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!
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!
Thank you GlobalGiving donors! Your support enables us to work with more villages in rural India to bring about social change through the Jamkhed model. The goal is health for all and each donation allows us to reach more people. We are so grateful for that!
Snapshot of CRHP's Successes in 2013:
In addition to the above successes, we still continue to run our various programs: Farmers' Clubs, Women's Self-Help Groups, Adolescent Programs, Artificial Limb, Khadkat farm and Rehabilitation Center, Village Health Worker trainings, Mobile Health Team visits, and the Julia Hospital.
With the end of 2013 sneakily approaching, it is time to reflect on the progress made and projects yet to be accomplished in Wadgaon Tanpura. It has been a successful year, despite the obstacles posed by the odd couple of extreme drought and unexpected (but much-appreciated) rain, and the relationship between villagers in Wadgaon Tanpura and CRHP staff has strengthened significantly. An example of this camaraderie is the group effort to construct toilets. Construction is an ongoing process, one which inevitability encounters delays and setbacks due to lack of supplies or uncooperative weather. A section of town that will serve as a demonstration area has been selected: toilets built in this specific area are models for other villagers to learn construction technique from. Thus far, 15 out of 68 toilets are completed. CRHP staff work side by side with the villagers to teach them how to build and maintain the toilets, encouraging a sense of collaboration and ownership.
The relationship between staff and villagers is important also in receiving feedback: villagers confide in our staff and provide constructive comments. From these responses, the goal of preventing another water shortage has arisen as essential. Many villagers feel that energy should go towards developing a watershed program. With the consultation of CRHP staff, watersheds and irrigation ponds will be constructed in the future.
Training the two Village Health Workers, Sujata Sampat Jatti and Rohini Ashok Sarode, also presses onwards. Equipped with self-confidence, leadership, and initiative, the VHWs have initiated six strong Women’s Groups, each consisting of approximately seven to eight women. These groups meet monthly, learning about healthcare, hygiene, nutrition and family health, and discussing social issues such as the importance of education for their children and projects they would like to develop in their community. VHWs have specifically disseminated information about preventing and treating communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis and malaria, and have reported a significant reduction in waterborne diseases. By the end of next year, a proper survey will be conducted to determine the changes in health status and prevalence of disease.
The progress that has been made in Wadgaon Tanpura is exciting and encouraging. Intangible accomplishments of community camaraderie, increased health knowledge, newfound self-confidence and strides towards gender equity are perhaps the most potent as we assess the impact of the Jamkhed Model. The project will continue for the next two years, at which point Wadgaon Tanpura will be sufficient without the direct guidance of CRHP staff, except for evaluation visits.
On behalf of Wadgaon Tanpura villagers and all of CRHP staff, thank you for your continued support. Be on the lookout for our ‘Thank you’ video and holiday newsletters and promotions!
The good news is that after the worst three-year drought since the 1970s, the rain everyone has hoped for has arrived in buckets and sheaths of water! The ground is happily soaking it up, and wells are slowly becoming refilled, although this will be a gradual process. The farmers are back at work in their fields, and the crops are peeking out of the ground with more greenery and life than has been seen in a long time. The combination of drought and then rain, however, has the odd effect of making construction more difficult, if not impossible. During the drought, the water needed for construction is simply not available in most cases, and is diverted to life-sustaining immediate uses if it is. And with rain, of course, drying anything is not possible. Many of the new toilets, whose piece and parts are gathered and ready, are simply waiting an appropriate time to be constructed. Despite the odds, several toilets have been constructed and are happily enjoying a grateful spot in the village.
Despite the drought and rain, the VHWs continue to work in the village, talking to mothers and families about common health problems, and coming to the CRHP center two days a week for ongoing training. The farmers’ club is still meeting, discussing what is relevant to the men’s daily lives, and working on creating a healthier and more socially equitable village, with support from CRHP’s experienced staff. The next three months will see a progression in the ability of the villagers to develop their ideas and new found skills, coming together to implement them. It will also see many people watching for the end of the much awaited monsoon season, grateful for the water, and the beginning of construction season that’s sure to follow.
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