In the reporting year, Branches and Headquarters submitted twenty-eight proposals to various donors including IPPF, international donors and corporate houses. Eight of these have been approved while outcome of some of the others is awaited. With increased competition for limited grant resources in SRH, FPA India explored new non-conventional fundraising approaches such as the Fund Raising Programme through School students and the Mumbai Marathon.
Workshop on Fund Raising
A workshop was organized for 12 branches (Agra, Bidar, Bhopal, Dharwad, Gwalior, Jaipur, Kalchini, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Nilgiris and Pune) for participants to understand the concept of ‘Fundraising’. During the workshop concept of Fund Raising Programme through School students was discussed. The concept involves approaching schools and requesting them to support our cause through their students mobilising donations.
Participation in Exhibitions and Meetings
FPA India HQ and Mumbai Branch participated in NGO Expo organised in Mumbai by Newsweek. The objective of the Expo was to bring together, NGOs and corporates to understand each other’s work and potential opportunities for partnerships. FPA India also put up a stall to showcase our work, which was visited by over 40 visitors. A presentation was also made on “Population Stabilisation’ which helped corporates understands the work being done by us.
This is an annual event and the largest marathon in Asia as well as the largest mass participation sporting event which encourages people to run for a selected cause. FPA India for the first time participated in the Mumbai Marathon. The Marathon was an opportunity to NGOs to raise money for their cause through individual donors and corporate tie ups. The cause that FPA India promoted was ‘Family Planning –A Smart Choice for Health and Happiness’ branding it as ‘RUN4FP’. FPA India also won the 2nd place for the best NGO cheer zone.
Regional Technical Centre (RTC) – Bhopal has conducted programs for different target audience – self-help groups, anganwadi workers, nursing and paramedic students on issues related to sexual and reproductive health – sex, sexuality and gender diversity, adolescence, sexual abuse, Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV, family planning, rights and responsibilities. RTC Bhopal is also the Secretariat for the Madhya Pradesh State Level Chapter - Advocating Reproductive Choices (ARC). Regional Training Centre Hyderabad (RTCH) - The centre continues to conduct orientation sessions for nursing students and MSW students from different colleges. More than 259 students have attended the sessions on reproductive and child health, adolescent health issues, IEC interventions under National Health Mission, family planning methods and HIV and AIDS. These sessions are conducted by the Branch Manager and Program Officer.