"The tribal women of Langoti village were highly distressed over the potable water as they had to fetch it from far. They approached the Panchayat but it did not act. The women decided to do something on their own. One of them offered the land in her field and women picked up the tools to dig the well voluntarily. Menfolk ridiculed but they kept on. After having dug for some 12 feet they encountered hard rocks. They once again approached the Panchayat but one again to no avail. They had no resources to blast the rocks. The women decided to gird their loins and break the rocks. After having cut the rocks for some depth they struck the water. They kept on till they could and had enough water. Now they face the challenge of girding the well. Their commitment to a cause caught wider attention and many media including India Today projected it as a positive and inspirational story. Panchayat now has come forward to complete the well by digging it further and concretizing the well."
Ramprasad from village Patalda is a marginal farmer and has his field lying at the edge of dense woods and hillocks. Every year the rains would wash away the fields and erode the soil. Couple of years back Ramprasad could not even rent his land. He happened to visit a Project training and could learn about the Cloth for Work initiative. He approached the organization to mend his field. The family decided to volunteer. They picked up the idle stones and stacked it on the places where the water runoff and erected the boundary wall. Soon they had farm bunding done and field prepared. Till past two years Ramprasad and his family had plentiful crops. They had enough to eat and sell some. Ramprasad could repair his hut and buy a pair of bullocks. He could also send one of his son to a good school nearby. For all this voluntary work Ramprasad and his family received clothes and grains as incentive. Ramprasad was motivated and he with his neighbors erected a sandbag check dam across the stream that has conserved the water longer for cattle and some irrigation of nearby fields.
Shrikrishna son of Munnibai from village Chadida aged 24 months has 3 more brothers and 2 sisters apart from the parents. The family of 7 has to struggle to make the ends meet. It lives in a thatched home and has 3 acres of unirrigated land that hardly produces enough grains to feed the family for the year. They have to seasonally distress migrate to earn the livelihood. The employment opportunity under public employment scheme too was not enough for the family. Sreekrishna was admitted to Konku-Puchiku project in September 2013. The child weighed 7.300 kilograms and thus moderate acute malnourished (MAM). The project team regularly visited the family, counselled the mother on better care and feeding and also provided the JOG support. The Ambulatory care provided the diagnosis and treatment of sicknesses the child had seasonally. Now the child weighs 10.200 kilograms while the MUAC improved to 13.2 centimeters. The child has graduated to normalcy.
Smoking is injurious to health and so is the smoke produced from the traditional chulhas(Stoves). The traditional chulha uses wood for cooking. They not only pollute the environment but also causes various respiratory diseases and lungs infections. Tuberculosis, low birth weight, heart diseases, still birth are the other diseases that can happen due to these. Coughing is the most common among the women, pregnant women and children using traditional chulhas at homes.
It is the time to make these women aware of the harmful effects of using these traditional chulhas and so we have come up with introducing SMOKELESS chulhas. These are designed in such a way that it uses less wood, cooks more efficiently and produces less smoke. We are making women aware to make these chulhas at home.
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