(Church of North India)

The programme began in response to the needs of a small cluster of tiny village in the district of Bankura which lies within the episcopate of the Diocese of Durgapur. It is populated mostly by the tribal communities indigenous to this region. The area was under siege by Maoists at night and paramilitary troops by day. The people of the villages were without hope and resources.

Seeing the misery and the hopelessness with which they lived, CDP was set up in an effort to help the people of 10 villages in Sarenga. The programme gives a chance to the villagers to become self sufficient thereby enhancing their overall quality of life

The programme further grew in 2011 with the establishment of the Urban Slum Development Programme, Durgapur (USDP). This was in response to the growing need of the urban marginalized in the town.

In 2014, the programme was rechristened as the Community Development Programme after a thorough evaluation revealed that the programme had grown far beyond its initial focus

It now focuses on Education, Health, and Social Empowerment

Education has been a primary focus of the programme from the beginning. Set up in every village of the programme is a center where dedicated and highly sensitized teachers work with the children, aware of their circumstances and their needs. The quality of education is greatly appreciated by the children and by the villagers themselves. Integration of extra-curricular activities such as dancing, drawing, singing, games, and many others gives the children to learn and participate in a gamut of experience which makes the centres more interesting for them and keeps them coming.
What Our Centres Provide
  Snacks like biscuits, milk, eggs, fruits, cake, singara etc.
  Educational materials like books, bags, stationery, uniforms etc.
  Hygiene kits with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and oil.
  Parent-teacher meetings
  Teacher and nimator meetings
  Regular training sessions for teachers and animators
  Exposure trips for the kids
  Annual get-together for the children from all the centers.
  Workshops on the protection of Women and Children’s rights
  Cultural fetes to promote ad indigenous culture and tradition
  Intervillage study centers debates
  Quarterly assessments for the students
  TOT programme- exposure trips for the teachers and animators

In these areas where the programme exists, health and hygiene are not always a priority of the people when food and income are resources which are thought of on a day to day basis. Thereby,creating an environment where the people fall ill often with diseases which can be prevented or treated. With few doctors and even fewer outfitted clinics, many go to the village wiseman and often try their hack methods thus making matters worse.

Our health-awareness programmes such as the children’s quarterly health check-ups, eye screening camps along with cataract surgeries, mother and child care awareness programmes, construction of hand-pump platforms while also acting as a link to Government Health programmes like ICDS,ASHA nad ANM sub-centres which provide immunization has created a huge difference in the quality of life the people are able to lead.
  Community Health Awareness camps on hygiene, seasonal diseases, mother and child care
  Quarterly health check-ups and a supply of necessary medicines
  Observation of health issue related days
  Training, seminar, and awareness camp on life skills for adolescent girls

One of the biggest problems faced by the people is finding a sustainable source of income. As many of these villages depend on agriculture as their primary source of income, all capable members of the villages migrate to cities and towns to work as daily wage labourers. Less able members of the village stayed behind such as the elderly and the young children. Leaving them vulnerable to the powers in the area, children in middle school give up on education to help their parents work, they are at higher risk of being trafficked and many other evils which makes it imperative to help them find a way to exist without migrating into urban spaces.

CDPA has started a number of initiatives to help these villagers become self-sufficient and thereby secure their families better futures and create economically self reliant communities.
  Formation and strengthening of over 40 self -help groups.
  Training them in book and record keeping and organization
  Information Dissemination programme
  Networking, meeting with government development officials and offices
  Skill training to village youth
  Supplies of appropriate accessories and tool for training
  Exposure trips for these groups
  Introduction of Bio-farming and training farmers
  Awareness and training on local self governance ( social security schemes)
  Gender Equality programmes
  Training and Awareness on legal aid for community members
  Training on livestock management
  Installation of walter pumps and deep-bore wells to aid in agricultural efforts
  Supporting small businesses
  Formation and training of traditional street play groups which play an important role in information dissemination
  Formation and training of traditional street play groups which play an important role in information dissemination
  Inter-community sports competitions
  Awareness and sensitization programmes on global issues
  Training project workers and leaders on PIME

  Diocesan Bhavan Dr. Martin Luther King Road, Bidhannagar, Durgapur – 713212, District- Paschim Bardhaman, West Bengal, India

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