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Background

Kajla Janakalyan Samiti (Kajla) was registered in 1956. It started its journey in relief and welfare mode, which gradually shifted to sustainable development mode of functioning. From 2001, Kajla started looking into programs from a holistic child rights point of view and their execution in the entire operational area. The organization became a member of the National Child Labor project at the district level. Kajla became a member of the Child Welfare Committee, Child Line advisory board and was selected as a service providerunder Domestic violence Act and National Rural Livelihood Mission at district level. It has developed a decentralized strategy of operation, whereby the right based integrated development of villages will be carried out through Development Units operating as separate, independent and self sustained entities. Kajla will act as a facilitatorin the process of development and a resource centre.

Situation

The villages located in proximity of the coastal belt of eastern India are prone to flood, cyclone, inundation of rain water, damaged drainage and occasional drought. eople earn their livelihood through engagement in agriculture, from fishing in the deep sea, daily wage earning and also by selling local handicraft products. The rural population comprises of almost 70% of SC/ST and minority community in the two districts. While the rural community is dependent on agriculture, due to the nature of land and its distribution, a large portion of people remain jobless throughout the year. On the other hand there is wage discrimination in the case of female labor and backward communities. The operational area suffers from malnutrition, food insecurity and migration due to displacement as a result of industrialization.

Almost 50% children upto 6 years of age are not enrolled in the ICDS centres. In both the east and west Midnapore districts, more than half of the children in age group 0-6 years are suffering from malnourishment. Over the years there is an increasing and steady growth in child labor.More than 15% of children in age group of 10 to 15 years are working in brick kilns, tile production center, construction house, fishing, domestic work, shops, hotels, restaurants, dhabas and cottage industries. Child trafficking is another alarming issue in the Midnapore districts.

Objectives

  • To improve status of children's health and education in the operational area.
  • To educate and organize the community in becoming pro-active agents in the integrated process of social change.
  • To facilitate women's empowerment in rural areas through articipative decision-making process within the family and at all levels of the society.
  • To promote organic farming and educate the community on rotection of environment from pollution and degeneration/degradation.
  • To develop leadership skills amongst the poor and marginalized thus enabling them to initiate action towards development for sustainable livelihood.
  • 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


  • 100% of the operational villages have been covered under immunization.
  • Malnutrition is addressed through promotion of nutritional gardens and reparation of nutrimix.
  • 62 farmer families have achieved self sufficiency and food security.
  • There has been a reduction in death of infants, child, pregnant women and mothers over the years after awareness at the community level. Registration of all new births was ensured.
  • More than 2000 children of excluded families are receiving quality education from the schools being run by KJKS.
  • 44 villages out of 60 villages in East Medinipur have declared No out of school children in the villages.
  • One forest committee with 100 tribals is formed to promote Saal Forestry and increase forest coverage thus eradicating unemployment.
  • 10 adolescent teams have been formed with 4 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 common people under the leadership of West Bengal Education Network.

Plans

  • Work on holistic child rights approaches at the village level in 10 villages in Paschim Medinipur District.
  • Providing supplementary nutrition support to 1000 identified families to combat malnutrition.
  • Full coverage of mother and children in health check-up rograms. Linking TB and HIV affected persons with government health services.
  • Organize campaign on education in 60 villages and address the issue of dropouts in 30 villages at elementary level.
  • Village-wise survey, data collection, collation and analysis at each Development Unit level.
  • Advocate with Children Welfare Committees (CWC), Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), Child line for arresting child labor, child trafficking and early marriage to ensure care and protection of children.
  • Building awareness among 2000 women and teachers of 30 schools on RTE and formation of 30 SMC as per RTE norms.
  • Ensuring forest rights as well as tribal rights by mobilizing community people.

ANNUAL FINANCIAL SUMMARY

  • Right to Development
    $8,965
  • Right to Survival
    $2,285
  • Right to Protection
    $1,582
  • Right to Participation
    $1,934
  • Administration
    $2,988
  • Total Grant Approved
    $17,579