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FXB India Suraksha joins hand with LAFARGE as CSR partner to extend their help towards vulnerable communities

Lafarge is world's largest cement manufacturer. It works closely with industrial associations, energy suppliers and architects to identify building methods which are cleaner and more environmentally friendly. With its belief that sustained economic growth cannot occur without social progress, environmental protection and respect for local communities LAFARGE has extended its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives through FXB India Suraksha.

The project begins with providing support to the residents of 4 villages in Masturi block, Bilaspur district of Chattisgarh, India. Majority population i.e. above 60% of the villagers of Patedih, Semradih, Jaitpuri and Chilathi migrates to other states for 6 months to seek employment in brick kilns and the rest of the time cultivate paddy to earn their livelihood. This constant mobility is affecting their quality of life in the form of poor access to health care, welfare schemes and especially children not having access to education or healthcare.
As Lafarge invited FXB India Suraksha to work in unity towards integrated development of the communities in these villages the program's action plan focused more on women empowerment, youth employability, children education and health.
It all started with community mobilization meetings with the Stake holders in all the project villages wherein citizens especially youths and women were sensitized about active participation in sanitation, health and educational activities.

Details of project Initiatives:-

Education: Standard of education in all the  proposed  villages was poor and largely influenced by the migration of families, poor access to schools, facilities and lack of motivation.. Villages were reporting high school dropout rates and among girls it was worst. Educated youth were working as daily wage labor due to lack of guidance and poor standard of education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initiatives

  • Established 4 education centers to raise the academic levels of slow learners

  • About 127 students have been enrolled in the centers

  • Centre equipped with trained tutors, teaching learning materials and basic facilities

  • Sensitizing parents towards the importance of sending their girl child to school and providing      good nutrition was taken up through monthly parent meetings & house visits

  • Providing supplementary nutrition to the children

 

Health care: Health was of a high concern with high rates of fevers, GIs and other water borne health problems reported especially during monsoons. Poor connectivity has been a major setback to access Government health care facilities. Lack of access to safe water & sanitation facilities is also one of the major threats to the health in the project villages. No measures were taken for protecting ground water and preventing contamination near water sources by the Government or by the community. Water bodies are mostly polluted and get dried up in summer imposing water scarcity even for drinking purposes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initiatives:

  • Launched awareness about water treatment and water borne disease though IEC materials, wall paintings, awareness camps etc.

  • Conducted  house visits disseminating messages on importance of clean water

  • Operating 2 health centers

  • Trained Project Doctor available for better service delivery  

  • Thematic awareness activities in hygiene and information on basic health concepts, particularly for women and children. 3 specialized gynaec and dermatology camps organized and about 250 patients received services.

 

Livelihood promotion: There was zero employment in the proposed villages except meager road works and agro based labor during monsoons. As mentioned earlier, villages report significant migration to other states for daily wage labor works in brick kilns. Major causative factor of migration is lack of irrigation and meager employment. Large scale migration is a major setback that is impacting their socio economic conditions. No active Self Help Groups (SHGs), no micro enterprises and no access to microfinance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initiatives:

  •  9 Self help groups have been formed with about 105 members

  •  4 trainings on SHG management were organized.              

  •  SHG members doing regular monthly savings of Rs.100 each.

  •  Established mushroom cultivation resource centre and initiated promoting mushroom clusters.

  •  Formed 4 youth cells with 105 members

  •  Youth skill training- 11 young boys have been trained in automobile through DB Tech  at Raipur

 

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