Self Help Activities of the Baigas
Fifty-two villages constitute the Baiga Chak area, spread across three blocks of Dindori District in M.P. These are the Karanjiya block which has 26 Baiga villages, Bajag block with 9 Baiga villages, and Samnapur block with 17 such villages. All these villages are Forest Villages (not revenue villages) and their administration is in the hands of the forest department, which manages the reserved forests surrounding these villages.
The project area is located in this hilly and forest belt of Baiga Chak in Samnapur block, without a systematic road link, transport and communication facilities. The inhabitants are mainly tribal and schedule caste population who do not have access to public services. They are not even in a position to affirm their rights for services, as they are not aware of it due to high illiteracy, ignorance and lack of exposure to civilized world. From the month of September this year the road construction work is undertaken by the government of Madhya Pradesh under the Prime Minister Road Construction Scheme. After the completion of the work, accessibility to the project area will become much easier and will be for round the year.
- Capacity building village representatives- workshop on record keeping, programme planning and execution- 2 village representatives from each project villsge including a woman were present at the workshop, Another workshop on the role and responsibilities of gramsabha representatives was organised in which the key fuctionaries of the gramsabhas of the project villages including president, vice president secretary, treasurer and other prominent member participated in the workshop. The topics covered included: rapport building with the community, topics of discussions to be initiated in the gramsabhas, passing of the resolutions in the gramsabhas.
- Capacity building and perspective development project staff- Gender sensitization, process documentation.
- Land levelling and stone bunding on 88 acres of land in all the five villages.
- Bunding in 3 villages covering 13.5 acres of land.
- Health check up camps and health awareness programmes.
- Agricultural produce collection and conservation- 1220 Kilograms of oilseeds collected from the five project villages. This acollected oil seeds will be sold to the adjoining villages as there is shortage of oil seeds this year due to insufficient rain, 30kgs of honey collection and processing.
- Study of forestry practices There was no change in the planned activities and the activities executed in the project area.
» Brief description of actual political situation (policies, legal framework, etc.) and changes in the general conditions in the field of action of the project.
National Institute of Women Child and Youth Development (NIWCYD), Nagpur is implementing the project in 34 villages of Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh states in Central India. Of these 34 villages, 29 are in Madhya Pradesh state involving the 12 villages of Baiga Chak area where the organization is working with the support from AWO since 2001. The other five villages are situated in Bastar region of Chhatisgarh State. The target group with whom NIWCYD is working is mainly Primitive Tribal Groups Baiga and madia.
» Internal changes (for e.g. staff, responsibility) within the counterpart as well as in grass root organisation
Till April 2010, the post of Field Coordinator was held by the secretary of NIWCYD. After the separate review of the programme in the Chhatisgarh state, the Field Facilitator from the same area, Mr. Ramesh Shrivastava has been promoted as the Field Coordinator.
Government has started different development work in the project area. The Agriculture department of the Government of Madhya Pradesh in providing the support in terms of the seeds and the equipments at the subsidized rates to the beneficiary families in the project area.
» Counterpart contribution / Cooperation with other donors
Continues coordination and liaison is done with the district health department for the health activities in the project. The district and the block health department is providing medicines for the mobile health unit started by NIWCYD.
1. Slums - In Slums Working As a child labor Initiatives -
Through this program we are working with those children Who are valuranable we covered all issues which effect the life of children like child labor, either paid or unpaid, and is working within or outside the family, Malnourishment, gender discrimination abuses etc basically, we work for those a child who is deprived of the right to education , Protection and childhood. We also believe that the all those issue of community needs to be addressed through community itself hence the major emphasis was given on strengthening of groups and built their capacity.
Through this initiative we have working with their level
With Community CBOs
- Women groups- 15 Groups (15 slums)
- Child Development Groups- 18 groups (in 17 slums)
- Adolescent Girls-(50 Child labor girls )
- Forms-Mahila Munch, Bal Panchayat
With Institution, like schools, ICDS center
Concern Department like Education, Gram Panchayat, Health & WCD
2. Initiative with children on railway Platforms.
Bachpan is working for home placement of platform children as an ongoing process, as we believe that for the right of protection and development of children home plays an important role. The major emphasis was given on advocating the issues related with implementing of JJ act. 2000.
For ensuring Child Rights.
- Family Tracing.
- Home Placement.
- Strengthen of Bal adikar mitra.
- Drug de-addiction and Home Placement.
- Networking with Organization.
- Efforts done by Girl child at platform.
- Capacity building of Team.
Networking with Government Institutions/Department
- Railway Department.
- Special Juvenile Police Unit.
- Child Welfare Committee.
- Dist Advisory Board.
- Shelter home (Girl).
- Police department(RPF/GRPF).