Tony Blair Faith Foundation accepting applications for the Faiths Act Fellowship 2011-12

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is open to accepting applications for the Faiths Act Fellowship 2011-12. This fellowship opportunity is available for eligible candidates in the US, UK, Canada and India. However, for those persons whose countries are not eligible for the fellowship, they can still be part of the programme by signing up the Faiths Act Declaration.

The Faiths Act Fellowship is “a year-long, paid international Fellowship that brings together exceptional future leaders inspired by faith to serve as interfaith ambassadors for the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Faiths Act Fellows build partnerships across faith lines in their home countries to show the world how faith can be a positive global force in the 21st century. Faiths Act Fellows work in local NGOs to mobilize communities to take part in MDG-focused, multi-faith action. Fellows receive a stipend and health benefits throughout the Fellowship year.”

The deadline to submit applications for the fellowship is 31 December 2010. For more, visit this link.

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  1. We are involved in socio-economic upliftment of the rural poor who are below the poverty line people in the mandal of peddapanjanni and palamaner mandal in chittoor District.

    Our programme are aimed at family Welfare Programme, Children Welfare, Women’s Development, Health, Education, Agriculture, Adult Education, Vocational Training for women and youth, Youth Leader Training, Cultural programme, Sports, To provide education Training and Rehabilitation of the Disabled, HIV/AIDS Awareness, Environment and community rural and urban development etc., Although, we have planned many needful development programmes for the rural community, We are unable to implement it due to lack of funds. I therefore request you to support our projects in serving the needy of the people in the rural areas.

    Kindly send us your news letter and other information about your agency.

    Anticipating your early reply,

    Yours sincerely,
    J.Jones Subash
    CEO-RSWS
    2-851,S.V.Colony,
    Kongareddypalle,
    Chittoor-517 001.
    Andhra Pradesh
    South India

    RSWS is a charitable, non-governmental voluntary registered organization Registered under Society Registration Act.XXI of 1860, dated on 20th January 2003.

  2. Avatar Blaakman Ismail says

    It is a great pleasure to know that support us. we are from Uganda and we are Non profitable organization called Center for Community Development Program (CCDP), we working for the development of youth and for the better future of tomorrow by engaging them in social welfare and giving them education. Your support will help us to left the youth.

  3. Name Uma Rani Chaturvedi

    Shivpuri ( M.P.)
    Experience Details

    From July 2000 to 2001

    Association with Nehru Yuva Kendra District Shivpuri with the capacity of a tailoring instructor.

    The Major achievements during the said period are—

    • Free tailoring training provided to 55 rural women of Shivpuri District.
    • Formation of women group in District.
    • Organized different cultural activities for the women groups.
    • Conducted health camps in rural areas, focusing and women disease.
    • Plantation in rural areas on common land through women groups.
    • Organized different camps, program games/plays for rural women.
    • Organized different workshop such as cadre building, leadership development etc. for rural women.
    • Competitions among the rural women adolescent girls had conducted.
    • NYK rewarded rs.500 cash for recognition of excellent and best work in District.
    • Selection as a member of advisory committee for District NYK.

    From 2001 to 2002

    Assigned with Hindustan latex family planning promotion trust, a registered body of Hindustan latex company. Trust is a reputed organization in area of promoting family planning activities in India particularly in Gwalior and Chambal region under the Swasthya gram pariyojana on collaboration with Govt. of India.I worked here as a District Program training officer.

    The major task assigned with the trust was:

    • Conducted training to target groups for motivating them to adopt the family planning practices.
    • Awareness generation about the methodology of using the materials of family planning.
    • Formation of women groups (47 groups formed), which could be help to motivate others for the same.
    • Organized various health camps for checking up the women diseases specially. Trust awarded and appreciated these camps and recognized me for the same.
    • Training organized to MPW (health department), RMP (doctors) Aganwari workers; block Field level workers (BFW), on the family planning aspects.
    • Awareness generation about the health and epidemic diseases in rural areas.
    • Organized various debates on population growth and the education in our district/ block. I got a praise certificate from TRUST for this effort.

    From 2002 to 2003

    Association with the DPIP (Indira Gandhi Garibi Hatao Yojana) an ambitious plan of MP Government and world bank (District Poverty Initiative Program is a collaborative effort of State government and World Bank). My association was with GRASS, which is a reputed organization in development sector. DPIP Shivpuri recognized GRSS as PFT to GUDA, Kolaras block of Shivpuri district. I worked here as a P.F.T member.
    My front line responsibilities were:
    • Base line survey
    • Wealth ranking to identifying target groups for support through the program.
    • Formation of self- help groups
    • Formation and verifying CIG (Common Interest Groups) at the village level.
    • Farm bunding on private and common land.
    • Land treatment / amendment through CIG (on their land).
    • Support in construction of the open well and tube well for the irrigation and drinking water point of view.
    • Promote gender equity in the area and encourage women to take the lead in the program of their own development.

    From 2003 to 2004

    I was engaged with the Gwalior based organization named, CID (Center for Integrated Development), which well-known organization in Madhya Pradesh with its functions towards child right and food rights. Organization is a part of a network called Manav adhikar Forum working for the welfare of the Sahariya primitive tribe community in Gwalior and Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh. CID also involve to implement the watershed management program at Kolaras block of Shivpuri district in collaboration of CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) under the CANADAIAN AMBESSY and Right to food and Right to Work campaign in collaboration with ACTIAONAID INDIA. I had worked here as a coordinator.

    The responsibilities, which was assigned to me under the program:

    • Formation of saving groups for women.
    • Self Help groups formation and regular support.
    • Plantation work through the community
    • Water shed structures such as contour trenches, earthen dam, stop dam etc through the contribution of community.
    • Awareness building among the community about the watershed management, their rights and their entitlements.
    • Awareness building about women rights

    Association with SANGANI – Gender Resource Center
    Simultaneously I have been associated with Sangini form 2003. SANGINI is a network organization especially for women issues in M.P. I am representing Sangini in Shivpuri as a coordinator and looking after the cases of women atrocities in Shivpuri District.

    In this role I am accountable for—

    • Identification the serious cases of women atrocities.
    • Support to register the case and link up it with the local police administration.
    • Pressure building on the district administration and police administration with the help of like-minded organizations/ groups for the justice to victims.
    • Networking with the organizations/ groups active in the district on women issues
    • Access the financial support from the organization such as lions club, Rotary club etc for victims.
    • Access the legal support to the victims.

    Short-term assignment:

    I have just completed a short-term assignment of the study on the sanitation practices, waste disposal system and the safe drinking water availability at the household. This engagement was for a month with LIVELIHOOD SOLUTIONS, DELHI. Livelihood Solution is a reputed group for research and studies and development consultancy.

    Blow Poverty Line Study:

    The survey and analysis of three gram Panchayat has conducted to cross check the quality of the government survey of Blow Poverty Line. On behalf of DEBATE Bhopal , I used to organize the survey in said Panchayats.

    From July 2004 to January 2005 I was associated with Gram Sudhar Samittee (GSS) at Sidhi as women coordinator to strengthen the women program running by the organization against the women atrocities and violence in the area.
    I was responsible to advocacy with the administration as well as media advocacy of the issues of the women violence of the area.

    From February 2005 to till date

    My association with the Fellowship program supported by SAMPARK (Jhabua) and SOPAN (Seoni) on Right to Food and Right to Work campaign MP. Fellowship has provided for Gwalior and Chambal region. My special attention has been given to the Seopur district of MP as intensive focus and rest of the district are covered extensively, taking care of food and livelihood security issues in the region.

    Under the fellowship program my key responsibilities are:

    • Identification the eligible cases which are left out from the list of the beneficiaries of government benefited schemes especially directed by H’ble supreme court as social security and food security schemes, in the region.
    • Advocacy for such cases and pressure building on the administration for the effective implementation of the said schemes and assurance the access and control of the community over the common property resources (Livelihood Resources).
    • Linkages with the commissioners of H’ble Supreme Court and advisor of the commissioners in MP to take up an action against the denial of rights of the community.
    • Advocacy on food security and livelihood issues with Media, policy makers, administration etc.
    • Networking with the like-minded NGO, CBOs, movements, people organizations, academicians etc on the said issues.

    Interest and hobbies

    Exposure, Chatting, debate and listing music

    Strengths and skills

    • Community mobilization
    • Media mobilization
    • Working on women issues
    • Participatory approaches like PRA
    • Documentation including process documentation

    Major achievements
    • Mamta Rape Case (Miner girl Atrocity), Shivpuri.
    • Patalgarh Case of Malnutrition deaths, Seopur
    • Sita Harassment case (Women Atrocities) Sidhi, M.P.
    • Widow at Majhera village, Shivpuri.
    • Expansion of Right to Food Network in Gwalior and Chambol region.

    References:

    1. Narendra Sharma
    Program mainejr,
    ActionAid- Regional Office Bhopal
    Date-10.11.2010
    Uma Rani Chaturvedi
    Place Shivpuri (M.P.)

  4. we are a faith community based NGO found in Uganda
    particularly namutumba District
    we run a church and a school majoring in vulnerable/disadvantaged children
    we kindly do request your office to work with us.

  5. Avatar Komugisha Annet says

    Am the Executive Director of a NGO called centre for Transforming Generation located in Uganda working for children with special emphasis on the orphans and vulnerable children in areas of sexual reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, psycho-social support and counseling, skill development and community involvement and participation, we would like to have a partnership with you.

    Kind regards.

    Komugisha Annet

  6. Avatar Joseph Sangosanya says

    I am Joseph Sangosanya, the Executive Director of Christian Foundation for Social Justice and Equity, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria and the Chair, Labour/Civil Society Organisation Coalition, Plateau State. Christian Foundation for Social Justice and Equity is a Human Rights Organisation founded in September, 2000 and registered with Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC) with registration number RC No 13,991.
    We work to uphold stable democratic Nigeria where the leaders will adhere to the principle and practice of law in the fear of God and where the freedom of every citizen will be guaranteed.
    We also work to empower the less privileged members of the society to participate in the affairs that affect their livelihood and well-being.
    We will be happy to collaborate with this foundation for actualization of our vision and mission in Nigeria in any capacity.
    Thanks for your anticipated cooperation.
    You can contact us through this address:
    Christian Foundation for Social Justice and Equity
    Trust White House
    34 West of Mines, Off Kurra Road,
    Near Hotel De-Cardamon, Jos
    P.O. Box 7533, Anglo-Jos
    Plateau State-Nigeria

  7. Avatar hemshankar jethmal says

    our organization arunodaya shikshan samiti dongergaon chhattishgarh india and community based organization grassroots field express 10 years and 80G fcra complet dacument and we want to have a network of youth and cbos 10 organization could we hear forom those interested our organization wabesait -www.arunodaya-drgn.com
    could we join forces

    regares.

    hemshankar jethmal

  8. Society for Women Enlightenment Awareness and Relief (SWEAR)

    Welcome to our website! “SWEAR” is a non-profit, charitable organization established in Andhra Pradesh with a vision to “Reach the Unreached” with the Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ and to Transform the lives of children, women, families and communities living in poverty and injustice. It is registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 and governed by a responsible board of directors and Mission Director comprising of born again men and women of high Christian virtue, integrity, and caliber.

    We at SWEAR want to thank you for taking time to visit SWEAR India website.
    We pray that you will be inspired to be part of making an impact in our Country. As you read you will find we have a dynamic vision for helping people, encouraging people and sharing Jesus.
    With individuals like you from around the world who value integrity as our partners, we will continue to bring God’s word to a dying world.
    Dear Friends please visit our web page and respond to the call of God in your life
    I am looking forward to hear from you
    With love and Prayers
    Rachel. A .Sumedha

  9. We are establishing a school for poor children in Bahia, Brazil. As we want to apply new methods of teaching, costs for ngos are high and scarse in poor bahia. Children do not have access to basic education and indeed sometime suffer from hunger too. They envisage the school as the only opportunity to have a future, which is undeniably true.

    we need your support and cooperation.

    Many thanks

  10. i am working for an infant NGO. we are visioning a school for non school-going children. this school will not be merely a school. we are trying to give value based education to prepare them for this information based society. these children are from economically weaker sections and deprived from all rights and entitlements.to link them with laternate education is my main aim. I am putting efforts on my personal level.

    I need your cooperation and support.

    thanks

  11. Avatar SUBRAMANIAN says

    RURAL DEVELOPMENT AFFORESTATION SOCIETY

    MELKACHIRAPPATTU,VILLAGE,MEYYUR.POST,TIRUVANNAMALAI,TK.DT,PIN .606753

    TO

    THE DIRECTOR,

    VOLUNTEERS

    GREETINGS FROM RDAS,TIRUVANNAMALAI ,INDIA .

    RDAS PLANTING WORK LAST YEAR PROJECT AREAS NALLAVANPALAYAM ERIKARAI 1500 AND COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LAND SEEDLINGS PLANTING AND THAN THANIMALAI HILL 1000 SEEDLINGS AND THAN SOLAIAMMAN TEMPLE LAND 1000 PLANTATION PROGRESS TWO VILLAGE SCHOOL CHILDREN PLANTING MEYYUR SCHOOL 250 SEEDLINGS AND NALLAVANPALAYAM SCHOOL 150 SEEDLINGS ,NALLAVANPALAYAM FARMERS BANK SOCIETY 300 SEEDLINGS PLANATING AND THAN THIS YEAR 2009 -2010 PROJECT ALSO STARTING PLANTING WORK SAME AREA ALSO PLANTING WORK STARTING LAST WEEK 1500 SEEDLINGS PLANTING WORK COMPLETING .REPORT FOR

    THE AUGUST 2008- – AUGUST 2009 project work reporting :

    reforestation 3 village PLANTATION WORK REPORT 2008-2009 completing work and this year project starting 5000 seedlings planting work starting 2009-2010 project starting same village follow-up programme :

    INTRODUCTION:

    Rural Development Afforestation Society is one of the Non-Governmental volunteer organization working for the up liftment of rural poorest, socio economic development, farmers association promoting, Re-Forestation, plantation, reforest, Environmental Development programme, it is non-profitable organization, registered under the Tamil Nadu Society Act RDAS Registration in the year 1995, registration Number is 56/1995. This organization also organized the various programmed and activities for the Welfare of the poorest. During the year we have organized the following activities in co-ordination /DONOR with Mr. John Seed/ RIC Australia and other Non-Governmental organization successfully.

    RDAS Progress report of the project of preventing soil erosion an promoting greenery around THANIMALAI,NALLAVANPALAYAM ,MEYYUR Villages catchments pond are plantation work, 4500 seedlings the project was to prevent soil erosion on the slopes of Erikarai 2 1/2km, Both side catchments pond, Erikarai plantation work , August 2008 to 2009 , the catchments pond area planting work is don, maintain One year this project getting tree products the benefits Ares the agriculturists, surrounding the tank area 280 farmers family benefit nallavanpalayam,meyyur,thanimalai Villages and 280 workers work planting, Bonding, fencing pruning work, catchments pond area 90 days working. The work completed 4500 Tree planting, Bunding, fencing, watering work and maintained one year nallavanpalayam,thanimalai,meyyur area planting working Erikarai. Thanimalai,hill and temple land and nallavanpalayam cooperative society land planting .

    RDAS is committed to rural work based on an appreciation of many positive features of rural life and society. It sees a big challenge in revitalization of the rural economy whilst strengthening its ecological base. It draws inspiration from the rich and diverse indigenous cultures and knowledge systems.

    RDAS is actively involved in wide range of rural development activities aimed at addressing problems faced by local communities in rural regions of Tiruvannamalai Districts. The thrust areas of RDAS Traditional medicine and primary health care; Ecological agriculture and conservation of plant genetic resources; Nutrition and food security; Employment generation; Education; Natural resource management; Community video; and Women’s empowerment.

    To the Report on RDAS activities it would be useful to gain a better understanding of the region and the people with whom RDAS works. This will be followed by the report.

    2. About the area and people

    2.1. Area and Location

    RDAS is located in the Tiruvannamalai, Block & District, Tamil Nadu, West of Chennai RDAS works in over 10 Villages of Tiruvannamalai Block.

    2008-2009 project work villages

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    1)NALLAVANPALAYAM, 1500 -300 TOTAL 1800 SEEDLINGS PLANTING

    2)MEYYUR VILLAGE TMPLE LAND 1000 –SCHOOL LAND ALSO SEEDLINGS PLANTING

    3)THANIMALAI HILL AREA 1000 SEEDLINGS PLANTING

    4 )NALLAVANPALAYAM COOPERATIVE SOCIET LAND 300 SEEDLINGS PLANTING

    5)NALLAVANPALAYAM, VILLAGE SCHOOL LAND PLANTING 400 SEEDLINGS PLANTING WITH CHILDRENS .AND FARMERS ALSO PLANTTING .

    2.3 Socio – Economic and development Status of Rural Dhalith.

    Most Dhalith And irulas community land less labars are small & marginal farmers or landless labourers. Agriculture is the main source of livelihood but the single rainfed crop of cereals is uable to feed most families for more than 4 to 6 months. There is no employment in the region apart from felling trees for forest area cut trees or working as labors in fields or on government jobs. This kind of employment benefits a minority of the population for a short period of time.

    Cash in a scarce commodity in the face of widespread unemployment and quite often Dhalith do not have cash even for requirements like purchase of food grains or other house construction or repairs, illness or death in the family, etc., are even more difficult lenders at exhorbitant intrest rates. Dhalith often find it difficult to repay the money lender’s loan. In the past, forests used to provide various subsistence needs of a majority of people during the lean months but these days people are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet on account of widespread deforestation. Deforestation has also resulted in decreased employment to those engaged in tree felling. The health and nutrition status of Dhalith is poor. Local health traditions of Dhalith are in a weak shape and the Government health delivery system fails to meet the health needs of people. Literacy is high and Government efforts to promote education amongst Dhalith children are counter productive on account of the difficult sysllabous and teaching methods. Most elders. They end up as misfits in the Dhalith context. Facilities like housing drinking water, electricity are primitive, to say the least.

    Land and Water:

    Most of the land in the region is hilly and undulating. Agriculture is confined to low lands in plains / valleys and gentle slopes. The laterite soils are shallow, with poor fertility and low water holding capacity. Soil fertility is dependent on the organic matter provided by trees growing on slopes and hill sides. The quality of soils is deteriorating becauses of the dwindling forest cover and increasing use of chemical fertilisers for boosting agricultural productivity. The region receives very poor rainfall (upto 68mm) during June- September. Most of the water runs off to the Thenpannai River due to the fractured basalt rock geology and poor water holding capacity of soils. The 8 month dry period is hence characterized by severe water stress and dinking water scarcity. The contrasting situation of very poor rainfall for 3-4 months followed by water stress imposes restrictions on cropping seasons and crops grown. There is an acute drinking water scarcity during summer months and villagers often have to walk long distances to fetch drinking water. This generally translates into increased work load for women. Water scarcity in turn results in unhygenic conditions in villages leading to the contamination of drinking water sources. These conditions provide fertile ground for spread of various water borne diseases. Specially Leprosy.

    Climate:

    The climate of the region is characterised by three distinct season, viz. Summer (February – May), Monsoon (June to September-October November ,December ) and Winter (November to January-February). The temperatures range from a maximum during summers to a minimum of OC during winters.

    Agriculture:

    Over 40% people are landless while the remaining people are small & marginal farmers with average land holdings of 1-9 acres (0.5 to 19/2 acre paddy fields and 1 to 1.5 acres upland) without water. Agriculture in the region is subsistence based and consists of a single rain fed crop of paddy on low lands and millets (finger millet and proso millet) on gentle slopes during the (monsoon) season. Some pulses are also grown as intercrop in the millets. Of the total land area, only 55% is cultivable land. The land under rice is a meager 9-10 % The soils of the region are not fertile and hence agriculture is not an economically viable proposition. On an average, agricultural produce supports partial food needs of families for not more than 5-6 months in a year. The lands are left fallow during the dry period (October-November to May – June) Pulses oilseeds and vegetables are not cultivated in the region. Dhalith have to depend on the market (local markets or traders) for their requirement of pulses. The quality of these commodities sold in the market is poor. Lack of adequate pulses. Oilseeds and vegetables in diets has an adverse effect on the health of Dhalith.

    Forests:

    The region is Rural Hill areas,lake and temple land and community land West hill continue forests. The common plant species found are Tectona grandis (Teak), Medhuca indica (Moha), Butea monosperma (Palash), Terminalia crenulaa (Aien), Bridelia retusa (Asana), Legerstroemia parviflora (Bondara), Acacia catechu (Khair), Carissa carandas (Karvanda), Calycopteris floribunda (Ukshi), Woodfordia fruiticosa (Dhayati), Pungan, Navel, Nelli, Tambrent, Bamboo, Localtrees, 49 verities planting every year RDAS /RIC PLANTING TREES ALL Growing very well all trees and school Studies show that forests meet between 30-40% of the food needs of Dhalith community (especially poor families) apart from many direct and indirect contributions to the subsistence economy of local people. Forests are a source of diverse, uncultivated foods during the lean months, Tubers/ rhizomes, vegetables, fruits & Nuts, Oil seeds, gum, crabs, game, honey, lemon trees etc. are some of the important uncultivated foods. Forests also provide a manure, wood for construction, tools & crafts, implements, dyes, etc. Forests thus plays an important role in meeting the subsistence needs of local communities. The valuable timber species found in the region (Neem, Tamberiend, lemon, Gova, mango, Bombu, Eluppai, Dhandri, Alan, Arasan Athi, Vilva) are a curse on the forests. Legal tree felling for timber has depleted the forest cover to a large extent. thanimalai Hill area. Large scale deforestation in the region has destabilized the subsistence economy of Dhalith Availability of foods from the forests has decreased and food security has become a major issue. People are becoming increasingly dependent on agriculture of their food needs. Loss of forests and trees from slopes and hill side is resulting in severe soil erosion, decreasing soil fertility and water shortages.

    A Brief report on RDAS/RIC activities

    Traditional Medicine and Primary Health Care

    Local health traditions (also termed traditional medicine or folk medicine) were once common in the tribal region. Every village had atleast one sueen (Traditional Birth attendant) and more than one vaidu (folk practitioner). There was also a large body of knowledge of simple home remedies. These Local Health AND Environmental Developments Dhalith community-supported, autonomous, oral in nature, self-reliant and based on the use of local resources, mainly plants. For instance, there are reports of 450 medicinal plant species being used by Dhalith in 3 VILLAGES ,MEYYUR,NALLAVANPALAYAM ,KILANNIKARAI VILLAGES Tiruvannamalai. Promotion of Allopathic medicine and utter neglect of traditional medicine by the Government and mainstream medical institutions has literally wiped out local health traditions prevalent in Villages regions. Academy’s efforts are aimed at revitalizing local health traditions without disturbing their autonomy. Regular training programmes are conducted for Local Health Workers, housewives and Village women’s interested in learning about herbal medicine. Village level aushadhikaran (medicine preparation) camps are organized to train women in simple processing techniques for the treatment of common ailments. RDAS also organizes training programmes on herbal medicine for NGOs, Community Groups, Schools, etc., 10 Villages. Over the past year RDAS has been concentrating on the treatment of gynecological problems using traditional medicine. A team of women health workers has been working in 10 villages to address the health issues of women and children. The results are encouraging. RDAS has been able to demonstrate the contemporary relevance of traditional medicine in addressing basis health care issues in a Dhalith Context. Medicinal plants constitute the main resource base of traditional medicine. Unavailability of medicinal planst to people for health care needs is an issue of concern. RDAS has hence undertaken work on conservation and sustainable utilization of medicinal plants. A medicinal plants garden and nursery has been established on 120 cents of land. Most than 450 medicinal plant species are growing in the garden. An ethno-medicinal herbarium, raw drug and seed have been established. Saplings of over 100 different medicinal plant species were raised and distributed. RDAS in engaged in building capacities of NGOs from other regions through training programmes on traditional medicine. A number of such NGOs are now involved in meaningful work on traditional medicine and primary health care. The concept is thus gradually spreading to our work areas.

    Ecological Agriculture and Conservation Village Resources:

    RDAS is engaged in promoting ecological agricultural practices amongst farmers in the Dhalith region of Tiruvannamalai Indiscriminate and widespread use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides by Dhalith farmers is a cause of concern, Efforts are being made to demonstrate the benefits of ecological agriculture. The importance of compost, vermin compost, green manures, etc, is being communicated to farmers. Demonstration and field trials are being organized.

    Natural Resource Management

    DHALITH regions of Raigad and Thane have witnessed severe degradation of natural resources over the past 25-30 years. Alienation of DHALITH from forests and illegal tree felling by vested interests are perhaps the major reasons. A degraded environmental offers little potential for livelihood opportunities.

    RADS is implementing a Watershed Development Programme in our locations. RADS is concerned about restoring the ecological balance of the area for improved livelihood opportunities to local people. Village Watershed Committees are responsible for palnning, implantation and monitoring of the programme. The programme involves awareness generation, capacity building, community mobilization followed by soil/ water conservation work, tree plantation, social development employment generation, etc.

    RADS is also trying to address issues of forest conservation. Efforts are being made to create awareness about the importance of forests. Saplings of native tree species are raised in nurseries and distributed to farmers. The distress sale of private forests by local tribal to forest contractors is prevented through the creation of a forest conservation project. Cash loans are given to framers who are considering sale of their private forests for meeting emergency cash needs. Farmers are expected to repay the money over a period of 2-5 years and , in return, undertake to protect their forests.

    Awareness and networking programmes on village Forest Management (VFM) are being organised by RADS.

    Horticulture

    Promotes growing of fruit trees on barren/sloping lands of small & marginal farmers. About 3950 fruit trees and 3950 other trees are planted on one-acre of land. The choice of species is such that they serve diverse day-to-day needs for fuel wood, fodder, small timber, etc. Fruits make an important contribution to the nutrition of poor families apart from providing income to farmers. Fruit tree orchards have so far been set up on over 300 acres of barren land.

    A major constraint in promoting growing of fruit trees in tribal regions of Ranged and Thane Districts is unavailability of authentic planting material ( saplings and grafts) of different fruit tree varieties. Academy is trying to address this problem by setting up a Community Gene park and Nursery of fruit trees and bamboos suited to region. Different varieties of Mango, Jackfruit, Cashew, Jamun, Amla, Guava, Chikoo, Karvanda and Bamboo species have been planted in the Gene park and these are being used to raise grafts and saplings for distribution to farmers in tribal regions.

    Academy also promotes decentralized village-level nurseries owned and managed by local farmers, mainly women. The nurseries serve as a source of saplings/grafts for various plantation programmes undertaken in the region. The nurseries are a source of employment to tribal families.

    VILLAGE SHG GROUP were considered as one of the possibilities to address food security concerns in tribal regions. Grain Banks are village-level institutions which ensure availability of food grains to members during the lean period. RDAS initiated the Programme in 5 DHALITH hamlets during 2008-2009 By 2010, RADS has established 15 grain banks in 10 villages of Raged and Thane Districts. Grain Banks have promoted food security amongst small & marginal farmers and have reduced their dependence on Saucers.

    RADS provides the initial grain loan and entrusts management of the grain bank to a Village Panchyath Committee consisting of village elders. Each grain bank achieves self-reliance by repaying the grain loan to RDAS over a period of four years. The grain bank is fully self-reliant from the fifth year onwards. Details about the implementation of the Grain Bank programme and its impact in villages have been given in a small booklet published by RDAS. Copy of the booklet is being sent by post.

    The Government of India- Tamilnadu was highly impressed by the success of the RDAS programme and it has taken up replication of the programme in all DHALITH regions of Tamil Nadu through the Tiruvannamalai which is aimed at reducing malnutrition and starvation in tribal regions. However, the Programme has turned out to be a failure due to faulty design and poor implementation. RADS has repeatedly pointed out the weaknesses of the programme to concerned Government officials but so far there is no political will to bring about fundamental, pro-people changes in the programme.

    RADS has now presented the mater to officials in the DHALITH Affairs in efforts to bring about improvements in the Government programme. RADS has also facilitated a network of NGOs in Tamilnadu for setting up grain banks in different regions. RDAS has organised several training and capacity building programmes for these NGOs. A large number of Grain Banks are now slowly taking shape in different parts of TAMIL NADU.

    RADS efforts to set up Grain Banks, to facilitate replication through other NGOs and to influence Government’s policy on food security are thus paying rich dividends. The RDAS Grain Bank programme is today acknowledged as one of the most innovative food security intervention in India.

    RADS is engaged in addressing issues of women’s empowerment in village of Karjat and Murbad Takuka. Efforts are being made to establish Self-Help Groups (SHG)s of women to collectively address problems faced by tribal families and to seek active participation of women in village development activities. Awareness programme are organised on for increased participation of women in Gram Sabhas.

    10 Villages SHGs have been set up so far. Tribal women have enrolled as members and are involved in savings & credit programmes through which they can seek assistance to meet emergency cash needs. Women have sorted out issues of drinking water, electricity connections, roads, etc. and are taking active part in cleanliness drives in villages. Sanitation, clean drinking water and nutrition are slowly brining about positive changes in the lives of tribal families. Women are seen taking a lead in village and social development.

    Earth work all cotchments pond are completed

    To plant trees 3950seedlings Earth work

    Nallavanpalayam,meyyu,kilannaikarai, Erikarai all work completed this 15th septermber 2009

    Purchase of the seedlings total planting = 4500

    RDAS Nursery seedlings = 1000

    Total Plantation nallavanpalayam,meyyur,kilannaikarai erikarai areas : = 49Species,

    TREE PLANTING PROGRAMME:

    In the Village of nallavanpalayam,meyyur Erikarai Both side Tree plantation 3500, Erikarai area road side 1000 Tree plantation, temple land 1000 and school land proper soil conservation water harvestation work past 9 months. So we did soil conservation on work. The Erikarai top soil fertility improved in a year

    1. Soil conservation work nallavanpalayam,meyyu,kilannaikarai, Erikarai Both side 21/2km tree planting wedded

    2. Water harvestation work nallavanpalayam,meyyur,kilannaikarai.

    3. nallavanpalayam Big bunds have been raised to harvest the rain water and top soil in the Erikarai. New the beneficiaries are farmers, animals, buts,

    We have promoted agro forestry work in the EriKarai both side, to provide fuel, fodder ad timber.

    We plants, fodder plants and some of the timber plants, through this programme one Village forest promoting project.

    The Greening of Village forest project:nallavanpalayam Erikarai the Village forest committee is made up of rural persons with a particular interest in reforestation. Including some forestation project past 9 years. RDAS Project on going programme.

    Village Erikarai plantation project Development work:-

    We did Erikarai plantation reclamation work in 1km, 150 acres of Erikarai Village Land, nallavanpalayam,meyyur Village formers 650 family totally small and marginal farmers have been benefited out of the work. We did soil conservation, bund raising, pebbles and bushes clearing work in all the lands. Now the farmers are planting 3950 seeding 49 family crops in a year, their old age group benefit, all trees seed collecting and sale, Neem, Tamperiend, Pungam, seeds sales, and Herbal plants in the nallavanpalayam,meyyur Erikarai area plantation, benefit Village children.

    Earth Work completed

    1. Tree planting nallavanpalayam,meyyur ,Erikarai area 21/2km –total 4500

    2. Bunding work 4500 Plants – 4500

    3. Mulching work 4500 Plants – 4500

    4. 2Km Melkachirappattu Erikarai fencing work both side – 4500

    5. 4500 plants watering week once, monthly 12 day watering – 4500

    6. Maintaining 4500 Trees One year –

    7. Old Trees 3450 avounzea afforestation Activities – 3450

    8. solaiammanTemple 4 ,50 cents -1/2 x 11 -1/2 ft bund up Temples in the project area.

    Kindly request to you 2009-2010 project work starting sir ,RDAS/RIC Project work starting sir RDAS already sending proposal sending to you sir ,this year RDAS/RIC planting 5000 seedlings this time sir .this year your funds sending to me soon sir ,after rain no growing trees sir last year no good rain planting trees more less growing sir.it is good time planting sir ,first rain planting trees all growing 95 % trees very well growing sir.

    RDAS project this year starting sir ,when your support to me assistance supporting sir.

    Thanking you

    Yours sincerely

    p.subramanian

  12. Am amember of Shalom Charity Foundation a registered organisation, caring for children from street, orphans, elderly and community people who are vulnerable by providing educatiion, basic needs and other necesities.

    Therefore we need your support for the continuity of the services mentioned above.

    Thanks.

    Atukunda Josephine

  13. Avatar Luc Lutala says

    Dear Sir,
    we are from DRC. Our Non profitable organisation is ESPOIR POUR TOUS in french ( Hope for All) in english.

    We are working to outlaw racial discrimination and promote equal chances.The equality of opportunity is the foundation for the promotion of the rights of the most forgotten people. We work with people, especially the most marginalized, such as street children, orphans and indigenous peoples that their rights are recognized and respected and that they take possession of their future and hope for a better future . We bring to the communities of young support for them to take charge of their destiny and create richess.

    It will an honor to ESPOIR POUR TOUS to join the community of faith and the program of your foundation for the next two years.

    Sincerelly Your's
    LUC LUTALA

  14. Avatar Tukti Sherpa says

    Dear sir,

    it is a great pleasure to know that Faith foundation is supporting for the human being for humanity. we are from Nepal and we are Non profitable organization of youth which is called sherpa youth club, we working for the development of youth and for the better future of tomorrow by engaging them in social welfare work so we have been doing may social activities too in Nepal. we need support and help from this organization.

    Thanking you

    Tukti Sherpa

    President of sherpa youth club

  15. Avatar Tapak Pertin says

    We are working for orphans, destitute and abandon children. Please let us know if grass root level NGO can apply grants.

  16. Avatar Rashid Hussain says

    Indus Welfare Association (IWA) is a NGO based in Sanghar, Pakistan and working as an Independent, Autonomous, Development & Welfare Organization, working for upliftment & development of the peoples who living in the rural remote areas.
    It is a matter of great pleasure for us if you will send please send us also guide lines request for support. We do hope that you will extend your kind cooperation in this noble task. We thank you very much and looking forward to a positive response from your kind end.
    Sincerely yours
    Rashid Hussain
    Indus Welfare Association
    P.o Kurkali Via Jhol Distt:Sanghar
    Sindh,Pakistan.

  17. Avatar Rao.chennu says

    To
    Dear in the Lord,
    FACT was started by Faith according to the will of God with burden for the perishing souls and we have been working in Andhra Pradesh in India. By your honest prayers and support for this ministry is helping us to extend the Kingdom of God. Please co-operate and pray for us in the holy and noble work and be blessed by Almighty God.
    ABOUT US: FACT is an Evangelical and Social Service organization operating from Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The organization was registered under the Societies Registration Act as per the present rules and regulations of Indian Government. FACT has been established in the year 1986 with a mission to serve the poorest of the poor and needy and down trodden communities of the society irrespective of their caste, color and religion, taking the Gospel to the millions with a special emphasis on Tribal’s.
    OUR PROJECTS: In pursuance of our objectives and the burden to reach out to the lost souls with the Gospel we have been engaged actively working among the downtrodden communities and with a special emphasis on the tribal people that live far away from the civilized societies:
    EVANGELISM: Hundreds of souls are perishing every year without having access to gospel. Thousands of souls are found in distress and despair and being lost because the truth is not preached to them. FACT is seriously concerned for these souls and is committed to evangelize the slums, rural, semi-rural and tribal areas around Andhra Pradesh. To this effect full- fledged teams has been trained by FACT and have working among the illiterate, poor and the tribal’s. Perishing souls being reached with the gospel and the saved ones are being added to the church week after week.
    SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS HELP TO WIDOWS: Can you imagine surviving on just Rs 20 per day? It is equal to $ ½. Many people will spend many times that amount on maybe a snack every day. You know, yet, 836 million people in India live just on Rs 20 a day. That's right. 836 million Indians, according to a recent government-commissioned study, live on Rs 20 a day.
    Widowhood is considered as a bane in the Indian communities and hence they are not allowed to appear in the public, they are forbidden to the religious and auspicious celebrations and occasions. They are not allowed to work in the offices and factories. They are forced to depend either on the in-laws or the parents and are looked down. In view of the untold sufferings and problems faced by the widows due to the stigma in the society FACT has taken up the challenge to support them morally and financially in order to alleviate their problems to some extent.
    FEEDING THE ORPHANS: Millions of Children in India are living in utter Poverty conditions, not educated and found wandering in the streets as their parents are lost in the natural calamities that occur in the land frequently or divorces that are taking place every day. Thousands of orphans are suffering under the clutches of child labor. These orphans are missing the parental love, and thousands are harshly treated by relatives, these rejected children are just looking up for love and cared. FACT takes up this issue as a challenge and wanted to help them by establishing orphanages and provide shelter, food and education.
    HELP FOR PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED: Physically handicapped have become a burden to their families which is caused for not of their mistake. Because of the handicaps they are not properly treated at home or in the society. They are deprived off educational and job opportunities. Hence they are not able to earn for themselves and were forced to be dependants. FACT with a concern for such handicapped has proposals to provide rehabilitation services to the deaf, blind and other handicapped persons by establishing vocational training centers and rehabilitation centers.
    The vision of FACT is to preach the gospel disciples from all nations according to gospel of Mathew. “Go ye therefore, and teach all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost”.
    VISION: We are Bible believing Christians who believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and are dedicated to serve the needy children in the Tribal & Remote Villages in bringing brighter hope and a future.
    OUR OBJECTIVES: To provide the orphans, abused and needy children with a loving environment and a nurturing place to call” NEW LIFE home’s. These children will be prepared for life in their community as valuable, contributing members who demonstrate strong Christian values.
    OUR VALUES: FACT is founded and based on the authority of Biblical Scripture. We are Bible believing Christians who believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and are dedicated to serve God, family, church and community.
    Throughout God’s Word thee is theme of the Father’s love for orphans. Not only does He desire for the orphans to be cared for, he refers to us a orphans in need of a Heavenly Father. In His rich mercy he wants to adopt us as his own.
    There are so many orphans in our area. So many children are looking for a mom and dad to keep them forever. I urge you to pray for these children. It is a mission field of little hearts ready for seeds of love and permanency. Perhaps the Lord will pick your heart, as He has mine, and send you to reap the harvest.
    Please do something for these orphan children. If you do nothing else, please PRAY! Pray for these lovely little children. We cordially invite you to visit us. With great pleasure and would like to invite you to come and serve the Lord for the Poor & Needy Destitute Pastors and Children with us. You will be making a huge impact in our community. One song can spark a moment, One flower can wake a dream, One tree can start a forest, One voice can speak with wisdom, One life can make a difference, You see, it’s up to you!
    “There is no such thing as doing Great things in this world. We can only do small things with Great Love”
    Together we will have the work done. You are most welcome.
    Thank you and God bless!
    Yours in Christ,
    Rao.Ch

  18. Avatar edwin m john says

    We want to bring a interfaith dialogue to grassroots, we want to do this thrugh a multi-tier federation of neighbourhood communities meant for a dialogue of life love and action. We want to have a network of youth of various religions to ensure this.

    Could we hear from those interested?

    Could we join forces?

    Regards.

    Edwin M John