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Kajla Jana Kalyan Samiti (KJKS)

Location: East and West Midnapore districts, West Bengal

   

Situation

The aim of Kajla Janakalyan Samiti (Kajla) is to build a society free from exploitation, injustice, pollution. The society would be self-sufficient and people would live in peace irrespective of caste, colour, creed and race. Over the past few decades they have engaged themselves in local infrastructure development activities like road, post-office, School library, Co- operative society and even the Tele-communication facility and electricity for domestic consumptions.

Challenge

• More than 53% children (0-6year) of Purba Medinipur district and 61.69% children (0-6year) of Pashchim Medinipur district are malnourished because ICDS program is not functioning properly and food quality is decreasing day by day.

• The upper caste people and the contractors have major control over the resources because of which maximum benefit from natural resources like forest, water and land is taken away by them

• Agriculture and agricultural wage is the main source of livelihood, but wage rates are not commensurate with the rise in prices of staple food.

• The essential infrastructure on education and health are available but is not fully functional due to lack of awareness and government apathy.

• There are primary schools in the area, but the teachers are inadequate and they are afraid to include the students from the weaker sections.

Objectives

• To improve status of children health and education in the operational area.

• To educate and organize community in becoming pro-active agents in the integrated process of social change.

• To facilitate women empowerment in rural area through participative decision-making process within the family and at all levels of the society.

• To promote organic farming and educate society on protection of environment from pollution and degeneration/ degradation.

• To develop leadership skills amongst the poor and marginalized thus enabling them to initiate action towards development for sustainable livelihood.

• To form a strong network of CBO's and like minded organizations for generating mass awareness, lobbying and advocacy on relevant developmental issues and Child Rights.

Results

• 100% of the operational villages have been covered under immunization.

• 62 farmer families have achieved self sufficiency and food security.

• There has been a reduction in death of infant, child, pregnant women and mothers over the years. Registration of all new births was ensured.

• More than 2000 children of excluded families are receiving quality education from the schools being run by KJKS.

• 44 villages out of 60 villages in East Medinipur have declared No out of school children in villages

• One forest committee with 100 tribals is formed to promote "Saal Forestry." and increase forest coverage thus eradicating unemployment.

• Ten adolescent teams have been formed with four street theatre teams. They were engaged in the process of increasing awareness about child rights and forest rights gradually.

• One Public Information Centre has been established in the branch office and the people and children are using it regularly for awareness generation.

• A block level team has been formed with some CBOs and potential individuals and common people under the leadership of West Bengal Education Network.

Background:

Kajla Janakalyan Samiti (Kajla) was registered in 1956 and is a CRY partner in West Bengal since 1992.  It started its journey in relief and welfare mode, which gradually shifted to sustainable development mode of functioning. From 2001, Kajla started looking into programmes from a holistic Child Rights point of view and their execution in the entire operational area. The organization became a member of National Child Labour project at district level. Kajla became a member of the Child Welfare Committee, Child Line advisory board and was selected as a service provider under Domestic violence Act and National Rural Livelihood Mission at district level. It has developed a decentralized strategy of operation, whereby the Right Based integrated development of villages will be carried out through Development Units operating as separate, independent and self sustained entities. Kajla will act as a facilitator in the process of development and a resource centre.

Situation:

The villages located in proximity of the coastal belt of Eastern India are prone to flood, cyclone, inundation of rain water, damaged drainage and occasional drought. People earn their livelihood through engagement in agriculture, from fishing in deep sea, daily wage earning and also by selling local handicraft products. The rural population comprises of almost 70% of SC/ST and minority community in the two districts. While the rural community is dependent on agriculture, due to nature of land and its distribution, a large portion of people remain jobless throughout the year. On the other hand there is wage discrimination in the case of female labour and backward communities. The operational area suffers from malnutrition, food insecurity and migration due to displacement as a result of industrialization. Almost 50% children upto 6 years of age are not enrolled in ICDS centres. In both East and West Midnapore districts, more than half of the children in age group 0-6 years are suffering from malnourishment. Over the years there is an increasing and steady growth in child labour. More than 15% of children in age group 10 to 15 years are working in brick kiln, tile production center, construction house, fishing, domestic work, shops, hotels, restaurants, dhabas and cottage industries. Child trafficking is another alarming issue in the Midnapore districts.

Objectives:

  • To improve status of children health and education in the operational area.
  • To educate and organize community in becoming pro-active agents in the integrated process of social change.
  • To facilitate women empowerment in rural area through participative decision-making process within the family and at all levels of the society.
  • To promote organic farming and educate society on protection of environment from pollution and degeneration/degradation.
  • To develop leadership skills amongst the poor and marginalized thus enabling them to initiate action towards development for sustainable livelihood.
  • To form a strong network of CBO's and like minded organizations for generating mass awareness, lobbying and advocacy on relevant developmental issues and Child Rights.

Review:

  • 100% of the operational villages have been covered under immunization.
  • Malnutrition is addressed through promotion of nutritional gardens and preparation of nutrimix.
  • 62 farmer families have achieved self sufficiency and food security.
  • There has been a reduction in death of infant, child, pregnant women and mothers over the years after advocacies at community level. Registration of all new births was ensured.
  • More than 2000 children of excluded families are receiving quality education from the schools being run by KJKS..
  • 44 villages out of 60 villages in East Medinipur have declared No out of school children in villages
  • One forest committee with 100 tribals is formed to promote “Saal Forestry.” and increase forest coverage thus eradicating unemployment.
  • Ten adolescent teams have been formed with four street theatre teams. They were engaged in the process of increasing awareness about child rights and forest rights gradually.
  • One Public Information Centre has been established in the branch office and the people and children are using it regularly for awareness generation.
  • A block level team has been formed with some CBOs and potential individuals and common people under the leadership of West Bengal Education Network.

Plans:

  • Work on holistic child rights approaches at the village level in 10 villages in Paschim Medinipur District.
  • Providing supplementary nutrition support to 1000 identified families to combat malnutrition.
  • Full coverage of mother and children in health check-up programme, linking TB and HIV affected persons with government health services.
  • Organize campaigning on education in 60 villages and address the issue of dropouts in 30 villages at elementary level.
  • Village-wise survey, data collection, collation and analysis at each Development Unit level.
  • Advocate with Children Welfare Committees (CWC), Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), Child line for arresting child labour, child trafficking and early marriage to ensure care and protection of the careless children.
  • Building awareness among 2000 women and teachers of 30 schools on RTE and formation of 30 SMC as per RTE norms.
  • Ensuring forest rights as well as tribal rights by mobilizing community people.

Budget summary:

Particulars Amount (US $)
Right to Development 8,965
Right to Survival 2,285
Right to Protection 1,582
Right to Participation 1,934
Administration 2,988
Total 17,579

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