Sunita, our Community Correspondent in Rajasthan ends corruption with her video
Anganwadi centers aim at ensuring that the most vulnerable sections of Indian society, all over the country, get access to basic medicines. Thus, Anganwadi workers are in charge of distributing medicines and vaccinations to pregnant women, young mothers, and infants, until 6 years old.
Unfortunately this ambitious scheme is often hassled by the lack of monitoring and the corruption of the workers. Cases of workers keeping the medicines or not distributing the vaccination cards regularly occur.
This was the situation in Karauli district, ward n.7, before Sunita Kasera, our Community Correspondent in Rajasthan shot a video on the issue. In February 2011, shocked by the lot of women in Karauli, who were not receiving any of the provisions they are entitled to, Sunita decided to report their stories. Despite local pressure, the women were bold enough to talk on camera, with the hope that Sunita would help them see some improvement in their lives.
4 days after the video was shot, the workers delivered the medicines and the vaccination cards the women have been waiting for so long. Women were thrilled, and deeply grateful to Sunita. They regularly come to her now, to ask her to take action on other issues they encounter in their lives. Sunita also feels proud and happy had such an impact for women around her.
If you ask Video Volunteers’ Community Correspondent Bideshini Patel to rate her childhood on a scale of 1-10, she would probably give it a negative marking due to the neglect and abuse she faced. But if you ask her to evaluate her professional life as an impactful journalist, resolving basic...