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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. CSD in partnership with CRY is operating in 10 villages of Imphal West district and 9 wards of Chandel district, Manipur.
The proposed area comprises of 15 villages 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 (approx.) 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.
- 48 children in Imphal and 19 child labours in Moreh Town were enrolled in formal school,
- 8 child labourers were completely mainstreamed,
- 41 child labourers are enrolled in children clubs to integrate with mainstreamed children.
- 17 dropouts were retained at formal schools
- Health checkups were ensured for 74 pregnant women and 77 children including immunization of 637 children.
- 25 marginalised children are being sponsored by community organization and 8 cases are being sponsored by the school authority.
- 211 children were participated in the children cultural program.Children's participation with parents were encouraged.
- The CRY partner plans to focus on the following areas to attain its goals and objectives towards realization of child rights
- Direct engagement with children to develop the collective child friendly platform
- Unionization and mass mobilisation of various forums at operational area on the issue of child right and human rights
- 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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