Community Radio, Yadgir

Empowering the people of Yadgir by setting up its first community radio station, titled ‘Kalike Dhwani 90.4 FM’.

Widespread awareness and clear communication is vital to earning the trust of the community, as well as the success of any rural developmental mission. Currently, Yadgir does not have any active radio stations. So far, Kalike has disseminated necessary information using traditional platforms such as FGDs or community-based institutions.

The Kalike 90.4 FM community-based radio station will be a one of a kind initiative under which we hope the reach of our interventions flourish. We will work to streamline knowledge sharing across ages, genders and sectors so as to advance the shared vision for community development in the district. It will be developed as a channel to enhance cross-learning within the community by dissipating information across the board.

Our method of delivery will be dynamic, engaging though diverse media such as songs, skits, interactive sessions and dialogue. The project outputs are:

(a) Community gains access to information, utilise according to their emerging needs
(b) To relay information on government schemes pertaining to agriculture, education, health, sanitation - thus bridging the gap between state and community
(c) Build awareness on the programmes of Kalike and other institutions within the community

Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation

Quick response through essential aids in disaster affected areas with community engagement for long-term rehabilitation.

In mid-August 2018, Kodagu district faced severe flooding leading to landslides and flash floods. It damaged the lives and livelihoods of as many as 2,00,000 people. Kalike, in collaboration with Tata Sustainability Group, conducted on-ground assessments in the region aimed at designing a multi-pronged strategy for economic development and social empowerment of the affected regions. We have identified a range of farm based and off-farm based livelihood alternatives for the families of Kodagu. A report submitted was and implementation has been planned for the following year. Broadly, the intervention plan envisions:

(a) Improved quality of life of disaster impacted communities
(b) Enhanced access to newer sources of livelihood
(c) Increased income of small and marginal farmers

Elder Care

Addressing the basic health needs of the elderly in rural areas through the National Programme for Health and Care of Elderly (NPHCE).

Care of the elderly is often forgotten, excluded from developmental agendas, more so in rural India where there exists a major gap in data on their socio-economic and demographic characteristics. We aim to create a comprehensive model for implementation of the government’s NPHCE programme, ensuring access to affordable and quality health care including home care for those who require it, awareness on health and nutrition, social engagement and promotion of preventive care. We will work with government-run health care facilities, the community and families of elderly persons to make this intervention sustainable in the long run. This year, we started our activities in this initiative.


  1. Situation analysis of geriatric facilities at PHCs, CHCs and the district hospital was completed
  2. Survey of 30 villages with the output of 360 demographic profile of the elderly
  3. Established rapport with medical staff and affiliated officials across PHCs and sub-centres
  4. 60 out of 150 villages in Yadgir have been profiled via interactions with ASHA workers, PDOs and AWWs
  5. Identified 3 villages for the establishing ‘Elderly Activity Centres’ (Gram Hiriyara Kendra)

The reporting period was utilised primarily for extensive data collection based on which advanced interventions will be designed for deployment in the following year.