On Saturday 25 August, senior staff members that included, Jayesh Kambale, Ratna Kambel, Yoseph Pandit and Ellen Luo conducted a village visit to Wadgaon Tanpura. The CRHP team met in the home of the village mayor that included the Block Education Officer, selected village health worker (VHW) candidates and a dozen farmers.
This is a very critical moment for this village of 295 households (each household has on average 6 individuals) that is scattered in 4 hamlets within a 2-kilometer radius. The water shortage is of foremost importance as drought conditions still persist even as monsoon has officially started. Of the 150 wells in the village, 100 are dry. The government is trucking in drinking water however, the ground remain parch and unable to produce much needed subsistence crops. These farmers rely on annual crops to feed their families. This year they are expecting an 80% loss that has been confirmed by local government.
There are currently three candidates for 2 VHW spots. The three women met with us, bringing their children and husbands. Due to the commitment and intensity of the training, husbands are required to be part of the decision-making and the whole family has to be knowledgeable of what is expected of a VHW. We also brought along Shalanbai Lashkar from Bahirowadi village who has been a VHW since 1997 to speak with these candidates. VHW intensive training will begin on the CRHP Campus, Sept 10th for two straight weeks. Then once a week trainings will follow.
In addition to VHW selection and training, starting on September 3rd, CRHP’s Mobile Health Clinic/Team will start its bi-weekly rounds, providing health services and development support to the village. Due to the 50 Kilometer distance (1 hour drive) from CRHP’s campus, each visit to Wadgaon Tanpura will have both Clinic and Development Team members.
Discussion of Watershed development and sanitation was also covered. However, our first step is to have local farmers assess community need by conducting a Participatory Rapid/Rural Appraisal (PRA). Only then will we be able to make informed and educated choices with the full support of all in the community. This social mapping will cultivate the capacity of community leaders to communicate and assess community need as well as develop a stronger bond with each family.
We have high hopes for Wadgaon Tanpura because of their community unity and supportive mayor and local government. Fortunately for the village, it has a mayor who is fully in service of the people. A year ago, the mayor tragically lost his young son in a tracker accident. “We offered him counsel but he was very heartbroken and lost meaning in life. However, with our support, he has now renewed his spirit and has decided to dedicate his life to his community.” Says Jayesh Kambale, CRHP Training Manager and leader of this project.
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