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One Step in the Development of Siddhi by preserving Nature

The One step in the development of Siddhi by preserving Nature was lunched in Siddhi VDC of Chitwan district. Geographically it is in the middle hills of Nepal. People living in this area are Chepangs. Chepangs are the most marginalized ethnic group of people who used to live in cave and do hunting for food. Chepang are among the most susceptible and marginalized groups, with limited economic, social, and political opportunities. The Chepang communities in Siddhi living in deplorable conditions, with inadequate sanitation and infrastructure. These communities are torment by social disgrace, low illiteracy, child marriage, alcoholism, gambling and poverty. Their complexities stem from firmly rooted social issues that have persisted for generations.
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The methodology is related to community development and improvement. It highlights the benefits of contests in promoting healthy competition and camaraderie, and how incorporating game-design elements can enhance their impact. Peer learning is also discussed as a collaborative approach to learning that allows individuals to expand their knowledge, build relationships, and develop a sense of community and belonging.

This project is described as an initiative aimed at improving the living conditions of families through various activities such as goat farming, fruit production, and cultivation of broom grass. The project also focuses on improving the living environment by making changes to homes, promoting kitchen gardens, and encouraging the consumption of small domestic animals to improve diets and prevent malnutrition.

We have the cluster competitions in the project, which assess communal activities such as maintaining water and irrigation systems, roads, and trails, and fighting against negative practices like alcoholism, child marriage, and gambling. The mother groups take the lead in organizing communal tasks, with cluster competitions often becoming competitions between these groups. The contest system has reduced child marriage, and caring for the disabled and elderly, women's savings-and-loan systems, and waste management are also important factors in the community's success

.The project aims to prevent erosion by establishing a permanent vegetative cover, primarily through planting multipurpose fodder and fruit trees, as well as economically viable species. The regulation of grazing and limiting free grazing is also crucial in achieving this goal.

Project has achieved high adoption rates for several activities, including vegetable gardens (98%), toilet construction and usage (85%), and access to tap water (77%). However, some activities have lower adoption rates, such as business development (43%) and first aid kit ownership (52%). Despite the varying adoption rates, the project's efforts seem to have positively impacted the living conditions of families in the target community by addressing various aspects such as health, sanitation, infrastructure, waste management, agriculture, and entrepreneurship. The project's promotion of these activities is commendable for its holistic approach towards improving the well-being of the target community.