Following the approach of holistic rural development, HCL Samuday works across Agriculture, Education, Health, Infrastructure, Livelihood, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH). Not only do we strive for making the development process participatory by including all the stakeholders – community, local administration, state government, civil society organisations, etc, we also ensure integration at all levels to achieve the desired results.
Our work includes engaging with individuals of all ages, and from all walks of lives. With a special focus on vulnerable sections – marginal households and women, our efforts are to strengthen the community from within so as to achieve such a model of rural development that is sustainable in nature and the community overall is capacitated and motivated enough to carry on their development, on their own, forever.
HCL Samuday aims to increase the farm income of marginal farmers by 25%. This is being done by infusing farmers with knowledge about scientific farming practices that are developed step-by-step through training programs at every cropping stage. Key training programs include Soil testing, Accounting techniques, Integrated Nutrition Management, Integrated Pest Management and Post-Harvest Management.
Along with introduction of modern farming equipment and institutionalisation of farmer clubs to make agriculture less burdensome and more market-linked, novel concepts like Nutrition Garden, and Bori Bagicha are propagated to help marginal families increase their nutrition intake and further save their household income.
36% increase in income of farmers by Traditional Crop practice improvement
300% increase in income of farmers by cultivating Vegetables in comparison to traditional crops on the same piece of land
35% reduction in water usage seen in 1,900 farms
2500+ households have access to Nutritional Food Security with 13,000 members
13% Input Cost Reduction by collective purchases through farmer clubs
HCL Samuday intends to ensure that every child has access to quality education in an effective learning environment, and all villagers have functional literacy. This is being achieved by a host of interventions.
First, we have ICT-based initiative SHIKSHA and community mobilisation based intervention Transition that is striving to make quality education accessible to all by helping teachers deliver better the state education curriculum coupled with increase in enrolment and attendance rates of students resulting in augmentation of their analytical skills and learning capacities. Then, Happy School intervention takes care of availability of the necessary infrastructure and its optimal utilisation for making sure that an effective learning environment exists. Finally, SHIKSHA+ intervention is efficiently taking on the battle for eradicating illiteracy.
17,000+children of class 1 & 2 receiving ICT-based education through SHIKSHA Initiative
14% increase registered in overall learning outcomes for Grade 1 & 2 students
56,000 children supported through Happy School intervention
517 government schools supported with improved infrastructure and teaching learning materials
12,500 neo-literates through Adult Literacy intervention
HCL Samuday strives to reduce Infant Mortality and Maternal Mortality in the region, and alongside make Primary Healthcare services accessible to all in the community. Primary focus in this sector rests on three themes: (1) building the capacity of health workers to help them carry out their daily responsibilities; (2) improving the health-related infrastructure to make better health facilities available and accessible to all; and (3) increasing community engagement for better health.
While interventions like Mobile Mentoring Van equipped with Nurse Mentors, and Aanganwadi Resource Centre help build the capacity of frontline workers, Infrastructural Strengthening of existing health centres along with Process Improvements therein help improve the supply of healthcare services in the area. Community engagement in existing government/community platforms like VHND, VHSNC, and AAA is qualitatively improved leading to growth in demand from community for better healthcare services; Screening Camps for children followed by Nutrition Camps tackle the mammoth problem of Malnutrition; and Mobile Health Clinics are proving vital in making primary healthcare services accessible to all.
38,000+ patients treated through Mobile Health Clinics
4,500 pregnant females availed 3Ante-natal check-ups as per due time
14% increase in early registration of pregnant females, more than 6,500 pregnant females registered in 2018-19
84.6% child births are institutional deliveries, over 4,700 institutional deliveries facilitated in 2018-19
3,500 children fully immunized
900 malnourished children managed through nutrition camps
4 new functional delivery points activated
Infrastructure improvement acts as base for further social and economic development. In line with this approach, HCL Samuday is developing energy infrastructure to bring electricity to un-electrified habitations; and ensure a non-disruptive supply of electricity in health centres and schools. The former is being done by setting up solar mini grids whose sustainable operation and maintenance is guaranteed by formulating Solar User Groups (comprising of community members) and the latter task of facility electrification is being accomplished by roof-top solar PV systems.
110+kWp of decentralised rooftop solar energy systems installed
300+kWp placed through solar mini-grids
450+ tons of CO2 emissions reduced since commissioning in October 2017
900 households have access to electricity from 14 solar mini-grids
260+ street lights have been illuminated in 15 villages
450 members of Solar User Groupscreated to ensure sustainable Operations and Maintenance of solar mini-grids
HCL Samuday works to ascertain that all marginal households have an alternate source of income. This is being done by (1) strengthening existing supply chain of agri-allied income generating activities – Dairy, Poultry, Goat farming, Fishery, Vermicomposting, Cuniculture, etc.; (2) strengthening women institutions: mobilizing, strengthening and federating community institutions and then linking them with financial institutions & economic activities; (3) establishing individual and group based business enterprises at local level for sustained employment, supported by financial and market resources; and (4) skill upgradation of youth to ensure sustained wage or self-employment.
9,000 dairy farmers with enhanced dairy income
2,000 households benefited through backyard poultry unit
1,500 households' assets enhanced through goat rearing
9,500 women strengthenedfrom a pool 800 Self-help groups
950 enterprises of various types facilitated in inception
500+ youth placed after skill development training
Addressing the basic human needs of safe drinking water, sanitation and good hygiene, HCL Samuday aims to ensure completely clean villages with access to clean drinking water for everyone. The focus here is on taking care of both infrastructure and behaviour change related issues.
Working on the human emotional facets of disgust, pride, need, relevance, and ease, the Community-Led Total Sanitation strategy has been adopted for motivating households to build and use toilets. Alongside, an Open Defecation Elimination Plan for the villages is developed and executed in close coordination with local government officials. For making clean drinking water available and accessible to all, wherever possible, chlorination of functional hand pumps is carried out. This is complemented by development of piped drinking water supply system by facilitating construction of Over-Head Tanks in collaboration with the local community.
142 Villages made Open Defecation Free
32,000 households practicing safe sanitation
93.9% households using toilet out of total constructed
5 Over-head water tank (OHT) functional while 4 OHTs are in completion stage
36,000 individuals availing piped drinking water supply through over-head water tanks
20,000 Kgs of degradable waste managed through 188 Composting units and 4,000 KL/month Liquid waste
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