SABLA – Information, Life Skills, Health and Nutrition Information for Out of School Girls
For the past two decades, Centre for Catalyzing Change has worked with young people in India, strengthened their agency, and built their self-esteem and knowledge on critical life skills through in–school and out of school programs. One of the first organizations in India, working on a transformative program strategy, Centre for Catalyzing Change believes that leveraging government schemes to reach out to girls pushed away from formal schooling system, also inevitably from disadvantaged communities, is a critical step forward in reaching out to large numbers of individuals; building holistic communities and societies.
The Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG-SABLA), launched in 2010 by the Government of India, addresses the education, health (mainly reproductive health) and nutrition needs of adolescent girls. The scheme, targets girls in the age group of 11 to 18 years is currently piloted in 200 districts across the country using the platform of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS). The SABLA scheme aims to enable girls for self-development and empowerment, improve their nutrition and health status, and promote awareness about health, hygiene, nutrition, adolescent reproductive and sexual health (ARSH). The scheme engages young girls as peer leaders to facilitate sessions on Life Skills and nutrition and health.
Since 2011, Centre for Catalyzing Change, supported by Ford Foundation has been providing technical assistance to the Government of Jharkhand and since 2014 to Delhi Government to implement the SABLA scheme at the state level and selected district(s). The program has reached close to 50,000 out of school adolescent girls in the state of Jharkhand and Delhi.