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Dec 23, 2014

India Project Update - Dec 2014

In this reporting period, we focused on building families’ capacities and improving the conditions at the family, social and political levels. Project families reported a decrease in domestic violence as more participants—and other families in surrounding villages—began adopting the values they learned through our trainings on gender justice and the 12 Cornerstones. A total of 550 people (200 women and 250 men) participated in gender training, and 250 families received training on selfhelp group management.

Self-help groups provide an outlet for women to manage savings and loans, and gain the skills needed to serve as leaders in their communities. Women participants reported an increase in their contributions to family decision-making, and also to community development planning, management and monitoring. Furthermore, project participants reported that both boys and girls are receiving the same opportunities for growth in the home and at school.

We held a two-day Animal Health Camp for 550 participants who learned to deworm and vaccinate livestock. Moreover, three selfhelp groups established a Farmer Field School (FFS) where families can share their experiences in agriculture. Similarly, the target community of Maini village began farming collectively. Activities like these allow participants to Pass on the Gift of knowledge and build social capital.

Trainings were also provided for 300 POG families on establishing and managing kitchen gardens, and learning the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and the System of Wheat Intensification (SWI) technologies. SRI/SWI methods improve rice and wheat production by increasing the use of compost and widely spacing plants to allow for improved root and shoot growth. This is an advantage for farmers during the monsoon season when excessive rains could damage crops.

Furthermore, two milk collection centers were established in the 1st Rampur and 2nd Belha villages. Together the two villages collected about 7,110 gallons of milk, earning producer cooperatives about $16,166 during this reporting period.

Nov 10, 2014

Nepal Project - Final Report - November 10, 2014

All subprojects in this Nepal umbrella project are now in reporting period...last subproject began on July 1, 2010 and its end date is Dec 31, 2014.  All project activities are complete.  Objectives have been met...below are latest progress reports.

Objective #1: 100% of the project families will have significantly increased their income levels by the end of the project period.

Progress: Some of the project families have started poultry farming, grocery shop and other micro enterprise using their Self-Help Group (SHG) fund for more incomes. SHGs are focusing on child education and health care facilities due to increased income. Increased income from multiple sources has been effective in improving the overall status of the project families; some have them have added assets. SHGs are continuously doing different activities to increase their group fund which is further used by themselves on loan basis to make the extra income. Implementation of IAM learning to the animal has supported to improve the animal quality as well as production. Livestock raising and vegetable farming has been major sources of income and adopted by the entire project families.

Objective #2: 100% of the participating families will have improved their nutrition, hygiene and sanitation by the end of the project period.

Progress: Due to the effective service provided by Community Animal Health Workers (CAHW), animal mortality has been decreased with improved quality and production. Fresh vegetable, milk and milk products and eggs are being a regular part of the project family's meal Common diseases have been minimized significantly due to the focus on sanitation and personal hygiene. SHGs have started taking health care facility from nearby sub health posts. Personal hygiene and balanced diet has been highly focused by the entire families. Animals are treated in an improved way; regular shed cleaning and feeding of improved fodder/forage has improved animal quality.

Objective #3: The physical environment in the community will be improved through environmental protection and preservation and adoption of environmentally friendly practices by the participating families by the end of the project period.

Progress: More numbers of project families have started using environment friendly technologies like ICS, toilets and bio gas. They are actively involving in preservation of community forest. SHGs are aware with the environmental issues and are doing various activities to maintain their environment. Regular cleaning and garbage collection activities have improved the sanitation system of the areas. Project families are giving continuity on plantation of fodder/forage on public land, unused lands and other barren lands. Some of the project families have started adopting organic farming and vermin-compost.

Objective #4: 100% of the women groups and youth groups are empowered and contribute towards family and social harmony by the end of the project period.

Progress: Participation of the women in public forums has increased and they are raising their voices actively which is heard properly by the concerned people. Various social malpractices like early marriage, polygamy, domestic violence, gender and caste related discrimination is significantly decreasing. SHGs are continuously coordinating with line agencies and receiving various supports to conduct the community building activities. Due to the increased awareness, there has been developed common understanding among the entire family members, hence there is found proper work sharing between them. SHGs are conducting campaigns to enroll their children in school, further they are closely supervising and monitoring the local schools to ensure the better educational environment. Conventional social practices such as child marriage and dowry practice are gradually declining with increased awareness on these issues.

Sep 25, 2014

Nepal Project Report - Sep 2014

Project Plan Update

Project Objective #1: 100% of the project families will have significantly increased their income levels by the end of the project period.

Progress:

Self-Help Groups (SHGs) are continuously doing different activities to increase their group fund which is further used by themselves on loan basis to make the extra income. Implementation of Improved Animal Management (IAM) learning has supported improvement in animal quality as well as production. Livestock raising and vegetable farming have been major sources of income and adopted by all project families. Some of the project families have started poultry farming, grocery selling and other micro enterprise using their SHG fund for more incomes. SHGs are focusing on child education and health care facilities due to increased income. Increased income from multiple sources has been effective in improving the overall status of the project families; some have them have added assets.

Project Objective #2: 100% of the participating families will have improved their nutrition, hygiene and sanitation by the end of the project period.

Progress:

Personal hygiene and balanced diet has been highly focused by all families. Animals are treated in an improved way; regular shed cleaning and feeding of improved fodder/forage has improved animal quality. Due to the effective service provided by Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs), animal mortality has been decreased with improved quality and production. Fresh vegetable, milk and milk products and eggs are becoming a regular part of the project families' meals. Common diseases have been minimized significantly due to the focus on sanitation and personal hygiene. SHGs have started taking health care facility from nearby sub health posts.

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