ASSIST is a large, professional organisation which prefers to execute integrated projects. They are open to sharing their knowledge and experience regarding integrated development with other parties.
We have worked with YMWS on many occasions in the past. This NGO primarily focuses on education. Our current level of collaboration is less intensive.
Impression of the work of ASSIST
Kukkulavaripalem is a rural village included in a number of integrated projects taking place in three villages in the federal state of Andhra Pradesh, carried out in cooperation with ASSIST.
The projects are currently being wound up. All of the village’s issues and topics have been addressed, including drinking water, education, income improvement, agriculture, house construction, emancipation and health. Construction of the last group of houses is currently on hold, awaiting the arrival of subsidies pledged by the government.
Gurralamadugu en Manginapudi
A start was recently made with supporting the integrated development of Gurralamadugu and Manginapudi villages. This project is expected to run until 2022.
Once again the villages’ aspects and issues will be scrutinised and ideas developed. This will be done in close collaboration with the village residents by setting-up Village Development Societies and Women’s Self Help Groups among other things.
A local social worker will be on hand at all times to encourage awareness of the project.
There are 23 villages in the Markapur region. Our partner ASSIST is active in the area organising an awareness outreach programme touching 15 villages.
Awareness is stimulated among other things by performances by a cultural group, who sing and dance and present sketches drawing attention to situations which excite the imagination. The cultural group performs three times a day with some performances lasting up to three hours.
The awareness activities have had a real impact. Through these, the local community is made aware of and empowered to appeal to various governmental agencies.
Medical checks for children
Medical Checks for Children (MCC), in collaboration with our partner YMWS in the Kolkata region has organised four annual medical examinations looking at around 1000 children on each occasion.
The checks take place at the schools run by our partner YMWS.
The concluding examination will take place in 2018. At MCC they are pleased with the level of awareness raised with both parents and teachers. Collaboration with a local dentist has also rescued a lot of children from toothache!
More information http://www.medicalchecksforchildren.org/
Zero-Kap projects in India
ODAM – Tiruchuli – (Tamil Nadu)
ODAM started in 2006. It concerns a project to improve the living standard of vulnerable women. 21 families – 104 people – benefit from this project. The women use the loans primarily for keeping goats and exploiting small shops.
ORD – Arni Taluk ,Thiruvannamalai District (Tamil Nadu)
Since 1990 Organization for Rural Development develops and realises projects which aim is to improve the living standard of the very poor. The project goals are improvement and accessibility of education for children, women’s development and information on water and hygiene. The realisation of these projects is through women Self-Help-Groups.
Preed – Tamil Nadu
People’s Organization for Rural Health, Education and Economic Development, Tamil Nadu. The loan is used for granting loans to women’s Self-Help-Groups. After the repayment by the SHG the money is used for granting new loans.
Vinmathee – Trichy District (Tamil Nadu)
Zero-Kap is collaborating with Vinmathee since 2006. Vinmathee is dedicated to women of vulnerable groups in India. The women keep goats and cows for meat and milk.
ASSIST – Andhra Pradesh
Expanding loans to local credit organisations.
WORD – Tamil Nadu
Women’s Organization for Rural Development grants microcredits to women Self-Help-Groups.