Prerana's flagship Better Life Options Programme was initiated in 1988. The project was designed keeping local needs and priorities in mind and in consultation with the girls and communities that it would address. It focused on empowering girls with awareness, information and skills that would enable them to access various services and explore better life options. The goal of Prerana's Adolescent Programme is to create an environment of dignity and opportunity for adolescents enabling them to achieve their full potential of personal growth, and ability to contribute to family, community and societal development.
The objectives of the Better Life programme are:
The components of the programme are:
At the field level, in six peri --urban villages on the outskirts of Delhi, the initial stage of the Prerana's adolescent programme project focused on organization of groups of girls in each village in the form of a 'center'. With the gaining of experience, a decentralized approach was adopted by establishing sub-centers in unreached pockets of the villages and the main centers at the village level providing advanced inputs and platform for alumni activities. The sub-centers continue as self sustained independent centres and the alumni girls run and manage these centres as 'Peer Facilitators' and 'Centre In-charge' and provide both skills training as well as FLE inputs to their peers. The total duration of the programme cycle is six months.
The Better Life Option Programme has come a long way since its inception in the late 80's. The Better Life Options programmes continued to operate five peri -- urban villages: Tajpur, Molarband, Meethapur, Aali, Jaitpur in the Badarpur area of District South of NCT of Delhi. The field-based program is self-sustained and self-sufficient and its execution is by and large the responsibility of the communities in which it is being implemented. Without much supervision from the office side, all the centres are running very well and more and more girls are trying to start their own centres, thus moving towards an economically independent and self esteemed future.
Refresher Training of Center-Incharges continues to be an integral aspect of the project, which focuses on capacity building on Life Skills.
Prerana currently employs four Peer Educators under the Better Life Options programme.
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