The main purpose of our awareness programs is to explain issues and disseminate knowledge to people and influence their behaviour so that they can make their own decisions.

Awareness program held on 12 July 2015 at the Short Stay Home

Mahila Dakshata Samiti organized a Health awareness program for the residents of the Dakshata Short stay home on Saturday, 12 July 2015 at the premises of MDS.

Purpose: To create awareness that Health education plays an important role in community hygiene and living.

About the Program:

Ms. Lavanya, Counselor SSH was the main speaker.She explained to them the importance of community hygiene. Health is cleanliness and cleanliness is one of the main defenses against diseases, whether contagious or self-generate. Good personal hygiene is one of the most effective ways to protect ourselves and others from illness. This means washing hands, keeping the body clean, surrounding clean, and good menstrual and toilet hygiene.

She pointed out that if we want to minimize the risk of infection and also enhance overall health, we should follow certain basic personal hygiene habits:

  • Bathe regularly with clean water
  • Trim nails to ensure there is no dirt accumulation
  • Brush teeth properly to maintain good oral hygiene
  • Rinse mouth after every meal to remove any formation of bacteria and avoid gum or tooth infections

Wash hands with soap and water before preparing food, after going to the bathroom, after handling garbage, etc. as these habits can go a long way in preventing spread of bacteria and virus.

  • Maintain good menstrual hygiene
  • Wear clean clothes
  • Eat at proper meal times and get good sleep. Lack of sleep can leave a person feeling exhausted and run down.
  • Keep mind active with positive thoughts

Ms. Lavanya interacted with the residents on the benefits of preventive health. All in all,it was an interesting session.

The program ended with a vote of thanks by the Rehabilitation Officer, Ms. Bhuvaneshwari . Ms. Alka Murdeshwar, Convenor Well Woman clinic, Ms. Nalini, Warden SSH, Ms. Bhuvaneshwari, Rehabilitation officer of SSH and Ms. Sri Ranjini, Accountant SSH attended the program.


Communication Workshop, Behavioral patterns in Community living held at the Dakshata Short Stay Home on Monday 28 September

Purpose of the Program: Improving inter personal skills with insights into accepted social behavioral patterns in community living.

About the Program: The program was spearheaded by Alka Murdeshwar, Member MDS. The workshop began with a brief introduction on what is basic communication, and how it is integral to our lives, types of communication – oral, written, pictorial and body language. She spoke on the problems that would arise if there were barriers in communication and how it would affect a relationship between two individuals. The best way to effectively communicate is to keep eye contact with the person we are interacting with, speak with clarity, and connect with the person by being patient and a good listener.

She spoke of the many factors that would help in contributing to a healthy community living enterprise.

  • Be friendly and respectful to everyone irrespective of who they are
  • Always greet people with a smile, no matter how troubled we are
  • Be polite, and don't use harsh language as it is the worst emotional assault
  • Follow rules and regulations to make life simpler
  • Take care of health and hygiene
  • Learn from  mistakes  as  that  is  the  stepping  stone  to  becoming  a better individual
  • Learn to manage anger and stress
  • Have a  positive  mindset  despite  personal  struggles  as  grief  when shared is halved, and joy when shared is doubled.
  • Utilize fully the opportunities given to strengthen one's confidence
  • Participate in all activities with a positive state of mind, as most often these activities work as therapy for a troubled mind.
  • Meditate to clear the thought process to feel positive and energetic
  • Encourage each other to enrich knowledge and learning
  • Be of support to each other and live like one happy family
  • Remember the motto “Together we stand, divided we fall”

The program finale was a group activity in communication skills. The participants were divided into three groups and each given a task. Group 1 was asked to plan out an activity chart for a celebratory event at MDS, that is planning for the festival of Diwali. Group 2 was given a role play in two languages, kannada and Telugu. Group 3 was asked to play dumb charades, and the participants were expected to guess the story line and identify what the act was all about. All three groups did excellently and it was an interesting session. Apart from seeking enthusiastic participation, the group tasks aimed at making the participants express themselves and execute their communication skills, understand body language and also barriers in communication if the language was not known.

The workshop was well received by the participants.Apart from the Residents of the SSH, those present at the workshop were Ms. Nalini, Warden SSH, Ms. Sri Ranjini, Accountant SSH, Ms. Lavanya, Counselor, Ms. Bhuvaneshwari, Rehabilitation officer and Ms. Saraswati, tailoring instructor at SSH.The Program concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Lavanya.

Awareness Program on Positive Strength

An Awareness program was conducted by our Rehabilitation Officer, Ms. Priyanka on 14-1-2016 on the importance of Positive Strength for the benefit of our residents.

According to her, positive Strengths are those underlying qualities that energize us and we are good at. They are traits that are reflected in our thoughts, feelings and behavior and enable us to maximize our potential and achieve optimum levels of performance. Positive strength emanates from positive thinking which is a key to success. With this it is easier to have better health, improve relationships, enjoy happiness, achieve success, spread love and inner peace.

Awareness Program on Nutritious food

Purpose : To create awareness for planning balanced, healthy meals and identify foods that are nutritious and inexpensive.

An Awareness program was conducted on 15-2-2016 by our Rehabilitation Officer, Ms. Priyanka on the importance of Nutritious food. Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. However, many people do not understand the importance of a balanced diet, or how certain kinds of foods contribute to our physical well-being. A healthy, balanced diet does not have to be expensive or complicated to prepare. Adequate nutrition will help women to be healthier, stronger and better workers. Food gives us energy to move, think and work. Food also contains important substances that keep our bodies' strong and healthy, help to boost our immune system and protect us from infections.

When we eat, our bodies absorb useful nutrients into the blood where they are transported to areas where they are needed. These include the bones, the muscles, the brain and the organs. The nutrients that are important for our body can be divided into four groups:1. Carbohydrates, 2.fat, 3. Proteins, 4. Vitamins and minerals. She went on to explain in detail each of these groups and their benefits to the human body.

Apart from nutrients in food our body also needs other substances. Among these is fiber, also called roughage. Fresh fruit, vegetables and unrefined grains and legumes contain fiber. It is important for helping our bodies to digest food and remove waste. It is important to eat fiber with plenty of water. She also insisted on the presence of four colours in our food intake, namely Green, Yellow, Red and white colored food. She stressed the importance of breakfast, a meal which should never be skipped as it was the first meal of the day after a long gap of almost twelve hours. Drinking water also very important. Daily three four liters should be consumed. Our bodies contain more water than any other substance. She also insisted on following certain nutritious food habits for a healthy life.

It was an interesting session. The program ended with a vote of thanks by Mrs. Nitya inmate. Members from MDS who were present were Ms. Alka Muradeshwar, Ms. Amita and Ms. Veena Pemmaiah. Nalini warden, Ms. Sri Ranjini Vasuki Accountant SSH and Ms. Lavanya Counselor.

Awareness Programme on Stress Management

An Awareness program on Stress Management was conducted for the Residents of the Dakshata Short Stay Home on Thursday 25 February 2016

Purpose : Identify how stressful emotions are manifested be able to effectively manage their emotions in a positive manner

Good health includes mental as well as physical health. According to the world

Health Organization, “Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

Stress is a common part of modern life, particularly for poor people, and particularly for women who work full time and who also have many responsibilities in the household. Sometimes stress is caused by the demands of job and family, and can be reduced through time management and prioritization. In addition, poverty, ill-health and low social status are also significant sources of stress is much more difficult to manage, because it is environmental and chronic. Poor people must constantly worry about having enough money to cover even basic living expenses. An unexpected expense, an illness (whether to the individual, or to that person's loved ones), or a family emergency can cause extreme stress.

How to control stress

She spoke of measures to control stress such as 1) Drink one glass of cold water, 2) Play with Children, 3) Read books and magazines, 4) Talk with close friends and share your feelings with them, 5) Do yoga and exercises,6) Sleep for some time, 7) Count numbers from backwards, 8) Play with animals, 9) Listen to songs and watch comedy movie and shows.

It was an interesting session the program ended with vote of thanks by Ms. Kavita inmate. Members from MDS who were present were Ms. Alka Muradeshwar, Ms. Amita and Ms. Veena Pemmaiah. Nalini warden, Ms. Sri Ranjini Vasuki, Accountant SSH and Ms. Lavanya Counselor.