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17 villages/tolas of 2 Gram Panchayats [Madhubani Ghat & Bardhaha] in Motihari district, East Champaran, Bihar, India
Mr. Shashi Prasad is the founder of the organisation. He completed his schooling in 1991, he worked . in the Border Security Force but due to family pressure he resigned from the job. During this period he started free teaching to the adults under Adult Education Program for 2 years after which he joined a Pharma company as Medical representative. In 1998 he joined an NGO ‘IDEA’ as an accountant where he worked for 4 years. Being motivated by the work of the NGO, he joined as a facilitator in Gramin Mahila and Bal Vikas Niketan, where he closely worked with women and children on the issue of malnourishment.
Working with NGO’s and discussions with like minded people on social issues, gave birth to CHARDS in the year 2004 which was formally registered in 2006. CHARDS started working with the dalit and backward community especially with women, children and farmers. In the year 2004 they started organising health camps in one panchayat of Motihari with the support of Dr S. P. Lall and also organised training for the small and marginal farmers on vermin compost and nutritional garden. After this he also became the master trainer of MNREGA and ASHA workers.
CHARDS with support from CRY is working in 17 Hamlets of 2 panchayats namely Madhubani Ghat and Vardaha situated in Motihari Sadar. These villages are mostly inhabited by Dalit, Mahadalit, Other backward castes (OBC) and minority having total of 3776 households. The intervention villages are also prone to flood. Landlessness is a major cause of poverty among Dalits/Mahadalits and minority. OBC’s are having small land holdings but they are also economically backward. Most of the Dalits work as agricultural laborers, but wages are below the minimum wage fixed by the state government. Agricultural labor provides employment for only 3-4 months and rest of the year they are either jobless or migrate to other cities/state and work in construction site /factory or other manual work. The benefits of government poverty alleviation and social security programs hardly reach the beneficiaries owing to corruption.
- To enhance the health seeking behavior of the community
- To reduce the child mortality & morbidity in the community.
- To increase institutional delivery in the project area through community sensitization and strengthening of health institutions.
- To reduce the burden of malnutrition in the project areas.
Achievements & Impact in the Review Period
Children being the central point of all activities, the team focused on education, health, child marriage and child labor issues in the intervention area. The team with support from CRY, took up the strategy of building awareness among the community, particularly the women through self help groups (SHG) on children’s issues, their present status and their responsibilities. The process with children resulted in increase in immunizations, birth registrations & enrolment in schools. Major achievements include:
- CHARDS identified 63 malnourished children - 12 Severely Acute Malnourished children were referred to the Nutrition and Rehabilitation Centre and are now in normal category.
- The team tracked pregnant and lactating women and were able to link 146 pregnant women
- There were 76 institutional births and 169 safe deliveries at home by trained birth attendants.
- 69 children from 2 bridge centres have been enrolled in Primary / Middle school and they are regular in school
- 61 girls and 82 boys were enrolled / regularized form 17 intervention tola in primary & middle school and regular follow up of these children is being done by the team.
- Adolescent girls are standing up against child marriage and continuation of education.
- 9 cases of early marriage were prevented.
The operational area is mapped as critical on health and malnutrition. Plans include:
Access and quality to free, primary health care in the intervention areas
- To develop capacity of the team members on the Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) and their norms.
- To mobilize the community to raise their voice for health care facilities.
- To mobilize the local MLA, MP, Civil Surgeon, media on this issue.
Reduction of Child Malnutrition in 17 Hamlets of 2 Panchayat.
- To sensitize community on preventive approaches for malnutrition management.
- To create awareness among pregnant/lactating women on feeding practices and nutritional supplement.
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