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Vision:

To establish a socio-cultural, economic, educational equilibrium among the people  in general and the taget group in particular in the area of  interventions with emphasis on sustainability.

Mission:

To locate and sort out causes hindering development of the target group and to support development as a catalyst.

Values:

Sincerity, Transparency, Objectivity, Accountability.

Objective:

  • To enable realization of right of the target group through awareness and linkages with govt. scheme and advocacy.
  • To provide financial and other support services to the underprivileged households to improve their quality of life.
  • To provide service to the target group to meet their immediate needs.
  • To empower the target group through leadership development and self help groups and collectives/ gramsabha.
  • To build capacity of the target group, organisation, govt. service providers.
  • To mobilize resources – financial, human knowledge, power to realise our objectives.
  • To provide opportunity for livelihood and natural resource development.

Strategy:

  • Collectives formation: SHGs, Labour,Gramsabha.
  • Capacity Building
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Awareness
  • Linkages
  • Advocacy

IIntroduction           PARDA (People’s Awareness for the Rural Development Agency), has had itself involved, since its inception, in promoting the spirit of volunteerism among the local youths and has been    supporting various local youth clubs and community based organizations to work for a common goal of empowering the rural poor and the marginalized people in the region. PARDA has been extending various information and services to the socio-economically weaker and marginalized sections with a focus on the scheduled castes and the scheduled tribes - ‘Dalit’, for enabling them to realize the causes and effects of their deprivation and to assert their rights and entitlements on their own. There have been constant efforts on the part of the Organization to take sides with these sections of the society to ensure their rights - constitutional as well as human and to help them claim the same rights and entitlements from the state. Women’s participation in all the programmes has ultimately been leading to their empowerment. This has remained as one of the key features of the processes of people-centered participatory approach of the organization during the last ten years of its initiatives and interventions to ensure self-sufficiency and self-reliance in the villages.

Area of operation:  PARDA is operating in one Block of Nuapada district. In this district it has taken up most backward villages as its operational area. More than 5000 people are benefiting directly or indirectly from the programs of the organization.

This district  is  located  between  20.20 North to 21.50 North  Latitude  and  between  82.20 East to 82.90 East  Longitude. Nuapada block is bordered by Chhatisgarh State from the North, West and South and Balangir district and Komna block on Eastern side.

The Below  Poverty Line  ( BPL)  survey report of DRDA-in 1993  reveals that  there were  90,966  number  of  rural   families  in newly created Nuapada district. Out of this figure 78,530 numbers of rural families were BPL which comes to around 86.32 percent.

Again the data  revealed that  23.80% of families  earn up to Rs. 4,000/- per annum, 32.26% of families  earn income  between Rs.4001 to 6,000/- per annum, 21.63% of families  earn income  between Rs. 6,000/- to 8,500/- per annum and  8.62% of  families earn income  between Rs. 8,5001 to 11,000/- per annum. During the 1997 BPL survey the percentage of Below Poverty Line families came down to 78.31%. This slow reduction in rural poverty is because of decrease in frequencies of droughts from the nineties.

            The majority of the population  are Scheduled Tribes,  Scheduled  Caste  and Other Backward  Castes  like Paharia(Primitive Tribes) who come under  tribal list in neighboring state  of   Chhatisgarh but unfortunately they were left  out  during the preparation of tribal list in  Orissa  state.  Presently the district has 35.95 percentages of Scheduled Tribes and 13.09 percentages are Scheduled Caste. The literacy rate of the district is 42.99%; 58.78 percentage for males and 26.01 percentages are females. Statistics of Census 2001 reveal a better than national average in the sex ratio with 1006 females per 1000 males. But this is largely a result of massive male migration as a result of lack of employment opportunities within the area. This data is approximately the same in the case of Nuapada block area.

Draught in the official sense of the term descends almost once every decade. Not only that. Partial draught is experienced almost every alternative year ranging from 20%to 50% crop loss.

The drought and famine tormented agrarian society in our area of intervention needs caring and caressing in all aspects. The target groups are rural poor who are both disadvantaged and deprived in terms of economy, education, health and nutrition.  Above all is the problem of distress migration. A large number of people in the area migrate to different destinations in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana; thousands of miles away, due to lack of employment in the area. Those migrants’ destinations are notorious for labor exploitation and human/labor rights violation.         

           The rainfall analysis from 1967 to 2002 shows that, one cannot always expect a crop from farming. According to government records, the area has   witnessed intensified drought in each decade from 1945 onwards and semi-famine   like condition prevails every year. Part of the reason for these droughts is the   systematic destruction of forest causing massive soil erosion and flood during the   rainy season. There is also inadequacy of drinking water and women have to walk long distances to fetch water for daily use. The water crisis has resulted in shortage of fodder for cattle leading to distress sale of livestock. The drought has destroyed the crop year after year and has broken the economic backbone of the people. This at large intensifies migration.

History: PARDA germinated out of the aggregate vision of a self motivated group of individuals intending to work in Nuapada District, in the year 1999, with the spirit of volunteerism and Gandhian ideology. PARDA selected its areas of operation such as Nuapada and Boden block of Nuapada District at large. This geographical area is complex, diverse and risk-prone and is earmarked among the most backward regions, popularly known as KBK region of Orissa, across the length and breadth of the country. This region of rural India has remained neglected by the state and the mainstream development agencies in the country for generations. Development initiatives by few agencies could not have made any considerable impact upon the quality of lives and livelihood of the people even after nearly six decades of India’s independence. On this background; PARDA was born considering the challenges of the region to reckon with.

Core Values: We believe that, “service to mankind is service to God” and hence “God helps those who help others.” In other words service is our core value; let it be at the cost of our personal comfort.

Uniqueness: We are a unique organization to carry on the policy dialogue and advocacy with the people directly in their own spoken language.We have a set of field workers; including the chairman and the GB members, who can interact with the people through five media of conversation, namely- the two principal spoken languages- Chhattishgarhi and Koshli. In addition those field workers can communicate in the clan dialect of the tribal communities which are distinctly alien to each other i.e. the Gondi, the Bhunjia and the Paharia language.

  • This unique feature makes us more trustworthy among the target groups and gives us the advantage of working with the people.

Our Accountability:                                                                                                                                 In order to maintain transparency and accountability with respect to implementation strategy, output and accounts, we involve the target people and the local self government bodies in all our projects/programs.

  • We make our strategies in consultation with the beneficiaries through people centered participatory approach.
  • We do constant monitoring and evaluation.
  • We get our accounts audited every year by a recognized chartered accountant.
  • We make social audit for evaluation of outputs of the project during and after implementation.
  • We invite the government and non-government funding agencies to make field visits to the target area and evaluate-on the basis of their own parameters.