Achievements 2015

Arpana’s Health and Development Activities in Rural Haryana , Himachal Pradesh &

 Health & Educational Activities in Slum Resettlement Colonies of Molar Bund, New Delhi


                                                                                     Arpana Achivements- 2015


Haryana Rural

Neighbours and peers saw the security, success and increasing prosperity of women in self help groups strengthened under Arpana’s guidance. Many of these women came forward, wishing to replicate the same achievements.


Present status of Self Help Groups (SHGs)


As on Dec 2013

As on Dec 2014

As on Dec 2015

Total number of villages




Total number of groups




Total membership




Total group fund (for group’s collective expenditures)


($ 38,826)


($ 53,845)



Total savings


 ($ 1,422,627)


($ 2,035,915)

Rs. 156,868,763 

($ 2,346,908)

Group Activities of SHG Members:


Trainings & Meetings Of SHGs: In 2014, the annual participatory evaluation, showed only 35% of self help groups could conduct their monthly meeting without the help of Arpana workers. In 2015 end, owing to increasing and regular participation of SHG representatives in the village level agenda training,70% SHGs can conduct their meetings independently of Arpana workers.

As representatives attend by rotation, by the end of 2015 end, each group has at least 2 to 4 members who have a good grasp of group functioning, of norms to be observed, and of record keeping. Arpana continues to work hard to ensure that the monthly agenda training  in each village is conducted in a serious, impactful manner and SHG representatives take back information and conduct their meetings properly.

Total No of Trainings & Meetings


Total No of Attendance in Training & Meetings



 Agenda Training Events through the Year

Total number of Agenda Training held


Total number of villages where agenda trainings held


Total attendance at agenda training


Subjects covered during agenda training Jan-Dec

-     Diseases due to contaminated water, like dysentery, cholera, typhoid, jaundice. The symptoms and prevention.

-     Clean surroundings, planning, responsibility and this giving information to the people.

-     To learn the present position of construction of toilets at home and taking steps to improve the situation.

-     To know about the waste management, whether dry and wet waste is being segregated and put in separate bins.

-     To know about Malaria and Dengue, and steps taken by the groups for prevention thereof.

-     To give full knowledge about family planning, methods and availability to village folk, especially to women.

-     To select three persons for training on record keeping,

-     What is record keeping, its importance and how to maintain records.

-     Agenda Training, its importance and the repetition of rules of the groups.

-     To take concrete steps to remove the shortcomings in the Evaluation Report.

-     Information about Domestic violence, Dowry, Right to Education act


Domestic Hygiene Demonstrations (Swach Angan)

Villages where groups put up Swach Angan (good domestic hygiene)


Number of Swach Angans


Number of groups organized Swach Angans


Total attendance at Swach Angan demonstrations



Group Strengthening & Accounts training

Accounts training held

No. of villages covered

No. of groups participated

No. of SHG women  participated

Feb March 2015




Sept-October 2015






Special camps were organized for the PWDs who were seriously ill, such as those suffering from Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, Epilepsy or Mental Impairment in order to give them specialized treatment.

The special camps were also organized for PWDs who are suffering from mental illness, those who require specialized treatment and those who can improve through personalized physical exercises.

These special camps were organized on every Sunday. Dr. Girhotra and Dr. Vikas, Physiotherapist, examined the patients.

Many of the PWDs participated in these camps and put forward their difficulties. The details of the camps is given below -

No. of Camps


No. of villages where PWDs came for Check up


No. of PWDs who got themselves checked up


No. of PWDs who were examined by Dr. Girhotra


No. of PWDs who were examined by Dr. Vikas Physiotherapist


No. of PWDs who were mentally ill and referred to Specialist in Arpana Hospital


No. of PWDs who were given medicines


Total no. of Certificates made


Total no. of disabled referred to Rohtak for Certification ( Speech & hearing impaired)


Total no. of certificates made at Rohtak




30 free camps for PWDs have been held in the villages, with a Physiotherapist in attendance, to identify and treat those with mobility issues, who could benefit from a regular exercise regimen prescribed for each PWDs. 180 PWDs were prescribed exercise regimens and targets were given to the care givers. 128 home visits were provided by Arpana physiotherapist and counseling were provided by Arpana’s CBR workers and by the physiotherapist.



The regular monthly meetings of the DPO’s and inclusive groups are platforms for ongoing learning. The PWDs also participated in ongoing training programs each month and they learnt about issues that impact their daily lives and got information to enable them to manage their lives in an informed manner.

Some of the subjects covered are given below:

  • Immunization of Children
  • Participate in Swach Bharat Campaigns
  • Participate in Fair in Sangohi Village
  • Group Norms and Group Discipline
  • Financial Transactions
  • Good Domestic Hygiene
  • Managing Water Borne Diseases
  • Appropriate Diet
  • World Disability Day – Planning & Action
  • Right to Education for Differently Abled Children
  • Monitoring the progress of CWDs
  • Fighting Gender Discrimination
  • Community Sanitation Practices
  • Water Borne Diseases (Typhoid, Jaundice & Diarrhoea, Malaria and Dengue)
  • Mobilization to Construct Toilets


Present status of disabled person’s organizations (DPOs) at village level:


Dec 2013

Dec 2014

Dec 2015

Number of DPOs and inclusive groups




Number of meetings held during reporting period




Total membership




Number of groups who have started internal loaning




Number of members who have taken loans (domestic as well as for income generating purposes)




Total members doing savings




Total number of members who took loans for productive purposes




Total savings


($ 7,394)



($ 16,680)


($ 36,387.63)


Several children with disabilities were enrolled in school when DPO members, armed with information, approached school authorities in the villages Sirsee, Taprana, Pirbadoli & Luxman Ka Dera to enrol 4 CWD’s previously denied admission.


Arpana Hospital - Safe Haven for Rural Folk

 To provide affordable modern health care to all. 89,624 patients from over 1000 villages were treated in 2015.There were 37,254 patients in the General Medicine Department and a new OPD clinic had to be set up for the nearly 10,000 more patients attending this year.

 Dengue patients nearly overwhelmed hospital resources from September to December 2015. Training halls and lobbies were transformed into wards as patients with dengue symptoms kept flowing in.

Cervical & Breast Cancer Camp at Arpana Hospital: Arpana Hospital, Madhuban Karnal, organized a "Cervical & Breast Cancer Camp" for female at hospital from 28.05.2015 to 29.05.2015, sponsored by Asia Initiatives. The 131 patients in the camp were screened & given treatment by Dr. Ela Anand, Dr. Vivek Ahuja & Dr. Kavita Rani.

Arpana Outreach and Medical Camps

In 2015, there were 23,845 patients in Health Camps in Arpana Hospital and Haryana villages.


Clinic at Budhakhera Village

In an area where health care for pregnant women was unknown, women now have many options of professional and modern clinical checkups twice a week. A doctor from Arpana Hospital attended a clinic in Budhakhera twice a week. In 2015, 946 patients were treated at Arpana’s Budhakhera Health Clinic and 1,049 tests were performed.


 School Screening Camps - CBM Project

Arpana Hospital organized Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma & School Screening camps to improve eye care services, in the 19 villages of Gharaunda Block of Karnal District, through an eye project in partnership with CBM.


 Diabetic Retinopathy Camps

These camps were organized by Arpana Hospital in 23 villages and 2,787 patients had their eyes checked. Free surgeries were performed on those who needed to correct their eyesight.


 Pediatric Camp

17,593 students have had their eyes screened during school screening camps held by Arpana Hospital, through an eye project in partnership with CBM.


 Glaucoma Camps

Arpana Hospital held 22 village camps with 2,316 patients attending. Those who needed surgeries were given operations and if they could not afford the expenses, free surgeries were provided.


 Orthopedic Camps

Gudha and Samalkha villages were the venues of 2 orthopedic camps organized by Arpana Hospital in the month of January 2015. Dr. Lokesh Charaya screened 107 patients and free medicine was distributed.

Panauri and Bastara were the villages in which Arpana Hospital organized two more Orthopedic Camps for rural area patients on 20th and 27th May, 2015. The 96 patients in the camps were screened, advised for further treatment if necessary and given medicine.




Arpana Hospital

January to December 2015

OPD Patients


IPD Patients




Diagnostic Tests


ICU Patients


Camp Patients





Arpana Hospital had 20 beds

Arpana Hospital has 144 beds

Hospital patients were 18,186 annually

There were 89,624 patients seen in  the year

800 eye surgeries conducted per annum

Over 2,940 eye surgeries conducted per annum

There were 30 villages covered for health & development

There are 104 villages covered for health and development

There were no women self help groups

There are 820 women’s self help groups (SHGs)

No members

There are 11,517 women members of SHGs


Arpana's Educational Activities

Arpana's  educational  support  centre  in the slum  relocation  colony  of Gautampuri,   Molar  Bund,  New Delhi is a hub of hope, a vibrant  learning  environment buzzing  with youthful  energy,  aspirations  and achievements  won by students facing the challenges  of urban  poverty  and marginalization.

Pre-school classes and creches helped care for 641 students

Pre-school popularly known as ‘Balvatika’ came into existence to meet the needs of the tiny tots coming from the re-settlement slum colony of Gautampuri. Balvatika is a haven of loving care, fostering the children’s talents, developing self confidence and getting them ready for the formal education. A well planned nutritious food is provided to fight against malnutrition.The Balvatika also helped the young children especially girls who were deprived of education as they were babysitting their younger siblings and so could not attend school themselves.

Tuition Support for over 980 Students

 Arpana's Community Development Centre in Gautampuri   provides tuition support to over 980 students from primary, middle and 10 + 2 level.  They are being nurtured in a climate which fosters development at all levels - physical health, emotional and academic. Aimimg at their holistic development Arpana Trust provides computer classes, Library facility and cultural activities like music, dance and drama.

 Remedial Teaching: The Senior Students of Arpana have been trained to coach youngsters who are lagging behind their schoolwork. They worked daily with 4 or 5 children in Maths and Hindi, not only helping them academically, but developing a sense of giving back to the society.

Teachers training:  Teachers trainings are carried out time to time by different volunteers and professionals to help the teachers identify areas of learning difficulties and then to create appropriate teaching methodologies and aids to overcome it and to enhance learning.

Parent Teachers Meeting: Parent Teacher Meetings were organized twice a year to synergize the efforts of teachers and parents towards the holistic development of the students. The objective was to synergize the efforts of teachers and parents towards holistic development of the students. The average total PTM attendance was 97.63 %.


Tuition Support for 11th and 12th Grade Students

Arpana  initiated  tuition  support for the students  passing out from  10th grade  into  11th and 12th grades  for the past four years (Since academic year 2012-13). Arpana Trust recruited good teachers, who are able to provide  quality  tuition  and support.


CBSE  Board  Examinations    -  Excelling!

10th Board Examinations: 73.3% of Arpana’s students have obtained First Division marks.It is very encouraging to note that girls are performing better than boys. A total of 82.15% of girls have scored above 60%.

The CBSE 12th Board Examinations:  A total of 30 students appeared for the 12th CBSE Board exams and each one passed successfully.93% of Arpana’s students obtained over 50% marks.In Arts stream 68% of students have scored above 70% marks.


Vocational Skills

Vocational training classes were held for 230 students in nursery teachers’ training, beauty culture, tailoring/Crafts and computer courses.

Online English Program – MaxxEnglish

This is a Program of online interactive English learning sessions. Aviva sponsored 57 children (30 girls and 27 boys) for this effective learning method. Reports for each child are sent to their teachers at the end of each unit.


Career Counselling:Career Counselling is provided by a professional counsellor to all students Classes 9-12. The topic was on ‘Importance of personal hygiene’. Mrs. Kiran from ‘Prerana’, an NGO working on life skills, held a special session for boys on “good touch and bad touch”. The students were a little hesitant in the beginning but gradually shared their views


Course in Retail Management from UNNATI: After completing Retail management training from UNNATI (Partner NGO) till date 27 students have got jobs at Westside, KFC, Cafe Coffee Day Pizza hut etc with a package of 8,000 to 10,000 a month. These students are also pursuing their education through distance education program.


Arpana in Himachal Pradesh: Progression from Poverty to Progress and Plenty


 Arpana Health Care and Diagnostic Centre:

  Arpana’s Medical Centre in Upper Bakrota, Dalhousie, had 4,325 patients in 2015. There were 5,404 laboratory tests, 810 X-Rays and 120

  ECGs performed. The underprivileged, who are in no position to pay for treatment and medicines are given these on a free/ subsidized basis.

 1.  Self help groups (SHGs): a platform for growth

        a. 104 women’s SHGs, up from 78, with a membership of 920

        b. 23 farmers SHGs with 246 members

        c.  Total Savings of SHGs are Rs.1,974,194

        d. All SHGs prepare for Village Meetings to keep schools repaired and make proper infrastructure.


2. Training Sessions for women’s self help groups and Farmers Groups

      a.  Students from the National Institute of Fashion Technology were engaged to work for two months to develop skills in stitching, improving

          of patchwork designs with 15 women of 2 villages, Chatter and Kijjal.

      b. The Smridhi Mahila Cooperative Society has been working for 20 years and now has 500 members. The main products are pickles, Jams

          and preserves made from local produce.

      c. All SHG groups have also participated in bi-annual accounts training workshop conducted by the Arpana outreach audit team and the Himachal

          Pradesh team. Workshops were held at nodal points, and literate SHG volunteers came from neighboring villages to attend the training

      d. A workshop for farmers was held in the Arpana Gajnoi Center in June, conducted by scientists from the Agricultural, Horticultural and the

          Forestry Departments.

      e. On October 2015, ATMA (Agriculture Technology Management Agency) conducted a one day workshop with 13 farmers (men and women) at

          Arpana’s Centre in Gajnoi.Sh. Bhanu, Block Technical Officer, ATMA welcomed all participants and Sh. Bhola of ATMA explained to farmers the

          importance of the soil testing and gave them a toll free tele no.for free counseling and problem solving.

      f.  SHG women continue to be active in their interaction with local panchayats and the District Forestry Department.


 3. Health Education in Government Schools

      a.  Arpana holds classes in 33 remote village schools in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh

      b.  865 students are taught about hygiene, cleanliness, environment, immunization etc.

      c.  The students are told about the importance of environment, cleanliness, personal hygiene, immunization program and also to

           prepare ORS in case of diarrhea.

     d.  The children also take part in monthly cleanliness campaigns carried out in their villages.


Free Health Speciality Camps : These camps are organized every year. Excellent doctors, support staff and facilities bring wellness and relief to many as most of our patients cannot afford specialised medical care elsewhere.

  • Medical Check-up Camp: Dr. Hemant Sharma, MD, Obstetrician Gynaecologist, Satyam Hospital, Sultanpur, Chamba treated 112 patients from remote villages on April 12.
  • Endoscopy Camp: Dr. Rahul Gupta (Head of Gastroenterology Dept, Fortis Hospital, New Delhi), examined 177 patients on May 23-24, assisted by Dr. Aman Gupta. 87 patients underwent the Endoscopy procedure and 5 had the Colonoscopy procedure. The 82 general patients were examined by Dr. CBP Singh, Arpana’s Medical Officer.
  • Medical Camp: Dr. RI  Singh, M.D. (Gold Medalist), FIMSA, of Arpana Hospital, held a medical camp from June 4 - 6,for 166 patients, assisted by Dr. CBP Singh. Patients suffered from cardiac diseases, hypertension, diabetes etc.
  • Gynaecology Camp: Dr. H Sharma, MD, saw 54 gynae-related patients on June 25-26 and 60 general patients were seen by Dr. CBP Singh.
  • Neurosurgery & Spine Camp: On June 19-20, Dr. (Col.) G.V Ram Das, MCH, Neurosurgery (AIIMS) and Director, Neurosurgery & Spine, Sarvodya Hospital & Research Centre, Faridabad, examined 163 neurosurgery patients, while Dr. CBP Singh treated the other 60 general patients. Patients came from as far as Banni in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Health classes in 37 government schools imparted good sanitation practices and motivated 1,213 children to participate in cleanliness drives conducted by SHG groups, in their villages.


Some Achievements in Himachal Village:

a.  Women’s self help groups


f.  Sanitation drives


 b.  Women SHGs members


g. Women Participating in Sanitation drives


 c.  Women with toilets (88%)


h. Trees planted by SHGs


d.    Segregation of waste


i.  Check dams, community hall built by MNREGA

e.     Simple infrastructure, i.e. bridges and roads, built through Panchayats, instigated by SHGs