Kachhi Community Development Association 
Education  
The project ensures the Kachhi community‛s ability to preserve their language through developing Kachhi language literature and ensuring that mother tongue education is available. A considerable range of printed material was developed to keep the culture and language alive. The Kachhi people are a social minority, As Dalit, they belong to the lowest level of the caste system of their native religion (Hinduism). KCDP has mobilized these target groups to cooperate for their sustainable development, providing a way out of their social isolation. At present, KCDA has fifteen primary schools with 450 students studying (boys: 320, Girls: 130).  
The KCDA literacy team organized a teachers‛ training for the primary school teachers. All the teachers were trained to teach using the Multilingual Education (MLE) methodology. KCDA team select students from each school for the scholarship program and the project paid the school fees of these students. The scholarship Programme support 60 students.  
The teachers‛ meeting is the platform for all new and old teachers to make plans for the next months and submit their reports from the previous month. Every year the teachers gather with their School Management Committee (SMC) members. The KCDA education team present the school annual progress report to the SMC members and teachers.  
Annual examinations are organized by the government. They took place in March. 442 students attended their exams and successfully moved to the next level. These comparative tables show the annual examination results of the last two years.  

Health Awareness Program:- 
There is a significant change in the behavior of the community’s women and children after the start of Health and Hygiene (HH) awareness sessions in the villages and schools. KCDA plans to motivate women and children at villages and community levels through different Participatory Rural Appraisals (PRAs) in the future.  
On an annually basis, the KCDA health staff conducted a health survey among children in the fifteen primary schools. The purpose of the survey was to check the physical growth of the children year by year. The observation in 2015 and 2016 was that the physical growth of students had improved (height and weight) but the lack of nutrition remains the main problem; they have only two meals a day and can’t afford a balanced diet. During the survey it was observed that 65% of the male members of the family use drugs (alcohol, local drugs, and smoking). Men spent a lot of money and time on these habits, but do not consider the health of their children. The health team conducted meetings with the communities about these issues and motivated them to consider their family’s needs. During the period 2013 - 2016, KCDP trained 60 midwives who are now working in their communities.  
  
Women Self Help Group:-  
The Self Help Group approach can be compared to building an Institution – a People's Institution built on the foundation of “Empowerment”. The institution is supported by three solid pillars –Social, Economic and Political empowerment. The term “Social “is referred from a broad perspective to include cultural and religious empowerment.  
KCDA has been working on the saving and credit Programme since 2008. The community were able to save, but didn’t take responsibility and economically strengthen. So in 2012, KCDA took the initiative of beginning the Self-Help approach. The initiative started with a short meeting with Ms. Kiran Shahzadi (SHG National Coordinator, KNH) at the end of April, 2012. Initially, KCDA targeted only one district, Tando Allahyar, but at present KCDA is working in the Mirpurkhas district as well.  
There are 30 SHGs functioning successfully with 347 active members. The total saving is Rs.43, 790/=. Some women have received loans from their SHGs and started small businesses. 15 women have received loan from SHGs and started their own small business. Women have received confidence from the SHG and now take decisions in their groups.  

Advocacy & Lobbying:-  
KCDA organized a session with the Kachhi community regarding the issue of the early child marriages, Girls Education, Human Rights, and Right to Information. For this issue, KCDA advocacy staff attended network meetings with other partners throughout the year. These local partners worked hard and reached out to the government. The government is considering the issue and working on the Hindu marriage act bill for the Hindu community. In the advocacy Programme six clusters have been formed and 90 community people are volunteering with KCDA.