Empowering communities

BHAGIDARI aims at uplifting the lives of under-privileged local communities in both rural and urban areas by ensuring holistic development of children, studying in government primary schools. BHAGIDARI works on community mobilization to ensure regularity, increased enrolment, behaviour change and sustainable development by developing community groups through nukkad-nataks and chaupals, exposure tours and inner development camps.

The programme is an extension of the ANKURAM programme, wherein the community groups participate in the activities of the government schools where their children study, and provide necessary support. The BHAGIDARI team brings communities together into community groups, who have common interests/goals for social development. These groups collectively address several issues and take ownership of the development programmes running in their villages.

The BHAGIDARI team emphasises on building understanding and resolving problems that young girls from rural areas face, such as inequality in education, health and hygiene issues, child and maternal care, livelihood options, social equality and justice. The team also focuses on upgrading skills of women in the community groups by providing trainings and support services for better employability. The team also organises regular health awareness camps on various general health and hygiene topics to help communities maintain good health and prevent outbreaks of diseases.

The icareindia team has, so far, identified 54 villages for implementing the BHAGIDARI programme. These villages have been selected based on presence of Government Primary Schools where the ANKURAM programme is running. The BHAGIDARI team is currently working in 25 villages in Gosaiganj, 2 villages in Sarojninagar, one village in Bakshi ka Talab, 26 villages in Chinahat and one village in Kakori blocks, reaching out to 152 communities with a population of 137537(source:



Forming community groups

In the initial phase, the icareindia team focuses on bringing awareness on importance of collective efforts in the communities through several meetings and door-to-door connect. Through these interactions, the team identifies potential leaders and conducts a vision building exercise. The group then lists their objectives and forms rules for the members to follow.

After a need assessment survey, the community groups prioritize the most important and urgent needs that require attention. The community group then prepares an action plan and the icareindia team provides capacity building trainings for group representatives. The team gathers their feedback regularly and reflects on ways to further improve the programme strategies.

The team also encourages the community groups to cultivate a habit of savings so that they are able to easily meet the minimum expenses on their children’s education, and become more financially secure. The BHAGIDARI team has established digital centres for the community groups where they can seek information on environmental issues, safe drinking water, hygiene, rural sanitation and more.

Capacity building of Panchayti Raj Institutions (PRIs)

The BHAGIDARI team organises workshops and meetings with village pradhans of selected communities to discuss local issues. The team organised one such workshop on March 21, 2016 at APJ Abdul Kalam Hall, at collect rate in Lucknow, where village pradhans and district officers participated and prepared an action plan to find solutions to basic issues in schools. Active participation of PRIs, following the workshop, has helped in strengthening the support of the government towards the programme. The team has also conducted meetings at the cluster level where 87 PRIs participated.

Capacity building of Community members

The icareindia team emphasises on building capacities of communities and directly connecting them with the efforts directed to transform government primary schools. The team has, so far, organised cluster-level meetings in 32 communities with participation of 738 community members and interns in four clusters.

Community events

The BHAGIDARI team organizes events on special occasions to spread awareness on environmental issues among communities. The team organised the first major community event, themed 'Save Sparrow Day', at Malauli village in Gosaiganj block, Lucknow. The main objective of the event was to connect the villagers of Malauli with other villages, besides sensitizing children toward environmental issues.The event saw participation from local villagers, pradhans, primary school teachers, school children, interns and community leaders. The school children put up a cultural show to spread awareness on the environment, importance of yoga, national unity and communal harmony. The DM of Lucknow, Chairman of icareindia, Chief Development Officer, Basic Shiksha Adhikari, District Project Review Officer, District Forest Officer and other district officers attended the programme. All participants took a pledge to develop their blocks as replicable models. As a result of the event, the pradhan of Malaulihas become more involved with the ANKURAM programme in schools.

Health and sanitation

The Lucknow DM declared Malauli village to be transformed to an open defecation free village in Gosaiganj block, in a programme organised by icareindia at a government primary school on April 02, 2016. He was highly impressed by the change brought in the school in a short time with the participation of the local community, pradhan and head of the school. The icareindia team plans to achieve the target in two months.

Community Resource Person

The BHAGIDARI team is involving many qualified rural youth, including girls who have left higher education mid-way and returned to their villages by developing them as community resource persons.

The programme aims to connect them with the community development processes and develop them as valuable community resources. The first stage is internship programme that helps them in getting field level exposure. So far, the icareindia team has integrated 186 summer interns in 31 communities. Next stage is to identify competent youth to be the lead i.e. Community Resource Person, icareindia team has integrated 17 community resource persons in programme.