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.