2014: A Year in Review
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Commencing in August 2014, CRHP’s Adolescent Girls Program welcomed 42 girls aged between 12 and 18 years from 2 Project Villages, Ghodegaon and Nimbodi.
So far, participants have covered a wide variety of topics from sanitation to suicide and have made health education puppets, reusable sanitary pads, and tippy taps, all of which can be reproduced at home with inexpensive and locally available materials.
The current Adolescent Girls Program will finish in Spring 2015.
CRHP’s Adolescent Boys Program began in late November 2014, with 26 boys from CRHP Project Villages, Saradwadi and Khurdaithan. Topics covered so far include introductions and orientation, first aid, leadership, and sanitation, with participants constructing ‘tippy taps’ to demonstrate how to build safe hand washing stations in their villages.
Over the next five months, ABP participants will cover a series of topics including gender equity, gender-based violence, nutrition, and sexual health; they will also engage in practical lessons focusing on accounting and financial management.
Beginning in April 2014 with the help of a grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, CRHP launched a new Mental Health Program aimed to change how mental health is perceived and cared for in local communities.
Continuing for two years, this program is aimed at providing care for those already suffering from mental illness while working with the entire community to improve the mental health of the area.
The cornerstone of this project is the Barefoot Counselor. Village Health Workers from CRHP Project Villages are being trained at CRHP to understand mental health, recognize mental illnesses, provide counseling for community members, and know when to refer serious cases to the hospital.
Beginning at the start of 2014 with a research project in 12 villages, CRHP’s focus has again turned towards agricultural livelihoods.
CRHP’s Rajanikant Arole Demonstration Farm now boasts seven central demonstrations that lend a particular focus upon tree farming and animal husbandry. The guesthouse has been refurbished and now allows up to seven visitors to stay overnight at the farm. Through simple additions such as additional signage the demonstration farm is a far more visual experience for visitors.
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 in-depth training and exposure.
2014 brought 200 International Guests and 624 Domestic Guests from 18 countries to CRHP’s Jamkhed Campus, for training and exposure to CRHP’s health and development programs including the Jamkhed Model.
The Jamkhed Institute for Training will be providing new and exciting courses in 2015 focusing on Documentary Filmmaking and Sustainable Agriculture.