NEEV Annual Report 2010-11


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Dear Friends,

Finally, we have come out with an Annual Report of activities carried out by NEEV in 2010-11. All of you have been receiving regular updates by NEEV, nonetheless, we think, it is a delightful experience to see the entire mosaic pieced together.

As we affirm in every message to all of you, the journey of NEEV which is going to complete 5 years this 31st October, could never, ever, have been possible without the unstinted support of so many of you. NEEV has almost become a behemoth for us to handle with our seemingly puny wills and efforts. For us it is a divine spectacle unfolding, a quilt of unimaginable complexity being stitched together by aspirations, efforts and goodwill of disparate actors spread across time and space.

Each year, as I contemplate the journey we have undertaken and the journey we are dreaming to undertake, I include dollops of “miracles”, “prayers” and “goodwill” of people in my “strategic planning”; it is only through a measure of faith that we can think of even surviving what we are thinking of doing.

Having said that, I would definitely like to steal credit for our NEEV team that works like ants, day in and day out. Our reports don’t contain the accidents and skids our members have negotiated to reach remote village interiors on rainy days, nor do they contain the sleepless nights I have spent worrying about where our finances will come from, nor do they contain the tears that have flown and the tears that have been wiped........the hurts, the angst and the “jidd”

Yes, humare pass shaayad ek hi hatyaar hai.................woh hai, “ek jabardast jidd”, NEEV ki NEEV mitne nahi denge !!

Our sincere thanks to Mr. Salil Roy (Director, Systems – NEEV) for making an attractive Annual Report.

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  • Please add more pictures of women doing work rather than sitting
  • Salil, we started with SRI with 25 farmers (5 acres) in 2009 and then did SRI Rabi with 50 farmers in 2010 (10 acres approx) and then did SRI Kharif in 2010-11 with 200 farmers in 30 acres
  • NEEV Annual Report 2010-11

    1. 1. Registered Charitable Trust, Est. 31 st Oct, 2011 - Jamshedpur ANNUAL RERORT 2010 - 2011 Empowering individuals, transforming society and sustaining earth through education, environment initiatives and social entrepreneurship.
    2. 2. <ul><li>Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Empower individuals, transform society and sustain earth through education, environment initiatives and social entrepreneurship. </li></ul><ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering people and creating organizations with a combination of universal values, creativity, technical skills and strong entrepreneurial spirit for equitable creation of wealth in an environmentally sustainable manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Core Values </li></ul><ul><li>Honesty </li></ul><ul><li>Hard Work </li></ul><ul><li>Compassion </li></ul><ul><li>Mindfulness </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Efficiency </li></ul>NEEV, as the name implies, creates foundations. Ever since its inception NEEV has been rapidly blazing new trails in a restless search for implementing its vision. This year we made a big leap , entering the rural sector, by enlarging the scope of SRI (System of Rice Intensification) to 200 farmers in Potka and Jamshedpur Block. This program laid the foundations of a dialogue with farmers, understanding their challenges, problems and distress. I am tempted to add that our dialogue also entailed a search for solutions but that would actually trivialize the immensity of challenges that lie in front of us, especially in Jharkhand. For NEEV , SRI was a clarion call to step into the rural heartland of Jharkhand and begin a slow, painstaking and gargantuan work of rural development. This year NEEV also launched the Rural School Kids Sponsorship Scheme, which will gradually become one of its flag ship projects. About 60 Rural Kids were given partial scholarship, enabling them to receive a good quality English Medium Education. In all our experience of social work , we have realized : nothing empowers and transforms lives- in fact generations – like, education. We consider it ours as well as our friends’ and supporters’ proud achievement; creating this inconceivable impact in the lives of 60 Rural Kids, who, let alone , an English Medium Education – would not even have got access to quality Hindi Medium Education. Finally, our work with rural SHG women in Herbal products training continues with the Skill Development Initiatives Program. Having worked with Children, women and farmers this year, we feel that we have worked with the microcosm of society……..laying foundations From The Chairman's Desk….. … ..
    3. 3. Organization Profile Anurag Jain, B. Tech, Founder Trustee Neev Trust, Chairman Shikha Jain, B. Tech. , Managing Trustee Neev Trust, Suman Sarkar, Bachelor in Social Work, Director, Neev Trust Sangita Sarkar, Masters in Rural Development, Trustee, Projects Director, NEEV Trust NEEV Trust a registered Non-Profit organization, r egistered under 12-A, 80-G. It’s core members are
    4. 4. Profile Of Our Activities: Education - Sponsorship of talented rural children for English Medium Education. Livelihoods/ Entrepreneurship  - Formation of Women Self - Help Groups, Conduct Training & Workshop, SDI Agriculture -   Formation of Farmer's Clubs, Promote SRI - System of Rice Intensification . NEEV Trust <ul><li>For creating positive impact in society by providing avenues for education to all classes of people by establishing school, workshop, holding awareness programs and publishing materials </li></ul><ul><li>To help in conservation of environment by taking up programs in environment protection </li></ul><ul><li>For creating environment awareness through workshop, exhibition campaigns etc. </li></ul><ul><li>To promote sale of products which are environment friendly </li></ul><ul><li>To help in marketing of Rural handicrafts and agro-products like organic manure, organic farming materials etc. </li></ul><ul><li>To help in reducing poverty/misery and fighting bad practices like dowry etc. </li></ul><ul><li>For medical relief </li></ul><ul><li>For giving donations for charitable purposes </li></ul><ul><li>For such other philanthropic purposes which the Trustees may resolve </li></ul>Objective:
    5. 5. Farming - SRI-KAHRIF SRI or System of Rice Intensification of rice intensification is a set of farm techniques that doubles the yield of paddy especially in midlands without additional inputs NEEV started with a pilot project in SRI with the support of an agency called SPWD in the year 2009 with 50 farmers of Jamshedpur Block. SRI-KHARIF-2010-2011 Year 2010-2011 SRI Kharif promoted by NABARD. NABARD agreed to give all necessary support to spread SRI in Jharkhand, in the hope of achieving greater food security. NEEV had taken up a target of introducing SRI in the fields of 200 farmers from 8 villages. We selected 2 blocks in POTKA (6 Villages: Swargachira, Pandudih, Dherol, Jharia, Khursi and Dhobni( 150 farmers)) and JAMSHEDPUR (2 Villages: Gadra and Sarjamda(50 farmers)) in the District of East Singbhum, Total area to be cultivated under SRI was 50 acres. But due to draught situation witnessed in the prior selected areas, we were not able to achieve the set target and NEEV decide to move to areas where considerable water sources were available. So we focused on Gadra Panchyat on Jamshedpur Block and started working with them. NEEV started working as the Project Implementing Agency with the support of SPWD as the Resource Agency. Since Jharkhand’s primary crop is paddy and contributes tremendously to food security, increasing yields of paddy would cause a significant jump in the food security of the state . Also since SRI uses less seeds and less water, it is a technique which is cheaper and suitable for many midlands found in Jharkhand.
    6. 6. From the fields…… Preliminary Survey and Enrollment of farmers under SRI: NEEV field coordinators engage into dialogue with Block Offices, Village Pradhans, Progressive farmers, local leaders and NEEV’s village level animators. Small and large group meetings were held in various villages of Potka and Jamshedpur Block to spread awareness about SRI and to know the interest of farmers in taking up SRI. 200 interested farmers were enrolled for taking up SRI in their fields (reference: details recorded by NEEV field coordinators). Capacity Building Thro’ Training: 200 farmers were trained at village level in all activities especially applicable to SRI – treatment of seeds, field preparation, and method of sowing, water and nutrient management, pest management, weeding, measuring productivity. Training Resource: Co- ordinator & facilitators from NEEV & ATMA Besides this 3 days workshop in TCS, Jamshedpur and 1 day exposure at TSRDS fields were organized. NEEV arranged seeds available by purchasing seeds from the Jamshedpur block and distributing to all farmers in Potka as well as Jamshedpur block. The varieties of seeds that were made available are Swarna and Lalat. Seed Sorting and Seed bed Preparation: Sorting of Seed by salt water. Seeds treated with Bevistin Varities used:- Mtu(Sarna) 1010:-150 days, lalat:-120days, Basmati:-130 days. Nursery preparation
    7. 7. Challenges created by Drought Situation in Potka and Overcoming these Challenges……. This year, all districts in Jharkhand faced draught situation . Since farmers in Potka Block do not have irrigation facility, the seed beds which were prepared in the 1 st phase dried completely. Not loosing heart, the nurseries were prepared once again. Combined seed beds were made a second time for the farmers of POTKA, but unfortunately they dried up again. Cultivation could not be continued in Potka due to drought situation. Even in the Jamshedpur Block, the first phase seed beds dried up due to drought and lack of irrigation facility. We analyzed that our target fields were in areas where there was no irrigation facility. So we decided to do SRI with the farmers having irrigation in SRI Rabi. We convinced some farmers to do SRI cultivation and finally 143 farmers were able to do SRI farming successfully. Transplantation: Transplantation done successfully in four villages of Jamshedpur block and Potka block with 200 farmers.. The fields were marked using ropes and the transplantation done on wet lands. The saplings were planted at a spacing of 10 inches plant to plant and 12 inches row to row. Proper drainage maintained in every field. Potash and DAP has been supplied to all the farmers. Weeding and Hoeing: All 200 farmers were given Cono weeder. Farmers shared their experience with the weeder and its operation – saying that its quality and efficiency was good. Regular weeding ensured that weeds did not extract nutrients from the soil Water Management : Farmers maintained water level (1”/ 1”) and alternate drying/wetting. Due to heavy rains, the Gadra panchyat farmers were not able to drain out excess water as the water level in fields became equal to level in the main drainage system. Nutrient Management: Farmers added organic / inorganic both nutrients to the fields. Inorganic potash and DAP which was supplied by NEEV was used in the inter culture operations. Farmers also used organic manure i.e Cow dung. Disease & Pest Management: Farmers applied organic pest control mechanism for plant protection. Cow urine was used for organic pest management in maximum fields to get rid from the Gandhi Kidha. This measure has been taken as per SPWD’s suggestion. The step has been effective in pest control.
    8. 8. KISAN MELA Date: 28 th Nov 2010 Organized by: NEEV Venue: Panchayat Bhawan, Bhumij Tola, Gadra Objective: Bring together local farmers and motivate them to take-up SRI farming. An attempt to spread an understanding that how SRI farming can provide better yield than traditional farming. Local farmers, bankers, agricultural experts, government officials were invited to give a boost to the spread of SRI in the region. Dignitaries of the program: Mr. Ram Chandra Sais (MLA), Mr. Jiji Mammen, Mr. Samrat Mukharjee & Mr. S.K.Ghosh (GMs of NABARD), Mr. Anil Kumar (Lead Development Manager ) and (Project Officer from SPWD). The Kisan Mela was attended by about 125 farmers Visit of Officials to NEEV’s SRI Fields Mr. Sarat from SPWD visited the farmer’s fields in Gadra. Prasenjit Das Roy, Field Extension Officer of NEEV, along with other leading farmers from Gadra, showed him many SRI fields. Mr. Sharat applauded their efforts and gave some suggestions such as use of cow urine as pesticide. He gave many advices to the farmers to be observed while weeding. Mr Uppal Surin DDM, NABARD visited the SRI Fields on 21/09/2010. He was escorted by Suman Sarkar, Director NEEV. One could very easily make out the difference between the growth of plants in nearby conventional fields and SRI Fields. Along with Mr Prasenjit and other leading farmers, Suman showed the DDM the SRI fields. DDM had detailed discussion with the farmers on their experience with SRI. They requested the DDM to help them with Pump set, which could aid the farmers in cultivating about 16 Acres of barren land. Observations of the yield recorded physically from all the 57 fields of farmers who did SRI with NEEV. Maximum yield - 62.50 quintals/acre Average yield - 30.02 quintals/acre Minimum yield - 7.14 quintals/acre. Happy Harvester
    9. 9. AWARENESS PROGRAM IN BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION THROUGH SCHOOLS AND PLANTING MEDICINAL PLANTS Program under (NEAC) National Environment Awareness Campaign, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India. With the support of Regional Resource Agency : Gram Vikas Kendra, Jamshedpur. Environment The aim of the NEAC project for NEEV this year is Developing Concern for Biodiversity in Nature amongst the school going children and reviving the use of medicinal plants amongst rural women. To achieve this, we planned and conducted various activities with students at Neev Public School in Chhota Govindpur and with Self Help Group Women in Village Hurlung. The activities were held in the period between November 2010 and March 2011. Inter School Sit and Draw Competition and Slogan Writing Competition at Neev Public School, Chhota Govindpur, on 26 th Nov. 2010 . NEAC Activities Mrs. Jayanti Dutt, Head, Community Development Tata Motors Students of Group B participating in the Sit and Draw Competition Chief Guest Mr. Manish Jain of Tata Cummins Displays Award function
    10. 10. Rally on Creating Environment Awareness, 17 th Dec. 2010 Students of NEEV Public School displaying Placards with message to Save the Environment Awareness workshop with rural women Interactive session was held with about 35 SHG women of Hurlung village to create awareness about the use of locally growing herbs. The women shared their knowledge and experience about the local herbs which they have found useful. NEEV members encourage to revive the usage of these medicinal plants and also plant more herbal plants and trees in the vicinity of their houses. Saplings of aloevera, calendula, jaundice patta, asparagus, ashwagandha were planted by the village women in their houses and the students in the school garden.
    11. 11. Livelihood training SHG Leader’s Training Program Sponsored by NABARD 10 th September, 2010, 45 leaders of the 15 Self Help Groups of rural women promoted by NEEV undertook training in Effective Management of SHGs. The Chief Guest of the program was Mr. J. Jyoti Kishore, Accounts Officer of the District Rural Development Agency(DRDA). The other guests included Shikha Jain, Managing Trustee-NEEV; Sangita Sarkar , Projects Director – NEEV; Salil Roy, Systems Director – NEEV; Minu Rakshit, Sales and Purchase Head – Neev Soaps; Rita Lohar, SHG Coordinator – NEEV; Shankari Das, Health Coordinator of Slum Development Project-NEEV; Mamata and Ritu , Coordinators of Neev Public School, Manideepa – Mela Sales Incharge – Neev Soaps; 45 leaders from 15 SHGs and members of Neev Soaps Production Group. Skill Development Initiatives – Aloe Vera Soaps LDM –Mr. Anil Kumar, Director, Mr. Suman Sarkar, Project Director Mrs Sangita Sarkar, Guest – Ms. Elisa Straub and the rural women attend the meeting Date: 15 th March 2011 Venue : NEEV’s Soap unit Participants: 35 women SHG leaders. Support: LDM Mr. Anil Kumar Objective: Train women to make soaps using aloevera. SHG members spotted by NABARD offcials for SDI training program. Objective: Reinforce the understanding of SHG - “Effective Management OF SHG”, Training need identification thro’ SDI & REDP program, Economic activities of SHG’s, Interaction with DRDA officials.
    12. 12. Livelihood Initiative Opening Bank Accounts of 100 Rural Women As a part of the SDI program, NEEV with the help of Canara Bank, Telco branch, opened bank account for a 100 rural women. The illiterate women are otherwise not able to go and open their accounts in banks outside their village. Now they shall be able to save their earnings for their own and their children’s future. Since they are the single operators, they will also be able to have full control over their savings, which is otherwise likely to be misused by the drunkard husbands or spent on trivials. Canara Bank Manager, Shikha Jain, Sangita Sarkar and rural women lighting the inaugural lamp. More than 100 women came with their photographs and Voter Id cards to open their bank accounts
    13. 13. Education Scholarship Scheme for Rural Children <ul><li>Imparting English Medium Education to Rural Students in NEEV Public School </li></ul><ul><li>This year over 60 Rural Children were partially sponsored for education in an English Medium, ICSE based school. </li></ul><ul><li>Since there are no good English Medium Schools in the villages where NEEV carries out its livelihood generation activities, NEEV has started Sponsorship Program for imparting English Medium Education to talented rural students. </li></ul><ul><li>Under this Sponsorship Scheme, individual donors can financially support the English Medium Education of rural children by contributing a nominal amount of Rs 450/- per month(1 year sponsorship minimum) or Rs 5400/- per annum per child. </li></ul><ul><li>The amount will be used to bear the expenses on Books and Uniform and on the Monthly Auto Fare of each student. (The Tuition fee and Admission Fee of the rural children has already been subsidized to make it easily affordable for the rural parents.) </li></ul><ul><li>The amount can be donated by sending cheque in the name of NEEV or electronically transferring the amount in NEEV ‘s account. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Livelihood for Women and Women’s Health Care Livelihood & Welfare Projects Objective: Socio-economic development of women in slums by generating Livelihood and access to health care facilities. NEEV is committed towards amortizing to the society, year 2010 – 2011 witnessed successful completion of three years of “livelihood for women & women health care” project. Mrs. Sangita Sarkar took the lead role and Center For World Solidatiry remains the funding and support entity for the program. Regular meeting on behavioral/Attitudinal change Sensitization meeting to deal with alcoholism and domestic violence. Literacy classes for SHG member Training in livelihood course in food processing (e.g. nimki, papad, achar, and thekua, making) Child immunization, assistance in ensuring safe delivery in government hospitals. Proper pre and post natal care also ensured Accessibility and entitlement of govt. social security schemes Activities Health Initiatives : * Pre and post natal care through ICDS center* Facilitation of delivery in Government Hospitals* Holding general, TB and Leporasy Health Camps for awareness and treatment* Regular Treatment of TB Patients* Regular Treatment of Leporasy Patients* Frequent cleaning drives of drains ad surroundings Livelihood for women : * Certificate courses given to 60 women in beginner level and higher level tailoring training; jewellery making training; food processing training* Formation of 2 Self Help Groups and facilitaion of meetings, group discussions on community issues* Individual and group counselling for alcoholism, domestic violence, gambling* Facilitating Community events - Celebration of Independence day, Republic day, Teachers Day, Childrens Day, Women's Day, Environment Days, Sports Day, AIDS Day* Basic Literacy Classes for women* Small loans for setting up micro enterprises to 5 women Accomplishments
    15. 15. NEWS Flash
    16. 16. Awards NEEV Soaps was awarded as the best Khadi Unit in the Eastern Zone in a Presidential award function by Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprsises, New Delhi