Mushroom Cultivation

Mushrooms are not plants, and require different conditions for optimal growth. Mushrooms grow well at relative humidity levels of around 95-100%. As a profitable business of the farmers, the rural farmers are interested to cultivate mushroom. Due to lack of training facility regarding production of mushroom the farmers are facing lot of problems. In this context we have arranged a training camp regarding mushroom cultivation. 42 no of women have trained on that training camp.

Awareness on Dairy Farming

Dairying is an important source of subsidiary income to small/marginal farmers and agricultural laborers. The manure from animals provides a good source of organic matter for improving soil fertility and crop yields. Almost all draught power for farm operations and transportation is supplied by bullocks. Since agriculture is mostly seasonal, there is a possibility of finding employment throughout the year for many persons through dairy farming. Thus, dairy also provides employment throughout the year. The main beneficiaries of dairy programmes are small/marginal farmers and landless labourers. 2 no of interface have made with local farmers. 64 no of women have attended by our resource person Dr. Sudarshan Bhuyan (Rtd. Professor) was told that a farmer can earn a gross surplus of about Rs. 12,000 per year from a unit consisting of 2 milking buffaloes. Even more profits can be earned depending upon the breed of animal, managerial skills and marketing potential.

Women Empowerment

The Government of India and state authorities alike have increasingly realized the importance of devoting attention to the economic betterment and development of rural women in India. In reality, however, rural women have harder lives and are often discriminated against with regard to land and property rights and in access to medical facilities and rural finance. Women undertake the more onerous tasks involved in the day-to-day running of households, including the collection of fuel wood for cooking and the fetching of drinking water. Key instruments for supporting women’s empowerment are self-help groups, whereby 30-40 rural women from the same village, mostly poor women, come together to contribute two-weekly or monthly dues as savings and provide group loans to their members. Self-help groups are generally facilitated by NGOs, and increasingly advise and train members in a variety of on and off farm income generating activities. To improving the overall status of women in terms of income, empowerment, welfare, etc. First is the capacity building of self-help groups, which are in need of support in accounting, financial management, and organizational development. We have formed 80 no of SHG groups in Balipatana and Balianta Block. Capacity building training was given to 400 no of SHG members regarding making of Badi, Papad, Spices, Bamboo works, Agarbati making, appliqué and mushroom cultivation.

Ward Coordination Committee Meeting Formation And Strengthening

The Ward Coordination Committee is an institution/community level platform at Ward level in the city to address grassroots level issues related to health and its determinants like nutrition, water and sanitation through participatory community action. The ward being the lowest level point of planning and convergence of services/programs provides scope for linkages between service providers and community. The 74th amendment of the constitution (1992) ensures provision of ward committees in all municipalities/corporation having population more than three lakhs. It is considered as an apex body for the convergence of services/programs related to MNCHN and WASH. Hence on the above back drop, Health of the Urban Poor (HUP) Program facilitates formation of Ward Coordination Committees in its intervention wards in Bhubaneswar City. It is primarily constituted with the objectives to provide a common platform to all ward level stakeholders for planning and monitoring of services and programs and establish linkages of the community with service providers. As such an attempt was taken to form the Ward Coordination Committee in Ward No 47 in the city. Gopinath Juba Sangh the HUP field partner NGO in close association with and guidance of HUP City Office initiated the process on the way back in September 2012. In the initial period, efforts like discussing the matter with the Mayor/Municipal Commissioner and Ward Councilor made it possible to go ahead with the activity. Through a series of meetings, discussions, deliberations both by HUP City Office and Field Partner NGO, finally a date was fixed to convene the meeting for constitution of Ward Coordination Committee in Ward No 47. On an auspicious day of 18th September 2012, a preparatory meeting was convened at BMC Library, Bapuji Nagar, Bhubaneswar at 3.00 pm under the chairperson Mrs. Mahamaya Swain, Councillor.The other officials/front line workers present in the meeting were Slum Improvement officer, BMC, Community Organizer, Sanitary Inspector, Secretary and President of seven slums under Ward no 47,Anganwadi worker,ASHA, Secretary, GJS and City Coordinator & NGO-CBO Coordinator from HUP-PFI along with the Project Coordinator and all Cluster Coordinators of Gopinath Juba Sangh. With the initial introduction to the program and its objectives, the meeting started. As it was the first meeting, the modalities of constitution of the committee were elaborated in great length along with the needs and importance of the committee. Finally, it was decided to prepare a draft plan for WCC involving SIO, HUP City Team and Filed Partner NGO that will be presented in the next meeting and necessary steps will be taken for formation of the committee. Similarly, next meeting for formation of WCC was organized on 18th December 2012 at the same venue and time and presided over by the Councilor. The selection of the members in the committee was discussed in detail. It was decided that core members from Government. Sector by designation and extended members from slum may be chosen for the committee. Accordingly, 18 members both from government and slums were chosen for the committee. This is just the beginning, once it is strengthened, it will certainly act as the planning and monitoring unit for effective delivery of services in improving the health status of the urban poor.

Activities under Health of the Urban Poor Project

We are implementing the Health of the Urban Poor(HUP) program in Bhubaneswar Municipal corporation, Bhubaneswar in 60 nos of slum under 09 (Nine) wards like 46,47,52,53,54,56,57,58,59 from 1st March 2012 with the financial support from Population Foundation of India, New Delhi and USAID INDIA. The detail activities are as follows:ia in slum the Govt. provides free medicines for impregnation of community owned bed net. The survey of bed nets have been conducted by the Link Volunteers in all 60 slums. We have already covered all the slums for impregnation of bed net. 7754 no of bed nets have already been impregnated by the Link Volunteers.

Impregnation of Bed net

The misquotes are one of the most preventive causes of Malaria. To control the malaria in slum the Govt. provides free medicines for impregnation of community owned bed net. The survey of bed nets have been conducted by the Link Volunteers in all 60 slums. We have already covered all the slums for impregnation of bed net. 7754 no of bed nets have already been impregnated by the Link Volunteers.

Consumer Awareness Program

GJS has organized two days seminar on consumer awareness program banamalipur in Balipatana block under Khordha district. In this meeting near about 155 no participants were participated like school students, teachers, local youth, senior citizens, CBOs, SHGs members, business mans, NGO representatives. In this program various emanate persons were participated and share their valuable suggestions and examples on consumer rights. The main focus of the program is to spread message among the people on consumer rights and use at the time of any selling and purchase.

Panchayat Raj Program

Gopinath Juba Sangha (GJS) organized different activities on Panchayatiraj system in Rajas,Sumana asan,Pampalo,Garedipanchan,Turintra,Majhihara,Bhakar sahi,Bhapur and Amanakuda Grama Panchyata of Balipatana Blockunder Khordha District. In this activities GJS doing pre-voter awareness campaign,Kholamancha,awareness on women participation in election, in right candidates, cooperate in social audit system of Grama panchayata and orientation training to elected members on their role and responsibilities.

Farmers Club

During this year GJS formed 16 no Farmers club in Balipatana block under Khordha district.Each group having minimum 10 and Maximum 20 members. Near about 220 members in all farmers club. GJS provide technical support to farmers club towards formation and strengthening. After that GJS provide training on more use of bio fertilizer instead of chemical fertilizer, shree pranali and high yielding verity seeds to 5 no selected members from each group and also creates opportunities to exposure visit in other places. Gjs encourages to farmers club to open a savings bank account for strengthen the group status.

Agricultural Development Program

During this year GJS develop a training-cum-production unit and provide training to rural youth and interested farmers on high yielding verity seeds , use of bio fertilizer and shree pranali system. After getting training the trainer experiment their jobs in practical field. This year 122 no rural youth and farmers were getting training on modern technology use in agricultural sector.

Empowerment T0 Adolescent

During this period we have formed Adolescent group in slum area of Bhubaneswar Municipal corporation, Bhubaneswar and provide training to adolescents on personal Hygiene, MNCHN and WASH activities. In this group we have select a peer Educator to work voluntarily for all adolescents in slum area. GJS provide skill development training to peer Educator on Health, Personal Hygiene and WASH to develop resourceful person in slum area. GJS were used the peer educator at slum level for spread the information and any type of development activities.

IGP Training Program For SHG

During this year GJS provide small entrepreneurship training like Agarabati making, Spaices, Candel making, Badi & Papad making, Jam & Jelly and pickles to rural youth men and women by skilled person in regular basis. In this event GJS provide service like marketing linkages to rural women group those are involved in production work. 356 no of SHG members have been trained on 11 IGP training camps

Water & Sanitation Program

GJS organized water & Sanitation awareness campaign in 60 no of slum under 9 wards of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation with Mahila Arogya samiti (MAS).In this event we are strengthen the MAS member on water quality testing, water contamination at the point of use, how to keep the drinking water and handling of drinking water. Then GJS provide a Toll Free number of PHEO, Bhubaneswar to all MAS for immediate service for tube well repair in slum area.