Ground water is depleting day by day and villages do not have proper water harvesting structures or management systems for improving water levels. Therefore, the availability of safe drinking water is a serious issue in these villages. Lastly, schools and anganwadis of this area lack basic infrastructure, impacting the learning environment and outcomes.
By repairing check dams and deepening ponds, we increase storage capacity and ensure water availability. To recharge groundwater, ACF promotes RRWHS, builds trenches, loose stone check dams, gabion and soak-pit structures. Lift irrigation, group borewells and check dams are used to tackle soil erosion, water scarcity and conservation. Additionally drinking water pipelines have been installed in villages. Micro-irrigation systems like drip and sprinkler irrigation are also promoted for the judicious use of water.
Check dams constructed
Farm ponds constructed
With Drinking Water Pipelines
Lift Irrigation Systems
Group borewells installed
ACF introduced innovative approaches to agriculture involving women and package of practices to make farming a more profitable business for farmers. Farm mechanisation and implementation tools are promoted for enhanced efficiency. Modern techniques of agriculture such as SRI and Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) for Paddy, along with line sowing of wheat are promoted –Goat rearing is also introduced as alternate source of income.
Promotion of Sericulture
Drip irrigation systems installed
worth goat asset for landless farmers
Covered under Goat Rearing
Covered under Farm Bunds
ACF supports the formation and strengthening of Self-Help Groups in villages, providing a platform for gender integrate roles, income generation and tackling social issues. The focus is on building the capacity of women in various income-generating activities like detergents, sweet boxes, soap making, masala unit, or poultry. Training is also provided in business skills like running a shop or collective marketing. In Raigarh one Gram Sangathan has promoted a Kelo Rural Mart (Village Mart) to support income generation. ACF strengthens SHGs by providing training and helping them to function strongly as an institution.
Income Generation Activities
Income Generation Activities
Earning Per Month
Sakhis ensure basic health care and information at the village level, and referral of patients. They also tackle issues like lack of health awareness, home deliveries conducted by midwife, superstitions, anaemia, and high rates of neonatal and maternal deaths. Health camps for antenatal care, blood testing, detecting diabetes, anaemia and cataract surgery are coordinated. In Bhatapara, screening and awareness programs for truckers on HIV AIDS, Blood Sugar, Eye Check-Up and TB Awareness are held. Kitchen gardening is promoted to help families meet their nutritional requirements, and provide additional income.
Increased Institutional Delivery
Reduced Neonatal Mortality Rate
Reduced Infant Mortality Rate
Still Birth Reduced
‘Open Defecation Free’
Bhatapara, Rawan and Bilaspur are home to ACF’s Skill & Entrepreneurship Development Institutes. ACF’s skilling program trains local youth in varied skills including Retail, Hospitality, Masonry, Welding, Electrical, Beautician, and Heavy Metro Vehicle. Well-equipped labs, and course curriculums, are developed as per the NSDC norms and our focus is on placement of trainees in good quality jobs.
ACF Bhatapara is currently focusing on quality education through physical literacy, reading promotion and provision of infrastructure like the development of WASH facilities in schools. Teachers are being trained on physical literacy, reading promotion and WASH, Menstrual Hygiene Management and Physical hygiene. In Ambikapur, ACF provides basic infrastructure to schools for education development. Additionally, a Mini Science Lab has been established to promote STEM learning among children.
High density fish farming of tilapia is being promoted among female farmers. 17 units have been established with a capacity of 10,000 litres and 20,000 litres, in which 1000-2000 fish can be reared in each tank. ACF enhanced the knowledge of field volunteers on Biofloc, as well as beneficiaries who wanted to create an alternate source of income. A 10-20% increase has been observed in farmer's annual income with minimal investment.
Goat based livelihood promotion helps improve goat rearing practices in villages. Goat based groups are formed to ensure goatery is a profitable business. Training and capacity building is conducted for goat rearing farmers (1546 households), exposure visits of key Goat Based Livelihood Group members is conducted and Pashu Sakhis are harnessed to improve goat rearing practices. Additionally, critical input support is provided through extension workers and goat shed development.
Prior to 2010, youth in Batapara Balodabazar district turned to work in the local Rice or Dal mill, or began daily labouring - earning just Rs. 2100-3000 per month. However, with the onset of ACF’s SEDI, young people are finding meaningful, well paid work in trades like masonry, electrician, beautician, welder and retail and earning as much as Rs. 10,000 per month. Started from 1 SEDI in 2010, the program has scaled to 3 SEDIs in the state with many satellite centres in villages and other locations in Chhattisgarh.Know More
ACF is promoting STEM learning among students via the establishment of a Mini Science Centre (MSC) - an innovative education program aimed at igniting scientific temperament among students. The MSC comprises 80 table top science and maths exhibits, 37 colourful backdrops, user manual, training manual, handbook, safety measure board and gate banner.Know More
In the difficult time of the pandemic, Ambuja Cement Foundation provided a revolving Livelihood Fund to Nai Dishaan Bahu Cooperative Society (Women's Federation) of Bhatapara to support the families of COVID-19 affected people. Ranjana Verma of Bhadrapali village at Bhatapara, is one of 2500 beneficiaries who benefited from this initiative.Know More