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					CARPED
Fourteenth Annual Report 2002-2003




Centre for Action Research and Peoples Development
8-3-228/267 Rahmath Nagar, Yousufguda, Hyderabad – 500 045 INDIA
Centre for Action Research & People’s Development

Fourteenth Annual Report - 2002-2003

This year witnessed significant expansion in the areas of child rights and natural resource
management in Kowdipally mandal of Medak district. Child rights along with women
issues have received great attention. New balwadies have been started and immunization
programmes have been effective all over the mandal. Several activities addressing the
issues of reproductive health in responding to problems of health affecting children and
women were initiated. Self help groups of pregnant women, adolescent girls and recently
married women have become very effective in accessing health services from the PHC.
Activities focused on adolescent girls, youth in general and reproductive age group were
initiated. Youth motivation activities have also focused on right to development and
social issues mainly focused on tribal regions and Telangana region.


Natural resource management (NRM) focused activities have been focused on livestock
management, land development and forest management. Community based organizations
like Water Users Associations, VSS and other user groups were strengthened.
Strengthening of farmers groups and self help among the rural poor continued to be the
areas of attention this year. Advocacy and capacity building of Vana Samrakshana
Samithi and the NGOs facilitating the process has been very effective during the year.



CHILD RIGHTS

Elementary Education

Community mobilization has been effective in the year with major focus on birth
registration and consequent issue of birth certificates. Enrollment campaigns for child
labour and drop outs has been fruitful with the participation of VECs and SECs along
with community representatives. Around twelve hundred children have been provided
birth certificates establishing their identity. Gram Panchayats have been trained and
sanitized on the importance of issuing birth certificates.

Besides, we have promoted child education among the children of Lambada community
and children from marginalized sections of the society in the mandal, through one day
centre, nineteen evening centers and supporting 5 govt. schools through para teachers. In
addition to that CARPED has also run five balwadies. Motivating parents and community
for participatory involvement in child education and child rights has taken an intensive
form through mass mobilization approaches.

Child participation is also ensured in the programmes affecting the school, children.
Child Ministries are formed in twelve schools. Each committee consists of nine children
each responsible for a specific area of concern. The cabinet of ministers meets every
month and looks in the affairs of school and makes plans for improvements.


School Sanitation and Hygiene

School committees and community mobilization has been effectivised. Community
participation is ensured ion planning school infrastructure. The school committees have
been successful in making plans for the improvement of school infrastructure in the form
of compound walls, additional classrooms, sanitation, and drinking water facilities among
other things. These works are carried out in infrastructure most of the schools in the
mandal. Efforts have been initiated to improve schools in the area of sanitation and
infrastructure. Construction of toilets in schools has been completed in 10 villages

Children are provided with regular health check ups and the seriously ill children are
referred for medical attention.

Village Education Committees (VECs), the medium for improving conditions of schools
and bringing the desired changes in the area of community participation in elementary
education, are strengthened. Community participation and accountability is growing ion
the mandal in the area of schools.


Advocacy for protection and promotion of child rights
Advocacy on child issues occupied great attention of CARPED this year too. Important
activities in this area include community mobilization on issues related to pre schools,
enhancing access to children through new DPEP centers, elimination of child labour and
addressing the problem of child trafficking in the region. Several consultations with the
members of SECs, VECs and the SHGs have been organized in the mandal both at
mandal level as well as at the village level in the all gram Panchayats.


Members of the community, especially from the VECs and SECs as well as SHGs have
taken part in the rallies and meetings on child issues organized from time to time. They
have also active participation in the state level meetings of the AP Alliance for Child
Rights. Some members have also took part in NAFRE meetings outside the state.

Campaign against child marriages among the Gangireddula community
The problem of child marriages has been successfully curtailed in the area. There have
been regular meetings in the village. Members of the community have been persuaded to
put an end to this and efforts at sensitizing members of this community in other parts of
the district were also initiated. This has proved to be very effective in ensuring that it
does not recur but also helpful in building an environment that is not coercive on the
members of Gangireddula gudem.

We initiated efforts at a long-term strategy in collaboration with members of civil society
and authorities of women & child welfare to address the issue of child marriages among
the Gangireddula community in the entire district. In a way it was a strategy of scaling up
the campaign to other members of this community in other parts of the district and other
districts. It has to be carried further to other districts in the course of time where it is still
in vogue.

It has been very effective in ensuring that there are no child marriages in the community
in this year.


ECE centres

CARPED has taken up community mobilization for getting Pre schools and alternative
schools sanctioned in the mandal as part of Education Guarantee Scheme (Sarva Shiksha
Abhiyan). Early Child Education (ECE) centres have been started in eighteen settlements
in September 2001. Efforts of community mobilization in this area also ahs been effective
in getting plans for starting another eighteen ECEs this year. District authorities have
been favorable to start new centers in the mandal.

Tuniki thanda balwadi and Mohd Gate thanda balwadi are acknowledged the best
Thandas ion the mandal and very effective. The community participation and the
involvement of the teachers has been appreciated by several members of the community
as well by outsiders. These balwadies along with other balwadies run by CARPED are
effective in designing daily activities with locally available materials and the pre school
kits.

Integrated project on sanitation and health focused on mother and child development has
been very effective. WATSAN committees formed in the villages were involved in
bottom up approach in making plans for the improvement of drinking water sources and
sanitation activities. Sanitary latrines, maintenance of drinking water supply, construction
of GLSRs, cleaning of drains and mass education on personal hygiene had been very
effective in the mandal. There have been capacity building programmes for the members
of the AWTSAN committees and other members. Traditional Dias were trained from 18
villages for two days to provide safe deliveries in the absence of professional doctor
attending to deliveries in an hospital. Water samples are taken by the village committees
regularly to monitor the quality of drinking water supplied in the villages.
NRM activities
Farmers associations are now effective in 16 villages. They include viz., Mantur, Tuniki
(thanda), Mutrajpally thanda (Singamarri Thanda), Kushangeddathanda, Jajithanda,
Rommlathanda and the old villages. These villages have prtogrammes for promotion of
sustainable agricultural practices. We organized awareness and orientation camps on non-
pesticide management to adopt NPM methods in their cropping fields, resulting in a good
number of farmers adopting NPM methods, especially among the Lambada farmers in
some villages. These measures also helped in soil conservation and improved soil fertility
in the farms of the farmers engaged in adopting sustainable methods.

Regular monthly meetings with small farmers were held to promote collective action on
farmers’ issues and to discuss local specific problems and share knowledge &
information about sustainable practices. Exposure visits were organized to visit the
farmers in the district and representatives were taken to Adilabad, Warangal and
Nalgonda. Network of Water Users Association has been strengthened through regular
meetings.


Tendu leaf collectors federation held regular meetings with beedi leaf collectors in the
month of January, February and March 2002 to ensure that fair means are adopted in
allotment of kallem and fair prices are paid to the beedi leaf collectors. Forest official s
were invited for the discussions.


Popularizing herbal medicinal practices for livestock received attention during the year.
Livestock medicare through barefoot veterinarian services to the villagers was very
effective. Weekly camps were organized to cover all the villages in the mandal in varied
seasons during the year. These services were availed buy the small and marginal farmers
as well as by well to do farmers. The veterinary services made blending of traditional and
modern methods


YOUTH MOBILISATION ON LOCAL ISSUES


ADYAYANA, as a programme of conscious interventions aimed at sensitizing and
capacity building of youth in regard to contemporary issues of Telangana region, has
been focused more on youth mobilisation and enlisting the involvement of youth on
addressing local issues. It is more focused on problems affecting the local youth of
Warangal. Adyayana also witnessed three of its long time members-Mr Sudhakar Reddy
and his colleagues, starting youth activities in the Sangem mandal. Anjaiah a tribal youth
of Khammam has been actively associated with campaigns on effective implementation
of Dr B D Sharma’s campaign for tribal self rule. Mr Janardhan has been seriously
engaged in facilitating the rural library movement with inputs of local members and
Telugu NRIs. Besides, the lecture programmes have been held at Andhra Balika College
for girl students. Similarly there have seen several meetings with the Thoti tribal youth
focused on addressing the health and educational issues of the community through local
self help.


Walktoschool campaign

The campaign and sensitization activities promoting safety to children attending schools.
It is also focused on sensitizing the community for pedestrian safe road environment.
CARPED has been the national coordinator for the international campaign.

Campaign is popularised through NGOs engaged in child rights campaigns. Activities
include sensitising children, teaching community, parents, community and NGOs.
Consultations with NGOs and sharing of information on the walktoschool campaign are
part of the sensitisation activities.

Major activities include organising essay writing, painting and poster competitions in
schools on “safety for school children”; transact walks and processions involving
children, parents and members of the community to take stock of the situation around the
school.

This year campaign has witnessed a variety of activities in Hyderabad, Warangal,
Rangareddy, Medak, and Mahabubnagar districts. Campaign was effective in reaching
out to a larger number of NGOs and districts. Campaign was coordinated to take place
during October and November 2003 to coincide with the international campaign.
Children from a blind school along with their parents and school authorities took part in
walking to the school in Warangal district. School children adjudged as best essay writers
in the competition on road safety for children were given awards in Warangal.

Activities are effective in making the parents and school authorities appreciate the need
for safety around the school. It helps one realize that safer environment is not ensured by
“expensive” travel arrangements for the children to school by private transportation
(autos, rickshaws or cars) but by only healthy and safe environment. Campaigns
organised in a synchronised manner in a particular month across the state/ country are
effective in enlisting participation of various stakeholders. walktoschool campaign is
viewed as an extension of the campaign for child rights and safe environment.

Funskool, AIESEC, Community based organisations and NGOs in the villages were the
major partners in the campaign. Anne Schäfer from Germany, an Intern for CARPED has
co-ordinated and accomplished the assignment at Funskool.


AIESEC- international Exchange Programme

CARPED has forged a long-term collaborative effort with the AIESEC- Hyderabad
chapter. CARPED has received eight interns from America, Germany, Japan and
Australia. These interns were provided leaning in the field exposure on varied issues of
development concern. These interns during their three to five month stay have visited
several villages and interacted the members of the community, CARPED staff, officials
and the NGOs to gain understanding issues of their interest. It was a very rewarding
exercise for both interns and the members of CARPED in terms of a cross-cultural
perspective to development issues.



CARPED HR Aspects

CARPED now has around fifty members from different areas of specialisation. It has five
women organizers, two ANMs, an Engineer, four forestry specials, twenty-eight
education motivators and community organizers. Besides, it has a team of administrative
staff. The staff has been trained in PRA methods, Drought Mitigation and Child Rights
during the year.


Acknowledgements

We are thankful for the support from donor agencies (CAPART, CRY, IGSSS, ILP,
Intercooperation NGO programme, UNICEF, DRDA, Forest Department), and for non
financial collaboration and support of AIESEC, other NGOs, A P Alliance for Child
Rights, TNRMG, walktoschool, Auditors (Rao & Ravi Chartered Accountants), and
CARPED members (of the executive committee and general body) who have contributed
to the success of the activities in different ways.

				
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