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Background

Disha Vihar was registered in 2002-03 to work for the exploited and dalit communities and to bring them in the mainstream process. They led the National Literacy campaign in the district (NLM) and awareness generation for Polio Campaign with UNICEF as polio children were identified in this district. They worked on the social mobilization process with the target community closely with UNICEF & WHO. Disha Vihar has closely worked with the people in Diara land who were displaced by the Ganga flood and the fishing community in Munger district. The organization has taken up women rights and local governance issues in the operational area. They organize various communal harmony and cultural programs. The Project Holder Mr. Abhay Kumar Akela has played an important role in ensuring that peace resumed after the Bhagalpur riots by organizing various communal harmony programs in Munger district.

Situation

The current intervention is spread across 15 villages in Sadar, 10 villages in Tarapur, 10 villages in Kharagpur and 10 villages in Asarganj blocks of Munger district, Bihar. Located in Southern Bihar, Munger district is famous for its natural resources- forests, hills and rivers. These areas suffer from annual inundation, erosion, water clogging and sand deposition due to the flooding of the Ganges and its tributaries. The district experiences drought and floods simultaneously which affects the agricultural activities of Bhinds, Kumhars, Banias, Dhobi communities. As a result people migrate from the villages. The health service delivery systems are not functioning properly which leads to low level of birth registrations and immunization of children and pregnant women. Due to financial constraints and lack of livelihood options, children discontinue education and get engaged in shops, hotels and/or as domestic labor. 185 children are directly engaged in labor work in the area and about 720 children have migrated to other places and working as labor. Girl child marriage is another issue prevailing in the area. The reason behind this is social taboo, traditions, fear of girl child safety and poverty.

Objectives

  • To ensure child rights in the operational area are restored through capacity building of the reference group.
  • To strengthen pro-people systems with special focus on health, education and the public distribution system and ensure accessibility of the services for the marginalized.
  • To enhance the leadership and capacity amongst the Diara displaced community and leading their movement.
  • To mobilize the fishing community in the district and build strategic alignment with the local people’s collectives.

Review


  • For the past few years Disha Vihar has been running a cultural center called Jeevan Shala for children who are drop outs, out of school, never gone to school and children engaged in labor.
  • It has formed block level Munna Munni Munch (MMM) in all 4 blocks comprising 20-25 children in each group. This year 21 children’s groups were formed with participation of 405 children.
  • Display of a wall magazine was organized in 22 public schools of 4 blocks, where children made their paintings and wrote poems, songs and stories for display.
  • A rally was organized with focus on education for working children, besides building awareness among the community on quality education, mid-day meals and other child rights issues 450 children participated in this rally.
  • Process of data collection was initiated for disabled children in all the 45 villages.
  • A survey was done on ICDS centers that are functional in the villages, based on which some areas were identified where new centers need to be set up.
  • Block level youth meetings were organized on the issue of child rights, common school system, technical education and life skill training for youth, Right to Education (RTE) and the role of youths and their participation on proper functioning of school.
  • Out of 45 villages, 43 villages are child marriage free.
  • 55 child labor and 83 working children were re-enrolled in primary and middle school through the Jeevan Shala process.
  • 90% deliveries at institutions were ensured through government health institutions.
  • 92% pregnant women were immunized.
  • 90% new born children got regular immunizations and birth registration certificates.

Plans

  • Continuation of the Jeevan Shala cultural process to ensure child participation.
  • Workshop with the Block Education Officer, Head Master, Teachers and social activists on their role in context of the right to education RTE Act 2009.
  • Study of the impact on the lives of children with proposed land acquisition by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in Suryagarha block of Lakhisarai and use the report as an advocacy tool.
  • Capacity Building workshop for women on malnutrition, nutrition supplements, immunization, health issues and women’s rights.
  • Bal Sanasnd for children of Munna Munni Manch, Jeevan Shala and other school children.
  • Establishment of a Bal Pustakalay (Library) for children.

ANNUAL FINANCIAL SUMMARY

  • Right to Development
    $7,518
  • Right to Survival
    $3,032
  • Right to Protection
    $5,711
  • Right to Participation
    $3,231
  • Administration
    $7,876
  • Total Grant Approved
    $27,367