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

Jharkhand and Bihar
The COVID-19 pandemic has a severe effect all over the world. The impact has been particularly disastrous in the rural regions of the country where the awareness is low and the health infrastructure is weak. In the states of Bihar and Jharkhand, where about 94 percent of the population still lives in the villages, the rising number of cases reported amongst the rural people were alarming. PHIA Foundation has been implementing a response programme since January, 2021 to provide direct humanitarian assistance – relief, recovery and rehabilitation – to the vulnerable groups comprising women, socially excluded communities, People with Disabilities (PwD) and returnee distressed migrant workers in Bihar and Jharkhand. The project, supported by Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Government of UK, enhances the climate resilience of people, environment and economy. The project was implemented in one block each from from five districts in each of the two states –

Bihar – Gaya Barachatti Block, Gaya District; Sakra Block, Muzaffarpur District; Bahadurganj Block, Kishanganj  District; Madhepur Block, Madhubani; Agion Block, Bhojpur District

Jharkhand – Thethaitangar Block, Simdega District; Chainpur Block, Palamu District; Littipara Block, Pakur District; Mahuadanr Block, Latehar District; Rania Block, Khunti District

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 marginalised 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 marginalised.
  • 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.

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Measurable outcomes

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

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

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

Districts

Villages

Beneficiaries

Story of Change

Road towards Safety

People of Dalit Tola, a village in Rahua Panchayat waited and waited, monsoon after monsoon in hope that their village’s main access road will one day be upgraded from a dirt road to proper access with a small bridge to save 900 of them from annual waterlogging and isolation. The season is not very kind to the area where every year the community gets cut from neighbouring markets and villages due to flooding and water logging, also many a times children in the area get drowned in the ditches. Understanding the need to safeguard communities during the monsoon season, the PHIA team mobilised the community and presented a People’s manifesto to the Mukhiya (Local village representative) for the construction of a proper road and a Puliya (small bridge) from funds allocated under MGNREGS. With constructive dialogues and constant follow-ups from the team and community, Mukhiya gave in to the demands of the people and now government-allocated funds are leveraged for the construction of the Puliya putting them on a road to safety.

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