CRY Seattle Uphaar Projects – 2017 Half Yearly Report


Disha Vihar, Bihar

Location: 30 villages in 3 blocks of Munger and Lakhi Sarai districts in Bihar, India

Quantitative Update

Access to free and quality primary health care in our intervention areas

  • Community improving their understanding the status of ICDS and Health center and demanding for quality services.
  • Team members improving their understanding on maternal and child health leading to in-depth process at village level.
  • Advocacy efforts led to:
    • Two Health center designated as delivery point
    • Improved Out Patient Door (OPD) services.
    • Eight new Auxiliary Nurse-Midwife (ANM) deputed in the intervention area.
    • 10 ICDS having all the three-functional weight machine.
  • Progressively GMC being maintained by Sevika in ICDS center.

Reduction in mortality and, morbidity among mother, infants and children in our intervention areas

  • 38% institutional delivery achieved during the period.
  • Pregnant women sensitized on the importance of antenatal care. As per implementation tracking, attendance in 1st level Antenatal Care session was attended by 98 pregnant women, 2nd by 94 pregnant women, 3rd 48 pregnant women and all the 4-antenatal care session was attended by 34 pregnant women.
  • 80% immunization achieved as per the child tracking data.

Ensure children’s voices are recognized as significant and unique in issues that affect them

  • Children are placing their views and opinion in different platform like Wall magazine, community meeting etc.

Major events/campaigns:

  • One Bal Mela was organized on the theme of healthy and hygienic practices. Chief Guest being a doctor motivated the children for hand wash, nail cutting, taking bathing every day, making surrounding clean. Sports activities and competition were organized and teacher from respective school supported the whole process in proactive way.
  • Wall magazine was organized in Primary and middle school of Sadar Munger, Tarapur and Suryagarha block. The theme of the wall magazine was primarily focused on nutrition and health.
  • Breast feeding week celebration – 1st to 7th August in all three block: To strengthen awareness among community at large and especially pregnant /lactating women, breast feeding week was organized from 1st to 7th August in all three blocks. In the process, Nukkad sabhas and community meetings were organized at village level in all the three blocks. In whole process participation of Auxiliary Nursing Midwife (ANM)/ Sevika was instrumental and the campaign arrested the attention of the stakeholder and was also praised by Child Development Project Officer (CDPO).

Case Study

Village Bardah Mushari is residence of highly marginalized dalit community namely Mushar-Dalit. This particular village is amongst one of such in Bardah Panchayet of Sadar block. Total House Holds of this village is 74 with a population of almost 325. Only mushar-dalit family stays over here. Mostly people are earning their livelihoods as labours . Disha Vihar is working with this community since past few years.

Earlier to this, there was neither sanitation facilities nor any water facilities at Bardah Mushari. It had severe reversal implications on health and hygiene habits of communities specifically for women and children. Gradually regular community meetings /deliberations had  been made considering this major issue. Community also tried to approach block level officials also with media fraternities. Our representatives always tried constant deliberations with government officials regarding this issues on a constant basis.

Resulting present, there’s a sanitation facility at every HH level of this village with proper water facilities. Women and children health has been improved with more healthy habits. Also, community is reaching out to sub centres, PHCs, Sadar Hospitals for seeking health related advices. Community people are mostly focussing on health, hygiene and nutritional issues resulting in healthy life goals.

Mahila Ahivrudhi Mattu Samrakshana Samasthe (MASS), Karnataka

Location: 16 revenue villages and 4 hamlets of 8 Panchayats of Chikkodi Taluka of Belgaum district of Karnataka, India.

Quantitative Update

  • Team averted 3 girl child marriages through counseling & sensitization of parents. However, team documented 64 girl child marriage instances in 10 villages under the operational areas, 9 of which belonged to families directly under monitor.
    • Team worked with 247 families to counsel & avert threat for girl child marriage/trafficking.
  • MASS team visited 1353 families to identify girl children who are vulnerable/at-risk of access to education.
  • 85 mother’s collective meetings were conducted in 11 villages. Total 121 mothers from community participated in the workshops.
  • Team has referred 3 cases to CHILDLINE Belgaum & ensured 3 children were presented before Child Welfare Committee.

Major Events/Updates

  • Team has identified 5 children for sponsorship under ICPS.
  • As an outcome of regular advocacy carried out by MASS team members 2 children received Rs.70, 000 from department of women and child development (DWCD) as relief measure which has been directly credited into children’s account.
  • Partner has increased its outreach and built stronger working relationship with District Child Protection Unit (DCPU), Children Welfare Committee (CWC) and other child protection mechanism.

Case Study

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Dr. Shambhunath Singh Research Foundation, Uttar Pradesh

Location: 9 slums in Kashi Vidhyapeeth Ward of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Quantitative Update

  • 135 children enrolled & another 202 have been identified for enrollment.
  • 72 children were linked to NIOS; 48 adolescent girls were linked to course on tailoring; and 12 were linked with the course on beautician. The interest of these girls is serving as a motivating factor for other girls in the community.
  • A 15 year old girl’s marriage was stopped with the help of alert group and youth group in Pigambarpur.
  • 29 children were linked to Shramik sarokar Yojna (Students scholarship program) under which children are given scholarship of Rs. 4,000/- per annum. Of these 4 have got a bi-cycle each.
  • Children sensitization program was done, after which children are able to raise issues by means of the suggestion box.
  • After highlighting the issue of mid-day meal in the school of Amarpur the mid-day meal provided to children have improved significantly.
  • Home visits were undertaken to map the children and identify the drop-outs. In this process 85 drop-out in the age of 6-14 years and 232 drop-outs in the age of 14-18 years were identified.
  • The issue of boundary wall and water in the primary school of Daniyalpur, which was previously raised by the children, was sent to the chief minister portal, for which a response was received and action was assured in 2017-18.

Major Events/Updates

  • A divisional workshop for police on Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA) was done. This was attended by Station House Officers (SHOs) of the 4 district as well as by the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSPs). In addition to police the duty bearers from other departments involved in child protection were also present. It was very well received and appreciated by the participants.
  • The orientation of the staff has been done during the staff meetings where they have been oriented about the basic provisions of Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) and new Juvenile Justice Act (JJA). Mapping of protection structures was completed for Varanasi and the gaps identified will be taken up for advocacy.

Case Study

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Association for Development and Health Action in Rural areas (ADHAR), ODisha

Location: 62 villages spread across 3 blocks of Bolangir district, Odisha, India.

Quantitative Update

  • 7 new ICDS buildings have been constructed; in 3 ICDS centres regular drinking water supply has been established; Due to this, 44 children are regularized in pre-school activities. A total of 10 ICDS centres have been regularized.
  • Out of 1,118 migrant family 376 families are counselled about safe migration practices.
  • School Management Committees (SMCs) meetings were conducted in village level & block level explaining their role & responsibilities, and the SMC member were visited individually regarding the issue.
  • 40 stakeholder individuals aware about the status of migrant children through block level sharing meeting.
  • In 4 street plays about 1,000 community people were sensitised on safe migration practices.
  • Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials are distributed in 27 migration prone villages.
  • 3 block level child festivals were held in Turekela, Khaprakhol and Losingha block where 976 children including dropout participated in these child festival.
  • 15 child club members of Baddakla and Ghunesh Gram Panchayat meet with the concerned Government Official for demanding teachers, building, toilets etc.

Major Events/Updates

  • Training programme was conducted with all project staff on age appropriate development along with mile stone development like sensory, cognitive, physical & emotional development.
  • Capacity building program has been conducted on protection issue like separate toilet for boys & girls, separate room, electricity issue, care required in Residential Care Centres (RCC), schools free from corporal punishment etc as well as the role & responsibilities of staff of RCC and the guideline of RCC.
  • ADHAR over the year has evolved to be a result oriented organisation. The team has planned meticulously by considering every aspect of the issues it has dealt with so far. The operational area has been mapped as critical on Education issues. The team is systematically maintaining child related data. A convergence between the issues addressed and the critical area it serves is quite visible.

Case Study

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Doaba Vikas Evam Utthan Samiti (DVEUS), Uttar Pradesh

Location: Kaushambi district, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Quantitative Update

  • 800 adolescent girls reached through 40 meeting in intervention areas which discussed health rights, early marriage, and teen age pregnancy and its impact, menstrual cycle, nutrition related issues.
  • Discussion held at community level on issue relate to early-marriage, birth spacing, low weight of babies at birth and its impact on physical and mental development of the children, issue related to child mortality etc.
  • Out of 135 deliveries, colostrums feeding ensured for 121 infants (56 boys and 65 girls).
  • 68 children were born during the period among which 51 received birth certificates.
  • Meeting held at community as well as with pregnant women on importance of ante-natal checks ups.
  • There were 135 deliveries during the quarter- 107 of which were in the government institution, 14 were in private hospital and 14 births were at home. A total of 111 children were fed colostrums after birth.
  • Pregnant women identified were registered under ICDS. Total 246 pregnant and lactating mothers received nutritional support from ICDS centre.
  • During village meeting, follow up made with pregnant mothers having expected delivery date within next one month to ensure safe and institutional delivery. Door to door meeting with pregnant and lactating mothers organised to make them aware about early initiation of breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding.
  • With regular follow up, PDS card under National Food security scheme (NFSA) issued to families of 39 severely acute malnourished (SAM) children.
  • Continued sensitization is being done with the community and ORS (oral rehydration solution) packets were also distributed through the health department.

Major Events/Updates

  • 3 day workshop was organised in which 142 girls participated. Reproductive and child health issues (RCH), health and hygiene were the main issues of discussion.
  • Awareness campaign and survey on child nutrition was held in the month of February 2017 in all intervention villages. Village meeting and small group meeting were organised to make people aware about the issues related to child nutrition as well as importance of growth monitoring process at ICDS centres. During the campaign, out of 4,279 children under 0-5 years, 3,250 children (1,678 boys and 1,572 girls) were covered under growth monitoring process of the organisation. During the process, 324 children (180 boys and 144 girls) were found to be severely acute malnourished, 1,048 children (516 boys and 532 girls) were moderately malnourished and 1,878 (1018 boys and 860 girls) were found to be normal.
  • DVEUS has been an implementing CRY project in 35 villages of 3 blocks of Kaushambi district – Allahabad Division with an aim of upliftment of people living in Kaushambi district. Largely, the communities residing across the 35 villages of Manjhanpur, Saraswan and Kaushambi block of Kaushambi district, UP, are lagging in terms of overall development, survive in extreme difficult and poverty situations, and lack adequate knowledge and awareness on health, employment and education. There is strong and wide prevalence of superstitious beliefs in the area especially with respect to health seeking behaviours, breast feeding practices, and institutional deliveries, which hamper children’s development process as a whole. DVEUS as a project has a dedicated and committed team who put tremendous efforts to establish the issue of malnourishment across the district amongst the community, media and the administration. It initiated periodic growth monitoring that gave significant results in terms of grade movement.

Case Study

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Society for Advancement in Tribes, Health, Education, Environment (SATHEE), Jharkhand

Location: 87 villages in Godda, Sahibgunj, Pakur, Dumka, Deoghar districts Pre-school education in Jharkhand state, India.

Quantitative Update

  • Internal discussion has been undertaken on early childhood care and development (ECCD) and home based ECCD programme during the visit.
  • On the basis of the approach paper developed, submission for implementation of home based ECCD programme in the 5 ICDS centres has been undertaken.
  • 116 meetings with 46 Mahila Mandals were held in the quarter. The focus of the meetings was on institutional delivery, immunization of pregnant women and children. As a result, 343 pregnant women completed their immunization.
  • Through home visits by 34 ICDS centre’s personal, 340 families were reached out. 341 pregnant women and 121 lactating mothers could be brought into the fold of the Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) of ICDS. Children (485 aged 7 – 36 months & 763 above 36 months) could be brought under the regular services of the AWCs apart from 172 adolescent girls.
  • 35 Village Health and Nutrition Day (VHNDs) were conducted in ICDS centres in the period where 1,261 beneficiaries enrolled. Health checkups for 513 pregnant women were done.
  • 7 ICDS centres have been undertaken, 1 in each district. Sensitisation programmes on Pre-school education resulted in increase in number of children to 30 – 32.
  • School Development Plan being developed with the help of SMCs in 35 schools in 7 blocks.

Major Events/Updates

  • The organisation through the CRY representative got the chance to present themselves on the girl child issues at the state. The team of SATHEE also participated there on the issue of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in the state.
  • The organisation has been included as the member of district hospital management committee along with role to support and advice on the Malnourishment Treatment Centre (MTC) functioning under the chair of Deputy Commissioner of Godda.
  • The organisation has established good relationship with the District Superintendent of Education along with the district council member to facilitate the retention of children in schools which have resulted in to the 31 Gram Panchayat in the State reporting zero drop-out.
  • The team of Mobile Crèche RECHE, New Delhi had a 3 days capacity building of staffs along with the volunteers which was done at Ranchi. This input has accelerated the field level implementation as also prompted the team to monitor the state and district governance action in this regard. This also influenced the state to come out with state policy on ECCE. ECCD monitoring has also been initiated at the ground level.

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