VACHAN’s efforts have been to support the community in integrated development with interventions in :-
Primary Health :
A Primary Health Centre for all the villages was the basic infrastructure available. The Nurse could not reach out to all villages since there were no roads and no buses plying to the villages. Reaching out to the hamlets was all the more difficult and hence not being done...
Innovative Education :
During 1989-1997 period, VACHAN trained local men and women to conduct pre-primary and primary education for school drop-outs from unreachable wadis and villages of the old Igatpuri taluka. More than 1000 such children were educated during these 5 years. These models are now being implemented by the Govt through the Vastishala programme
In 1999-2005, agricultural practices were studied and key gaps in agricultural practices were identified. They were use of unprocessed seeds for Ragi crops and unscientific use of fertilizers. A programme for creating model plots was started. About 120 plots were set up in the old Igatpuri taluka. Ragi seeds were treated and tested for germination. The best was selected as seeds. This simple technique almost doubled the productivity. Another intervention was field testing using simple test, find out the NPKCa content of the soil and treat it with selective fertilizer based on the test. Again about 60 model rice plots were created. This also showed that the productivity almost doubled
Empowering the tribal about land rights VACHAN had addressed the issue about tenancy rights of tribal farmers who were unable to devlop their land at the threat of ousted by land owners. They were empowered by intensive training in about their rights and legal remedies. They have achieved their goals.This benefited about 100 families.