Aarohi

The word 'Aarohi' means ascendance or growth; the growth of thought, creativity and harmony. Aarohi was established in the year 1992 "with a view to create opportunities for rural communities in the hills to lead a more self-dependent existence, reduce poverty and live in harmony with their environment." Aarohi's mission is to create development opportunities for rural Himalayan communities through quality healthcare and education, enterprise promotion, women's empowerment, sustainable natural resource use, and the revival of traditional culture.
Jun 11, 2015

The Annual Review 2014-2015

Dear All, 

I present to you our Annual Review for the year 2014-2015. In addition to the education initiative, you'll read about our other initiatives in health and livelihoods as well. All your donations for year have been utilised for our school and related expenses. In the report you'll also get more information about our finances and learn that our education initiavte experienced the largest rise in expenses!! No wonder the year just flew by and so much has happened. The coming year will see more focus on teacher capacity building and exposure, and strengthening of our volunteering program. 

I hope you enjoy reading the review. Should you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to write to me directly at sheeba@aarohi.org. 

On behalf of all of us at Aarohi, I thank you for your continued support in bringing quality education to the children of rural Kumaon Himalayas. 

with gratitude,

Sheeba


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Jun 11, 2015

The Annual Review 2014-2015

Dear All, 

We present to you the Annual Review for the year 2014-2015. You'll get a detailed account of not only the work we did in our curative and community health initiatives but in our education and livelihoods programs as well. The highlight of the community health project this year was that ALL pregnant women in our project area in the remote Okhalkanda Block are now able to access ante natal care. In addition our mobile medical unit reached out to patients in few of the remotest parts of Uttarakhand.  The coming year will see the completion of our pilot solar bathing house for the women for Kalagaar village, in an effort to bring better sanitation facilities for menstruatiing women. 

Should you have any questions or suggestions on the review please do write to either Sushil at sushil@aarohi.org or me at sheeba@aarohi.org. 

On behlaf of all of us at Aarohi we thank you for your continued support in helping bring better health opportunities to the communities of rural kumaon Himalayas. 

with gratitude, 

Sheeba


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Mar 2, 2015

Mobile Health Unit and Pindari Camps- Update

Medical Mobile Unit
Medical Mobile Unit

THE MEDICAL MOBILE UNIT

The Medical Mobile Unit (MMU) has 15 scheduled camps every month over 8 days, catering to the population of approximately 80 villages. The unit has the services of a lady doctor, a general physician, a lab technician, an X-Ray technician and a nurse cum pharmacist. Services provided are X-Rays, ECG, drug dispensation, laboratory tests for blood and sputum and family planning services. Over the past six months of its operation, the MMU has greatly added to the reach we have had to bring clinical services to some of the very remote villages in Okhalkanda Block of Naiintal District and support our community health program. It is also covering a large gap in the delivery of antenatal services that the government is unable to provide comprehensively.

To see hospital services data please see the attachment below titled CURATIVE HEALTH DATA

PINDARI CAMPS

The Pindari health camps of Aarohi started in September 2009, a result of the efforts of our dear friend Pankaj Wadhwa. The bi-annual camps aim to provide basic but essential health care services and spread general health awareness in government schools largely bereft of teachers. These villages lie scattered on the trek route to the Pindari, Sunderdhunga and Kafni glaciers. They lie between altitudes of 2000 to 3000 m above sea level, and a good ten hours of a tough trek through mountain terrain from the road head, which itself is eight hours of difficult driving from our village headquarters in Satoli. A total of 9 camps have been done over the past 6 years. The focus now is on growth monitoring of some 200 children in 5 schools. Six monthly records of height and weight are done along with a complete medical and dental check-up. The medical team deworms the children and gives Vit A and Calcium supplements. Volunteers help conduct awareness sessions on personal hygiene and cleaning campaigns are conducted in the villages. Village out-patient care is conducted for the ill seeking treatment.

ENERGY

Our research in the energy sector has been driven by the need to improve the crude stoves and methods used in the region to heat homes and cook food, using wood as fuel. On average women spend 2-3 hours every day collecting fuel wood and in the Okhalkanda Block of Nainital District - our target area – the stoves used are virtually the same as those used by cave men. These burn wood inefficiently and fill the house with hazardous smoke which, after a lifetime of inhalation, causes compromised respiratory function and early death. In 2010 we started the construction of 'Improved Chullahs' (smokeless stoves). The focus was on reducing the amount of inhaled smoke in the house, especially by women and children. Over the last three years we have constructed 401 smokeless chullahs and this has been a period of intense learning for the community, the masons and us. We struggled with different designs as well as getting women to understand maintenance of these chullah and the benefits of a smoke-free home. We teamed up with ARTI (Appropriate Rural Technology Institute) of Pune and also brought in a much more scientifically designed chullah that used a fixed mold, allowing little room for error in construction. However an end-of-phase evaluation found that only 116 or 29% of chullahs were working and used well. The rest were either not in use or had been broken. An analysis of the situation revealed that the main reason for non-compliance was the mouth of the chullah. It was too small to puff the standard-sized `roti’ (Indian flat bread). Many women chose not to adapt and reverted to their old smoky chullahs. Another key reason was not a very aggressive follow up by the masons’ team, resulting in clogging of flue pipes with soot and smoking the house.

To see the Energy Project data please see the attachment below titled CHULLAH REPORT. 

Manoj Ram of Wacham with unformed ear.
Manoj Ram of Wacham with unformed ear.
Pindari Group September 2014
Pindari Group September 2014

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