Hariharananda Vocational Training Center in Cuttack, Odisha offers residential and day courses in tailoring, embroidery, healthcare, nursing, computer fundamentals, literacy, agriculture & dairy, women’s health and women's rights. The vocational training center also hosts special workshops and guest speakers throughout the year. Social services include medical aid, counseling, housing and food for the destitute, emergency relief and job placement. The Hariharananda Vocational Training Center is a hub for the WISH (Women’s Independent Self-Help) Network of young women who are working hard to reach their fullest potential and serve others in the society.

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WISH Network is an eclectic group of mentors, community leaders, teachers, alumni, volunteers and social workers who offer social services to underprivileged women. WISH provides scholarships for housing, food, vocational training, education, medical aid and counseling to young women through an on-going application process. Training, job placement and small enterprise help young women become more self-sufficient and contribute to family and community.

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Life skill courses are taught daily at the Hariharananada Vocational Training Center. Grassroots India also conducts Outreach Programs in schools and village community centers. The ChoicePoint Course helps women clarify what they most deeply care about and aids them in making wise choices. Other fundamental life skill training includes banking, small business management, women's health, childcare, cooking, sewing, and house management.

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Odisha suffers regularly from natural disasters which destroy homes, crops, water and sanitation. Rural women, children and livestock suffer the most. Grassroots India provides temporary housing, food, and medical aid to those who are in need.

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Grassroots India provides scholarships and textbooks for poor students in std. 9-10 who are meritous students but have no financial resoucres. We coorindate with local teachers who have proven commitment and dedication to thier students and supervise the distribution so that books go directly into the hands of the students. We have begun a rotating classroom library at some of the schools and are in the process of beginning several new school libraries. 

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Leadership classes on women and child rights are held at the Hariharananda Vocational Training Center. Outreach awareness camps are organized in rural villages. The WISH (Women’s Independent Self-Help) Network is growing into a large web of support and resources for thousands of women throughout Odisha. A team of more than 30 lawyers offer free services for women who are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Grassroots India offers housing, food, emergency medical services, mental health counselling, and transportation free of charge. Publications are also produced and distibuted.

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Grassroots India provides medical aid and social services to young women in need of OB-GYN care. Many of our patients are pregnant women having difficulty with deliveries. We also aid WISH family members with life-threatening illnesses. In addition, we operate a meals-on-wheels program for patients in need at the state hospital and terminal patients at home. Our team of senior WISH members often stay at the hospital and advocate for patients who cannot care for themselves and have no family members.

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Women’s Health courses are offered daily at Hariharananda Vocational Training Center as part of the WISH residential program. Topics discussed include puberty changes, gender roles, pre-marital relations, intercourse, childbirth, & baby care. We also conduct women's issues awareness workshops in the villages, and produce informative publications for distribution. Workshops often take place in village schools and community centers, with casual interactive and informative sessions that invite open minded dialogue. The women’s health program is included in our Nursing curriculum and has a social service unit.

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