Since 2011, ASHA has worked in collaboration with the NGO, Swabhiman, utilizing the Family Development Project approach. The FDP approach was originally developed by the French organization InterAid. This approach is centered around the idea that short term support to local families helps them to develop their own capacities to solve problems. Through appropriate guidance and support, families are able to progress towards increased autonomy, stability, and reduced poverty.
ASHA and Swabhiman share a common belief that the development of projects and activities related to family, community, and social development is a necessary strategy towards reducing poverty. The sole and ultimate goal of these projects is community integration and progress for deprived and vulnerable families.
ASHA and the support organizations partner to implement social development projects in needy and poor slum communities of Pimpri, Chinchwad Corporation. The project consists of supporting families and communities in raising their awareness, knowledge, attitude, and practices towards overall development. The process includes home-visits and home-based guidance designed to bridge the gap in information and services to poor populations of individuals and families.
To begin this project, ASHA conducted a survey of three communities: Dalvinagar (652 houses), Shardnagar (250 houses), and Durganagar (317 houses). We assessed the status of health, mental health, nutrition, hygiene, socioeconomic status, education, and the earning members of the families. We also established if families had important documents that would serve useful in accessing various government program, i.e. birth certificates, death certificates, ration cards, Adhar cards, etc.
ASHA is now working with 1,219 families deemed in need of services to bring about awareness, provide need-based interventions, and encourage participation in the process of development.
Of those families, 69 were referred for educational sponsorship for their children and 48 adolescents have attended motor driving course organized by the Tata Motors. ASHA has made 221 referrals to hospitals and outside organizations for vocational help while working with these families over the years. Referral families have reported that they found these referrals useful and appropriate. Additionally, various awareness programs have been set up for these families, i.e. gender sensitizations, group session for adolescent girls and boys for their developmental stages, drug addiction, saving schemes, women health, etc.