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TAAL was formed in 2002 to work in tribal areas of western Madhya Pradesh. The organization is working as an implementing organization as well as an agency which undertakes issue based research and capacity building initiatives for other NGOs and stakeholders. It is implementing a two year project in Gandhwani block of Dhar district for strengthening of Panchayat institutions and a rural energy project in two forest villages. The organization has also initiated micro financing to self help initiatives through its own funds. To ensure sustainable livelihood TAAL is acting as a project support unit of Madhya Pradesh Rural Livelihood Program in Gandhwani block. In the area of research and capacity building TAAL has undertaken research in various parts of the country on issues of water and sanitation, local self governance, preparation of district perspective plans, action-research for the implementation of participatory monitoring and learning systems in projects funded by multi-lateral agencies.
The intervention is spread across eight villages of which Satumari, Garwal, Dhantalab and Bekalya are comparatively new project areas. Gandhwani block of Dhar district is densely populated (almost 88%) by tribal communities like Bhil, Bhilala and Rawat. The district represents a paradox in development interventions. There is low awareness among the community on the need for birth registrations. Poor immunization status and low rate of birth registration is a prominent issue in all the villages. Health sub centres are mostly defunct and the functional centers fail to cater to the needs of the community. The number of ICDS centres is not adequate to meet the demand of the operational area. Besides, there is absence of monitoring mechanism in ICDS. For any medical services people generally go to quacks. Low level of awareness on hygiene and sanitation is seen. Maternal and child health care are almost non-existent. Children suffer from malnutrition and poor personal hygiene causing infections and communicable diseases. Lack of effective government interventions in terms of ensuring survival, development, protection and participation rights of the children is contributing in further degradation of the situation.
- Awareness generation and sensitization of the community in intervention areas on different government schemes and programs for restoring child rights.
- Leadership development of Bal Sahayata Dal (BSD) to sensitize and raise child rights issues at the community level and initiate advocacy processes at Panchayat, block and district level.
- Advocacy for reduction in child malnutrition in intervention areas.
- Ensure that all programs of the Health Department are accessible to the children in the villages.
- Ensure access and availability of quality education for all children.
- Community mobilization to improve food security and livelihood option through employment generation and asset creation under MGNREGA
During the year, the organization initiated interface wiith government departments to highlight issues related to health and education of children in the intervention villages. The organization has also been able to strengthen the Bal Sahayata Dals (BSD), who on their own have initiated the process of demand generation on different issues. TAAL has worked efficiently towards building local leadership and working towards sustainability of the intervention. The organization has undertaken various activities with the Bal Samuh like opening up of Bal Kendra’s, publication of newsletter and game activities which will act like a resource centre for children in the future and will assist them in developing their creativity.
- Birth registration done for 154 old and new born children in the intervention area.
- 125 pregnant women benefited from Janani Surakshya Yojna and given immunization.
- 67 children have completed full immunization.
- 12 Anganwadi centers in intervention areas fully equipped with required infrastructure on health and pre-schooling support for children.
- 171 deserving households were identified for inclusion in BPL category and follow up action taken to enlist 133 children in BPL ration card.
- 48 mobile Bal Kendra’s opened at Anganwadi level where 430 boys and 480 girls participated.
- 40 malnourished children were identified from 8 intervention villages and admitted to referral service centre for immediate care and treatment.
- Regular monitoring of 12 primary schools has been done through support of BSD to improve functioning of schools.
- 50% of school drop-out cases identified and linked to formal education.
- Community level awareness building held on issues of Right to Education (RTE) and monitoring the functioning of schools.
- 72 child laborers engaged in domestic work were re-admitted in schools.
- 18 child groups formed comprising of 204 girls and 236 boys in the operational area.
- Identification of malnourished children and facilitation of referral services.
- Promote formation of Anganwadi centers and Referral Centres in unreached areas.
- Capacity Building Training of BSD and team members on provision of Atal Bal Arogya and Poshan Mission.
- Awareness generation for community on issues related to IMR/CMR and child malnutrition.
- Orientation of children’s groups on provision of the Right to Education Act to reduce irregularities in school and prevent drop-outs.
- Establishment of Bal Kendras and publication of monthly newsletter.
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