Pararth Samiti: Working to Create a Society without Social Uncertainties
Pararth Samiti – Rural development seems like a straightforward endeavour, but this is not the case. In the years following independence, numerous five-year plans were used to put many rural development schemes into action. Rural poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, and other issues continue despite these efforts. Basic amenities like stable employment, sanitary conditions, access to healthcare, education, and other necessities are still in demand. There is a large infrastructure disparity between urban and rural areas. Local village governments, some NGOs, and the panchayat raj have all contributed to or worked independently to strengthen democracy at the local level.
Pararth Samiti is supporting inclusive development with a mission to strive for the all-encompassing development of the poor, Dalits, and people living on the margins.
With the assistance of well-known organizations, Pararth Samiti works in the district’s tribal blocks to carry out a number of activities. The company has a committed crew with vast experience implementing development projects. The fact that the majority of the team members are locals gives them an edge in understanding the history of the hamlet.
Ghatlinga is a tribal village in the Tamia Block of Madhya Pradesh that has 130 total homes and is run by the “Bhariya” (PTG) tribes. It is located 30 kilometres from the block headquarters of Tamia and 10 kilometres into the forest. The people are heavily dependent on agriculture because it is their main source of income. Due to the village’s residents’ low agricultural production, highly undulating terrain, less fertile soil, and lack of irrigation infrastructure, their economic situation is still poor.
In comparison to many other regions of the nation, anganwadi services were less frequent and effective in this region. Immunization, the tracking of young children’s weight, and the distribution of nourishing food were all inconsistent, and nobody in the neighbourhood seemed to care. Pregnant women, young children, and those who had just given birth were not going to an anganwadi or using its services. In the village, Pararth Samiti created six women’s groups in 2017. They took this issue seriously and had a discussion with the women’s group members. With the addition of 66 new members, the group now has more members.
Regular conversations and dialogues on health and nutrition led to the Anganwadi being active and the villagers learning about services. Children began obtaining nourishing food on a regular basis and increased the number of times they visited an anganwadi. Women who were expecting or nursing also began receiving the essential Anganwadi services. Immunization and polio vaccination campaigns are now a regular and effective service, and women in leadership are encouraged. In order to access better and more reliable health and nutrition services, the women have developed strong relationships with the government block office and the ICDS department. All of this may have been achievable if Sakarwati, a community SHG member who is active, had been in charge.
With a focus on tribal blocks, the organization is now working with 11 Bocks in the Chhindwara region. The main areas of focus are approaches to livelihoods & education, health and nutrition, and education. In addition to working with SC/ST communities, women, and children in particular, Pararth Samiti also works with other vulnerable groups in general. Utilize group formation to implement a livelihood programme that is sustainable. The organization has assisted 165 SHGs, 30 adolescent groups, 35 youth groups, and 15 farmer groups in 56 Tamia Block communities.