Every month all workers in the Resilience project meet for a 2-days Resilience Workshop at JGVK to share knowledge from their experiences from the field work and to receive education on the project topics from the staff at JGVK and UBU.
Kristine, Lise and Fionn from UBU joined the monthly workshop in January 2015. The field workers were trained in presenting the project topics in front of an audience to prepare them for speaking at awareness campaigns in Self-Help Groups in the project villages.
54 persons has been employed in the Resilience project in West Bengal since the project start in August 2014.
The project activities are carried out in four different regions (Blocks): Gosaba, Basanti, Gaighata and Sandeshkali. In total we work in 11 communes (Gram Panchayats) in the four Blocks. In each of the 11 Gram Panchayats four local workers has been employed to carry out field work and advocacy activities – 1 technical field worker, 1 advocacy field worker and 2 social field workers. Furthermore 1 overall technical project leader and 4 technical coordinators has been employed to coordinate activities at each of the four blocks.
At the moment the field workers are producing maps of their villages using GPS and are carrying out interviews for a baseline survey before awareness activities begin.