SOLAR

Project Theme

Disaster Risk Reduction

Target Group

Women

Project Period

01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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Introduction

Orissa has a history of recurring natural disasters. While the coastal districts of Orissa are exposed to floods and cyclones, western Orissa is prone to acute droughts. In addition, the State is also affected by disasters like heat waves, epidemics, forest fire etc. The history of disasters substantiates the fact that about 80% of the State is prone to one or more forms of natural disasters.

Impact by partner
  • Community Based Organisations like VDPC (10 nos.), WASH Committee (10 nos.), Farmers Club (10 nos.), School Sanitation Club (10 nos.), have been formed/reformed and strengthened. 
  • The volunteer’s forum in the project area has been strengthened. Series of meetings, discussion have been held with these village level institutions to make them aware and build their capacity to make analysis of the situation independently, identify the issues/problems, develop contingency plan, WASH Plan and School Safety Plan etc. 
  • As a result of the last year’s intervention, women participation has been increased at all level. Their membership and participation in planning as well as decision making have been increased in institutions like GKS, WASH committee VDPC and SHGs.

Case Study

Manorama, 27, lives in Sahaspur, Puri comes from a modest farmer’s family. She is eldest daughter of Maheswar Harichandan. Although she had to discontinue her education after High school her spirit to do something in life was not marred. She decided to do something for her community and the village development. The opportunity came to her in 2011, when she was invited by Solar to participate in the orientation camp for the DRR programme. Later she got involved in WASH programme of SOLAR. With clear objectives, She had to work now in her own village and community. She works with passion and commitment which started showing results. The community has progressed much in the field of water and sanitation, disaster risk reduction and women and child development since her involvement. With the organizations support, she has built her capacities as a community mobiliser and in WASH and advocacy. By uniting different stake holders in the community she has formed various focal groups in her village and has built their capacities for asserting rights and availing the government entitlements. She has successfully worked towards regularization of Gramsabhas and built the capacities of the Gram Kalyan Samities, She has worked towards uniting the villagers as one group. The community initiatives and collective efforts is something for which the people of Sahaspur are now well known. Through their collective efforts they have worked towards environment conservation and management, public health promotion and village cleaning drives. Villagers have strengthened their social cohesiveness to great extent. This has made them quite resilient towards any adverse situations and emergencies. Together they responded very well in the recent disaster. Manorama has worked towards strengthening of the village level institutions like the SHGs, village level disaster preparedness committees, WASH committees, and farmers clubs. She has also promoted traditional coping mechanisms, knowledge and skills at various community centric programmes and community mobilization activities. She has also worked to empower community to stand for their rights and raise their voice against injustice. Her contribution has been acknowledged by the Sarpanch and the MLA. With her selfless services she has inspired many youth to follow her foot prints.