Activities Of HSS

 

“Training of Youth on Gandhian Values”

 

Himalayan ecosystem and its people today face a massive challenge against the onslaught of Globalization and Privatization which are adversely effecting the environment, ecology and social economic health of the Himalayan communities. As a result of unplanned development and exploitation taking place in the Himalayan region the communities living there have been badly affected causing lot of stress and unrest in the region. A lot of tension and violence is seen in the Himalayan communities for eg. Kashmir, Northeast, Nepal and Tibet etc. There is a need to initiate a campaign for non violent, conflict resolution through a process of discussion and dialogue among conflicting communities and Interest groups. Himalaya Seva Sangh has been initiating this process at various levels and at different places in the Himalayan region. A strong need has always been felt to initiate new and young people into Gandhian Social action to keep the movement live and vibrant. Keeping this in mind Himalaya Seva Sangh in collaboration with its members, activists and partner organization has been organizing Gandhi Vichar Prashikshan Karyakram (A training Program for inducting new volunteers in to Gandhi Philosophy and action Program). Himalaya Seva Sangh in collaboration with Laxmi Ashram in Kausani, Himalaya Paryavaran Shiksha Sansthan in Uttarkashi and Tamulpur Anchalic Gram Daan Sangh in Assam has been organizing this training program for more than a decade.

This Program is of 9 months duration each batch consists of 10 -15 volunteers belonging to the Himalayan community and most of them committed and interested to work as social activists in their respective areas.

OBJECTIVES:

The Program consists of study, research and action part to equip the volunteers in an all round fashion while working in the communities on various issues with a Gandhian approach.

To expose the volunteers to various social and environmental movements going on in the country. Exposure trip are organized during this program to various field based development organizations working for the promotion of Khadi and village industries. They are also taken to get a good exposure in different parts of the country where Gandhian movement had its roots.

The course content comprises of study of Gandhian Principles and thoughts which touches all aspects of life in society. Students of this course are trained in methods and techniques of non violent conflict resolution and are prepared to deal with difficult and conflict situation in society.

Himalaya Seva Sangh is looking for support in term of ideas, experience and financial assistance to strengthen and run this program.

 

 

 “An Outreach Program for Mountain Children”

 

Himalaya Seva Sangh (HSS) is having an outreach program for ‘Mountain Children’. The idea for initiating and developing a Child Support Program for the Himalayan Communities has evolved in the HSS team as a result of sustained dialogue and consultation with the local communities, social action groups and activists working on various community development programs in the region.

It has been felt by our co-workers and activists that although there are various programs and projects run by NGO’s and Governmental organizations to uplift and enhance the status of women and children in the Himalayan region, there is a large section of child population which is left uncared and unattended by any social support or security mechanism. This section largely comprises of children belonging to the poor and marginalized communities that have been deprived of adequate job or employment opportunities with no or very little cultivable land belonging to them. As a result there is a lot of pressure on all members of the family including children to get involved in some or the other kind of economic activity for their survival. This pressure snatches away the innocent childhood from these children, denies them the basic right to education and forces them into a cruel world of hard labour.

We feel that there is a definite linkage between the social, economic and environmental pressures that the Himalayan communities are going through due to faulty developmental pattern adopted by our market driven consumerist society and the sufferings that the poor and marginalized women and children are going through. We feel it important to sensitize the community and prepare them by making them understand these linkages and organize them to assist this marginalized section of the Himalayan community.

There are also children who are left with no family support system and are forced by circumstances to work under difficult condition, often felt the need to form a system to be able to help this section of our society and hence we have initiated a Child Support Program which will gradually build up its resources and capacities to be able to extend a helping hand to these children in need.

 

 

 “Strengthening of Gram Sabhas and Village Panchayats”

 

Himalaya Seva Sangh is guided by the Gandhian Principles and values of ‘Gram Swaraj’ (Village Self Rule) and is committed to promote democracy at the grass root levels so that the poorest of the poor is taken care of and are involved while implementing any Development Program. Himalaya Seva Sangh believes that the fruits of development can perculate to the last person in the Indian villages only if the village Panchayats are strengthened and Gram Sabhas empowered in the real sense in our society.

The challenges and problems faced by the Himalayan communities can be dealt with in an appropriate manner only if the village communities collectively decide to think and work for finding solutions. Himalaya Seva Sangh feels that Gandhiji’s Gram Swaraj or Village self rule can come in real terms in the villages only if the Gram Sabha, Panchayats and the community at large is animated, motivated and prepared to build a society where there is no discrimination on the basis of class, caste, creed or religion and collective decisions are taken to build community enterprise and farming in the mountain communities or the Himalayan villages. Himalaya Seva Sangh with the support of other partner Gandhian Organization and activists has been making efforts in this direction. Committed and selfless Gandhian workers have been supported by Himalaya Seva Sangh to work for strengthening Gram Sabhas and Village Panchayats while taking up various social and development program in the Himalayan communities.

By strengthening Gram Sabhas in the Himalayan region Himalaya Seva Sangh is –

  • Activating the various committees like education, health, Water and Forest.

  • Developing community enterprise and generate employment at the Village level.

  • Ensuring that True Education reaches to all section of society in a village liberating the communities from the clutches of caste and class discrepancies.

  • Working for the emancipation and empowerment of women and the downtrodden.

  • Initiating land reforms with the active participation of the entire village community so that there is no landless or bonded labour in the Himalayan communities.

  • Strengthening Farming, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry with necessary modern technological inputs and community participation.

  • Developing a strong co-operative movement of village Panchayats.

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