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Rahat introduction.

  1. 1. 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 Orders. 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 area. AWARD :- Secretary of Rahat :- has received National Youth Award through Ex.President of India,Dr.A.P.J.Abdulkalam on 12 Jan.2007 at Pune. Also wareded from Sate and District level From Nehru Yuva Kendra sangathan,Ministry of Youth Affairs and sports, Govt .of India. Rahat (1) .Received Award from Women Development Corporation on excellent performance at Kishanganj district. (2). District Magistrate Awarded on excellent work. (3). NehruYuva Kendra sangathan awarded for excellent work amongyouth,Adolescentgirls,weaker section women for empowerment and livelihood promotion. Vision: 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.
  2. 2. Mission: 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 empowerment. 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 disadvantaged women. 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 decision-making. Ensuring well-being of children and women. Empowerment of lowest section of the society to eliminate differences and foster justice. 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. Objectives : 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 Community. 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
  3. 3. 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 Kishanganj district. 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 Administration, 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 mandate.
  4. 4. Core Values:- Concern for quality Continuous learning Promoting self-reliance Integrity and honesty Openness Shared Responsibility Strengthening management capacity
  5. 5. Internal resource mobilization External linkages Self-organized supervision Operational Area:- Katihar,Kishanganj,Khagaria, Begusarai, Madhepura, Araria, Purnea and Bhagalpur Major Activities:-  Training and CapacityBuilding  Empowerment of Women (Weaker section)  Awareness of Health and Education.  Self Help Group-Management and Capacity Building  Livelihood Promotion  Convergence  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
  6. 6. 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 administrative headquarters. 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 1 Population Persons 1,296,348 Male 669,552 Female 626,796 Children (0 to 4 years) 193,354 Decadal growth (1991-2001) 31.50% Rural 1,167,340 (90.05%) Urban 129,008 (9.95%) 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 Persons 31.09 Male 42.71 Female 18.63 3 Religious groups (largest three) Muslims 876,105
  7. 7. Hindus 412,995 Christians 2,856 4 Important towns (largest three) Kishanganj 85,590 Bahadurganj 28,118 Thakurganj 15,300 5 Amenities in villages Total inhabited villages 730 Villages with: Safe drinking water 730 Electricity (domestic) 97 Primary schools 442 Medical facility 120 Paved approach road 181 6 Health Pregnant women* who received at least three or more antenatal checkups 27.7% Pregnant women* who received at least one TT injection 57.9% Women* who had institutional delivery 17.9% Children aged 12-23 months who were fully immunised** 23.6% Children aged 12-23 months who received at least one dose of Vitamin A 52.7% 7 Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme Households issued job cards# 214,681 Cumulative person days employment generated# 58,998 Households completed 100 days employment# 4

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