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What We Are

Aims of the Organization

Sri Christa Sharan Social Development Society (SCS) is a registered voluntary organization. It is set up to work with the economic and social-political resource poor and be an accompanier in the process of their being Self- Thinking, Self-Deciding, Self-Reliant, and Self-Governing, through:

 

  1. Integrated, holistic rural development
  2. Development of rural women and children, specially of the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, and the Dalits (the marginalized and exploited).
  3. Empowering people for self-thinking, self- deciding, self- reliance,and self-governance through education and organization of people.
  4. Watershed development- Agri, Horti, Silvi, Animal- Husbandry- development.
  5. Biodiversity and environment.
  6. Joint Forestry Planning and Management.
  7. Health, with greater thrust on prevention of ill health, through hygiene, nutrition,balanced diet, herbal medicine & other native systems like Yoga, Naturopathy etc.

Withdrawal Policy
SCS has the policy of tapering off from villages, where it has already trained local women and men to take up leadership, to conduct meetings of their Sanghas,
and to take all necessary decisions and implement them. Its policy is to start development process, motivate, educate, and train local people to continue it and then proceed to new villages.

Strategy 1: Sangha Formation
Harnessing women force through development education and organizing people by Sangha formation, like Self Help Groups (SHGs) Women's, Young women's, Young Men's, Farmers', and Children's Associations. With representatives from these village Sanghas, VDSs and VDCs (Village Development Sanghas and Committees) are formed for the all-round, holistic, self-governed development of the villages. SCS strives to make local institutions sustainable.

Strategy 2: Participatory Management
In its planning for development, the villagers and Sri Christa Sharan use the participatory method. Planning, motivation, education, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and follow up are all participatory.

Strategy 3: Education Methods
Participatory Rural Appraisals (PRAs), dialogue, stories, folk and awareness songs, dances, puppetry, role play, street theatres, film and video shows, charts, posters, slides, camps, demonstrations, discussions, study tours and exhibitions.

Strategy 4: Local Level Institutions
To have a lasting effect of development, SCS has established local level institutions in the villages, like the Mahila Mandals (Women's Clubs), Baalara Balagas (Children's Clubs), Youth Clubs, Self Help Groups, Watershed Management Committees, User Groups, Village Development Sabhas and Committees.

Brief History & Past Experience

8th Oct 1978 Founded and registered under the Karnataka State Societies Act of 1960
6th May 1989 Registered under the India Governments' Foreign Currency Regulation Act (FCRA) of 1976. It has exemption under the Income Tax Act, 80G and 12A.

SCS has worked in the following projects with help from various Donor Agencies.

1978-1980 Preparatory phase, registration of the Society, rapport with the villages
1980-1984 Mother and Child Health Education Program- CCODP of Canada
1980-1982 Administration and gift of bicycles - OXFAM, UK
1989-1995 Organization of villagers through Sanghas for community development -Bread for the World, Germany
1994-2001 Vanitha Jyothi Training Institute for training women development workers- Manos Unidas, Spain
1995-2001 Indo- Swiss Participatory Watershed Development- Swiss Development Cooperation, Switzerland
1998-2001 Joint Forestry Planning and Management- DFID, UK
2001-2002 Sustainability- UCN, Netherlands

Our Philosophy

1. There can be no true and lasting community development, unless it is integrated and holistic.
2. There can be no true and lasting development unless Women, who form around 50% of our nation's population, are involved at every stage of the effort for development -from planning to implementation and evaluation.

We have learnt by experience that when women are involved, development is faster and more total. An English saying goes thus; "Educate a man, and you have educated a man. Educate a woman, and you have educated a family and thus, a COMMUNITY."

Motivation
SCS draws its inspiration and motivation from the example words of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

"I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then, should wash one another's feet. I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you."

- St. John 12-13,14

"I give you a new commandment: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another…"

- St. John 13-34

Our Staff
SCS has a well-qualified and experienced staff. Its Director is a post graduate in Social Development work from the Coady International Institute of St. Francis Xavier University in Canada and has Post Graduate Diplomas in various social science and development fields both from within and without the Country. He has more than thirty years of experience in rural development. Likewise, two of the main lady staff, the Social Development Organizer and the Field Development Manager hold Post Graduate Diplomas from within and without the Country. Both have more than twenty-two years of experience in rural development. SCS, in addition, has a committed and well-experienced staff mostly women, as, to motivate and educate women & children, women are the most suitable.

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