Genesis of SEDP

In view of prevailing food shortage, socio-political unrest and a state of hopelessness and fatalism during the period from mid-sixties up to mid seventies particularly in West Bengal and its neighbourhood it was indeed needed concerted and committed societal and developmental efforts. The Diocese of Barrackpore , Church of North India - CNI was one of the civil society groups in that context, who decided to take up the extremely challenging and demanding task of responding in a planned and effective manner to the critical social, economic and political needs of the time. At that juncture the Diocese took the pioneering decision to establish Socio Economic Development Programme (SEDP)

Vision of SEDP
The vision of SEDP is an alternative people centered society based upon universally accepted human values of justice, peace, solidarity, equality, participation, self-reliance and sustainability.

Socio Economic Development Programme (SEDP) strives to work in the most neglected and disadvantaged rural areas of West Bengal , Jharkhand and Odisha , especially with the Adivasis and Dalits, Forest Dwellers, Rural Workers / Artisans, and Disadvantaged Children. Towards the realization of the long-term vision, SEDP, intends to promote the authentic organizations of the poor and marginalised for renewing, restoring, re-establishing and further enhancing humane values and rights, gender equity, self governance, sustainable livelihood with dignity. In this Mission, SEDP shall be guided by a people-centered participatory approach of development. SEDP now has been emphasizing on Empowerment of Communities for Self Reliance and Dignity, Organisation Development for Good Governance , Support to Gram Sabha initiatives (PRI), Enhancement of Capacity and skill, Sustainable Livelihood , Water and sanitation, Community Health and Hygiene Health, Child Right , Micro Enterprise Development , Income Generation ; Ecology and Environment , Rehabilitation of the Differently- able, Advocacy Initiatives and lobbying on contemporary issues and concern for the poor and marginalized including women.

SEDP Perspective:
SEDP had drawn a broad perspective of the work it is committed , these include:
• People Centered
• Socially Transformative
• Enhancing Capacity
• Empowerment of Communities And Ensuring Good Governance
• Dignity, Rights And Justice
• Participatory And Holistic Approach
• Gender focus more particularly Women and Children
• Sustainable Livelihood Towards Quality Life
• Natural Resource Management
• Address Health Related issues
• Convergence with government
• Indigenous Knowledge
• Ecological Sustainability
• Issue Based

Geographical Coverage
SEDP geo-specific projects are dispersed over ecologically fragile 200 villages and hamlets spread over 17 Blocks in 8 Districts of Odisha, Jharkhandand and West Bengal.

Reference Groups
The Excluded Groups,the Hard Core Poor, people belonging to Scheduled Tribes / Adivasi, Scheduled Castes / Dalit and other disadvantaged and vulnerable including the Women,Children.

Core Areas of Programmatic Intervention
Capacity Enhancement & Empowerment of Communities for Self Reliance and Dignity, Organisation Development & Good Governance , Women in Development and Gender , Sustainable Livelihood , Water and sanitation, Ecology and Environment , Community Health, Child Right , Micro Enterprise Development , Income Generation , Rehabilitation of the Differently- able persons, Advocacy Initiatives.

Infrastructure Available for Training and Relevant Activities
Besides a no of Community Centers and other Office Equipment , SEDP possesses Four (4) well Equipped Residential Training Centers.

Way Forward
The vision of SEDP is an alternative people centered society based upon universally accepted human values of justice, peace, solidarity, equality, participation, self-reliance and sustainability.

Vision of SEDP
‘Voice of Sundarban-Basanti’ - a Community Radio Station at Basanti , Sunderban is under process with assistance from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. Service area locations to be covered under the CRS are Basanti & Gosaba islands of Sunderban. Broadcast will be made for information dissemination on Disaster Preparedness , promotion of cultural activities for the children, women and the adolescents, health awareness campaign , promotion of small groups and clubs and MGNREGA and RTI, dissemination agricultural extension education , news for enhancing quality Life and Livelihood for the people of Sundarban
SEDP aspires to initiate Information and Communication Technology (ICT ) programme , to bring together the experts and grassroots level communities in two-way communication with the objective that knowledge should reach every home and hut of the ecologically fragile villages and establishing Resource Centres for a cluster of Village level Knowledge Centres.
This initiative will create a technology based common hub at the community level for learning, knowledge sharing and information dissemination . Services requested by local communities will be provided through ICT centers. The services like fishery, agricultural, and allied activities, education, health, weather forecast, government schemes will be provided as demand driven and proactive.
Rejuvenation and upgrading Ballartop Short Stay Home, located at island Basanti for the destitute children , running since 2007 . The objective of this endeavour is to protect and rehabilitee the children who are facing social, economical and emotional stress due to family and various social problems.
SEDP attaches prime importance to education and intends to run a number of Child Education Centres for ensuring education to provide basic value based education with a special focus on the girl children. SEDP uphold the value of the right of the child to childhood and education, right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age and to participate freely in cultural life.

Right Based Child Development Initiatives
Following are the projected outline of a new Initiative Child-focused Community Development Project of SEDP and Collective Action For Children Development. Ambassador Children are selected based on the economic and social situation of the families. The programmatic areas of intervention are Children Organisations , Child Right Protection Committees and Children Federation are formed and strengthened. Child Protection Policy is implemented at the Village level .Children Movement is initiated for Climate Justice .Efforts are exerted towards Enrollment of Children and Retention in schools.
SEDP will stress on providing a Network Alliances to render as well as exchange support 25 like minded organizations, small groups to strengthen the organizations including human resource development and address the relevant issues.

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