2010-2011 Solidarity For Developing Communities (SFDC) was established in the year 1993 by a group of dedicated people to work for poor and marginalized belonging to the developing communities. The founders of SFDC felt that although all the communities are developing, and no community is developed once for all as such, the communities of Adivasi and Dalits are considered as the developing communities. Like we consider a child as the growing human being or a seedling as the growing tree, similarly the Adivasi and Dalit communities are also in a developing stage more than other communities of India. An adult human being is also growing and a fruit-bearing tree is also growing but we consider a child or a seedling is in more of a growing stage than the formers. Similarly, the Adivasi and Dalit communities are at more of growing stage compared to other communities of India; because, due to some historical reasons the Adivasi and Dalit communities do not have something which other communities in India have. The Dalits and Adivasi communities do not have many things that other communities have, and one of the important things they do not have is the human dignity. Developing this human dignity is the main thrust of SFDC.
We want a peaceful and progressive society to evolve where there is solidarity for all human beings and there is ecological balance that ensures Physical, Mental and Spiritual Growth of everybody by sharing the Earth equally now and keeping it sustained for eternity.
SFDC is an Non-Profit Non—Government Organization that endeavors to build peace, communal harmony and spirituality among the women, men and children of Adivasi, Dalits and other communities through a process of development intervention, non-violent conflict transformation and applied spirituality.
We strongly believe that Peace and Development are closely interlinked and cannot exist without each other. We need lasting Peace for which one need Sustainable Development with Justice. We know that if development fails conflict happens where poor and marginalized communities, especially from Adivasi& Dalit communities, suffer most. We also believe that Spirituality generates virtues to lessen sufferings, which helps bring Peace and Development.
Our Core Values
We value the holistic development of the human beings for which we delve into ourselves for self-insight, self-introspection and self-purification to grow in our ‘inner life’ (spirituality) through which our day to day work is practiced.
We are engaged in promoting Peace and Harmony in the society by using only active non-violence means.
Integrity cum Authenticity
We can only change ourselves for which we integrate our thought, speech and action for an authentic and simple living style.
Honesty & Truthfulness
We are the stewards of the confidence and support (including funds) entrusted to us by different people for which are honest and truthful in all our dealings and activities.
To carry out the responsibility of changing ourselves and the society we are willingly and steadfastly commit ourselves in all circumstances however difficult it may be.
We are with the people in their good and bad times, especially of the most vulnerable communities in whatever that may amount.
We create opportunities at organizational and programme levels for all the stakeholders to participate, especially the women and children of the poor and weaker section.
By acknowledging the structures responsible for excluding large section of the population of the society we make efforts to include all in the process of society building without any discrimination.
We receive and provide support and cooperation from and to different agencies of local, regional, national and international level.
Transparency is a strength for which we are not only transparent in all our activities but also promotes transparency among all sections of the people.
We are accountable to the communities we work with and the donors who have reposed their faith and funds on us. We remain answerable to them for our commissions and omissions.
We cultivate to acquire improved and updated skills, knowledge, and attitudes of a high standard that is required for effective and efficient working by keeping us above vested personal interests.
We have willingly entered into this profession of serving the people without an intention of making profit at the cost of those we serve and to work in difficult circumstances with modest remunerations.
The Governing Board of SFDC has development practitioners, academicians and professionals from the field of social development, public administration, spirituality, educationists and peacebuilding. The Board plays a significant role in periodic review of achievement of the vision, mission and goal of the organization and makes the policies for the organization.
The Executive Director is supported by a Management Team comprising the Program Coordinators, Manager of Finance and Admin and Senior Accountant. In addition, SFDC has a strong team comprised of managers for the field operations and programme support staffs.
At present SFDC have 19 members of General Body and 11 Management Board members. The name of the members of General Body and Management Board members are as follows:
Adivasi, Dalit and OBC communities are SFDC’s target group. In addition the organization focuses on women and their empowerment. Dalit headed NGOs are also given priority.
Operational Area SFDC works in two broad based approaches – Institutional and Community Based Approach. The following are the operational area of SFDC:
-43 Panchayats of 13 blocks from 4 Southern District- Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Rayagad) and
-12 Panchayats of 3 blocks (Kukudakhandi, Mohana and Daringbari) from 3 districts-Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal
Furthermore, SFDC has extended its network with the District, State, National and International networks and forums –
Phulbani Action Group (PAG)
Network of Civil Society Organization for Justice, Peace and Development (NCSJPD)
International Movement for Fraternal Union among Races and Peoples (UFER)
HUMAN RESOURCE of SFDC Total staffs– 49 persons
Male – 35 persons
Female – 14 persons
Donors of SFDC Institutional Donors
Apsara Foundation, Italy
Shalom Fund, Canada
IGSSS, New Delhi
Dr. Soma Vaidya
Jagat Bandhu Pattnaik
MAJOR PROGRAMME ACTIVITIES Institution Based Program SFDC is continuing its Human Harmoniser Programme for the 9th year. This programme operates at this moment from its headquarter in Berhampur and 5 coaching centers in 3 districts. The following is the brief information on this programme.
Overall Objectives – To create leaders and social change agents especially of Adivasi and Dalit communities imbibed with a spirit of KarunaShanti (CompassionatePeace) by providing quality higher education to 120 poor but bright students of these communities in residential facilities and about 1500 students in non-residential facilities.
Highlighted: Human Harmonizer (HH)
The total HH- 195 HH (SC- 52, ST-62, OBC-81)
Boys- 115 (SC- 32, ST-40, OBC-43)
Girls- 80 (SC-20 ST-22, OBC-38)
GNM nursing- 5
IR & PM- 1
MSc. Etc - 1
+ Science 2nd year – 46 (SC- 10 ST-10, OBC-26)
This year for the session 2011, out of 48 students in the OJEE examination, 3 students have qualified for the MBBS course whereas 11 for Engineering and 4 for Pharmacy.
Students who got employed during this period –
1 Engineer, 1 Government Employee, 1 Management Trainee, 1 Pharmacist, 4 Primary School Teachers (Sikhya Sahayaka),
Secondary School Peace Coaching Center We have 5 secondary school peace coaching centers
Tajungi-24 students (17 boys and 7 girls) in class-10, 14 (9 girls and 5 boys) students in 9th class and 21 (12 boys and 9 girls) in class 8th. Three teachers are engaged in coaching.
Bamunigam- 19 students (14 boys and 5 girls) in class-10, 28 (12 girls and 14 boys) students in 9th class and 25 (12 boys and 13 girls) in class 8th. Four teachers are engaged in coaching.
Chandrapur-34 students (21 boys and 13 girls) in class-10, 24 (9 girls and 15 boys) students in 9th class and 16 (12 boys and 4 girls) in class 8th. Three teachers are engaged in coaching. One teacher is engaging to provide Yoga.
Gudikia- 27 students (15 boys and 12 girls) in class-8th. This is the upgrade school of Middle English. This up gradation is done by the education department of state government.
Katama- 36 tribal students (17 boys and 19 girls) of class 8th. Three teachers are engaged in coaching activities.
All above cited coaching begins at 7.00 a.m and finishes at 9.00 o’clock in the morning and again it starts at 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm in the evening.
106 families covered with a cumulative total of Rs. 14,97,000/-
This year 19 families- Rs 2,05,000/-
Training on Business planning
Linkages with resource agencies and their follow up
Cluster meeting, monitoring and regular visit
Promote income generating programs
Sharing and exchanging the successes and failures
Establishing relationships with resource organizations.
KarunaShanti+2 Science Residential College (KSRC)
This is the 8th Batch of Human Harmonisers
Students are from very poor families of different communities
50 (49 inmates and 2 day-scholar) students were admitted.
Out of 48 students who appeared for final exam 13 got 1st classes, 31 got 2nd class and 3rd class. This is the first time we got 100% result.
Permission and recognition from Government of Orissa with Affiliation from CHSE for the year 2010-11.
1500 books and subscribing 5 magazines and newspapers continuing.
Qualified and experienced teachers for coaching.
Coaching to professional and one to one counseling.
Daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, half yearly and annual test.
Staff and students meeting.
Organized debate, essay, song and other activities.
Celebrations of Cross cultural festivals.
3 times Publication of Wall Magazine.
Exposure visit and study tour to Steel plant Visakhapatnam.
Annual Sports Days, Annual day and picnic by the students.
KarunaShanti Ashram (KSA)
20 Acres of Land Patta
3 dormitory buildings are under construction
More than 500 seedlings planted
One bore well is dug
High power electric sub-center is installed
Approaching road constructed
Plantation and cultivation.
One contractor is assigned
Fencing with barbed wire
Planning to make a demonstration field of organic cultivation
Agricultural and vegetable production
Community Based Program SFDC is continuing to work in 119 villages in two districts – Kandhamal and Gajapati. The local context has changed in the post conflict situation but there are still challenges from different quarters.
Recently SFDC has been approved a one year project by the District Administration under the title AROGYA +. Under this project we are working in 64 villages of 4 Gram Panchayats of Daringbadi block with a population of 5135 households.
Overall Objective To create influential and gender sensitive Civil Society Organizations who will address the issues of livelihood, good governance, social and environmental justice, peace and political empowerment of Adivasi, Dalit and OBC communities in 7 GPs of 2 southern districts (Gajapati and Kandhamal) of Orissa.
96 Village Peace and Development Committees (VPDC) include 756 (486 male and 278 female) members.
7 Panchayat Peace and Development Committees (PPDC) include 175 committee members in an average of 25 in each GP.
233 Self Help Group (SHG) includes Groups (Bamunigam-40, Jhinjiriguda-34, Kumbharigam-34, Katinga- 28, Katama-41, K. Gardama-41 and Merapali-15). There are 2685 members in all the SHGs (Bamunigam-477, Jhinjiriguda-428, Kumbharigam-352, Katingia- 334, Katama-440, K. Gardama-488 and Merapali-166)
2 Self Help Group Cooperatives registered and has prepared business plans for 5 products.
One Regional Peace Committee formed which has mediated to amicably settle all 6 court cases out of which 3 are settled.
77 Forest Rights Committee have been formed with 1175 members are involved.
Orientation to VPDC, PPDC and SHGs on Civil Society Strengthening
Intervention using Conflict Analysis Tools in 3 cases.
Documented 3 case studies and publishing.
Networking with organizations working on Peace and Conflict Resolution
Promote Non-Violence Communication
Establishing Early Warning System to prevent conflicts
Atma Samman Program (ASP)
One Village Peace and Development Committee formed
One SHG strengthened
Provided Rs. 1,60,000/- to 15 members of Male person to carry out their business and Rs 1,00,000/- to 10 Female members
Orientation to families
Promote income generating programs
Encouraging savings for economic growth
Conclusion As a growing organization, SFDC, from its inception, has been continuing its humble efforts for the well-being of the target groups. This has been possible because of the collaboration with the beneficiaries and their organizations, partnership with donors, consultations with resource organizations, and with the guidance of its own learned members from both General Body and Management Board. Keeping the vision, mission and goal of the organization in mind, and based on its core values and strengths, like previous years, this year too the staff and members of SFDC have made untiring efforts for the peace and development of marginalized community. SFDC’s work has been in the challenging context and without the inspiring guidance of the members, dedicated efforts of its staffs and encouraging support of its donors and communities, achieving these organizational goals would not have been possible. We thank everybody especially the Board Members, the staff, the donors, the government and the communities for all the support and goodwill. We expect the similar cooperation of all in the coming years so that our organization can continue to make a difference.