Centre for Youth and Social Development
Focus: Environment, Livelihoods, Rural Development, Social Exclusion, Disaster Management
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TO enhance the income of forest-dependent tribal communities in Odisha, CYSD are engaged in a number of programmes such as increasing the density of trees in forests. But, with the declining demand for timber-based products, CYSD are also promoting alternative livelihood options such as breeding goats and ducks, blacksmithing and vegetable vending. So far 4,000 households from 250 villages in the Koraput district have benefited – with their incomes having gone up by 30 per cent.
WATER, sanitation and hygiene management, which save lives in both routine and emergency situations, is the main focus of this project. Covering 50 disaster-prone villages in Odisha’s Puri district, one of its important goals is to reduce risks, such as transmission of diseases during natural calamities and to help people return to their normal daily activities after it. CYSD also aim to make these vulnerable communities understand the impact of and adapt to the hazards of climate change.
MAKING environments safe for children, both at home and in the community, is a priority for CYSD. To this end, they have been working to improve knowledge, attitude and practice of children and parents on child abuse, female foeticide, child marriage and violence against women and girls. The initiative, spread over 95 villages in Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts, also fosters community-based child protection systems and encourages lobbies for better legislation and policies.
The kit given by CYSD protected us from rain, cold and upheld our dignity. Otherwise we’d have been on the roadside or in an emergency shelter. The lantern protected us from snakebites, the tarpaulin covered the roof and we slept on the ground sheet.
As part of CYSD’s capacity building programme, I visited health institutions in Karanjia and Baripada and interacted with doctors and other health professionals. This motivated me to sharpen my skills as a community development worker.
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- Prafulla Kumar Sahoo Chairman
- Jayadev Dakua Associate Director