On the occasion of its decennial celebration, Bandhavya has organized a peace rally on Human Rights on Saturday 16th Jan 2016. The rally will be flagged off from Milagres Church grounds at 9.30 a.m. and proceed to St Agnes Special School ground for the stage programme.
Mangaluru: Addressing the media persons during the press meet held at Mangalore Press Club, Fr Vinod Mascarenhas- Chairperson, and Rev Fr Oswald Monteiro-Secretary, both of “Bandhavya”- a network of 16 NGO’s gave the following details, along with Victor Vas-Honorary Member, Sr Daphney and Sr Celine D’Sa (both Board Directors ) of “Bandhavya” .
“Bandhavya is a registered federation of 18 NGOs of Dakshina Kannada District involved in various charity and development works. It was formed and registered in 2005, to foster synergetic collaboration for the integrated development of the region. The eighteen partner NGOs have been rendering yeomen service to the deprived sections of society in different parts of the district. These partner NGOs come together from time to time to share their experiences and strategies, for sharing of ideas and resources so that services are well co-ordinated, not duplicated or overlapped.
The Bandhavya partners employ the approach of participation, animation, rights based empowerment and collaboration towards development.
Goals and Objectives:
– To empower people particularly women, children and youth
– To strengthen community based organization like SHGs
– To co-ordinate service activities for effective functioning
– To include the excluded- old, mentally challenged, sick, HIV/AIDS infected
– To create employment opportunities for unemployed and underemployed.
– To promote and protect human rights, integrated development of children, to employment of domestic workers, establish gender equality, and dispel caste discrimination.
– To improve quality of life through health awareness and alternative systems of medicine.
– To promote sustainable environment
– To preserve and promote culture.
The activities carried out by the Bandhvya from 2005 to 2015:
Bandhavya as a federation has completed 10 years of service to the poor and marginalized people in Dakshina Kannada Dist of Karnataka State and Kasargod Taluk of Kerala State. However on individual basis most of the activities have been carried on long before the inception of Bandhavya. During the period of 10 years, several issues of importance have arisen affecting the lives of people in general. In order to make people aware on these issues or express its solidarity with the affected, the following major programmes were conducted at Bandhavya level;
– Around 800 people participated in 14 awareness and training programmes on Right to Information Act, MSEZ, Women and Culture, Chikenguniya, MGNREGA, H1N1 and Dengue, Participation in local governance, Construction workers welfare schemes, Rain water harvesting, etc.
– Projects on Capacity building and Global warming/Climate change were implemented. Good governance, MGNREGA, Waste management, organic farming and bad effects on use of plastic were some of the topics dealt with.
– Street play on Climate Change and Global Warming was enacted at 6 public places.
– Bandhavya partners have conducted the final evaluation of soft components (SHGs, LCS and Slum development) under TECSOK (Technical Consultancy Services Organization of Karnataka), Bengaluru with the co-operation of KUDCEMP (Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environmental Management Project)and SKDRDP (Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project).
– Another project which necessitated the implementation of awareness and action components involving training on global warming and change in climate and demonstration on preparation of compost and its benefits was implemented under the guidance of the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Karnataka under its National Environment Awareness Campaign.
– Members of SHGs under Bandhavya availed the benefits of a scheme of the Govt of India Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment which conducted an ADIP camp (Assistance to Disabled Persons) under the aegis of Dr.Jahkir Hussain Memorial Trust and Praxy Fernandes Memorial Trust.
– Around 125 needy disabled applicants were provided with free hearing aid, spectacles, wheel chair, crutches and tripods.
-Two Rallies were organized by Bandhavya which focused on Women Empowerment and Child Rights. At the conventions; cultural programmes and skits on social issues were also held.
– An exposure programme to Varanashi Krishi Kendra, Adyanadka was organized for farmers and SHG members of Bandhavya. 35 farmers had an exposure to different methods of organic manure preparation and cultivation.
– Around 180 children of Bandhavya’s SHG members participated in an exposure programme to the Biological Park and Science centre at Pilikula Nisarga Dhama, Vamanjoor.
– Bandhavya has expressed solidarity with the farmers and local people displaced by MSEZ by participating in peaceful protest rallies. It has also presented the government the signatures of the people with an appeal regarding the possible evils of Niddodi Thermal Power plant.
– Every year Bandhavya celebrates its anniversary day with input sessions on different themes like Human Rights in Indian Constitution, Inter religious harmony etc.
Following activities and services are held at individual partner level:
· Providing education material, mid-day meals, and financial assistance to school children and students for higher studies.
· Counselling and guidance to youth in career options
· Counseling and guidance to students, individuals or families in distress.
· Self –employment and skill training to women and village communities.
· Training in natural resource management (NRM) and implementation of soil and water conservation measures.
· Care of elderly, sick and orphans in rehabilitation centres, orphanages or old age homes.
· Medical help to inpatients, out patients through health centers and also through mobile service.
· Providing financial assistance for basic necessities or emergency needs.
· Awareness on HIV/AIDS, including care and support to infected/affected.
· Trainings on topics of Good Govenance, Social Security Schemes and Current issues.
· Preservation of culture and celebration of religious festivals and National Days on a common platform.
Bandhavya has been playing the role of a catalyst by first getting enlightened on and empowered to work on various developmental issues and then educating and empowering marginalized of the society. It has consistently shown that the capacity to generate multiplier effect in developing critical awareness and capacity-building among the vulnerable masses on themes on which its own members are trained first.
Human rights in India is an issue complicated by the country’s large size, its tremendous diversity, its status as a developing country and a sovereign, secular, democratic republic. The Constitution of India provides for Fundamental rights, which include right to equality, right to freedom like speech, association, living, work, and movement within the country and abroad.
Bandhavya has created awareness on Good Governance and Social Security Measures to the weaker sections of the society in the districts of Dakshina Kannada in the past 10 years. Through Bandhavya partners’ interventions there has been a remarkable economic improvement in the working areas. However, we have observed some serious communal problems which are badly affecting the life of the society and creating disharmony among the people. This communal disharmony is growing, instigated by the religious fanatics and right winged political parties. This has resulted in communal tension in the area. This problem could be addressed to a certain extent by creating awareness on Human Rights.
Even though our country is a secular country as per the constitution, there is a great difference in the mindset of the people of different religions. Creating awareness regarding human rights is Bandhavya’s concern, The 18 partner NGOs have reached out to a large number of people without any discrimination of caste and creed through its various awareness and training programmes. As a result of the training programmes people become responsible citizens and join the mainstream of the society.
18 Partner NGOs of Bandhavya:
1. Canara Organization for Development & Peace (CODP), Mangaluru
2. Capuchin KrishikSeva Kendra-Vimukti, Ujire
3. Dakshina Kannada Rural Development Society, Belthangady
4. Dharma Jyothi Social Centre, Vamanjoor
5. Family Service Agency, Valencia
6. Fr. L.M.Pinto Health Centre, Badyar
7. Fr. Patrao Hospital, Puttur
8. Jeevandhara Social Service Trust, Kulshekar
9. Mount Rosary Charitable Institutions, Alangar
10. Nazareth Community Health Centre, Balmatta
11. Olavina Hall Rehabilation& Community Development Centre, Kinya
12. Sahodaya –Bethany Seva Kendra, Bendore
13. ShanthiSandeshaTrust,Nithyananda Nagar, Derlakatte
14. SnehaSadan , Kinnikambla
15. Nirmala Social Welfare Centre, Ullal
16. Spandana Trust, Jeppu
17. St. Joseph PrashanthNivas, Jeppu
18. St. Lawrence Rural Health Centre, Vijayadka