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Sankalp Manav Vikas Sansthan (SMVS) was established in 1992 in Parbhani region for lending support to the oppressed dalit women and children. The organization is an offshoot of Rural Development Centers activities to broaden in other Marathwada regions. Now SMVS is spreading its campaign in arbhani, Aurangabad, Jalna, Hingoli districts in Marathwada Region. The organization, since its inception, has taken up the cause of marginalized communities particularly migration, exploitation by sugar cooperatives, gender atrocities, child education and child labor. Mr. Sudhakar Kshirsagar the project holder of SMVS is well aware of socio-economic situations in Marathwada Region and in Parbhani district. He has not only strengthened the organization but also strategized regional networks. SMVS operates in 60 villages of Pathri, Manvat and Selu talukas of Parbhani District and 10 villages of Udgir taluka in Latur District. CRY supported intervention area is spread across 40 villages.
The project area is known for abject poverty, poor development where toil and struggle describe the daily lives of the marginalized people. The overall literacy rate is lesser than the State average. Lack of livelihood options lead families to migrate to nearby sugarcane factories. The worst affected are the landless families and families with marginal land holding. There is high incidence of child marriage and women are prone to sexual abuse. The villages do not have access to sufficient nutritious food due to which malnutrition impacts the right to survival of children. Major causes of early death among children are premature birth, respiratory infections,malnutrition, diarrhoea, fever and measles which can be prevented at early stages. Premature births, low birth weight babies and infantile malnourishment are indicators of the poor health and nutrition status of mothers. Access to elementary education is the main issue in Marathwada region. The villages have schools only upto IV standard without any basic infrastructure.
- To create awareness and educate community on child rights.
- Campaign for the right to education and right to work with special focus on capacitating the community to take forward CSS campaign.
- Monitoring the ICDS program and motivating people to demand new child care centers in their hamlets.
- Campaign on activating and retaining public health centers (PHC's) and demand for new sub centers.
- To assist the oppressed community to improve their conditions - socially, educationally, economically and in health..
Review and Impact
SMVS has played a critical role in establishing child rights across Parbhani and Latur district. Sankalp team has strong associations with the CBO groups, mainly consisting of Mahila Mandals (women's groups) in the operational area. The team has a focus on malnourished children. With the help of the concerned authorities, request was put forth to initiate the rocess of Bal Vikas Kendra for the identified malnourished children and they were given 10 days treatment with proper supplementary food and care. Some of the major program highlights are:
- 231 (M-116; F-115) Birth Registration and Death Registration: 19 (M-10; F-9) were registered during the year.
- 7 Primary Health Centres and 4 sub centres were activated during the year.
- 291 children got immunized and 904 received health checkups.
- 11 ICDS centers were activated during the year.
- 94 (M-51; F-43) cases of malnourishment were identified and 156 pregnant women and 153 lactating mothers received supplementary nutrition during the year.
- 289 (M136 F153) children were prevented from migration.
- 664 children were enrolled into public schools during the review period.
- 269 (M-124, F-145) children were prevented from migration and re-enrolled in school.
- Strengthening of 27 children groups with inclusion of 202 new members was done during the year.
- To work towards strengthening and formation of School Management Committees and rectify the identified issues at the schools.
- To work closely with the identified malnourished children and anemic women by providing supplementary nutrition to all eligible children and pregnant, lactating mothers.
- To work closely with identified children in labor with a target of 269 children to be removed from child labor.
- Formation and strengthening of 40 children's group andtheir participation in every process.
- To prevent migration of children in all 20 villages.
- To work with women group on women's rights.
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