Atmashakti Trust is now engaged in a long term mission to bring the benefits of government programmes to the poorest of the poor with a focus on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and Food Security. Based on learning from the field in the last 20 years, one workable strategy is creating awareness among the community and assisting them in getting their rights (be it employment, food, health or education etc). This can only be achieved by activists who live with and are part of the communities where we are working --- what we call the Activist Intervention Strategy.
ACTIVIST INTERVENTION STRATEGY
Tribal and Dalit population residing in rural areas as well as other socially/economically marginalised communities are the target groups.
- Development of a cadre of village-based activists to whom we impart training in areas such as communication, public speaking, geo-politics, history and economics so that a ‘perspective’ is created of the relationship between the microcosm they are working in and the national/global reality.
- To provide them a monthly stipend equivalent to at least the minimum wage as also travel/allied costs so that they can devote themselves on a full time basis to their work.
- Each activist should mobilise up to 2000 families in a year; obtain basic baseline data; impart knowledge about and also enroll them in the two flagship government programmes – Food Security and Employment Guarantee.
- The activists should facilitate the delivery of economic benefits from the end of the first year onwards.
- 5% of the monetary benefits to be put into village level savings fund.
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