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Location

District Nalbari & Kamrup, Assam, India
Thematic Intervention: Nalbari - Health, Kamrup (Rural) - Education


Background

GVM is implementing CRY projects in two districts of the Nalbari and Kamrup (Rural). In Nalbari district GVM is implementing health project and in Kamrup (Rural), project is implementing education theme. Mr. Prithibhushan Deka, the president and founding member, studied in the school located in his village at Nalbari district. He has taken admission in Guwahati College for higher education but came back to Nalbari district and completed his college education in science from Nalbari College. Later on he studied ‘NGO Management in EDII in Ahmedabad. After completion he worked for NABARD for 3 years before working full time for his organization which he established in 1999. He has also completed his study from TISS Guwahati, Assam. Since inception he was engaged in the mass mobilization process at community level, so it is his firm belief that mass mobilization is the key factor for bringing changes in the society. GVM, since its inception, is also focusing on the value building process with the youths of the community and, it has organized capacity building events for youth in collaboration with the Nehru Yuva Kendra of Nalbari district.

Situation

Nalbari District –

  • Major issue in Nalbari district is lack of monitoring of health of pregnant women and adolescent children.
  • In one of the sample haemoglobin testing of adolescent girls for 109 girls, it was found 67% of adolescent having Hb% less than 12 mg, which may lead towards severe anaemic pregnancy.
  • Home delivery and lack of monitoring of ANC is one of the reasons of Infant deaths, because all cases are Neonatal deaths.
  • There are no ANC (Antenatal Care) and PNC (Postnatal Care) facilities in the waterlogged villages of the district leading to lack of health checkups.

Kamrup District –

  • There are lack of understanding about the free and compulsory education among the community leaders and the parents. Therefore they are not taking interest for activation of educational institution.
  • The parent’s perspective and attitude is not towards the monitoring of the school and to cater the need of children rather they are more interested towards the religious institution and its construction.
  • There are issues related to the infrastructure of school, waterlogging surroundings to the school, therefore sometime parents fears to send their kids in school.
  • There is concern with the quality standard of teachers; there are concern with the teaching practices and learning outcome. Due to lack of community interest on Government schools, therefore teachers are also not motivated to play their role as active teachers. Teachers are lack interest in teaching.

Objectives

  • To empower at least 15000 persons to increase their level of income by 50% of existing level and increase self reliance among them within the year 2016.
  • To empower at least 10000 persons (5000 female + 5000 male) to ensure rights , promote economic and cultural security, enhance democratic environment, social justice and sense of brotherhood among community within the year 2016.
  • To empower at least 10000 families from vulnerable community of 120 villages to reduce at least 30% of their socio-economic losses due to disaster within the year 2016.
  • To empower at least 15000 child and adolescents from 15000 deprived families to improve their quality of life within the year 2016.

Achievements & Impact


GVM is implementing health focus programme in Nalbari district. The project has worked very closely with the target community like- pregnant mothers, lactating mothers, adolescent groups of 11-18 years and children of 0-3 years. It has also worked with 6-14 age group children through children assembly and RBSK (Rashtriya Bal Sanstha Karkaram). Overall, GVM in Nalbari worked with focused intervention with both community and government stakeholders.

This was the first year of implementation in Kamrup district project is being implemented in 13 villages on education focus and it was the first year of intervention. It is focussing towards retention and the adherence of RTE (Right To Education) milestone in Government schools. Community sensitization towards child right issues, capacity building of the staffs and the selected leaders of the community on RTE and orientation of school management committee members on RTE was the objective of the first year. During the Year, the project has given good amount of time to capture the baseline data related to child tracking, school education process and the ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services).

Health:

  • Access to Government, free and primary health care services that includes the facilities of JSY, Mamoni, Majoni scheme, RBSK and Iron Folic tablets has improved.
  • Changes at community level towards accessing the services, participation on programme, behavioural changes and community action towards activation of services.
  • More and more family members are insisting on institutional and safe deliveries, despite Government ambulance services not being efficient.
  • There is improved participation of families, including women family members, in the Village Health and Nutrition Day (VHND) organized. This is a good platform for providing health checkups and health education to lactating mothers and pregnant women and adolescent girls. Focus group discussions facilitated between service seekers and service providers too has helped families access benefits under various schemes.
  • Field demo on nutritional food by NRC resource person was also beneficial for the mothers, anganwadi workers and mid-day meal cooks. Providing demos by the Government doctors at community level is also one of the successful strategies to motivate the service providers and the mothers to adopt the practices and denying the unhealthy myths.
  • Health education to members of children’s collectives and regular health checkups has improved hygiene practices among children. The children are also motivating community members on adopting good health and hygiene practices.
  • Demand raised together by community members and GVM volunteers has resulted in the service providers and government line department increase availability and quality of health services in the community.

Education:

  • There is an increase in the awareness on child rights of the community. The minority community used to send the children to the Mosque for studying after the school, but now they are also insisting that their children to be sent to children assembly.
  • Mothers and other community members are raising issues related to school and other services during the gram sabhas.
  • School Management Committees have been oriented on their roles and responsibilities in 13 villages and the members are now actively monitoring the functioning of schools, services like mid-day meal, etc. Retired Head-teachers are roped in to orient newly joined teachers on teaching methodologies.
  • Development of School development plan through CCRE (Child Centric Reflection Exercise) process, a community level process. In 4 villages, meetings were held to develop the child centric plan of action, focusing on the Government schools. Panchayat members, community leaders and parents, all participated in the process and focus on improving the village education system. They have developed school development plans for three years and they have assigned responsibilities to follow up on the plan of action.

Plans


Health

Focus 1- Access to free and primary health care services by the mothers and children of the project area of the 18 villages of the two Blocks (Bharbhag and Pub-Nalbari) of the operational area.

  • 100% of the operational area to be completed with the Tracking record. Successful village health and nutritional day for all the villages. Beneficiary motivated towards accessing free services from the Govt. department.
  • At least in six villages, VHNSC (Village Health Nutrition and Sanitation Committee) is completely ready for the organising VHND (Village Health and Nutrition Day) and monitoring of the free and primary health services as per the NHM guideline.
  • Coordination established in between the service providers and service seekers in all the villages of the operational area. Service provider shows interest in community meeting and facilitates the process to understand the beneficiary about the schemes and benefits.

Focus 2- Reduction of mild and severe anaemia among the adolescent, reduction of anaemia in pregnant women in 18 operational villages of the Nalbari districts.

  • Positive support from the family members of all identified pregnant and lactating mothers. Change in perception about the balanced food and nutritional needs of the adolescent girls among the parents in the 6 most critical villages.
  • In 6 villages, community leaders mobilise and initiate the process of advocacy with district authorities and panchayat members for construction of roads, bridges and approach roads connecting to health centre. Community leaders, in 6 villages, to allot land for kitchen gardening demos at community level.
  • Complete ANC, PNC, institutional delivery, linking with the JSY, Mamoni scheme for the pregnant and lactating mothers with coordination among the service providers and beneficiary groups.

Education

Focus - Retention of children among the age group 3-6 years in AWC (Anganwadi Centre) (Anganwadi Centre) and 6-14 years children in Government primary and upper Primary school in the project area of 13 villages of Kamrup (Rural) Villages.

  • Coordination established among the parents and the monitoring committee of the 27 AWC (Anganwadi Centre) (Anganwadi Centre) in 13 villages about the need and requirements of children 3-6 years
  • Enhanced relationship established among the AWW (Anganwadi Workers), Supervisor and CDPO (Child Development Project Officer) with the AWC (Anganwadi Centre) monitoring committee, Mothers and the community leaders.
  • 9 villages completed with the CCRE (Child Centric Reflection Exercise) process at community level.

Focus 3 - Ensure implementation of RTE (Right To Education) milestone (infrastructure, Monitoring by SMC-School Management Committees, learning outcome) in selected schools of 13 villages of operational area of Kamrup (Rural) districts of Assam.

  • SMC of 15 schools motivated with the understanding of their role and responsibility and reflects through collective action to bring changes through regular monitoring of schools.
  • Stakeholders (community leaders, Panchayat members, Parents) motivated towards monitoring of school infrastructure and establish a good coordination at community level for joint venture for improvement of school campus.
  • 10 schools teachers motivated by the community action and they will work with close coordination with the SMC and community leaders.

ANNUAL FINANCIAL SUMMARY

  • Right to Survival
    $7,650
  • Right to Development
    $5,100
  • Right to Protection
    $1,340
  • Right to Participation
    $8,238
  • Administration
    $10,363
  • Total Grant Approved
    $32,691