Saturday, September 19, 2009


This program launched by AID Patna is known as community development program as we at AID Patna wanted to work for overall development of any community that is deprived of its basic needs- education, health & hygiene, drinking water availability, public toilets, bathroom for ladies etc.
We identified a small community situated at Ashiana more, Bailey road Patna. The inhabitants of the community are mainly sweepers at B.V.College and B.I.T. Patna. Some of them are engaged in other activities for their livelihood. Looking at the condition they live in one can sense the extent of problems(every problem listed above) that they face. They have lived there for more than 50 yrs at that place but nothing has changed their fate. Their lack of education devoid them of opportunities provided by state & central govt. like- ration card(hardly anyone in the community is benefited), caste certificate (they are not able to procure their caste certificates which would allow their children to avail govt. scholarship for backword castes, sc and st)and the list keeps on increasing each time we visit the community. The community has almost all the problems listed above that we wanted to address.
We got good response from student volunteers as they wanted to do something for them. So we conducted an informal community survey where we discussed community problems and conveyed them of our motive of educating the children in that community. We got overwhelming response from the community. They were happy to know that we will be arranging for the education of their children. After the first informal survey we were aware of their problems and in a condition to devise plans for our future course of action. To have a better understanding of the conditions prevailing there and to become fully aware of the status of education in the community we conducted a family survey followed by Pratham education survey(designed by PRATHAM).
After scrutinizing the survey reports, we will post it in the upcoming posts. Our visit till date has been only on sundays. Our endeavor is to improve the state of education in the community and instill in them a vision towards life and happiness, as we feel that these are the things that can change their future for a long period of time. Rather than bringing about a radical change in their life in short period of time, we want to have a slow and steady change that can last for larger period in their life.
Our methodology and plans for community development will be elaborated in the next post. Hope i have reflected the overview of the community development program in an appropriate manner. Looking forward for your valuable comments and suggestions.

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