session. The COs happily agreed and gave inspiring speeches to the students about how the #WE:CSDP (Women Empowerment Community Sanitation Through Democratic Participation) project transformed their lives and their communities. They also encouraged the youth by sharing their personal stories of success, that even with little or no education, these strong rural women transcended social and economic barriers to achieve great success. India’s youth must then rise up and use education as the most powerful tool to change the world. Our women stressed the importance of the younger generation to study well and work diligently towards contributing to society. The youth applauded the session and were so inspired, that many approached the COs after to learn more about how they too can take step towards positive change. The women COs were also touched to share their successes of becoming true #ChampionsofChange. United Nations Development Programme – UNDP United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) #IWD2018 #womenempowerment #GenCen
Today is International Women’s Day, dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all over the globe. Today also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and reminds us that much work is still needed in the area of gender equality. International Women’s Day is not just another “greeting card” holiday to celebrate friends and family, it is a day to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. We at AMMACHI Labs & the Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality salute all women and men who are striving to make gender equality a reality.
#GenCen #womensempowerment #girlpower #womensday #HeForShe #YesAllWomen #ConquertheDivide #IWD2018 #InternationalWomensDay #TogetherWeCan
AMMACHI Labs team in conversation with the Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh Shri. Ajith Balaji Joshi, a high ranked official also the Magistrate, the Labour Commissioner and the Collector. He had invited us to know more about our technology based skil…
Today at Odisha, visit to government offices were made to get them familiar with AMMACHI Labs initiatives besides to check on facilities for villagers under government schemes. At block office, our deployment team met with BDO and JE to follow up on toilet building under #SBM at Guptapada village.
Later on, our team members visited the Collector, District Magistrate Mr. Nirmal Chandra Mishra and showcased work of Odisha village besides informing on other skill programs (in the picture he can be seen going through the file pictures of Guptapada skill program).He then gave reference of the District Social Welfare Officer, Women & Child Development Department. Thus also met Ms. Manaswani Mishra and the District Coordinator.
Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana is a small deposit scheme of the Government of India meant exclusively for a girl child and is launched as a part of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Campaign. In Gujarat, our #CO leading awareness sessions on SSY and assisting village …
Meet our new sanitation committee at Kalinagar village, West Bengal. These are computer students, to whom we gave a community based project (a blended social element in their course). They named it as “Amritamayi” Committee. They will work in groups o…
The 2nd Foundation Maker workshop conducted for school children in Amrita Vidyalayam Thalassery by our team of researchers from AMMACHI labs was such a momentous success with the final project being, kids building a boat out of waste plastic water bott…
Community Organizer and #SHG group members conducting #health and #hygiene awareness sessions in Kalinagar primary school in West Bengal.https://www.facebook.com/1809035702453946
At Kalinagar village West Bengal, it was a day filled with #sbm related meetings. We have a good news to share, our Kalinagar village has an #ODF status now. As per block office 85% of the community has toilets now. Our sanitation committee reported th…
During our last visit we had noticed Alcoholism as a major problem in the Kalinagar village at West Bengal (many were making liquor, as a source of living too). However, this time we got to know that many of the illicit liquor suppliers were forced to stop & liquor consumption reduced by 95%. This was due to frequent inspection by an excise inspector Mr Biswajit. So we met this SI to applaud his efforts who is doing this service in this locality for past 3 months. He said he is honestly implementing the “zero illicit liquor” rule. We could see his sincerity as, for 7 youth of this village whose liquor shops were closed he provided gainful employment in near by private companies. He is doing the same in near by villages too. He showed us bonds and video clips obtained from the illegal suppliers and family members of them confessing never to indulge again.
AMMACHI Labs deployment team suggested that it would be great if his team conducts an awareness session on the ill effects of alcoholism as a sustainable effort to curb this social issue. To our pleasant surprise he was happy with the idea & immediately agreed to do it in March.
Certificate distribution to first and second batch students from AMMACHI Labs computer training center in Karanji village, Chattisgarh. Our #Cvet programs aims at providing quality education to the women and youth in rural villages in India.https://www…
In bringing social transformation at Kalinagar village West Bengal, through community engagement, we conducted a mass awareness program yesterday with 50 women in attendance. They were mostly #SHG members & change agents, they were initially apprised of their role as change models. Later on, our team shared success stories of women from other villages.
After initial inspiration, next we showed them a video with social message and then the floor was open for anyone to come and speak about it. We could see women leaders emerging.Having thus created a fertile ground for interactions, we asked them to name 4-5 most pressing problems. They were grouped into 4 groups and each group had to choose one problem and suggest any solutions they could possibly imagine.What followed was a good presentation, we formed 4 task groups (with a leader and a second in command with 8 to 10 members), for solving drinking water problem, road building, perusing for 100% ODF, pension issue. These groups will now work with our Community Organizer in putting efforts to solve issues they took up, thus building community ownership.
#sanichampion #womenempowerment, #ODFree
Life Enrichment Education classes were organised by our Community Organiser for the high school girl’s at their hostel in Malgaon village, Chhattisgarh.https://www.facebook.com/1809036632453853
February 17, 2018
It was a special day for the women’s groups and the entire community at Kanti village #Haryana because Jeffrey Sachs & the #UNSDSN team made an exclusive visit hosted by AMMACHI Labs and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Prof. Jeffrey Sachs is an American economist and director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is well known as one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty.
He toured the village and learned about our skill development programs which have trained more than 50 women in toilet building, tailoring, computer & #lifeskills in Kanti. He also saw an overview of the wider #MAMath programs from Amrita SeRVe and AmritaCreate.
Around 2500 residents live in Kanti village and many did not have access to clean water, proper sanitation and decent roads until the #MAMath began development work in 2015. Jeff Sachs was pleased to hear about some of the sucesses due to Amrita’s many interventions and those specifically carried out by AMMACHI Labs such as:
-Women trained in Rural Toilet Building and life skills through computerized training
-Women taking part in other skill programs on economic empowerment and income generation by training on soap making courses, computers skills and tailoring skills.
-Concerted community-wide action towards achieving open defecation free #ODF status through awareness, behavioral change and toilet building.
-Community-wide cleaning, waste management & hygiene promotion activities and events specific to sanitation, women’s health, education for girl children, legal rights, anti-alcohol and anti-tobacco awareness and campaigns.
-Self Help Group (#SHG) formation and microfinance initiatives and skill training.
-Establishment of programs & structures that promote women’s leadership and gender equality such as women stepping into the role of community organizer #CO, women becoming change agents, women becoming Mahila Police Volunteers under the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development, thus promoting women’s safety, subject matter experts #SMEs and more.
-Water testing & installation of reverse osmosis filtration #RO
-Sustainability through a “Green revolution” of community-wide tree planting & participating in creating Amrita gardens, with organic, locally grown vegetables.
-Empowering women to build capacities and effectively liaise with Government and external agencies
Jeffrey Sachs also participated in several meetings with the SHG members, listening to their success stories and how they have been able to overcome personal, family, and community development challenges. One was an interactive discussion with the women’s groups, toilet building team and health workers where he spent time learning about the specific issues and understanding the impact of the project. Another meeting was with with tailoring students, and school age children and students who attend tuition classes and the school. This team presented their observations and findings from the Ideal Village exercise and their plan for next five years. He also leaned about our games for community development and participated in a demo.
Overall, he enjoyed interacting with the #sanitation champions and change makers who are working hard to transform the village. Because of all these initiatives, several success stories have emerged of women stepping into their power and making a change. Prof. Sachs commented positively about AMMACHI Labs’ pioneering work. In 2016, he was a plenary speaker at the RAHA 2016 conference at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. We sure hope to have Jeffrey Sachs and team back at Amrita very soon!
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Yesterday, AMMACHI Labs’ deployment team members visited almost 24 houses in Naglapurvia village in Vrindavan and called up an another community meeting for selecting a Community Organizer and Facilitator. Kumari Pooja seems very enthusiastic to take o…