IAIRE proposes to run rural schools providing free education to children in the age group 6-14 years, with special emphasis on women and girls.
Implementation details: IAIRE will identify villages where these schools can be started in and around Devipuram, Andhra Pradesh, India. IAIRE proposes to conduct this activity in collaboration with SVT, which has extensive experience in running rural schools. The total cost of running a rural evening school will be approximately $40/month/school. This covers the salary for the teacher and teaching materials. SVT in collaboration with IAIRE aims to hire the teachers and take care of the day to day running of the schools.
Eligibility: Children in the age group of 6-14 will be eligible to participate in IAIRE run schools.
Charges: Education will be provided free to all eligible children. There will be no fees or charges for participating in this activity.
Accomplishment goals: To empower the younger generation by providing basic education, which would otherwise not be possible for them.
Clinic-on-Wheels Health Services and Outreach
About 70% of the Indian people live in villages. It is unfortunate that this large part of the population lacks the basic medical utilities and facilities which are common place in today’s world.
The Government of India has taken up and is undertaking many schemes and programs for uplifting the rural poor. Due to practical difficulties in the implementation of these programs, this aid is inadequate and at times does not reach the beneficiaries. The participation of voluntary organizations will be more effective in fulfilling the basic needs of the rural people, as they have direct interaction with the villagers.
With this in mind, Sri Vidya Trust proposes to start a mobile hospital unit which will go to the villages of the target area in Sabbavaram and Paravada mandals and serve their medical needs. The majority of these villages are far away from existing Primary Health Centers (P.H.C) or private medical help and the villages are often exploited by local “healers”.
The proposed target area for this project consists of 17 villages in Sabbavaram and Parawada mandals. There is dire need for medical help in these villages, as they are between 5 and 12 kilometers away from the Government Primary Health Center situated between Sabbavaram and Parawada. None of these villages have a single clinic with a qualified doctor.
We have divided the proposed area of operation into three clusters in each of which there will be a base village which will serve as a referral point for the 5 to 7 villages of its cluster. These villages are, in cluster I: Narapadu; in cluster II: Vedullanarava; and in cluster III; Pedamushidiwada. Please refer to the attached drawing “VILLAGES OF THE TARGET AREA” for distances between the cluster points and the other villages. Also, please find the enclosed report for the “Base Line Data,” which provides information on the economic situation of the families in the villages of the target area.
To provide essential medical facilities and help in providing medicines and treatment to the neglected and poor people living in remote areas away from basic medical help.
To serve the medical needs of 100 poor children from villages in Sabbavaram mandal who will be selected to participate in the International Labor Organization’s program to be held at Devipuram.
In addition to the above, we would like to use the C.O.W. vehicle in the evening to give basic education to all, as education paves the way towards a better future.
To educate the villagers about health, hygiene and nutrition through audio visual media, thus ensuring better lives.
To inculcate in them the habit of thrift, thus encouraging them to save for their future.
To help create an atmosphere of total awareness in all community development related fields.
To disseminate appropriate technology housing methods for the rural poor.
To make the people self-reliant by encouraging them towards self-employment schemes and income-generating schemes.
In order to ensure the above objectives we propose to take the “Clinic on Wheels” with qualified staff and equipment at least once a week to a key village in a cluster of 5-7 villages and covering 3 clusters in total , thus 15-17 villages with a population of about 3 to 4 thousand people will be covered every week.
For the successful implementation of this project we would require a large enough van to carry medical equipment and audio visual equipment. As we propose to run the vehicle in two shifts we would require 2 drivers and medical staff consisting of one lady Gynecologist, a General Medical Doctor, a Homeopath Doctor, one Nurse, an ANM, one Compounder, a Lab Technician and non-medical staff comprising among others, village organizers and community organizers.
The village organizers will be chosen from the natives of the village itself and will be given some basic training. Their job lies in identifying the problems of the area, affected people, with the help of the community organizers, keep the patients ready on the day of the visit of the doctors, thus facilitating maximum number of cases attended. Also, they help the villages in maintaining certain standards of health and hygiene, and help people in their thrift and education programs. The details of salaries and costs can be seen in the anticipated expenditure sheet.
This program is expected to continue for a period of three years depending on availability of funds. We propose to put, out of the allocated funds, monthly revolving fund of Rs. 30,000 for the cost of medicines. The assistance given will be free of costs, but in order to avoid misuse, medicines will be provided at their actual cost.
With this program we can provide medical help to about 1000-1500 people and educate about 3000-4000 people with audio visual media every week.
We will be able to curb the spreading of epidemics like cholera, chicken pox, diarrhea, etc., through primary health education with a focus on preventive methods and environmental cleanliness.