ANNUAL REPORT 2008 – 2009
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Preface I am happy to introduce the annual report, for the period 2008-09 of God Action. On this auspicious occasion it is essential to bear in mind the person who is known as a Man with Vision, Mr. Shiv Kumar Rai is the founding father of this organization. It addresses the need of the deprived and marginalized sections of the society. Moreover, it provides technical and financial assistance to grass-root level NGOs and financial support to like-minded individuals and social activists for research and documentation of different social and economic issues. Far more, it helps poor children to continue their education through sponsorship and scholarships for obtaining better livelihood options, shelter homes for orphan children, and welfare services to animals. When children of his age-group were occupied with career building options, S.K Rai was busy in forming thousands of SHGs in Mau and other nearby districts of Utter Pradesh. Reducing poverty and ensuring a society rising for all was the prime concern and his brain child, God Action established in 2002 with this vision. Ultimately, it started working with the notion for upliftment and mainstreaming poor, vulnerable and marginalized sections of the society. It is true social activists never belong to any particular professional cult, rather they are a combination of all sectors together with only objective to bring transitional transformation in the social-economic-political-environmental set-up of a society. Mr. S.K. Rai, a multifaceted personality, started working in collaboration with people, organizations, institutions, private bodies, many non-profit organizations and civil society members in Utter Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, Haryana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and many parts of India in later years. It is because of his initiatives and hard work for a prolonged period, poor people gradually got organized and tried to form platforms in different levels, village level, panchayat level, district level & state level, to deal with issues of common interests. He facilitated a bunch of networking system (both internal & external) with different organizations working for poor and marginalized people and motivated them to work for rights and issues affect them badly. Action movements for mass awareness, strong alliancebuilding among groups and organizations on the one hand and linkages, liasioning, advocacy, lobbying with government institutions on the other hand are the core activities initiated and well pursued by God Action in later stages. Right now God Action is addressing more critical issues in interior and needier regions both in rural and urban areas with expertise and S.K. Rai, as a developmental consultant entailed for fund raising to support individuals and organizations working at grass-root levels in collaboration with the ideas and thought process of God Action. I wish him and God Action all success in bringing constructive changes to our system and society. Mr. Deepak Punjabi Social Activist 2
Message from Chairman’s Desk It is indeed a great privilege to present this 7 th annual report for the period 20082009. In the past years, we have taken a quite few steps to expand at our level in remote areas of Utter Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Bihar, Haryana, Maharashtra and slums of Delhi and other metro cities in India and at the same time consolidated all our works together to deliver this report. Being motivated with a strong notion of a justice based “Another World is Possible” , God Action initiated its strategic intervention in both remote and urban areas. We intended to build capacities of the second-line leaders at community level empowering their dignity in society. GA facilitated in-depth developmental orientation on critical and contextual themes, issues and concerns to up-bring individuals/communities knowledge and skills essential to lead a better life with dignity. Starting from educational support for children with sponsorship and scholarship, we have extended our support to the livelihood options of poor families including men, women, and children in our intervention areas. Animal welfare is also a focused area as we give importance to our eco-system development and hence we work with both humans and non-humans (animals). Though God Action is in its infant stage, only of six years old, has recognized by many organizations and institutions in India. Dayananda Gaushala Samiti, Haryana awarded “People for Animals”, Rajendra Seva Sangathan, Bihar recognized as “Outstanding performer on Women Empowerment” are some to name here. The credit of this is equally shared by a sensitive governing body and committed God Action Team who has worked nobly and relentlessly to achieve the objectives we conceived in 2002 during formation of this organization. I am also taking the opportunity to thank all institutional and individual donors and sponsors, member organizations, volunteers and friends for their constant and continuous support in our efforts.
Thanking you. S.K. Rai Chairman, God Action
CONTENTS Pages Name of the Organization
: God Action (GA)
Address for Communication
: 16/10, New Rohtak Road, Near Faiz Road Crossing, Karolbagh, New Delhi-05.
Area of Operation
: India as a whole.
………………………………India Map…………states under intervention……… God Action, a voluntary, non-profit-making, non-political, and social organization working as a moderator to establish, publicize, extend and operate programs to uplift the underprivileged, marginalized & vulnerable sections of the society. God Action has been registered under Society Registration Act 21, 1860, Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 1976, Income Tax Act 80G, 1961 and is under process to get 501(C) (3) status under Fiscal Sponsorship. In consequence, God Action can outline donor tax exemption for US donors/sponsors under Fiscal Sponsorship. The area of operation of God Action covers 89 districts of Utter Pradesh, Chatishgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Orissa and New Delhi. Contextual Changes, Problem Analysis and Development Goals Many factors contributing to increase the vulnerability of poor families and disturbing their life and livelihoods. Ever-rising unemployment, insecurity and violence on women & children, social marginalization, alcohol addiction, natural and man-made disasters, low literacy rate, poor health awareness and exploitation by local vested groups had made the situation in the operating areas of God Action worse for the poor and downtrodden. Against this backdrop and with a view to help the people to help them; God Action is working with strong commitment and dedication. The intervention and activities gradually bringing change in the lives of the deprived people of the society. It addresses multifarious issues like increasing literacy rate and health awareness, people’s voice against exploitation and violation of human rights, assertion of their rights through various Acts like MNREGA, RTI and active involvement in grass root governance are some of the visible changes. Moreover, by creation of community fund, women’s participation in Palli Sabha and Gram Sabha, construction of pucca houses for poor people, vocational training & establishment of small-scale enterprises for women to fill the gender gaps and lessen the economic dependences of women folk, education for children, orphanage centers, sponsorship and scholarship for children and youth for education and employment, children/person’s with disability and their rights and animal welfare services for cow protection are the focal points intervened in the operational area. Many of the students with support from God Action, after completing their studies have joined government jobs and other placements in private 4
and corporate bodies. In this way, God Action is trying its level best to bring considerable changes in the lives and livelihoods of poor and marginalized in many ways. Strategy Social Inclusion It is all about 100% coverage of all households/families in every habitat where the program is being implemented. All households must be involved in the development process and must benefit equitably. Educational Equity It is to strengthen representation of all sections of the community in decision-making process across caste, creed, sex etc. and other such barriers in our projects. Gender Equity & Sensitivity Equal representation and participation of men and women at community level decisionmaking and control of resources. Focus towards women participation alongside men in articulating concerns, taking responsibility and actively participating in developmental process. Sustainable Alternative Livelihood Development Greater orientation for management and conservation of natural resources, diversification of livelihood options and orientation in judicious use of available resources, restoration and integration of traditional knowledge, diffusion and diversification of the same. Community Ownership & Cost Sharing Community can pay for the beneficial development services in kind and that contribution makes them feel to be a part of the project. Ultimately, they come forward to manage the project as a community resource for them. Approach God Action believes in the process-oriented community centered approach to developmental issues, which empowers the poor marginalized and vulnerable to handle their own development and negotiate within the system with dignity and liberty. The organization views development as a process which ensures qualitative improvement in people’s access, security and status in their social, political and physical situations. It strives toward evolving a strategy that eventually brings in Equity, Justice and Liberty to all through a keen participatory process. God Action stands committed to uphold the intrinsic value and potential of every individual. It can facilitate the process where these groups would be the decision makers on the kind of development they want and live in the society with dignity and freedom.
Target Groups - Children, Women, Persons and Children with Disabilities, Farmers, Tribals & Dalits and Urban Poor, and Animals Working Objectives •
To establish, publicize, extend and operate programs to help organizations/institutions/individuals for sponsorships like children sponsorship for education, disability sponsorship, and sponsorship for higher studies and fund raising for organizations/NGOs/institutions for welfare activities.
To conduct programs for the welfare of deaf, dumb, disable, blind women, widows, children, aged and destitute persons of the society.
To support, establish and run educational institutions from primary to higher levels for educational development.
To do integrated social service, country service, and village-service.
To conduct welfare and upliftment schemes for tribal, scheduled castes, minorities, dalits, downtrodden and backward castes and urban slums.
To plan and conduct women and child development programs.
To build and strengthen local level / community based organization and to conduct their training, capacity building programs.
To organize various slum development programs in urban areas.
To plan and conduct employment / self employment programs for poor / youth, especially women.
To plan and conduct programs for overall development of tribal areas / tribal communities.
To plan, assist and conduct human right and public-hearing programs.
To organize seminars / conference / workshops in villages and cities, establish libraries for environment development and impart on permanent basis, environmental education to children.
To organize different programs on education, health, family planning, environment and self-employment for the development of villages and to develop them socially, intellectually and educationally.
To organize awareness camps for the development of adolescents, youth and others.
The planning process, programs and activities of God Action strengthens the basic objective of poverty alleviation with a clear link to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) like poverty reduction, (MDG-1), focusing child education (MDG-2), Women
Empowerment (MDG-3) and Environment Sustainability (MDG-7). The overall objective is to conquer poverty, inequality and establish a platform towards rising for all. Areas of intervention •
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Integrated Tribal Devlopment Program 1. Capacity Building 2. Ashram Shala 3. Balwadi Centre 4. Awareness 5. Support for Handicap 6. Youth Empowerment 7. Protection, Preservation and Promotion of Art & Crafts 8. De-addiction Child Development Program 1. Sponsorship 2. Scholarship 3. Schooling 4. Orphanage 5. Residential Schools 6. Counseling Center for Adolescent Girls, Child Labour & Children with Disability Leprosy Eradication Program 1. Awareness Creation 2. Linakages with PHCs/CHCs Children/Persons With Disability 1. Physically & Mentally Challenged People 2. Blind & Deaf-Dump People 3. Residential School Poverty Alleviation Program 1. Alternative Livelihood Options 2. Women Empowerment 3. Self Help Groups Formation 4. Exposure Visits 5. Education & Awareness 6. Health Awareness 7. Health Camps 8. Cattle Care/Mobile Veterinary Camp 9. Small Scale Enterprises 10. Housing 11. Fellowship to Leaders Sustainable Environment 1. Awareness 2. Community Participation 3. Plantation 4. Smokeless Gas Stoves Community Based Rehabilitation Policy Advocacy Cultural Activities Animal Welfare
Activity Details 1. Integrated Tribal Development Program After an in-depth need assessment survey and its analysis in 2004, God Acton run this innovative program to establish alternative livelihood options for the poor tribals in Bastar district of Chatisgarh, which constitutes 70% tribals of the district and 25% of the total tribal population of the state. Apart from tribals, the other beneficiaries are scheduled castes and non-tribals like cultivators, mostly landless, marginal and small farmers. Along with this special focus is given on issues like children education, youth employment or self-employment and women empowerment. GA tried to fuse both traditional knowledge and skills of the tribals as well as innovative modern mechanisms for better yielding results towards sustainable livelihood options. Attempts also made to strengthen equitable use of natural resources in tribal areas on community ownership. It has far reached results as it based on their traditional culture and as far as tribals love to stay in group, work in group, and hence there are fewer conflicts to share the benefits out of it. The ultimate aim is to develop and introduce replicable model systems targeting food security of each and every household by improving their livelihood opportunities.
1.1 Capacity Building To foster more developmental activities in these inaccessible areas, God Action formed and strengthened tribal associations, forums and user groups of different interests and issues. Capacity building programs on different income-generating activities are given to these groups including men, women and youths. Much emphasis is given to make them capable to plan, implement and manage their own developmental programs. They are also capacitated with negotiation skills to network and link with authorities and government departments to harness the necessary resources for their socialeconomic-political and environmental benefits. Two capacity building program organized in 2009, one in Mau district of Utter Pradesh covering 47 participants and another at Aligarh district of Utter Pradesh covering 39 participants. Both the programs were meant for capacity building of tribal youth and women self-help groups for two days. In Varanasi district of Utter Pradesh two peopleâ€™s forums are formed to enlist and pursue government run schemes and their 100% benefits to the people in nearby areas. One
workshop was organized on essentiality of “women’s representation in PRI institutions and decision-making process” was organized on 2 nd January 2009 at Mewat district of Haryana.
1.2 Ashram Shala Two Ashram Shalas, Tribal Vikas Ashram Shala at Kallubanjari and Dr. Ambedkar Adivasi Ashram Shala, Bachherabhatha in Chatishgarh supported by God Action. Main activity of this Ashram Shalas is to facilitate education for tribal children by supporting them all assistance like food, clothing, shelter and educational equipments. There were 89 students enrolled in 2006-07 and 126 in 2007-08. These Shalas are working as bridge courses for drop out students and they get enrolled in government schools later on. Tribal students from these Shalas are doing well scoring high marks and positions in merit lists. 1.3 Balwadi Centre Five Balwadi Centres run by God Action. Balwadi centre is meant for preeducational activities and children from the age group of 0 to 5 years are get enrolled here. We run Balwadi center at Badouji in the state of Haryana, Narella in New Delhi, Ramanand Devi Hindu Anathlaya in Bhagalpur, Bihar, Bal Kalyan Samiti near Barnadevi in Aligarh, Utter Pradesh. Though not a part of government run ICDS program, it focuses all early childhood care alike ICDS and along with it supports adult education programs in the evenings for tribal people. Right now we are serving 134 children under this program. 1. 4 Awareness God Action organized seven workshops and demonstrations on election process, voting behavior and lobbying. Three state level awareness campaigns were organized before the General Assembly Election. Voting rate of the tribal people has increased by 12% in assembly election whereas it was 24% in last panchayat election in Aligarh and Tamkuhi Road, Kushinagar in Utter Pradesh. 1.5 Support for Handicap Physically challenged people/children needs special care and training to flourish in life and God Action treats them as differently able by providing alternative do-able programs liking singing, dancing, bakery processing etc. God Action also helps them in getting disability certificates, obtaining required aids and appliances, train/bus pass, disability pension and other facilities 9
supported by state and national government. God Action has distributed 195 try-cycles and other aids and appliances at Pindra, Varanasi, Utter Pradesh, Rohini and Bharatiya Netrahin Kalyan Parishad, New Delhi. 1.6 Youth Empowerment Five seminars and two workshops are organized for self-employment opportunities of the tribal youth in Sonbhadra and Basini in UP 2008-09. God Action supports youth financially through a revolving fund, which is used and returned by tribal youth-to-youth for income-generation activities. Here they have to pay no interest as were paying the middlemen and brokers. Thus, God Action strengthens an exploitation-free society for the tribals. There are 28 youth are supported by GA to establish individual shops.
1.7 Protection, Preservation and Promotion of Art &Crafts God Action has organized various events to identify, preserve and protect tribal culture, arts & crafts. It also promotes the marketing facilities for tribal art & crafts to benefit the tribal artisans and craftsmen. Two exposure visits covering a group of 24 tribals from Basini, Varanasi, UP has visited Dhenkanal district of Odisha for three days to learn art and craft sculpture in Jan’ 2009. An event on “Samba”,(a tribal dance, which is gradually diminishing day by day) was organized in August’ 2009 at Sonbhadra district of UP for its preservation and promotion. 1.8 De-Addiction A free 10 day alcohol de-addiction program was organized in Dongergarh, Chatisgarh, where 38 participants are joined. This program is also organized in East Singhbhumi, Jharkhand, Newlight Leprosy Colony, Sahadra, New Delhi. Right now they are getting treated in Community Health Centres and Public Health Centres in New Delhi and Varanasi two awareness campaigns are also demonstrated for tobacco de-addiction in the project area. Till date 231 participants are benefited out of the program. 2. Child Development Program We at God Action envisions to ensure holistic development of children in all spheres of life: physical, social, emotional and intellectual, their rights are defended irrespective of whether the child is normal or identified as exceptional, unprotected, disadvantaged, under-privileged or exploited. God Action strongly believes in the maxim of “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”. Hence, it works closely with the parents, the communities, the teachers, the care takers and the policy makers to sensitise all of them as stake 10
holders and duty bearers to achieve the ideals embodied in the Convention on the Rights of the Children.
2.1 Sponsorship Two types of sponsorship programs are facilitated by God Action. They are partial sponsorship, which covers only children educational support, whereas full sponsorship covers accommodation, food and education up to 14 years. GA have already sponsored five thousand children under partial sponsorship and one thousand three hundred forty seven students under full sponsorship program. 2.2 Scholarship God Action supports two types of scholarship; professional educational scholarship (PES) and scholarships for competitive examinations (SCE). PES covers all costs including tuition fees, administrative expenses, hostel charges, fees for books & study materials. Under SCE program God Action provides 20 scholarship per year to intelligent poor students who are committed for competitive examinations like IAS/IPS/NDA/PCS/CDS and other such types of examinations. Professional Educational Scholarship (PES)- Four students are continuing their professional education. Mr. Mohhamad Akhtar is doing his driving course in Mamtaz Driving Training School in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Mr. Dhanraj Chauhan had undergone a hotel management course and is already placed in Karolbagh, New Delhi. Ms. Meenaskhi Chauhan is pursuing an Air Hostess Course in Frankfin, New Delhi. Ms. Neha Sharma is continuing her B.Ed under University of Jamu. Scholarships for Competitive Examinations(SCE)- Nine students are supported for competitive examinations and four of them placed in government sector, two in NGO sector and three are waiting for jobs.
2.3 Schooling There are three types of schools run by God Action, day school, residential school and week-schools. In day school, children do up and down to their homes on daily basis. In residential school, children stay with the teachers and care takers and continue their studies, whereas in case of week-schools (mostly in remote and inaccessible tribal belts) children come and stay for one week, take part in the school activities and go back to their homes. In residential schools and week-school facilities, we provide educational assistance in the 11
form of examination fees, hostel fees, books for library, exercise books, paper, geometry boxes, pencils, color pens, chalks, dusters, black boards, globes, maps, school uniforms, food packets, sports goods, mattresses joyful learning chart and posters etc., for encouraging them to continue study in schools. Targeting destitute and orphan children in need of educational facilities, God Action’s residential schools at Narella, New Delhi and at Mewat district of Haryana and Rajnandgaon district of Chatishgarh respectively. Another school “Dalit Majdoor Biklang Sikhhan Pratisthan Kendra” is established in the village of Basti of Mau district of Utter Pradesh. Apart from formal education, all enrolled students are being provided skill up gradation training like wooden crafts development and computer education for employment opportunities. One hundred eighty children are getting benefit under this program. Educational assistance was planned for … students in 2010. One hundred and twenty eight (girls 48, boys 80) have been supported with educational assistance such as tuition fees, examination fees and stipend so as to enable them to continue their studies and fulfill their educational essentials. A new concept like “village education fund” was introduced in one village in Kamarawam, Mao in UP that will support the poor students with financial assistance to continue their study even after the external support is withdrawn.
2.4 Orphanages Three orphanages run by God Action in Bal Kalyan Sanstha, Aligarh, Ramananda Devi Hindu Anathalay, Bhagalpur, Bihar aand “Poor Orphan Child Upliftment and Education Service Centre, Barouji” at Mewat District of Haryana. Trained staff members and care givers are appointed and staying with children as family members. All efforts are made to ensure they are enjoying their life and learning well despite of the negligence and harsh conditions they have faced in their past life. Along with teaching-learning facilities, we have counseling hours for children to heal their mental and psychological wounds from past life. Due space is given them to think, dream for a bright future with new opportunities and possibilities. They are given warm shelter, clothes, medical care, three times meal a day and classes for education, meditation with Swami Dayananda Arya and enough scope for sports activities.
Case Study Home to Orphanage: A long Journey
Aged-about-eight, Subham and Akash only of five years, now an incredible part of God Actionâ€™s family in Karolbagh, New Delhi. They might have forgotten their parents, however hardly could forget the wretched conditions they have undergone in New Delhi, after the untimely demise of their father and their journey from Bihar to God Action, New Delhi, which was so pathetic and painful. Rescued and rehabilitated by Mr. S.K. Rai, Chairman, God Action in his own place not only as two orphan kids, rather they demand all respects as younger brothers of Chairman. Subham and Akash are victims of chronic poverty and they set journey to New Delhi for an alternative option of livelihood, with a hope that at least their father could work as a paid labour and mother as a maid servant in nearby colony. The story did not go in the same way they planned before leaving their village. It may be a mere story for the readers, unseen and unobserved what was going on with a nine-member family with all time business to search for the next meal. Three times fullmeal was a dream for them. They were habituated sleeping without consuming anything in nights. Looking at the family situation, their parents decided to leave everything behind and reached at New Delhi with their seven children, four daughters and three sons. Journey with Indian Railways was fine, dreaming for new hopes, three times meals a day, better life and after all, staying in the national capital of India as delhites. It is not what they were dreaming, mostly all families when migrate from their villages to the Delhi slums felt like this. Greater livelihood opportunity and better life style, far better than those who are in villages starving and suffering from vicious cycle of poverty made them feeling thrilling for the new life. A feeling of strong will power that they will come back once to their lovely home after being all wealthy. When the family reached at the platform of New Delhi, they look each other as strangers; they have landed in a different world everything completely new and far from imagination and belief. New Delhi is active and well animated and it seemed as if people are following instructions to rush quickly. Nobody has time to spare and look at this newly discovered family in the capital. The family before settling their journey knew the place to stay at; with their relatives in Sangam Vihar, one of the known largest slums in New Delhi. Now they need to learn the way forward to their destination i.e Sangam Vihar, searching for a person having ideas about road-maps and more importantly willing to spare at least two minutes to explain all about it. Their father, the head of the family, glanced at people to ask someone the root to the destination where his family will start a new life. After a much struggle, he found a kind hearted person who directed them the way to the place and they all loaded in 13
an auto-rickshaw for Sangam Vihar. There is a cliché ‘struggle never ends, life ends’. This family’s struggle in life is a remarkable example of the same. Life became a true turbulent in Delhi for them. It was a struggle to survive in village, here ‘survival of the fittest’ a bit tricky and troublesome realised in later stages of staying. The natural law demanded them to be strong enough to get a place to stay and to construct a cottage for them. At first, they started staying with their relatives and approached for job. Fortunately, (though quite unfortunate for the family) their father got a job in New Delhi. Their mother also got engaged as a house maid and started working in 2 houses for one thousand rupees. Both of them were planning to fulfil the basic needs of their children with care, love and boding. However, things went terribly wrong; Subham and Akash’s father got gel-well with some of the miscreants slum-dwellers and started drinking heavily. Consequently, gradual increment of domestic violence, violation of child rights and child abuse which were beyond control and never foreseen earlier made their live more vulnerable and wretched. In the meanwhile, the family bear an horrendous loss as the younger one at the age of five lost his right leg in a road accident. Within six months, their father got unbearable pain in stomach and admitted in…. hospital and died soon. The struggle took a new twist and the single parent’s responsibility to care of seven children. It was not only difficult at her part to take care of all, but also more challenging to survive. She was rather unable to arrange one square meal a day during the major parts of the year. Finally, she ended at God Action. On 5 th Dec 2004, she reached at our Mewat orphanage centre with Subhram and Akash and pleaded the Chairman asking for the future of these two kids. They were shifted from the orphanage of Mewat to God Action’s head office at Karolbagh, New Delhi. Both of them are studying, Subhram in class five and Akash in class pre-school in Jai Bharat School, Chawri Bazar, New Delhi. Subham has extra-ordinary command on dance and Akash the youngest member of God Action family is mostly busy in imitating adults and their expressions apart from studies. Subham wanted to be a doctor In future and Akash, always different want to be an army chief. God Action is with them and will stay with them till they don’t feel to leave it and set for their own destination.
2.4 Residential Schools God Action supports two residential schools, one namely “Nav Abhilasha Sikhya Sansthan” covering 40 students (15 girls & 25 boys) in Rajnand Goan, Chhattisgarh and the other one is “Dalit Majdoor Biklang Sikshhan Pratisthan
Kendraâ€? covering 32 students (10 girls 18 boys) &in Mau district of Utter Pradesh. Here children are availing all facilities like residence, food, medicine, clothes and education free of cost. Mostly school drop-outs and push-outs are get enrolled in this Ashram Shalas. As children like to use beautiful and eye-catching teaching, learning and playing materials, the facilitation of the same things in residential schools has attracted more students as well as played a greater role in retaining the attendance of students in both the places. In both the places not a single inmate of the residential schools drops-out or stopped coming to school, rather they have shown more interest for higher studies than before.
2.5 Counseling for Adolescent Girls, Child Labor & Children with Disability Though the counseling centre is meant for the children, we did not spare the parents, teachers and community members to include in the counseling process. Parents counseling is a part of the activity and it helps reshaping the future of children in constructive ways. We feel the issues of children can be better addressed if joint hands from parents-teachers-community members also extended well. This joint collaboration has effective impact in the project area as we are successfully motivating the parents, and bringing back the droop outs including adolescent girls, child labor & disable children to schools in recent years. In past four years, efforts have been made to address the newly emerged problems of the adolescent girls in the existing project villages/slums. Our staff (ladies) members are continuously working and consolidating their learning at the field level to reduce the risks faced by women and adolescent girls. Mostly, in rural areas, parents stop their girl children going school after puberty. Our staff members through door-to-door counseling and other means of convincing address many problems faced by adolescent girls in their day to day life. Right now, the number of adolescent girls in schools is increasing. Issues like child marriage, child abuse, child labor and other forms related to child rights violation have been discussed in the children groups, and the groups are taking action against some of them. Discrimination between girls and boys has been reduced and gradually people started treating their children a bit equally. Violence against the children with disability in family and community has been reduced. Parents have come
forward to support their child and paying equal attention in comparison with their other children. Counseling to community members has enormous impact at grass-root level. In many cases, it has been marked that community has stopped passing comments to children with disable. For instance, use of local slang (lame, blind etc) has been tremendously stopped. This has been seen that now children with disability are getting space in social events, community places and contributing in decision-making process equally with normal children and so also the case of girl children. For instance, parents are taking care of activities of daily living (bathing, toileting, brushing, eating etc.) of their children. Both parents and community members are helping in transporting them to Resource Center, ICDS and Schools. GA also arrange resource persons and organize open forums to develop awareness on children related issues like HIV/AIDS and STDs, Child sexual abuse, Juvenile Justice and girls problems at adolescent stage have been increased. This has also helped to build the knowledge base of children as well as their parents and community members. Case Study A Wonder that Exists is Agun
India, the largest democracy in the World and on of the signatories of United Nations Child Rights Convention (UNCRC) obliged to establish and foster civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children. Unfortunately, children from underprivileged families indicated as Below Poverty Lines (BPL) category by national government have a very few things to visualize and dream about life and future. Each day is worrisome, as if they have to face world-war ahead, furthering their vulnerability for struggle and tribulations to think about a square meal a day. No child dream to work in agricultural fields with adults and animals. Each child dreams to join a peer group to play, well dress-up, go to school, learn and develop his potential. Needless to say, it becomes a far-fetched dream for some who unfortunately enters into BPL families by birth. However, amidst of such stories, there are always rays of hope that bring us much joy. As of Virendra (Agun), who is a six-year-old who is an excellent dancer and football player. His exceptional qualities would have been just mere interests and hobbies if God Action would not extended its helping hand to him. Though government of India declared no child under the age of 16
14 should be working in agriculture whether it is in hazardous or nonhazardous work. Moreover, any child in work whether industrial or agricultural sector should be considered hazardous. Virendra, who lost his mother in early ages, has a poignant and hard-hitting life story, who was working for more than eight hours in their agricultural field in major parts of a year. He gets hardly time to play foot ball with his peers and lacks motivation to do dance practices because of tiredness and fatigue. The poor princes reach at home in the evening so tired and lost all his interest to play, sing or dance because of long exhaustion after work. He explained in tears how it hurts him when he found others, peers of his age group, in playground with football to one of the social worker of God Action. God Action has established a “Poor Orphan Child Upliftment and Education Service Centre” at Barouji village of Mewat district in Haryana. The social worker asked him to come to the centre and to have a look around it. She also persuaded him a three times meal and good dresses, simultaneously opportunities to read, to practice dance and play football with school teachers what he was really wanted to. Initially, it was difficult to convince his father to send Virendra to the orphanage centre. After much counseling of our social workers and volunteers with a strategic approach, his father who was completely denied sending him to the centre allowed to come for only one week. Rays of hope come up in the heart of the child to start a new life with God Action. He went back home along with some volunteers from God Action tried his level best to convince his father, so also the volunteers. Ultimately, observing the interest of the child and following the counseling of God Action, his father visited the centre and finally agreed to send him with the volunteers. On 6th Jan 2007, he became a part of the Orphan Centre run by God Action. He started grooming with outmost care and affection from peer groups, care takers and teachers at our centre. This motherless child is completely different from other three siblings in their family. It is not only his father who is proud of his son Virendra, rather the whole family of God Action delighted with joy when he was awarded by World Charity Alliance as the “Best Dancer of the Year 2008” in an event organized for little champs up to the age-group of 08 -15 years. Apart from co-curricular activities, Agun studies diligently in 2nd standard and is making an overall progress in leaps and bounds. It is well recognized that 17
prosperity begins with self-sufficiency and further towards achieving goals. We hope Virendra is in right track and can lead a life better and different than he was supposed to get from his agricultural field.
3. Leprosy Eradication Program Leprosy is a slowly progressing bacterial infection that affects the skin, peripheral nerves in the hands and feet, and mucous membranes of the nose, throat, and eyes. Destruction of the nerve endings causes the affected areas to lose sensation. Occasionally, because of the loss of feeling, the fingers and toes become mutilated and fall off, causing the deformities that are typically associated with the disease. Because of the disabling deformities, its victims were often shunned by the community, kept at arm's length, or sent to a leper colony. Many people still have misconceptions about the disease. Contrary to popular belief, it is not highly communicable and is extremely slow to develop. However, it is curable, although the treatment is a long-term process and requires multiple medications. GOD ACTION is running a programme called â€œ Leprosy Eradication Programme at Tahirpur Leprosy Colony, New Delhi to provide a platform for their treatment, rehabilitation with basic facilities and the education of their children are taken care of. Attempts made where the victims children can get an opportunity to explore their inner talent and capabilities by organizing such types of curricular and cultural events at a common platform. We also link up the victims to PHCs & CHCs and further work for their rehabilitation and reunification in the society. The targeted stakeholders are identified and services like better community access to early diagnosis and treatment, making leprosy victims self reliant through vocational and skill based training, physiotherapy & chemotherapy treatment, facilitating socio-economic integration of the victims, and organizing primary eye care camps for the aged, leprosy affected and school children. They struggle to live and work with dignity and respect, but never is the struggle highlighted. When dusk comes calling, what we see is the confidence, the happiness, the strength and the celebration. The Leprosy Colony, besides housing bonafied inhabitants, also has outsiders. They include people who live as tenants. Thus, God Action focuses creating awareness, advocacy, lobbying and networking and social mobilization to empower the affected community. 18
3.1 Awareness Creation Practical approaches are undertaken like creating awareness generation about their rights, facilitating social mobilization and enabling communities to advocate for legislation with regard to their issues. A two days workshop followed by awareness campaign organized by God Action in July’ 2009 covering 149 participants and issues like ration card, disability pension, buspass/train pass were addressed. 3.2 Linkages with PHCs/CHCs GA linked the patients to different nearby PHCs & CHCs for continuation of their treatment. God Action facilitates medicine distribution, ambulance facility and sponsors treatment for poor patient etc. Till now there are 856 leprosy victims are linked to our counseling centre and different nearby hospitals for treatment. 4. Children/Persons With Disability Since its inception God Action has serious concern towards caring of children/person’s with disability. Programs leading to care, education, rehabilitation, skill up-gradation and in over-all self sustainability of the target beneficiaries is the major working area of GA. Right now we are working with multiple disabilities, mainly with those who are physically handicap, mentally retarded, blind and deaf-dump people.
Physically & Mentally Challenged People:
God Action is running a school named “Dalit Majdoor Biklang Sikshhan Pratisthan Kendra” in the village - Basti of Mau district of Utter Pradesh. Presently two hundred and sixty children are enrolled in this school. The school has its own building and other infrastructure available. There are sixteen trained staff contributes their skill and potential towards the self sustainability of hearing impaired and mentally retarded students. Apart from formal education, all enrolled students are being provided skill up-gradation training like wooden crafts development and computer education by which they could lead a self-reliant life with dignity in future. Camps are organized time to time to distribute aids and appliances like tri-cycles, wheelchairs & walking aids, hearing & vision aids, communication aids, tape recorders, study material, cloths, shoes etc and 132 children/persons with disability covered in these camps and supplied with required instruments. 19
Blind & Deaf-Dump People
It is learnt that at least one Indian in 12 suffers from hearing loss. It is, therefore, imperative that focus should be laid on prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of ear infections and other diseases causing hearing loss. People who are Deaf-Dump need to be empowered, so that they become independent physically, economically and socially. Aids and appliances suitable to their skill and aptitude have been provided amply, so they could lead a better life. We facilitate â€œPanchkari Swarbodhan Niketan, a residential school for the hearing and mentally handicapped children in West Medinipur district of West Bengal. Looking the contribution towards deaf/dump children, Deaf Leaders has offered advisory board membership to Dr. S. K. Rai, chairman God Action for international expo proposed to be in 2011 at New Delhi. God Action is committed for the comprehensive development of the visually handicapped children and adults by undertaking a wide range of activities necessary for their development. The states covered under the activity are Utter Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand & Delhi. Under disable welfare program, God Action is facilitating a hostel in Northwest district of NCT of Delhi for blind girls. Right now there are 59 girls staying in the hostel. These girls are continuing their education in different colleges and courses under Delhi University and staying back in this hostel. The hostel provides them all basic facilities with no financial implications. These girls have come from different states of India, belong to mostly poor families and their parents unable to afford their educational expenses. 5. Poverty Alleviation Poverty alleviation has been one of the guiding principles of the planning process in India since its independence in 1947. The role of a smooth and steady growth of the nation can be possible with new employment avenues and the idea is reinforced in the agendas of state/national governments, funding agencies, NGOs and civil society. God Action progressively internalized the growth-oriented approach to achieve a holistic development and rejuvenated programs like child care, education, health, sanitation, nutrition and other basic services for poor families. It started acting responsibly and decisively for the cause of common good with a motto of â€œRising for Allâ€? since its inception. The planning process, programs and activities strengthens the basic objective of poverty alleviation with a clear link to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) like poverty reduction, (MDG20
1), focusing child education (MDG-2), women empowerment (MDG-3) and environment sustainability (MDG-7). The overall objective is to conquer poverty, inequality and establish a platform towards rising for all. God Action initiated two-fold strategies for poverty reduction. Firstly, by providing greater alternative livelihood options for the poor and marginalized to participate in the growth process and benefited out of it. Secondly, by restructuring and strengthening both traditional and modern innovative programs specifically for the weaker sections of the society. Most importantly, the programs give enormous space and scope to fill all gender gaps by facilitating womenâ€™s participation in decision-making process, implementation and sharing equal benefits with male folk.
Alternative Livelihood Options
God Action is supports thousands of people living in poverty through its livelihood grant making and other activities in its operational area. Strengthening alternative sustainable livelihood projects like self-help group formation, bank linkages, supporting them financially and building capacities of the groups with innovative and effective scaling-up models has tremendous effect in multiplying their socio-economic development indicators. Common ownership of assets and due knowledge on its usefulness reduces the vulnerability of marginalized communities in many ways. First, a majority of the population is still dependent upon the agricultural sector for their income and the income derived from farming is too little to improve their economic status. The grants focus on innovations and scaling-up of effective models of improving livelihoods as well as building the capacity of NGOs working on these issues. It envisages to see tangible results and visibility in the area of minimum food and cash security as well as in other allied areas, such as improvement in nutrition intake, management and conservation of natural resources, diversification of livelihood options; enablement in judicious use of available resources, restoration and integration of traditional knowledge to different activities etc. The activities facilitated to attain this goal include land development at family and community level, forest development at family and community level, development of water sources, irrigation facilities, agricultural assistance, micro credit and capacity building, non-farm income generation linked to local production systems and resource base. Emphasis is given to learn from the time proven practices with the communities; maximize out of the existing opportunities as part of a process of preparing the communities towards sustainable livelihood practices. Greater community 21
controls and rights over resources of their economic and cultural dependence are also linked to this program. The Program Strategies are; • Farm and Non Farm based Livelihood Assistance to small and marginal farmers (Eco-friendly interventions) • Livelihood Assistance to landless ( Diversification of livelihood options) • Sustainable Management of Forest by Communities • Promotion of Marketing of agro-forestry produces • Linking Self-Help Groups for the promotion of micro-enterprises • Skill training, cross pollination of knowledge and experiences God Action supports grass-root level NGOs in remote rural areas and their capacity building for greater coordination and monitoring of the programs run by it. 5.2 Women Empowerment Empowerment of the people involves enhancing the levels of awareness about their immediate socio-economic environment and its relation with different means of resources, access to livelihood and quality of life. God Action is facilitating collective measures towards greater access and control to assert their rights. It envisages strengthening of people’s organizations to build up critical mass awareness on specific issues relating to greater community control and management of resources of their economic and cultural dependence leading to social transformation. The targeted activities include special education that includes focused topic of awareness on the linkage between the resources, livelihood and quality of living. This is targeted for women, not school going children, and people’s organizations. Capacity building and networking again part of this program with special emphasis on mobilization of women and their participation in these processes. Case Study Empowering Dignity No matter how empowered women are having much space in different fields, some of them renowned as professionals, engineers, doctors, pilots and politicians, it is because they get conducive environment to grow and prosper and they proved it. However, there are some who work from dawn to dusk restlessly, so committed sacrificing all their comforts, but their work is never considered as a valued job economically. This case study reveals a 22
SHG of ninteen female members in Tahirpur leprosy colony, Simapur, New Delhi. With the initiation from God Action, this group was formed in April, 2005, namely Utthan Mahila Swyang Samuha. The members are from BPL families. They have started their corpus with individual monthly deposits of Rs 30/-. Initially, it was difficult for them to think of depositing even rupees thirty per month because of their low-economic conditions and high dependence on begging and other low criteria jobs. They are struggling for daily bread and hardly managed it to deposit the amount. With the initiation and facilitation of God Action, bank linkages worked perfectly and they get an initial loan Rs. 25,000/- from State Bank of India in 2006. They started a small enterprisers on embroidery and tailoring and able to save some amount and repaid the loan in time. The active operation and management of the group members in business activities laid a stronger base of the group to find out alterative means to raise their fund for business. The net profit of the group ranges from Rs4, 000/- to 5,000/- per month. This has transformed the economic condition of the group members. Now their economic condition has improved substantially. The group gives loan to its members at low interests. Even after giving loan to their own group members, they have more than Rs70, 000/- in their passbook saving account. Capacity building training by God Action helped the members to grow systematically and the group proved its once and again.This is the story of Utthan Mhila Swyong Sahayata Samuho SHG, Tahirpur which shows that the women are being empowered in all respects economically or socially via Self Help Groups. A child development center is run in this village by the Government, teaching and supporting health education. Health supplements, food and vaccines are provided for children and pregnant women but none of the staff of this center were coming regularly, nor were they providing all available facilities to the people. All the members of this SHG met the Block Officer of this program and complained about the staff. They also warned Block Officer that if he did not take any action they would meet the District Magistrate about this. Now the child development center is providing all the facilities to the people. The SHG has ended the corruption prevailing in this Government program with the help of God Action. Our organization also conducts sessions on premarital counseling. The effects for reconciliation are also made through joint counseling. 23
Campaigns are conducted at Public places with the medium of street plays, posters to raise awareness among common citizens. The organization conducts seminars with the SHG and the other women organizations to formulate more strategies to provide more guidelines to strengthen the dignity of women.
GA organized different trainings, meetings, workshops, exposure programs, campaigns and rallies in our project area covering people’s leaders as well as the potential leaders participated and discussed on micro planning, resource mapping, local self-governance, power and functioning of Palli Sabha, Gram Sabha and Gram Panchayat , the structure of PRI, government schemes, proper functioning of PDS, reservation system, role of women in PRI, importance of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), Right to Information Act (RTI) etcetera. The Strategies are; • Self-Help Groups • Education & Awareness • Small Scale Enterprises • Housing & Sanitation • Alternative Educational Support • Creating Health Awareness • Health Camps • Cattle Care/ Mobile Veterinary Camp • Strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) • Capacity Building Programme (CBP) • Networking of Community Base Organisations (CBOs) • Fellowship to Leaders 5.3 Self Help Groups Formation God Action has formed 2341 SHGs in Varanasi, Mau district of Utter Pradesh and Rajnandgaon district of Chhatisgarh. Most of these SHGs are given training on vermin compost and home made products, also initiatives taken for their capaacity building. A five days fair for SHGs were organized at Rajnanda Gaon for market promotion of different products made by them in collaboration with grass-root level NGOs.
5.4 Exposure Visits 24
God Action planned for an external exposure visit for seventeen SHGs from Mau, Utter Pradesh to visit Rajnanda Goan, Chatishgarh. In Septâ€™ 2009, a group of seventeen women from a Federation, has stayed for five days at Rajnanda Gaon, Chatishgarh on exposure visit. In-depth discussion on saving process, disbursement and repayment of loan, and risk management practices, bee-keeping and honey harvesting, cattle-rearing made with the expert groups members. Observation, informal learning and face to face interaction was the basis of the training program in the exposure visit.
5.5 Education & Awareness God Action runs basic literacy programs in five districts in two states of India. The year-wise picture of the literacy program has given below; Basic Literacy Programs Name of District
Number of Centers
2007 Mau 05 Basti 00 Varanasi 05 RajnandGaon 00 Baster 02 Total 12
2008 09 00 07 02 05 23
2009 12 06 07 08 05 38
Number of Participants 2007 68 00 48 00 23 141
2008 143 00 78 26 46 293
2009 221 82 72 97 75 547
5.6 Health Awareness 8 health awareness camps have been organized covering 614 people of 15 villages on different topics like common infectious diseases, vitamins deficiency, safe drinking water, causes of eye diseases, personal hygiene, deworming, health check up, skin diseases, rheumatism, malaria, immunization doses, nutrition of mother and child, malnutrition, balanced diet, preparation of supplementary nutritious food, breast feeding, food for young children, care for the sick etc. Health awareness camps are organized in Mewat, Haryana, Muzafferpur, Bihar, Tahirpur, Seemapuri and Paharganj, New Delhi. Doctors from the local PHCs attended the patients visiting the camps. Adolescent girls and pregnant women are coming to government hospital for treatment. People are using first-aid box and asking for more medicine. People are consuming green vegetables. In most of the areas where GA intervened, people have analyzed the problems and they found that they are 25
indebted for health factor many times. And they planned to get health insurance.
5.7 Health Camps Nine health camps/ mobile health clinics were planned and arranged in 200809. These health camps helped the people in remote villages who didnâ€™t have access to health services. They are able to get checked up and treated in their village itself. This has certainly reduced quack practices. The possibility of premature & untimely deaths is reducing. Adivasi people are not afraid of eye surgery and they are availing the facilities. It covered 2341 people and children in the project area. 5.8 Cattle Care/ Mobile Veterinary Camp Eight veterinary vaccination/ cattle care/ de-worming camps were planned. 8 camps were organized in which 490 animals were checked and 561 animals were vaccinated/de-wormed/castrated/ treated. One training program was conducted to promote barefoot veterinary doctors, in which for 18 villagers got oriented. Barefoot Veterinary Doctors are doing castration mechanically and earn some money thereby. Diseases relating to the reproductive system of cattle, cold, fever etc were checked reducing the casualties of the livestock.
5.9 Small Scale Enterprises In order to protect and promote traditional arts & crafts to foster livelihood opportunities of the women in the targetted regions, God Action initiated both training courses and support to start small scale enterprises either individually or in groups. Five days training program was arranged in Mewat, Haryana to teach participants on how to use their numeracy skills in business activities, thus allowing them to continue practicing their newly acquired skills. Also two orientations were given to improve their business skills by using simple business management techniques. This training programs target small-scale entrepreneurs, both from rural and urban areas. Participants are individual entrepreneurs or groups engaged in agricultural or other small-scale economic activities. Even though the course is mostly directed towards women, its content is also relevant for male entrepreneurs. Participants are expected to be able to do basic calculations, but they do not necessarily have to know how to read and write words. Where appropriate, symbols are used instead of words. Literacy courses also held as 26
a supplementary to the course on 'Simple Record Keeping and Business Management Skillsâ€™. Two training programs organized in Rajnanda Gaon, Chatishgarh, Balasore, Orissa on group management, finance management, entrepreneurship and leadership skills, marketing principles to make the formed SHGs selfsufficient to operate their activities independently. Enterprises are being promoted on embroidery, kitchen garden, herbal garden, bakery and homemade products etc. These crafts and food processing enterprise groups have been provided some infrastructure and incubator services, viz input materials for the particular crafts, improved designs and distribution channels along with promotion of the produced crafts.
5.10 Housing India's desire to become one of the world's biggest economic powers is as real as the enormous challenges it faces in raising the social and economic well being of its rural populations. Among the challenges related to poverty reduction, a secured shelter is the highest required asset of poor families. Though there are special housing programs run by Government, these programs seek for legal recognition or land patta to sanction loan or to cover under developmental schemes like IAY. According to the National Family Health Survey, concluded in 2000 by the Indian government, only 19% of the rural population lives in pucca (strong) houses, while the remaining live in kaccha (weak) and semi-pucca houses with mud walls and thatched roofs. Eighty-seven percent of homes in the villages do not have toilet facilities. Cooking is usually done inside the house under inadequate ventilation with biomass such as dried cow-dung, fire wood, dry weeds or crop residue, exacerbating the risk of tuberculosis. Also Asthma and bronchitis are caused by pollen grains, dust mites, animal waste and several environmental factors related to bad housing conditions. Poor sanitation, inadequate ventilation system affects mental, psychological and social developments. Keeping in the view of the above stated situation God Action is running Housing Support Program targeting people living without adequate housing facility or people without shelter in West Bengal, Chattishgarh and Utter Pradesh regions of India.
5.11 Fellowship to Leaders
GA supports fellowship to leaders for research and documentation in different fields related to our program area. Five social activists, each getting Rs. 5,000/- per month as fellowship in 2008-09, they are Mr. Ajay Kumar, Varanasi, Mr. Kamaljit Sagwan, New Delhi, Mr. Rajmani Tiwari, New Delhi and Ms. Nalini Mishra, Dongargarh, Chatishgarh is continuing with GA as fellowship leaders. 6. Sustainable Environment We are promoting agro-forestry, environmental education, and affrostration in Mewat district of Haryan and Varanasi and Mau districts of Utter Pradesh with the help of local people. Fostering alternative models and practices supporting community ownership are the sole objectives of this program. Deforestation is a cause of concern to us and it is the poor who uses maximum of it for their day to day activities as a livelihood options. GA wanted them to support by providing alternatives instruments to dismantle tree-cutting in the coming days. Mostly we planned to support local people by offering huge low-cost and affordable means of plantation as a livelihood option in long run. Also low cost smokeless gas stoves for families along with daily use materials were distributed to ensure a sustainable eco-friendly environment in the above mentioned districts. Improvement of the natural environment through tree plantation, utilization of local resources and increase the sense of community ownership to develop the farmerâ€™s/villagers leadership towards a sustainable environment was gradually substantiated by God Action. To upgrade the knowledge of the local people, we facilitate information dissemination by sharing ideas and experiences through exposure visits, both internal and external, providing much scope to learn from each other about eco-friendly environment. Activities like plantation and instruments like lowcost smokeless gas stoves can play important role on priority to support communities both in short-term and long-term basis. GA catalyzed in an active, self-reliant, sustainable and innovative manner, the sustainable land and natural resource management, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development efforts of communities.
6.1 Awareness To promote environmental development on a broader basis, we sponsored an environmental conference and open dialogue forum. Leading edge environmental and community development participants from villages, small scale industries, civil society organizations were invited for the same in the 28
month of Septâ€™ 2009. Near about 132 participants mostly farmers from different villages, communities and poor families gathered to obtain information about the project and its benefits to them. Initiatives like seminars, trainings on reducing deforestation and awareness etc. helped villagers to understand about agro-forestry and its economic and environmental values to human beings. A two days seminar was organized in the village of Nuhn in the district of Mewat in Haryana. There are 32 participants from nearby villages of the project area were get together in a open dialogue forum to discuss matters related to environmental changes, health hazards and its effects on agro-based products. 6.2 Community Participation Strengthening democratic governance and community ownership is the focus area of GAâ€™s intervention. We realize community participation in its letter and spirit can be possible when people realize the essence of the project and the benefits it provides to them. We facilitated the communities to take part in the decision-making process to own the project as their project instead of a project run by God Action. We hold 13 meetings in different villages where plantation activities are undertaken to make sure the people are gradually getting involved into the system of community participation.
6.3 Plantation GA activated huge plantation activities in Mewat District of Haryana. We distributed multi-purpose seedlings and saplings of hybrid varieties to promote larger plantation activities suiting the needs of villagers. Educational trip of the 16 villagers from Bhagalpur, Bihar visited to Dhenkanal, Odisha for obtaining knowledge based management on hybridization plants and their survival needs. Two environmental and awareness camps based on villagers needs was organized in Mau district with regard to green fencing of the plantation area with medicinal plants and fuel woods. 10,000 seedlings were planted in 18 hectares of barren lands surrounded in tribal belts. Apart from this, 4154 Saplings of different varieties like mango, tick, papaya, were also distributed to the people at free of cost by God Action.
6.4 Smokeless Gas Stoves Our proactive effort is to replicate cost-effective smokeless gas stoves to achieve a lot in terms of fighting the menace of global warming and climatic change and its effect on health of women in kitchen. In Varanasi GA organized one day workshop on smokeless gas stoves for 100 families and 58 29
gas stoves are distributed among the participants after the workshop. In Mau district 39 smokeless gas stoves are distributed among members of SHGs and more gas stoves are to be distributed in the coming year. 7. Community Based Rehabilitation GA supports rehabilitation by forming self-help groups and microfinance business, trainings on tailoring, boutique and other items. These trainings aim to increase self-employment opportunities and self-respect among leprosy victims in society. One training program was conducted for four weeks on tailoring and boutique items in the month of Aprilâ€™ 2009. 39 participants were benefited out of this training program as they has have set up 5 group enterprises recently. 8. Policy Advocacy GA works with governments, law-makers, civil societies and international organizations on behalf of leprosy patients. It is because by analyzing the social, economic and legal policies, we can better understand the circumstances and forces that affects the well-being of leprosy victims including women and children of their families. 9. Cultural Activities Various dance, drama and sports events have organized and are being facilitated for performance appraisal of the students in functions on the eve of annual function, independence day and republic day etc. We also support to protect, preserve and promote tribal cultural activities and they are also invited to our celebrations for performance with due care facilitated by God Action. They are supported with all required material like costumes, instruments, accessories etc. to professionalize their traditional system of entertainment. This practice has tremendous impact in terms of confidence and capacity building among SHG members and they perform mostly on issues like depletion and degradation, social injustice & vulnerability and techniques for skill development for income generation, up-keeping and enhancing social status etc. 10. Animal Welfare Service In the words of Immanuel Kant animals are a means to and end and the end is man. The co-relationship between humans and non-humans, particularly cows, is much more important as they play a major role in shaping the economic sustainability of many families in India both in rural and urban areas. In the words of M.K. Gandhi, the father of nation, cow protection is 30
even more important that independence enforces the importance and impact of cattle-sheds in human life. Politically, the issue has laid a greater revolutionary contribution to India’s freedom fighting movement in 1857, well known as the first War of Independence with our renowned martyr Mangal Pandy’s refusal to teeth a cartridge supposed to be made out of cow/pork fat. Needless to say, he sacrificed his life for the cause of an Independent India we are living in. In an agricultural based country like India, cattle-shed is important for ploughing and transport services in remote areas. Prompted with all aspects related to cows as mentioned above, we at God Action, demonstrates the most essential influences of ecological environment in adapting & adjusting with new technologies for preserving natural fertility of the soil and production of ecological food with cattle-rearing facilities. God Action runs four cattle-sheds (Gausalas) in Mewat, Ladaut, Chandigarh of Haryana and Balasore, Odisha. The toll-free number for this helpline is – 011 2363 112. We take cows those who are abandoned by their owners and some of them are contributed to our cattle-sheds personally by donors. God Action facilitates their food, treatment and well-rearing at our cattle-sheds. Celebrations • • • • • •
Independence Day Republic Day Annual Function Holi and Diwali Maharram Christmas Day
Special Achievements/ Awards •
“Most Promising Youth of the Year 2001” by Yuva Gramya Vikash Samiti, Basani, Varanasi, Utter Pradesh.
“Award for outstanding performance on Women Empowerment in 2004” by Rajendra Seva Sansthan, Bihar for setting up 1120 small-scale enterprises in Rajnandgaon, Chatishgarh, Basti & Mau, Utter Pradesh, Dumka, Jharkhand & Muzaffarpur, Bihar.
Green Livelihood Achievement Award in 2004 by the Green Life Movement, Puri, Orissa.
“People for Animals”, by Dayanand Gaushala Samiti, Hariyana in 2007.
Upcoming Programs of God Action 1. Children First Children, considered as future citizens of nation, need to be nurtured with all care and facilities to develop their potential inner abilities to contribute towards a prosperous India. And education is the manifestation of the inner potentials already exists in man. Needless to say, thousands of children lack the basic facilities to avail even primary education. This is high-time to prioritize the needs of children required for their holistic development and to groom them accordingly. Subsequently, to transform the above mentioned dream to a reality, “Children First” envisions serving the needy and destitute children through implementing various children friendly activities in its programs. We are facilitating the responsible citizens to play an active role in grooming the deprived children. Anyone can sponsor a poor child or a children village managed by our organization. We display the child and the children villages on our website and they can be sponsored from anywhere in the world by paying a negligible amount. “Children First” will also take initiative to offer various job oriented courses to the children through sponsorships The activities to be undertaken are as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Child Club Formation Child-to-Child Education Livelihood Options to Parents Health check-up campaigns specifically for children Awareness Campaigns on children health, education, sanitation, nutrition 6. Nutritional support The key target is to cover 10,00,000 children in coming year. Besides, God Action planned to facilitate the following programs; • Air Hostage Training • Diploma for Special Education • Supporting NGOs at grass-root level for developmental activities
Finance Note I am happy to place the audited statements of accounts of God Action for the period of April 2008 to March 2009. The Annual Accounts contain a set of notes, which is maintained by God Action in a high order of integrity and transparency. These account & management statements have been discussed with Auditors. There is regular internal audit scrutiny and the management is continuously reviewing and implementing the needed improvements. Accounts/Finance Officer Financial Statements- Annexure ABBREVIATIONS CHC : Community Health Centre GA : God Action UP : Utter Pradesh SHGs : Self Help Groups PRIs : Panchayati Raj Institutions PHC : Primary Health Centre RTI : Right to Information MNREGA : Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act NGOs : Non Government Organisations IAY : Indira Awas Yojna