WHAT'S GOING ON?
Jeevika's Current Projects in India
To learn more about what’s going on in the field, take a look at this overview, and PLEASE do visit our monthly Blog which has been built throughout the past year with contributions from our own staff and our friends describing their experiences of direct contact or informed comment about our projects and workshops in India.
One of the UK Government’s last aid projects to India was our women’s livelihood Project Madhu, funded by UK DfID, which came to an end in mid-2014 having trained and empowered 300 isolated bee-keepers in Orissa to become effective producers and marketers of honey: we have planned to extend this project to other parts of Odisha, but are still seeking the necessary funding. Have a look at our 2-part blog ‘Bees in the Big Picture’. (www.jeevika.org/blog).
A tough year in 2014! DfID closed its development aid program to India in response to wide-spread, but mis-informed, public doubts about the reality of poverty in rural India: rural India contains ONE-THIRD of the whole world’s people defined as Below the Poverty Line – far more than all 26 states of sub-Saharan Africa put together. DfID’s decision sent a chill through the rest of the funding market, which has severely dented Jeevika’s project funding pipe-line for the year just ended in March.
...but the good news is! .... we are delighted to have confirmation during March 2015 of three new funding grants which have gone against this trend: all three are from funders who have supported us in the past. In Odisha (Orissa) the Waterloo Foundation is funding a 1-year grant to enable our partner Jeevan Rekha to deliver safe-water and sanitation facilities to 550 tribal villagers; and in Tamil Nadu, we have a grant from Zurich Foundation for our partner Mithra Foundation to support 100 women villagers living with HIV/AIDS, while innocent foundation is giving us a 2-year grant for Project SEED to enable 1,400 low-caste women farmers and students in 13 villages to diversify and upgrade their agricultural skills, with attendant health, education and other benefits. This was a great start to our new year, but we know we’ll have to work extra hard this year to keep raising our essential project funding.
And better still!...After this promising start, we can now report that Monsoon Foundation has decided to support our exciting 1-year Pilot project JEEVAN SATHI, covering 25 tribal villages in Odisha. This is a ground-breaking project addressing the huge challenge of menstruation among rural women and girls (over 20% of girls drop out of school at puberty): village women’s Self Help Groups will produce and distribute affordable, hygienic eco-disposable sanitary napkins (‘SNAPS’) for 5000 women and 500 adolescent girls, who will also receive preventative/reproductive health education. The project started this June – so please keep an eye open on our Blog for follow-up information.
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