Mothers are the agents of change in a child’s development. It is a mother who protects her child’s interests the most. In 2011 SKHM started an SKHM Mothers’ Group Programme as a part of its primary strategy in the rehabilitation of children and prostituted women. The key SKHM vision was that women in red light areas will be trained to explore alternate livelihood methods and assist those who wished to quit violent and non-sustainable professions. At SKHM, we believe resilient and empowered women not only stay well; but work harder to keep their family and society better.
In 2010, the SKHM Mothers’ Group was formed. It met twice a month under the supervision of a senior mental health professional and a senior staff. In these (informal) meetings, mothers were encouraged to talk, relax, learn a new craft/hobby & bond as sisters sharing a world of gender-based violence, intolerance and inequality. If they felt the need, the women spoke to senior mental health professional. Soon, that became a compulsory part of the programme—as members demanded it.
Thus began Project Dignity as an informal club—safe spaces, exclusively feminine. Like every other SKHM programme, this too, continued to grow organically with more and more features being added. By 2014, Project Dignity was fully formed. Features of Project Dignity include:
Mental Health: Peer counselling in presence of specialist / one-on-one counselling Art-based therapy / Movement-based therapy
Occupational skill building: Cooking and Canteen Management Course (C&CMC) which resulted in the pilot project Muskan’s Mukhorochhok Costume Jewellery Training Course (CJMC) Driving Classes Computer Classes
Hobby classes: Embroidery Candle-making Quilling / paper filigree Bag painting
Identity: Women are encouraged to get their documents in order (such as) • Voter cards • Ration cards • PAN card • AADHAR
Finance: Dignity members are taught financial literacy to instil a culture of saving and are encouraged to open & maintain accounts with the help of SKHM
Health: Through mental health sessions women are encouraged to address personal and relationship issues and there is a de-addiction programme for those who seek it
Outreach: Daily room & street visits SKHM assists women who come to its centre with needs All women are welcome to attend meetings to learn about SKHM workshops and classes
Education: Dignity women can enrol into literacy classes Dignity women can opt for NIOS
Recreation: Visit to parks, restaurants & picnics
Muskan’s Mukhorochhok (Also known Muskan’s Mukhorochok or MM)