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COMMUNITY ADVANCEMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY(CARDS)

By Bhaskar Dwivedi on June 9, 2010

Organizational Profile

COMMUNITY ADVANCEMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY
(Reg. No. 4215/31-07-1997)

A Journey of thousand miles begins with a single step…..

CARDS
40-Dungaji Colony, near Government Ayurvedic College,
Raipur, Chhattisgarh
India -492001
Tel/Fax- +91771-4004727
Email: cards@cards.org.in
Website: www.cards.org.in

Organization Profile

Introduction: – CARDS is conceptualized by like-minded professional from different segments of the society who have pledged for the upliftment and empowerment of rural society particularly for the socially and economically vulnerable. It takes up various need based and context specific activities for the economic, social, cultural, educational and environmental development.

History: – CARDS as organization was formally inducted on 5th of June 1996, on environmental day, from then CARDS in committed for the overall development of these marginalized sections of the society by using the innovative and alternate livelihood pattern based on local recourses and traditional knowledge. We are also committed for increasing the community participation in overall development processes by increasing our awareness level along with the communities by various means of advocacy, campaign and training support so that we can collaboratively exercise our constitutional rights for better and healthier human life.

Vision
‘To build a just and equitable society, where all sections of the society enjoy a secure present and future, with special focus on the improved quality of life, livelihood pattern and poverty reduction’.
Mission
To enable vulnerable rural communities towards self-dependence and to strive for strengthening the role of civil society groups for sustainable development processes.
Our Philosophy
CARDS is committed for the social, economic and political mainstreaming of the marginalized, disempowered section; through awareness, knowledge sharing and generating sustainable employment opportunities.
The philosophy of CARDS draws from the talisman prescribed by Mahatma Gandhi -”Every action proposed or contemplated, should in its implementation wipe the tears of poor and downtrodden person. Only when we have wiped the tears from the faces of all, have we truly arrived as a nation.”
Legal Status
Community Advancement and Rural Development Society (CARDS) is a non-for profit organization registered with the Registrar of Societies under Madhya Pradesh Society Registration Act 1973.
CARDS is also registered under FCRA Act. of 1976 of Ministry of Home affairs GOI. and 12.AA (1)(b) of I.T Act, 1961 & 80G of I.T Act of 1961 under Ministry of Finance Deppt. of Revenue GOI.
Achievements of CARDS:
• Community Based Monitoring (NRHM): – CARDS is nominated as Functional Non Government Organization for Community Based Monitoring project under National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) project of GOI, under this project CARDS had successfully increased the participation PRI in NRHM programme by providing training to village level committees, Gram Pradhans and related government officials. CARDS had successfully demonstrated the community participation in planning and monitoring for village health level programme as the health indicators of the implemented area had improved before the intervention started.
• RCH – II: – GOI (NRHM)-PFI-SSVS- CARDS had been selected as F-NGO, field NGO for RCH – II programme of GOI under NRHM for Kanker District and presently working successfully in Charama Block. Due to the CARDS efforts the Anti Natal & Neo Natal care had improved drastically and it had also helped the over all service delivery system as awareness level in community has been increased.
• Baseline Survey for Sampurna Swakshata Abhiyan (SSA): Conducted the base line survey for Mainpur block of Raipur Disst.

• Detailed Survey of Children in Chhattisgarh & collection of DISE Data in DCF from schools of Chhattisgarh: – CARDS had conducted a state level survey door to door survey of 15 lacs households in Chhattisgarh state. The main objectives of survey are as below.
? Tracking down of each and every child (both in-school & out of school) in 0-14 age group.
? The reasons for out of school for every child can be assessed village wise and remedial can be initiated.
? Further school going children can be assessed village wise and advance action in terms of action can be planed.
? A child tracking system will be designed for in-school children so as track each child with their attendance, achievement, health status etc, to ensure the universal retention a quality education.
? Number of children going to unrecognized school/institutions can be assessed.
? Identification of partners migrating the specific sector(s) for their livelihood can be done.
? The status of migration in terms of following can be studied for proper intervention.
• Migration Sector
• Number & Annual Pattern (sector wise)
• Child survey at work.
• Identify the problems arising out of migration
• Condition of work sites.
Cards had successfully done the study as the partner of Maa Ambica Association (AAA) with guidance of MIT Pune (main partner of CG govt.).
• Tribal Development Fund (TDF) NABARD: CARDS is directly working with 500 farmers in Rajnathgoan Disst. of CG with assistance of NABARD for overall development of tribal community.

• National Horticulture Mission: – CARDS have been nominated as valued member of the Technical Support Group by the State Executive Committee under State Horticulture Development Society for execution of National Horticultural Mission (NHM) in the state of Chhattisgarh. The mission promotes various kinds of horticultural farm practices across Chhattisgarh in 8 blocks of Bilaspur and Durg districts.

In the first phase, the NHM was initiated in Chiklinala Clusture, Durg block. It covered 17 Nos. of villages with 222 farmers and total areas under cultivation of 525 Ha. Main crop Mango-165 Ha, Intercrop (Floriculture) Marigold-60 Ha, (Aromatic Crop) Lemon Grass-100 Ha, Pacholi-100 Ha, Khas-100 Ha, establishment of 222 vermi compost unit and 2 community tube well.
In this process CARDS is directly involved with 2000 farmers in eight blocks for overall agriculture based development and to reduce the use of chemical fertilizes by motivating the use of vermi compost and other traditional fertilizers and also relate the farmers with Phanchayat Raj Institutions for their maximum benefit.
• CARDS is a partner with Textile ministry of Government of India (GOI) on Bamboo Artisans and is working with 25 bamboo workers of Self Help Groups, in Ambikapur District. This activity will further lead to strengthening the rural economy based on available recourses and traditional occupational pattern with complete rural based marketing by linking to the available recourses and trends.
• Bamboo Skill development programme (NABARD): – successfully trained 30 master trainers for two months for producing high quality bamboo products with the financial assistance of NABARD in Pendra Block of Bilashpur Distt.

• SHG training (World Vision India): Strengthening and livelihood skill training for 8 women SHGs in Anupnager Rajnathgoan Disst.
• Medicinal & Aromatic crop training. (Venketeshwara Herbals) Conducted successful training programme of 110 farmers with collaboration of Venketeshwara Herbals on MAPs, Organic farming & Wormy compost.
STRUCTURE OF CARDS: – CARDS have three-tier structure that includes General Body (GB), Executive committee and Secretariat. GB is the supreme body comprising all members. Executive Committee of 7-11 members and its office bearers (President and Treasurer) are elected annually by the GB members. The Secretary is appointed by the Executive Committee and is its ex-officio member. The Secretariat implements the policies as resolved by the GB under the leadership of the Secretary.

Implementing Structure of CARDS

Thematic Area

Water and Land Resources Development
Under its Water and land Resource Development programmeme, CARDS focuses on conservation of water resources and efficient use of available water. The programmeme has twin approach of reviving traditional methods in tandem with modern technology. The financial resources for rainwater harvesting are mobilized from the community to create ownership of the programmeme, with grant-aid from external sources for resource intensive, infrastructure heavy watershed programmemes.
Eco friendly farming practices such as organic farming, vermin-composting, use of bio-fertilizers and bio-pesticides are promoted through awareness, training and assured accessibility of resources. Collection of Minor Forest Produce (MFP); cultivation of medicinal herbs; floriculture; and sericulture have been promoted to enhance the farm income.
Horticulture Based Development
CARDS have been nominated as valued member of the Technical Support Group by the State Executive Committee under State Horticulture Development Society for execution of National Horticultural Mission (NHM) in the state of Chhattisgarh. The mission promotes various kinds of horticultural farm practices across Chhattisgarh in 8 blocks of Bilaspur and Durg districts.
In the first phase, with the budget allocation of 14 million INR, the NHM was initiated in Chiklinala Clusture, Durg block. It covered 17 Nos. of villages with 222 farmers and total areas under cultivation of 525 Ha. Main crop Mango-165 Ha, Intercrop (Floriculture) Marigold-60 Ha, (Aromatic Crop) Lemon Grass-100 Ha, Pacholi-100 Ha, Khas-100 Ha, establishment of 222 vermi compost unit and 2 community tube well. The initiative in some of the clusters is mentioned below:
• It is worth mentioning that in Malod village yield of Lemon grass per acreage has been declared as the best in the NHM with higher percentage of Citronella oil contents after processing in distillation plant in Jatakhara nursery.
• In Kotmi Cluster, Block Pendra, Distt. Bilaspur 7 Nos. of village were covered with 210 farmers and total area under cultivation of 200 Ha. Main Crop Pacholi 200 Ha., establishment of 70 varmi composed unit and 1 community tubewell. It involved total budged of 63 lakhs.
• In Dewarbhat Cluster, Block Durg, Distt. Durg 9 Nos. of village were covered with 235 farmers and total area under cultivation of 300 Ha. Main Crop Mango 150 Ha., Intercrop (aromatic) Aloevera 150 Ha, establishment of 200 vermi composet unit and 80 community tubewell. It involved total budged of 190 lakhs.
• In Girvar Cluster, Block Pendra, Distt. Bilaspur 8 Nos. of village were covered with 157 farmers and total area under cultivation of 109.39 Ha. Main Crop Mango 109.39 Ha., Intercrop (aromatic) Lemon Gras 82.57 Ha, establishment of 156 varmi composed unit and 1 community tubewell. It involved total budged of 26 lakhs.
• In Meduka Cluster, Block Marvahi, Distt. Bilaspur 6 Nos. of village were covered with 172 farmers and total area under cultivation of 275 Ha. Main Crop Mango 125 Ha., Intercrop (aromatic) Lamongrass 25 Ha, Pamarosa 125 Ha, establishment of 100 vermi composet unit and 10 community tubewell. It involved total budged of 57 lakhs.
• In Sakola Cluster, Block Pendra, Distt. Bilaspur 9 Nos. of village were covered with 231 farmers and total area under cultivation of 250 Ha. Main Crop Mango 125 Ha., Intercrop (aromatic) Pamarosa 125 Ha, establishment of 100 vermi composet unit and 3 community tubewell. It involved total budged of 107 lakhs.
• In Kudkai Cluster, Block Pendra, Distt. Bilaspur 8 Nos. of village were covered with 208 farmers and total area under cultivation of 250 Ha. Main Crop Mango 125 Ha., Intercrop (aromatic) Pamarosa 125 Ha, establishment of 100 vermi composet unit and 2 community tubewell. It involved total budged of 99 lakhs.
Livelihood
In the area of livelihood Bamboo craft work is going in pondi, pondi khurd, ambikapur block and Aamgoan in Lundra block of distt. Ambikapur with the assistence from GOI Ministry of Textile, O/o Development Commissioner (Handircrafts). It includes different phases of I basline servey, II mobilisatin for formation of 10 SHG of 100 artisan (Intital stage), III training schemes, technological design workshop, exibition, IV integrated design wrokshop, printmedia and web side development, craft bazar and CFC (Common Facility Centre).
Skill development programmeme under National Banboo Mission programmeme of NABARD by essecution in the area of village Andi and Kotmi, block Pendra, Bilaspur distt. It included 30 number of beneficiry including women for skilled training for two month. People derectly learned the know how of bamboo craft, other linkages and primary interpreneurial skill about it.
Tribal Development
Tribal development through livelihood development programmemes including development of orchards have been implemented in. Pendra, Gowrela, Marvahi Block of Bilaspur District. CARDS is also partener of NABARD for TDF and working with 500 tribal farmers on horticultre based livelihood genration programme, which also had several component of sanitatation & health.
Empowerment of Women
Women play a major role in managing the family, earning livelihood and grooming the future generation. Women empowerment has been initiated through drudgery reduction, gender sensitisation and capacity building. Activities like safe drinking water, primary health care, hygiene and sanitation and skill-oriented training are being promoted. Gender sensitisation is being initiated to ensure that women are treated well and given equal opportunities to get their due status in society. Subsequently, they are encouraged to form Self Help Groups to come up with individual and group enterprises to generate income opportunities apart from contributing to their own agriculture and livestock husbandry.
Community Health
The goal is to improve the health status of the rural families through promotion of safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation facilities, recycling of wastes, nutritious diet, immunisation, mother and child health care, family welfare and health education. Preventive care and first level curative care are ensured through research, motivation and training of traditional midwives, local field functionaries and health guides. The use of traditional health practices, with home grown herbs is also being popularised.
As F-NGO of M-NGO under NRHM for implementing the RCH – II at unserved and underserved area of charama block, Kanker Distt. Covering 2 tribal health sub centre and 6 tribal villages, with intervention of modern medical facility, IMR, MMR, RTI, STI rate and pramotion of ANC, institutional facility for tribal women and complete immunization for childrens.
As implementing agency for community based monitaring (CBM) under NRHM started on pilot basis in the state of Chhattisgarh in Kabirdham Distt. The project covers 75 village with 15 sub centre and 3 PHC (Primary Health Centre). It involve capacity building of community people toward why & Hoy community based monitoring mechanism.

Capacity building and strengthing of woman SHG with assustance from World Vision (India) in the block Rajnandgown, Rajnandgaon distt. Covering 6 backward villages of Surgi, Mohba, Bhuchibharda, Basula, Mudpar, Parrikhurd, and impanting them skill based training for income generation like aggarbatti making, Papad Badi, Achar, Stitching & embsoidey, EAC (Enterprenurship Awareness Camp) for better understanding of estrepreseural skills, forward and backward linkages.
Labour education programmeme with assistance from central based for workers education, Nagpur for importing legal awarness, entrepreneurship awarness of finding solutions for their problems. Programmeme executed in the village of Utai, Bhilai, Durg Distt.
Bass line survey conducted in the area Mainpur block of Raipur distt. It covered 24 village under total sanitation campaign for the deptt. Of public Health Engineering, Govt. Of Chhattisgarh.

Future Plan
Linkage of traditional knowledge with climate change: – India agriculture is completely depend on monsoon and due to the changing face of climatic condition due to different internal and external factors the largest employment giving sector is under pressure which is leading to large scale migration and other social deviants. CARDS as organization is looking forward to club both available traditional knowledge and present scientific predictions to prepare a full proof knowledge center which can predict for coming agriculture season.

Alternative Energy: CARDS is looking in great potential in gasifier based energy source at village level, which will not only increase the energy sustainability of the community but also add food for there livestock because of supporting plantation for gasifier project. This kind of project will produce green energy at very low cost in all weather throughout the year. Solar Energy/Bio gas plants are other concept on which as a organization CARDS is looking very seriously. By Solar Energy CARDS is planning to target population for the use of solar energy to use as a module to cut the electricity bill which will indirectly lead to power saving.
NGO-Corporate partnership: CARDS is looking forward to build a strong NGO-Corporate in the field of education, health & environment. CARDS will provide different social platform by identifying communities and resources (like schools, PHCs, Village Knowledge Centers, etc. ) to be upgraded. CARDS will provide technical and consultancy support in the binging and then completely handover the project to corporate partners.
Daily Carbon footprint: CARDS will calculate daily carbon footprint of different organizations like govt. offices, schools, hospitals, business complex and industrial complex and will try lysine with the organizations to reduce the daily power consumption

Cards as Support Provider
NGO support Programme: NGO support programme is a unique concept to develop a NGO leadership by providing overall training support, i.e. Documentation, Audit, Monitoring and Evaluation, need assessment and Organizational Strategy Development. It’s a ten days residential training programme which covers all aspect of Organizational development in participatory and innovative manner. The programme also focuses on tools and techniques of need assessment and impact evaluation like PRA/RRA, Base line survey, Sampling, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodology.

Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP): EDP is unique concept by CARDS where organizations/individuals are trained and provided support to develop enterprises and become self-dependent. EDP is a 35 days training programme divided in three phases of 15-10-10 in three months. It covers both behavioral and technical components.

Technical Support: CARDS also provide technological support based on it strong experience in horticulture, floriculture, Aromatics, medicinal farming, rainwater harvesting, water and land resource development and west-landdevelopment.

Monitoring and evaluation support: Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) are key areas of technical support that should be provided by CARDS to their partner NGOs and CBOs. However, CARDS is committed to building and maintaining a comprehensive M&E system of its own, the M&E support it provides to partners is unlikely to be effective. This section introduces the basic concepts of monitoring and evaluation, and describes the key stages involved in building an M&E system for CARDS but also provides guidance on how CARDS can provide support to NGOs/CBOs to develop their own M&E systems.

Training Support: CARDS as an organization is developing an annual training schedule where phase wise training programmes on RCH, STD, Rain Water Harvesting, Horticulture, Medicinal farming, Waste land development and Water and Land resource development.
Reasearch Support: Our Scientists and researchers are constantly carrying out technical research in our laboratory and anthropological researches are being carried out in the areas of our geographical presence.

Our Partners:
• UNICEF (Chhattisgarh )
• PAC (Bangalore)
• AFC (Delhi)
• NABARD
• Venkateshwara Herbal Pvt. Ltd.
• World Vision
• Department of Horticulture, Chhattisgarh
• Department of Education, Chhattisgarh
• Ministry of Health, Govt. of India
• Textile Ministry Govt. of India
• Forest Department Chhattisgarh State
• Center Board for Workers Education
• IRDA- Innovative Research & Development Agency , New Delhi

Present Team Members:
• Dr. Dhanjay Deshpandey (Scientist, Researcher and Team Leader)
• Mr. Bhaskar Dwivedi (Planner & Entrepreneurship Development Specialist)
• Mr. Ajit Sunder Bilung (Tribal Development Specialist)
• Mr. Aby Abraham (Rural Marketing Specialist)
• Mr. Amit Rajak (Economic Analyst)
• Ms. Bharti Parmar (Gender Specialist)
• Mr. Brijesh Gupta (NTFP specialist)
• Mr. Shiv Shankar (Community Organization)
• Mr. Ravi Kumbkar (RTI Specialist )
• Ms. Rukhmani Sahu ( MSW Community Organizer)
• Ms. Ramarani ( MSW Community Organizer)
• Mr. Rajendra Verma ( MSW Community Organizer)
• Ms. Kalyani Tamrakar ( MSW Community Organizer)

Our Commitment: After 61 years of independence and billions of rupee and recourses spending on tribal community we are able to get the desirable goal or change because we had always tried to bring the change (so called development) from out side of their culture and believes.

The development is in the inner core of culture and practices on which any community revolves. So we are trying to strengthen the community not by any alien practices but by the land which they are traditionally involved from centuries.

CARDS as organization is committed for the overall development of these marginalized sections of the society by using the innovative and alternate livelihood pattern based on local recourses and traditional knowledge. We are also committed for increasing the community participation in all development processes by increasing their awareness level by various means of advocacy, campaign and training support so they can exercise their constitutional rights.

This post was submitted by Bhaskar Dwivedi.

One Comment

  1. question

    June 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    sir,i want to ask can i join this NGO or can i can set up NGO like this? and if yes then wat legal formalities will be required?
    pls help me out.
    thank you..
    Regard.
    Danish Ashraf

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