As a participating institute of UBA project GITAM (Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management) Visakhapatnam, in the month of March 2017 conducted a field survey in all the five adopted villages. The field survey was administered through the questionnaire designed by UBA to get an idea on the issues, challenges and problems to identify the gaps pertaining to rural transformation.
Through the survey GIM UBA team found that these villages have lot of potential in terms of women entrepreneurship and women empowerment through skill development. Women and girls have shown their willingness to develop various skills, there by GIM UBA team facilitated tailoring training in these villages and helped them to be employable. To encourage skill development alluring training programme for 40 days was organized in Peddipalem, Pekeru, Sirlapalem and Mukundapuram Villages and 30 women received the training from each village. The training programme was a success and women started earning by tailoring work and many of them saving their expenditure towards stitching expenses by doing stitching on their own for self-use and they are confident to be economically independent.
The GIM UBA team has found in the survey for the need for waste management and helped Peddipalem Village to construct a Solid waste Management Plant. In this regard the institute has contemplated a plan of action and donated twenty electrical poles as requested by officials for providing electricity connection for the functioning of solid waste management plant. The plant is in operation successfully and is maintained by trained staff. This also enabled to improve the local resource as this will benefit the farmers in the village to use the vermi compost manure in farming where in the present focus is on traditional farming.
Another important gap was health and hygiene. GIM UBA team initiatives like street plays, door to door awareness campaigns, health camps organized with the help of GITAM Institute of Medical Science and Research (GIMSR) and video were played for the students at government schools on health and hygiene enabled in bringing change in the mind-set of the people for the effective use of individual toilets and maintain sanitation in the respective villages. These efforts have benefited 1652 households in five villages to sensitize the households about relevance of good health and hygienic practices for better health and healthy living. These initiatives along with government initiatives helped in achieving 100 per cent open defecation free (ODF) in the cluster villages.