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transformation initiative

 

Transformation Initiative - a multi thematic programme with an objective to develop proof of concept of significantly transforming quality of life for 70,000 poor households of 4 pre-dominantly tribal blocks in South Rajasthan. The Government of Rajasthan has committed to facilitate financial resources under various government programmes through a convergence approach and an agreement to work together with the relevant government departments to enable them to increase their outreach and strengthen quality of services. The programme strategy of each component has central to it the design principle of Sakh se Vikas programme i.e., 'women led change and sustainability of services through nurturing self-reliant community institutions'


5 pillars of the Transformation Initiative are:

The core of CmF's work is to capacitate Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and their federations to serve their members by providing a range of financial and farm livelihood support services and thereby enable them to lead a better quality of life.

To organize community around Self-Help Groups in tribal blocks under Transformation Initiative, CMF replicate model of Sakh se Vikas programme. CmF has worked on the capacity building of marginalized women farmers by building capacities of SHG federations and leading NGO's in Rajasthan. CmF has introduced simple and easy to understand IEC material for the usage of community as well as the promoter organizations.

CmF formulated transformation initiative with the innovations to improve livelihoods and builds livelihood clusters. Our thematic focus is water resource management, horticulture, agriculture, in addition to self-help groups that are formed and aggregated into a federation in almost all project locations.

The five areas of inputs or interventions required in the field to establish a livelihood cluster:

(i)     Soil and water related: soil health, access to water, etc.;
(ii)    Appropriate technology related to seed, breed, pest and disease control, preservation and
        processing post-harvest;
(iii)   Access to market:
(iv)  Credit access; and finally
(v)   Organizing the poor and investing in its leadership and management capacity at all levels.
       It is a complex business as it takes a while and the new arrangements have to fight against the
       established ones.

CmF build on the field experience and train staff and community, and where possible share our knowledge to build other' capacity and influence larger systems, beginning from district, and going up to the state and the centre.

A fact which came up in the baseline study conducted by CmF in 2 blocks Abu road and Pindwara, the tribal blocks under Transformation Initiative are characterized by low literacy levels as compared to the state. Low attendance in the schools, poor school infrastructure and limited or no involvement of community in monitoring the schools are the key reasons for the poor learning levels of children.

 

Education interventions in Sirohi, and Pali districts are planned for improving quality of pre-school, primary, middle school and educating and mainstreaming out-of-school children and adolescents while creating linkages for skill development for a comprehensive approach. Major components of CmF's Education programme are:

 

Pre-School

-  Strengthen Anganwadis to ensure quality early childhood education (ECE) and demonstrate quality practices.

-  Enable conducive environment for school readiness and teaching learning in the Anganwadis;

 

Primary

-  Strengthen Primary Schools to improve in learning outcomes of the students, high retention and enrollment

-  Develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children

 

Middle/High school

-  Strengthen teaching learning practices of Science, Mathematics and English in upper primary schools.

-  Capacity building of teachers

 

Out of School

-  Demonstrate an integrated and comprehensive approach in significant number of villages for educating and mainstreaming out of school children and adolescents by significantly reducing school drop-out

 

Digital Literacy

-  Community Information Resource Centers (CIRCs) for digital literacy and services
    -   Provided tablets to schools equipped with eLibrary app/eReader to ensure access to age
        appropriate, quality children's literature through technology for developing reading skills and
        promote habit of reading.

 

Women Literacy

Under Women Literacy pilot project 15 Literacy centres were established in Kishangarh block of Ajmer district with an aim:

-  To develop functional literacy to improve the functioning of SHGs,

-  To bring about empowerment and self-confidence in women

-  To improve the participation of women in the development activities in the village

Maternal health is closely linked with the health status of the child at the time of birth. Objective of the project interventions are- reducing infant mortality rate and addressing malnutrition in children under 5 years of age. Key strategies are:

Increasing demand from Public Health Institutions: Activation of village health , water, sanitation and nutrition committees (VHWSNCs), awareness creation for behaviour change in immunization, child nutrition, antenatal check-ups.

Strengthening supply side: Trainings of AAAs- Asha, ANMs and anganwadi workers and facilitate their joint meetings for concerted action at village level.

Access to safe drinking water and sanitation are critical for ensuring good health & quality of life for any household. Safe water and sanitation are also integral to the nutrition component of the Transformation Initiative, as a strategy to prevent water borne diseases and infections among children, which could lead to poor health and fall back into malnutrition.

This has ABC approach:

Access:
Facilitate sustainable access to and use of WASH facilities, products and services: Households and Public Institutions.

Behaviour:
Mobilize communities, raise awareness, trigger community led Behaviour change for WASH.

Capital:
Facilitate access to credit through SHGs, Banks, Develop entrepreneurs for WASH services and develop market linkages.