Addressing Present Vulnerabilities and Future Resilience for Vulnerable Communities across Jharkhand and Bihar

Jharkhand and Bihar

The project is being implemented in Five Blocks of Five Districts in Jharkhand state. The following are the list of the project blocks:

1. Khunti District – Rania Block
2. Simdega District – Thethaitanger Block
3. Latehar District – Mahuadanr Block
4. Palamu District – Chainpur Block
5. Pakur District – Littipara Block

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe effect all over the world. The impact has been particularly disastrous in the rural regions of the country where the people are less aware and the health infrastructure is not strong. The cases are high in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand where about 94 percent of the population still lives in the villages.

With an aim to help the poor and vulnerable communities, PHIA Foundation is implementing a response programme to address these issues across the states of Bihar and Jharkhand. The aim of the project is to create an increased resilient community able to sustain their lives and livelihoods through better access of their rights, entitlements and livelihood opportunities.

The project is being implemented in five blocks of five districts in Jharkhand state: Khunti District – Rania Block; Simdega District – Thethaitanger Block; Latehar District – Mahuadanr Block: Palamu District – Chainpur Block; Pakur District – Littipara Block

Proposed Actions
The Programme is being supported by Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Government of UK. Proposed actions under the programme are as follows:

ACTION 1: Create constant awareness and messaging around health and preventive behaviours through digital mediums using the ‘Internet Saathis’ network of PHIA and community leaders from the CSOs •

ACTION 2: Take up action research and studies aimed towards creating a credible knowledge base and inform and influence policy and practice in this unprecedented crisis

ACTION 3: Strengthen the agency of the vulnerable and marginalized and facilitate linkages to various social security schemes and measures, rights and entitlements and relief measures to ensure immediate sustenance

ACTION 4: Focus on strengthening and augmenting in-situ livelihoods through convergence, especially for the migrants coming back, economically vulnerable and marginalized communities

ACTION 5: Setting up of monitoring mechanism for measurement of results and impact

ACTION 6: GIS based development plans and develop climate resilient structures strengthening the capacities and participation of vulnerable communities along with local governance for long term climate resilient socioeconomic and environmental conditions contributing to the resilience of communities in any adversities.

ACTION 7: Facilitate and create a credible platform of donors and support organizations for a collaborative and focused action with a possibility to go deep and address long term needs

PHIA Foundation has taken long-term engagement on rehabilitation of communities with a phase wise approach responding to immediate and short-term relief and then medium-term needs of the communities. However, one of the key focuses in the short run is on direct humanitarian support to the most marginalized and vulnerable implementing in different phases – relief, recovery and rehabilitation. The awareness programmes, campaigns and initiatives have been organized to reach out to a greater number of people on COVID-19 preventive measures and social safety nets through social protection schemes.

From March 2021 onwards, awareness and support to vaccination drive is also provided along with focusing more on diversifying livelihood opportunities and convergence to leverage resources and programmes of government. The project has focused on the most vulnerable communities the selected geographies covering women, socially excluded communities, People with Disabilities (PwD) and returnee distressed migrant workers. PHIA Foundation is generating and tracking disaggregated data which is also helping to inform and address the implementation gaps to deliver quality intervention. The project has developed a robust M&E framework to manage the programme for impact by creating evidence, learning and reflections.

Vision

Increased resilient community able to sustain their lives and livelihoods through better access of their rights, entitlements and livelihood opportunities

Key Objectives

  • Create constant awareness and messaging around health and preventive behaviours through digital mediums using the ‘Internet Saathi’ network of Phia and community leaders from the CSOs.
  • Strengthen the agency of the vulnerable and marginalized and facilitate linkages to various social security schemes and measures, rights and entitlements and relief measures to ensure immediate sustenance.
  • Focus on strengthening and augmenting in-situ livelihoods, especially for the migrants coming back, economically vulnerable, and marginalized.
  • Strengthen and capacitate civil society networks and organisations with a capacity to respond to the vulnerabilities of the communities and augment their capacities to generate resources and deepen their work.

Project Partners

Measurable outcomes

230,000 individuals covered with direct and indirect awareness on COVID-19 and schemes and entitlements

230,000 households/individuals benefitting from linkages to various entitlements and schemes

138,000 individuals reached through campaigns on MGNREGS, WASH and other social entitlements

Districts

Households

Beneficiaries

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