Sustainable Development through Secured Families
Sustainable development will be meaningful if each and every one is provided with ample opportunities to enjoy the fruits of growth that has taken place in the community and equip the marginalized with accessibility to power structures. Save a Family Plan is a sponsorship programme through which we are leading the destitute families to planned development.
Canada is supporting us in this effort through Save A Family Plan India. A benefactor family in Canada is sponsoring a beneficiary family in India and providing a financial support of Rs.900/- per month to every family. From 1983 onwards we are delivering this service to the destitute families in the marginalized societies. And 2385 families have upgraded their socio economic status and standard of living by utilizing this opportunity.
Support system and implementation structure
For the smooth implementation of Save A Family Programme the agency has a group of trained workers who are dedicated to their service for the betterment of the beneficiaries. Under the leadership of a programme coordinator four animators are working to ensure quality service to both the beneficiaries and benefactors. For better implementation of the programme the whole operational area of the agency has been divided into four regions such as Kundara, Kollam, Chavara and Mavelikkara. There is a Family Facilitation Team under the leadership of DSSS director working for the planning and evaluation of the project. Every year the project team (FFT) is developing a yearly action plan for the comprehensive development. The monthly financial support is utilized for self employment and IGP programmes, House maintenance, Electrification of house, construction of sanitary latrine, water connection, education and marriage of the children and for medical treatment of the beneficiary family.
The project team helped the beneficiaries to prepare thanks giving letter to the benefactor and posted it timely. Account of the 65 beneficiary families who had completed the tenure (6years) was closed and the progress report of the families who had completed five and half year was prepared. Monthly staff review and centre meeting took place regularly. Regional meeting of the FDP families took place in once in three months. The community animators had been visiting and evaluating the activities once in three months.
SAFPI regional coordinator visited the newly approved families in the month of May, August and October for verification. He also visited the existing beneficiary families for evaluation and graded in the month of December. The diocesan coordinator completed the annual family visit. The animators regularly visiting the beneficiary families and providing proper guidance to them for the smooth implementation of the porgramme
Capacity building to beneficiaries
Capacity building programmes were implemented for the beneficiary families for the up gradation of their living condition and standard of living. Topic involved in these trainings was personal hygiene, environmental cleanliness, positive health care practices, debate and discussions about current social issues, and awareness classes about various government schemes which are suitable for them.
Network and Linkages
The SAFP team also encourages the beneficiary family to utilize various government housing schemes like Indira Avas Yogans, E.M.S housing programme, housing programmes of department of fisheries and department for the development of scheduled caste and achieve a decent habitat for the family. The animators also help the beneficiary families to utilize the Educational support, Health insurance and various Workers welfare fund and to enjoy the fruits of development activities executed by the government. The project team also motivated the beneficiary families to ensure their participation in Gramsabha and be a part in the PRI level Development
Income Generating Programme
The FDP team gives emphasis on initiating Income Generating Activities as a way to find out additional income to the beneficiary families. The project team provides training to the beneficiary family to start an activity which is suitable for their environment and local market. Gradually this IGP will become the back born of the families and lay foundation stone for the development of the family. The detailed list of IGP Programme is depicted in the following table.
Regional and center meeting
The smooth functioning and to sustain the proper communications with the beneficiaries about the implementation of the programme two regional meetings were conducted in each region. In this meeting the coordinator gave a complete picture of the programme to the beneficiaries through a power point presentation. They also shared their experiences and doubt about the implementation and procedure of the project
Every month centre meetings at Parish level has conducted in the predetermined centers. Ten centers from each region were selected for centre meeting. Community animators facilitated the meeting
Annual gathering of the SAFP family in this reporting period was on 18th February 2013. Mr. S.L. Sajikumar, chairman health and welfare standing Committee Jilla Panchayath inaugurated the programme. Shri Kureeppuzha Sreekumar was the chief guest of the day. Rev. Fr. Ferdinand Peter Vice president, QSSS presided over the meeting. This was a day of joy and celebration for the beneficiaries. They shared their experience and the beneficiaries who successfully executed the IGP programme were appreciated also. This would be a motivation to others to come forward through their hard work. The beneficiaries also performed cultural activities to added the flavour of celebration to the day