Since 1970, CRHP has worked with over 300 villages in rural Maharashtra, bringing health to the poorest of the poor. CRHP's unique approach focuses on enabling the community members to bring about desired community development, putting health in their own hands. Utilizing principles of empowerment, equity and integration, CRHP's staff of social workers, health professionals and community development coordinators works closely with villagers, compelling sustainable, impacting change.
The village of Kolhewadi is located in Jamkhed block, a drought-prone area of Maharashtra, India. Jamkhed recently experienced a 2-year drought, which virtually destroyed the economic outlook and wellbeing of farmers, and has exacerbated the poor health and poverty villagers suffer from. The situation is particularly bleak in Katewadi, as 95% of families rely on farming as a means of income. Villagers of Kolhewadi have sought out a connection with CRHP since the onset of the drought.
CRHP will work closely with villagers and community leaders to implement its Jamkhed Model - an approach to primary health care that directly involves the community, via formation of Farmers' Clubs, women's Self-Help Groups and adolescent girls and boys programs, which are coordinated and mobilized by the Village Health Worker. With a focus on health and agriculture, villagers will be trained in organic methods of farming and family gardening. Due to village size, the project will take 3 years.
CRHP will work directly with community members to discern their concerns and priorities, and tailor training to meet these goals. The overall goal is to address health issues by training a new Village Health Worker and educating villagers in various health topics, and to transform Kolhewadi by creating and mobilizing strong community groups. CRHP will work with all members of the community, bringing about community harmony, cohesion, and respect.