|Barli Development Institute
for Rural Women Indore.
|Institute conducts two residential courses of six months duration each year for
community volunteers and grassroots trainers. From time to time the Institute has
Gram Panchayat (Village Government) members etc. on subjects like gender
sensitisation, importance of development of Girl Child, village and rural health and
sustainable development subjects as listed below.
|The curriculum focuses on building sustainable societies, respecting
and reinforcing the value of their culture, holistic education, especially
focusing on the empowerment of the girl child, human values and
|Health and Hygiene
|Pre and Post Natal Care
|The trainees are trained in taking care of pregnant women, physiology of conception, symptoms of pregnancy, social
practices relating to pregnancy, care for pregnant including immunisation, check ups, importance of rest, becoming a
mother, and the responsibility of becoming a mother, and the role of the family
|The Institute teaches the trainees the importance of
preserving our environment and helping the process of
sustainable development. They regard care for the is titled:
"Caring for the Environment" includes organic farming,
making organic manure, waste recycling, and harness the
utility of herbs as valuable source of home and natural
remedies. Value of indigenous knowledge, maintaining a
healthy environment and caring for land, water, animals
and forest resources are some of its main issues covered in
|Caring for the Environment
|By way of hands on experience, they learn to raise tree nurseries,
planting, maintaining and protecting trees, learning about the
sources of buying seeds, plants, learning about energy
conservation, techniques like composting, vermi-culture, recycling
water & soil, re-use of biodegradable and other products, i.e.
waste management (composting and recycling).
All bathroom, washing, kitchen and sewerage water are separated
at source, and after treatment are used in agriculture.
A selected portion of farm waste is mixed with waste paper to
make briquettes to be used as a fuel when it is not possible to
cook with solar cookers
|The Institute created a milestone in its history, in 1998
when its first solar cooker was installed. Institute uses
solar cookers (Scheffler cookers) for cooking food for
100 inmates for 300 days a year, 3 meals a day. This
saves about 12 LPG cylinders each month.
|Solar Cooking and Vegetable Drying
|Above: The first Solar Kitchen In 1998
|The Institute's solar kitchen as of today
|SK14 solar cookers
The trainees are also encouraged to adopt a solar-lifestyle,
wherein we train them in use and maintenance of SK 14 solar
cookers which are portable and are of smaller size and are very
economical. These cookers can cook 3 meals for a family of
5-6 people very easily. The trainees are given hands on training
for 3 days at the end of every 6 month course, and they are also
given the solar cookers to take them home with them after
|Dieter Siefiert with trainees
|Solar drying of vegetables and spices.
|Low cost solar tunnel driers