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COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS (CBOs) AND DEVELOPMENT


* CBOs are dynamic forces for development
*CBOs plan, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate local development projects
* CBOs ensure participatory approaches and democratic values
*CBOs act as catalytic agents for social and economic change
*CBOs restore the rights of the marginalized
Malankara Social Service Society formed the following groups for development Women from socially and economically weaker-sections Children and youth Small and marginal Farmers Rural Artisans and Entrepreneurs Destitute families and the Aged Physically and Mentally Challenged Persons Dalit and Tribal groups

COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH

‘Health for All’ is our goal. A healthy society is an indicator of a developed society. Primary health is the vision behind the community-based health programme and it strives to achieve the following objectives. Improve the health of the community Create awareness and conduct health camps Promote primary healthcare at the community level Care and support for high risk groups Make low cost drugs available Develop a monitoring and evaluation mechanism to document the results Promote nutritional improvement schemes Provide preventive ,early warning and counseling services Encourage health insurance for all Networking of healthcare organizations Institute mid-day meals Improve hygiene through awareness programmes Provide sanitary facilities Proper waste disposal Environment awareness

COMMUNITY-BASED REHABILITATION

The Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) program works with the physically challenged to achieve the following objectives: Create awareness in the community on disability as a development issue Capacity-building of the differently-abled for a sustainable livelihood Promote group dynamics for internal cohesion Training of trainers Entrepreneurial development Parental and marriage counselling Encourage schooling Advocacy for credit and thrift Create independent lively hood mechanisms

SURAKSHA FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

For the empowerment of women and children, MSSS has launched a project called Suraksha with the following objectives : Reduce the vulnerability of women and children Empower them to face the immediate challenges of life Rehabilitate those affected by ‘development’ Legal awareness and advocacy Family Counselling Leadership development for social security Conducting workshops for women and children Developing indigenous and vocational livelihood mechanisms Improve self reliance through income generation schemes Enhancing livelihood skills through micro-credit Formation of Self-help groups (SHGs)

PROGRAMME FOR YOUTH

Youth and adolescents are the leaders of tomorrow and so the target group of the organization. It strives to achieve the following objectives. Provision of financial support based on merit Career guidance for higher education and employment Special tuition and remedial coaching for poor students Counselling for teenagers and youth Technical and vocational training programmes Leadership training programmes Awareness programmes

MICRO FINANCE

The idea of promoting soft loans is to create a culture of credit and thrift. The purpose is largely for self-employment and income generation. The ultimate goal is self-reliance at the village/community level. The aims and objectives of our programme are: Mitigating unplanned expenditure Financial planning and budgeting at the household level A credit-and-thrift based approach to production and marketing Networking with financial institutions for sector-wise lending Literacy and numeracy (primary education) for inclusive economic development Mobilising locally available resources and creating a market for the end products Identifying and enhancing the entrepreneurial skills of the local population Capacity-building of the community as a whole for enterprise development This is how we do it….. Conduct a baseline survey of the local enterprises Assess the strengths and weakness of the enterprises Conduct feasibility studies of potential enterprises (for economic viability) Create awareness about and impart training for entrepreneurship Promote the application of science and technology Exposure to product identification and design Interventions through awareness of modern scientific modes.

Technical and Vocational Training

The following are the areas in which we provide consulting for self-employment : Engineering and Technology Civil construction and maintenance Automobile engineering and electronics Maintenance and repairing of domestic appliances Computer Training Refrigerator and AC repair Dying and printing technology Tailoring Agriculture Plant protection Fruits and vegetables Fish processing Rabbit rearing Goat rearing Floriculture Sericulture Aquaculture Nursery management Livestock Management Services Office secretary ship Auditing and insurance Marketing Community organization and co-operative management DTP work

AGRICULTURE

Farming and off-farm activities are key areas of operation under MSSS. It wishes to promote rural livelihood security via food production. The following are some of the aims and objectives of the sustainable agriculture programme: Promotion of organic agriculture for a safe environment Encourage the farmers to diversify into off-farm activities as a source of income Promotion of suitable dry land agriculture Promotion of soil and water conservation Promotion of biodiversity conservation Promotion of livestock rearing as an integral part of farming Encourage rural artisanship for cultivation and post-harvest technology Formation of farmers’ co-operatives

DECENTRALIZED PLANNING AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

As per the 73rd and 74th amendments of the Indian constitution, the Government of Kerala, established the Panchayathi Raj Institutions (PRIs) with financial and administrative autonomy. The process of implementation has brought about major changes at the grassroots level. In order to accelerate the process of development, MSSS has implemented a number of programmes with the help of the elected representatives of the PRIs. The main purpose is to encourage people’s participation in the implementation of state schemes, such as, education, housing, employment, extension and the like.

NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

‘ We have not inherited the planet from our fore fathers, we have only borrowed it from our children’. Given the state of the environment locally, regionally,nationally and internationally, MSSS has taken a special interest in environmental management by framing and implementing a natural resource management programme at the village level; the objectives of which are: Community-wide eco-literacy vis-à-vis the neighbouring environment Farm and off-farm activities with low external input Interface with state and non-state actors Stakeholder participation in the decision-making and implementation of conservation programmes Effective policy and advocacy measures for designing appropriate conservation schemes Lobbying to bring about fundamental changes in existing legislation Tapping local knowledge to further enhance environmental conservation Understanding the cyclical nature of the environment in relation to pollution Implementation of a micro-watershed management package involving a host of measures from soil and moisture conservation to diversifying into non-agrarian practices Promotion of alternative sources of energy, such as, biogas, wind and solar

Research Documentation

Publication of Annual Reports Publication of the “MSSS News Bulletin” in Malayalam Publication of case studies of the best practices in the field Published books on micro-credit, enterprise development, people’s participation, women’s issues, ecology and environment and allied areas.

Consultancy

MSSS provides training and consultancy services along with other experts in the development sector. Our services are provided to the Local Self Governments, similar grass root level organizations, community based organizations etc. RRA/PRA for micro-planning Project-cycle management on a withdrawal basis Formation of co-operatives and SHGs Establishing cottage industries (MSMEs) around households and homesteads Marketing management Non-formal education (NFE) and curriculum development Reconnaissance and market research Credit and thrift schemes NRM and Watershed management Community development Environmental conservation and eco friendly means of cultivation Monitoring and evaluation Financial planning (including fundraising), budgeting and auditing

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