GENesis

Ruth Anand had envisioned to help the underprivileged, the needy and the hurting women folk living on the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh from the year 1989.  Women / girls were discriminated against and looked down by men of the household.  Male domination was predominant in all the rural families. She had seen suffering in almost all the homes. However, as providence would have it, her marriage brought her to Bangalore.

Ruth’s exposition to social reality while serving in various Institutions / Non-Government Organizations in Bengaluru brought her face to face with women who are in desperate situations. Their silent screams could not be ignored.
In urban slums Bengaluru, there was the clamorous need to address women subjected to atrocities from families and communities. Along with facing poverty, debts. the women especially from urban slums have to put up with domestic violence at home. Outside homes, they battle rapes, trafficking, prostitution, injustice etc

Unlike our counterparts (NGO’S) working among women in other countries, who are able generate sufficient funds to help women in distress, also most importantly providing temporary shelters, here in Bengaluru, we have the uphill task of empowering and equipping the women who are slaves to shame and injustice, with very limited resources.
The roadmap for the Vision and Mission became very clear: Helping women in financial distress, without basic education, limited skills,and also women without much-needed support from families in a changing complex urban landscape, especially in semi-urban slums.

Rural Unit for Health and Family Welfare, (RUHFW), was launched officially and registered as a non-profit Trust, which aims at empowering people especially women/ girls/ children to become self-reliant units in society, living in security, and developing confidence and self- worth.

EMPOWERING WOMEN

Working with women from different cultural and economic backgrounds gave us an understanding that capacitating women meant empowering them economically, socially and financially. When women are strengthened, they are able to provide stability and maturity and great support in their homes. This paves a way to evolve sustainable, solid and secure communities.

Firstly, RUHFW started to approach the threats to WOMEN’S SAFETY by working towards creating awareness of women’s rights as individuals in society; simultaneously empowering them to
generate income which could upgrade their status in the mainstream society. At this point in time, we also identified the need to educate the women about reproductive health and taking responsibility not only for themselves but also for their children.

The vital breakthrough we had in reaching the women was through the formation of Self Help Groups (SHG’s). Currently there are approximately 280 SHG’s covering over 3,500 women operational across urban and semi-urban areas in Bengaluru. Over the years, RUHFW trained the staff who are committed to oversee the coordination of different SHG’s to facilitate and to make the work effective in all the areas in Bengaluru.
So far, RUHFW has been able to use the existing network to build human resources who have relentlessly contributed in conducting various camps, campaigns and programs on a voluntary basis. Despite paucity of funds, RUHFW is making use of whatever resources and schemes are made available from the regional Government.

The staff in RUHFW are constantly improving and upgrading their skills in capacity building by attending workshops, seminars held nationally and internationally, and by visiting other Non-Government Organizations and leaning from their experiences.

FUTURE PLANS

We have the following plans and striving hard for support and partnership towards implementation in near future:
  • Child education support: for children (with special focus on girl child) of our beneficiaries (single mothers, spouses of alcoholic/drug addict husbands, HIV patients etc).
  • Build soup-kitchen cum temporary shelters: for women in crisis till they find an alternate solution to their challenges.
  • Home for aged women for destitute elderly women with no family/care takers.