Community Correspondents

Halima Ejaj

Halima Ejaj

24-year-old Halima from Dhanbad district is the only female Correspondent Changemakerin Jharkhand who belongs to a religious minority background. Halima has had her share of social work experience. She has worked in 30 villages of her district while spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS and other health issues. Other than health, she wants to work on issues like forced evictions, gender inequality and development as a video campaigner.

Videos from Halima

IMPACT| Old age pension finally started

 
/ December 9, 2015

One year ago I had made a video on villagers from Chatrutar, Dhanbad district of Jharkhand, where senior family members were not receiving their old age pensions. I went to meet the Block Development Officer, Girijanand Kisku, along with my video and a requisition letter for the pensions. He was...

Widowed since three years, Harassed by Village Head since three months

 
/ November 7, 2016

What is the importance of Rs 400 to our daily lives in urban cities? A 3g recharge for our phone, a meal at a restaurant (for one) or 16 pieces of Ferrero Rocher chocolates. But in the hinterlands of Jharkhand, Rs 400 means a person’s entire survival for a month. And...

Impact: Mothers & Nurses get their due payment from health department after 3 years

 
/ July 22, 2016

A snoring health department in Dhanbad district was awoken from its three-year slumber of non-payment by Halima Ejaj, a soft-spoken woman in Jharkhand in March. Under the Janani Suraksha Yojana, a mother having an institutional delivery in a government hospital is paid Rs. 1,400, while the Sahiya, the government appointed...

Innocence Lost: Child Marriage rampant in Dhanbad, Jharkhand

 
/ September 14, 2015

In the Chatrutand Panchayat of Dhanbad District’s Baghmara Block, the practice of child marriage are rampant among the Bilhor tribe. Phool Kumari was married when she was 10 and conceived her first baby at 14. The baby survived a month. There have been no signs of any awareness seminars, camps...

Broken Promises: Pregnant women and frontline health workers still await cash incentives

 
/ August 31, 2015

Baghmara, Jharkhand | Halima Ejaz It has been over 8 months since Usha Devi a resident of Baghmara delivered her baby at a government hospital ,however, she is yet to receive cash incentives of Rs 1400 as promised under the Janani Suraksha Yojana – the government’s scheme to bring down...

No vaccinations, nutrition for children due to a lack of anganwadi centre

 
/ July 2, 2015

Children between the age of 0-6 years have no access to education, nutrition or vaccination due to the lack of an anganwadi centre in their village. Under the Janani Suraksha Yojana and the Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojana, the Indian government’s scheme to bring down maternal and neonatal deaths, women and...

One front line health worker for 14 centres

 
/ June 16, 2015

Ahilya Devi, a septuagenarian, is the Auxiliary Nurse Midwife from Jharkhand. She currently looks after the 14 sub-health centres in different villages while according to health ministry guidelines one auxiliary nurse midwife is supposed to look after 8. Apart from being over-worked, Ahilya also faces problems because there are no...

A Poem to the Panchayat: a plea for old age pension

 
/ May 5, 2015

May 5th 2015 | Jharkhand, Dhanbad District, Baghmara block, Chatrutand Panchayat, Murlidih Village | Halima Ejaz More than a dozen beneficiaries of Old Age Pension have not received any money in a decade. They have tried all possible routes to avail their entitlement but each of their pleas have been...