Education

To empower the tribal community and other related stake holders on the various issues related to school dropout (out of school children) and to promote convergence among various line departments of government to mobilize resources for creating enabling environment for mainstreaming children to the regular schools. Organization is having association with International Literacy Project (ILP), Bangalore to implement Mainstreaming Dropouts and Promoting Higher Education among Children that belong to vulnerable communities of Chittoor district.

Organization is having experience in running the NCLP (National Child Labor Project) Schools and as the project indicates, the project is to address the child labor issues. Identifying the child labor in the targeted areas and relieved from the employers, then kept in the center for mainstreaming and mainstreamed to regular schools and hostels.

Addressing child labor: Child labor is identified in the target areas and is mainstreamed through providing necessary support by the organization. Organization has mainstreamed more than 2000 children. Organization is more involved in Advocacy as it is member in CACL, PVCR and SAIEVAC.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

The AP Drought Mitigation Project (APDMP) is a program designed from a synthesis of the past experiences and is aimed at mitigating the adverse impacts of droughts in 5 districts viz., Anantapur, Chittoor, Kurnool, Kadapa and Prakasam. It focuses only on the dryland areas of these districts. APDMP, a Government of Andhra Pradesh and IFAD supported program intends to take up comprehensive measures APDMP, a Government of Andhra Pradesh and IFAD supported program intends to take up comprehensive measures to mitigate adverse impacts of droughts and to achieve climate resilient growth in 5 districts..

APDMP has an overall objective of comprehensively working on reducing/ mitigating drought related distress. Its strategic initiatives encompass Natural Resources Management, Production Systems, Livelihoods and is centered around community-based institutions. Praja Pragathi Trust is partnered with RASS to implement the project in Chittoor area and to address the issues of farmers & farming activities..

Training programs on Non Pesticide Management and Organic cultivation. The major contents in training programs were preparation of Jeevamrutham, Beejamurthum, Kashayams to control pest, methods of NTFP Sustainable harvesting, benefits of mixed crops, NPM techniques, Bio Intensive Gardens with the support of Center for World Solidarity and AEI

Exposure Visits to Yanadi Tribe farmers on NPM techniques, Chowhan techniques, particularly vermin compost preparation, azolla preparation, Light traps , water harvesting structures, hen rearing ( without smell) techniques and Mr.Chowhan techniques like IMO (Indigenes Micro Organisms) with the support of Center for World Solidarity and AEI

    Other Activities with the support of Center for World Solidarity and AEI are as follows

  • Promotion of vermin compost units
  • Micro irrigation

Organization was supported by INDRA KRANTHI PATHAM (IKP)- SERP, Andhra Pradesh State Government in the five Gram Panchayats under NPM to create awareness programs and support trainings. Sri.Subhash Palekar was also supported the organizations in Chittoor district to extend his trainings to the farmers on natural farming. Organization implemented the activities of non-pesticidal management in the 3000 acres of agricultural land covering 900 farmers spread over in ten panchyats of Thotambedu mandal of Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Azolla and nadaf compost pits were promoted in the targeted areas and “Polam badi” is the other kit used by the farmers to engage them to promote natural farming.

LIVELIHOODS

Praja Pragathi Trust is now having association with NABFINS (NABARD) to promote livelihoods in the rural villages and through the institution, micro loans are provided to the eligible beneficiaries in the villages on nominal interest rates, which is repayable in monthly installments. Total of 30 villages are covered under the activity and directly involving more than 100 Self Help Groups.

Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) is to enhance livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least one hundred days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. This work guarantee can also serve other objectives: generating productive assets, protecting the environment, empowering rural women, reducing rural-urban migration, fostering social equity, among others..

  • PPT is also active member in APNA (Andhra Pradesh NGO’s Alliance) for the Chittoor District and the objectives of the APNA is to_
  • Liaison between the department and job card holders to Shelf of Works, payments and work site facilities.
  • To ensure 100 days work allotment to the vulnerable people and arrest migration in the villages
  • Identify and train the communities on utilization of local resources to ensure sustainable livelihoods
  • Strengthening of Shrama Shakti Sanghas ( SSS) at mandal level & village level
  • Active participation in monitoring and social audits

Praja Pragathi Trust is also supporting Yanadi tribes by providing cattle (buffaloes, cows and goats) in five villages of two mandals. Total of 100 families are benefitted by the Livelihood activity which is supported by Center for World Solidarity (CWS) and AEI PPT is also keen in procuring and facilitates marketing of Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP) and this is because, Organization is working in tribal villages. The main objective of the activity is to avoid or eliminate middlemen exploitation. PPT formed both village and mandal level samakhyas for NTFP procurement families. PPT is also providing or facilitating trainings on value added products, post harvesting techniques, forest & tribal rights. The activity is carried with the support of Foundation for

Indigenous Tribes (FIT).

  • Broom stick made from Palmyra leaves is promising income generating activity for the tribal, as they collect the leaves from forest, process and pack it in a cover to attract consumers. PPT trained those families and supporting them by marketing linkages.
  • PPT is also focusing on other produce like tamarind, amla, gum, honey and other valuable medicinal plants.
  • The NTFP and Rural products are marketed through “Grameena Giddangi” outlets

Praja Pragathi Trust is associated with South Asian Rural Reconstruction Association (SARRA) to implement Land and Livelihoods activities in the Eastern Part of Chittoor District. Training programs are conducted on “NTFP Harvesting Techniques”

LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT

Organization promotes livestock in the targeted villages to develop alternative livelihoods to the communities. Under the Tribal Development Program, Organization has supported the Yanadi families with Cattle and Poultry Birds in the villages. Cows or Buffaloes are given to the families and community contribution is strictly followed in the activity. .

Recently, Organization is taking Government support to implement the “ Pala Pragathi Kendrams” in the targeted villages. “Pala Pragathi Kendram” is the program under Indira Kranthi Patham ( SERP – Rural Development, AP). Five to ten SHG members are formed into a group to implement PPK in the villages. The group is supported by Subsidy and Bank Linkages to start the Unit. Five to Ten animals are purchased and fed in a one shed. It is totally stall feeding concept and the beneficiaries have to involve in the activity, like they have to raise fodder, cleaning, milking, pouring of milk, purchase of feed etc,. Milk is procured by BMCU (Bulk Milk Chilling Unit) which are available in all panchayats. The program is supported by Veterinary department, animal husbandry, etc,.

Apart from cows & Buffaloes, Organization also supports the families by providing goats & sheep. Marketing linkages is provided to the families. Poultry birds are also provided, but not the regular country birds, Organization selects the good variety of birds like “ Ginni variety, Raja Variety” birds, through Center for World Solidarity (CWS) and AEI Project

CHILD RIGHTS

National Advocacy Council for Development of Indigenous People (NAC-DIP), recognize the importance of Early Childhood Education (ECE) for the critical development of all children and Praja Pragathi Trust is network partner for Andhra Pradesh. Praja Pragathi Trust is promoting Mother Tongue – Multi Lingual Education (MTMLE) in Andhra Pradesh with the support of NACDIP. PPT is the first Organization in Andhra Pradesh, who has translated and published ECE policy in Telugu language

PPT also focuses on “child rights” according to the convention of United Nations across the globe. The rights are divided into four, from which we focus more on Child Labor, Street Children, Child Trafficking, Child Education, Rights of Children, Child Participation, Birth Certificate, Child abuse etc,. There is need to focus on the children at this hour, because our country statistics state that the children are at worst side of development & exploitation. We have the experience of working with SSA, Women & Child Welfare Department, Mahila Pranganams, Jana Shiksha Samsthan and NCLP. PPT is member in Campaign Against Child Labor, People’s Voice for Child Rights and SAIEVAC.

TRIBAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Trainings to volunteers, leaders and staff on Tribal Rights, Forest Rights and social entitlements with the support of Center for World Solidarity – Tribal Desk. Trainings to tribal youth legal issues and they are promoted as Para Legal Workers to address the issues of forest rights in the villages

Training programs for para legal workers in tribal communities with the support of South Asian Rural Reconstruction Agency (SARRA), Bangalore. The programs are meant to capacitate youth on legal issues and approach government to address the issues and resolve them legally. The trained youth will be supportive to the communities. The youth are also trained on forest rights, land rights, RTI act and others.

COMMUNITY HEALTH

Water and Sanitation

WASH Program

Training programs were conducted on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the target villages for the women. Hygiene Practices are more focused in the training as the tribal women face hygiene issues and due to that they lose daily wages. The training program will help them to learn all three aspects which required for the rural women. The activity is supported by CWS- AEI

Soak Pits

Training programs were conducted to women in the targeted villages of on construction of Soak Pits for their individual households. The soak pits help the families to avoid mosquitoes from which their cost on health expenses will decrease. The activity is supported by CWS- AEI

Nutrition

While coming to nutrition, we were involved in decreasing the malnutrition among children and improve nutrition values with locally available resources. The same is promoted to the women, particularly pre natal & post natal. We have good experience in imparting trainings to teachers, low cost food for pre natal & post natal women. Organization was associated with GiveIndia to provide nutrition to the 2 to 6 years children in the Nutrition Centers established in the villages.

ENVIRONMENT

Praja Pragathi Trust, conducts awareness programs on Environment and other issues of climate with the support of NEAC (National Environment Awareness Campaign) – Ministry of Environment and Forests. The theme for awareness changes every year and accordingly, Information Education and Communication materials are prepared to create awareness on the specified theme. The other methods used for creating awareness was mass meetings in the villages, rallies were conducted by school children, film shows were also performed in the prominent places of the villages. Film shows are mainly focused on changes occurred in the environment due to various reasons (exploited), disasters that occur due to the environmental changes and indiscriminate usage of pesticides for the crops, mostly for the commercial crops.

Solid Waste Management

ITC launches the unique initiative for waste paper re-cycling in the year 2007 April. WOW Program was initiated by ITC – Paper Boards & Specialty Papers Division, Coimbatore. The Program focuses on awareness about recycling, Segregation & Create Sustainable livelihood of Rag-Pickers. WOW – Wealth out of waste’ Program later renamed as Well-being Out of Waste.

Praja Pragathi Trust, was associated with ITC through the nodal agency, Academy of Gandhian Studies (AGS) and the objective of the program is reduce the waste generated in various commercial places and ensure recycling the same, along with awareness on recycling & waste management

WOW A.P. Swachh Patasala

ITC started working in Andhra Pradesh with the Collaboration of Academy of Gandhian Studies(AGS) implementing the WOW project with the support of partner NGOs in all 13 Districts of Andhra Pradesh. Praja Pragathi Trust is implementing the WOW in Chittoor District with the Support of AGS. PPT covering 66 mandals of Chittoor District both the Government and Private institutins.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Bonded Labor Elimination Project

The program is to identify the bonded labor in Chittoor district and rehabilitated through Government to lead their own life. Bonded labor are found in the brick kilns, agricultural farms, rice mills, orchards, hotels, factories, and other working places. Praja Pragathi Trust is now actively involved in identifying and rehabilitating the bonded labor with the support of “National Adivasi Solidarity Council”, Tamil Nadu. PPT acts as Andhra associate for the Andhra Pradesh Chapter of NASC.

Operation Red Alert

My Choices Foundation is a Hyderabad-based NGO dedicated to ending violence, abuse, and exploitation against women and girls in India. We address two of the most prevalent and difficult forms of abuse - Domestic Violence and Trafficking of young girls for sexual exploitation. We are currently active in 4 states - West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka.

  • 1. Grassroots awareness - Conducting Safe Village Programs in vulnerable villages.
  • 2. Toll-free Helpline - To help victims to reach out
  • 3. Mass Media Campaign - To spread the awareness and create awareness

My Choices Foundation is associated with Praja Pragathi Trust(PPT) to involve in prosecution and protection, to help in effective combat.