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KCDP Project

Kachhi Community Development Program 2007-2022

Kachhi Community Development Programme (KCDP) has been supported by Digni and Wycliffe Norway since 2007. The first phase of the project was completed in 2017 and the second phase started in 2018. The Programme focuses on three thematic areas:

1. Education
2. Health
3. Civil Society

So far 50 Kachhi villages have been a part of the project. This new project period will add another 50 villages, and the total number of beneficiaries will reach 17,665. The villages will be served through education, savings groups, basic healthcare, and community awareness.

A. Education Programme

This project ensures the Kachhi community‛s ability to preserve their language through developing Kachhi language and literature and ensuring that mother tongue education is available. A considerable range of printed material was developed to keep the culture and language alive. At present KCDA has fifteen primary schools with four hundred and fifty (450) students studying. The KCDA literacy team organized a teachers‛ training for primary school teachers. These schools are working in Tando Allahyar District.
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B. Health Awareness Program:

There is a significant change in the behavior of community women and children after the start of the Health and Hygiene (HH) awareness sessions in the villages and schools. KCDA plans to motivate women and children at the villages and community levels through different Participatory Rural Appraisals (PRAs) in the future. On an annual basis the KCDA health staff conduct a health survey among children in the fifteen primary schools. The purpose of the survey is to check the physical growth of the children year by year.

During the period of 2013 through 2019, Kachhi community development Programme trained 94 midwives who are now working in their communities.
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C. Women Self Help Group (SHG):

In 2012, KCDA took the initiative of presenting a self-help approach. (This approach assisted women in developing their own savings program…) The initiative started with a short meeting with Ms. Kiran Shahzadi (SHG National Coordinator, KNH) at the end of April 2012. Initially KCDA targeted only one district, Tando Allahyar, but at the present KCDA is working in Mirpurkhas district as well. There are 46 women’s SHGs functioning successfully with 610 active members. The total savings is 216,430/= (Rs?). The women are getting a loan from their SHG and starting small businesses. 15 women obtained a loan from a SHG and started their own small business. Women develop confidence from the SHGs and now they make decisions in their groups.
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D. Advocacy & Lobbying:

KCDA organized a session with the Kachhi community regarding the issue of early child marriages. For this issue, KCDA advocacy staff attended network meetings with other partners during the year. These local partners made a lot of effort and approached local government institutions. In the advocacy program six clusters were formed and 90 community people are now voluntarily working with KCDA. 10 area animators are working in three districts.