Major Activities of Aditi Foundation

Water, Sanitation and Environmental Awareness of the Rural Masses and Slums

The Organization’s main objective is to provide equal opportunity of all round growth and development to the rural and urban community and to make participatory efforts in directions so as to minimize the negative impacts of developmental projects for a socially and environmentally safe society.

Key problems / issues need to be addressed:

Solid Waste management, stop open defecation and use toilets, Safe Drinking Water, Environmental improvements for low income settlements in rural and urban community.

Objectives and strategies:

The Organization’s key objectives are to bring about improved environmental standards in the low income settlements living in and around rural areas and urban slums through raised awareness and through well structure awareness programmes and follow up with local community and officials of related line departments subsequently.

The strategy includes to take the community members along with their community leaders to the transect walk to have a quick situation analysis as regards to scope of environmental improvements and then discuss the various options available to community in dealing with issues of solid waste management, use of toilets, using safe drinking water, tree plantation by community members and organizing environmental cleanliness campaigns. The children from these settlements are targeted for change in behaviour programmes and quiz and race competition are organised for them with support from local govt. departments.

The activities are as under:

Organizing environmental awareness campaign with the theme

  • Nature Walk for Problem identification
  • Community Action through Raised Awareness
  • Walk the Talk – Improve the environment
The key outcome:

Raised awareness in the target population about environmental improvements and joint action by community for improving the environment. This is gauged and measured by response in quiz competition by the children from these settlements, number of plants planted and cleanliness drive carried out in each settlement. The other indicators could be use of safe water and use of sanitation facilities.

Socio- Economic Development of Marginalized Women and community

Skills development is key to improving rural productivity, employability and income-earning opportunities, enhancing food security and promoting environmentally sustainable rural development and livelihoods. Despite rural women’s major role in agriculture and other rural activities, higher barriers in education and training limit their participation in more productive and remunerative work, perform managerial and leadership roles and participate fully in the development of their communities. Targeted action is needed to dismantle these barriers.

Aditi Foundation’s main objective is to provide equal opportunity for social and economic development of poor community of rural and urban areas. The Organization works to aware and orient the concerned stakeholders about the socio-economic development options for the poor and to make them sensitive about the related problems of migration & human trafficking of such people in these areas.

The Foundation recognises that women make a significant contribution towards the process of socio-economic transformation and sustainable growth and that it is impossible to implement effective programmes for the economic and social development without the full participation of women. It promotes the empowerment and effective integration and participation of women at all levels of socio-economic development especially in decision-making; abolish legislation and discourage customs that are discriminatory against women; promote effective education awareness programmes aimed at changing negative attitudes towards women; create or adopt technologies which will ensure the stability of employment and professional progress for women workers; and take such other measures that shall eliminate prejudices against women and promote the equality of the female gender with that of the male gender in every respect.

Aditi Foundation support women’s self-employment and encourage linkages between training systems and socio-professional networks. The Foundation emphasises:

  • Combine technical and entrepreneur-ship training, for example through community-based initiatives, as many rural women make a living through self-employment.
  • Strengthen the capacity of entrepreneurship service providers to better address the needs and capabilities of female entrepreneurs.
  • Provide post-training services such as access to credit or savings programmes, business development services, training in product design and marketing, and linkages to new markets. New markets, especially value chains, can also provide women opportunities to adopt new technologies and production practices.
  • Support rural women’s networks and groups, such as cooperatives.

Training and Capacity Building

Aditi Foundation works for Community capacity building which can provide people with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to help them contribute to their changing community. Community capacity building is about supporting people in communities to develop the skills and knowledge that they need to enable them to work together to bring about the positive change they want to see within their own communities.

The Foundation has learned that the capacity and capability building is the empowerment which encompasses the ability, will and skills to initiate, plan, manage, undertake, organise, budget, monitor/supervise and evaluate project activities. Thus it has found that the capacity and capability building are related to the organizational and functional levels as well as to individuals, groups and institutions.

The outcomes of capacity building include:

  • The increased access and participation in policy development and decision making by community.
  • Increased social inclusion for migrants and the community.
  • Greater social cohesion between migrants and existing community.
  • Participation of the community in the process of identification of needs and opportunities.
  • Development of a community of women with shared experience.