Sunday, December 30, 2012


There is a popular line by a Hindi poet Dushyant Kumar as:

sirf hangama, khada karna, mera maksad nahi
saari koshish, hai ki ye, soorat badalni chahiye
mere seene mein nahi, to tere seene mein sahi
ho kahi bhi aag lekin, aag jalni chahiye

Poet Dushyant Kumar[1] wrote above lines on bringing change-describes that its not only we talk or shout about change…but instead we must bring change!  And with Caritas LIFE project we have tried to bring out some of the changes at grass root and at institutional level (which probably not happened earlier)! Lets see that in 30 months of the LIFE project implementation with 95% of total result achievement, what all are the changes (mainly 100%) in though process, and in practice has visualised at both grassroots and at institutional level (Both partner and donor agency)

Changes at grass root/community level!

Sustainable agriculture:
  • Usage of HYBRID SEEDS is 100% out from the project field, not only that target community is not using it, also none of the community members in the project villages are using it. Certified seeds from KVK and local seeds are in use. This in turn is making farmers not to depend on market for farming, every year  to purchase hybrid seeds
  • 100% of  target community started practicing cultivation with mix of synthetic inputs ( mainly DAP, but no UREA).  This in long run is improving the maintaining the optimum level of pH[2] of soil and thus improves the soil heal on hand and on other hand reduces the input cost up to 80%

  • with the expenditure of 559000 ( in 30 months)  on strengthening the function of Panchayats , we are able to systemise the operation in 8 Panchayats , this expenditure per panchayat is on an average 750000 , and with that now all these  8 Panchayats are functioning effectively . If with an average of 75000 (in 30 months) investment Panchayats operations could be strengthen,  then why not the  similar model of LIFE could be adopted. By the Rajasthan
  • 20 micro-plans have developed and presented in gram Sabaha and 15 out of 20 get approved by gram Sabha. Community participation in development planning has begun in the region.
  • 100% of target community in all the 20 project villages have access to NREGA and now 70% of the target community submit ritten application to demand work under NREGA.  This in long run is spreading the impact and also mitigating the migration pressure from the villages to the near by citities. In Banswara no migration after Kharif crop soweing.
  • Godiyawas Panchayats ( LIFE project village & Panchayat in Ajmere) has become one of the best Panchayat in the state for implementation of NREGA ( almost 100% HHS have 100 days of work).
  • If we compare the total budget of NREGA in last two years with the amount we have spent through LIFE project i.e. 159000/- its just .04% of the total budget of NREGA for the concerned 8 Panchayats, but with .04% amount we are able to strengthen the budget of INR 390600000[3] . From this we can easily understand that how it is important to have programmes like LIFE in strengthening the implementation of NREGA, else the amount of INR 390600000 is hardly used for building sustainable resources ( one of the key mandate of NREGA). Also it is worth to note that this amount is now reaching to the community and in other way it is mitigating migration.
  • 100% of the eligible target community have received the benefits of government schemes.
  • Rozgar Dhaba at Naulakha (Godiyawas Panchayata0 has officially become the part of of Panchayat as Panchayat Resource Center (PRC).  It has become the 1st Village Information Center in India to be as PRC. And has strengthen the Panchayat process

 Community based & Managed organisations:
  • Now 100% the CBOs ( farmers club, Women SHGs) are self managed and operates without any support from the project field staff
  • 100% of farmers club formed under LIFE project are approved by NABARD and also started getting financial support. Its 1st time that 100% of farmers club formed in any of the project at any of the partner organisation has get approved from NABARD.
  • 100% of SHGS are linked with NABARD/bank and started availing loan for the livelihood based activities.

Changes at partner organisation level!
Fund leverage
  • In last 30 months approximate fund release ((through Caritas India) is about INR 6000000 (approx round figure) and is able to cater 1572 target families ( 614 at Banswara and  958 at Ajmer)     , where as fund leveraged from the various government institutions is about  INR 6900000 and is able to cater 1777  deprived communities ( including target communities). From this its easily observed that in LIFE project till July 2012, not only INR 6000000 has been invested rather its INR 12900000  has been invested and thus the results are in front that almost 6 months in advance LIFE project is able to achieve the set results.
  • Support/projects from government institutions: With Linkages and support in the project, it’s not only that it has impact on the community, but organisations also get support from the government institutions, SJVS Banswara has received two projects from NABARD.
  • It is important to know that SJVS-Banswara has grown up with LIFE project in terms of establishing linkages, where as RCDSSS-Ajmer has grown up in terms of establishing systems like LIFE project. Now both the partner organisations are developing the projects for other agencies keeping LIFE as the base model for project development as well as project implementation. Now all the projects with both the partner organisations are result based and on monthly reporting systems ( which was earlier limited to activities and quaterly reporting )
  • Visibility of Partner, the project , community and the donopr agency has reached throughout the globe with LIFE blog  ( )which is India’s 1st development project blog and has now crossed 30000 of viewership with daily updates.

Changes at Caritas India level!

  • Now projects in Caritas India’ is also being developed on the base structure of LIFE project considering the Result Based Approach and thorough hand holding for the project at field level.
  • With the initiation of LIFE blog and on social media, now there are around 9 development projects of caritas India have blog and are on social media sites.

[1] Dushyant Kumar (September 27, 1931 – December 31, 1975) was a poet of modern Hindi-Urdu literature. In India, he is generally recognized as one of the foremost Hindi-Urdu poet during the 20th century. He was also a Dramatist, Litterateur and Gazal writer.
[2] The soil pH is a measure of the acidity or basicity in soils. pH is defined as the negative logarithm (base 10) of the activity of hydronium ions (H+ or, more precisely, H3O+aq) in a solution. It ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. A pH below 7 is acidic and above 7 is basic. Soil pH is considered a master variable in soils as it controls many chemical processes that take place. It specifically affects plant nutrient availability by controlling the chemical forms of the nutrient. The optimum pH range for most plants is between 5.5 and 7.0
[3] Source: NREGA official website ( work project amount) of concerned Panchayats


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