Currently three community health projects are running under LCH.
- Samvedna – Disability project
- Uday – Slum project
- Umeed – Livelihood project
1. SAMVEDNA DISABILITY PROJECT
Samvedna was established in 2010 after it was identified that although there were many health and education programs established for the able-bodied population, those with disabilities were severely disadvantaged in their ability to access even the most basic health and education services.
In December 2012 Samvedna opened its first learning centre where children with disability have been able to receive special education, physical therapy, life-skills education and pre-vocational training. For those children who are unable to be mainstreamed into the regular education system, this facility provides a positive learning environment in which they can gain important literacy skills to support them to thrive. This is the model that Samvedna seeks to scale up over the coming years.
At present Samvedna is directly working with 65 children with all types of disability, which includes children both home-based and at the Disability Resource Centre (DRC). Apart from this, the Project works with 412 Persons with Disability (PWDs) who are adults. This work is in 65 villages of Jaunpur Block in Tehri Garhwal District.
2. UMEED PROJECT
Umeed project was started as a ‘Restoration and Rehabilitation’ project following the flash-floods in June 2013 in Thatyur of Jaunpur block, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. The goal of this project is to build resilient communities empowered to reduce the impact of disaster and the incidence of stress migration in Jaunpur Block. Having completed 5 years in the community we can confidently say that the Umeed Project has brought ‘HOPE’ into the lives of the people and the community the project has been working with.
3. UDAY SLUM EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
LCH has been working in poverty-ridden slums in and around Mussoorie since 2013. The work of the Uday Slum Empowerment Project is largely among Bihari, Garhwali, Nepali, Dalits, Valmiki (schedule castes) living at six different locations. Development and health work is carried on in these marginalized settlements namely Shiv Colony, Sippancoat, Kingcraige, Barlowganj, Gaddikhana and Landour (Tehri bus stand). The slum dwellers have grown accustomed to their rights being denied. They have not been able to avail the health and economic development schemes which the government gives to slums, because there is no area declared as ‘slum’ by the Uttarakhand government. The goal of the Uday Project is to empower communities of these 6 urban slums in Mussoorie to access their health, educational, livelihood rights and entitlements through partnership with the local churches.