Reach India started its journey as a training and capacity building organisation. Going forward, we have learnt through our experiences that we have our core expertise in trainings and capacity building processes, but at the same time there is need to have a comprehensive package of trainings, implementation and providing technical support. Reach’s core expertise reside in population health subjects including reproductive sexual health, rights, maternal and child health, nutrition, gender education, sanitation and WASH. The core is linked to other thematic areas such as livelihoods, financial education and skill building/vocational skills, as we foresee, to impart knowledge, lifeskills and also facilitates linkages for the young women, adolescent girls and youth.
Reach also engages in special initiatives as in mass campaigning, policy advocacy, lobbying and organise regional or state level consultative workshops, which helps Reach to disseminate it’s learnings across range of stakeholders. Apart from the curriculum designing, module customisation and adaptation, imparting TOTs, training cascade and implementation projects, Reach is also engaging with the flagship programmes implemented by state government as technical service agency to enhance quality of education and services. Going ahead, Reach has plans to deepen its education and delivery model, slowly document a pilot which can be replicated with scale and impact, mainstreamed in the government programmes.
There exists a sharp gender disparity in the areas of health, nutrition and sanitation (Section Gender as a determinant of health risk¥ of Social determinants of health, published by WHO 2002-03). Scores of women and girls in the country are caught in a cycle of poverty (Feminization of Poverty, By Diana Pearce in 1978), poor literacy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminization_of_poverty), malnutrition (An article published in a reputed journal Population reference Bureau “Nutrition of Women & Adolescent girls: Why it Matters” by Elder, Elizabeth I, Ramson and Leslie.k), early marriage, frequent child birth, diseases (Innocent Digest no. 7, Early Marriage Child spouses, Published by UNICEF in 2001) and lack of access to and control of financial resources (2009 World Survey on the Role of Women in Development, Women’s Control over Economic, Resources and Access to Financial, Resources, including Microfinance, published by Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Division for the Advancement of Women, United Nations). Women and adolescent girls often lack essential knowledge and life skills to break free from this seemingly inescapable life conditions in order to improve their lives. Imparting high quality education and life skills training – the hallmark of Reach India – enables women and girls to gain agency and exercise informed choices in regards to their marriage, child birth, family size, education and upbringing of their children, managing family finance or small businesses and acquiring assets. Increased capabilities of women also impacts the lives of their families in the most positive way as suggested by many studies but greater empowerment of women also tends to reduce child neglect and mortality, cut down fertility and overcrowding, and more generally, broaden social concern and care as Nobel laureate Amartya Sen puts it.
Reach India systematically provides health and livelihoods education by leveraging the widespread platform of self-help groups of women and adolescent girls organized in small neighborhood groups self-help groups. Collective efforts through self-help combined with knowledge and life-skills, enables them to access products and services that they need to improve reproductive and sexual health and also financial status of themselves and their families. Reach India is also trying to work closely with different stakeholders on the ground including men, functionaries of the gram panchayats, local clubs or associations, ASHA and Anganwadi Workers, local PHC staff and the health department officials to ensure their engagement and better functioning linkages with the services and schemes of the government and other service providers. In the areas where we are slowly able to develop these relationships e.g, Jamtara and Murshidabad, by complementarily working with the government and non government agencies, we expect to see improvement in accountability of services on the ground and to also strengthen the overall impact of our work.
The Reach theory of change is based on a set of foundational assumptions:
- Training self-help promoting institutions, government departments and project implementation agencies which equips these local organizations to facilitate dialogue-based education among self-help groups of women and girls.
- Facilitating education among self-help groups during regular group meetings equips women and girls with essential new knowledge, skills and attitudes on health, livelihoods and money management.
- Learning essential new knowledge, skills and attitudes in the supportive setting of a group, to which members identify and draw affirmation, builds self-confidence to act.
These foundational assumptions above support two outcome assumptions:
- Essential new knowledge, skills and attitudes, coupled with new confidence to act, enhance women and girls’ capability to choose and practice new behaviors in the area of health, livelihoods and money management.
- Learning to choose and practice new behaviors in one or more of these specific areas enhances women and girls’ capability to choose and practice new behaviors in other areas of their life beyond health, livelihoods and money management.
These positive intermediate outcomes in and beyond health, livelihoods and family finance lead to positive longer-term impacts:
- Improved health
- Improved food security
- Increased focus on higher order needs
- Increased status and influence in the family and community
Reach India Model:
Reach India imparts transformative education & life skills, promotes and strengthens community action, and facilitates linkages for addressing gender, social and economic inequities in the society. It mainly focuses on improving health and livelihood status of the poor and disadvantaged. Reach India works directly or through its network of partners and resource person in collaboration with national and international NGOs, donors, government and corporate organizations and their foundations towards its stated mission mostly in Eastern and North Eastern states.
A future, where all women, girls and youth make and exercise free choices and be agents of change.
Reach brings knowledge, life skills and linkages to massive number of poor rural women to enable them to build futures of health, hope and dignity for themselves and their families
Reach India is a professionally managed, reputed, national level capacity building and resource organization. With its head office in Kolkata and branch offices in Bihar, Assam, Delhi and West Bengal, Reach India focus its work in bringing knowledge, life skills and linkages to massive numbers of poor women, adolescent girls and youth. Reach has a pool of professionals with cumulative experience of working in the areas of public health, livelihoods, financial literacy, skill building and organizational development. Reach has an eminent Board which is chaired by a former career bureaucrat Mrs. Aditi Mehta and has members of eminence from the sector of microfinance, public health and livelihoods.
Reach India started in 2006 as a liaison office of Freedom from Hunger and later in 2009 with the sudden departure of FFH, it started its independent journey. Reach Global provide technical support to Reach in designing suitable educational curriculum and Reach India is involved in field testing and roll out of such modules across its operational areas.
Where: Map is attached under geographical focus section. We can use the same map here too.
Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and West Bengal
Who we serve:
- Poor rural young women, adolescent girls and urban youth
- Local level NGOs, CBOs at the State and district level
- State Government, Government agencies and departments working as Project Implementation Agencies
- Corporate Foundations