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  project name ~ Aranyika Core Support - 2008

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  Project Name


Aranyika Core Support - 2008






Community Empowerment






Andhra Pradesh

  Budget Approved


Rs 324000


  Year Approved







1   2   3   4   5   6  

  Chapter Coordinators


Srinivas Krovvidy


College Park





Chilakamma is a teenage single mother who bravelyy fought the pressures from her boy friends family to give up the child. Aranyikas womens desk provided counseling and shelter to the mother and child and helping her fight a case against the abandonment.





The main objective of this project is to continue AIDs ongoing support for Aranyikas activities. AID has been involved with Aranyika for over six years. During these years Aranyika has been able to support a small team of volunteers who have been working with villagers from 14 different villages in G. Madugula mandal. These activities include (i) Repairing the Tabelugummi check dam, (ii) Stregthening Water User Association, (iii) Training local Panchyat leaders in microplanning through Panchayat Raj workshops and (iv) Completing the drinking water and sanitation projects in eight of the fourteen villages including faciliation of Drinking Water User Associations. (v) Arranging periodic counseling sessions to the girl students and women, promoting mandal wise women leaders including training, legal advice and support and medical/health guidance/advice/support.

With this project Aranyika would like to build on these activities and work towards strengthening womens desk activities, youth associations, Water User Association and Drining water User Association. The project will expandt the women cell in Paderu. The project also aims at continuing its efforts in using RTI Act so that villagers are informed of various activities underway in that area. This will help them in participating effectively in local development planning initiatives. The project is expected to continue for two to three years with an understanding that there will be an annual report documenting the progress of these activities at the end of each year.





Womens Desk DAWRI (Desk for Awareness of Women on Responsibilities and Issues), A tribal women friendly initiative has proved to be a trusted friend for those helpless and hopeless women to bank upon in times of distress. In less than a year DAWRI found itself helping over ten triba women. Tabelugummi Youth Association (TGYA) ·Government introduced Water users association to complete the construction of the four canals of the Tabelugummi check dam out of which only two are finished. The TGYA questioned for the detailed description of the accounts regarding the expenditure of the check dam. It got the incomplete check dam work to start again and got the pending wages paid to the workers. They actively participated in women''s desk activities. They questioned the MPDO for rejecting their letter, which was posted to get the financial details according to RTI. Intervention in the fraudulent use of flood relief fund and canalizing it to reach the rightful people. MRO office showed as payments made but in reality funds were not released.. MKYS threatened the sarpanch who eventually submitted. NREGP. Panchayath was supposed to estimate. Sarpanch was sick and other members less active. But MKYS did it. MRO gave sanction of Rs. 63, 00,000.00 based on the report of MKYS. Health Aranyika, through its Jeevam project worked with stimulated volunteers at Community Health Center in Paderu. With World Bank’s support has expanded an existing hospital to cater to the needs of tribal villagers from Paderu area. The hospital has many facilities including surgery room and over 50 inpatient beds. Aranyika was successful in placing local tribal boys and girls as volunteers at the hospital. Currently there are about 10 young people (3 girls, 8 boys) who are volunteering at the community health center. Aranyika belives that this is a step towards reaching the goal of enabling local community not only to manage but also to own public health services. Irrigation Aranyika was successful in developing a plan to complete the left channel of the Tabelugummi Gedda Check Dam. Tabelugummi gedda is a perennial stream flowing by the side of Bandaveedhi village. A total of about Rs. 42 lakhs has been spent by the Govt to benefit about 625.50 acres. The government was able to complete only the main, central and right channels. Aranyika is working closely with villagers from the adjacent villages and coordinating the following steps. Education Aranyika has also started 10 functional educational schools for girls between the ages of 12-18.





The goals of the current project include strengthening of womens cell by organizing workshops and councelling sessions including sensitization to gender and class discrimination, training in leadership qualities. Strengthening of women''s cell include expanding it ti11 agency Mandals and organizing workshops on the roles and responsibilities of women in Domestic and Gender issues.The goals of the Youth Association includes orgainizing libraries, encouraging v olunteers to help with the Panchayat work, ·including workshops for educating youth to take proper role and decision in the forthcoming elections. The goals of the water user association includes creation of the Tabelugummi Resource Center, development of maps and details of the area, development of rules governing water distribution, repairs and routine maintenance of water resources and keeping appropriate accounting and documentation. Thr goals also include Enhancement of the awareness programs regarding RTI & Forest Act



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