HDFC, Bank supported project Khushhali is being implemented in 8 villages of Fazilka and Muktasar Districts of Punjab. This initiative was started during September 2017. Project office of Khushhali is located at Abohar town of Fazilka District. The Goal of this project is to facilitate development approaches among the community of Fazilka & Muktasar districts to achieve the holistic development of the region and ensuring improved quality of life of local community members. This CARD- HDFC association is covering around 5000 households. This region enjoys Agriculture, horticulture & dairy predominant livelihoods pattern Most of these households are sowing Wheat and Gram during Rabi and Cotton, Maize & cotton during Kharif. Also some farmers are involved in the Kinnow cultivation. Still there are issues affecting lives of local villagers severely like:
- Performance of basic services for Health, education (school,pre school), drinking water supply, village hygiene etc. are not satisfactory.
- Limited livelihood options are there for small farmers or landless households.
- The farming system practices are not safe and harming the environment and causing hazards for human health. Also causing high cost of cultivation.
- The purpose of this association is mainly to disseminate and demonstrate the best practices of holistic development among the community groups of the region to improve their quality of life.
The duration of this project is 3 years. As per the first year’s project planning following will be the immediate beneficiary groups:
- Farmers of the project villages
- Students and staff of the schools and preschools located in the project villages.
- Women from the weaker section of village community.
- Landless and other deprived of community members.
The planning of Khushhali has been designed around the following components:
- Inputs for natural resource development
- Improved community services. school, Human & Animal health camps.
- Promotion of responsible farming practices: demonstration, training and exposure of farmers towards improved farming practices
- Women empowerment: Self Help Groups formation, skill development, income generation activities
- Promotion of Fishery activity.
- Community mobilization towards different development issues.
- Preparation of long term participatory micro planning: PRA, Baseline collection & net planning for watershed development
It is envisaged that by the end of first year of project following outputs would be witnessed in the project villages:
- Around 600 organized farmers in 40 Farmers’ Interest Groups (FIGs) and their orientation towards improved and responsible farming practices.
- Net Planning of 1400 ha. area to understand the scope and plan watershed development activities.
- Around 400 farmers from the project villages witnessed responsible and improved farming practices through demonstrations, exposure visits and trainings organized under the project.
- Promotion of 200 low cost kitchen gardens to ensure proper nutritional diet of small farmers’ household.
- Around 2000 villagers, including women & children, benefitted through health consultation service at their village itself through 8 human health camps organized under the project.
- Introduction of improved Teaching Learning material in 8 schools of project villages.
- Support class input to improve the performance of around 200 weak students of project village.
- Promotion/strengthening of 40 women Self Help Groups.
- General treatment and immunization services through 16 animal health camps organized under project covering all the project villages.
- Detailed microplan developed and agreed with the key stakeholders for each project village.