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 6,260 households from 250 villages in the Koraput district have benefited – with their incomes having gone up by 35-40 per cent.
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 297 villages in four districts, also fosters community-based child protection systems and encourages lobbies for better legislation and policies.
A family's poverty and a lack of awareness often means they engage their children in household work and income generating activities. Poor infrastructure of schools dissuades many children from attending. To bridge this gap, the Asha Kiran project promotes education for out-of-school children by facilitating their access to mainstream schools. Currently, 300 children are attending special learning classes to prepare them to be mainstreamed back into school.
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.
- Jagadananda Mentor & Founder
- Prafulla Kumar Sahoo Chairman
- Jayadev Dakua Associate Director