SVM Impact 2023: A Look at Progress in Healthcare, Education and Agriculture

Smart Village Movement, December 15, 2023

On a recent field visit to various project locations under the Smart Village Movement in Meghalaya, our team had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the positive impact these initiatives are making in the lives of the local communities.

  1. Apollo Telehealth Centre: A Beacon of Healthcare for Villagers

The Apollo Telehealth Centre stood as a testament to the success of leveraging technology for the betterment of healthcare in rural areas. As we interacted with beneficiaries, their faces radiated satisfaction and relief. Many shared their stories of recovery and expressed gratitude for having access to high-quality primary and diagnostic healthcare services within their village. For some, the clinic had become an integral part of their daily lives, and they took pride in having such a valuable resource close at hand.  Approximate average footfall in these centers ranges between 50-60 people per month.

  1. STEM Innovation Hub at Myngken School: Nurturing Future Innovators

Despite the holiday season, the SVM Donor-funded STEM I nnovation Hub in collaboration with Curiosity Gym, at Myngken School remained abuzz with activity. Recognizing the students’ keen interest in STEM, the school organized extra classes, allowing students to explore and hone their skills. Engaged in 3D pen projects, students actively modelled on their computers and translated their ideas onto paper. The pride and enthusiasm were palpable as students showcased projects such as street lamps and buzzer systems, some of which were even used in school quiz competitions. The progress made by students, coupled with the dedicated support of teachers, highlighted the potential of nurturing innovation at an early age.

  1. Drone Crop Monitoring: Precision Farming for Better Yields

Venturing into the agricultural domain, we visited ginger farmers whose fields had been mapped by BharatRohan‘s drone. Farmers expressed excitement about this pilot project, emphasizing the value of accurate data and drone imagery in identifying and addressing pest infestations. With the next sowing season on the horizon, farmers believed that timely intervention based on the collected data could lead to healthier crops and higher yields. This initiative exemplifies the fusion of technology and agriculture to enhance productivity and sustainability.

  1. Gramin Healthcare Clinic: Reducing Barriers to Healthcare Access

21 Gramin Healthcare Clinics Operate under the Smart Village Movement Meghalaya initiative, established to bring access to healthcare and medications closer to villagers.

One of our visits was to the Khweng Clinic in the Bhoirymbong district, where nurses and doctors work diligently to provide healthcare services to the community. Patients conveyed their deep appreciation for the clinic, highlighting the significant reduction in travel time and out-of-pocket expenditures. The clinic has become a lifeline for many, addressing healthcare needs at the grassroots level and fostering a sense of well-being within the community.

In conclusion, these projects are not just about implementing solutions; they are about making a meaningful impact on the lives of people. As our reach in rural areas continues to grow, the goal is to continually explore new solutions and enhance existing ones, contributing to the holistic development of the community. The journey through these transformative initiatives reaffirms the power of innovation and community-driven solutions in creating positive change.