Project #16677

Sponsoring Kolhewadi, new project village of 750

by Comprehensive Rural Health Project

The emphasis in Kolhewadi over the past three months has been placed on community development programs such as goat raising, housing for the homeless, as well as Village Health Worker (VHW) training. Goat farms can benefit income generation for families; Kolhewadi has ten goats, one male, and has provided income generation for five families. Currently, 20 homeless families have been identified within the community. CRHP built homes for three of the families and will continue doing so within the upcoming months.

Rekha, the VHW from Kolhewadi’s neighboring village, has helped train Vandana since the early stages of the Project Village. During the most recent months, she has completed her training and is a fully established VHW. Within Kolhewadi, she has helped identify new cases of diabetes and hypertension, as well as continued care for previously identified patients. Over the next few months, CRHP will start the next steps necessary for the Adolescent Boys and Girls Programs.

Thank you for your support for the Kolhewadi Village. Every donation is greatly appreciated. 

Village Health Worker planting a tree
Village Health Worker planting a tree

The environment continues to be a focus in Kolhewadi. Over the past three months, members of Kolhewadi Village have implemented the Demonstration Kitchen Garden Project. The kitchen gardens are made with locally available resources to provide families with the opportunity to grow enough vegetables for nutritious meals in a drought-prone location. In order to jump-start the project, seeds and saplings were distributed to the families.

The Men’s Group continues to meet informally, but the Women’s Group has become more structured and formalized. The Women’s Group has been receiving health and environmental knowledge, using this education to plant 2,000 fruit trees and 3,000 other plants. As of today, they are in the process of starting plant nurseries. The Men’s and Women’s Groups will continue to develop over the following months with the help of the Village Health Worker, Rekha, and CRHP social workers.

Thank you for your support for Kolhewadi Village. Every donation is greatly appreciated.


           Sanitation, hygiene and the environment continue to be the focus in Kolhewadi. Over the past 3 months, the Mobile Health Team along with members of Kolhewadi Village has built soak pits. Soak pits are made using locally available resources to hold and breakdown human waste. Since completion, the Mobile Health Team has been collecting data to see how many soak pits are being used, the number of toilets in Kolhewadi, how many of those toilets are actually being used, and if a family does not have a toilet or is not using it, why.

            Men’s and women’s groups have begun meeting informally and will keep developing and strengthening as the village health worker and CRHP social workers become more involved with facilitation of these meetings. Through these groups, several hypertension and diabetes patients have been identified and medications distributed. Currently within the village, very little is known the prevention, identification, and treatment of many non-communicable diseases. The Mobile Health Team plans to perform songs, skits, and puppet shows to raise awareness and educate the villagers. This method of educating eliminates exclusion of lower-caste and many of those who are illiterate, empowering each and everyone within Kolhewadi.

            Thank you for your support for Kolhewadi Village. Every donation is greatly appreciated.

Hand pump in Kolhewadi
Hand pump in Kolhewadi

The emphasis in Kolhewadi over the past three months has been placed on environmental issues such as tree planting, securing safe drinking water, and wastewater management. Tree farming can increase income generation while helping to maintain a healthy environment. Discussion and planning among the Women’s Groups and other community members to plant local fruit trees like tamarind, custard apple, and mango is taking place now. Jayesh, one of our Senior Trainers, has met with the community several times regarding safe drinking water. Currently several hand pumps with safe drinking water exist throughout the village; however, safe wastewater management practices have not been implemented yet. Soak pits are a simple method of filtering wastewater using all locally available materials. The Mobile Health Team will be working with the community over the next few months to build soak pits throughout the village.

The Adolescent Girls Program has already worked with unmarried girls ages 12-18 in Kolhewadi, and the boys from Kolhewadi are good candidates for the next round of the Adolescent Boys Program. Several Women’s and Men’s Groups have already been initiated, and regular meetings will begin in the next few months. CRHP staff members are working with Vadana, the VHW for Kolhewadi, to start a Self-Help Group within the lower caste community of her village.

Rekha, the Village Health Worker from Kolhewadi’s neighboring village Rajuree, has been mentoring Vadana since she was selected. She has taught Vadana how to check blood pressure, test urine for excess sugar and to monitor existing patient’s sugar levels, and urine tests that check for pregnancy and eclampsia within a pregnant woman. Socially, Rekha has been working with Vadana on the most effective methods for organizing her community.

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A Government School in Kolhewadi
A Government School in Kolhewadi

CRHP’s new partnership with Kolhewadi has proven successful over the past few months. With the help and facilitation of our Mobile Health Team, the village of Kolhewadi has selected Vadana Adale as their Village Health Worker (VHW). She is a graduate of the 10th standard and is a very motivated individual eager to work with her community and CRHP. She has already begun attending CRHP’s bi-weekly VHW trainings. A Women’s Group, consisting of 10 women from the village, now meets with Vadana and CRHP staff members to discuss personal finances, village dynamics, and other relevant topics. Several unique visits have also been made to plant medicinal trees within the village and to begin a kitchen garden project. Beginning January 1, CRHP is beginning a new project, funded by a grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), to establish kitchen gardens in individual’s homes and increase nutrition education. Kolhewadi is one of five villages that CRHP is working with initially as a part of this project. To strengthen community participation in health and development projects within the village, CRHP’s social workers have begun meeting regularly with men’s, women’s, and adolescent groups.

Over the next few months, the Mobile Health Team will begin on-site surveys to document the health status and demographics of the village. Once analyzed, education will begin at the village regarding communicable and non-communicable diseases. Farmer’s Clubs and Adolescent Groups will be established and incorporated into our existing programs to put health in the hands of the people.

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Comprehensive Rural Health Project

Location: Dist. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - India
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Comprehensive Rural Health Project
Project Leader:
Julia Queale
Dist. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra India

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