The AWWA has over the years extended its span of activities and range of products for the welfare of the army families. It has contributed enormously to improve the education and awareness, health and hygiene, safety and security of wives and children and also resettlement and rehabilitation of widows.
The need of the hour is to keep the AWWA family well informed and aware, no matter where they are posted or settled.
Black Elephant (BE) AWWA Horticulture Training and Nursery Patiala
BE AWWA Horticulture Training Centre and Nursery has been established at Patiala on 15 Mar 2005. A vide Variety of seasonal flowers and vegetable seedlings have been prepared and same is being sold at cheaper rates as compared to market. The spouses of Personnels Below Officer Rank (JCOs/OR) are also encouraged to grow potted plants and deposit these in nursery for sale.
To start with, potted plants in polythene packs are being procured from local nurseries in bulk on whole sale rate and same being sold after transplanting in earthen pots. A portion of Nursery has been converted into a kitchen garden. 25 families of JCOs/OR of various units have been trained at BE AWWA Horticulture Training Center & Nursery. Seedlings/plants prepared at their residence are being brought by BE AWWA Horticulture Training Center and Nursery at reasonable rates.
Tailoring project for Empowerment of AWWA Member at Dehradun
Asha School, Chandimandir was established under the aegis of AWWA Western Command on 10 July 1992 for differently abled children of Army Personnel, the school provides education and rehabilitation training facilities for the special children, Over the years there has been steady increase in the number of such students and presently 54 special children are being imparted vocational training to make them self reliant. Curriculum runs on the basis of NIMH activity oriented teaching. Recently, two students, Master Sandeep Dubey and Rohit, have been employed in Marc Architect Glass Works, Panchkula.
Besides education the school provides speech therapy, physiotherapy and vocational training such as making up gift wrapping paper, paper bags, shagun envelopes, book marks, candle and diyas to the special children. Three days training and counseling for parents was conducted from 10 to 12 Aug 2004.
Shawl Weaving Project by AWWA at Dehradun
AWWA Mobile Library at Chandimandir
In pursuit of better quality of life through intellectual development and to carry knowledge to the doors of these who need it. Paschim Kaman AWWA has started a mobile library at Chandimandir and Jalandhar to include good reading habit amongst all ranks and their families including children in the age of 5 to 16 years. The mobile library has been equipped with books and periodicals on various subjects catering for wider range of readers including children of different interests.
Vajra AWWA Mobile Library was inaugurated at Jalandhar on 19 Aug 2002 for the children of JCOs/OR in age group of six to sixteen. The objective of the library is to reach out to the children and include the habit of reading story books other than prescribed test books.
Interior of the vehicle is attractively done up with well planned seating arrangement, lights & fans and detachable book racks. The mobile library visits JCOs/OR family accommodation including Field Area Family accommodation on all working days once in a week for two hours. There has been overwhelming response to this. As an incentive, 'Reader of The Year' award has been instituted for child who derives maximum benefit by drawing and reading maximum books from this library.A sum of Rs-50/- (Rupees fifty only) deposited as security money and the same be returned to the member on his posting/retirement. Membership of the AWWA Mobile Library is open to all families of Personnel Below Officer Ranks (JCOs/OR) we believe.
' Today's readers will be tomorrow's Leaders'