Rutisila is a quaint village located in the Keonjhar district of Odisha. Home to 1080 people, Rutisila is an agricultural village where most of its population relies on rice farming. While a lot of the villagers are tribal people and enjoy singing and dancing, Rutisila’s situation is somewhat grim. Currently, there is only one upper primary school in the village. There is also an Anganwadi centre where children from the ages of 3 to 6 years can go, but the state of the centre is not ideal. Children who strive for secondary and senior secondary education have to walk 5 to 6 kilometres every day, to reach school.

With the support of a partner organization, Plan India has implemented programs in the areas of health, water & sanitation, education, child rights & child protection and livelihood promotion. We have been able to construct a toilet in the Anganwadi centre, two waste disposal ditches and set up a community centre. However, Rutisila needs urgent intervention. While some progress has been made, there is still a long way to go. Rutisila needs a program for holistic development of the village as well as the total wellbeing of the children, their families and communities. Support Rutisila village and help transform the future of hundreds of children.

Plan India
  • Awareness campaigns organized on ‘Girl Child Education
  • Awareness campaign for community members and children on the importance of girl child education
  • School management committee members were trained on the Right to Education Act
  • Rainwater harvesting structure was constructed in the school
  • Toilet construction in the Anganwadi center (Govt. run Preschool)
  • A small community center was established
  • Two garbage pits were constructed in the school
  • Child Protection Committee (CPC) members were trained on Community Based Child Protection Mechanism (CBCPM) regarding various laws & provisions related to child protection and education
  • Plan India
  • Knowledge enhancement and capacity building of adolescent girls and young women on personal hygiene, with a focus on MHM
  • Orientation on MNCHN for pregnant and lactating mothers, to help minimize the number of malnourished children
  • Career counselling for students and unemployed educated youth to assist them in making career decisions
  • Support unemployed youth to avail JOVT under DDU-GKY (a Government of India scheme)
  • Educating youth about the ill effects of substance abuse, menstrual health for women & unprotected sex, which leads to other issues such as eloping, early marriage and early pregnancy
  • Skill development & setting up a Youth Activity Centre
  • Strengthening Child Protection Committee and ensuring that more women participate to enable vigilance in the area to deal with Child Protection issues
  • Digital classrooms to be established in the school
  • Construction of a proper wastewater drainage system in two girls' hostels