The Village Development Program is Rehab India Foundation’s flagship project. Combining deeply interlinked sectors – education, healthcare, sanitation, and economic upliftment, our organization has adopted villages from across the length and breadth of the country. Adopting individual villages in comprehensively planned 5-Year Cycles, our volunteers and employees work alongside local population to build strong rural communities, by ensuring holistic and equitable development. Perhaps most importantly, inculcating a stable, sustainable vision for the future in the minds and hearts of young and old alike, has been among our greatest achievements under this Program.
With a view to maximise the utilisation and benefit of our projects and programmes, the Cluster Programme has been introduced. The primary concept of this programme is to choose a group (cluster) of backward villages in the same region. Instead of providing the amenities to one particular village, the villages around can also be benefited through this programme. Initiatives such as Information centre, Community centre, Tuition centre, Library, Pharmacy, etc. can be shared by the group of villages. Thus, Rehab can reach to more deprived people. This programme is being implemented in the state of Bihar. 10 villages in the Katihar District have been initiated since 2015 as Cluster I. Currently Cluster II, Cluster III and Cluster IV are being launched. The project and programmes implemented will be utilised by the villages and they will be benefited through it.
Rehab India foundation under its village Development Programme (VDP) focusses on improving socio and economic conditions of rural India. Village Development Programme is designed as a 5-year strategy model to transform the village and changing lives of people.Rehab India foundation has been able to reach 60 villages and 70,182 beneficiaries under its Village development Programme in various parts of India in last seven years from 2012-2018. Rehab India foundation is successfully implementing its VDP Programme in 7 states -Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.
The aim of VDP is to rehabilitate the marginalized community by facilitating a holistic sustainable development in the areas of,
Education: Our aim is to work with the children of the village community in the rural areas to not only have access to schools, but also have self-driven motivation to enroll themselves, and attend classes on a regular basis. Initiatives of the Foundation have tackled issues ranging from scholarship access and enrolment campaigns, to teacher training, and parent-teacher meetings, that are aimed at assessing the quality and regularity of a child’s education process, instead of just the bare-minimum of building more schools.
Health Care: Our aim is to ensure that everyone has access to basic medical facilities provided by the government through Public Health Centers(PHCs). In order to apprise the community about the facilities and facilitate a platform for them to avail the facilities, we conduct health awareness programmes in association with local PHCs. Our successful campaigns with the ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) workers in the Hazipara and Talghat village of West Bengal and Bihar respectively, have motivated us to strengthen our health care facilities by raising awareness around the common issues of breast cancer, anemia, breast feeding, immunization, viral hepatitis and personal hygiene. Our especially designed, Health on Wheels programme helps the people residing in the most remote locations with no access to basic health-care facilities to avail the medical facilities right in front of their house with the help of ambulance that visits them monthly for regular check-ups.
Drinking Water Projects have been successfully implemented in several parts of the country, along with the installation of tube wells, hand-dug wells, and water catchment schemes.
Public sanitation drives, in the form of awareness campaigns, training programs with health workers, and construction of hygienic public and common toilets. Locality based purification mechanisms, and rain water harvesting projects are among the new initiatives we are deliberating upon.
Economic Development: Rehab is working with income generation projects to improve the economic status of the poor by working aggressively on the issues pertaining to artisans, livelihood, Interest Free Credit, Micro Credit, Self Help Groups and Skill training programs. We have planned a variety of platforms to facilitate the economic growth of the Rehab adopted villages, the programs comprise of Self Help Groups intended to garner capacity building and promote gender empowerment, Partnership Farming where the farmers are provided interest-free loans where Rehab takes the 75% burden of the farming, whereas programmes like providing skill development trainings, micro-finance and literacy camps are designed to provide opportunities and facilitate conditions under which the community can flourish.
National Integration: We realized that a huge section of our village communities lie to peripheries and get marginalized not only politically and economically but also socially. In order to bring a sense of belongingness and align the population with the mainstream, we believe an awareness around their national heritage and its legacy plays a key role in understanding one’s location. Therefore, Rehab India Foundation conducts programmes for the village community which are of national importance so that the community is apprised about the various factors that bind us together as a country, which would not have been generally accessible to them without any external source.