Since August 2012, we have partnered with Ghoghardiha Prakhand Swarajya Vikas Sangh (GPSVS), with support from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) and Elanco Animal Health, to assist families in 16 villages of the Andhra Tharhi Block in the Madhubani District of India. We are reaching 500 original families with resources including goats, cattle, vegetable seeds, fodder saplings and veterinary medicine kits. Another 1,500 families will be assisted through our practice of Passing on the Gift® (POG). Promoting Socio-Economic Transformation of Marginalized Communities through Agriculture and Livestock Management in Madhubani project will complete its 3-yr implementation phase in August 2015 and enter its reporting phase. Along with SDTT, Elanco and its employees and all who gave through GlobalGiving have fully-funded this project.
Together with our partners we are moving these marginalized communities toward sustainable development by transforming families’ capacities in agriculture and livestock management. Furthermore, women are being empowered to improve their communities’ social, economic and political conditions through our trainings in gender justice, the 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, and selfhelp group formation, management and strengthening.
During this reporting period, Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) training was provided for the 500 original families. Disaster preparedness is critical for our communities around the world that are prone to events including typhoons, floods, landslides, tsunamis, and in some areas, volcanos. CMDRR aids communities in developing Early Warning Systems (EWS) and family and communitybased contingency plans for: 1) securing family assets (i.e. income, livestock, clothing, important documents); 2) preparing food, water, medicine and first aid kits; and 3) safely evacuating their families.
Heifer India directly assisted 172 original families during this period with 480 goats, 12 cows and approximately 1,100 pounds of fodder seeds/saplings. Training also was provided for 2,113 women on topics including human nutrition, CMDRR, improved animal management, selfhelp group formation, management and strengthening, kitchen gardening, HIV/AIDS and gender justice.
A total of 30 original womenled selfhelp groups have been established with 500 members. These groups increased their savings from about $1,600 in December 2013 to about $1,635 this period. Additionally, 1,000 POG families that have been formed into 60 groups have saved a total of approximately $2,220.