IRMA ANNUAL REPORT 2015-2016
Various trainings were conducted by SEDCORMS under NERCORMP for leaders of Self Help Groups, natural Resource Management Groups and partner NGOs where staffs of IRMA also participated. Trainings like Food processing, Rural marketing, Leadership & financial management/micro credit and photo and video documentation for partner NGOs were held. Some of the SHG members have started their own enterprise units like producing and selling eatables and sell them in the local markets.
Under IVR component Construction and improvement of roads is also one of the important components in which two villages namely Sehjang and Kharam Pallel have motorable roads during 2015-2016 facilitating passage of vehicles to their villages and their agricultural areas as well. This has helped to a large extent transporting their agriculture produces and relieved them from the burden of head loads. Apart from these other components like construction of low cost latrines, livestock keeping, agri and horticulture development, aided natural resource regeneration and safe drinking water projects were taken up
Exposure visits and cross learning with other project partners from Churachandpur and Ukhrul were also held where the visiting team learned the good practices leading to successful implementation of programme activities. Challenges and hurdles faced were also discussed with suggestions to overcomes.A one day sports meet as part of recreational activities was also held at Bethel and participated by the district societies,partner NGOs,NaRMGs and SHG leaders.This enhance the relationships of the various partners and better understanding between the various ethnic groups of the NERCORMP project
Food security for small and marginal farmers through diversion based irrigation(DBI).
L.Chajang village in sadar hills Senapati dictrict was identified as one of the villages facing acute shortage of water. The village which has a total population of 450 dependent on agriculture and related activities could not efficiently carry out their activities due to scarcity of water both for their household use and backyard gardens. The project was implemented through the Water user group committee formed by the villagers .The committee participated right from the spot survey and ensuring the proper maintenance of the water supply in the village. For the first time in the area a solar energy pump was successfully installed with underground water source. The volume of water depends on the sunlight energy/intensity for its suction and pumping, the amount of water discharge from the pump is satisfying.
A main Reservoir was constructed in the middle of the Village for reserving and distribution of water. Majority of the villagers are cultivators who depend on agriculture for their main livelihood. Due to scarcity of water and lack of irrigation, agriculture activity cannot be carried out efficiently. After the Implementation of DBI Project it has reduce the said problems while improving agricultural production and livelihood security. The villagers have express their heart full gratitude to the sponsoring agency and RNBA/JTT (Jamshedji Tata Trust).
Sustainable options for Uplifting Livelihood (SOUL)-IGSSS
Positive Fatherhood (SOUL-I)
The main objective of this project is raising awareness and sensitization of older and younger men and claiming equitable spaces within the community to ensure a gender equitable environment from family to community.
Survey: A household survey was conducted in 9 villages in Senapati district. The head of the households were interviewed based on the set questionnaire. Altogether 411 heads were interviewed.
Workshop at Leilon Vaiphei
Awareness progm. at Twichin
Awareness workshop on the topic “Positive Fatherhood” in all the nine project villages. For most of the villages it is the first time gender/women issues were openly discussed by men and women together. During the session some of the issues discussed includes roles and responsibilities of men and women in the family and society, the existing traditional roles and attitudes of men towards household work and child care.To bring about gender equality men should come forward and take initiative to reduce gender based violence. Villages where the awareness workshops were conducted – Bethel,Haraothel/L Tangnuom, Chajang,Leilon Vaiphei,Samusong,Simol,Twichin,Urangpat
Group Formation: A group formation wherein a total of 9 groups were formed in all the project villages. Each group consists of 10 – 20 members. Some of them are very enthusiastic as they find it very innovative where the men folks come together in group to promote gender equality within their families and society at large. It was decided that the following steps will be taken by the group to be more systematic and record their activities.
- Maintaining proper record in every activities organised by the group
- Tackle issue and sharing in group wise/within the group
- Keep record changes/outcomes among the group and in the village
- Collaboration one another
- Discussion on particular topic issue base on Gender
- Regular follow up/visit of IRMA
Facilitation of Session with Groups: Different topics were chosen for each session. Some of the topics include parental responsibilities/role, balancing works in the family, parenting related to child care, Individual perspective on Positive Fatherhood and its space in a society, gender equity( men & women) in the society, qualities of positive father and vice-versa, role of father, etc. The following are some of the topic discussed during the session-
- Equal responsibility of the spouse
- Respecting each other
- Acknowledge each other’s contribution.
- Gender sensitive
Development of Training module: For the development of training module a one day meeting was held for input in the module from experienced participants. It was decided that the module should be developed in local context. The module should include the following topics
- Child care
- Gender and sexuality
- Domestic violence
- Child rights
Block Level Event: Block Level Event of “Positive Fatherhood” at L.Chajang and Urangpat villages participated by about 70 men and women .During the event, all the members in the program expressed and shared their understanding and idea of a good father. During the session, the moderator conducted a small activity, dividing participants into two groups. The following are the understanding of the groups.
- Balancing works (household) in a family
- Acknowledgement of one another (husband &wife)
- Father involve and keep relationship with daughter and son equally
- Reliable and supportive father
District Level: District level Event of “Positive Fatherhood” at Leilon village. 33 participants of men and women attended in the programme. The main theme and the sharings were mostly on; Relationship of husband & wife,Parental child care,Decision making in family, Equal right on properties, Respecting of one another (husband &wife),Reliable and supportive father.
A middle aged man called Jangkhai Mate from Phaipijang, Urangpat has 6(six) children of his own and also looks after two daughters of his late brother. He treats his sons and daughters equally and strongly supports women emancipation. He sets a good example by giving equal treatment and su pport to his children (including two nieces) education and pursuing their career. Unlike other men he is very co-operative and gives space to his wife and children in terms of decision making and sharing responsibilities. He says that women’s role does not confine to domestic chores but their activity also extends to household economic contribution and social development.
Mr. Lelet Haokip 32 year of age from L.Chayang who lives with his family has 3 children of his own and also looks after two daughters of his late brother. After the project (gender equality) of SOUL (IGSSS) came into implemented in the village, there was a big change in his parental care and conscience of equality of boys & girl in family and society. He started treating his sons and daughters equally and strongly supports women emancipation. He encourages his children (including two nieces) in the fields of education and career options. He tried his best giving them the freedom to decide and listening to his wife. He says that women’s role does not confine to domestic chores but their activity also extends to household economic contribution and social development. Based on the SOUL Project questionnaire that has been conducted in SOUL-I, he said he has a short temper which he wanted to deal with it in order to have a better relationship with his family and friends.
Capacity Building for involving Women in Governance
As part of the series of consultations on the customary laws, consultative workshop with community leaders, elders and academicians was held at Imphal in June .The issues discussed during the session includes some of the discriminatory practices in terms of involving women in the village institutions, child custody and divorce to create awareness on the importance and need of women in the village level governance.
Local Resource mobilization workshop was also held to enable women leaders and promoters mobilize their own resources so as to sustain their work .Innovative ideas on the fund raising techniques and need for skill development shared by participants.
Leadership Building for local women leaders and WinG promoters was also conducted dealing with definitions of a leader, Characteristics of a leader, Positive and negative images and how to work on it contributing to personality development.
A joint programme with a team from NEN,Chizami and IRMA organized a one day farmers programme reintroducing millet cultivation was held at Elim Resource centre where about 60 farmers men and women attended with enthusiasm. The participants were also shared millet grains/seeds brought by NEN.Participants mostly the elders recalled that millet was served as delicious food those days but slowly it gets lost which they believe might be due to difficulty in dehusking and rice dominates as a staple food.
Integrated Rural Management Association had initiated a vocational training programme that continues to train young dropout girls and widows on handloom and embroidery .Altogether 12 girls and women were trained for six months (April-September 2015) as the 3rd batch. The primary objective is for enhancing the livelihood and economic security and help women live with dignity.