Community Development

Issue

AVAG’s community development programmes stands on the values  of Unity and Well Being with overall goals to foster an atmosphere of community, solidarity and responsibility by engaging beneficiaries in projects, social exchanges, and providing access to social welfare schemes.

Fostering an atmosphere of solidarity by giving people the platform to have open discussions that lead to cultural exchanges and breaking down traditional social barriers.
  • We encourage communities to recognise issues and organise themselves into problem-solving teams that can implement solutions to problems in the settlements.
  • We provide a setting for discussion between groups that traditionally would have little probability of interacting within Indian society.
  • We give access to government and life insurance schemes in addition to expanding educational opportunities.
  • We provide avenues to bring out their skills and talents  in sports ,speeches, debating, songs nad cultural performances through community events.

Exchange Program

An initiative towards breaking prejudices and barriers among different social groups by facilitating positive interaction between people from different castes in the village to bring a sense of respect,unity and better understanding of each other.

Micro Projects and Work Camps

Background

Under the Micro-Project and Work Camps program, support is provided to the communities to identify a common problem that needs to be addressed, find ways to solve, collect resources from different sources and execute the action to fix the issue. This is a great way for different sections of the community like women, men, leaders and youth to come together and execute an action.and maintain it. Up to 50 % of the cost of the project comes from the communities in the form of cash, kind or labor which ensures complete people’s participation. 

Some of the common projects carried out by the communities are cleaning the village, repairing overhead water tank, repairing school or community building, constructing a shed for club meetings and night schools etc. These projects camps also help the women and the  youths a lot to get recognition from the community for their efforts and to practice the leadership skills that they have learnt.

By using the existing SHG structure, costs are reduced, allowing AVAG to partner in projects through a small, one-time investment. Work camps are simple projects that can often be completed in half a day while micro projects sometimes take up to a week to complete.

Last year witnessed 25 work camps which involved 523 participants from both the genders. The work that was done was clearing the thorny bushes on the roadside, cutting the branches of the trees touching the electricity lines, cleaning the village streets and common places, collecting garbage, replacing a damaged electricity post.

The confidence and skills women have gained from participation in traditionally “male areas” of work has done much to earn them respect from their male counterparts,
a vital step in the gender sensitization process.

The year 2016-­‐‐2017 witnessed 25 work camps which involved 523 participants from both the genders. The work that was done was clearing the thorny bushes on the roadside, cutting the branches of the trees touching the electricity lines, cleaning the village streets and common places, collecting garbage, replacing a damaged electricity post.

The year 2016-­‐‐2017 witnessed 25 work camps which involved 523 participants from both the genders. The work that was done was clearing the thorny bushes on the roadside, cutting the branches of the trees touching the electricity lines, cleaning the village streets and common places, collecting garbage, replacing a damaged electricity post.

Events and Community Celebrations

Events and community Celebrations create opportunities for the members of the CBOs like the Udhayam Women’s Federation, Men’s Groups, PAALAM and ABSCA to showcase their talents and to know the areas for future intervention. This enables the villages to know and recognise the skills and talents existing in this area. With the support of the CBOs, AVAG coordinates the events. These events are the perfect occasions to help the CBOs and the members to think beyond and move towards cooperation and solidarity.  The participants and the organisers feel a great zeal of fulfillment and togetherness.

Other Initatives

Service and Awareness Camps

  • In collaboration with the relevant institutions, AVAG organises  health camps, eye camps and veterinary and other awareness camps in the villages for the benefit of a cluster of villages.
  • The community based groups in those villages that are associated with AVAG are the main partners of this event. 
  • One of the effective ways to benefit more number of people, especially the aged, women and children.
  • It is considered a fulfilling initiative by the partners in the villages.
  • Major collaborators – JIPMER, PIMS, Arvind Eye Hospital, Venkateshwara medical college, Government Primary Health Center, Thailapuram, Field Publicity Office, Pondicherry.

Exposure Trips

  • Exposure trips are an essential part of AVAG’s programs, expanding participants’ knowledge of the world outside their normal spheres of activity.
  •  Exposure trips are offered to members of different CBOs like SHG and Federation members, members of the Panchayats, PAALAM and ABSC and the staff of AVAG.
  • They visit places of cultural and educational importance in the surrounding region and other parts of Tamil Nadu.
  • Auroville especially has a lot to offer in terms of exposure and application of renewable energies, organic farming, herbal kitchen gardens, healing and alternative technologies.

Emergency Response

We help organise residents to combine their efforts and respond to emergencies as a community.While many organisations only distribute relief materials, we follow a participatory approach for the well-being of the communities.Some our initiatives have been: Disaster Management and Preparedness,House Repair Scheme, Mosquito control, Water purification, water borne disease prevention, food and clothing supply and health camps.

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