October- December 2018: About 360 'Community Awareness Programs' were conducted. Based on the themes covered during the training, 11 thematic areas were identified on which Community Awareness Programs could be conducted. However, the volunteers preferred to confine themselves to 5 major thematic areas namely, sexual and reproductive health, government schemes and programs, safe migration, animal husbandry and other schemes.
November- December 2018: A volunteer's diary has been exclusively developed and provided to the trained young volunteers during State level training and is encouraged to document field activities and case studies. Similarly, a monthly reporting format has also been developed which the District Coordinator is to report the district activities to the state office. In addition, a web based mobile application has also been developed in the month of November 2018 where the project team uploads activities and photographs on a real time basis. A short video documentary on the project has been produced in the month of December 2018 highlighting the training process and the field activities undertaken by volunteers.
October- December 2018: Trained youth volunteers after undergoing the training, conducted community awareness programs from October to December 2018 involving PRIs, SHGs and youths of the locality as well as undertook social action projects on issues of health, education, livelihood and social issues such as child marriage etc. Regular mentoring and hand holding support extended to youth in engaging facilitators.
October- November 2018: Before the formal start of community level activities by the trained volunteers, a contact and mentoring session was organized at all the three districts simultaneously. Action plans for conduct of community awareness programs was finalized and the volunteers were reoriented on selected themes based on the action plan. In addition, 21 facilitators were appointed and were oriented on the project and the themes under Community Action Project from 4th to 6th November 2018.
August- September 2018: Seven batches of residential training program being held for 10 days and comprising of 281 young people, were completed to build their capacities to be the change makers in their respective communities. A pool of 33 master trainers facilitated the training including faculty of KISS and other external experts. Exposure visits were undertaken to Institute of Entrepreneurship Development, Odisha Farm Machinery Resource and Development Centre and KIIT Skill Development Centre. The exposure visit explored the opportunities available for young entrepreneurs in starting their own enterprise.
June 2018: While the nomination of youth were in process, the Uday team took the opportunity to organize 16 community level sensitization programs from 4th to 7th June 2018 to with the help of Parents Committee of KISS at various remote locations of the three districts to create awareness and seek support of the local communities. Afterwards, at the district level meeting on 28th June 2018, a total of 299 youth comprising of 205 boys and 94 girls from 15 blocks were identified to undergo training in all three intervention districts.
May & July 2018: Development of the training module involved deciding on the thematic areas of the training module followed by the development of the actual module. A series of consultations on 30th May, 2018 as well as on 9th to 11th July, 2018 were held with experts and organizations to finalize the contents and training. Field testing of the module on content, language, and methodology was conducted and appropriate changes incorporated. The final Odia version of the module was developed and printed for reference of the trainers and trained volunteers.
May 2019: A one-day district level launch cum consultation meetings were organized in the districts of Malkangiri , Koraput and Rayagada on 4th , 5th and 19th May 2018 respectively. The aim was to share the project objectives and to garner support of key stakeholders to facilitate in implementation of the project, finalize modalities for nomination and selection of youth and detail out mechanisms to establish linkages with ongoing programs as well as to identify nodal officers at district level for coordination of project activities.
15th May 2018: A state level consultation with youth was organized on 15th May 2018 at the Kalinga Institute where 45 young boys and girls from the 3 districts participated. The discussions touched on various issues such as education as a key to development, inaccessibility to educational institutions due to distance and inadequate communication facilities, the male-centric vocation education resulting in the neglect of girls, the prevalence of alcoholism, domestic violence and early marriage in tribal areas, lack of livelihood options except cultivation and agriculture, conflict and extremism in tribal areas preventing development activities and young people's inhibition in joining defense and police forces due to fear of extremists.
April 2018: In consultation with district administration, intervention blocks were identified based on development indicators and vulnerabilities of communities, particularly of young people. Percentage of tribal population, conflict affected regions, literacy rates and accessibility were the parameters for selection of districts and blocks. Efforts were also made to identify Gram Panchayats and villages those are extremely vulnerable.
Village: Tentuliguma, District: Koraput : An Uday leader mobilises women and accompanies them to Block Development Office for formation of new Self Help Group. Apart from that, this trained Uday leader also educate women in her community regarding different government programmes and schemes and try to ensure they get benefited from those schemes.
Village: Jagannathpur, District: Rayagada : In remote tribal villages, adolescent girls have little knowledge about menstruation, reproductive tract infections. In the weekly adolescent girls meeting at the anganwadi centre, Uday leaders informing about menstruation, myths associated with it and regarding reproductive tract infections.
Village: Gumi village District: Rayagada : Usually, parents do not send their children to Anganwadi Centre or sometimes the AWC is closed. The Uday leaders ensure that all children in their village go to Aganwadi Centres and avail the benefits available there. They also inform community members about the services available in the AWC. Every week, they support AWW in maintaining growth chart of each child enrolled in the centre.
Village Badapankala District Rayagada : Tube wells are installed by Government and for its maintenance, there is a person designated in every Panchyat. Usually, it is installed once but never gets repaired if it beaks down. Due to non-availability of safe drinking water, villagers often drink contaminated water from outside and fall sick. During the training under the project, youth were sensitized on leadership qualities, importance of safe drinking water and how to write application. Understanding the importance of safe drinking water and taking the leadership role, Uday leaders repaired tube wells in coordination with local Panchayat office.
Block Boipariguda District Koraput : Sunil Sethi, age 23 of Ramgiri Gram Panchayat after passing the Matriculation examination was doing odd jobs and whiling away his time until he heard about UDAY. After attending the UDAY training, Sunil says he has found the most constructive way to spend time. He started engaging in several initiatives in his locality. On 12th September, 2018, Sunil organised an awareness generation programmes to eliminate Malaria and Dengu, the most common problem in his village. The Nayab Sarpanch, ward member, ASHA, and Anganwadi worker also participated.
Oct 13, 2018 : 281 young boys and girls have been trained in 7-batches between 2nd August and 29th September 2018 at KISS, Bhubaneswar. The youth were trained in volunteerism, leadership and welfare schemes of the government, so that they to take up social action in some of the remote tribal villages of Odisha, where they belong to.
The purpose of the contact and mentoring session was to develop a plan of social action and community interface programmes to be organised by the trained volunteers. The meet was organised at all the three districts simultaneously on Saturday the 13th October, 2018. `
The District Coordinators and the volunteers shared experiences from the training and ideas they had for social action. The meeting also helped in identifying the support that would be required from the district/block administration for organizing activities in the community. Some of the volunteers spoke of the initiatives that were already being undertaken by them, which will be shared in next updates on Twitter and the website pact4impact.com. After discussions and deliberations the volunteers put together an action plan to reach out to their respective communities
The meeting at Koraput was graced by Sri Gadadhar Parida, the former dist. Collector as the chief guest, Sri Jagannath Prasad Rayguru, the District Information and Public Relation Officer and Dr. Ratikanta Khatua, the Blood bank Officer of Koraput District Hospital. The meeting at Malkangiri was graced by Sri Ramkrushna Nanda, PA-ITDA, Sri Manas Mishra, District Information and Public Relation Officer and Sri Ashok Pattnaik, President, Child Welfare Committee. The Rayagada meeting was attended by Sri Amulya Mishra, Bureau Chief of Rayagada unit of Kalinga TV and Sri Ghasiram Majhi, KISS Parents
10 day residential training of Batch 3 & 4, out of the scheduled 7 batches, has now been completed. So far, over 153 youth, 83 boys and 70 girls have been trained.
Mission Uday spreads wings to 19 blocks in Odisha
280 youths from 19 blocks under three districts namely Koraput, Malkangiri and Rayagada in Odisha, will be trained in 2018. The blocks have been selected on the basis of:
The State Level Launch of Mission UDAY was held on 16th May 2018 at KIIT School of Management, Bhubaneswar. The launch of Mission UDAY, a joint initiative by UNFPA, Rural Electrification Corporation Foundation (REC), Government of Odisha and the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), marked a historic milestone of a unique partnership between Development Agency, State Government, Academic Institution and Corporate Sector, envisioning a new kind of corporate social responsibility leading the way to empower the State. Shri Ramesh Majhi, Hon'ble Minister ST & SC Development graced the occasion as the chief guest.
The event was marked with the presence of Shri Achyuta Samanta, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Dr. Jennifer Butler, Deputy Regional Director, Asia Pacific Regional Office, UNFPA, and Shri S.K Gupta, Director Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd. The event had a participation of more than 250 youth from districts and officials from different departments.
UNFPA has been working with various government departments, institutions and civil society to reach out to and empower adolescent boys and girls in tribal Odisha. Uday aims to systematically reduce vulnerabilities of young boys and girls towards child marriage and exploitation; train the tribal youth on leadership and life skills education, and create a cadre of youth ambassadors.