On behalf of Ronnie, myself and the 350 strong Swades team, I am delighted to share the report card of the Swades Foundation for the year 2016-17.
Last year, was a year of great achievement - we built over 8,000 household toilets and saw 279 Gram Panchayat's in our geography declared Open Defecation Free by the Govt. of Maharashtra. We also completed over 160 water schemes enabling over 11,000 households have drinking water through taps in their homes. This year we plan to build enough toilets, ensuring that no homes in our geography are left without a toilet of their own; a big step towards our exit plan in Water & Sanitation.
Our Vision-care program supported 3,400 cataract surgeries enabling as many individuals see again and lead a life of dignity. We initiated an ambitious anti-anemia programme (one of its kind in the country) and tested over 13,000 children (~20,000 more children to be tested this year) in school; treatment for cases identified anemic (mild/ moderate) will begin as soon as the school re-opens in June. The cases identified with severe anemia are already under treatment and we are seeing good progress.
We also forged strategic partnerships with Govt. of Maharashtra, signing 2 MOUs with the Dept. of Public Health and Dept. of School Education & Sports, enabling us to leverage government expertise and resources to further benefit our rural communities.
Last year, we distributed 2,320 scholarships to deserving students and as part of improving the infrastructure, build water & sanitation facilities in 48 schools enabling access to clean drinking water and separate toilets for boys and girls. We also managed to hand over 100 libraries out of the 470 we setup, to the government and the school management committee, a positive step towards sustainability. This year our work in Education will be to measure impact and create an exit strategy for our 1,275 schools.
We made good progress with our programmes in Economic Development - Over 300 acres brought under drip irrigation enabling farmers make an additional income of INR 80,000 per acre. We also brought nearly 3,700 acres under Advanced Paddy Cultivation and facilitated, planting of 2.31 lakh fruit saplings and 34,000 local mango trees were grafted with high quality alphonso variety. We progressed well with our skilling initiative, placing over 380 youth in formal employment. We also created over 3,500 entrepreneurs across diary, poultry, goat rearing etc. We strongly believe that our learnings, community understanding and robust planning should take us to the next level this year.
Our planned outlay for Swades this year crosses INR 200 Cr (including community contribution and government subsidies to beneficiaries) with a major part of the spend, on creating sustainable livelihood opportunities.