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LIST OF PARTNERS
The details of some of the partnership are as follows

Sir Ratan Tata Trust

The Sir Ratan Tata Trust was established in 1919 with a corpus of Rs 8 million. Today, it exists as one of India's oldest grant bestowing foundations.

From its inception in 1919, up to the mid 1990s, the Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) largely made grants in Bombay. Whilst the Trust was largely known for making individual grants for education and medical relief, it also made institutional grants. Education, health and support for allied trusts were the mainstay of institutional grant making, with a few grants also being made for the promotion of arts and heritage, women’s development, rural development, etc. Compared to the grants made currently, these were at best modest in comparison.

Apart from concentrating on funding the establishment of prestigious and pioneering institutions, the Trust responded to requests from individuals and institutions, on an ad-hoc basis. Grants were given to individuals in need of medical assistance and relief, apart from funds for education. Grants to institutions covered the themes of education, urban development, rehabilitation and promotion of arts. However, education was given the most importance.

SRTT has been supporting TCSRD project, Okhamandal Samridh Gram Pariyojana, since 2004. It has been working towards salinity mitigation initiatives in six villages of Okhamandal taluka and also towards addressing the specific problem of drinking water security.

During this period, TCSRD constructed roof rainwater harvesting systems (RRWHS) for 538 households, piloted land reclamation activities across 66 hectares through adoption of specific soil treatment activities, and constructed five water-harvesting and recharge structures to enhance the ground water recharge and reduce the impact of salinity ingress. It also piloted horticulture-based activities, and promoted drip irrigation for agriculture in three hectares.

Specific assessment data clearly showed a positive impact of land treatment activities with an average income increase of Rs8, 000 to Rs10, 000 per year, with 40 per cent to 50 per cent increase in the production of groundnut and jowar crops from the treated agricultural holdings.

Similar interventions for enhancing ground water recharge resulted in enhancing the well-water yields, and the availability of water for critical support irrigation. This resulted not only in saving crops, but also in enhancing the groundnut production by almost 50 per cent.

Construction of household level roof rainwater harvesting and storage systems also secured drinking water requirements of households for over six to seven months of the year. This resulted in savings of over Rs4, 000, an amount that would otherwise have been spent procuring water from tanker-based water suppliers. More importantly, the construction of RRWHS within the homes of the beneficiaries resulted in timesaving of between 2-4 hours daily.

Phase 2 of the project focuses on scaling up of the interventions carried out in the six Phase I villages, and subsequently covering 20 salinity affected villages of Okhamandal taluka. The objectives of the project are mainly:

Enhancing economic returns for farmers from agriculture, through diversification to alternative crop practices, thereby increasing agricultural productivity whilst reducing input costs

Enhancing people’s knowledge and attitude towards improved water management strategies, and creating mass awareness about the use of water saving technologies

Constructing water-harvesting structures to reduce salinity ingress

Enhancing drinking water security in all the project villages

Establishing and strengthening appropriate village level Community Based Organisations (CBO) to effectively manage the resources and promote marketing of agricultural produce

This would lead to:


Reclamation at least 300 acres of salinity affected land

Establishment of improved cropping practices with at least 60 farmers – three in each village, which will be nodal demonstration plots for further scaling up

Scaling up of improved water management and agricultural practices in at least 1,000 acres through direct engagements with over 300 farmers

Providing assured irrigation across at least 1,000 acres, spanning two agriculture seasons annually, while harvesting almost 50-60 million cubic feet (MCFT) of rainfall runoff water.

Initial assessment estimates indicate an annual increase of at least Rs30, 000 to Rs40, 000 per family, in terms of assured first crop (groundnut and cotton), provision of emergency irrigation during Rabi crop (wheat), and cultivation of vegetables on a smaller scale during the summer season. Drinking water security would be further assured to over 200 households through the construction of decentralized drinking water storage systems.

Sir Dorabji Tata trust

The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT), established in 1932 by Sir Dorabji Tata, the elder son of Jamsetji Tata, founder of the Tata Group, is one of the oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organizations in India. The Trust’s vision of constructive philanthropy has been sensitive to the fast-growing needs of a developing nation, while the work initiated by it holds contemporary relevance as it continues to support innovative enterprises in development.

In March 1932, Sir Dorabji Tata put all his wealth, estimated at Rs. 10 million into a Trust for use, “without any distinction of place, nationality or creed”, for the advancement of learning and research, the relief of distress, and other charitable purposes. This was the beginning of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust – a Trust that has gone on to build institutions of national importance, uplift the nation and its people and change lives.

SDTT has provided support to TCSRD to implement the Bhoomi Sudhaar program, at Badaun district, UP under its natural resource management and rural livelihood program. The objective of the project is to reclaim wasteland having 8.5 to 10.5 pH and make it suitable for crop cultivation and to provide technical know-how and assured irrigation.

Initial assessment indicates that the 1220 acres of land has been brought under cultivation. Apart from this DRTT also provide rolling funds for Okhai for business development and training.

Population Foundation of India

The Population Foundation of India (PFI, formerly known as Family Planning Foundation) was established in l970 by a dedicated group of industrialists and population activists led by Bharat Ratna the late Mr. JRD Tata who guided it as the founder Chairman until his death in l993.

The Foundation has been at the forefront of the Non Governmental efforts towards rights based, gender sensitive approach for human development. Social development including population stabilization in India should not and cannot remain the sole concern of the Government, it ought to be supported and supplemented by private voluntary enterprises. In this regard, the Foundation has always worked in close co-operation and co-ordination with official agencies and programs, both at the Center and in the States. In its independent role, it has tried to guide and influence the National Population Policy and to serve as a catalytic agent to promote programs at different levels directed towards the ultimate goal of population stabilization. The Foundation supports innovative research, experimentation and social action to further the cause of population stabilisation and provide a forum for pooling of experiences and sharing of professional expertise to strengthen and enlarge the operational base of the family welfare program.

The Intensive Family Welfare project also named as Swasth Agan project, in collaboration with Population Foundation of India endeavors to provide medical services at the doorstep of villagers through mobile clinics. The main services provided are ante and postnatal care, vaccination of children and promoting the concept of small family by creating awareness and by making the various contraceptive options available to the villagers. In addition, modifying the health seeking habits of villagers from unregistered medical practitioners to Government Primary Health Centre (PHC) is also one of the important activities carried out under this project. The project targets women especially in the reproductive age group and children upto 5 yrs. of age, considering the backwardness of the area with respect to women and child health indicators. The objective of the project is:

  • To create community based mechanisms and linkages for increasing access to quality RH/FP services.
  • To bring about desired behavior changes among eligible couples (women in the age group of 15-49 years of age) through integrated IEC package and increasing involvement of different stakeholders at the family level on Family Planning/ Reproductive Child Health.
  • To promote use of modern contraceptives by eligible couple by providing a basket of choices through strengthening Parivar Kalyan Kendra and appropriate referrals.
  • To document learning, processes and good practices for replication and scale up

Assessment of the project indicates the increase in the weight of the children’s after treatment and regular counseling by the doctor on the importance of balanced food has been seen in the malnourished children’s. The total number of the institutional delivery has also increased because of the above intervention.

Water and Sanitation Management Organization (WASMO)

WASMO is a facilitating organisation working towards drinking water security and habitat improvement by empowering communities to manage their local water sources, drinking water supply and environmental sanitation. WASMO is an autonomous organisation established by the Government of Gujarat in 2002. It seeks to improve the standard of living of rural communities by enabling them to have adequate, safe and sustainable drinking water and an improved habitat. WASMO believes this can be achieved through empowerment and capacity building of the community and its leaders, and by bridging the knowledge and information gap between policy makers, funding agencies, NGOs, and village communities.

WASMO identified TCSRD as an implementing support agency to initiate the work in 8 villages of Okha Mandal taluka. It started with infrastructure development and provided the distribution of potable water to the individual houses. TCSRD, by following the principal of community management and engagement completed all the activities in all the 8 villages. Main activities implemented by TCSRD in partnership with WASMO were capacity building programs,technical training and technical support, social training and social support to villages and women empowerment programs All the 8 villages are enjoying the benefits of the facilities created. By doing this, it has provided a sustainable solution towards their fundamental need.

Water resource management being the most important requirement of Okha Mandal area as it is one of the drought prone areas of Gujarat. WASMO in partnership with TCSRD completed recharging and water harvesting work by deepening and development of Mayasar Lake. By doing so it has been able to solve the problem of drinking water for the whole of Dwarka town.

In 2009, Costal Area Development Program (CADP) was launched by Gujarat government. WASMO in partnership with TCSRD has been implementing this program in 15 villages of Okha Mandal as well as Kalyanpur taluka. Apart from providing the infrastructural development support for the distribution of potable water at the individual house, it will also provide support towards the construction of individual rain water harvesting structures. So far, more than 700 structures have been provided in the villages. Beside this, TCSRD is also creating awareness on the importance of good quality water in order to reduce the water borne diseases caused by contaminated water.

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development(NABARD)

NABARD is set up as an apex Development Bank with a mandate for facilitating credit flow for promotion and development of agriculture, small-scale industries, cottage and village industries, handicrafts and other rural crafts. It also has the mandate to support all other allied economic activities in rural areas, promote integrated and sustainable rural development and secure prosperity of rural areas. In discharging its role as a facilitator for rural prosperity NABARD is entrusted with providing refinance to lending institutions in rural areas, bringing about or promoting institutional development and evaluating, monitoring and inspecting the client banks.

The mission of NABARD is to promote sustainable and equitable agriculture and rural development through effective credit support, related services, institution building and other innovative initiatives. The SHG and REDP projects at Babrala, UP and also at Mithapur, Gujarat are linked to NABARD, wherein NABARD is assisting by providing loans to the people who wants to start own enterprise.

Tata Business Support Services (TBSS)

Headquartered in Hyderabad and having Global delivery centers located in North America & India, TBSS is among the largest third party outsourced customer service providers in India, serving domestic as well as international customers. TBSS is wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons and part of the 142 year old Tata Group. With state-of-the-art facilities across 11 global delivery centers that accommodate nearly 4000 seats, TBSS is among the rapidly growing contact centres globally. It has the capability to efficiently transition and manage global customer care and voice processes to integrate into a single global delivery model. Its 'End to End' solutions reinforce their commitment to work with their clients in developing winning strategies through "right-shoring" and thus providing a high ROI. TBSS provide value-added contact centre services with a clear focus on quality and endeavor to be a long term partner addressing all aspects of our clients.

With the support of Tata Business support services (TBSS), Uday Foundation, a rural BPO run by TCSRD, provides services to Tata Teleservices Limited (Tata Indicom) by taking care of their post paid customer of Gujarat, MP and Chhattisgarh from Mithapur and UP and some part of Rajasthan from Babrala. Apart from this it supports TCL’s, Chem Connect by booking the order of various soda ash, cement and salt in SAP and banking. It also handles Titli (Knowledge Management) and Gangotri portal for them.

Wild Life Trust of India (WTI)

Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) is a non-profit conservation organisation, committed to urgent action that works towards the protection of India's wildlife. Its mission is to conserve nature, especially endangered species and threatened habitats, in partnership with communities and governments.

It was formed in November 1998, in response to the rapidly deteriorating condition of the country's wildlife, with only three staff members. In 2008, WTI completed its tenth year with a team of over 100 full-time professionals and consultants, in addition to volunteers from all walks of life. Within just over a decade, WTI has made significant innovative and pioneering contributions in wildlife conservation, making it one of India's key wildlife NGOs.

The principal concerns of WTI include crisis management and provision of quick, efficient aid to individuals, species or habitats that require it the most. In the longer term it hopes to achieve, through proactive reforms, an atmosphere conducive to conserving India's wildlife and its habitat.

TCL has been taking steps towards conserving nature and its rare species. It is regularly updating the status of the flaura and fauna along the Gujarat Coast. Along with Gujarat Forest Department and Wildlife Trust of India - International Fund for Animal Welfare (WTI-IFAW), TCL is also spreading the awareness on the plight of whale sharks through campaigns.The species was hunted in hundreds in Gujarat for their liver oil used to water-proof boats; the by-products including meat and fins were exported.

With the crucial support of the fishing community, the Coast Guard, the local people as well as their leaders including the popular leader Shri Morari Bapu, and even children, the whale shark is now safe on the shores of Gujarat. The overwhelming success of the campaign was a result of multiple strategic approaches involving connection to human emotions and socio-cultural beliefs. Shri Morari Bapu established a comparison of the whale shark to a daughter returning home to give birth, based on reports of sightings of whale shark pups in Gujarat. This message was spread across the coastal towns through street plays and awareness campaigns and proved to be instrumental in the success of this project which depends heavily on people’s involvement.

Since the launch of the campaign in January 2004, more than 240 whale sharks accidentally caught in fishing nets, have been freed by the Gujarati people. Through the years, the campaign has achieved several other significant milestones. On March 12, 2005, the Postal Department of Gujarat came out with a special whale shark postal cover. On November 10, 2005 TCL was awarded the BNHS Green Governance Award for the whale shark campaign by the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.

Mangrol, a small fishing town situated along Gujarat coast, is the seventh town in Gujarat to have adopted the whale shark as a city mascot. Previously, Porbandar, Diu, Okha, Ahmedabad, Veraval and Dwarka had adopted the whale shark as their official mascots.

The adoption was done during the Whale Shark Day celebrations (celebrated every year on the 25th January) marking the culmination of six years of the highly successful Whale Shark Campaign.

To restore coral reefs along the Gujarat coast, the local fishermen, Tata Chemicals Limited and the Gujarat Forest Department staff have joined the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). The coral reef regeneration project aims at establishing India’s first privately conserved coral reef at Mithapur. According to Mr. S Subburaman, Marine Biologist, WTI, number of corals had been flipped over due to use of poles to propel boats into the sea and also because of the fishermen looking for catch underneath them. Dependent for survival on photosynthetic algae called the zooxanthellae, these over-turned corals were dying as light was unable to reach them. TCL volunteers, the Gujarat Forest Department staff have joined hands with Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) to restore the overturned corals in Mithapur reef.

Dalit Shakti Kendra

Dalit Shakti Kendra is more than just a vocational training center. It is a joint initiative of Navsarjan and Janvikas, located in village Nani Devti, about 30 kilometers from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It was founded in July 1999, and was given its current name in 2003. Several thousands of students have now completed courses at DSK.

Literally translating to "Dalit Empowerment Center", DSK is primarily a vocational training center serving economically and socially marginalized youth. However, it also provides personality development, leadership skills, social and political education, and a space for self-reflection and growth. A central part of DSK’s philosophy is a redefinition of the word "Dalit”, thereby including Dalits from various economic, social and religious backgrounds.

Most of DSK’s students are landless, economically and socially marginalized and school drop outs. Typically, their parents are farmers. DSK mobilizes such youth for economic and social empowerment—helping them leave the cycle of agricultural labor and caste-based occupations—and simultaneously fosters better grassroots leadership.

DSK offers more than 20 different courses, including tailoring (pants, shirt, blouse for sari, salwar kameez, and industrial), furniture, driving, beautician, basic computers, computer tally, secretarial training, handicrafts and decoration, electric wiring, auto mechanic, police training, mobile phone repairing, videography, photography, machinist, motor rewinding, metal fabrication and welding.

TCSRD with the support of DSK has been imparting vocational training to the economically and socially marginalized youth of Okhal mandal district. It has imparted training to 73 youths. Some of them have started their own ventures while others have found jobs for themselves

TCSRD has partnered with various NGOs in different projects. The ensuing table summarizes the partnership engagement in various community development interventions of TCSRD.

SR NO. PROGRAM PARTNER
1

Jan Shikshan Sansthan, Haldia

Samriddhi Project - Training on tailoring for women groups
2

Vivekanand Mission Ashram Netra Niramaya Niketan, Haldia

Vision 2020 – Treatment of primary school children/ Eye Camp
3

Sutahata Block Development Office

Agriculture Development - Training of farmers
4

District Agriculture Department, East Medinipur

Agriculture Development - Training of farmers
5

District Horticulture Department, East Medinipur

Agriculture Development - Training of farmers
6

Development Research Communication and Services Centre, Kolkata

Development of Model Eco Clubs
7

Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Kolkata

Innovative Methods of Teachings
8

District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) Jamnagar District

Watershed Project
9

Council of People’s Action and Rural Technology, CAPART

Handicraft and Watershed Project
10

Water and Sanitation Management Organisation (WASMO) – Jamnagar

Drinking Water program
11

Costal Salinity Prevention Cell (CSPC)

Salinity Ingress & Mitigation program
12

Gujarat Green Revolution Corporation (GGRC)

Agriculture program – Supply of Drip System
13

Wild Life Trust of India – New Delhi

Whale Shark Project
14

Sir Ratan Tata Trust – Mumbai

Salinity Ingress & mitigation program
15

NABARD

REDP project
16

Gujarat Tourism Development Department

Nageshwar heritage
17

District Industries Corporation (DIC)

REDP Project
18

Women and Child Development Department, Gandhinagar

SHG program
19

Ministry of Forest & Environment Department

Lion conservation project
20

Gujarat state Hathsal and Handicraft vikas Nigam Ltd.,Gadinagar

Handicraft project
21

Samaj Suraxa, Gandhinagar

REDP program
22

Dalit Shakti Kendra

Vocational training program
23

Development Support Centre (DSC)

Vocational training program
24

Sajjta Sangh

Vocational training program
25

Government of Gujarat, Irrigation Dept

Watershed project
26

MFF – IUCN

Mangrove plantation
27

International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development – Ahmedabad (ICECD)

REDP training program
28

Kheti Vikas Agency – Jamnagar

Agriculture program
29

Aakar Charitable Trust – Ahmedabad

Behaviour psychology and counselling training program
30

Taluka Panchyat – Dwarka, Kalyanpur & Khambhaliya

Hariyali watershed project
31

Dwarkadish Aariygdham Eye Hospital

Vision 20:20, Health Program
32

Okha Nagarpalika

Drinking water program
33

Index – C, Gandhinagar

SHG Program
34

LIC of India, Bareilly, U.P.

Social Security Scheme-Jan Shri Bima Yajana
35

National Science and technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB),New Delhi

Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps (EAC)
36

NABARD, Badaun, U.P.

REDP and SHGs
37

Serb U.P. Gramin Bank, Badaun

SHGs
38

Regional Directorate of Apprenticeship Training (Ministry of Labor and Employment, Govt. Of India)

Vocational Training
39

Department of Handicraft, Bareilly (Govt. of India)

Karzobi Project.
40

Micro Small and Medium Enterprises-Development Institute, Agra, U.P.

EDPs
41

District Industries Center, Badaun, U.P.

Training support
42

Department of Animal Husbandry, Badaun

Animal health checkups camps and vaccination etc.
43

Department of Agriculture, Badaun

Demonstrations of agriculture equipments
44

Department of Horticulture, Badaun

Spices demonstration
45

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ughani, Badaun

Farmer’s advisory services and soil testing.
46

Sir Dorab Ji Tata Trust, Mumbai

Land Reclamation
47

District Health Department, Badaun

Health Projects- Swasth Angan, Eye Camp
48

Gandhi Eye Hospital, Badaun

Eye Camp
49

Population Foundation of India, New Delhi

Swasth Angan Project
50

Aakar Charitable Trust, Ahmedabad

General awareness training
51

Namaste India Ltd., Kanpur

Agricultural Advisory services
52

Jan Kalyan Samiti, Firozabad

SHG training support
53

BAIF, Badaun

Animal health check up camps
54

Central Board for Labor Education, Bareilly

Quality of Life training
55

State Resource Center, Lucknow

Adult education
56

Tata AIG, Hazratganj, Lucknow

Animal Insurance
57

Impact India Foundation

Lifeline express

 

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