The Centre is earnestly deeply concerned with initiating
development programmes in the neighbouring villages. In
this direction it is seeking support from external agencies
which can provide both human and financial resources. Following
are the few programmes that have been initiated.
of Women Self Help Groups (SHGs)
The Centre wishes to support the disadvantaged community
particularly vulnerable women in the neighbouring villages.
The Centre is intending to promote formation of Self Help
Groups in the villages and reach out to 400-500 families
in the next two years. The Centre has submitted a proposal
to National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
for a small grant for the formation of 25 SHGs.
In the endeavour to empowering women, the Centre, in collaboration
with a voluntary organization Unnayan Sansthan, Chunar,
is working towards the formation of SHGs for the last one
year. Unnayan Sansthan has the required competence and experience
in working with disadvantaged communities. It has been working
with at least 5000 women in 70 villages through 270 SHGs.
With their support the Centre has formed 4 self-help groups.
Out of these, two groups have already opened their bank
accounts. Totally there are 59 members in these groups.
And the groups are functioning well. The members have started
borrowing from the groups for the consumption and productive
needs. As of Feb-09 the accumulated savings of the groups
is Rs. 23,525 and total loan disbursed is R.25,500. The
repayment of installments of loan is 100%. The Centre is
aiming at forming 10 groups by June-08.
Training: Capacity building of the staff members and the
members of SHGs plays crucial role in sustaining this programme.
During the last week of Dec-07 a staff member and a community
member were sent for training on 'Management of SHGs' to
Lucknow. The training was organized and sponsored by NABARD,
Lucknow. The Centre is now exploring to get funds for training
the staff and SHGs' members for sustainability of the groups
formed. The Centre also intends to create awareness among
the members of SHGs on various issues concerning their lives
such as gender equity, girl child education, health and
hygiene, empowerment of elected representatives to Panchayat
Raj Institutions etc.
b) Livestock Development Services
Apart from providing milk to the people at Foundation, another
objective of the livestock farm is to provide improved crossbred
bulls for natural breeding services to breeders in the neighbouring
villages. But the Centre is providing artificial insemination
services instead. On an average 10-15 cows are inseminated
in a month. The Centre charges Rs.70 per service. Though
the charges of the Centre is slightly more than the Govt.
Hospital, which charges Rs.50 per service, the people prefer
coming to the Centre for its high rate of conception. The
Govt. Veterinary Hospital is located about a kilometre away.
The Centre also renders free medical services and treats
cows, buffaloes, and goats. On an average 50-60 cases are
treated monthly. 75% of the people in the neighbouring villages
live below the poverty line. Due to paucity of funds the
Centre is not able to extend the services such as giving
medicines at free of cost to the needy.
The Centre has been conceiving the idea of creating awareness
on health, hygiene and sanitation and constructing of public
toilets and individual latrines for the community members
in Sarai Mohana and Baroti village. It is being planned
to spread this message by involving the students of the
Rural School-Achyut Patwardhan School. The Centre has already
submitted a concept note to a few Donor agencies for funding
and technical support. We are expecting some positive responses
The Centre wishes to install a biogas plant for meeting
cooking energy needs of our Kitchen 'Naivedhya'. The civil
work for installing 4 cum capacity biogas plant is completed.
The completion work is halted due to reallocation of budgetary
provision, meant for installation of the plant, to meet
the unforeseen expenditure. The Centre intends to complete
it when funds are made available to the project.