A secular NGO, established in 1976. Registrations: Society; Trust; FCRA; 80G.
To emphasise capacity building, particularly among women, children and marginal farmers, living in vulnerable economic conditions.
Addresses social and economic issues; deals with delicate topics, like gender differences; fights for rights, values and principles; serves as a link with the government and the people; functions as a forum for discussion and sharing.
Child focused programmes - home for destitute and orphan children; provides residential facilities with recreation and personality development. Life education programme provides non-formal education; conducts night classes and covers school dropouts. Child workers opportunities project provides vocational training in tailoring, carpentry; increases accessibility and quality of educational opportunities; raises awareness of child rights through anti-child labour rallies; runs creches in five neighbouring villages; provides critical care for the children of women labourers; distributes nutritional food. The short-stay home with recreational and sanitation facilities, offers overnight stay to children working in roadside hotels.
Women-focused activities include self-help groups; 130 savings and credit groups from 52 villages keep social contact. Dairy project started in 1997 covers eight villages; 277 women in income generation. Kishori vikas project addresses educational and recreational needs of adolescent girls through regular, non-formal classes on health, sanitation. Panchayat Raj training programme educates women on political and democratic rights.
Natural resource management focused activities - trains rural youth in sustainable agriculture for optimum productivity; motivates farmers to use alternative techniques, such as compost fertilisers, drip irrigation, biogas and organic farming. Community-level activities from 20 villages spread to over a 100 in Parbhani district. Watershed management (implemented in Pimpaldari village) develops the local ecosystem; encourages people to conserve resources like soil, water; controls environmental degradation; increases productivity.