"Learning humility, purity and simple-living from those who don't take too much from the earth...
Targetting the problems of hunger, disease and oppression that sadden their lives...
Inspiring in each other trust, confidence and support for one another..."

back    »  documents

  project name ~ Taking Charge of Our LIves

category ~ community empowerment




  Project Name


Taking Charge of Our LIves



VERS (Vikramshila Education Research Society)



community empowerment






West Bengal

  Budget Approved


$ 1130


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Tulika Narayan


College Park









In brief the project aims to build an enlightened village society, where the community people would be fully aware of their rights and responsibilities and act as a pressure group to ensure full scale activation of all the public service institutions and welfare schemes, which would bring about a visible improvement in the quality of their lives. From the beginning, the vision was to not start parallel services, which would only lead to duplication and further decay of the public institutions. The idea is to activate the government schemes and act as a pressure group to make the system work.

The sustained community mobilization effort will be led by a dedicated team of four village workers who will initiate several groups in the village: youth, children, women and farmer groups that will touch all the key areas education, health, sanitation and agriculture.





Feedback report not received.





The immediate objectives of the project will be to a) Activate the government schemes and make them functional, b) Ensure large scale participation of people in all government schemes and programs and finally c) Ensure effective contribution of panchayats to improve the quality of the lives of the most deprived The project will start with Bigha village and will later be expanded to ten nearby village. In the long run, Vikramshila hopes to withdraw from the project, leaving the village volunteers as persons in Charge.



 Copyright © 2003. Association for India's Development. All Rights Reserved