In order to counter socio, economic, political and environmental adversaries, RDS found it most necessary to organize the unorganized, especially the deprived, the women, in the rural areas. By mobilizing the people and leaving them astray will not serve the very purpose of community organization. They need to be imparted with adequate awareness on the prevailing social, economic, political and environmental situations which are lagging them from development and sustainability. They have to enabled to actively and consciously participate in integrated development of themselves and the community they live in. Their capacity to manage their own affairs need to be enhanced. Having understood these important aspects, RDS facilitated many a number of Capacity Strengthening trainings to women, leaders, opinion makers, youth, farmers, etc. the most under privileged of the society. In broad the capacity strengthening efforts concentrated on the following subjects :
General, social, political, economic and environmental situations in the immediate vicinity they live in;
Strength of unity and united action;
Situation analysis and crisis management;
Leadership quality development;
Self Help & Mutual help groups – need, functioning methodology, etc.;
Networking and federations;
Panchayat Raj and other local government bodies & system of functioning;
Role of the deprived, especially the women, in the society and development;
Rights, duties and laws pertaining to reservation and women;
Thrift and Credit and micro financing;
Book keeping and simple accountancy;
Liasoning and resource mobilization and management;
Micro enterprises and skill development for livelihood;
Cooperative production and marketing;
CBO network and direct marketing through exchange of commodities;
Environment protection and conservation;
Rural health, preventive and curative measures.
In addition to strengthening the capacity of the scattered groups in various locations and levels, it is vital to create linkages and network at all levels to achieve the goal of sustainable development by enabling the unorganized poor to utilize the resources in an equitable and just manner, without any caste, creed and gender disparities. Only through united and planned actions, the poor are able to extract their share of resources to have a dignified livelihood. RDS is continuously engaged in capacity strengthening of the deprived in a step by step process and in accordance with the need of the hour.
Community Mobilisation for RRR Programme:
RDS is having a very good team of staff members for community mobilization to achieve the peoples participation in all the development activities. For the successful implementation of the irrigation tank development program, RDS conducted PRA programmes and several training programmes and organised shramadhan activities. Our involvement in this field was to organize, mobilize, motivate and facilitate community participation in tank renovation, restoration and repair leading to owning up the total task of all these activities. Constant interaction and motivation generated rejuvenated vigour among the marginal and small farmers to take up the task of preservation and development of water sources and effective and diligent management of water. The RRR program was not just confined to the three R but further extended to diligent management of water through economic utilization and appropriate crop patterning.
VALUE ADDITION TO AGRO PRODUCTS:
In order to support the farmers and women groups, with the help of Home Science College of Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, RDS imparted training to women groups on dehulling of sorghum and making snacks and bakery items. After the training RDS supported them to sell it in the exhibitions at NIRD, WASSAN Hyderabad etc. and helped them to find some markets. A woman can earn an average of Rs.75/- to Rs.100/- daily to support her poor family so that the education of children and rural unemployment can be solved certain extent. It’s a very good income generation programme for women and farmers will also get more remuneration for their jowar if they sell it to women group who are involved in this programme