HANS Integrated Village Development Program

B IG L EAP INTO THE FUTURE

With an investment of over 176 Cr since its inception in 2015, THF’s ambitious statewide development program UK 2020 is now focused on reaching the last mile villages. Having supported a wide array of projects, THF has embarked on its first project of Integrated Village Development Program (IVDP) with the vision of demonstrating successful model villages in Uttarakhand. The underlying principal is holistic development, integrating elements of health, education, livelihoods, drinking water and sanitation, energy, land & water resource management, and other related aspects of development that will result in an improved quality of life for all residents. The selected cluster of villages would be turned into a self-sustaining, profit generating unit with economic & social empowerment; essentially setting up a planned economy controlled by local residents.

EDUCATION

In the Education sphere, THF has initiated pilots aimed at customized learning and support the school system. The schools in Pindar Valley lack basic infrastructure and none of these schools have any access to information to new age learning methods. Recognizing this, THF decided to interpose for creating learning experiences to meet each student’s needs. Kavalya Education Foundation, supported by THF is working on pedagogy and training teachers on Activity Based Learning. One Planet Foundation has been training the educated youth of the valley to teach in schools which have inadequate teaching staff. Seven schools were also provided furniture by THF and seven more will be provided by the end of November 2017. Digital classrooms have been set up in five primary schools. Zaya Learning Labs has innovated ‘Class Clouds’, a device containing learning content in digital format that children can access in the form of lessons through tablets provided by the Foundation. THF has disseminated 100 tablets in five schools. Once the learning outcomes are assessed, more schools will be covered under this project.

HEALTH

Health is one of the core areas THF is focusing on in Uttarakhand. For improving access to quality healthcare services to the last mile village, THF has committed 21 Mobile Medical Units to extend quality healthcare. At present, 12 MMUs are operational and nine more will be inducted soon. So far about 78,585 patients have availed benefits of these MMUs. Under Maternal and Newborn Survival (MANSI) initiative of the American India Foundation supported by THF, more than 14,500 pregnant and lactating women have benefited so far. THF had committed gas connections to 5519 schools last year of which more than 3000 schools have received double barrel gas connections and a customized gas stove as part of the project. THF has initiated several interventions to create livelihood opportunities, including reviving agricultural practices, strengthening allied sectors like dairy, bee-keeping and individual entrepreneurship and introducing a new technology called Permaculture that is benefiting 11000 farmers across 300 villages. Our 2016 Annual Report covers these interventions in detail.

LIVELIHOODS

The Hans Foundation aims to establish IVDP as a replicable benchmark for other developmental agencies and the Government. Through our diversified strategic interventions, we are creating milestones by finding innovative ways of reviving agriculture and non-agricultural opportunities for the people in the valley for creating sustainable livelihood and job opportunities. THF has partnered with Himalayan Action Research Centre (HARC) to implement climate smart agricultural practices by introducing commercial crops; improving traditional crops, use of technology and strengthening the supply chain. High variety saplings of apple and walnut (approx. 4000) were planted. A new variety of potato has been introduced and 150 farmers had benefited from a better yield. A total of 34 Poly houses have been established for high quality vegetables and 34 more will be set up next year. New techniques on beekeeping have been introduced and 90 farmers have been given 430 boxes for beekeeping expecting honey in the coming season, which will be bottled and sold under the brand Pindari – The Nature’s Brand. Registration for the brand is currently under process. Other interventions like medicinal plant samplings (Kutki, Rosemary) have been given to farmers as there is high demand of these in India and International markets. Farmer Producer Groups have been made and a cooperative society will also be created. So far, this project has benefited approx. 2811 farmers. THF will soon be starting innovative interventions like ‘Cheese Plant’ where select families will be given cows and the milk for production of cheese. The number of families expected to benefit from this intervention in the coming years will be approx 300.

Some of Our Interventions

The Wise Wall Project transforms villages into living classrooms, turning the walls of the same onto blackboards and canvases that uncover striking yet simple life learnings. These lessons are further designed and presented to the world through various mediums on our platform. The project aims to ignite a movement of transforming the long forgotten villages into open-air galleries, exhibiting human wisdom for anyone and everyone in the world to see and benefit from. We believe that knowledge is the most valuable currency there is, of stories-waiting to be told and waiting to unfold!

 MANSI, supported by THF has benefited more than 14,500 pregnant and
lactating women so far
 

ELECTRIFICATION

To electrify the schools, THF has installed 2 kw solar systems in each of the five schools as part of the IVDP. THF has also provided electricity to 180 households in the last mile villages, Kuwari and Badiakot situated at an altitude of 10,000 feet. The Hans Foundation aims to establish IVDP as a replicable benchmark for other developmental agencies and the Government. Through our diversified strategic interventions, we are creating milestones by finding innovative ways of reviving agriculture and non-agricultural opportunities for the people in the valley for creating sustainable livelihood and job opportunities.

WATER & SANITATION

Since availability of drinking water is a struggle for the families especially women who cover several kms daily to fetch water, a Detailed Project Report on providing safe drinking water has been prepared. The work has begun in Khati Village for providing clean drinking water to each of the 95 households. By the end of 2018, each household will have water supply at their doorstep. Peoples Science Institute (Dehradun) is constructing new water schemes, repairing the old ones, working on recharging the water sources to ensure that each household has water supply at home. The first village ‘Khati’ is taken on priority and shall be complete by the end of the year. The Government has been working for creating open defecation free state and providing financial support to households to construct toilets. There are a few villages where toilets were constructed by Government but since they were never used they are in abysmal conditions. THF has resumed work to construct 516 toilets in eight villages of the valley.

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