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.

Sep 17, 2014

India Project Update - Sep 2014

Sudama feeding dairy cows
Sudama feeding dairy cows

Transformation Story

Sudama, 50, lives with her husband and three children in Belha village, India. A few years ago, the family sank into poverty when they borrowed money for their daughter’s marriage. Moreover, water shortages in their village significantly reduced the harvests from their family farm, forcing the family to also work as laborers to survive.

Heifer International’s partner, Ghoghardiha Prakhand Swarajya Vikas Sangh (GPSVS), formed Farmer Clubs in Sudama’s village. Sudama and her husband joined and learned improved agricultural techniques like the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and the System of Wheat Intensification (SWI). These skills helped improve their farming, but it was not enough to fully support their family.

In April 2011, Sudama joined a Heifer self-help group and attended all the mandatory trainings. She received a cow that is now producing about two gallons of milk per day. Sudama sells the milk at the dairy cooperative (linked with Sudha dairy) where she also serves as its secretary.

Sudama also started a small shop that sells compost to farmers, and became a Community AgroVet Entrepreneur (CAVE). Now, she provides basic veterinary care within her community, earning between 30 to 50 Indian rupees (about 50 to 83 cents) per day.

Sudama’s household income has increased to about 7,000 Indian rupees (about $117) per month. She repaid the loan for her daughter’s marriage, and is now supporting her children’s education and saving for the future.

 
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