Poorvanchal Gramin Vikas Sansthan (PGVS)

Project Theme

Humanitarian

Target Group

Others

Project Period

01 Apr 2015 - 01 Mar 2016

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Introduction

The proposed project would be carried out in the Jangle Kauria Block, Gorakhpur district. Gorakhpur District is in the eastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh in India bordering Nepal. The administrative headquarters are located in Gorakhpur. Gorakhpur is situated at an elevation of 78 meters and is located on the banks of the river Rapti and Rohani, The district experiences frequent floods. The worst flood affected areas in Gorakhpur are twenty revenue villages of Block Jangle Kauria and PGVS is planning to work in these 20 revenue villages. PGVS has been working in North & East part of India since 1987 on both long-term development and humanitarian emergency response in flood prone areas. The emerging challenge relates to addressing development and disaster risk reduction concerns in a changing climate regime. The Current PGVS program focuses on disaster risk reduction and development in the light of Climate Change. This includes humanitarian emergency response, sustainable livelihood and WASH, Public Health, Agriculture, and Horticulture. PGVS is a active member of Inter Agency Group (IAG), Bihar & U.P., credibility alliance, member of Sphere India and practitioner & also the members of Humanitarian Accountability Partnership

Another challenge is related to the wide spread open defection and unsafe water and sanitation practices in the region. Inadequate water and sanitation infrastructure combined with poor or virtually absent software approaches to generate demand for uptake of safe practices pose a serious threat to the lives (in some cases) and productivity of the people in general. The excessive flooding and water logging makes the situation even worse during certain periods.  Due to extremely poor sanitary conditions, a new water borne disease called enterovirus that causes brain fever and mimics the symptoms of vector-borne Japanese encephalitis virus, is now emerging as a major public health scourge in the region.

 

About the Project:

The project tries to trigger a process of collective self analysis of the existing disaster and climate risks and devising strategies for enhancing the overall risk resilience of the people in the region. This is the last year of the project of the current 4 year cycle and the intervention proposed for deepening the WASH and disaster preparedness practices as well as livelihood interventions in a larger DRR perspective.  

 

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Enhancing risk resilience and reducing vulnerability: Community led disaster risk and vulnerability assessments would be carried out with a focus on WASH and livelihoods. These assessments would be used to inform the program activities and Panchayat level mainstream development plans.
  • Diffusing a culture of disaster preparedness: Enabling community to identify and analyse the losses due to disasters and prioritise them to plan for development of risk reduction mechanism.  
  • Facilitating safe WASH practices for improved public health outcomes: Engaging people in the self analysis of their existing sanitation situation triggering local collective action and enhanced awareness on safe WASH practices. Series of intensive follow ups and using conventional IEC tools as a major re-enforcement methodology for providing basic sensitisation on personal hygiene to target community.
  • Streamlining the community based flood early warning system (CBFEWS): Supporting community to identify and analyse the river water flow data and rain fall from different sources to draw conclusion and generate the warning for the community. Establishing the local wisdom and parameter for gauging the river flow.

 

Results to be Achieved / Impact: 

•WASH committee will join the concerned health department and at local level will consult health service providers to promote public health and output at community level

•Advocacy regarding early warning system formal communication tools with Upstream and downstream community along with DDMA which will result in better result for saving lives and livelihood.

•Scaling-up of WASH and Livelihood models with the support of Government departments which will result in betterment of livelihood along with WASH

 

Outcomes: We have so far achieved (Achievements):

 Prior Achievements:

•Low cost toilets were build by  100 vulnerable families in the project villageswith the support from Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan

•20 Village Resource Centre  established  (300 Task Forces volunteers)

•20 Public Health Promoter groups formed (240  Members)  

•50 Trained VASUDEVA volunteers on Need Assessment, Rapid Assessment  & Response formed 

•50 Model farmers indentified and develop their action plan on Mix cropping, Crop rotation etc.  in Livelihood Cluster 

 

Quotes of Beneficiaries: 

“We are capable to save our life if we were given training, skill building support and exposure”- Bindu Devi Devi, DRR-Activist, Village Banjarha, Jangal Kauria Block, District Gorakhpur.

Case Studies/Human stories: 

Smt. Bindu Devi, W/O Jai Prakash Nishad is a house wife and she is living in village Banjaraha, Block Jangle Kuauriya, district Gorakhpur. She has four children, 2 boys and 2 girls and there are 6 members in her family. When this project started in her village in 2011, she came forward herself to take the responsibility of the project. While, her husband Mr. Jai Prakash opposed saying that “ye sanstha wale aaiye ke samay barbad karihain aur na hi kuch milay ke nahi kuch devei ke” (these organization people will spoil our time and wouldn’t give anything). In spite of all opposed Smt. Bindu Devi continued to support the project activities in the village. One day, when team members were planning to make the village disaster risk resilient plan to improve local capacity, Bindu Devi stood up and claimed, “We need skills and techniques nothing else, we are capable to cope with floods, only you people provide us training, skills and techniques”. This was the revolutionary action by Bindu devi. Now, she is heading her committee in the village and making village disaster resilient through different intervention e.g. mock drill before monsoon, household preparedness, WASH intervention. Her plan is to promote climate resilient cropping system in her village.