Chetana-Vikas (Consciousness-Development)

VISION : Empowerment of the individual and of the community for sustainable development of their own respective lives. GOAL : Sustainable development towards : Improved production. Better distribution. Production priority of basic needs like food & nutrition, fuel, fodder, timber etc. Protection & enrichment of the earth's environment & natural resources. Recognition of the key role of women in agriculture & improvement on gender issues. More self-reliant, sustainable, biological and decentralized technology. FOUNDING PRINCIPLES : - Critical consciousness and awareness of people (Chetana); and Development (Vikas) : A two way integrated approach. - Efforts ...

Chetana-Vikas (Consciousness-Development)
Chetana-Vikas, PO. Gopuri, WARDHA - 442001, Maharashtra State, India.
Chetana-Vikas, PO. Gopuri, WARDHA - 442001, Maharashtra State, India.
Wardha, Maharashtra 442001
India
91-7152 - 241931, 240806
http://www.chetanavikas.org (presently under reconstruction, but accessible)

Board of Directors

Suman Bang, Parag Cholkar, Sheela Lamse, Niranjana Maru, Vasant Bombatkar, Murlidhar More, Kapil Shah, Madhukar Deshmukh, Pramila Kharche, Radha Bhat, Madhukar B Nisal, Ashok Bang

Project Leaders

Ms. Niranjana Maru

Mission

VISION : Empowerment of the individual and of the community for sustainable development of their own respective lives. GOAL : Sustainable development towards : Improved production. Better distribution. Production priority of basic needs like food & nutrition, fuel, fodder, timber etc. Protection & enrichment of the earth's environment & natural resources. Recognition of the key role of women in agriculture & improvement on gender issues. More self-reliant, sustainable, biological and decentralized technology. FOUNDING PRINCIPLES : - Critical consciousness and awareness of people (Chetana); and Development (Vikas) : A two way integrated approach. - Efforts to create alternative development models. - Involvement of women into the mainstream of all development efforts. - Special emphasis on science and technology coupled with validated indigenous knowledge for rural areas. - Encouraging the reflection-action-reflection cycle of consciousness in all developmental efforts. - Systematic and scientific micro studies and experiments on different development components leading to action research. - Harnessing local resources including human and biophysical with low external inputs. - Foster two way local-Global ( 'Glocal' ) linkages.

Programs

There are two major focus areas of work : 1. Women Development and Empowerment - To involve women as active change makers for the family and society through multipronged empowerment-economic, cultural, social and governance. 2. Sustainable Agriculture Development and Natural Resource Management ; Appropriate technology development , Demonstration of innovations. Programmes with small, resource poor farmers for security of food, nutrition and livelihood. Whom does it work with : At microlevel : With village people; people-centred strategies to empower especially those with talent and potential of excelling to function as catalysts for development of rural India. The area comprises about 150 villages of Wardha District in Central India. At macrolevel : Functions as Resource Centre for Sustainable Development for groups, organizations, action fronts, activists, scientists, networks for policy and advocacy in India and abroad. Program : A] WOMEN DEVELOPMENT AND EMPOWERMENT : Objectives : 1) Bring women of a community together to form support groups and become leaders in village development and promoters of social justice. 2) Acquaint women with the current challenges in their communities and give them the tools to become fearless problem-solvers. 3) Help women enhance their financial, political, social, cultural, and educational knowledge / understanding. 4) Change society's attitude towards women Rural Women in Indian Villages have no-control or say on physical resources (like land, water, forests), financial resources (earning money, access to money) or even intellectual resources (knowledge, information, ideas) and most importantly no control on themselves as individuals. The activities seek to empower such women, which would begin not only with recognition of systemic forces that oppress them, but when they ACT to change existing power dynamics which marginalize and exploit them. These are taken up with adolescents, pre-marriage girls, deserted women and widows, aged and retired women, other village women & especially women leaders and members of Self-Help Groups, newly married couples, estranged couples. The thrust is on rural areas where many development aspects like education; information and exposure has not touched or has partially touched the women. Efforts are also for organized, individual and collective action for common problems and concerns and their possible solutions to attain their rights. Efforts especially to nurture talent and leadership qualities from these 'empowered' women to spread the message further among non-exposed women in other villages. Activities : Economic Independence : Self Help Group (SHGs) of rural women. Saving and Credit for Development and liberation from exploitation and debt-clutches. Running the SHGs under one umbrella forming a Federation OF SHGs. The Federation to be run by women themselves - Self-Governance. Entrepreneurship : Agro-processing, value addition, micro-entrepreneurship. Collective purchasing, processing and sale of local farm produce like pigeon pea, wheat, chick pea. Promotion of other small scale business activities by women either individually or collectively. Political Empowerment : Towards self-governance for development - strengthening village councils for grassroot democracy by enlightenment and empowerment of leadership; Extensive awareness and training on issues related to villages - micro planning, and also Natural Resource Management, through village governing council. Human Rights : Information, awareness, education, exposure, training of rural women on all encompassing rights concerning Gender issues viz, Right to life, to security, to equal status in society ; Right to religious freedom, social justice and legal rights esp. domestic violence ; Civil and Political rights, Democracy ; Economic, entrepreneurial empowerment and property rights; Health, Hygiene, physiology of women, sex education and reproductive-rights (tackling female foeticide) ; Environmental issues which directly affect women esp. Access to water, food & nutrition and livelihood security. Social concerns, awareness & action on : Women & girl child status Social ills like domestic violence, Dowry Family peace & harmony Widows & deserted women rehabilitation Family Counseling Centres : Provide psychological and marital counseling Provide inexpensive legal aid Sex education & guidance camps for pre-marriageable youth Network with local police, advocates, prominent citizens Human Resource Development : With knowledge-attitude & skills which encompasses personality development of women. Macro interactions : Media outreach and publications, networking with other groups, activists. Program : B] SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT : Objective : Promote self-reliance amongst farmers in order to improve the productivity, profitability, stability, sustainability and quality of life. Activities : Natural Resource Management : Awareness and Decision making about the Natural resources like, soil, water, trees, human beings and empowerment of people with Knowledge-Attitudes-Skills to conserve, develop and change the status for the better. Water & soil conservation : Field-based micro-watershed development. Special emphasis on maintaining soil-water regime of rainfed (land depending only on four months rainfall) agriculture. Farmers'-fields-centred, people based village oriented micro-watershed development, including soil and water conservation, preventing desertification of drylands. With its four pronged scientific approach viz. 1. Structures, for treatment to land. 2. Appropriate agronomic practices. 3. Proper land use. 4. Green cover enhancement Villagers (men & women) trained as "Village-Engineers". Biodiverse Agro-Systems : Agro-biodiverse intensive eco-friendly organic farming system for livelihood; Specially for food and nutrition security for small, resource poor farmers; with resilience and insurance against risk of global climate change effects. with special reference to rainfed lands. Creating systems working in synergy; Demonstrations of established models. Innovative pest management techniques : Management of diseases and pests and productivity enhancing techniques without agro-chemicals, all with eco-friendly bio-scientific-measures. Seed conservation : Appropriate seeds and farmer based seed conservation for Sustainable agriculture - identification, collection, trials, initial multiplication, storage, field demonstrations; Agro biodiversity repositories with farmers and village communities, seed bank. Alternative marketing : For organic produce, which saves energy miles and food miles. Promoting Participatory Guarantee (PGS) Scheme for developing Alternative Marketing System,. run by small farmers with direct farmer-consumer linkage. Human Resource Development : HRD with Knowledge-Attitudes-Skills training and education to villagers and activists; Resource Centre : Alternative Agriculture Resource Centre (AARC) for experiments, demonstrations, skill transfer, exchange of seeds and platform for farmer, activists and other network exchanges. Technology development : For low external input sustainable agriculture (LEISA) in fruit crops, fodder, fuel, biomass generation and for fertility of soil. Action-Research with documentation on farmers fields and AARC. Macro interactions : Network and Liaison with policy and advocacy groups.

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