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The Centre for Social Development (CSD) came into existence in the year 1985, when a group of young, energetic professionals came together to work towards bringing positive changes in the social conditions of Manipur. In the beginning, CSD worked on specific issues of community development, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS in the State. CSD is now involved in non-structured partnership focusing on local issues with common work agenda with 210 CBOs, 4 NGOs and 22 networks of People’s Organizations. The Project Holder, U. Nobokishore Singh, is well conversant with grass root realities and has been playing a significant role in the area of peace settlement in the State. In last 3 years it has expanded its intervention to 32 NGOs in 6 States of North Eastern region excluding Tripura on issues of globalization, conflict resolution, building local capacity for peace and conflict transformation, gender and HIV/AIDS. It has also initiated a NGO Support Unit. The role of the unit is to identify and work towards building understanding and skill of the CBOs/POs and NGOs. The unit has contributed significantly in creating people’s platform and forums for dialogue and sharing. The strategy adopted by CSD for this broad cooperation is twofold: (a) providing support and accompaniment to NGOs in a formal and structured manner. (b) Providing support in a non-structured manner i.e. organizing programs together in learning sessions
The proposed area that comprises of 15 villages is located at the foothills of the Senapati District where various communities like SC, ST and OBC live together. The area lacks educational facilities as there is a dearth of Government institution and those existing are not properly functioning. Most of them are compelled to send their children to private schools which are expensive. Since these schools are at distant places, drop out especially among girls are quite common. There are 3 primary and 2 junior high schools in the area. Agriculture is the main occupation but very few people own land to cultivate. According to Rapid Situation Assessment conducted in Imphal by UNDCP, it has been estimated that there are about 14,000 (appx.) drug users in Imphal city alone. There are 1429 HIV positive children in the age group of 0-18. Most of the girls and women (widowed by AIDS) are the victims of social stigma and discrimination. Children of this region are witnesses, survivors and direct victims of armed conflict, drug addiction and HIV infection and AIDS death. Violations of civil rights, including the right to life have become daily routine. The children and youth become the victim of casualty in the crossfire every so often. The increase in heroin addiction and other psycho-social problems like conflict situations, unemployment, lack of basic services etc has raised the suicide rate among adolescents and youth. Manipur has witnessed regular annual outbreaks of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases, measles, infectious hepatitis, malaria and encephalitis. The quality of drinking water available is unsafe and women and children have to walk long distances to fetch water for their homes.
- To increase the socio-economic condition and health of the people .
- To reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS and strengthen the capacity of HIV+ friends specially women for their dignity and rights.
- To initiate peace building process by working on conflict.
- To identify the areas of advocacy and undertake advocacy and policy influencing.
Review and Impact
The Center for Social Development is working in the field of gender, HIV/AIDS prevention, drug de-addiction, rehabilitation and people based community development programmes for last 20 years. The organization also has good experiences on child right and holistic issues of the state. They have the inbuilt mechanism for mass mobilization at community level. They have well established rapport with the local community and have experience of mass mobilization on issues affecting children and youth. They also have a good experience of working in conflict situations.
In Imphal West 6 meetings of women’s group organized this year on larger issues of community at panchayat level. 29 cases of the villagers were discussed who are fighting for their PDS entitlements. 11 ICDS centres and 4 ASHA were activated. 10 government schools were inspected by officials after receiving complaints from women society regarding school authority to improve the infrastructure. 7 NFE centres are operational in project area. 204 children are attending the centres regularly. A wide range of activities are conducted with these children. 5 village level children’s forums were formed. 30 children are involved in the process.
In Moreh 23 children of landmine victims were provided education support. A documentary film was shown on CHILD TRAFFICKING to aware students in 4 Schools. 50 students from each school were requested to represent in the event. Altogether 204 students and 14 teachers took part in the event. 27 Children are attending the child protection centers. 18 children from most backward families benefited from fees waivers and other facilities. Regular meeting were organized with women group on issues of healthcare and reduce discriminative practices in hospitals. 75 children and women were referred for different purpose such as acquiring birth certificates, immunization, health check-up and seeking sponsorship for education. Workshop on different schemes of District Rural Development agency was organized for women and student. 20 participants from four organizations attended the workshop.
|Impact Indicators||Target for 09-10||Impact through 09-10|
|Health check up to the pregnant women||70||198|
|Health checkups of the children||73||361|
|Activation of ICDS Centre in villages||5||11|
|Mainstreaming children in formal school||175||179|
- Direct engagement with children to develop the collective child friendly platform.
- Running of child protection centre.
- Formation of child cultural forum at village level.
- Organizing the cultural programme with the children.
- Publication of one child news bulletin .
- Unionization and mass mobilisation of various forums at operational area on the issue of child right and human rights.
- Organizing panchayat level meeting of women society on human rights issue and mass mobilization.
- Capacity building of the leaders/ community leaders- representatives, for understanding on child right centricity/ holistic approach of development.
- Interface of the people’s organisation with the system for ensuring the effective implementation of the government development work.
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