Women’s Day Observed in G HIlls
The 5th All Garo Hills International Women’s Day Celebration cum sale and exhibition of Women SHG Products was organized by BAKDIL at various locations of Garo Hills in collaboration with NABARD, MSRLS, and Department of Social Welfare of different blocks. Due to the ongoing covid-19 protocols, the occasion could not be organized at one place for a large crowd like it was usually organized in previous years. Therefore the program had been split into a block-wise celebration.
The General Manager of NABARD, Shri. A.P Sarangi was the chief guest at the celebration of International Women’s Day at Selsella Block. DDM Nabard Shri. Madrass Dkhar, CDPO Smt. Madona T Sangma, Director BAKDIL Fr. Sunny Mavelil, DFS IBCB Ms. Anisha S Sangma, and many other officials were also present in the program.
The fortune celebration of women’s day was held at Bolsalgre Playground with the theme “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal future in COVID-19 World”, where more than 2000 women participated and more than 100 SHGs had exhibited and sold their products.
Speaking to the crowd, GM Shri A.P Sarangi said that in the current scenario there is not a single program where SHG is not a part of socio-economic development at various levels. He also said that the NABARD has been the leading proof for the formation of SHGs, strengthening, nurturing, and also empowering them to take up economic activities.
“I am very happy to see such exhibitions and sales of the SHG products. This is not just an exhibition of small products but the encouragement and motivation to do more activities of this kind and bring out more products,” Sarangi said. He also appreciated the presentation of the products by the SHG leaders urging the women to have such motivation strongly installed in their hearts.
DDM Shri Dkhar has highlighted the impact of COVID-19 on the life of women saying that more savings have been generated and loans are also being paid regularly. He appreciates the economic activities taken up by the women amidst of COVID-19 pandemic that has helped many women in many ways. Speaking about the exhibition he motivates the women to look into a bigger picture of exporting local quality products globally.
The same program was organized in various locations wherein Tura the Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills, Shri Ram Singh, IAS was the Chief Guest and Bishop of Tura, Rt. Rev. Andrew R Marak, and Maternal and Child Health Officer, Dr. Ivonne Sangma were guests of honor. Whereas the celebration of International Women’s Day in Dadenggre Block had Civil SDO, Shri Jagdish Chelani as the Chief Guest, and DDM South Garo Hills, Shri Kelchandra in Baghmara.
Orientation Program for Anganwadi & ASHA workers at Bolsalgre Village under Selsela block
As many as 190 Anganwadis and ASHAs attended the orientation program on women’s health and women empowerment organized by BAKDIL implemented NRLM project at Bolsalgre Village under Selsela Block on 21 January 2021. Block Project Manager, NRLM, Shri Eugine Sangma, MIS Operator Ms, Nokche Sangma, and other six Anganwadi supervisors from ICDS have attended the program.
Around 285 SHGs have been formed during the last six months under the project and women are being taught to make habit of savings in the bank account and to start microeconomic activities. Despite forming groups and savings, NRLM also focused on the well-being of every woman.
Speaking on the program Block Project Manager Mr. Eugine Sangma said that, “Mother’s health is important long before a woman becomes pregnant. NRLM aims to lift the health and well-being of every mother and the make them physically and mentally strong.”
Many mothers lost their lives while giving birth to their children. This is due to not getting proper nutrition during pregnancy and the excess consumption of sodium bicarbonate decreases the iron absorption in the body that leads to iron deficiency.
The Anganwadi and ASHAs are subjected to follow up with every ANC mother and to bring them for regular check-ups. In some villages due to adverse road connection, the mother could not come to the hospital for delivery that puts the mother and child’s lives at risk.
Women from villages will be mobilized to organize health awareness programs on women and child health care to prevent maternal and infant death.
Shri Sangma also explained the rules and regulations for forming SHGs and its tentative monthly meetings and savings procedure. “Once the group is formed (7 to 10 members) in a group every week meeting has to be conducted and the scheduled savings have to be maintained on weekly basis,” he said.
The internal loans will be given to group members from the savings generated to attend to the needs of the group members with a fixed period for repaying the loan amount.
On 12th January, National Youth Day was celebrated on the occasion of the Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at Asimgre village of Dadenggre Block, WGH. The program was organized by Bakdil under the GRAM SEVA Program sponsored by SBI Foundation.
The theme of the program was “Channelizing Youth Power for Nation Building”.
In the program, the youth of the villages were made aware of their responsibilities and how their every decision in life will affect the future of the village and Meghalaya. In the program, youths were encouraged to form SHG and develop savings habits through bank linkage. After some period of savings in the bank, BAKDIL will facilitate them to get loans from banks to start various business activities.
Different start-up ideas were discussed and shared by the Project coordinator Mr. Suraj K Bhagat. He urged the youth to look around and observe what is lacking in the area that can be taken forward with support from the SBIF Programme. There is a lack of many services and facilities in Dadenggre block which can be taken as an opportunity to start a new venture or start-up. He also gave an example that the traditional female costumes-“Dakmanda” of the Garo community are prepared and ordered from Assam. So local youth can use the opportunity and can prepare the traditional costumes locally and market in the different parts of Meghalaya. Thus it is a good opportunity for the local youth to revive the actual traditional costumes and keep the tradition alive and earning some livelihood out of it at the same time.
In the program around 100 youths participated and 5 SHGs were formed. In the coming days, the group will be linked with the bank account.
Reviewing the high spike Malaria positive cases in the Siju area in the previous month, the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), Baghmara organized the training for the ASHAs on Malaria and other Vector-Borne diseases at Siju PHC on 20th August 2020.
The training was conducted by Dr. Bonny D Shira, District Malaria Officer, South Garo Hills in presence of Sr. Jennifer, Manager Siju PHC, other Malaria staffs from BAKDIL implemented IMEP project. The NVBDCP targets to eradicate MALARIA from the country by 2030.
While interacting with the ASHAs the DMO cited that, out of 200 malaria positive cases in July, 52 are from Siju only- which is 1/4th of the total positive cases are from Siju. He also informed that malaria cases could be more if more tests are being conducted.
Siju is a mountainous area and people are adapting in their areca or cashew garden far from the common hamlet and since the rainwater can remain stagnant in areca leaves it increases the mosquito breeding and increases the chances of getting the parasite.
The DMO also explained the causes and symptoms of malaria and prevention. He urged the ASHAs to mobilize the village people to clear all the stagnant water and to cover the water tanks and septic tanks wherever the mosquito can lay eggs. He also said that other than malaria, rearing of hogs and cows close to the house increases the chance of getting Japanese Encephalitis.
Dr Bonny himself shows the demo on how to use RD Kit and made the AHAs do in as practical learning during the session. He also taught how to prescribe medicine for malaria positive patients according to the age groups. The medicine used to cure malaria is ACTAL, Chloroquine and primaquine.
The DMO ordered all the ASHAs to conduct more tests and said based on the tests conducted they will get their incentives which is Rs. 15 per test and the kits are being supplied from the district.
The Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) will also be distributed in coming weeks to the village people which will protect the people from a mosquito while sleeping.
A new Ambulance has been handed over to BAKDIL run Gabil PHC under the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund scheme. Shri Ponseng R Marak, Local MLA Bajengdoba Constituency and Chairman of Grievances Committee handed over the ambulance key to Fr. Sunny Joseph Mavelil, Director BAKDIL in presence of Smt. Ripamchi N Sangma, BDO Bajengdoba Block, Dr. Sombari Boro, DM&HO North Garo Hills, Dr. Rejia Sangma, Immunization Officer, Shri Aldo Sangma, Vice-Chairman of Grievances Committee and other officers and the general public on Wednesday 22nd July 2020.
Two Ambulances had been sanctioned to North Garo Hills Under this CMRF scheme, one ambulance each for Gabil and Karkutta PHC. Recently two ambulances were also been distributed in Ri Bhoi districts under this CMRF scheme.
Gabil PHC was one of the most neglected PHC in Garo Hills, without having sufficient staff and proper health facilities. After when BAKDIL took up the maintenance of this hospital, and with repeated action and continued health programs in villages this PHC could achieve 93% health service deliveries in overall parameters. A total of 105,357 patients have been registered in the OPD and IPD registers during the 11 years of service and 1,346 mothers have given birth to their offsprings in the PHC itself.
While giving a speech, Fr. Sunny Joseph Mavelil, Director BAKDIL, recalled the struggles they faced at an early stage. He said that people we not cooperating and they were not coming to the hospital to get the treatment. He also mentioned that the PHC itself was more like an animal grazing field with no boundary wall and the compound covered with thick grass. He also expressed his gratitude to CM Shri Conrad K Sangma for sanctioning this ambulance.
“During the 11 years of maintenance, we could build the boundary wall and with the help of the dedicated staff we could bring down the maternal mortality rate to 0%”, Fr Sunny acclaimed. “Before 2009 there were at least 7 deaths in each of 21 villages in a year but now as per the last year’s data there were only 13 home deaths reported in the PHC and zero death in PHC itself”, he added.
Speaking on the occasion Smt. Ripamchi N Sangma said that there are still many villages that do not have proper road connectivity and can only be traveled with motorbikes or on the vehicle with four-wheel gear, but, this PHC is performing very well and could bring down the maternal mortality rate of Gabil area. She also clarified that the new ambulance does not have the four-wheel gear and it might not be helpful for the people where there are no proper roads. However, she assured the people that once they reach the PHC by any means, then with this ambulance they can be transferred to bigger hospitals in Tura, Goalpara, or even Guwahati to have better health facilities.
“A total of 21 villages under the GS circle of this PHC and there are hundreds and thousands of people coming to this hospital to get the health services from nearby villages from Songsak Block and even from West Garo Hills District,” Mrs. Sangma added to her speech. She thanked Sister Sushma, Manager of Gabil PHC, and her team for putting their 100% effort to provide proper health services to the people of Garo Hills. She also urged the people of Gabil to cooperate with the hospital management team and to use maximum health facilities provided in the primary health center.
Chief Guest Shri Ponseng R Marak expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister of the State for giving the ambulance to Bajengdoba Constituency. He said that CM Shri Conrad Sangma had consulted with him and asked him to identify the most backward hospital where there’s a need for an ambulance under his constituency and he gave the name of Gabil PHC noting that this is one of the most backward PHC in his area. He also acknowledges that the PHC manager Sr. Sushma had earlier given him the memorandum for providing ambulance to the hospital.
“Health is the most important wealth a person can have,” he said, “even if we had an uncountable wealth but if our health is poor then we are still poor”, he added. He also praised Fr. Sunny and Sr Sushma and all other health workers for working tirelessly and have brought down the maternal mortality rate to 0%.
While speaking to the general public he said that a school building worth Rs 10 lakh was also recently sanctioned from Article 275 to Gabil village and the road worth Rs 14 Crores has been sanctioned under Central Road Funds to construct a road from Gabil Bajar to Rongrong village. He also made a promise that in 3 years left he would do whatever possible to bring development to the people of his area.
BAKDIL launches the Springshed Based Watershed Development Programme at Sakaboldamgre on Thursday in presence of the Chief Guest, Shri Saleng A Sangma, Local MLA Gambegre Constituency and the Chairman of the State Government Programme Implementation and Monitoring Committee and the Guests of Honour, Rt. Rev. Andrew R Marak, Bishop of Tura, Fr. John Kelamkhuzackal, Parish Priest, Somonpara Parish, Shri Manoranjan R Marak, BDO, Gambegre Block, Shri Ram Singh, IAS, DC West Garo Hills, Shri Madras Dkhar, DDM Nabard and Fr. Sunny, Director BAKDIL NGO.
This Springshed Based Watershed Development Programme is the three-year project funded by NABARD at the expense of INR 54,62,085. The project aims to conserve and sustain the groundwater as well as soil alleviating poverty through the creation of employment, enhancing agriculture production, productivity and livelihood of the people in the dryland regions.
The proposed project supports 300 Ha watershed area which will be divided into its respective spring shed.
Fr. Sunny Mavelil briefed the project plans and requested the village people to show support and take benefit of the project. While giving speech he said that BAKDIL is not the organisation that will support only with money and guidance but BAKDIL wants people’s cooperation, dedication and change in the area.
He also motivates the people by sharing the example of Samanda ITDP project, in which people are being able to sell 1 tonne of mango fruits after four years of project implementation. he also said that the local village people will be provided with three months training in masonry and they will be employed for constructing the watershed.
Speaking to the public, Shri Saleng A Sangma said, “the Government is implementing many kinds of schemes and project and some indigenous people are benefiting from it. However, if there is no will and interest in the people then these projects are of no use”. He thanked the NABARD and BAKDIL for coming up with such projects that will cause a revival of the dying springs, “we can see many trees and forests in our area but rivers and springs are drying up gradually”.
He also said that the rubber plantation destroys the underground water as the roots of the rubber plant goes deep up to 100 metres and the tree requires at least 6 litres of water in a day. He requested the NABARD officer to find alternate for rubber plantation and discourage rubber plantation.
DDM NABARD, Shri Madras Dkhar said that we need to rejuvenate the dying springs which we found out that during summer the villagers are suffering from scarcity of water. He urges the village people to show interest and cooperate while implementing the project to make it one of the most successful projects of NABARD.
Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, Shri Ram Singh encourages the village people to practice rainwater harvesting saying this harvested rain water can be kept for months and this will give alternate ways of water supply during dry days. He also shares ideas of using bamboos and locally available materials for rainwater harvesting.
The launching program was successful despite heavy downpour and protocols for COVID-19 have been followed by maintaining social distancing and wearing of masks.
Mass tree plantation; the launch of ITDP IV
On the occasion of World Environment Day, around 1 million fruit trees have been planted across the Garo Hills region by WSHG members and various BAKDIL project-related staff.
‘Plant tapioca, it will give you one-time yield in 6 months, plant a banana, it will give you fruit in one year but if you plant a jackfruit tree it will last for hundred years’, says a placard proudly put up by a WSHG member.
Apart from mass tree plantation, the newly started project ITDP-iv has been officially launched at Babadam village under Rongram Block.
Chief Guest, Mrs. Agatha K Sangma quoted the old Chinese proverb, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’ likewise BAKDIL is facilitating lifetime income-generating activities to the people,” she said.
She also said that the ongoing COVID-19 situation has taught us to be self-reliant in every possible way. “this project will teach our farmers to be self-dependent and empower them financially” she added.
She also thanked NABARD for funding the project under Tribal Development Fund.
This project will be implemented by BAKDIL and facilitate the farmers for a time span of 6 years during which the plantations will start bearing fruits.
A total of 200 families from 14 villages having 1.5 acres of empty land will be trained and cash supported for plantation of fruit-bearing trees under this project.
Mr. Thomas Sangma, Advisor to the Chief Minister of Meghalaya and Local MLA North Tura constituency, Mrs. Shelly Momin BDO Rongram Block, Auxiliary Bishop of Tura, Fr. C J Jose and Mr. Madras Dkhar, DDM NABARD are also present in the occasion.
The Rural Mart opens in the heart of Tura Town
The renovated outlet for the FPOs and SHG products “The Rural Mart” has been officially opened at Tura Hawakhana, in last week.
This Rural mart is promoted by BAKDIL in support from NABARD.
Most often the farmers face difficulties in selling their products whether raw or processed products.
Even though they could sell their products, they could not achieve the competitive market price.
The FPOs and SHG are making the farmers to produce quality products and sell with proper packaging and labelling which will help them in accomplishing the competitive market price.
“We are expecting that this newly opened Rural Mart in the name of three FPOs will be able to help the farmers in increasing their income and improving their standard of living”, said the CEO of Krimkro FPO, Miss Ponalin Sangma.
She also stated that they will be aggregating the variety of both fresh and value added products from the nook and corners of Garo Hills and making it available in this outlet.
She also expressed her deep gratitude to BAKDIL and NABARD for supporting in establishing this Rural Mart in the heart of Tura town and requested the esteemed people of the town to purchase and support the farmers.
Poverty-Stricken families uplifted;
Dry ration distribution for 700 poor families;
Perceiving the suffering of the poverty-stricken families of Garo Hills, the BAKDIL NGO had distributed dry ration relief assistance to 700 families under the Diocese of Tura. This relief assistance was supported by MANOS UNIDAS Spain.
Being the Social NGO, BAKDIL had distributed the ration to poor of poorest families irrespective of the caste and religion.
The ration for 700 poor families severely affected by COVID-19 in Garo Hills includes 21 kilos of rice, 3 kilos of potatoes, 2 kilos of red lentil, 1 kilo salt, 1 litre mustard oil and half litre homemade hand wash.
These 700 families were distributed in seven blocks of Garo Hills, viz. Rongram, Demdema, Dalu, Chokpot, Gasuapara, Songsak and Sesella. The beneficiaries were mostly widows and families that has no source of income.
While doing distribution the awareness was given about COVID-19 virus- how it spreads, symptoms, who are more at risk and how to prevent the disease.
The officers also stressed about growing vegetables on little land the villagers have, so that they can rely on themselves and that will help in overcoming the hunger crisis during this pandemic and post pandemic.
Project Implementation and Monitoring Committee Meeting (PIMC) of Livelihood and Enterprise Development Programme (LEDP)
Date: 17.03.2020 and Place: BTC, Dalu
BAKDIL has organised Project Implementation and Monitoring Committee (PIMC) meeting of Livelihood and Enterprise Development Programme (LEDP) for matured WSHGs of Gasuapara block at BAKDIL Training Centre, Dalu on 17.03.2020. This meeting was attended by Shri. Khelchandra Chongtham, DDM, South Garo Hills; Shri. Lamkyrmen Pakma, BM, MRB, Dalu Branch; Miss Ponalin D Sangma, LEDP Coordinator, BAKDIL; Smt.Rupali K Marak, BC cum Community Resource Person and WSHGs members from different villages.
While giving a speech during the meeting, Miss Ponalin D Sangma, LEDP Coordinator, BAKDIL informed the committee members that WSHGs members should play an important role in bringing change and development in society. Enlightening the committee members with the achievement of this project she said that 70 WSHGs members had been credit linked in this 4th quarter of the financial year 2019-20 and 35 nos. of the pending loan at MRB, Dalu branch will be sanction by 20.03.2020. She also apprised the various expenditure incurred by BAKDIL in implementing LEDP for 150 WSHGs members and requested NABARD to reimburse a sum of Rs.1,17,000/- to BAKDIL.
Characterizing MRB Dalu during the programme, Shri. Lamkyrmen, Branch Manager informs the committee members that regardless the difficulties being face by the branch due to shortage of manpower and pressure from different government departments for sanctioning of NRLM loan, PMEGP loan etc., the branch will sanction pending 35 nos. of piggery loan application sourced by BAKDIL for LEDP beneficiaries on 20.03.2020. He also explains the piggery loan interest rate, EMI and repayment period to the farmers who were present during PIMC meeting. He further clarified the importance of the regular transaction, the importance of regular follow up & repayment of a bank loan.
Speaking during the PIMC meeting, Khelchandra Chongtham, DDM explains the needs for creating a sustainable livelihood among the WSHGs members through LEDP. He also explains the objective of LEDP to the PIMC members. Meanwhile, during the meeting, DDM NABARD instructed the BAKDIL staffs to follow up on the implementation of the LEDP project regularly. He appealed all the LEDP beneficiaries who were present during the PIMC meeting to use the bank loan judiciously for undertaking pig farming and repay regularly. During the committee meeting, DDM NABARD also requested the WSHGs members (LEDP beneficiaries) to take care of the health of piglets and to visit Veterinary dispensary at Dimapara village, Gasuapara block. She also informs the WSHGs members the importance of regular vaccination and supply of vitamins for the growth of piglets. He further expressed his gratitude to all the stakeholders for attending the PIMC of LEDP.
At the end of the PIMC meeting, the committee members recommended NABARD to release a sum of Rs.1,17,000/- to BAKDIL for implementing LEDP project in Gasuapara block and decided to hold next PIMC meeting after discussion with the DDM NABARD in April/May 2020.
4th International women’s Day celebration ends with phenomenal outbreak of sale of SHG products.
Thousands of women participated in the celebration of 4th All Garo Hills International women’s day cum sale and exhibition of women SHG products on Sunday along with the Local MLA of Selsella constituency and Chairperson Meghalaya State Council for Climate Change and Sustainable Development Mrs Ferline C A Sangma as the chief Guest in presence many women officer from various departments.
The three day sale and exhibition programme ended with a phenomenal sale of SHG products in which thousands of people from town area bought the organic and homemade SHG products. The total sale amount of three day exhibition is ₹.509495. this three day programme is organised by BAKDIL in collaboration with NABARD, MSRLS and District Social Welfare Department.
While giving speech on the occasion Mrs. Ferline says the women officers present in the occasion themselves are the example of generation equality and pride of women. She mentioned that women are the most precious thing on earth and to acknowledge women’s rights this women’s day is celebrates all over the world. She also informed that in the year 1975 this International women’s Day was celebrated on National level for the first time in India. “Several speakers have been speaking on the theme: “I am generation Equality: Realising women’s rights” since Friday, so I hope you have learned that we are no less comparing with others in this generation” she said, “and I believe when you go back to your home you will use your rights to empower yourself and participate in every VEC meetings to raise voice” she added.
During this precious occasion women were awarded for best Asha, best ANM, best SHG leader, best Banking correspondent, best PHC manager of BAKDIL run PHC, best SHG federation, and best women entrepreneur.
Prior to the main program was the interactive Panel Discussion on Socio-economic issues education, health and political participation affecting women; formulation and resolution of action plan for the same.
Speaking on the topic of women political participation Mrs Gamchi Sangma Meghalaya State Commision for Women Politics thanked Fr Snny Mavelil for his effort to empower women through self help group. She also said that through this self help group activities women are now being able to stand in public express themselves. “In the whole world only one woman in four men is participating in politics. In order to neutralise our numbers or power we have to exercise our rights” she added.
Dr. Ivonne Sangma, District Mother and Child officer stressing on topic of women and child health said that it is because of the mother our children are not growing spiritually and mentally. “The most important days of a child in which the baby fully develops mentally is in the hands of a mother because during pregnancy if a mother does takes enough vitamins and if she does not take the iron tablet provided in every health centres then the brain of the baby will not fully develop that’s the main reason our children are lacking behind and unable to compete with other category’s children” she added. She also said that if a mother is healthy baby will be healthy; the baby will grow only if a mother gives herself and a baby proper care during her nine months pregnancy.
“Long live women” Mrs. Merina R Marak, Headmistress Cassarina Public School cheered before she interacts with the women. She enquired the problems faced by the women in village areas. She urged the women to raise their voice and give written letter to the DI office if the teacher is irregular to his or her duty.
Exhibition of WSHGs Products Inaugurated at Baghmara
Exhibition cum Sales of WSHGs products organised by BAKDIL and supported by NABARD was inaugurated on 04/03/2020 at BAKDIL Training Centre, Baghmara by Shri. Chengreng D Sangma, Project Manager, DCIC, Baghmara in the presence of Shri.Khelchandra Chongtham,DDM,NABARD,South Garo Hills ; Shri. Hrishikesh Hajong, BM, MRB, Baghmara Branch; Shri. Mike Khonglam, Team Leaders, BAKDIL and WSHGs members from different blocks of South Garo Hills. During the Programme, Shri. Mike Khonglam ,Team Leader, BAKDIlL welcome all the participants and encourages the WSHGs members to take maximum opportunity to sell their local products. During the exhibition programme, Shri. Chengreng D Sangma, PM,DCIC urges all the WSHGs members to produce those products which is demanded by the public and to focus on one or two products which is very relevant to the local markets. During the programme, Shri.Khelchandra Chongtham, DDM, NABARD informs that such kind of Exhibition of WSHGs products will provide a platform for the WSHGs members to sell their products to wider audience in South Garo Hills thereby enhancing the income of the WSHGs members. During the exhibition programme, WSHGs were able to showcase and sell their products like Murrah,pickles,broomstick,local ghee, pottery items, local fruit juice, vegetables, traditional cloths etc.
BAKDIL run Siju PHC have recently marked 11 years of healthcare service
Siju PHC one of the most neglected PHC have celebrated 11 years of healthcare service under the maintenance of BAKDIL on Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 in which T.D Momin, officer in charge of Siju Police station was a chief guest.
This PHC was one of the most neglected PHC as is seen in the condition of roads, prolonged delays in restoration of power when disrupted and transport and communication facilities. After 11 years of BAKDIL’s engagement in maintenance of PHC, the condition of the PHC have been visibly improved and a result of Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) BAKDIL has been able to purchase 15KV diesel generator which has helped in addressing the critical need of prolong hours of disrupted power supply.
Before BAKDIL took up the SIJU PHC, then MHO used to visit PHC only once a week and there were only two ANMs residing in the quarters of PHC which looked more or like dilapidated houses. However, under the maintenance of BAKDIL all the staffs of Siju PHC including the MHO are residing in PHC quarters and are available 24×7 and 365 days in a year. Despite so many difficulties and struggles, BAKDIL spares no efforts to implement the organisation’s motto of “SAVING LIVES”.
“Till now we are not able to achieve 100% infant immunization because villages are far away from the PHC and people usually refuse to immunize their babies. However, we are working hard to make them understand the importance of infant immunization and after years of hard work we could at least achieve 70%,” said Sr. Jennifer manager Siju PHC. “Institutional deliveries have also been visibly improved, infant and maternal death has also been decreased” she added.
During this 11 years of service 1,740 babies were born in the PHC itself and 10,751 patients have been registered in OPD register.
“Since the area is large and we have only one sub-center under our PHC people from far villages with no road connectivity could not come for institutional delivery. However they are being overseen by our Ashas and anganwadis” Dr. Chinglenkhomba MHO Siju PHC said. “We are giving our 100% effort to make the people aware about antenatal and post natal care and have all the babies immunized by organizing VHND every month in the villages”, he added.
Marking the 11th anniversary, a healthy baby show was organised by the PHC management for children of 0 to 3 years in which 30 babies and more than 50 people have participated. Winners were selected based on the completion of immunization and regular check up.
WageAsi PHC in NGH marked 11 Years of Healthcare service under the maintenance of BAKDIL
Wage Asi PHC which was run by the government was later handed over to BAKDIL NGO for maintenance on 17th February 2009 under Private Public Partnership and has marked 11th years of healthcare service on Monday.
Since then Wage Asi PHC is receiving the best PHC in North Garo Hills Award consecutively for 3 years for providing quality healthcare for the people. On an occasion healthy baby show was organized for the babies ageing 0 to 12 months by the PHC management team in the PHC premises from which Mr. & Miss Wage Asi have been awarded. More than 60 babies were partaken in this show and all of them are in good health and well immunized.
While giving speech to the people Dr. Crozier Sangma MHO, Wageasi PHC recalled the struggles for the past 11 years. He also informed that there were only 4 institutional deliveries and only 5000 patients were registered on OPD register during the 9 years health care service provided by the government however, now after it was handed over to BAKDIL, a total of 2504 children were born in the PHC itself in 11 years and we have more than 200,000 patients in OPD register and around 17000 patients have been admitted and treated in this health centre.
“For the 9 years when government run this PHC there were no criticism against the doctor or the nurses or the cleaners, however, in this 11 years if we have worked for 99 days out of 100 people started to criticize counting that one day we were absent”, Dr. Sangma said, “but we do not keep a count on you, our duty is to serve people and give you quality health care which we are doing and we will continue to do so despite people keep on talking trash against us”, He added.
Dr. Sangma also informed that considering the best PHC award this PHC has received so far, hatred and rivalry has begun in some folks trying to take over the PHC under their control. BAKDIL has not received the financial agreement for the cost of management of PHC since April 2019 and has been paying salaries of PHC staffs from organization’s money.
As a result of continued information, education and communication activities held at the villages, there is a change in the behavior of the villagers and they are well aware about the infant vaccination and completing it on time.
In order to bring more interest in the mother to immunize their children, the PHC sisters have started to give award to those babies who have completed immunization on time and will be awarded during the celebration of inaugural anniversary.
Fr. Huberth Sangma, St. Xavier’s Church, Chima Impel, Mr. Sumeet Chandna, Manager JEEEVAN JYOTI DIAGNOSTIC CENTRE Dudhnoi and Crystone Sangma, UBC/03, Wage Asi OGC were also present in the occasion.
1. International Women’s Day was celebrated in Garo Hills on 8th March 2017 with the theme “Be bold for Change”. The programme was organized by Bakdil in collaboration with Social Welfare Department, Integrated Basin Development Programme, District Social Welfare Department, Tura Diocesan Women Commission, Meghalaya Rural Bank and State Bank of India at Dikki Bandi stadium and Mr. Pravin Bakshi, Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills, grace the occasion as the Chief Guest. Other dignitaries who present at the programme were Rt. Rev Bishop Andrew Marak, Bishop of Tura, Smt.C.W.Momin, Member Meghalaya State Commission for Women, Ms. Valerie Hazel Blah, District Social Welfare Officer, Smt. Rose Alba Bina Khyriem, Chair Person Meghalaya Rural Bank, Sr. Rose, the Secretary of Mendipathar Multi Purpose Cooperative Society, Madrass Dkhar, District Development Manager, NABARD, West Garo Hills. More than 2000 women from across Garo Hills participated in the programme of which 30 women were felicitated for their committed service to the public. 50 stalls with different types of products were put up at the venue by the Women SHGs from rural areas and cash prize award was given to the best stall.
3. Bakdil Head office and Bakdil Training Centre is fully automated through installation of Security Video Cameras and Intercom w.e.f from 8th November 2013 Inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Andrew R. Marak, Bishop of Tura and Fr. Sunny Joseph Mavelil, Director & Secretary Bakdil.
- On 19th December 2013, a Mini Horticulture Exhibition cum Pre-Christmas celebration was organized at Chapahati Parish by Bakdil in collaboration with District Administration, South West Garo Hills under the FARM project which is supported by Caritas India. During this exhibition the farmers showcase their agricultural products like potatoes, cauliflowers, cabbages etc which was assisted by Bakdil in purchasing the vegetables seeds worth four lakhs. Around 100 people participated in the programme in which competitions were organized and school bags were distributed for the children.
2. The MLA of Bajendoba, Mr. Brigady N Marak donated an Ambulance to Bakdil run Gabil PHC on 13th January 2014. The Ambulance purchased under SRWP would function from Gabil PHC to cater to the needs of the people of the region.
3. Under FARM project, the First Farmers Horticulture Fest was organized on 26th January 2014 at Chapahati Parish which was co-funded by Caritas India and Bakdil. During this fest, the farmers displayed their first agricultural production like potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower etc. This fest enhances the farmers to be more proactive and venture out for marketing the products. In addition to it, Bakdil distributed 3 bundles of tins for 8 families and 25 kgs of rice to 6 Garo families and 2 Hajong families whose houses were destroyed by wild elephants.
4. On 13th February 2014, the State Bank of India Tura Region as a part of Community Services Banking initiative donated an Ambulance and Medical Equipments worth Rs. 12 lakhs to upgrade the facilities available to Bakdil. The Ambulance and the Medical Equipments would enhance in saving more life and would enable to serve and reach to those people in the remote areas.
5. On January 8th 2014, interactive programme organized in Gabil PHC.
6. SHG Leadership Training Programme in Mansang from 10th till 13th February 2014.
7. Baby Show organized in Gabil PHC on 13th February, where 220 mothers participated.
8. February 19th and 20th SHG Leadership Programme in Betasing, Anjali will be organized.
Brief reports on the livestock farming – (poultry)
Report by Terak Marak,
Livelihood Promotion Asst. Bakdil
A Three days training on livestock farming (Poultry) was organized by Bakdil under Women Economic Empowerment Programme from 5th to 7th February 2014 for the target beneficiaries from Zikzak Block at Garagre village. The program was participated by 30 participants (18 Women and 12 men). The training aimed at imparting Knowledge on different scientific methods and different processes and techniques of Poultry farming. It covers topics on selection of sites for the chick shed construction, selection of breed, feeding schedules, common diseases and maintenance of poultry at different stage, vaccination of livestock and precaution to be taken during emergencies. The session also covered the short plan and estimate for starting of micro poultry Farming. After the training all the participant expressed their state of being fortunate to be part of the program in getting a chance to learn the different techniques and methods of poultry farming in the rural areas and strongly committed towards their goal. Terak Marak from Bakdil who planned and coordinated the training along with Sengring Sangma helped the participants to develop an action plan leading to the start of Poultry farming with 500 Nos of Chicks per cluster by the end of February 2014.
2. Women Economic Empowerment Program
A brief reports on training on Piggery Farming for the Women SHGs.
Eight days training program on piggery farming was organized by Bakdil under Women Economic Empowerment Program from 19th January to 26th January 2014 at Bakdil Training Centre, Walbakgre Tura. The Training was attended by 58 members (56 Women and 2 Men) of different SHGs from Dalu Block. The program emphasized on the importance of site, breed selection and feeding schedule and insisted on medicines, hygiene and common diseases found in pigs. They strongly advocated the participants to take care for the animals with a feeling that they are assets convertible to money which can help improve the quality of life and told the people to be a change agent in this regard. Mr. Terak Marak, Livelihood Promotion Assistant from Bakdil who planned and coordinated the training along with Mr. Sengring Sangma, Asst. LPA helped the participants to develop an action plan leading to the start of 58 piggery units by the 1st week of February 2014.
The Policy of Insurance was facilitated by the Program in charged and explained the basic idea
and information about the insurance policy, its importance and the benefits.
3. Brief reports on the livestock farming – (poultry)
Report by Terak Marak,
Livelihood Promotion Asst. Bakdil
A Five days training on livestock farming (Poultry) was organized by Bakdil under Women Economic Empowerment Programme from 8th to 12th February 2014 for the target beneficiaries from Zikzak Block at Bonbanga village. The program was participated by 40 participants (20 Women and 20 men). The training aimed at
imparting Knowledge on different scientific methods and different processes and techniques of Poultry farming. It covers topics on selection of sites for the chick shed construction, selection of breed, feeding schedules, common diseases and maintenance of poultry at different stage, vaccination of livestock and precaution to be taken
during emergencies. The session also covered the short plan and estimate for starting of micro poultry Farming. After the training all the participant expressed their state of being fortunate to be part of the program in getting a chance to learn the different techniques and methods of poultry farming in the rural areas and strongly committed towards their goal. Terak Marak from Bakdil who planned and coordinated the training along with Sengring Sangma helped the participants to develop an action plan leading to the start of Poultry farming with 1000 Nos of Chicks per cluster by the end of February 2014.