1. Creating livelihoods for 16,000 tribal households and training 3,197 farmers: We partnered with NGO PRADAN - Professional Assistance for Development Action to create sustainable livelihoods for over 16,000 predominantly tribal households from 297 villages across - Kesla block in Hoshangabad and Betul, Chicholi, Ghodadoongri, Shahpur blocks in Betul, Madhya Pradesh, over a period of five years. Given the need to address the gaps in technical knowledge, rights, and access to entitlements towards better agricultural productivity, the project has also trained farmers at deepening and expanding their livelihoods and roles in grassroots governance.
The project reaches out to train and empower rural communities to understand their rights and entitlements whereby claiming them. Narmada Mahila Sangh, a regional Self Help Group (SHG) was strengthened along with creation of 43 new SHGs. The objective is to enhance beneficiaries’ livelihoods by training them in alternate modes of income generation. The project creates and strengthens women’s collectives to increase their collective bargaining rights. The project also helps to strengthen grassroots governance by increasing beneficiaries’ awareness of Government programmes and schemes, thereby helping them claim their rights.
2. Integrated village development across 16 Villages: We have initiated a 5 year partnership program with Sri Aurobindo Society to facilitate an integrated village development project in 16 villages, touching lives of atleast 15,000 village dwelling population in and around the backward Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu by way of education and livelihood programmes. This social engineering project has reached out to about 7,000 beneficiaries already. The education programme is implemented through a supplementary education centre where students from nearby villages are regularly imparted both curricular and co-curricular sessions along with lessons to help their holistic development. The livelihood programme focuses on making the village community self reliant, attain training to improve their household income, create women leaders who can identify and address issues in the villages and also develop Self Help Groups to empower them with the help of their own resources.
3. Skill development and Job Opportunities for 150 in West Bengal: We have partnered with the National Udaan Skills Foundation to train 100 unemployed rural youth in Belda and Siliguri districts, West Bengal, in short-term, employment-oriented courses in the financial sector. The project believes in sensitising the rural youth population by skill building and helping them obtain gainful employment. Selected youth underwent a certified short term course (46 hours) on Banking and Financial Services, namely in Micro finance, Business correspondence and Mutual Funds, thus making them employable.
4. Art and Culture events: We helped organise 8 different programmes across the country to protect, promote and preserve traditional, classical forms of Indian music and dance. Through these programs we reached out to over 25,000 art enthusiasts in Surat, Trichy, Nagpur, Mysore, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad. Barkha Ritu Festival, Swara Festival, Dakshinayan, Bharat Sangeet Utsav, Hridayesh Festival , Music Summit with the Masters, Shanmukhananda Annual Dance Drama Music Festival and Svatantra are some of programs supported by us.