Here is a brief look at some of CTRD's achievements over the last 30 years:
CTRD has worked with 150 tribal villages enabling them to become more independent and self-sufficient. We have been working in a variety of areas related to development cooperation’s. These include education, livelihood, health and agricultural programs as well as initiatives to empower women and disabled people. In order to be able to carry out these measures we have been working with several governmental and non-governmental organizations. Governmental organizations include the Hill Area Development Project, the District Rural Development Agency, the District Tribal Welfare Department, the Block Development Office, the Horticulture Department and the Tea Board of India. Non-governmental organizations include company foundations as well as development aid associations such as the Airbus Cooperate Foundation or the AWO from Germany.
CTRD has helped the tribal people to cultivate tea, pepper, coffee, bananas and ginger on their own land in order to generate a stable income. CTRD has provided various saplings, seeds, guides and technical assistance to help within their cultivation activities. The tribal farmers have started using new techniques and technologies in crop production especially in tea. For this purpose, trainings and awareness programs have been done. More than 1000 tribal farmers are now actively engaging in the activities taught by CTRD for tea, coffee, pepper, ginger, banana or vegetable production. On more than 445 acres tea and pepper is grown. Being one of the major cash crops in this area, the cultivation of tea is especially useful for income generation. 500 of these farmers are growing organic tea within 275 acres through 9 tribal organic tea producer associations. All these efforts resulted in higher incomes which has a remarkable impact on the livelihood in the tribal communities.
The livelihood programs are focusing on 3 major actions:
- Building sanitary facilities: Most of the villages have none so far, which leads to hygiene deficiencies. So far more than 200 sanitary facilities in various tribal hamlets have been built.
- Constructing houses: In many villages houses are either non existing or in a deplorable state. In several rural housing programs CTRD built 225 environment friendly houses in 10 tribal villages.
- Biogas construction: In most villages cooking is done with open fires, which threatens the health of the people living there due to the smoke. Biogas constructions is one way of solving this issue, while constructing smokeless stoves is the other one being practiced. The advantage of a biogas unit is that it does not need any wood, which leads to deforestation. On the other hand, a biogas unit is more expensive caused by the complicated construction itself and by the need of buying cows, which are essential for the inputs. So far 51 Biogas units have been constructed in several villages. In total until 2017 nearly 580 mts of firewood were saved and nearly 1043 mts of CO2 emissions were reduced. Without the need to buy wood the biogas partnership also saved 3,4 million rupees, which is now available for the local communities. On top nearly 0,25 million liter of milk were sold, resulting in total earnings of 5,9 million rupees.
- In addition, we also built roads to get better access to the villages and community halls which are used for trainings as well as for festivals and meetings within the village communities.
Comprehensive Health Care Programs:
Health care has been one of the major issues in the tribal villages. Major steps have been undertaken to solve many of these problems. Especially in the field of eye care we worked a lot with the tribal communities, but also with non tribals in the area. The programs included rather simple actions like awareness programs, but also surgeries have been undertaken to enhance the health status.
Achievements within in the health care programs include:
- Various awareness programs for health like hand wash education or how to deal with diseases like the sickle cell anemia.
- Various health services have been offered in cooperation with the government.
- Sickle cell anemia testing has been implemented.
- More than 6000 cataract surgeries have been done through various eye camps in cooperation with the Sankara Eye Hospital and the District Blind Control Society.
We did different types of education programs to provide school materials and school clothes as well as evening school programs. We achieved that 2445 tribal children are now participating in governmental or tribal schools, while they had been working at the fields before. Also the drop outs reduced drastically.
- CTRD developed more than 2000 Self Help Groups (SHG's) for women. Actions of the SHG’s include to get loans from various banks to establish own businesses. The credits given so far are worth more than 10 crore.
- We developed several SHG's for disabled people to empower them and providing them a forum to exchange information about problems and challenges and how they can be solved by themselves. This includes awareness programs of how to get supported by government schemes or how to participate in sport activities.