An exploration into the “Alarming Practices” that still plague our “Civilized” society.
The WHI had its inception in the year 1998, as a research institute fit for conducting social research undertakings and program evaluations. At present, the organization conducts socially-driven research projects and programs, and provides Consultancy Services for the Monitoring and Evaluation of various projects, programs and institutions.
The research projects and programs carried out by the organization, have invited the attention of the media, as well as that of the developmental planners and policy makers of the State, making it influence the program planning and policy making procedures, followed in the state. Therefore, only when one has identified the different problems that exist in a society, can one go on to find and outline a solution, to solve them.
Children in prostitution: The study was conducted in the cities of Trivandrum, Ernakulam & Calicut in the State of Kerala, India, using innovative tools and methodology. Along with the reports, a three Es model was presented to the Government in order to restrict and prevent child prostitution and mitigate the related risks; and the research was funded by the Kerala State AIDS Control Society.
The Reproductive and Child Health Status of the Women in Kerala: The research was conducted for the Kerala State Women’s Commission. The study revealed a different picture against the fabulous concept nurtured till date. The Reproductive and Child Health statuses of the women and children in Kerala, are meager and very much lagging behind in the tribal as well as coastal pockets of the State, including in its hilly regions and urban slum areas, as opposed to what the situation should ideally be. Along with the report being presented, it was also strongly recommended to the Kerala State Women’s Commission, that the development of certain sustained strategies be adopted, as a step towards the addression of the above mentioned problems. Some of the problematic areas that have received the best attention are relating to, schemes that the health planners had previously considered unaffordable for certain strata of the state’s society or those issues that were deemed controversial and socially unacceptable by the people of the State.
The Life and living conditions of the Tribal people of Wayanad: This is an effort to understand the life and living conditions of the Tribal people of Wayanad, within the context of their continuing deprivation in the form of hunger, poverty, illiteracy, ill--health, high dropout rate among the school going children and exploitation of women, that abound amongst that populace. The study was conducted for the Human Rights Commission, Kerala.
The Functional efficiency of the District Primary Education Program DPEP Schools in Kerala: The Functional efficiency of the DPEP schools was evaluated based on the participation and involvement of the learner, teacher, parent and community in the teaching-learning process. The role of the management and various DPEP structures like the SPD, District Project Coordinators, BRC, CRC, DIET, SSG etc, were also evaluated within the course of this particular study.
Sex tourism on the West cost of Kerala: This study highlighted the entrance of children into prostitution. The study was concentrated mainly in the areas of Kovalam, Varkala, Quilon, Alleppy and Cochin, in Kerala. In Kovalam, boys more than girls, were found to be exploited and involved in this practice or trade. It was also surprising to note that house-boats were being utilized for this trade. In Kovalam, foreigners comprise of the main clients, of those children exploited via this trade. They generally tend to live as paying guests, or along with certain families that, offer them temporary accommodation. This housing approach, is what gradually paved way for the sex trade, in the above outlined areas. The Trafficking of girls from other states into Kerala, is also a common occurrence.
Study on unwed mothers in Kerala: The problems of unwed mothers are linked to various socio-economic and cultural variables. In Kerala, this problem is coupled with their ignorance and exploitation. Unwed mothers have a special need for education, employment, and health care especially in the Reproductive and Child Health areas. Quite often, they are neglected from the main stream of life, in society. The percentages of abortion-related hazards and deaths are high amongst teenage unwed mothers.
The Problems of children of divorced and separated parents: A High-risk family is a matter of extreme concern and we have to share this concern, as a society. Among high-risk families, the children of already separated parents, parents who are seriously contemplating divorce, parents who suppress their stress, strain and anxiety due to frequent domestic violence etc; give rise to the formation of a high-risk category of children. The physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of these children is at stake.
Male child abuse in the context of the tourism industry, in Kerala: This study was funded by the UNICEF. The study revealed that male child abuse was visibly prevalent in Kovalam, Vizhincham and other touristic centers of Kerala. Most of the clients were made up of foreigners, and the resultant mitigation of the related health hazards faced by those abused male children, was found to be in need of great attention.