Improving environment through a local community initiatives
The first phase of the intervention was carried out at 10 villages of North Solapur Block during 2015-16. The objectives of the project were: to establish at least one empowered self-help group in each village to initiate community development, especially concerning environment; to avail water and improve sanitation through advocacy and efforts by the Gram Panchayat and village groups; to raise awareness on environmental issues; to equip the community based organisations (SHGs, Farmer’s clubs) for networking with government and other organisations; and to raise the capacity of the project staff for effective implementation of the project and for contribution on strategic future planning.
Restoring Lost Childhood Project
240 children between the age group of 4 to 12, living in difficult circumstances in the selected slums of Chopda, Daund, Pune and Gulbarga are benefiting by the project. Most of them are poor, migrant, destitute, working, and school drop outs. Integrated development of target children through education, health, protection and psychosocial support – is the goal of the project.
Conserving water for a restored living condition
Maharashtra was hit by severe drought during 2012 and 2013. Severity of the situation has not subsided even today. Villagers are still struggling for water for domestic use and cultivation. Scarcity of water has chain of effects on the life of the people living in South Solapur. A project is carried out to encourage and facilitate conservation of water for a restored living condition of people living in 6 villages of South Solapur. The project is undertaken to achieve the following: 1) Marginal families of the villages in South Solapur have 20% more access to water for domestic consumption and agriculture through construction of watershed structures. 2) At least 10 marginal farmers from each of the villages use half of the required water for agriculture through practicing sustainable agriculture.
Combat Malnutrition, Melghat
Severity of Malnutrition in India is centered at tribal villages of Dharni block. Therefore, a project by CSS selects malnourished children, parents of such children, and adolescent girls of three villages in Dharni block to be benefit by the project. Major goals of the project are: 1) 15 severely acute malnourished children in each of the three villages achieved normal health status within a period of five years. 2) 15 mothers of severely acute malnourished children in each of the three villages have acquired adequate knowledge within five years and are taking proper care of their children. 3) 15 fathers of such children in three villages have improved their economic condition through alternative income generation opportunities within a period of five years. 4) 25 adolescent girls in each of the three villages have acquired adequate knowledge about their health and its care within a period of five years.
Rag Pickers’ Project, Mumbai
We have two centres in Govandi Mumbai, where more than 100 children are helped in the areas of health, nutrition, non-formal education, and other activities through which rag picker children are supported to regain their lost childhood. They are also encouraged to join the formal schools and night schools in the locality.
CSW Rehabilitation Project, Pune
The project is rescuing and rehabilitating women and girls who are caught into the vicious circle of poverty and flesh trade. HCC, with the help of Covenant World Relief, USA has bought a place for their rehabilitation. This is where these women are learning to cope up with new social set ups, learning to adopt alternative livelihood options, receiving medical and psychosocial support.
Poverty reduction and Livelihood Promotion in Sitamarhi, Bihar
This project is on-going at 5 villages of Sitamarhi District of Bihar, where women, youth and children are supported to resist against the cycle of poverty. Providence of Micro loans, domestic animals, training, medical support, basic education and establishing of government linkages is helping these people to come up in life and hold on to new and better opportunities of livelihood.
Empowerment of Kashmiri youth, women and children
Youth, women and children of eight villages adjoining Srinagar have been selected to be empowered. Basic education, admission in schools, medical support and nutrition are availed to the poor children. Micro loans and domestic animals are given to identified widows, destitute women and group members as source of life support. Training on carpet making, basic computers and government linkages is provided to youth to become self-dependent.
Animal Husbandry Project
Animal husbandry project is on-going in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Animals such as cows, buffaloes, sheep, goats, ducks and hens have been provided to identified men and women in these locations. These beneficiaries have been encouraged to rare these animals collectively for better results and accountability.
Rehabilitation of disaster affected people in Nepal
An earthquake of 7.8 magnitude hit Nepal on 25th April 2015. This killed 8000 people and seriously injured 21,000 people. That was not all, aftershocks continued to occur for another 15 to 20 days at every intervals of 15-20 minutes. This caused huge loss of life and properties. Therefore, Covenant Social Service (CSS) is presently working towards the rehabilitation of selected beneficiaries of three villages in southern part of Nepal. The project is providing psychosocial care, livelihood support and training on disaster preparedness.