- describe “real-world” problems and circumstances faced by the community
- help them to implement changes that improve the livelihoods or lives of the community
- realize the need for (and feel inclined towards) addressing problems of the community
Improving access of poorer sections to financial inclusion schemes, government schemes and fina-schemes (Banks, NABARD, Dairy Department) created awareness among farmers/ self-help groups/ vegetable vendors/ school students about government- and bank-schemes for them. It helped farmers form joint-liability groups to avail of government subsidies/ bank loans despite not having land titles.
Improving quality of education among government schools in rural areas (Directorate of Education, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) and conducted workshops for teachers on use of internet to obtain useful teaching resources supported them by coaching children in maths and English.
Improving sustainability and effectiveness of NGOs (El-Shaddai, SPACE, COOJ, CRG, VHAG) and organise activities to promote awareness about the NGO among the local community. Supported NGOs by teaching drop-outs who had registered with the NGOs for coaching and helped in advancing the NGO’s agenda.
Improving agricultural productivity through better linkages (Zonal Agricultural Office, Directorate of Agriculture) | Conducted workshops to educate farmers about need for soil-testing, about what pesticides/ fertilizers to use and developed soil maps for villages/ sections of villages and handed these to the panchayat. They have also conducted workshops about how to use the results of soil-tests (in deciding what fertilizer/ pesticide to use, what to grow). These workshops were in association with the relevant Govt dept., the ICAR and business
Creating awareness amongst local community regarding water conservation, protection of water resources for a sustainable future and waste management (Panjim Municipal corporation, Pollution Control Board, Nestle, VHAG). They have conducted seminars in local villages and addressed schools students about the need of conserving water. An initiative of mapping the water resources in 5 villages and identifying leakages has also been processed which has helped fixed these leakages. Assessment of Bio-toilet facility in Quepem taluka, Need Assessment in Panaji slumsNeed Analysis on Dry Waste Management in Valpoi, Awareness seminars in various villages. They have created awareness about Health related issues among Goan community and created knowledge about flagship programs like ‘Arogya Mitra’ and ‘Arogya Express’. Conducted Health camps for children in Baga , Candolim along with PHC support. They surveyed for assessment of health care provider services (Demand and Supply side) for PHC’s and sub-centres in North Goa and conducted awareness workshops and educational activities on health for children studying in bastis of North Goa and lifestyle diseases like hypertension and diabetes.