Integrated Development Foundation (IDF)

Project Theme

Disaster Risk Reduction

Target Group

Others

Project Period

01 Apr 2015 - 31 Mar 2016

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Introduction

Bihar is prone to multi-hazards like flood, earthquake, high wind velocity, cold wave as well as recurrent village fires in summer. 

The selected blocks namely Gaighat, Karta, Meenapur of Muzaffarpur district are highly prone to flood. Farming, animal husbandry and allied activities are the main livelihood for more than 80 percent people of the area and flood water results in major setback for them. 

The project is an initiative proposed by IDF to be implemented in 15 flood prone villages in three development block under Muzaffarpur district, Bihar. In spite of some significant progress in disaster management, there is still a need to merge the top down nature of these frameworks with the needs of men and women at a community level, and to develop local government and civil society capacity to fulfill shared commitments to mitigate and respond to disasters. In essence, the overall goal is to increase resilience of vulnerable women, men and children living in disaster prone states like Bihar of Eastern India through promoting appropriate disaster risk reduction and adaptation measures, addressing policy implementation gaps in collaboration with state and non-state stakeholders. 

 

The Project: 

The project aims at supporting risk reduction and adaptation mechanisms and sustainable human, social and economic development process through institutional capacity building of local partner Non Government Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and water sanitation activities. It also proposes to sensitize and increase the awareness of local government line agencies towards disaster risk reduction and disaster management elements to ensure that community resilience to disaster in enhanced especially women at the community level. 

 

Strategic Objectives: 

•To create strong community based organization for enhancing their coping capacities to withstand disaster risks due to climate related hazards through improved and sustained community level preparedness and adaptive measures. (Emergency Response Capacity Building)

•To enable vulnerable community especially the SC, EBCs and Minorities living in flood prone areas to identify and manage public health risks with special reference to women and children.

•To increase food and cash security through promotion & up- scaling of context specific (taking consideration the changing climate) agricultural package of practices such as SRI and Organic Farming.

•To build organizational preparedness capacity of IDF and its network partners with improved knowledge and skills for effective humanitarian response during disasters and enabling them to effectively take up emergent pro-people, pro-poor advocacy.

 

Impact:

A.Enhance capacity and skills of community to emergency response.

•Strong 20 Strong Lok Sahyog Samiti created in all 20 villages with its 4 federations formed at the block level with proportionate representation of the population and gender.  

•Review the development undertaken by the LSS and Federations in 20 villages and advocate for linkages with the panchayat/block for action and resource support.

•The farmers clubs are functional in all the 20 villages.

B.Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

•20 village health and sanitation committee (VHSC) formed and strengthened in 20 target villages and they are negotiating with PHC and PHED and mobilizing support for the communities.

•The WASH committees in 8 schools have been very effective in promoting hand washing, safe defecation, cleanliness and personal hygiene at the school as well as at the communities.

•20 village level WASH plans is created by Swathya Dal and its integration in developmental plans have been started.

•Models on raised hand pumps and flood proof latrines have been established and discussion with the government has been initiated for its wider replication.

C.Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods (EFSVL)

•20 Khadya Suraksha Dal formed and strengthened to increase the food security in 20 villages and linked with state forum

•20 Farmers Clubs demonstrated use of their technical knowledge and information for improve and/or alternate approach (SRI) of crop production considering vulnerabilities of their crop fields to disaster.

•Established more than 300 vermin compost pit promoting organic farming.

•The farmer clubs has started internal loaning for get rid of high interest rates of money lenders.

D.Capacity Building of project partners for humanitarian response and advocacy 

•Capacitated NGOs, network member, community leaders and project staff ready for advocacy on issues of DRR.