Barli Development Institute for Rural Women
Barli Development Institute for Rural Women was established in 1985 for the upliftment of rural and tribal women living in rural communities in the districts around Indore.
The organic growth of the Institute has enabled it to develop a comprehensive curriculum that empowers the women with the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives and the lives of their families and the communities in which they live.
In 1987, the Institute joined the Indian Government's Technology Mission on drinking water, in Jhabua, one of the 51 districts affected by guinea-worms, with 302 villages having 752 infected persons and 211,813 at risk.
The Institute coordinated with the government in conducting environmental programmes to educate and train tribal villagers, mainly women, on prevention and eradication of guinea worms, caused by contaminated water.
Mobilisation and motivation of health fuctionaries was also designed around the government's work related to drinking water management. This helped the district with complete eradication of guinea-worms.
Since July 1992, the Institute has voluntarily started working for another neighbouring district, Dhar, where 68 active cases were found by the Government in six villages