6.000 Beneficiaries and Project Stakeholders celebrate at Closing Ceremony of Cooperation Project with NIWCYD

On 10th December 2013 around 6.000 Baiga, Gond and other project beneficiaries from 34 villages in two districts and relevant project stakeholders came together to celebrate the formal closure of the cooperation project between NIWCYD and AWO International.

One day before NIWCYD organized a press conference and reported about the most relevant achievements of the long term project that started in the year 2001 and that benefited more than 3.050 families directly and 22.000 people indirectly.

Anil Nimborkha, responsible Project Manager of NIWCYD pointed out the various stages or project development and got emotional when symbolic “Handing Over Certificates” were given to the “Gramdoots” the volunteer village representatives.

Mrs. Lebherz, General Manager of AWO International was impressed about the various results achieved by the project and urged the relevance of gender equality and relevance of women empowerment.

Together with the Regional Head Representative, Felix Neuhaus, and the responsible Program Coordinator of AWO International, Arjun Gurung, Mrs. Lebherz handed over “Certificates of Appreciation” to all project staffs; many of them have been engaged from the beginning.  

As part of the event a publication about the cooperation project was launched and an exhibition reflecting project interventions and major results was opened. The success of the cooperation project with NIWCYD roots in the applied participatory approach and the 320 social structures that have been set-up and capacitated in the last 14 years.

It was decided to support some follow-up measures in 2014 as part of the sustainability strategy. Gramdoots (village volunteers) from 29 villages, their federations and the establishment of the “Baiga Ressource Centre” in Dindoori will be further supported; Technical backstopping will take place in 5 villages.   

Target group representatives thanked AWO International for the relevant support that brought food security such as access to rights and services and articulated that they empowered to articulate their interest and fight for their needs also without external support in future.

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Guests were welcomed with traditional dances of the local Baiga community

Up to 6.000 people participated in the event; here the "men section"

Women from 34 villages came to attend the closing event

Speech of Mrs. Ingrid Lebherz, General Manager of AWO International

The extraordinary function was reflected in various media