Lokadrusti is a voluntary organization working for the poor communities residing in the inaccessible pockets of Western Odisha since 1988-89. The geographical location of the intervention is Kalahandi, Bargarh, Balangir and Nuapada district and priority of Intervention is Social mobilization, Women empowerment, Natural Resource Management, Education, Migration, Health and Nutrition. Agriculture and Income Generation Activities. Special focus on Women, Children, Small & Marginal farmers and Landless from ST, SC and OBC categories.
Funding partners of Lokadrusti supported till date:-
District Environment Society; CAPART, New-Delhi; NABARD, Bhubaneswar; MHRD, GOI New-Delhi; MoRD,GOI New-Delhi; NCLP, Nuapada Dist; ICHR, New-Delhi, OPEPA, Govt. of Orissa Bhubaneswar; P.R. Department, Govt. of Orissa; UNDP, New-Delhi; WORLP/ Watershed Mission; SSA/DPEP, Nuapada. Mission Shakti, Dept. of Women & Child Development Govt. of Odisha, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights(NCPCR) New Delhi, Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation (BRLF), New Delhi; IPE Global, Bhubaneswar; ICRISAT, Hyderabad; UNFPA, Bhubaneswar, HINDALCO Hirakud, sambalpur, Aditya Aluminum Koraput.
Foreign Donors HIVOS, The Netherlands; German Agro Action, Germany; KKS, Germany, CARE, India, AIF, America; ChildFund India; Trickle-up, America; FORD FOUNDATION, New-Delhi; Save the Children UK; OXFAM India.
Lokadrusti is committed to the fulfilment of its objectives, to realize it goal Lokadrusti gets constant support from various national and international donors agencies and the government, its activities can be broadly classified in to the following categories on the basis of the issues being addressed.
SOCIAL MOBILISATION: Social mobilization is most essential before implementing any programme in the community. Without proper mobilization the programme will be haphazard and unrealistic for the targeted communities. Looking at the need Lokadrusti organize regular awareness camps, meetings, trainings and exposure visit for the women and farmers at community, Gram Panchayat, Block and District level before launching of any project. In addition to this Lokadrusti believes in people’s organization who can play a crucial role in development of the villages. In this connection Lokadrusti formed and strengthened 1200 Women Self Help Groups, 3 Block level Federation, 80 Youth Clubs, 120 Farmers Clubs and 48 Farmers Producer Groups. These groups were strengthened through Training and capacity building to address the local issues at the village level. The entire Block level Federations are registered under Society Registration Act-1860 and facilitated by our organization to make them self-reliant
Lokadrusti always believes the pillar of the home is women and they need special attention to play their role. In this connection Lokadrusti always sensitizing the community to create an environment where women have equal rights like their male counterpart both at home and outside. The traditional village leaders who are the key players in the rural society are taken into confidence to change their male-hegemonic approach and adopt a gender sensitive institute. Lokadrusti ensured and encouraged women participation in the grass root level political organisation such as Pallisabha and Gram Sabha. As most of the women are residing in the village they are encouraged to supervise their village school, negotiate with the local self-governance to mobilize more funds for their villages. Again the liquor is the most important issue at the village level which may be risk full for the women in the society hence the SHG members are facilitated to raise voice against liquor in their villages through rally, workshop, street play, meeting etc. Entitlement of property is one of the issue for the women so proper steps are taken to make minimum of Joint Patta(land record) both in the name of husband and wife. Due to regular training, exposure, meetings mobilization efforts now a days the women could able to break the traditional taboo and assert themselves. Now they have begun to be actively involved in politics also.
Natural Resource Management:
Western part of Odisha is falling under the semi-arid region and it has very adverse effect on natural resources like forest, land water, Agriculture etc. Hence there is need of proper care to restore the natural resource at the village level to ensure productivity both from the forest and agriculture sectors. In this connection Lokadrusti in its intervention strategy always give emphasis on afforestation, plantation and other necessary catchment treatment like Check-dam, WHS, Gabion Structures, Gully Plugs, Contour bund, stone bund etc. To conserve the flora and Fauna watershed measures are also taken. For proper and safe irrigation Water Harvestings structures, Open Wells, Ring Wells, Farm ponds are also created. In addition to this to enhance agriculture productivity proper measures like land leveling, bunding, irrigation facilities and promotion of organic and drought resistant crops are taken as demo model among the small and marginal farmers. To aware the farmers numbers of CB events like training and exposure on organic and scientific method of cultivation are organized . Priority are given on promotion of climate resilient crops. Till March-2020, 200 hectors of plantation, 100 hectors of Horticulture plantation, 20 numbers of checkdam, 100 numbers of open wells, 150 numbers of Ring Wells, 105 numbers of Rain Water Harvesting Structure, 120 numbers of Farm ponds,5000 acres of land development, 150 numbers of Gully Plugs, 500 Mts. Of Stone Bunding, 50 numbers of Gabion Structures etc were made.
35% of the total population in Lokadrusti operational areas are Tribal and Lokadrusti always give emphasis on development of the Tribal community like Paharia, bhunjia, Gond, Sabar, Kandha etc. In the entire programmes implementation Lokadrusti give priorities to the Tribal communities. For the upliftment of the tribal communities we are organizing regular training and workshop at different level. In addition to this linkage are established with the Govt. and other financial institutions to access different anti-poverty schemes and programmes meant for them. Fellowship and sponsorship are provided to the tribal communities for higher education. Priorities are also given in Lokadrusti college of Advance Technology for the enrollment of the tribal students in BSc, BCA and PGDCA courses with a minimum fee. Linkages are also established with the Govt. for availing the land entitlement through the Forest Right Act.
Lokadrusti try to address the bonded labour issue through convergence with different social safety net programmes of Govt. and other likeminded NGOs. Lokadrusti in collaboration with others , work both in source and destination area and freed 146 persons from 78 households and involve them in different social safety net of Govt. to check the distress migration.
Education and Child Rights:
Lokadrusti believes that all children in the age group of 6-14 who are out of school are child labour and condemns any argument in favour of this social evil. Advocacy against child labour is done at all levels. At the village level the community is sensitized through the use of local folk media and at the policy level strong lobby is created to curb child labour. Supply side intervention such as improving school infrastructure, drinking water, regularization of mid-day meal, supply of school uniforms, rationalization of teachers in the rural area etc. are done to streamline education. SHG members are mobilized to monitor the school and create awareness among parents on this issue. Seasonal Hostels are used to open by the help of SSA Nuapada to keep the children of migrant’s families for a period of six months in each year. Proper awareness camps are organized to sensitize the community on RtE Act. Help the SMC to procure Teaching Learning materials, Play materials etc. To address the deficit learning level of the migrants and drop out children Learning Resource Cenres (LRCs) are functioning and till date 120000 children got benefits out of it. To address the issues of higher education one IGNOU Study centre is running at Lokadrusti Boden where the deprived students are getting opportunities to complete their higher education. To cope with the shift of attention towards information technology based education we have opened Lokadrusti College of Advanced Technology(LCAT) at Khariar where the poor students of this localities get opportunity to complete their degree courses in computer Education (BCA & PGDCA) and Science (BSc)
Health, Nutrition and Sanitation:
Basic Health, Nutrition and sanitation play a crucial role in human development index. Due to poor health and sanitation measures most of the earned money in the rural areas washed away and the poor families came to distress condition. Poor Health lead due to malnutrition and improper sanitary measures. Hence Lokadrusti in its holistic projects try to incorporate the issues as a compulsory measures. To sensitize the community proper measures like the village meeting, mass meeting, campaign, training and distribution of pamphlets and posters are done. Proper training are also given to the front line workers like the AWW, ASHA, HW(M), HW (F), Doctors and Health Supervisor from time to time. Proper emphasis were given at the AWW level to address the issues like 100% immunization, 3 ANC, 2 PNCs etc. Focus was given on training of the Front line workers in Aspirational District Programmes.
Skill upgradation of adolescent:
Address unemployment in rural areas is a critical factor as because most of the youths are semi-literate and they do not like to remain engage in agriculture sectors which lead to youth migration in ram-pend in our areas. Looking at the difficulties Lokadrusti use to identify the youths in regular basis and trained them through self-employable skill in different sectors like tailoring, welding, driving, mobile repairing, plumber and computer education. In addition to this the trained personals were linked with the different Govt. and other corporate office for employment. Till date 450 youths were trained in different sectors and 340 youths have got opportunities in different Govt. and other agencies. Remaining 110 are self-employed and they are running their activities at their own or near by village and town.