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Location

31 villages of Nalbari and Kamrup district in Assam
Thematic Focus: Health (Nalbari district) & Education (in Kamrup Rural District)


Project Background

Gramya Vikas Mancha GVM) is an implementing CRY project working in two districts of Assam, namely Nalbari and Kamrup (Rural). In Nalbari district GVM is implementing health projects and in Kamrup (Rural), projects are implementing education themes. Mr. Prithibhushan Deka, the president and founding member, is born and brought up in Nalbari district only and his passion comes from his understanding of development issues of this area. Since inception, he has been engaged in the mass mobilization process at community level with firm belief that mass mobilization is the key factor for bringing changes in the society.
Gramya Vikash Mancha (GVM) was established towards the end of 1999. Some influential people like doctors and MLA briefly supported some of the activities of this organization at the beginning. The organization emphasizes micro planning that involves direct involvement of people in villages. The organization maintains transparency and accountability. Each project has a monitoring and review team consisting of the primary stakeholders. GVM has achieved few significant milestones of health rights of the Children in Nalbari districts with the support of CRY, as are listed below.
* Infant deaths reduced from 14 to 3 in 18 operational villages of Nalbari district.
* After years of intervention, the project registered with no cases of child and maternal deaths.
* 98.41% of institutional delivery has been registered in 18 villages of the Nalbari district.
* 90% immunization has been registered in 10 villages for the age group 0-1 years.
* Successful VHND in all the 18 villages of the operational area of the project.

And, it has initiated efforts for securing educational rights of the children in Kamrup (Rural) district as well with the support of CRY.


Problem Statement

The project decided to work on health issues in Nalbari district because there is severe lack of systematic health department monitoring of pregnant women and children vis-à-vis health programs. There are no ANC and PNC facilities in the waterlogged villages of the district. These, along with home delivery, are reasons for high neonatal deaths in the area. The health scenario among the target village population is so grim that, in one of the sample hemoglobin testing of 109 adolescent girls, it was found 67% of adolescents have Hb% less than 12 mg, which may lead to severe anemic pregnancy.
The project focused on education in Kamrup district even though it is closer to the state capital of Guwahati. There is a noticeable lack of understanding about the need for education among the leaders and parents in the target community, demonstrated by lack of interest for activation of educational institutions. Rather than trying to address issues related to infrastructure in the school and water loggings in the surroundings of the schools, parents prefer to stop children coming to school as a protection mechanism. There are also concerns with the quality of teachers, and standard of teaching practices & learning outcomes. Due to lack of community interest in government schools teachers are also not motivated to play their role as active teachers.

Achievements and Impact:

Program Activities Planned Progress and Achievements

Result Area: Health and Nutrition – Nalbari

* Access to free, primary health care services by mothers and children of the project area of 18 villages of two Blocks (Bharbhag and Pub-Nalbari) of Nalbari.
* Reduction in maternal, child, infant mortality and child morbidity in 18 villages of the two Blocks (Bharbhag and Pub-Nalbari) of Nalbari.
* Reduction in malnutrition amongst children aged 0 - 5 years.

* 6 ICDS centers were covered by Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) in screening program; 24 children availed RBSK benefits and 3 children underwent surgery.
* 3 ICDS centers (Dokohoa, Barbara, Dehar Kalakuchi) were provided with a panchayat fund for ICDS re-construction.
* 6 village level health plans were developed.
* 232 adolescent girls attended the haemoglobin percent testing against the target of 200 girls.
* 194 out of 267 mothers were linked with the maternity scheme. And, from the same lot, 262 mothers (98%) were ensured institutional delivery.
* 18 low birth weight (LBW) children were identified.

Program Activities Planned Progress and Achievements

Result Area: Education – Kamrup

* Retention of children among age group 3-6 years in Anganwadi centers and 6-14 years children in govt. lower primary and upper primary school in the project area of 13 revenue villages of Kamrup (Rural) district.
* Ensure implementation of RTE milestone (infrastructure, monitoring by SMC, learning outcome) in selected schools of 13 revenue villages of operational area of Kamrup (Rural) district.

* Completed implementation of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) assessment card for 96 children in 3 ICDS centers.
* Cluster level workshop with the ICDS workers and ICDS management committee was organized in 2 phases and by this capacitated 80 ICDS management committee members.
* Capacity building of 35 teachers was done in collaboration with Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) and District Institute for Education and Training (DIET) officials. The SSA & DIET officials conducted the training program in GVM campus.
* 17 teachers were mobilized and the process initiated for formation of a teachers club.
* 15 schools developed School Development Plan (SDP) in collaboration with teachers and SMC members.
* 21 children belonging to standard eighth to ninth attended digital learning center modules.

Plans

Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

Access to quality free primary health care to reduce maternal, infant and child mortality in 18 project villages in Nalbari District.

* Organize Hemoglobin testing camp for 200 girls in collaboration with the local Primary Health Centers (PHCs) and tracking and Counseling the moderate and severe anemic girls.
* Improve institutional child birth and ensure 100% mothers take iron and folic acid (IFA) tablets.
* Conduct cluster based capacity building of the ASHA and AWW in two phases on Growth Monitoring Chart and VHSND celebration.
* Promote 6 model ICDS Anganwadi Centers through capacity building of 47 ICDS management committee members, and strengthening monitoring mechanisms.

Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

Strengthen pre-school education (PSE) in all ICDS Anganwadi Centers in the project villages in Kamrup rural district.

* Track all children in the age-group of 3-5 in the project area to ensure 100% enrolment and regularity of children in ICDS Centers.
* Conduct workshops with the AWW on PSE and joyful methods of learning in collaboration with CDPO/ Supervisor.
* Organize regular interface with the ICDS management committee members to ensure availability and functioning of proper infrastructure, availability of teaching and learning materials and its usage, regular attendance of children, availability of ECCE assessment card in the centers, and 100% transition to primary schools.

Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

Secure implementation of the provisions of the RTE Act in terms of infrastructure, monitoring by SMC, learning outcome to ensure retention of all children in the age group of 6-14 years in schools in the 13 project villages in Kamrup rural district.

* Facilitate 15 schools in instituting School Development Plan (SDP).
* Liaison with the District Protection Officer (DPO) for addressing the issue of single teachers in 5 schools.
* Develop 5 schools as model schools with regularity of teachers, 100% attendance, zero dropping out, regular meeting of SMC, School development plan, availability of kitchen garden and barrier free access to class rooms.
* Set up a digital center in Balisatra School to expose children to digital technology in education and build interest in studies.
* Tracking all children in the age group of 6-14 years to identify dropouts and irregular children and ensure their 100% regularity in schools and transition from lower grade schools to higher grade schools.

Financial Summary: January to December 2020


Budget Breakup 2020

Education

15,145

46%

Health

15,145

46%

Administration

2,902

8%

Total Grant Approved

33,192

100%