By Tarun Kumar Sahu, Block Coordinator
Languabeda and Sagadipal are two tagged villages of Gadasila B Anganwadi Centre. Gadasila village is situated under Gadasila GP which comes under Kaniha block of Angul district in Odisha. Languabeda village is situated at a distance of 3km while Sagadipal is situated at 4 km distance from Gadasila Gram Panchayat. There is no pucca road to these villages and a Tikira river flows between the villages and the Anganwadi Centre. The village community largely depends upon fisheries for their livelihood.
The Anganwadi workers in the area are very active and APAA members met them at the community monitoring meetings. They initially discussed with AWWs regarding entitlements of Supplementary Nutrition Program (SNP) and about the beneficiaries.
The AWW provided APAA members with beneficiary data discussed directly with the beneficiaries regarding AWC services, especially on SNP. Many of the community members said that they do not send their children to the AWC because it is difficult for a small child aged 3-6 years to walk on an unsafe dirt road and cross a river to consume a Hot Cooked Meal. A total of 19 children staying in both the villages were unable to receive their entitlement of a Hot Cooked Meal under SNP.
A discussion with the AWW and the community the very next day was a very fruitful one. The AWW ensured that the village would be provided with the ration for the 19 children and that the mothers of the beneficiaries would cook for the children on a weekly rotaion basis in both the villages.
Since September 2019, 19 children aged 3-6 years, or the HCM beneficiaries of Languabeda and Sagadipal villages are able to avail their entitlement under SNP. This was possible because of the leadership shown by the AWW and assistance by APAA and the awareness generated amongst community members. Now, inaccessibility is not an obstacle for overall growth of these small children.