Most of PPT target population is represented by daily wage workers and marginal farmers and artisans. A great majority is in a way or another linked to agricultural seasonality, in a State where rain fall is decreasing year by year. To break the cycle of dependence and poverty it is necessary to provide livelihood opportunities depending on the skills and capabilities of the target population. Possible schemes include livestock rearing, poultry, dairy, occupational activities, petty shops
PrajaPragathi 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.
To empower the tribal community and other related stakeholders 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 regular schools. The organization is associated with International Literacy Project (ILP), Bangalore to implement Mainstreaming Dropouts and Promoting Higher Education among Children that belong to vulnerable communities of the 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.
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
- 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.SubhashPalekar 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 Thotambedumandal of Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Azolla and nadaf compost pits were promoted in the targeted areas and “Polambadi” is the other kit used by the farmers to engage them to promote natural farming.
PrajaPragathi 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 “GrameenaGiddangi” outlets
PrajaPragathi 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”
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.PrajaPragathi 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
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.
PrajaPragathi 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
TC started working in Andhra Pradesh with the Collaboration of the 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 institutions.
Marine Litter Management
Praja Pragathi Trust is now implementing the “Climate Literacy and Marine Litter Management” program in Nellore district with the support of AGS/GIZ/CEE, covering 12 villages of Indukurupeta and T.P Guduru mandals. As part of Pilot Program, the activities included are Village level Awareness programs, School education activities, Beach cleaning, Stakeholder Convergence, People’s Participation and Low cost Structures to prevent Soil Erosion.
- Praja Pragathi Trust is associated with National Adivasi Solidarity Council (NASC), Tamil Nadu to address bonded labor issues in Chittoor district. The objective of the project is to identify Bonded Labor in the district, mostly involved in 13 different working places and ensure their release from the system with the support of other stakeholders like Government agencies (Revenue, Rural development, ITDA etc,.. Bonded labor system is very much prominent in yanadi families, because they are vulnerable and their attitude of nomadic in nature has become a capital for the exploiters.
- Partnered with “Her Choice”, “safe village program” is being conducted with a motive to protect and bring awareness on adolescent girls. Adolescent girls, teachers, parents, village elders, police and other stake holders are enlightened on various issues being faced by the adolescent girls on psychological, social and health related aspects through film shows, distribution of booklets etc.,