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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. From 1990 onwards, a change in the perspective and thought process was observed and experienced by Kajla. By 1995, the organization had shifted from relief and welfare approach to a sustainable development mode of development programming. Change of guard was also experienced at this stage. By th new millennium, Kajla adopted the rights based approach to integrated development for all children and local communities. The organization believes that development is not possible until people become aware of their rights and raise their voice to fulfill their basic needs. For that purpose the organization follows the Rights based integrated approach. Currently Kajla has adopted a child centric approach of looking at integrated development programming in the reference area.
The main sources of income in Midnapore district are agriculture, rickshaw pulling and cottage industries with others small business. 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 status of the children (0-6year) of the operational areas is better from the district average but still problems exist especially in the district of Pashchim Medinipur. 3.88% of the families of the district are suffering food insecurity around the year but in the operational areas 3.00% of families are suffering food insecurity around the year. Government services are implementing more actively in the operational areas so employment, income and social security schemes is better than overall status of the district. More than 60% of household of the Purba Medinipur district is marginalized because government services are not distributed properly but the targeted villages of KJKS is better from overall economic condition of the district because the KJKS is working with the help of CRY so it is necessary work others backward villages of the district of Purba Medinipur.
In Pashchim Medinipur district the rural employment guarantee scheme implementation has not been proper – hence unemployment persists. However, over the years of intervention through the CRY program, Kajla has succeeded in improving the food situation and food security status of the area. Women’s involvement in the program has increased from before. Women’s participation in local level employment generation is also higher. The education status of CRY supported operation areas is better from the overall district status because KJKS is working on the issues of education with children.
- To improve upon the child situation holistically in the operational area through restoration of survival, development protection and participation rights.
- To educated & organize all the stakeholders to play a pro-active role in the integrated process of social change.
- To facilitate the empowerment of the rural women enabling them to participate in decision-making processes within the family and at all levels of the society.
- To promote organic farming and environment education for protecting environment from pollution and degeneration/degradation.
- To develop leadership quality amongst the poor and marginalized people by capacitating them to initiate action towards development for sustainable livelihood.
- To implement several action-oriented programs for ensuring child rights.
- 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 and Impact
Kajla Janakalyan Samity has developed a new strategy of operation through the complete process of decentralization, democratization and transparency, whereby the Right Based integrated development of villages will be carried out by and through Development Units operating as separate, independent and self sustained entities. Further to this, the collaborative efforts being generated along with the stakeholders in the Govt. sector by KJKS, paves way for sustainable and replicable models of Development which toes in the line of Child Centricity to wards Holistic realization of Child Rights. Kajla Janakalyan Samity will act as a facilitator in the process of development and a resource centre. These Development Units will carry out Right based work and awareness drives in the areas of Child Rights, education, health, youth and culture. The strong interface with the government, the development of independent identities of CBOs, the strong mass base and capabilities related to public advocacy, campaigning and crisis management makes future partnership with the organization a promising one. Its efforts serve as a Model with a positive and strong impact to be replicated elsewhere.
- 80% women and children in 70% of the operational villages have been covered under immunization.
- There has been a reduction in death of infant, child, pregnant women and mothers being observed over the years after advocacies at community level. Registration of all new births has been ensured.
- All the mortality cases (deaths) of infant, children and mothers are also being registered with the help of ANM and Anganwadi workers. Most of the (about 80%) children and mothers are receiving regular immunization.
- The village community and the children have now been linked up with the services of PHC and BPHC and the Birth as well as death registration is happening now.
- Twenty one women’s group has been formed and they are being empowered gradually about different government services and in demanding these services.
- One forest committee with 100 tribals has been formed with the help of Forest Department. The committee is protecting forest and promoting forestry for increasing the coverage of forest, especially “Saal forestry”.
- One grain Bank has been build under the leadership of women’s group for food security.
- 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.
- Providing complimentary nutrition support to 1000 identified families for reducing malnutrition.
- Cover 100% mothers and children under health check-up and immunization programme.
- Identify TB and HIV patients and linking with government services.
- Showcasing good practice on the issues of livelihood and use this as advocacy tool.
- Collaborate with local self government and agriculture department for promoting organic manure in the farmer’s field and social security schemes.
- Advocate with local self government and disaster management authority for implementing Disaster Risk Management Programme.
- Strengthening KJKS School and others services which will be more influences to the parents’ local authority.
- Building awareness among 2000 women and teachers of 30 schools on RTE and formed 30 SMC as norms of the RTE.
- Organize campaigning on education in 60 villages and abolish school dropout in 30 villages at the elementary level.
- Formation and strengthening of village, GP and block level child protection committee for preventing violation of child protection rights.
- Advocate with CWC, JJB , Child line and DCPS, PRI for arresting child labour, child trafficking and early marriage and ensure care and protection of the careless children.
- Building opinion on child participation among the adult community by children in 60 villages and strengthening of 15 child resource centers.
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