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  project name ~ ARTRC 2009-10

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  Project Name


ARTRC 2009-10



AID India



Rural Development and Environment







  Budget Approved


Rs 479200


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Hemanth Krishnan
Arun Gopalan


College Park










As Odisha Chapter of AID India completes six successful years of its existence, its again time to reflect on the year that has passed by. AID India has been able to assist disadvantaged rural communities
primarily through the activities of the AID Rural Technology Resource Centre (ARTRC) towards selfsustainability.
Four years ago AID India Odisha chapter had begun several development initiatives under
ARTRC such as, skill training of local artisans, experiments in organic farming and promotion of basic
education. AID India has been working with individuals at the grass roots level since then to create
sustainable communities through the enhancement of individual skills and knowledge as well as to ensure
that traditional livelihoods are maintained and indigenous skilled workers are not made obsolete and
hence people are forced to move away from their villages to find employment. Our center has grown to
include a fully operating elementary school, a small organic farm, and a profitable tailoring school and
workshop. AID also has been able to have a small impact in rest of the state in partnership with Pratham
whose volunteers who help disseminate some of the projects which began at the ARTRC such as the low
cost solar LED lanterns. AID also has been involved in various other activities such as flood relief and
actions towards peace and harmony in the state in the wake of the communal riots in Kandhmal district
such as organising the Gandhi Katha in partnership with Odisha Shanti Sadvabana Abhiyan. Details on
AID Odishas work is at http://Odisha.aidindia.org





The AID Rural Technology Resource Centre was set up by AID Odisha almost four years ago to promote rural technology, sustainable livelihoods and skill training for villagers with the ultimate objective of development in the backward and tribal region of Gajapati district, Odisha. The centre has made some advances towards its goals of promoting an improved standard of living in the area and while its core activities remain rural technology adoption, demonstration, practice and training, the centre has also become a base for various advocacy campaigns which promote nonviolence, education and sustainable economic independence. Following activities are successfully implemented at ARTRC - 1. Shaala 2. Village library 3. Jivika - Khadi, Coir and Pottery Unit 4. AID Industrial Training Center 5. Night school 6. Vermicomposting 7. Agriculture - Organic farming, Paddy cultivation using SRI method 8. Energy - Solar lights 9. Vocational training to women - Computer, tailoring





For the year 2009-10 ARTRC would like to request a small grant and/or support in form of orders for its products (in particular the Jivika products) to the tune of about Rs. 4,79,200/- (approx US$ 10000) to support its activities. This would also strengthen the ongoing activities to make them more financially feasible and self sustaining. ARTRC hopes to be in a position by end of current financial year, where our incomes would cover our costs.



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