Comprehensive Rural Health Project

Mission: "Health is a fundamental human right. Eliminating injustices which deny all people access to this right underlies the very essence of our work and our approach. Using the combined talents and energy of our staff and the families we work with, we strive to develop communities through a grassroots movement. By mobilizing and building the capacity of communities all can achieve access to health care and freedom from poverty, hunger and violence." Vision: "We envision communities where families are healthy and enjoy fulfilling lives. The full human rights of every individual, especially women and children, are protected and uncompromised. We believe that all people are m...
May 30, 2014

First visits to Katewadi

Project: Sponsoring Katewadi, new project village of 1,000 

Project update: First Visits to Katewadi – due June 2, 2014

 

CRHP's Mobile Health Team (MHT) has begun to meet with villagers in Katewadi village. The focus and goal of these meetings is threefold: to build rapport and trust with community members by learning from and listening to them; to introduce CRHP's programs and initiatives that will be adopted by Katewadi over time; to identify potential leaders in the communities – people who show commitment towards developing their village. 

A first important meeting was focused on performing a transect walk through the community. MHT members Jayesh Kamble and Popat Powar conducted this walk, aiming to gain understanding of the economic and religious divisions in the community, as well as current agricultural practices and waste management techniques. "We see good things," says Jayesh, reflecting on the walk. "The people in Katewadi are aware of green energy, which is great. Some houses even have solar panels. Women are eager to come together to form a Self-Help Group."

A second, equally vital meeting brought together the mayor of Katewadi, village committee members, village farmers, and CRHP's MHT. The mayor is very supportive and encouraging of the work that CRHP has done and continues to do; this support is essential for the success of further projects. Men have expressed interest in learning about watershed management; it is very evident that the drought and the atypical rains we had in the past months have had a big effect on their livelihoods. 

Community members of Katewadi have been invited to CRHP's campus to observe programs and activities – such as weekly Village Health Worker trainings and Adolescent Girls Program sessions – and meet staff members who will also contribute to Katewadi's progression as a project village. 

Looking to the future, the MHT will continue to meet with villagers and slowly organize women’s Self Help Groups and men’s Farmers’ Clubs. Communication is strong, and continuing to grow and deepen. Soon, a Village Health Worker will be selected, and will then begin her health worker training on campus. We hope that this VHW has been selected by the next project update so CRHP’s donors will be able to meet this wonderful and inspiring woman! 

Mar 6, 2014

We did it!

With the amazing support of our generous donors, CRHP has reached its fundraising goal of $45,000! This money has been contributing to the village of Wadagaon Tanpura, a village CRHP has been able to connect with and work with over the past three years because of the GlobalGiving funds. It is with excitement that CRHP looks forward to the Wadagaon Tanpura community continuing to grow together and lift one another from poverty and ill-health. The Village Health Worker reports to CRHP's Mobile Health Team of changes in the nutrition mothers provide to their children and families, among other evidences of progress. CRHP is deeply thankful to all of its supporters, and looks forward to working with additional villages with their incredible assistance! 

Feb 6, 2014

Final push for Wadagon Tanpura

A village woman proudly stands with her goat
A village woman proudly stands with her goat

When the villagers of Wadagaon Tanpura approached CRHP over one year ago, asking to begin a partnership a project village, CRHP staff saw great potential. From the initial baseline surveys, the passion of the villagers has stood out, and their collaborative energy and dedication towards teachings and discussions has compelled great change in the community. Improvement of health indicators, sanitation, and nutrition are clearly visible results that have impacted daily life and health status. Intangibles – community harmony, innovative thinking, increased appreciation of and respect for women, empowerment – are also abundant. Wadagaon Tanpura has progressed from the initial stages of the Jamkhed Model. It is with confidence and positive outlook that CRHP shifts into a role of monitoring, acknowledging the increased capacity of the villagers to think of and create sustainable changes in their community.

Wadagaon Tanpura exemplifies the endurance and effectiveness of the Jamkhed Model. Since its inception over forty years ago, this unique model of healthcare and development has been shared in over 250 villages similar to Wadagaon Tanpura, facilitating change by empowering people to take health into their own hands, utilizing appropriate technology, and integrating health with community development initiatives.

For this final project report, it is of utmost importance to thank our many donors. With less than $600 remaining, the goal amount will certainly be reached! More than 250 people have kindly donated to this project village; on behalf of the CRHP staff and community, as well as the villagers of Wadagaon Tanpura, thank you!

Mobile Health Team worker takes village survey
Mobile Health Team worker takes village survey

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