ASSIST

ASSIST's mission is to equip the most underprivileged members of Indian society to be able to fight with strength, courage and confidence in response to their own political, social and economic needs. Our goals are * To build communities as viable units for their own development * To promote the active involvement of target groups through people's organisations * To make communites that are able to sustain their unity, value system and development, and to carry forward the work on their own.
Oct 28, 2014

Ensuring all the Children to for Schooling

Dear Sir/Madam,

Residential Study Complex which is being run by ASSIST at Piduguralla, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, South India has 200 children in the age group of 5-14 years studying from 1st standard to 7th standard. These all children belongs to Backward Class, Scheduled Class and Scheduled Tribe communities. Since all these children are from Below Poverty Line (BPL) category, their parents are not able to send their children to schools. Instead of sending them to schools, children are being to sent to lime industries as child labourers by their parents. Like wise, these children are supporting financially to their parents. ASSIST's field staff has generated awareness among the parents of these children regarding the importance of Education, parents of these child labourers have been convinienced and agreed to send their children to Residential Study Complex which is being run by ASSIST. In this Residential Study Complex, children are not only being given education but also they are being provided school uniform, meals, teaching and learning material, books, pens etc. It is purely residential system and children are not allowed to go outside. All infrastructure facilities have been provided in this Residential Study Complex. It is quite safe and secure. After completing 7th standard in this centre, children are mainstremed to near high schools and necessary follow-up being done after enrolling them in High schools as well. Since, during the last quarter, no new child has been enrolled for joining in any standard education in Residential Study Complex, I am submitting this as an additional information.

Thanking you,

Sincerely,

J Ranga Rao

Oct 28, 2014

Impart Vocational Training to 200 Adolescents

ASSIST has regional training centres across the four Districts of Andhra Pradesh, South India.  Since 1985, ASSIST has been imparting Vocational Trainining to youth and adolescents in order to get better livelihood.  ASSIST has been imparting Entrepreneurship and Skill Developmenent programmes in various skills like Motor Rewinding and Pump set repairing, Medical lab Technology, Fashion Designing, Masonry, MS Office & Internet, Computer Hardware and Networking, Cosmetology and Beautician, Plumbing, Carpentry etc. 

After learning these skills, youth and adolescent girls are able to either to start their self employment or getting wage employment opportunities.  Like this, they are getting better livelihood opportunities.

ASSIST is looking forward for the support of project for "Imparting Vocational Training to 200 Adolescents" in the above skills for supporting to yough and adolescent girls.

For this reason, this project has been posted on GlobalGiving website.  So far, ASSIST has not been able to raise any donations for imparting Vocational Training Programmes to the Adolescent girls.  So, none of the Adolescent girl has got benefitted during this period.

We are submitting this for your kind information.

Sep 8, 2014

A Fisherman Community's Warm Welcome

A walking tour
A walking tour

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to ASSIST.

Thanks to ASSIST, I got to travel across a part of my native Andhra Pradesh that I never knew existed which is the island of Nagayalanka. I didn’t know that a place as remote as the Sundarban existed so close to home. Thanks to the great reputation of ASSIST’s work there, we got a free ride over on the ferry and I even got a mango from one of the villagers when they heard I had come over from GlobalGiving! Such is the sweet nature of many of the village folk in the surrounding areas.

The island has several villages, but I visited one village where ASSIST has constructed several homes. I got to see several homes in the before and after state. The before state is primarily built using mud and straw. While these homes are cool for heat, they are easily destroyed in storms and flood as they are at a low level. The newly built homes are elevated, and support two related families such as two brothers and their families. The interesting unexpected use is that families are also using parts of their home for storage of fish and prawns that they catch, which is a great use! These homes were built with funding from ASSIST, the government of India and partially the homeowner themselves. So rather than charity, it is a model of empowerment where residents feel that they are owners rather than recipients of charity.

While I was getting the tour from happy families with new homes, we also had onlookers in half finished homes, which were started thanks to a government scheme, but were never finished due to storms and lack of funding. ASSIST hopes to raise funds quickly so that they can salvage the structures of these homes and save on material costs. The impact will be huge for a marginal cost.

Finally, the ladies from the village fed me the best fish curry I have ever had in my life. If you are ever in Andhra, I highly recommend a visit to experience the hospitality and the simplicity of this hardworking community. 

A homeowner
A homeowner
Inside a home
Inside a home
Watching from an unfinished home
Watching from an unfinished home
An lesson on fishing nets in another home
An lesson on fishing nets in another home
Fish and Shrimp!
Fish and Shrimp!

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