When you give, I can give…

Giving Tuesday, December 2, 2014, is a global day dedicated to celebrating generosity and giving back. This year, CRHP wants to connect our donors, staff, and volunteers for Giving Tuesday by highlighting the impact our dedicated team is having on their community, thanks to your ongoing and generous support over the past years.

If you are thinking of supporting a cause this Giving Season, we would love for you to consider the items available on our Gift Catalog. Gifts begin at just $15 and can be directed towards the cause of your choice, from childhood education to sustainable agriculture and much more. To view our Gift Catalog, please click here.

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Sofiyabee and the Village Health Workers.

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‘Health education to my village’

Sofiyabee Pathan

Village Health Worker, Patoda Village since 1975.

Village Health Workers (VHWs) are key agents of change for a comprehensive approach to health improvement. When a village begins working with CRHP, the whole village comes together to choose a woman to be trained as their VHW. VHWs initially receive extensive training on CRHP’s campus. Over half of the training time is dedicated to personal development in order to build self-esteem, confidence, and skills necessary for community organization and effective communication. The rest of the training is spent developing clinical knowledge and skills that equip the women to function as primary health care workers.

Although some were skeptical of the abilities of illiterate village women to be health workers, it was soon proven that the VHWs were fully competent. They were enthusiastic to learn, brought in much knowledge about village culture and traditional practices, and were able to spread their newly acquired health knowledge to other villagers. The VHWs provide education, healthcare, and leadership to their communities and are assisted by Farmers’ Clubs and Women’s Groups.

By emphasizing preventive and promotive health, a majority of health concerns can be treated by the VHWs, and cases that are more complex can then be referred to the Mobile Health Team and hospitals.

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Dr. Pravin and the Julia Hospital.

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‘Health for all’

Dr. Pravin Thokal

MBBS DGO & Medical Superintendent.

The Julia Hospital, a 50 bed facility, provided low cost secondary care to 10,680 patients in 2013. Opened in 2009, the Julia Hospital replaced the original hospital which was constructed from metal sheets by CRHP Founders, Drs. Raj & Mabelle Arole. Presently, only 25 percent of hospital patients are from CRHP’s own Project Villages, while 75 percent are from other non-project villages. This statistic reiterates the value of CRHP’s work, showing there is sufficient primary healthcare occurring in project villages and that people are capable to solve their health problems at the village level.

The Hospital focuses on serving the poorest of the poor and, because of that goal, cannot alone sustain itself. CRHP Director Ravi Arole says;

“The hospital cannot be made into a self-sustaining model. It won’t work, because you lose your focus, and you get so wrapped up in trying to get ends meet that you start doing things to attract a richer clientele, and you forget the people who you really opened the hospital up for—which is really the poorest of the poor.”

Services are provided to patients on a sliding payment scale: patients pay what they can afford, and for those who cannot afford anything, services are provided free of charge. Only about five percent of visitors pay the full cost of services provided. Twenty to 30 percent pay at least 70 percent or more of their medical costs, and 40 percent of patients are provided free medical care.

CRHP recovers costs lost at the hospital through training and donations.

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 Shridar and the Mobile Health Team

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‘The support needed to begin Farmers Clubs in my Village’

Shridar Jivade

Mobile Health Team Social Worker.

The Mobile Health Team (MHT) is the glue of CRHP, connecting the various programs with community needs and priorities. In the field, the MHT has three primary goals. First, the MHT provides on-site support to Village Health Workers (VHWs). The very presence of the MHT in the village with a VHW adds authority and strength to the VHW’s health-related decisions in the eyes of villagers. This helps dispel notions of caste, literacy, or gender as barriers to ability or competence. If a VHW needs to provide an outside solution to a patient, the MHT can connect that patient with available resources or social services.

The MHT also advises and mentors villagers in development activities. The MHT maintains formal and informal relationships with village leaders, the poor and marginalized, as well as women and children in the community. They identify socially-minded people who are interested in development and act as facilitators in the empowerment process, engaging the community in participatory methods for all projects including research studies, food programs, and technology-oriented initiatives. The MHT also helps facilitate the selection of the VHW, advise Women’s Self Help Groups (WSHGs), and meet regularly with Farmers’ Clubs and adolescent groups. The MHT is always available for mentoring and problem-solving in the realms of health, agriculture, credit and loans, income generation, social/cultural issues, alcohol-related problems, violence, and more.

Finally, the MHT links villages to our health center’s Julia Hospital. In addition to work in the field, the MHT also connects the health center to the community by collecting vital statistics for healthcare monitoring. This aids CRHP in formulating overall strategy by identifying community needs and allowing us to tailor our programs to meet these needs.

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Amol and the Science Center.

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‘Students the chance to do hands-on Science Experiments’

Amol Kasab

CRHP’s Science Center Manager.

The Science Center is located on CRHP’s campus and contains Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Technology Labs, a large hall for introductory and concluding sessions, and the Science and Technology Park (science-themed playground). The Science Center is attended by schoolchildren in Standards 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 from schools in Jamkhed town and the surrounding area, 6 days per week, free of charge.

The Science Center aims to;

  • Promote interest in science, mathematics, and technology in schoolchildren
  • Provide schoolchildren the opportunity to learn science by having them perform simple experiments under the supervision of a teacher
  • Develop creative thinking and problem solving skills
  • Provide teachers with lesson plans for before and after the visit to the Science Center, thereby, increasing the impact of the visit
  • Promote the importance of science education in the Jamkhed community as a means to expanding opportunities for the children

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Yamunabai and the Adolescent Girls Program.

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‘‘My village, especially women, the chance to develop.’’

Yamunabai Kullcarni

Village Health Worker, Ghodegaon Village since 1974 & Current Adolescent Girls Program Assistant.

The low status of women in Indian society is a serious problem with deep repercussions on female well-being. In Maharashtra, India, 35 percent of rural married women report having experienced spousal violence. Half of Maharashtran men believe that a husband is justified in beating his wife. Bride burning, the immolation of women for failure to produce a boy child or to pay sufficient dowry, is another violent local practice rooted in gender inequity. Less than 40 percent of currently married rural women in Maharashtra participate in household decisions. Furthermore, prevailing attitudes regarding the status of women in rural India are evidenced by early marriage and a low sex ratio. To combat these serious issues, CRHP run Adolescent Girls (AGP) and Adolescent Boys (ABP) Programs on campus.

The AGP is a six-month program for unmarried adolescent girls aged approximately 12-18. A hands-on curriculum tailored to the girls’ interests includes topics of mental and physical health, the environment, and social issues. In addition, girls have the opportunity to learn self-defense and income-generation skills, such as candle making, sewing and tailoring, maintaining plant nurseries, jewelry making, and mehandi (henna) drawing throughout their sessions.
The AGP is facilitated by two of CRHP’s female social workers and the Village Health Workers (VHW) in the girls’ respective villages. Currently, the program works with girls from two different CRHP project villages.

The ABP is for boys aged 12-18, living in villages of the Jamkhed block of all castes, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. ABP was designed to contend with gender inequality, male underachievement, and lack of health awareness. Specifically, the program was designed to develop effective leadership skills amongst adolescent boys, help them understand the concept of gender equity, debunk stereotypes about women, and reduce the incidence of gender-based violence by educating boys about the ramifications of physical, sexual, and emotional violence. Additionally, the ABP makes clear that female feticide is a form of gender-based violence, impresses upon the boys the gravity of alcoholism and how alcohol affects the human constitution, provides health education with respect to nutrition, reproductive health, and STIs, and finally, encourages fiscal responsibility via basic accounting lessons as well as delineating between needs and wants.

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 Parubai and Women’s Empowerment.

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‘Information to my village to remove superstitions’

Parubai Udmali

Village Health Worker, Nimbodi Village since 2005 & Current Adolescent Girls Program Assistant.

Women’s Self Help Groups (WSHGs) are cohorts of twelve to twenty adult women who come together with the shared goal of developing economic potential and stability, both for themselves and for each member. WSHGs also discuss village issues and learn about community health topics from the Village Health Worker (VHW) during monthly meetings. They are unique from Women’s Groups, however, in that members work to develop economic competence and stability by participating in microfinance enterprises.

Members of WSHGs have a hunger to prosper and believe self-oriented help is the most important. They abide by the guiding principles of unity, self-respect, and united action. After a WSHG has formed and members have complied with the tenets of regular meetings, collective action and common purpose, meetings begin. Each member pays a monthly instalment of 100 rupees, and the VHW keeps track of who has paid and how much. After a certain amount of money has been collected, the WSHG decides together which member should receive a loan. If it is a woman’s first time receiving a loan, she goes to the bank to learn how to set up an account and fill out necessary forms and paperwork. In this way, WSHG women are also able to learn about the Indian banking system and set up a bank account separate from their husband’s. When asked about a woman failing to repay her loan, most WSHG members are puzzled; few have encountered this problem. During this six month period of time, the WSHG members are continually giving their 100 rupees monthly contribution. It is a cycle of trusted giving and receiving.

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Savita and the Rajanikant Arole Demonstration Farm.

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‘Knowledge about sustainable farming practices to farmers’

Savita Ratnarki

Rajanikant Arole Demonstration Farm Staff Member.

CRHP as an institution has not been immune to problems brought on by the weather which has caused, over the past decade, several demonstrations to be halted and training seminars postponed. Now, perhaps more than any other time in the past 20 years, there is need for a source of support for farmers in the Jamkhed area.

Beginning at the start of 2014 with a research project in 12 villages, the focus of CRHP has slowly turned towards agricultural livelihoods once again. New demonstrations have been established and existing demonstrations have been improved upon. The Rajanikant Arole Demonstration Farm now boasts seven central demonstrations that lend a particular focus upon tree farming and animal husbandry. After several years of scaling back, CRHP is now in a position to once again welcome both local and international guests to the farm for training and exposure.

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Sunita and the Mabelle Arole Rehabilitation Center.

When you give, I can give…

‘Training about sustainable agricultural practices to farmers’

Sunita Netke

Nursery Demonstration Manager at the Rajanikant Arole Demonstration Farm and Resident of CRHP’s Mabelle Arole Rehabilitation Center.

The Mabelle Arole Rehabilitation Center (MARC) was built on CRHP’s Rajanikant Arole Demonstration Farm not as a shelter, but as a place of true rehabilitation—preparing disadvantaged women to return to their communities as productive and contributing members of society.

The center accommodates for the destitute and abandoned, victims of domestic violence, and those suffering from diseases such as leprosy, tuberculosis, or HIV/AIDS. As part of their rehabilitation, the women assist in all aspects of running the farm and in return receive a monthly stipend. Over the course of four to seven years, these women are rehabilitated through intensive therapy, medical treatment, proper nutrition, and a caring, constant support group. Women at the MARC receive healthy food from the farm, clothing, shelter, living supplies, medications, and transport for medical treatment free of charge.

While living at the farm, the women at the MARC learn animal husbandry, vermiculture, irrigation techniques, and relevant farming methods for the arid climate. They gain skills, knowledge, and confidence, and eventually are responsible for managing and maintaining the farm. Furthermore, these women assist in CRHP’s agricultural seminars held for local and foreign farmers, teaching farming techniques they have learned.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of the generous support you have given us over the past years. We are constantly amazed at the dedication of our supporters, whether it be coming all the way to visit us in Jamkhed, sharing our story with your family and friends, or following our daily social media updates.

From the entire CRHP family, we wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful 2015.

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