Rapid Action For Human Advancement Tradition(RAHAT), Bihar was incorporated
on August,12,2002 under Society Registration Act 1860. It's registered office is located
in Kishanganj,while it's area of operation extends to 6 districts of Bihar.
A large part of the activities of the RAHAT are conducted through selected Non-
Governmental Organisations and other training institutions. Funds are obtained from
Government of Bihar and Government of India and other donor agencies through
budgetary allocations for specific projects and covered by sanctions through Government
RAHAT is a name known for the ideology and philosophy of Sir Syed Ahmed
Khan, MoulanaAbulKalam Azad into action. The founder of the organization
Farzana Begum has her root in Education Movement. She gives up education on
the ideology of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. All the tortures and atrocities turned this
young dynamic youth into a seasoned development worker. Her journey of
development started in this sector a volunteer. After completion of apprenticeship
of 5 years as volunteers She decided to register an organization to do the work of
in more organized way. Farzana Begum with some of his close association
founded RAHAT as a registered organization on 12th August 2002. RAHAT has
been registered under legally under FCRA and is quite active in the field of Rural
Development since 2002 in Kishanganj,Katihar,Purnea,Araria districts of Bihar.
The organization focusing on major issues like education, Health and sustainable
on-farm and non-farm agro based income generation activities through the
promotion of SHGs. Our intention is local support organizations for community
based groups with adequate infrastructure and technical support, so that these
groups became self sufficient to analyze and under development activities of their
Secretary of Rahat :- has received National Youth Award through
India,Dr.A.P.J.Abdulkalam on 12 Jan.2007 at Pune.
Also wareded from Sate and District level From
Kendra sangathan,Ministry of Youth Affairs and
Govt .of India.
Rahat (1) .Received Award from Women Development Corporation on
excellent performance at Kishanganj district.
(2). District Magistrate Awarded on excellent
(3). NehruYuva Kendra sangathan awarded for
amongyouth,Adolescentgirls,weaker section women for
empowerment and livelihood promotion.
Improvement in the Quality of lives of poor and disadvantaged women and
adolescents in the state of Bihar. Established a progressive and sustainable
society in which all members have a dignified life (free from social, economic,
political differences), live in peace and enjoy right of expression and
opportunities, with equal participation.
To build capacity of poor and disadvantaged women to create their own institutions in
order that they are enabled to break down social, economic, cultural and psychological
barriers and thereby facilitate their full development into empowered citizens.
To reach out to all the poor families in 38 districts of Bihar with focus on SC/ST,
Physically handicapped and destitute women for social, economical and political
To create or reorient democratic economic and social processes and institutions to
enable poor women to participate fully and actively in decision making in the family
and community and at local district, state and national level.
To advocate changes in government policies and programmes in favor of
To empower and sensitize the community for creating an enabling environment in
order to bridge the gap of gender inequality and ensure the human rights.
Participatory development with active involvement of target partners in
Ensuring well-being of children and women.
Empowerment of lowest section of the society to eliminate differences and
Ensure economic self-reliance through natural resource development.
Ensure equity and justice for women and Disabled.
Promote on local conflict resolution mechanism.
Engage in lobby / advocacy with government to alleviate poor.
1. Capacity Building through training programmes
2. Promote Literacy among women
3. Undertake research and documentation activities
4. Organized and nurture Self Help Groups
5. Promote federations which can do financial intermediation and meet the capital
needs of SHGs for undertaking livelihood activities
6. Promote entrepreneurship among women
7. Provide margin money support to women
8. Undertake marketing and production related activities
9. To empower and build women's institutions like SHGs/VO/BLO which ensures that
the process of empowerment is self sustaining.
10. To provide support mechanisms for bringing women into the mainstream
11. Training and Capacity Building in the area of Institutional Building, Micro
12. Finance and Livelihood.
13. Building Capacity through Information Dissemination.
14. Livelihood Promotion.
15. Promote Convergence within the various Stakeholders for Development of Rural
16. Creating Awareness for the importance of Health and Education.
17. Creating Awareness about Social Issues to eradicate social evils such as
Women Atrocities, Gender Discrimination etc.
The Rapid Action For Human Advancement Tradition(RAHAT)plays a pivotal role
in the statewide effort to ameliorate poverty, to generate awareness and capacity
building of the marginalized section of the society in general and of women in
particular. The Rapid Action For Human Advancement
Tradition(RAHAT)philosophy is oriented towards sustainable development
through organizing groups of women and youth in target rural areas and
judicious use of government resources for the large benefit of the people.Rapid
Action For Human Advancement Tradition(RAHAT) a not–for-profit making
organization envisages Capacity Building at all level through their Training and
Consultancy wing for the development of the Society and Women Empowerment
with the focus on sustainable Livelihood Promotion.
Rapid Action For Human Advancement Tradition(RAHAT)is a support institution
that is committed to quality in Self-Help Banking registered in 2000 as a non-
government public society, Rapid Action For Human Advancement
Tradition(RAHAT) has already been recognized as a pioneering technical support
organization in the field of promotion of Community Based Organizations (CBO)
aiming to meet the needs of the various stakeholders involved in the promotion of
member-owned and member-managed microfinance institutions.
The organization was established in 2002 having a team of dedicated
professionals working with over 100 Self Help Group’s poor households in
Over the last years, Rapid Action For Human Advancement Tradition(RAHAT)has
gained experience in promoting livelihoods initiating various methodologies. Rapid
Action For Human Advancement Tradition(RAHAT)has been successful in
standardizing intervention through sub-sectoral approach.
Our highly qualified key resource persons, along with their junior team working
with a lot of enthusiasm and dedication The organization has imparted training to
the adolescent girls of 5different districts on ‘Health, Hygiene & Sanitation and
Nutrition,Education’ under BEP (Bihar Education Project) supported by ICDS.
Apart from this, currently the organization is supporting MAHILA HELP LINE &
SHORT STAY HOME hand –holding activities supported by Women Development
Corporation (WDC), Child labour Special School under NCLP Thruogh District
Rapid Action For Human Advancement Tradition(RAHAT) will strive to yield a
competitive rate of return to its investors to be able to access mainstream capital
and human resources on a continuous basis. The operating design of Rapid Action
For Human Advancement Tradition(RAHAT)is geared towards providing a multiple
set of services to rural poor households under one umbrella. This includes
provision of micro finance, agriculture & business development and institutional
development servicesIn addition to this service,theorganizationhas been involved in
supporting WDC,UNODC and its project partners in conceptualizing the need,
viability and process of building institution for wider impact of their project
Concern for quality
Integrity and honesty
Strengthening management capacity
Internal resource mobilization
Katihar,Kishanganj,Khagaria, Begusarai, Madhepura, Araria,
Purnea and Bhagalpur
Training and CapacityBuilding
Empowerment of Women (Weaker section)
Awareness of Health and Education.
Self Help Group-Management and Capacity Building
Management Information System(MIS) Development
Awareness Generating on ‘Health, Hygiene, Sanitation and Nutrition’ for
women, children and adolescent girls.
Information and Communication Technologies-
Computer Accounting and Financial Management.
Kishanganj district profile
Kishanganj was the old and important sub-division of Purnia district. After a hard
struggle of 17 years, the Kishanganj District came into existence on 14th January 1990. It
is situated in the north–east of the State of Bihar, bordering areas of West Bengal, Nepal
and Bangladesh. The district headquarter is 425 kms away from the State capital Patna.
The district has one sub-division: Kishanganj and seven blocks: Kishanganj, Pothia,
Kochadhamin, Thakurganj, Bahadurganj, Dighalbank, Terhagachh. It has two Nagar
Panchayats: Bahadurganj and Kishanganj; and one municipality, namely Kishanganj.
The total number of Gram Panchayats and revenue villages in the district is 126 and 802
respectively. It has one parliamentary constituency (Kishanganj) and three assembly
constituencies (Kishanganj, Thakurganj and Bahadurganj).
It is situated at latitude of 25020’ to 26030’ north and longitude of 8707’ to 88019’ east.
The climate of the district is humid with maximum temperature of 410C in May and
minimum temperature of 50C in January. Generally there are three types of seasons:
winter, summer and rainy. In the past, Kishanganj has recorded the highest rainfall in
Bihar. The average rainfall is 2250 mm, of which 80 percent occurs during the monsoon.
The main rivers of the district are Mahananda, Kankai, Mechi, Ratwa, Ram Chandra and
Kaul.Mahananda and Kankai flows across the blocks of Kishanganj, Thakurganj, and
Kochadhamin, and Bahadurganj, Dighalbank, Terhagachh and Kochadhamin
respectively and Mechi, Ram Chandra and Ratwa and Kaul flows across Thakurganj,
Terhagachh, and Kochadhamin respectively.
The soil is light, sandy loam to loam and its physical range is 5.8 to 8.0 (mostly natural
soil but some are slightly acidic and some slightly saline). The nutrients status in soil is
low to medium, with deficiency of zinc and phosphorus pent oxide. The geographical area
of the district is 193,855 hectares, out of which total cultivable area is 173,574 hectares
and total irrigated area is 27018 hectares. The irrigation facilities available in the district
are mainly in the form of hand pumps, tube wells and wells. The land is divided into high
land (33700 hectares), medium land (50700 hectares) and low land (42979 hectares). In
Kishanganj, two types of minerals are found: silica and iron. Silica is used in construction
work and iron is found in large quantity at different places. The forest area of the district
is mainly situated in the two blocks of Thakurganj and Terhagach.
The NH-31 passes through this district, which acts as a corridor to the whole north-east
provinces. Besides this, there are state highways, which connect the different villages
and towns. There is a good rail link from Kishanganj to other states of India. It has both
the meter and broad gauge railway line. Surjapuri is the main language (local dialect) of
this district. Apart from this, Hindi, Urdu and Bengali are also spoken.
Kishanganj is one of the districts directly connected to Nepal Border and very near to
Bangladesh Border. The district is a part of Purnia division. Kishanganj town is the
Kishanganj is one of India’s three districts with lowest literacy rates. Around two-thirds of
the population is Muslim; 6% belong to the scheduled castes.
No Indicator Data
Children (0 to 4 years) 193,354
Decadal growth (1991-2001) 31.50%
Sex ratio (females per 1,000 males) 936
Household size (per household) 5
SC population 85,833 (6.62%)
ST population 47,116 (3.63%)
2 Literacy rate
3 Religious groups (largest three)
4 Important towns (largest three)
5 Amenities in villages
Total inhabited villages 730
Safe drinking water 730
Electricity (domestic) 97
Primary schools 442
Medical facility 120
Paved approach road 181
Pregnant women* who received at least three
or more antenatal checkups
Pregnant women* who received at least one
Women* who had institutional delivery 17.9%
Children aged 12-23 months who were fully
Children aged 12-23 months who received at
least one dose of Vitamin A
7 Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee
Households issued job cards# 214,681
Cumulative person days employment
Households completed 100 days