Our Goal

  1. To empower the people of the villages by making them aware of their rights and participate in local self governance for their own integral development.
  2. To train and place the youth in livelihood.
  3. To work towards the empowerment of women through self help groups and action groups

VISION
Our vision is to help the rural poor in our villageDSC06937s to take responsibility for their own integral development in order to improve their quality of life in all its aspects, economically, educationally, socially and spiritually.

Situation
Currently we are running a three month electricians course under the auspices of Schneider for the youth of our villages.

In July 2012 we began the Social Development Works in the villages of Thasra Taluka. We have recruited four staff (1 Center Coordinator and 3 Field Assistants) for this purpose.

Till date we have managed to make good inroads and contacts with officials in the government machinery like, Collector, Deputy Collector Taluka Branch, DSC09820District Development Officer, Disrtict Rural Development Agency, District Health Officer, District Civil Surgeon, District Livelihood Officer, District Samajkalyan Officer, Mamlathdar, Taluka Development Officer, Taluka Health Officer, District Officer for Fisheries, State Rural Training Institute Officers, State Index C Officers, Nagarpalika Circle Officer, Nagarpalika President, Sarpanchs, Talatis, Village Leaders, Village Youth, Children and Women. We have intervened in activities that promote the empowerment of women, youth, livelihood, education and community building.

We have obtained the necessary invitations from the Gram Panchayat to undertake development work in that Village / Gram Panchayat. So far we are operative in 20 villages.

Our staff has established a very good rapport and level of trust among the women and related stake holders.

We have established 70 Self Help Groups and have conducted training programmes for SHG Leaders on Leadership, Saving, Book Keeping, Loaning.

In order to understand and record the functioning of Panchayat Raj Institutions and Committees in those villages, our staff is imparting knowledge of the same at the SHG visits.Picture1

We have trained and prepared village communities to participate in the Gram Sabha through a Gram Sabha mobilization project on 5 levels: on the level of creating awareness through videos; on the level of planning how to present issues during the gramsabha; on the level of participation in the actual sabha; on the level of evaluation of the Gramsabha, and on the level of training to make one’s voice heard.

Following up the outcomes of Gram Sabhas and other panchayat meetings, we have prepared a detailed and comprehensive report on the Gram Sabha Project and have submitted copies to the Collector, DDO, TDO and Mamlathdar. We have observed success stories as a result of this intervention but at the same time have witnesses that most often Gram Sabhas are only on paper.

With a view to make the Gram Sabha Project comprehensive and effective so that ultimately people owned responsibility for their own development, we orgainsed an exposure tour to two model villages in Ahmednagar, viz: Ralegaon Siddhi and Hivare Bazaar. 130 participants comprising SHG Leaders, Sarpanchs and Village Leaders participated.

On reaching back we organized an evaluation seminar with the participants and got the TDO to preside over the evaluation so that he could get a first hand appraisal of the interventions of DEEP and at the same time lend his support.

As an outcome of this evaluatory meet, we got the TDO to commit to gathering all the Sarpanchs and Talatis of Thasra Taluka for a PRA Training Programme hosted and organized by us with a view
1. to undertaking PRA in selected villages with the aim of
2. taking the results of the PRA into the planning during the Gram Sabhas and
3. getting the plans passed collectively so as
4. to create a model village.

While implementing appropriate strategies to enable village communities access and benefit from government schemes, especially: National Rural Employment DSC09609Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) – awareness talks are imparted at the SHG visits, and apart from this we are helping people fill forms related to government schemes that addresses widow’s issues, pension isues, health issues, maternity issues, and the like.

We have registered our groups with the Mission Mangalam Mechanism of the Government and are availing of the government benefits pertaining to SHGs.

Furthering youth development especially with regard to their skills development and employment – We are recruiting youngsters for the Schneider project and also mobilizing them for attending Job related Campus Interviews.

 

Plans for the coming three years
For the Current Year, we will expand on the works already undertaken and are planning to do a PRA in this region so as to get a clearer focus as to what direction to take at the interests of the people.

Our focus areas are
• Expanding and Consolidating SHGs
• Local Self Governance
• Entrepreneurship and Livelihood
• Health
• Education