The Community Health Initiative of the organization was conceptualized as a response to the prevailing healthcare challenges faced by the people in the remotest villages in Nagaland. Initiated in the year 2016, the project reaches out to 120 villages in the districts of Kiphire, Phek, Kohima, Peren and Dimapur through an intervention of building competence of the communities to the address the local healthcare challenges by collective action. The project focuses on enhancing knowledge as well as changing behaviors attitudes and practices towards developing healthier communities in the rural Nagaland. The process involved collaboration and partnerships with the community leadership, the healthcare department of the government of Nagaland, the churches and civil society organizations and professionals and volunteers.
The key components of the project include:
• Generating Community Responses towards healthcare through formation of Community Health Action Teams (CHAT) in every village.
• Enhancing knowledge on prevention, treatment and management of communicable and non-communicable diseases
• Sensitization and awareness programme and water sanitation and hygiene and facilitation of construction and maintenance of household and community toilets, drainage system and proper waste management
• Training and mentoring of Healthcare Volunteers (Essential Care Givers) in each village as the first point of care for the villages.
• Promotion of Natural Medicines- through training on preparation of traditional medicines as well as development of Medicinal plant gardens in each village.
• Enhance availability and accessibility of health services through networking with the local government, NGOs and civil bodies.
Agriculture and Natural Resource Management
The 'Facilitating Agricultural Regeneration Measures in Northeast' (FARM North East) project implemented by DAN in 11 villages in Jalukie Block in Peren District in Nagaland since 2013, reaches out to nearly 1000 households engaged in agriculture. Through the intervention, the organization has been able to lay a sound foundation for comprehensive development in the agricultural sector in the targeted area. The result indicates 60% increase in agricultural output and enhanced engagement of people in scientific cultivation, multiple cropping and collective involvement in marketing in the local markets. Further, the project enhanced people's participation and initiatives in addressing the concerns pertaining to the general socio-economic and environmental concerns in the region. The
Strategic Objectives of the Project
• Marginalized farming communities adopt traditional farming practices which are more sustainable and more efficient to strengthen food sovereignty.
• Communities become empowered to take up collective action for promotion of socio-economic and self-governance development.
• Improving health standards by reviving traditional preventive and curative health practices, based on forest-based medicinal plants, which are acceptable to all.
Scholarship Support for Children
The Children Scholarship support programme was initiated in the year 2004 with generous support from the Kindermissionswerk Germany. This is an annual school expenditure support initiative for the economically weak students in the state of Nagaland. The project support 150 children on an average providing them with school fees and ensures that the children are not dropped out of schools due to economic hardships.
THE CHILDREN'S PARLIAMENT INITIATIVE
The Children's Parliament Initiative seeks to build capacities of the children and young adults through the Children's Parliaments wherein they would get direct practical experiences in the technicalities concerned with governance and policy implementation. The project would develop the skills of the children and youth through comprehensive trainings based on experiential learning and guided practice in real life situations. The project would ultimately nurture a set of well-informed pro-active youth who would, through their interventions would create an 'Atmosphere for Change' in socio-economic and political landscape of Nagaland.
The project is being implemented in the districts of Dimapur, Wokha and Peren coveing 12 educational institutions and 12 communities on a pilot phase. The initiative would be initiated in the other districts in the coming years.
Goal: The children and youth are capacitated to be meaningful contributors to the progress and development of the communities the Children's Parliament Mechanism.
• Promotion of Children Parliament in educational institutions and Communities
• Training and Capacity Building of Children for Strengthening Children Parliament
• Engaging Children and youth in Monitoring Governance
• Networking / Advocacy Programs with Government / Non-Government Organizations / Other Stakeholders
• Facilitating Support Services for children to enhance their participation and exercise of their rights.
THE PROJECT MORUNG
The intervention envisages an environment wherein duty-bearers and the children are capacitated for sustained enhancement of the child's opportunities for education for the unbridled growth and development as an individual. The project seeks to engage all key stakeholders through focused capacity building programmes and promotion of community organizations towards collective action to ensure the fulfillment and protection of the rights of the children. The intervention reaches out to 20 educational institutions and 40 communities to assure that an environment conducive to the right growth and development of the children are created through the combined effort of the institutions, community and the government for protecting, promoting and guaranteeing the fulfillment of their rights.
• To create enabling environment that would support, nurture and sustain the efforts to retain children in the formal education system.
• To provide opportunities for additional coaching, mentoring and curricular and co-curricular activities for children vulnerable to be dropped out both at the institutional and community level
• To capacitate and engage families and communities towards being proactive towards the protection of the rights of the children and creating an environment conducive to their growth and development.
• To develop an inclusive atmosphere in educational institutions for enhancing capacities of poor performing, deprived and differently abled children.
NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN
The Nutritional Support programme under the Development Association of Nagaland reaches out to 150 children in 3 locations in Dimapur and Peren Districts. The Children are given basic nutritional items during the remedial programmes organized by the educational institutions in Chessore, Shamator and Pungro in early part of 2018 and Nihokhu, Niuland and Jalukie in the later part of 2018 as well as in 2019. The initiative is supported by the SMILE Foundation which focuses on ensuring education and protection of the rights of the child across India.
Disaster Management & EMERGENCY RELIEF
Disaster Management and relief is carried out by the organization in coordination with the 72 catholic centres spread across the state of Nagaland. At the time of a disaster, a need assessment is done at the local level by the centre in charges and are forwarded to the organization for planning relief and reconstruction intervention with support from local, national and international agencies. The organization responds with emergency support in terms of food, clothing and other essential items. Reconstruction and rehabilitation programmes are undertaken after detailed study and planning.