ANNUAL PROGRAM REPORT OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & UPLIFTMENT ACADEMY FROM APRIL 2012 TO MARCH 2013

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INTRODUCTION:The International Human Development & Upliftment Academy (IHDUA) has been established as a Registered Trust in the year 1991, with its Registered Office at Mysore. The activities of the Trust at present are mainly oriented towards Rural Literacy, Educational Programs and Rural Development with Focus on Women Economic Empowerment.


This year had been a very bad year for the Organization as the project area is facing severe drought. The Project expanded its activities from 60 villages to 70 villages of Gundlupet Taluk during this Fiscal Year. Focus was on training & strengthening Self Help Group (SHG's) members through numerous training programs, which was funded by NABARD. Apart from this, GIVE India has also contributed for numerous programs, which has been a great boon to the rural community.


MISSION OF THE ORGANISATION:To enable Rural Communities, especially Women to become Agents of Change in a Development Process that is Equitable and Sustainable"


WEATHER:This was the worst monsoon since the year 2000. The monsoon as usual started very well initially and sowing started as early as second week of April 2012, but failed completely after that. The latter monsoons which usually never failed, failed and the taluk has been declared as drought prone district by the State Government. The families had a very difficult time to lead their livelihood and many families migrated to Kerala and Tamil Nadu to get employment. Dairying which is the main occupation in the taluk also suffered, as there was no rains and there was no availability of fodder. Many of the SHG members sold the entire livestock, as there was no fodder and no water for the cattles. Kabini river which flows through Nanjangud town and from where water is lifted and supplied to 60 villages in Gundlupet taluk for drinking water, has also dried up in February 2013. As it is, the water level in Gundlupet taluk is very low (750 – 900'). During this year more that 60 – 70 % of the borewells have dried up and people are facing lot of problems in getting drinking water. 50 -60% of Coconut plantation, which is another source of income to the families also dried up with the severe drought, which was another disaster for the families.


The following are the some of the main activities of International Human Development & Upliftment Academy (IHDUA).


The Trust has been working in Gundlupet Taluk since September 2000 & the activities of the Project can broadly be classified into


I. Rural Education

II. Women Empowerment Program

III. Vocational Training

IV. NABARD Program

V. Other Programs


I. RURAL EDUCATION:The Trust has established a co-education school since 1992 in Mullur village, which is about 20 Kms. away from Mysore. This school caters to the education needs of 8 villages and there are 349 students studying from LKG to Std. X. There are 20 teachers with a Secretary administrating the School. English is being introduced to the students from LKG, as the rural children find it very hard to learn English. Computer education, English, Cultural activities and sports competition are arranged in order to improve the quality of education in rural areas. The students are not only given 'Quality Education', but are also encouraged to take part in extra curricular activities. In cultural activities, at State level dancing competition, the school was able to get first prize. They were also able to get first prize – 3 nos, II Prize – 5, III Prize - 5 in Prathibha Karangi.


Sports: The girls and boys won the First Prize in volley ball competition at the taluk level.


During this academic year 2012 – 13, we were only able to get 100% results in Std. X A total of 38 students appeared for the exam . We had First Class – 24 students, II Class – 12 students, III class - 02 students.

The students Government which was formed with the advice of Ms.Anjali few years back is continuing and is working very well. The students show keen interest in the process of voting and electing their leaders. The students meet once a month to discuss the main problems in the school. Mrs.Bhagya Ajaikumar, Trustee of IHDUA used to visit the school & teach arts to the students.

The school day was conducted during the month of January 2013. Mr. Jayadev, Chairman of Denabandu was the chief guest. A science exhibition was also arranged during the school day and all the parents and guests appreciated the exhibition.


We conducted two parents meeting during this financial year. Our old students Association is doing fairly well and they met once during this financial year. Some of the old students also came & participated in the school day.


We are happy to inform that our school has got Government Aid from Std. I to Std.VII from December 2012. The Government has approved 4 teachers for our school. The state Government has also approved free lunch distribution for students from Std .I to VII. A total of 197 students are availing this programme.


II. WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM:

A.Though we have 521 SHGs, about 83 SHGs have become defunct. At present, we have 438 active SHGs. The SHG savings has increased from Rs.2,01,73,089 during last FY to Rs.2,39,33,514 as of March 2013. 63 SHGs got defunct during this financial year & we had to close an additional 20 SHGs as they were not regularly meeting and not repaying their internal loans. In some of the SHGs, there were internal politics and we felt it best to close down these SHGs. There were few SHGs which we had to close down as the members used to migrate to Kerala & Tamil Nadu in search of labour and would not meet regularly. IHDUA has given loans to 17 SHGs and Rs.16,74,000 has been disbursed during this financial year. The percentage of loan recovery has also dropped from 95% to 80%, as there is severe drought. The loan repayment is also being rescheduled. A few MFIs have started giving loans to the community. IHDUA initiated giving loans to the SHGs because banks and other financial institutions were not giving loans to them. But now, after seeing the performance of our SHGs in repaying loans from the past 7 – 8 years, the banks are voluntarily coming forward to give loans. Now that the MFIs are also giving loans, the trust is planning to phase out this activity gradually, as our objective of getting loans to the SHGs is being met.


SHG's are not only used as a platform for economic development, but are also used for creating awareness on health issues, importance of education, taking up new income generating activities, training on different vocations, importance of Revolving Loan Fund, etc.


B) Training to

Multi Purpose Workers (MPW-'s): MPW's are volunteers selected by the community & the Organization. These MPW's, work as a bridge between the community and the organization. They are usually boys/girls who are unemployed and have studied Std. X. They are paid honoraria by the organization. They help the SHG's to write and monitor books of SHG's and implement programs. These MPW's undergo regular training & meet once a month to review and plan their work. At present, we have 18 MPW's. A total of 12 monthly meeting with the MPW's were organized during this financial year. About 10 MPW's are now independently auditing the SHG's accounts.


Fifteen MPW's were sent on an exposure to Bandur to see whether sheep rearing could be taken in the project area. Two senior MPWs were taken as Resource Faculties to train SHG representative on Book keeping of SHGs under the NABARD program.


III. VOCATIONAL TRAINING:

In order to provide alternative employment, various vocational training programs were taken up. The following are some of the Programs:

a. Tailoring: A one day training program was organized on proper maintenance & minor repair of tailoring machine, for all the tailoring students.


b. Tailoring Production Centres:The Tailoring Production Unit at Begur which was started in 2005 is doing well. During this Financial Year, apart from stitching Surgery gowns, masks, shirts, pyjamas for surgery unit, etc., for Bharath Hospital & Institute Oncology, Mysore. They have continued the program of stitching bed sheets and pillow covers and supplying the same to Health Care Global, Bangalore for supplying 1500 Bed Sheets and Pillow covers every Quarter. During this FY, we have supplied 4500 Bed Sheets and Pillow Covers to them.


c. Production of High Protein Energy Food: Five SHG members who has been trained on the production of High Protein energy food are at present producing this energy food, which is being given to malnourished children identified by Bharath Charitable Cancer Hospital and Institute. A total of 2735 Kgs were produced by them and the same were given to 580 malnourished children.


d. Nursing Aids Training: Girls from the project area who had studied STD X and above and who had discontinued their studies were identified and send to HCG , Bangalore (5 girls) and Bharath Hospital & Institute of Oncology, Mysore (8 girls) for training as nursing aids. This training is for a period of 2 years. They are provided boarding and lodging by the concerned hospitals. Once these girls are trained, they will either be absorbed in the concerned hospitals or are recruited by other hospitals. There is lot of demand for nursing aids in Mysore hospitals & these nursing aids can easily earn a salary of Rs.2500 to Rs.4000 per month, apart from being provided free accommodation.


All the above vocational training had been planned so that supplementary employment is provided to women. The Trust plans to initiate other vocational trainings during the coming years in the Project area.


IV. NABARD PROGRAM:

During this FY, we organized two days training program to SHG representatives on Bookkeeping and a total of 416 SHG representatives from 142 SHGs and 6 MPWs were trained in this program. The SHG representatives were trained on importance of book keeping, important books to be maintained in the SHG, writing of resolution & its importance, writing of cash book, general ledger, individual ledger, etc., A test was also conducted to these representatives after the training and more than 70% of the members were able to get above 65%. Only 6 members got less than 35%. During this FY, we have linked 71 SHGS to get bank loans of Rs.59,02,000 during the reporting period. Apart from this, second loan of Rs.25,90,000 has been taken to 17 SHGs by the bank.


During this financial year, we have conducted three Project Implementation Committee Meeting and three quarterly reports have been submitted to NABARD. NABARD has released Rs.202,500 to the trust for conducting the above activities during this financial year.


V. OTHER PROGRAMS:

A) Donation & Activities of GIVE: The following amount has been received from GIVE INDIA during the year.

Sl.
No.

Activities

Magnitude

Amount (Rs.)

1.

Adopt a Child for Education (ACE)

29 Units (58 children)

52,356

2

Construction of Toilets

6 units ( 12 families)

18,119

3

Sponsor Kitchen Garden

19 Units ( 114 families)

17,133

4

Help one women acquire tailoring machine

12 Women

51,000

5

Help improve a rural school

4 schools

40,000

6

Construction of class room Project

3 Rooms)

30,000

7

General Fund

2 units

500

 

TOTAL

 

169,108

The focus during this financial year was mainly trying to complete the programs, for which donations of Rs.574,635 were received during the last 3 months (Jan 2012 – March 2012) of FY 2012. Apart from this, we have also received Rs.170,108 during this Financial Year from them. The following are the activities carried out by the trust.


Under ACE program, 334 poor and needy children from Vinayaka Gnana Vidya Shale, Mullur were given school uniforms, school books, shoes and socks to continue their education. Four rural government Higher Primary School & one High School were identified and were given reference books for teachers to teach, library books & sports materials. They were also given pressure cooker to help in cooking of vegetables/Dhal for the mid day meal to be given to students. Apart from this, 5 preschools were also given play materials in order to attract children to the preschools.


To improve nutritional intake of poor families, 414 families in 14 villages were given 11 different varieties of seeds (Two types of greens, beans, radish, ladies finger, ridge gourd, bitter gourd, snake gourd, brinjal saplings, tomato saplings, cucumber, cluster beans) for growing in their kitchen garden. Apart from this they were also provided papaya (Vitamin B), drumstick (iron), lime/ Guava (vitamin C)/ and curry leaf (Iron) saplings, so that they could grow and use the same for consumption. The above families were able to get fresh vegetables for almost 2 – 3 months. This has been very useful program as during this financial year, the Project was facing severe drought and these vegetables were a big boon to the families.


Eighteen women/girls from 16 villages, who had undergone training in tailoring were donated 18 tailoring machines, and these girls/women are earning between Rs.400 to Rs. 4000 per month depending on the season.


In the project area, not more than 30% of the houses have toilets. 86 toilets were constructed in 16 villages. The Project gave 2 bags of cement, pan, pee trap, foot rest, one door sheet, and one toilet brush. Zilla Panchayath has also given Rs.3000 per toilet to families below poverty line as grant, as this is also one of the important thrust of the State government.


C) KATHERINE Education Fund:This fund had been setup by one of the US interns, Ms. Manjari Ranganathan to promote higher education (>Std.X) for girls of rural villages. Loans are given to the girls through SHGs @ 5% interest per annum, which should be repaid within one year. During last FY, we have helped 2 girls under this program. Both the girls have taken loan for studying second Pre University classes and both of them have repaid this loan with interest.


Names of Board Members and their Position


No.

Name

Designation in the Trust

1

Dr.B.S.Ajai Kumar

Chairman

2

DR. H. Sudarshan

Trustee

3

Mrs. Bhagya Ajai Kumar

Trustee

4

Mr. Abuli Vagh

Trustee

5

Dr. C. Usha Rao

Trustee

6

Mr.Krishna Vattam

Trustee

B. ACCOUNTS:
AUDITED FINCIAL STATEMENTS for 20102-2013 is enclosed for reference.

C. SALARY DISBURSEMENT

Slab of Grass Salary (in Rs.) Plus Benefits Paid to Saff

Male Staff

Female Staff

Total Staff

Less than Rs.5000

07

07

14

Rs.5000 - Rs.10,000

06

02

08

Rs.10000 - Rs.25000

02

01

03

D. STAFF REMUNERATION (GROSS ANNUAL SALARY + BENEFITS IN RUPEES)

Head of Organisation

2,94,000

Highest Paid

2,94,000

Lowest Paid (honoraria)

30,000

E. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL (2012-2013):

No Staff / trustees have been sent abroad during the reporting period.


F. NATIONAL TRAVEL (2012 -2013):

Total expenses incurred for staff for travel is Nil. No expense has been incurred for Board members.


G. REMUNERATION & REIMUBURSEMENT TO BOARD MEMBERS (2012-2013):

No remuneration and reimbursement has been paid to the Trustees by this organization for domestic travel, local conveyance, entertainments, etc.


VII. Project Submitted to GIVE INDIA & NABARD

1. Construction of two class rooms for rural school-Rs.5,00,000

2. Grant Assistance to function of SHPI Rs.6,75,000/- to NABARD


VIII. Future Plans:

a) To open a Primary School in IHDUA office at Mysore

b) To activate defunct SHGs and make at least 50% of them to be active

c) To initiate 50 new SHGs

d) To increase bank linkage from 98SHG's promoted by NABARD to 125SHG's

e) To continue the internship program f) To make IHDUA self sustaining


IX. Conclusion:

During 1993 – 2000, the focus of the Trust was on Rural Education. However, from 2000 onwards, the main focus has been on 'Women Empowerment' & "Economic Empowerment among women". Thus the organization has initiated & promoted more women groups and a lot of vocational training has been taken up during the reporting period, so that regular employment and income is assured. As planned in the previous year, tailoring Production Units have been initiated and bed sheets and pillow covers are being supplied to HCG, Bangalore. The members of the women group are becoming relatively confident. However, we have a long way to go. During the next financial year, emphasis will be on initiating more SHGs, providing training to them to manage their SHGs better, train SHG members on different vocational skills and starting more Production units on small scale & help in marketing the products. This will help them get regular/ supplementary employment, thus improving the economic status of the rural families. Emphasis will also be to tap Government resources & other donors to help the rural community & make the trust self sustain. For details of our program and for donating for different activities, please visit our website www.ihdua.net.