Integrated Development Foundation (IDF)

Project Theme

Disaster Risk Reduction

Target Group

Others

Project Period

01 May 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

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Introduction

IDF is working in 15 villages of Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. These villages are severely affected by flood, fire, cold wave, drought etc. and often destroy their crops, shelter, livestock and properties.  Therefore, they live in poverty and despair in all the seasons. It directly affects their livelihood, health and education. Though water is in abundance nevertheless the table is deepening and is degrading fast. The situation is worsening their quality of life day by day. IDF has been working in these villages and has created and empowered CBOs - "Lok Sahyog Samittee" in all the 15 villages to collectively address the disasters and its ill affects. These LSS are liasioning with Panchayats and Government for mobilizing resources and social security schemes. Apart from preparedness the project has been successful in introducing organic farming through vermin compost, SRI technique, kitchen garden. The WASH issues through schools and hard & software work was also done with community engagement on a massive scale. The DRR issues were highlighted through workshops and meetings at both district and state levels to mainstream the DRR in development.

 

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 Strengthen and Capacitate Village level Institutions for Disaster Preparedness, Response & Resilient Livelihoods through capacity building program, vulnerability assessment and mock drills.
  • To Develop resilience of existing facilities for water supply and sanitation like raised hand-pumps and toilets by enabling vulnerable community especially the SC, EBCs and Minorities living in flood prone areas to piloting cleanliness, personal health, hygiene and hand washing practices with special reference to women and children.
  • To develop climate change adaptive livelihood systems for disaster prone areas with a focus on poor &  marginalized women by enhancing food and cash security through promotion & up- scaling of context specific (taking consideration the changing climate) agricultural package of practices such as stress tolerance and high value crops.
  • To mainstream the community Institutions to work with government stake holders towards resilient Livelihood and basic services for strengthening their preparedness for disasters. 

 

Impact:

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

•Strong 15 Strong Lok Sahyog Samiti created in all 15 villages with its 2 federations formed at the block level with proportionate representation of the population and gender.  

•Review the development undertaken by the LSS and Federations in 15 villages and advocate for linkages with the panchayat/block for action and resource support.

•The farmers clubs are functional in all the 15 villages.

B.Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

•15 village health and sanitation committee (VHSC) formed and strengthened in 15 target villages and they are negotiating with PHC and PHED and mobilizing support for the communities.

•The WASH committees in 6 schools have been very effective in promoting hand washing, safe defecation, cleanliness and personal hygiene at the school as well as at the communities.

•15 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)

•15 Khadya Suraksha Dal formed and strengthened to increase the food security in 15 villages and linked with state forum

•15 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.

 

Quote of the beneficiary:

“We never thought that   that vegetable  cultivation could give us extra income now as we experiences that it is a profit making venture we are promoting this in our relatives and motivating them to do vegetable cultivation as this is more profitable than grain  cropping ”  -by Sadhna Devi, a member of farmers club of Karhar village, Muzaffarpur.

 

Case Study

Organization is promoting kitchen garden which has enhanced the nutrition among target community and also enhancing the family income. 

This case is of Sadhna Devi aged 35, a resident from village Karhar Block Minapur. She is an active member of Farmers club.  Livelihood of the family depends on lease farming that hardly caters the need of her family. She hails from very poor family and always worried to manage proper food for her family. In spite of both husband and wife working together to but they didn’t meeting their family need. In October, she initiated kitchen garden after getting support of seeds from project and started in small scale. Various capacity building programme had also enhanced their knowledge and skills on vegetable cultivation farming. Though, it was just piloting but the results were positive as she managed to produce good amount of vegetables that worked both the ways as she sold out some of vegetable and kept some for day to day consumption in family. When she asked what change had made through this initiative, she happily expresses that her families had enhanced income by INR 1,000 by selling out the vegetable in local market. Enthusiasm by this piloting, she had taken 10 kathha (0.6 acre) of land on lease basis and started preparing for large scale kitchen garden in it.