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Background

HIMAD has been a part of the ERA nodal initiative since 1997 and is one of the better performing nodes. The association of Himad’s members with representatives of the State Alliance, LAM and NAFRE stretches over a period of 8 to 9 years. Mr. Umashankar Bisth, the Project Holder of Himad, worked as a National Service Volunteer (NSV) in Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan in 1991. He joined HIMAD in 1998 as a community organizer for 3 years and is currently Project Holder for Himad (as a node of the CRY-ERA nodal partnership) for the last 5 years. Over the years he has shown his capabilities in developing team work, gaining deep knowledge of issues, networking with other organizations and institutions in the Himalayan region and on issue based advocacy. With CRY support, HIMAD will intervene in 3 clusters comprising of 10 villages in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand.

Situation

The original inhabitants of the area are more or less represented by the Brahmins, Rajputs and Dalits. The Brahmins and Rajputs constitute the major landowners. Subsistence agriculture remains a dominant economic activity of the local populace. Cultivable land is 5.3% of total area of the district. Almost 75% of the population lives off agriculture but most of the land-holdings, except the lower irrigated land in the river valleys, therefore yield poor returns, and are often not even capable of sustaining the owner’s basic food requirements, which has led to an exodus of manpower. Forest occupies 2/3 of the total area in the district. The district is located in a highly seismic zone, making it highly vulnerable to earthquakes, landslides and heavy monsoons. Every year with the onset of monsoons a considerable quantity of soil cover is lost and cultivable land swallowed by flash floods. Heavy losses are incurred due to landslides, particularly on roadsides, causing total transportation and communication breakdowns. Other than in government or domestic service, the area has little to offer, thus Garhwali men tend to migrate to the towns and cities, leaving their wives and children at home to manage the house and land.

Situation

In this area rural poor women constitute a powerful ‘lever’ for the development of the region. They play a vital role in economic production, children’s education, family’s health, managing natural resources and the preservation of the community’s cultural identity. The status of child rights in the area is dismal. Basic health facilities are defunct, availability of medicines is a problem, and distance factors play a key role in accessibility to health care facilities. In the district there are 873 primary schools and the total nos. of villages is 1233. Thus about 1/3rd of the villages still do not have primary schools. HIMAD’s thrust, since its inception, has been mainly on catalyzing the process of community mobilization and human resource development. It draws its strength from the collective vision of the team that believe in the possibility of change. The underlying theme of HIMAD is to function as a catalyst in the process of building people’s institutions, where people become the sole builder and gradually reach a stage, where they can confidently say “We did it ourselves”. We see ourselves as facilitators in the process.

Objectives

  • Implement and monitor the development program for deprived groups mostly women, children, SC/ST, physically handicapped, and other backward classes.
  • Conceive and educate people about alternative development for the area for optimum resource management of agriculture, water, energy, tourism etc.
  • Conduct behavioural and action research in the field of socio-economic communication and documentation of people’s heritage.
  • Promote scientific view to reduce illiteracy, religious fallacies and conventional factors.
  • Motivate and train the youth for self- employment.
  • Promote public participation in Panchayats, legal literacy, and other development programmes.

Review and Impact


Himad being a CRY-ERA node for 9 years aligns with CRY ideology and procedures. The ideological alignment on issues of class, caste, political party non alignment and people centric economic development, social equity, empowerment of the masses, State’s responsibility, people’s rights, need for social & economic freedom, gender development and holistic child rights has been evidenced.

  • 282 children were enrolled in Govt primary schools from NFEs and 312 children who were out of schools were also enrolled.
  • 7 Panchayats have active Education Committee.
  • 236 children from primary schools were enrolled in middle school.
  • 163 new born and 244 older children were registered during the year.
  • 148 pregnant women received immunization.
  • 10 health education camps were organized during the year.
  • 20 villages have been identified where no child marriage happened during last year.
  • PDS shops were activated.
  • 3 Block level federation of CBOs was formed.

The organization has established itself as one of the leading voluntary organizations in the district and is a known organization to the district administration. The organization has strong community based organizations with visible identities of their own and the CBO’s are empowered enough to decide their course of action. The organization realizes the need of collective action and joint efforts, its association with NAFRE & LAM and the Uttarakhand State Alliance has been significant in the last decade.

Plans

  • 100% new born children and 90% older children will be registered.
  • 864 operational areas families will be counselled to register their children.
  • With the help of ANM’s 100% vaccination of pregnant women will be ensured.
  • All children under 5 years will be tracked for immunization.
  • Through activation of the Village Health Committees and CBO’s / PTAs, 100% retention in all formal schools and 100% enrolment from 10 villages will be strived for.
  • CBO leaders will be promoted for Panchayat elections in 8 Panchayats and voter lists will be updated.
  • Implementation of the National Rural Education Guarantee Act will be analysed in 3 Panchayats.
  • Issue of working children and child labor will be brought out through consultation, problems will be documented and the effects on working children will be discussed to motivate the community to reduce the work load on children.
  • All 10 Bal Sabhas (children’s groups) and 10 Adolescents groups will be linked at the cluster and district level forum.
  • 561 Youth of 10 villages in the age group of 15-18 years will be provided with occupational counseling.

ANNUAL FINANCIAL SUMMARY

  • Right to Development
    $2,678
  • Right to Survival
    $2,486
  • Right to Protection
    $2,295
  • Right to Participation
    $3,825
  • Administration
    $7,841
  • Total Grant Approved
    $19,125