Pragathi Child Focused Community Development project started its interventions in the year 2012 in 22 villages (13 in Srinivaspura and 9 in Mulbagal Taluk) with in the radius of 8 to 35 kms. The project covered 1817 families from socially and economically backward communities including 1708 children. As part of this project, Children activity centre and women’s development project started by forming Self Help Groups (SHGs) and taught the members on regular saving in the group. It also further helped them to avail loans to meet out their family and business needs. At present 42 SHGs are functioning. There are 3 Cluster Level Associations (CLAs) functioning in the project area which takes care of the SHGs in the particular cluster. Total number of 683 members/families availed financial support and started family based micro-enterprises. This was helpful to the family to earn an extra income. Now CBOs members have been monitoring the initiatives taken by the project in School and Early Child Care centres. 1705 children, 1100 women and 800 adolescents/youth from 1500 families are currently benefiting from the project intervention. The project formed a federation by involving the women from the SHG and registered it under Karnataka Societies Act, now the project is handed over to the registered federation managed by the community to sustain the activities promoted by the project. The federation coordinated with Muthakkapalli panchayath and mobilized a land to construct a building to carryout its activities. They also approached the panchayath again and got a scheme approved under MGNREGA from Srinivaspur taluk administration, the scheme is called “Sanjeevini Shed”. The Bhoomi Pooja to start the construction work held on 5th October 2020 at Muthakkapalli village.
Pragathi Mahila Samsthe and Grama Panchayath took the first step to build “Sanjeevini Shed” under the Scheme of Zilla Panchayath, Muthukapalli village by laying its foundation stone on 5th October, 2020. Significantly, the Zilla Panchayath office has generously pledged to cover the entire construction costs of this Sanjeevini Shed and has provided a grant of INR 13.50 Lakhs towards this objective. This Sanjeevini Shed will be used for Income Generation Activities(IGA), training programs, regular SHG/CLAs meetings and other activities for SHGs members.
The foundation stone was laid by Dr.Victor Paul, Director, Centre for Social Action (CSA) along with Sri Anand, Executive officer, Taluk Panchayath, Srinivasapur and gave their greetings to the federation to come up good in future and urged them to elevate it as one of the model centre in Kolar Dist.
Sri, Shaji, Project Officer, CSA., Sri, Murali, PDO, Grama Panchayath, Muthukapalli, Sri, Rajesh, Technical Coordinator, MGNREGA, Srininvaspur, Sri, Laxmipathy, Junior Engineer, MGNREGA, Srinivaspur, Sri, T.O. Anjaneyappa Project Coordinator, Pragathi Action Center, Smt.Aruna President, Pragathi Mahila Samsthe, Muthukapalli and local leaders, CBOs members were participated in the program.
The Bhoomi puja or the foundation stone laying ceremony was organised at the Sanjeevini Shed by Pragathi Mahila Samsthe to mark an auspicious start to the undertaking. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Victor Paul, Director, CSA, said “We thank the Grama Panchayath of Muthukapalli for giving us the opportunity to bring in this biggest social investment to Project villages. This will bring a meaningful change in the lives of CBOs members. We are honored to partner with the Grama Panchayath to build this Sanjeevini Shed.