Monday, July 16, 2007

CRS Visitors at Raiganj

The Deputy State Representative Ms. Sudeshna Mukherjee, Mr. Pallab De, the Partner Support Officer, and Ms. Sucharita Chakraborty, the Linkage Officer were in Raiganj on 11th July to discuss further development plans at SWI, Raiganj and also to have a meeting with all the Operating Partners on the Phase Out Plan of CRS - USAID supported food-aid programs. On 12th, Ms. Sanchita Banerjee joined the three, and they visited some of the Agriculture related field areas and they were very much impressed by the fact that women were actively involved along with men in agriculture development programs and also that some of the Self Help Groups promoted by SWI had received 14,00,000 rupees for developing organic farming and production of organic fertilizers. On 13 July, Ms. Sanchita and Mr. Pallab were in Raiganj and we had a whole day of discussions with the Staff at various levels and it was enriching to understand some of the further areas where CRS can become a partner with SWI.... including in the area of starting a Community Radio for Awareness Building among people on various socio-economic, cultural and agricultural areas of development. We had also discussion on strengthening the linkages with Self Help Groups through the monthly newsletter which SWI published in the past three years. Puthumai A. Nazarene, the Director, and all the Staff thank the CRS team for being with us and spending so much time with us.

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