EFICOR receives PMI India Award 2016

EFICOR receives PMI India Award 2016

EFICOR team in the middle-Mr. Albo Jason W (R), Director- Finance and Administration and Mr. Madan kumar (L), Kondh project Coordinator receiving the PMI runner award 2016 with Mr Craig Killough, Vice President, Organization Markets PMI(Extreme left) and Mr.Raj Kalady (Extreme right)- Managing Director, PMI India

The Project Management Institute (PMI) presented the PMI Runner award, the highest recognition for the project management community in the country to EFICOR for Kondh Tribal Development Project, Laxmipur, Koraput, Orissa, at the Project Management National Conference, India 2016 being held at Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel on 17th November 2016 during the award ceremony. This is the third time EFICOR received the PMI award.

PMI, one of the world’s largest not-for-profit membership associations for the project management profession, has been administering these awards in India since 2009 to honor excellence in the project management profession.

Kondh tribal development project Laximpur, Koraput district, Odisha targeted 1218 households in 20 villages of 4 Gram Panchayats through community health, local governance, economic enhancement (agriculture and self-help groups) and Adult education. EFICOR has been working in Laximur since 2008. The Project was completed in September 2016, empowered families to access Government schemes and entitlements. 170 families availed houses under Indira Awas Yojana (150) and Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana (20). 70 people received pensions and 9 villages got concrete roads. 401 toilets were constructed under MGNREGS/ Swatch Bharat Abiyan coordination.  17 SHGs accessed loans upto Rs.2,50,000 from Integrated Tribal Development Agency, Odisha Livelihood Mission and banks with repayment rate of 98%. About 1000 families are helped to get land patta under Forest right act. This legal document which states ownership of land in their name is a huge step towards securing and protecting their land from being forcibly taken away by land sharks and money lenders/non Tribals.

Project’s Community Health Volunteers assisted ANM/ASHA workers in improving health seeking behavior of people, resulting in 95% Institutional delivery; increase in immunization, antenatal and neonatal check-ups; Folic Acid intake and accessing  ambulance for health emergencies. Agricultural trainings and exposure visits motivated farmers to use certified seeds, Systemic Rice Intensification method of cultivation, organic manure and multi-crop practice, resulting in increased crop yield. Kondh women moved into business space for the first time, installing a rice mill, an oil mill and tamarind-powder unit in 3 villages, providing them an additional assured income every month.

The government officials have noted that these 20 targeted villages are actively involved along with government officials for their own development. They have appreciated the efforts of EFICOR in community organization & people participation which led to the impact of the programs. Acknowledging EFICOR’s skills, the district administration has invited EFICOR to be part of several committees including:

1) Public Hearing Committee

2) Child labour protection committee

3) Grievance Redressal Committee at Medical department.

4) Pulse Polio program

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