24 Feb 2015

Nidan comes forward with helping hands to fire affected people of Samastipur

A total of 135 families out of 274 families of village Balbhadrapur-Khajuri, Paswan and Bhumihar Tola of Kalyanpur Block of Samastipur were badly affected due a major fire that broke out on 22nd May’14. Their houses were totally burnt due to this fire and these families were rendered homeless. They neither had a place to take shelter or food to eat.  In that demanding situation, Nidan came forward with a helping hand to these families.

Now 133 of these affected families are residing in the temporary homes made up of tarpauline sheets, bamboos and dry grass. Families are having food security also as food grains have been distributed by the state Govt and dry ration by Nidan-Plan. Now drinking water is also available to them as 8 hand-pumps were repaired by the project Nidan-Plan and 4 bore wells were installed. All the affected families have overcome the acute crisis of food, water and shelter that they were facing after the fire incident. Local people and members from CBOs also came forward to help the families by providing clothes and food grains.

Nidan-Plan formed a Rapid Assessment Team that conducted meetings with the community people to assess their needs. The community response was to provide them with utensils, clothes, medicines, repair of hand pumps & shelter by providing them bamboo and tin sheets. A separate meeting was conducted with children also to assess their needs. Children said that they require clothes, bags, books, notebooks and stationeries, which were duly provided to them.

People of that area and of nearby areas have been deputed for having a close observation & monitoring of the situation so that any unwanted situation is prevented. A meeting was conducted with DPO & CDPO and they were requested to extend extra support to the children of the affected families .  Health camps were also organized by Nidan-Plan at PHC.

CO of Kalyanpur block distributed Rs. 4200.00, food (50 kgs of rice and 50 kgs wheat), 2 litres of kerosene oil and plastic sheets for shed to each effected family. RED CROSS Society distributed bucket, dhoti and bed sheet to each affected family. Nidan Plan supported with dry ration for 4 days and Tarpauline sheet to each family and repaired 8 hand pumps and four temporary sheds were arranged for 2-3 days.

Nidan-Plan distributed extra dry ration to Pregnant and Lactating mothers, set of utensils to 133 affected families apart from school bags, stationeries and set of books to 125 school children, and installed 4 bore wells. Sanitary napkins were distributed among girls and women of affected families by community contribution by SHG’s members.

17 Jul 2014

State-Level Consultation on Restructuring of ICDS

Nidan, the convenor organisation of Bihar Forces, organised a state-level consultation on the issue of restructuring Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) at Patna, Bihar. The programme was started by a presentation on Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) by Mrs. Savitri Roy, National Coordinator, National Forces. After the presentation she addressed the programme stating that 80% of the children are malnourished, even though we have so many programmes/schemes running for children as we still lack quality. She further said that budget allocation is very important to focus on problems associated with Children, especially in Bihar & U.P. Mrs. Savitri highlighted few points which need to be included in the Mission, such as — Vibrant ECD centers, Facility of safe drinking water and supplemented nutrition, Capacity building of staff, and Infrastructure. She emphasised that the major challenge that lies ahead is to get it practically implemented.

Other dignitaries who addressed the programme included — Ms. Ruby Singh, CDPO-Phulwarisharif, Mr. Arbind Singh, Executive Director, Nidan; Mr. Ganesh Pd Singh, President, Forces; Mr. Rafey Khan, State Manager, Save the Children; Mr. Rakesh Kr Sharma, District Consultant, IMNCI, Unicef Patna; Mr. Shailesh Kr, State Manager, Aga Khan Foundation and Mrs. Sangeeta Singh, Convenor, Bihar Forces.

Major discussions:-
Mr. Rajeev (Nidan) shared his experience from Samastipur Aganwadi centers, which are facing the problem of sanitation and they do not have enough resources.

Mr Shailesh Kr (Aga Khan Foundation) said that percentage of malnourished children in India is 48% while in states like MP, Jharkhand and Bihar the percentage is 50. He elaborated how we can improve the impact of our work by planning carefully and implementing it properly. He also said that we usually work for children of 3- 6 yrs but a child’s first thousand days after birth are very important as 90% of a child’s mind gets developed in this period. He also said that a strategy should be made for how we can accomplish such goals.

Mr. Manoj (AIPAD Nidan, Bhagalpur) mentioned some drawbacks found during the survey in Bhagalpur district where the focus is given only on THR and dress material (Poshak Yojna). He also said that gram panchayats do not support Anganwadis; they are only present on the day of THR.
Dr Rubi (CDPO, Phulwarisharif) said that in Bihar out of 38 districts, 19 districts are taken in first phase. During the survey it was observed that people are not getting THR, and children are not getting admission in the Aanganwadi.

Dr Rubi suggested that each and every ward should have at least one Aanganwadi, mini Aanganwadis should be there at wards with less population; Anganwadis should have their own buildings. She also laid emphasis on Human resource development and said that they should be trained for capacity building; even changes are required in selection process along with regular monitoring and supervision.
Mr. Rafey Khan (Save the Children) said that NGOs are playing a pivotal role in running AWCs. He focused on Capacity Building training of PRIs to improve the quality of program. He said 10% Aanganwadis will be managed by NGOs and PRIs (GOVERNMENT NEEDS NGOs AND NGOs NEED GOVERNMENT).

Mr. Rakesh (IMNCI, Unicef) said that for restructuring of ICDS we need to observe and give weightage to each and every point. He said that in UNICEFF they are having a training course of IMCC (integrated management of childhood care) for diseases which are occurring in children under 3 years and to refer them to nearest hospital for checkup and treatment.

Ms. Parul (UNICEF) said they are going to start early childhood education wherein children under 3 yrs will be linked to school. She highlighted the challenges of Aanganwadi centers and suggested that pre-school education should be like that of private schools  and ratio of children to teacher should be 60 :1 and condition of government schools needs to be improved.

Ms Geeta (ECE) said that children of 3-6 years should be given education. She explained how surveys are being done, wherein they select 2 blocks and from each block one panchayat is selected and observed. Some findings of the survey, which she shared, are — All AWCs were opened timely and functioning, children were available at the centers, and the teachers present were also skilled, food is also being served at Aanganwadis. She said that these findings prove that progress has been made.
Mr. Tushar (PLAN) said that work analysis of Aanganwadi sevikas needs to be done as their time is not properly utilised. He said encouragement of Community participation is required and we should focus on 0-3 years of children and monitor whether THR (Take Home ration) is being disbursed timely or not. He also said that infrastructure development is an important problem that needs to be dealt with.

P.K. Praveen (Oxfam India) highlighted some important points like –Job description issues needs to be covered, to rationalize number of supervisions, how to link malnourished children with NRC and language barrier. He also supported the idea of linking centers with private organizations.
Mr. Ganesh Pd. Singh (President, Bihar Forces) said that child protection and manpower should be taken care of and facilities provided during first thousand days of children needs to be enhanced.
Dr. Chandani (Assistant Director ICDS) explained how restructuring can be implemented in a better way in 19 districts of.  She further explained the newly adopted procedures of new MISSION MODE, such as:-
i) Rates have been revised.
ii) On the state level ICDS’s director will be there
iii) On the district level with the district  programme officer there will a assistant district programme officer for support
iv) With CDPO there will be an assistant CDPO
v) And also many supervisors will be there

Anganwadi buildings will be made at every place
Many of the Anganwadi buildings are completed, and around 45000 constructions are going on
One additional sevika will be appointed for each Aaganwadi.
Budget for uniform will be increased.

Fund flow has been increased and it will now come directly from govt. of India
In this reconstruction all the information will be provided and maintained online.  There are 10 to 11 types of register in the centers which will be of same name and color in all Aanganwadis across the country which are :-
i) Family detail register
ii) THR register+ Poshahar
iii) Immunization register
iv) Vitamin A register
v) Attendance register
vi) Referral services register
vii) NHE Register
viii) Tikakaran register
ix)    Summary register
Summing up the session, convenor Sangeeta Singh shared her experience of Bihar Forces. She mentioned that in a decade of functioning of Anganwadi centres, it has improved a lot. In 1998-2000 when Bihar Forces had done social audit of ICDS centres, situation was very pathetic as most of the centres used to be locked but now it’s not the case. She said we can   not blame AWW; system needs to be strengthened. Restructuring or mission mode should be implemented in the same spirit.

ACTION PLAN AND STRATEGY:-
1- Wherever a Gram Sabha is being held, an exposure visit should be organized for all the Forces partners.
2- Wherever the Mother Committees are Proactive, an exposure visit should be organized for the less active Mother Committees.
3- Preparation of Micro planning at the Panchayat level and will be submitted to DPO level for further action.
4- In the Anganwadi register a column should be included which will represent the malnourished children identified at the Anganwadi.
5- To maintain a record of refusal cases.
6- The immunization program ICDS (Vitamin A) should be given same priority like NPSP, including Mobilization of resources.
7- PRI Members should be sensitized.
8- Capacity building of the PRIs should be done.
Arbind Singh, Executive Director of Nidan gave the vote of thanks.

11 Jul 2014

Nidan Assures Sustainable Livelihood to Street Vendors of Bhopal

Nidan is assisting its members of Bhopal in getting the benefits of National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM), wherein a Street Vendor is entitled to get a loan of upto Rs. 2,00,000/-(2 lacs) for improving his/her livelihood through business expansion. Under this initiative, first of all Nidan spread awareness about the provision of the scheme among all our members. When members are informed and developed a business plan of expansion, loan forms are made available to them by Nidan from their respective wards. Then Nidan staff assists them in making the Project Proposals wherein it is mentioned, how the amount will be utilized to initiate a profit-making business and make and maintain a sustainable livelihood.  Nidan also help these members in getting the quotations for the vending items.

Later on, these forms are sent to the Circle Officers (C.Os) and from there, after being verified, go to the concerned Banks. Nidan is in regular contact with the concerned authorities and will do the regular follow-up with the Banks and will try to provide the best possible assistance to its members.  Uptill now project proposals of 2 members each from five wards i.e. 10 members, have been finalized and many more proposals are in process. Nidan is committed to its pledge that maximum number of street vendors is benefited from these NULM scheme.

4 Jul 2014

Nidan Assures Sustainable Livelihood to Street Vendors of Bhopal

Nidan is assisting its members of Bhopal in getting the benefits of National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM), wherein a Street Vendor is entitled to get a loan of upto Rs. 2,00,000/-(2 lacs) for improving his/her livelihood through business expansion. Under this initiative, first of all Nidan spread awareness about the provision of the scheme among all our members. When members are informed and developed a business plan of expansion, loan forms are made available to them by Nidan from their respective wards. Then Nidan staff assists them in making the Project Proposals wherein it is mentioned, how the amount will be utilized to initiate a profit-making business and make and maintain a sustainable livelihood.  Nidan also help these members in getting the quotations for the vending items.

Later on, these forms are sent to the Circle Officers (C.Os) and from there, after being verified, go to the concerned Banks. Nidan is in regular contact with the concerned authorities and will do the regular follow-up with the Banks and will try to provide the best possible assistance to its members.  Uptill now project proposals of 2 members each from five wards i.e. 10 members, have been finalized and many more proposals are in process. Nidan is committed to its pledge that maximum number of street vendors is benefited from these NULM scheme.

2 Jul 2014

Nidan-Plan conducts Government Teachers’ Training at Patna

To enhance the quality of teachers’ skill, Nidan-Plan conducted a Government Teachers’ Training on RIVER Multi-grade, Multi-level (MGML) methodology with the help of RISHI VALLEY Trainers at Hotel Clarke, Patna from June 16-20. The program was quite successful as several teachers took this opportunity to get trained by experts on different aspects of teaching. A MGML teacher is one who, in a single classroom space, teaches children of different ages and varying abilities, who would normally belong to different grade levels. A multi-grade classroom, also known as mixed age classroom or vertically grouped classroom, accommodates children of different ages with varied learning backgrounds.  Rishi Valley Institute for Educational Resources (RIVER) is the teacher training and resource development wing of Rishi Valley Rural Education Centre.

After two decades of intense work, RIVER has developed a unique structure for elementary education that consists of a network of Satellite Schools where a community-based curriculum is taught by village youth trained in especially designed multi-level methodologies; where the academic curriculum is graded for individual levels of learning, grounded in up-to-date information, and framed in the local idiom and, finally, where the curriculum is integrated with activities.

Following are the salient features of schools in RIVER model:
Schools should be free from fear, full of colour and joy inside and green and beautiful outside.
Have a learning-ladder, made up of small learning-steps, that enables self-paced Individual learning.
Promote cooperative learning through peer support.

Stress on activity -based experimental learning through craft, games, song and drama.

Integrate local culture and values of conservation into the curriculum.

Encourage teachers to design creative teaching-learning material and share it with other teachers.
RIVER’s unique MGML learning methodology for classes 1 to 5 has been extended through the transcreation of multi-level materials and through teacher education programmes for resource persons to formal and non-formal schools in several of India’s linguistically diverse states, where the MGML programmes are referred to as Activity-Based-Learning (ABL) methodologies.