Our Initiatives

Important development Initiatives we have undertaken

Promotion and formation of Self Help Groups (SHGs) for the weaker sections

Self Help Groups or SHGs are local community based organizations of poor people, mostly women belonging to the socio-economically disadvantaged sections for collective action for their social empowerment and economic advancement. The various capacity building programmes conducted for these groups enable them to grow as cohesive community based associations that strive for self-reliance and sustainable development. ADARHA has promoted about 250 SHGs, organizing more than 3000 rural poor belonging to the weaker social sections and carried out social and economic development activities in about 40 villages of Mangalore and Karkala Taluks at present.

Institution of Gramajyothi Self Help Group Federation

Gramajyothi SHG Federation is the apex body linking about Self Help Groups and other community based associations promoted by ADARSHA. It is a fully participative and democratically managed by the elected representatives of the members of the Self Help Groups having complete participation and ownership of all funds, assets and profits. The Federation organizes different capacity building trainings and social development programmes for the members of Self Help Groups and it is empowered to plan monitor and evaluate all the activities conducted in Self Help Groups.

Institution of Navachethana Multipurpose Souharda Cooperative

With the establishment of the multipurpose cooperative (Navachthana Multipurpose Souharda Cooperative) in February 2006 we had installed an important cornerstone in creating a sustainable peoples’ cooperative institution for development and self reliance. This cooperative has grown during the last 4 years having a membership of over 2200 people and total assets of over Rupees 50 lakhs. This cooperative fully managed by a director board elected from among the self help group members conducts all kinds saving, credit, investment and other financial services.

Sanchi Trust Mangalore

ADARSHA has joined with other 4 NGOs working for the empowerment of women in Dakshina Kannada District to establish a registered trust named ‘Sanchi’ based in Mangalore for providing training, facilitation and low cost credit facilities to poor women for undertaking self employment and income generation activities. More than 500 women beedi and other unskilled workers have benefitted through loans received from the ILO sponsored IGP revolving fund managed by Sanchi Trust during the last 7 years.

Adarsha Social Security Fund

‘Adarsha Social Security Fund’ is an association of the members of the Self Help Groups who have taken membership in a Social Security Scheme initiated by ADARSHA. Under the scheme the members are made policy holders with an annual contribution of Rs.100 which is repayable which makes them eligible for receiving financial assistances in the events of accidents, death and debilitating illnesses. This programme was initiated based on the principle of people joining together to help each other in times of unforeseen needs while remaining full stakeholders and owners of all money and assets. Presently there about 1500 people as members of this scheme and more than 40 people have received various assistances so far under the scheme with a total disbursement of Rs.323000.00

Helping Hand Programme

Under the helping hand programme donations are collected annually from the general public by the members of the Self Help Groups with the objective of financially helping the most poor among them for their specific development and welfare necessities. The money raised shall be distributed to those who are living in very poor living conditions and economic deprivation who are not in a position to take loans for meeting the development necessities. Assistances were provided to 63 eligible people the education of poor children, medical treatment of poor patients and marriage expenses of a poor girl with a total disbursement for Rupees 435500.00 till date.

Community based rehabilitation of the disabled children

Another initiative of ADARSHA is the facilitation and financial support provided to the poor families with disabled children for the management of the social, emotional and economic problems as well as helping them in their physical, social and occupational rehabilitation. Children and youth below the age of 25 years belonging to poor families are enrolled for assistance under the programme. At present 181 special children with various kinds of disabilities are assisted under the programme.