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Episode List for the Year 2005

 

No.

Date

Episode

Content

1

16/4/2005

Gandhiji’s Salt March 1

On 12 March 1930, Gandhiji held a ‘Dandi Yatra’ (Salt March) to demolish the tax on salt. The situation and how SEWA has taken the initiative to help the circumstance of the salt worker today was explained in this episode.

2

23/4/2005

Swadeshi Movement

For propagation of local employment and self reliance, Gandhiji favoured Swadeshi (of one’s own country) products. In today’s scenario at the grassroots level, there is more of a direct benefit in the promotion and use of local products. 

3

30/4/2005

Gandhiji’s South Africa incident

Gandhiji strongly believed in non-violence and self-respect. In this episode Gandhiji’s South Africa incident has been dramatized to show the power of an individual, working against odds, to accomplish noble goal.

4

7/5/2005

Water

Most of the villages in Gujarat are facing very serious problems related to drinking water. Some tips were given on how to store clean and safe rain water in a village setup.

5

14/5/2005

Summer Diseases

Many village women have to work on farms during the summer. Preventions, precautions & care for summer diseases due to harsh sunlight, excessive mosquitoes, dust and germs in food, etc were provided.

6

21/5/2005

ICT Technology

The use of ICT tools for development and SEWA’s involvement in the IT sector was discussed. Some experiences of SEWA women were also narrated.

7

28/5/2005

Weddings 1

For the sake of tradition and elaborate performances, people spend a lot of money on marriage ceremonies, even when the resources are scanty. With the help of SEWA’s wedding song, this episode advised listeners on ways in which they can curtail such expenses.

8

4/6/2005

Environmental Issues

SEWA Health's role in maintaining environment, and ways to do so, were provided.

9

11/6/2005

SEWA Bank

This episode discussed the role of SEWA Bank in providing financial services to Self Employed Women to expand their businesses and effectively make their lives better.

10

18/6/2005

Bhim Agyaras

This episode discussed the importance of Bhim Agyaras, the farmer’s festival, and how village people celebrate it.

11

25/6/2005

Nursery

Often, at the grassroots level, alternative forms of employment are actively sought in times when there are no other sources of income due to external factors. This episode discussed one such option 'building of nursery plantations', the process of starting one’s own business.

12

2/7/2005

Listener’s Letters Episode 1

Some of the response letters of episode numbers 1 to 11 were read and thoughts / ideas / feelings of Listeners received via postcards were shared.

13

9/7/2005

Flood and Disaster Response

Days prior to this episode, some areas of Gujarat were facing flood situations, due to excess rainfall in some areas. The episode discussed safety and precautionary measures for listeners, as well as detailed the reality of the issue and ways that listeners could help flood victims from their own villages.

14

16/7/2005

Gram Haat

The reality of middleman cheating the 'product producers' en route to the mainstream market is a reality for many farmers and cultivators. This episode discussed one way to bypass that issue by explaining the work of SEWA’s Gram Haat, Rudi Bazaar, Ahmedabad.

15

23/7/2005

Guru Purnima, Teacher’s Day

The significance of Guru Purnima, to recognize teachers’ contribution was presented in this episode.

30/7/2005

Programme Cancelled

6/8/2005

Programme Cancelled

16

13/8/2005

Mahila SEWA Housing Trust (MHT)

Information on Parivartan Yojana was provided. Mahila SEWA Housing Trust (MHT) helps to provide and show slum dwellers the seven basic facilities for a better livelihood. This idea was explored by Rudi and her friends in a grassroots setting.

17

20/8/2005

15th August and Raksha Bandhan

This episode not only detailed the importance of India’s Independence Day (15 August) and Raksha Bandhan, but also highlighted business angle during holidays.

18

27/8/2005

Janmashtami

Through the celebration of Lord Krishna’s birthday, the information on Child Care Centers, run by SEWA across the Gujarat state for the children of self employed women who benefit from having a safe place while they are at work, was shared.

19

3/9/2005

Nutritious Diet

Working from a kitchen that may have few supplies but a lot of potential for healthy recipes, in this episode, we helped rural women find the vitamins and minerals hiding in their pantries through the sharing of simple-but-nourishing recipes.

20

10/9/2005

Listener’s Letters Episode 2

Some of the response letters of episode numbers 13 to 19 were read and thoughts / ideas / feelings of Listeners received via postcards were shared.

21

17/9/2005

Academy & Literacy

With the demand from SEWA members, SEWA initiated literacy classes, which are organized in members’ own locality. In this episode we visited a SEWA literacy class and discussed the importance of knowing how to do things like 'signing one’s own name' or 'reading bus / train numbers'.

22

24/9/2005

Adolescents Girl’s Training

For the holistic development of young adolescent girls, SEWA publishes a monthly magazine titled 'Akashganga'. This episode discussed the importance of the development of adolescent girls, and also detailed SEWA Academy’s new initiative 'computer class' for this age group.

23

1/10/2005

Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti marks the birthday of India’s most prominent independence fighter. The Champaran Incident was narrated in this episode where Gandhiji fought for the unorganized workers of Bihar.

24

8/10/2005

Navratri and Women Empowerment

SEWA’s main drive, in their movement to bring self-reliance and full employment for the workers of the informal economy, is to empower women to realize their potential. This episode used the festival of Navratri as an example of a women’s empowerment. With the help of grassroots level participants, SEWA illustrated a few examples of women’s empowerment.

25

15/10/2005

Vimo SEWA 1

Vimo SEWA is an integrated programme aiming at providing social protection to SEWA’s members through insurance. This episode described the need and benefits of health insurance to its listeners.

26

22/10/2005

Vimo SEWA 2

To spread awareness on the importance of house and property insurance, a short Drama was performed that illustrated the importance of being ready to face crises before they happen.

27

29/10/2005

Diwali

The preparation for the occasion of Diwali and importance of cleaning house before Diwali, the truth and necessity, was shared with the listeners.

28

5/11/2005

Diwali and Eid

The Hindu and Muslim have important festivals around this time of year – Diwali and Eid. And together these two holidays allow the businesses to boom, especially at the grassroots level. This episode focused on the business prosperity at such a busy time of the year.

29

12/11/2005

Solar Energy

SEWA Bank helped the Rudi no Radio team introduce the solar cooker to listeners, a device which replaces the traditional Indian pots and pans that use a lot of energy in all the following areas: gas, kerosene, electricity, time, sticks and matches.

30

19/11/2005

Listener’s Letters Episode 3

Some of the response letters of episode numbers 20 to 29 were read and thoughts / ideas / feelings of Listeners received via postcards were shared.

31

26/11/2005

Vimo SEWA 3

Discussing the topic of insurance, this time SEWA sisters jointly talked about the benefits of fixed insurance and the benefits of its security in the lives of self employed women.

32

3/12/2005

Pollution

This episode explored methods to reduce pollution and trash in the villages, especially in ways that would ultimately benefit both communities and individuals.

33

10/12/2005

Handicrafts

The example of Hansiba, a 93-year old woman of the Banaskantha district of Gujarat who even today teaches adolescent girls how to do handicraft work, was given in this episode to inspire women to brainstorm and seek creative options of employment.

34

17/12/2005

Solar Energy - SEWA Bank

The benefits of solar lights and batteries for grassroots women were discussed in this episode. Rudiben explained that not only does it save energy, it saves money in the long run. SEWA Bank additionally offered loans through this episode to women seeking to save money for long-term benefits.

35

24/12/2005

Christmas

SEWA sisters were invited to know about a few stories related to Christmas holiday during visit of Aleshaben from US. She also shared, with listeners, the recipe of cake that village women could make at home with simple, household ingredients.

31/12/2005

Programme Cancelled



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