Children of Dhuliyan
Integrated Child Rights Project  
 
Rural Development through Panchayats 
 
Gender Hygiene Programme 
 
Cluster Development of SIlk Weavers 
 
Preservation of Folk Heritage 
Consultancy 
Rural Development through Panchayats (2008- 2012)

This programme is being implemented at the Dogacchi-Nopara Gram Panchayat (GP) of Samsergunje Block, Murshidabad district. The main goal of this programme is to build up the capacity and capabilities of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) in their role as institutions of local self-governance and hence strengthen democracy at the grassroots. The programme also aims at food security through sustainable use of local resources and in making the Panchayat effective in implementing various welfare schemes and projects.

Marfat has been able to strengthen Gram Unnayan Samitys (GUSs) in 3 samsads of the GP. Meetings, record-keeping and accounts have been systematised and the Executive Committee (Karjokori Samity) of all 3 GUSs’ are now active. Over 75 women’s Self Help Groups (SHGs) have been formed and nurtured by Marfat. These SHGs are involved in various social and economic activities. Through GP-GUS-SHG linkage 5 tube-wells have been repaired, over 85 Kitchen (Nutrition) Gardens have been set up. Under Marfat’s guidance 235 families in these samsads have got 21 days of work under the  National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in the period Dec-Feb’09 – there had been no work under NREGS before this.

Marfat has also intervened in the health aspects of the Panchayat area. It has conducted several Training Sessions on the invitation of the GP members. In these sessions strategies to improve parameters like hospital /safe delivery, immunisation, proper functioning of ICDS and Health centres have been developed and are being implemented at the ground level. The service provided by the ICDS Centres such as weighing of children has been regularised to a great extent. The Mothers’ Meetings in these centres have been regularised with Marfat conducting 2 Workshops under the aegis of the Gram Panchayat. It is to be noted, that from a monthly average of 12-14 neo-natal deaths the figure has come down to 4-5 in the few months since Marfat has started addressing the relevant issues. In collaboration with the Gram Panchayat, Marfat has taken-up a community based campaign to improve health seeking behaviour of the population and promote issues such as safe delivery, immunisation and proper ante and post natal care and proper nutrition of the children. Marfat is training up the women’s SHGs to become community monitors and promoters of issues related to public health and personal hygiene.