Arrival in India

I arrived safely in India last Saturday to assist the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) with an evaluation of their USAID-funded Child Survival Program that has the overall goal of improving the health and welfare of childbearing mothers and their children. The work is being done in the rural tribal region of Sahibganj in the state of Jharkhand, which is in the upper eastern corner of India just west of Bangladesh and a five hour train ride north of Kolkata (previously called Calcutta).

Evaluation activities began in Delhi on August 2nd and then I traveled to Sahibganj where I am currently based. At this point in the evaluation we have selected the hot topics from a population-based survey (a.k.a. the Knowledge, Practices, and Coverage survey) as well as other data, determined who we need to interview, and developed and piloted the questionnaires. Tomorrow we split into two teams for two days of focus group discussions in four sub-districts, or blocks. On Saturday we will collate our findings and process them as a group. I look forward to keeping you posted about our experiences here in Sahibganj!

Grace Kreulen

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